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Mega Minds The Box Office; Due Date Delivers Second - Week 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Tron: Legacy
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Due Date
Gulliver's Travels

The last time Brad Pitt loaned his voice to a DreamWorks movie, it was for Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. That film opened to a tide pool of $6 million and still stands as the lowest grossing DreamWorks animated picture of all-time. When The Road To El Dorado and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron have the one-up on you, it's best to just leave that one off your resume.

This time Brad had no such problem. MegaMind used its brainpower to bring in a $46 million opening weekend. While not as strong as other DreamWorks flicks like Monsters Vs. Aliens and Kung Fu Panda, staying power can make all the difference. How To Train Your Dragon debuted with $43 million and went on to be DW's highest grossing non-Shrek movie. I'm not going to call MegaMind "toothless," yet it's going to have a ways to go to take Dragon's crown.

While R-Rated "guy" comedies have done fine in the summer the last several years, Due Date was the first one to find the success in the holiday season. The buddy-travel comedy logged-in $32.7 million which is less that The Hangover or Wedding Crashers, but miles ahead of the 2006 trifecta of Let's Go To Jail, Tenacious D & The Pick of Destiny, and Van Wilder 2 which all grossed about $3 mill in their opening weekends. That was like a three-course dinner of Malt 'O Meal, Spam, and Chez-Whiz.

Tyler Perry's "serious" side played about the same as his other sides. For Colored Girls opened with $19.5 million, just a little down from last year's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. While the cast seemed respectable with Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Phylicia Rashad, we all know the most popular African-American woman at the box-office this decade has been Madea, and Tyler Perry left her in the changing room this time around.

The Top Five If Today Was MLK Day:

#1. MegaMind - $46 million
#2. Due Date - $32.7 million
#3. For Colored Girls - $19.5 million
#4. n/a
#5. n/a

This Week
Denzel Washington blew-up in 2007 Holiday Pool with American Gangsters, however, he got blown-up in 2006 with Déjà Vu (when you make a movie even worse than the same-named Dionne Warwick song, that's not a good sign). Where does that leave us with this year's Unstoppable? Probably something that can be stopped… just not this weekend.

If you'd told me 25 years ago we could take the female lead of Baby Boom and the male lead of Working Girl in the same movie, I'd have told you that'd be a TNT New Classic in a heartbeat and played more times annually than Overboard. Instead, they've placed Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford into some sort of Rachel McAdams vehicle and called it Morning Glory. It's like Julie & Julia but with Meryl Streep put on the backburner.

As far as I can tell, when earthlings envision going off to other worlds, it's always in the name of peace. Why then must every single alien species in the universe be out to destroy our planet? What the crap did we do that's soooo wrong?! No aliens seem to want to just hang out, grab a bite at Hometown Buffet, and try to figure out how every show on CBS is a ratings monster compared to the other three networks. I mean, wouldn't that seem more fun than playing the whole "Take me to your leader" game? Apparently, the people making Skyline didn't think so.

Extra Bonus Section
Since many of you ask what my picks are every season, here's what I went with and why… I'm sure my "in-depth" analysis will lead to the same failings as the last 27 pools.

OK, so there was only one sure thing for me, HP7. Everything else was a mystery, so I had to clear the (Barney) rubble out of the way.

I thought these films would do ok, but not ok enough: Due Date (not enough of a "date" movie and guys are playing Call of Duty: Black Ops right now), Unstoppable (John Q on a train), Tangled (seriously, when you use the only Pink song (Trouble) that wasn't a hit in the last 10 years as the song in your trailer, it shows you have no clue), Faster (Feels more like Cruise Control to me), The Tourist (Depp actually being Depp has never been a draw), Yogi Bear (Is he more or less relevant than Woody Woodpecker? Either way, I wouldn't bank on him), and Little Fockers (It's a little too late to Fock).

Everything else didn't even seem like a contender, unless you're talking about the Razzies and there I see Burlesque sweeping all categories. Anytime you can say, "It's Coyote Ugly meets Glitter," it's all in play.

That left this as my Top Five…

#5. Gulliver's Travels - Man, I hate this pick, but I don't believe in Yogi and I do believe families swarm to the multiplexes during the Holiday break. $400 million for the last two Alvin pix proves it. I'm just gambling that the Jack Black meets the Night at the Museum vibe is more of the mainstream ticket then the CGI bear.

#4. Narnia - I actually think this film will do better than Prince Caspian and I almost put it as my #2. Instead, I chickened out and dropped this to four as there's not as much buzz for this film as there is for the other three.

#3. MegaMind - I thought being the first film out of the gate would give this film enough of a head start to hold off the rest of the competition. Families should keep coming until at least Tangled and maybe even after then.

#2. Tron - While my head tells me this film is gonna be like a 2012 that opens big and then tanks because it's just so terrible, Disney's pulling out all the marketing stops to make this feel like an event… An event just one year after Avatar was an event. I think a lot of people are going to go just because they feel like they're "supposed" to go.

#1. HP7 - There's not a person who hasn't seen the last six films who isn't going to see this film. That's a lot of people and a lot of dough. I think Potter fans are going to show those Twilight people how to really set a 3-day opening weekend. My final gross guesstimate was $317 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 11/08/2010

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Due Date, Gulliver's Travels, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Megamind, Skyline, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Tron: Legacy, Unstoppable
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