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Weekend B.O. May 22-24 (What’s the Point, Seriously?)

Weekend B.O. May 22-24 (What’s the Point, Seriously?)

First of all, sorry for the delay folks. I would have had this yesterday as usual on Sunday, but this is a holiday weekend, so, of course, nobody was around reporting on b.o. tallies
this weekend. The numbers have now come out, and they only cover Friday through
Sunday, so every total you see below will be much higher when the Sunday night/Monday figures are added in.

However, one
question I have about this weekend’s opening is why anyone would think that a remake of the
1980 horror film, “Poltergeist,” was a good idea… We know that Hollywood is afraid
of original ideas, but, seriously has it come to this?

Now the original
1982 version, directed by Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and
co-directed by exec producer Steven Spielberg (uncredited), may not be one of the great
horror films, but it sure is a lot of fun. And it’s surprisingly grisly for a
PG-rated horror film, and it has with a scene stealing turn by the diminutive
Zelda Rubenstein as the ghost hunter, whose role in the remake is now played by
some forgettable, old fashioned Irish priest. It’s as if they didn’t even
try with this remake.

And I’m
willing to bet that this new retread, which is more than 20 minutes shorter than the original,
is, no doubt, totally devoid of the slyly satirical Reagan era consumerism commentary.

Practically every review for the remake has been pretty wretched.

However, the
film came in fourth this holiday weekend, with $22.6 million, which is not bad for the modestly budgeted film. But, how
well it will hold is another question altogether.

As for
Disney’s big summer release, “Tomorrowland,” it came in first with just under $33 million
($41.7 as of Monday), which isn’t great. Considering the film’s reported $175
million budget, it needed a lot better b.o. opening numbers than that.

Quite
possibly, one major factor against it was that, no one had any clear idea just
what the hell the movie is supposed to be about. A lot of flash and dazzle and
cool images, but what’s story, for crying out loud? In fact, even after reading
the reviews for the film (most of them were mixed), I still can’t tell
you exactly what the hell is the film is about. Right now, unless the
overseas figures – especially in Asia where it’s expected to do well – are really strong, the film looks headed to be one of the first big b.o. bombs of the summer
film season. There always are a few course, but this one must hurt
Disney because they believed that they had something special.

And are
there any black people in this film? I didn’t see any in any trailers or film
clips. I keep thinking about Richard Pryor’s old line, about the scariest film he
ever saw being “Logan’s Run,” because it was a sci-fi film, set in the future, but
with no black people in it, which made him think: “They’re not planning for us to be around by
then”.

Last week’s
no. 1, “Perfect Pitch 2,” was second, with
$30.8 with million, and $109 million to date (perhaps $125 million by
Tuesday). I have no explanation. What gives? Who can explain this to me? Is the
American public just that corny, and out of step?

As for “Mad
Max: Fury Road,” there is a lot of good news. The film pulled in $24.8 million by
Sunday ($32 million by Monday), for a total of about $95 million, which
means it is headed for at least $150 million domestically. Add to that
the $124.3 million the film has made overseas, in 68 countries so far, with a lot
more to come, and the film still looks good for a $500 million worldwide total.

1) Tomorrowland  BV  $32,972,000 
2) Pitch Perfect 2  Uni.  $30,830,000  Total:  $109,597,000 
3) Mad Max: Fury Road  WB  $24,815,000  Total: $88,255,000 
4) Poltergeist  Fox  $22,600,000  Total: $22,589,000 
5) Avengers: Age of Ultron  BV  $21,691,000  Total:  $404,861,000 
6) The Age of Adaline  LGF  $15,000,000  Total: $39,900,000 
7) Hot Pursuit  WB  $3,610,000  Total: $29,055,000 
8) Furious 7  Uni.  $2,232,000  Total: $347,125,000 
9) Far from the Madding Crowd  FoxS  $2,200,000  Total: $5,448,000 
10) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2  Sony  $1,875,000  Total: $65,698,000 
11) Home  Fox  $1,753,000  Total: $168,068,000 
12) Ex Machina  A24  $1,423,000  Total: $21,947,000 

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