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Sex Sells And The City Of The Crystal Skull Follows - Week 5

Iron Man
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Sex and the City
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
What Happens in Vegas...
The Strangers
It should be noted that there are three things I know nothing about: women, women's clothing and accessories (seriously, Coach Bags at $350 a pop? You could buy a whole video game system for that which you'd use for years instead of 3 nights a year. That'd be like a baseball team paying a pitcher $20 million a year who can only play in every five games… oh wait, nevermind.), and the power of women's TV shows.

Case in point, I questioned the allure of some obscure pay cable show and am man (or is that woman) enough to admit I was wrong. Sex and the City: The Motion Picture (as it should have been called to parallel Star Trek: The Motion Picture when it made the jump from cult TV show to movie icon) slept its way to a $56.8 million opening. That was $1.8 million more than the much more "blockbuster deemed" Prince Caspian opened with two weeks ago. You'd think a movie starring four women would have legs, but time will tell whether this was just a one-weekend hype movie or whether it can continue to play out through the rest of the month.

Hopefully this new-found cinematic success for Sarah Jessica Parker will allow Universal to finally bankroll the long anticipated Dudley Do-Right 2: Koo Koo Ka Chu and she can reprise her roll as Dudley's longtime, faithful companion. No, not as Dudley's horse named Horse. She played his girlfriend Nell. You people are mean, just mean.

On the flipside of the Girl Power coin, ironically, was more Girl Power. The Strangers strangled a $21 million opening which was much higher than industry folks were anticipating. Perhaps it was a flood of male-moviegoers who wanted nothing to do with Sex (which sounds really weird when read literally) but still wanted something to do. However, since the low-budget creepfest was based on Liv Tyler showing her survival strengths, much like Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver before her, there was something for every type of Spice Girl in the multiplex.

Indiana Jones was able to avoid a major sophomore weekend slump and discovered another $44.8 million for a $215.6 mill total so far. It was a drop of 55%, though after a big holiday weekend, this kid of drop is understood. Regardless of how it fares from here on out, it looks like this and Iron Man are two "locks" for the Top Five. What will be the other three?

Prince Caspian is looking less and less likely to be that film. Iron Man in its fifth week beat Caspian in its third. Even though the Prince's $115.4 million total seems very pale the first films' $290 million gross, at least it's no Golden Compass disaster. That film killed New Line Cinemas just a few years after it had made billions off the Lord of the Rings franchise. I always wish there was more truth in DVD tag lines: "Witness the film that ruined a movie studio and left hundreds unemployed… Available Now!"

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Iron Man - $279.2 million
#2. Indiana Jones - $215.6 million
#3. Prince Caspian - $115.4 million
#4. What Happens in Vegas - $65.9 million
#5. Sex and the City - $56.8 million

This Week
The aforementioned Kung Fu Panda is the first animated film of the season, though it certainly won't be the last. Can it capture the magic of the other DreamWorks movies like Madagascar and Over the Hedge that got by on star wattage casting almost as much as they got by on quality? Since Prince Caspian and Speed Racer didn't really capture the full power of the family audience, this Kung Fu might have the Kung Pao theaters have been waiting for.

Two weeks before the comedy showdown event of the year, Get Smart and Love Guru, comes the first official [arguably, alleged] comedy of the season: Don't Mess With The Zohan. I admit, the Mariah Carrey t-shirt bit never gets old, but we'll see if this new Sandler creation has the Waterboy-type potential to be even bigger than his recent turns where he's arguably just playing himself.

by Matt Neuenburg on 06/02/2008

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Sex and the City, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Strangers, What Happens in Vegas...
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