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Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Opens to $41 Million, Jonah Hex Flops

Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Opens to $41 Million, Jonah Hex Flops

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The early weekend box office reports are showing a record-breaking $41 million Friday opening for Toy Story 3, which is on track to gross $115-120 million for the weekend, and eventually seize the summer box-office crown. (Mubi posts a review round-up of weekend openers.)

Earning 99% reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Toy Story 3 landed a pan from cranky attention-grabber Armond White, who tends to zig when everyone else zags. White adds insult to injury by comparing the movie unfavorably to the widely excoriated comics western Jonah Hex, which bombed with a $1.9 million opening day. @giteshpandya predicts a “dismal” weekend of just $5 to 6 million. Ouch.

On the indie side, Cyrus (which premiered at the LAFF Friday night) is a hit with a $52,211 opening Friday from just four theaters in LA and NY, and could earn a $40,000 weekend per screen average. Check back for our detailed box office report Sunday.

Check out this charming featurette of Toy Story 3 voice stars Hanks, Allen, Cusack and Beatty, as well as this post on the sound design of the film.

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Oscar Solis

The trailer pretty much said it all.

I don’t know what the budget for Jonah Hex was but if it was over 15 million that was a big mistake. It’s a character that isn’t known to the general public and a western (nothing against westerns. I love them when they’re done right.), which don’t exactly have a stellar track record at the box office.

What bothers me is that the filmmakers seem to have taken the easy way
out. Make it loud, make it typical. I’ve got to say that the shot of Brolin and Fox jumping while a massive explosion fills the screen is something that can be seen in almost any action film. Again, typical.

With a character like Hex (did they even read the damn comics?), the film could’ve been a mythic western, with plenty of action, ala The Outlaw Jose Wales. I guess it’s better to cover your bet with the same old, same old.

But the worst thing might be is that it has helped put one more nail on the coffin lid of the western genre. It’ll probably be some time before a studio executive has the guts to greenlight another one. And guts is a rare thing in films today (hence the sequels and the very spectacular, very dull blockbusters with the retreaded stories).



megan fox is cute but one hell of a bad actress.

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