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Legend Is Legenday; Alvin Amazes - Week 7

I am Legend
Alvin and the Chipmunks
American Gangster
Enchanted
Bee Movie
Beowulf
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
It's as if all of America collectively said, "Screw you, shopping malls! We're taking care of all that on Amazon and Ebay this year so we have time to go to the movies!" And go to the movies they did as two films combined to gross over $120 million, one of the biggest theater weekends ever.

I Am Legend led an apocalypse of a different kind at the box-office. Most prognosticators were expecting somewhere near a $50 million opening. Instead the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air delivered $77.2 million, making it the biggest December opening ever (passing Return of the King's $72.6 million in 2003). Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Carlton.

Meanwhile, perhaps the most surprising opening of the year occurred. Alvin and the Chipmunks, who were last heard singing Kenny Rogers songs on K-Tell records in the 70's, debuted with $44.2 million. That was even bigger than the season opening figures for American Gangster. Denzel and Russell, move over… Here comes Jason Lee!

I wonder if the DVD will change the title of this film to The Fool's Gold Compass. Tanking 68% in its second weekend, anyone who's already agreed to pay Nicole Kidman $20 million for her next movie is feeling really woozy right now. Yet, those people deserve their pain since they obviously haven't been paying attention to Bewitched, The Stepford Wives, and Invasion. Of course, who can blame them. No one's really paid attention to those films.

The Top Five If Today Was Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance:

#1. American Gangster - $127.6 million
#2. Bee Movie - $122.4 million
#3. Enchanted - $91.8 million
#4. Beowulf - $79.8 million
#5. I Am Legend - $77.2 million

This Week
Where have all these films been? After a painful seven weeks, three major films and two minor tries force their way into the Holiday Movie Party.

Will the magic trick work twice with National Treasure: Book of Secrets or has Nicolas Cage's Razzie Award level performance in Ghost Rider ruined his chances? That's certainly one thing about the Cage. The success or failure of his past movie never seems to have any affect on the success or failure of his next movie.

Tom Hanks and Julie Roberts offer something for the AARP crowd in Charlie Wilson's War. Christmas time has been gold for Hanks before with Castaway and Catch Me If You Can. Will he pull off the trifecta or does this lack the escapist feel of those other two films?

Tim Burton tries his hand at musicals, yet, of course, if he's going to do a musical it's going to be goth. Sweeny Todd certainly piques my interest, but how many Nine Inch Nails fans dig operetta?

Walk Hard has nothing to do with the Leslie Neilson spy spoof Spy Hard, but maybe it should. R-rated parodies worked with the first two Scary Movies, though maybe theatergoers have been scared enough.

And what would the world be without a romantic comedy this season. P.S. I Love You promises all the romance and thrills that probably should've come out weeks ago instead of having to compete with all of these other Big Guns.

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/17/2007

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Alvin and the Chipmunks, American Gangster, Bee Movie, Beowulf, Enchanted, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, I am Legend
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