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No Secret, National Treasure A Hit - Week 8

I am Legend
National Treasure: The Book of Secrets
Alvin and the Chipmunks
American Gangster
Enchanted
Bee Movie
Charlie Wilson's War
P.S., I Love You
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
In the first film, the secret lied with Charlotte. In the second film, the secret lies in an entire book of secrets. If this makes no sense to you, you've got a pretty good handle on these National Treasure movies. Still, whereas I couldn't turn my brain off enough to enjoy Transformers, the charming hoakiness works for me (and apparently a lot of other people) here.

Opening with $44.8 million, the producers of National Treasure: Book of Secrets should have no trouble working on a third movie despite the ongoing writer's strike with a title of National Treasure: Leaflet of Hush-Hush.

I Am Legend slipped a hefty 57% in its second weekend, yet that was still good enough for another $33.5 million and a ten-day total of $136.8. Still, what's the last man on Earth going to do with $136.8 million dollars? I hope he isn't getting charged extra for sleeping single in double-occupancy rooms.

Alvin and the Chipmunks continued its breathtaking run by dropping a mere 36%. All this without even a hit soundtrack on the charts. I think the American public has a right to know how'd the Chipmunks would deliver Britney's Gimmer More, Linkin Park's Bleed It Out, and Soulja Boy's Crank That.

For every other film in the top ten, it was a Bloody Christmas indeed.

Charlie Wilson's War didn't even make back a quarter of its stars normal asking price. A $9.7 million debut for a film with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts?! The last time Tom tanked this bad with a blonde as his co-star was The Money Pit with Shelly Long. Well, I guess you could include one of the three characters played by Meg Ryan in Joe Versus the Volcano as a blonde. Nevermind, I'm already thinking about this way more than anyone thought about actually seeing this movie.

Sweeny Todd sliced his way to $9.3 million in a limited release. Without casting Jennifer Hudson to spark the media buzz about whether she was a better singer than Johnny Depp though, there doesn't seem to be much to keep this film afloat as the days go by.

P.S. I Love You wrote-in $6.5 million, which in itself it pretty much only a post-script in the box-office annals of movie openings. I hope Gerald Butler filled his plate right after 300 came out and not nine months later when people go, "Who?" "You know, he was the bearded guy without his shirt." "Uh, wasn't that like every guy in the move?"

Finally, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story was way too high concept for parody audiences that like their parodies easily labled, i.e. Epic Movie, Scary Movie, and Not Another Teen Movie. I mean, even I had to read that title like six times to go "Oh, hey, Dewey Cox, I get it! Dewey was a nephew of Donald Duck and everyone knows cocks are chickens and not ducks… Funny." Since most people don't want to think that hard about dumb movies, the flick opened appropriately enough with $4.2 million.

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

#1. I Am Legend - $136.8 million
#2. American Gangster - $128.5 million
#3. Bee Movie - $123 million
#4. Enchanted - $98.4 million
#5. Alvin & The Chipmunks - $84 million

by Matt Neuenburg on 12/24/2007

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Alvin and the Chipmunks, American Gangster, Bee Movie, Charlie Wilson's War, Enchanted, I am Legend, National Treasure: The Book of Secrets, P.S., I Love You, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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