‘Sex and the City 2’ took in close to $50 million at this weekend’s box office, and everyone is using it as an example of how film critics are irrelevant. First of all, I don’t think anyone is surprised that the film did well despite the negative reviews. Women are loyal to the series, so as long as you write anything where these four characters are involved, you’re set to go. If they hope to do a third film though, I imagine that the quality of the second movie will play a role in its success. That being said, there is no excuse for lazy writing, and I think that is what happened here. They threw something together and put it on screen. They wanted a quick release of a sequel at the expense of the quality.
Dreamworks film ‘How to Train your Dragon,’ came in #1 this weekend, with over $43 million. Keep in mind that the inflated 3D ticket prices certainly helped. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ came in at #2 with $17 million dollars, bringing its Box Office total to over $650 million (also a 3D film). See the trailer below.
I don’t even think the studio predicted this much success. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ came in #1 at the Box Office for the second weekend in a row, raking in $62 million. Matt Damon’s ‘The Green Zone,’ didn’t even come close to that kind of success. The film pretty much tanked at the Box Office, making only $14.5 million, with a budget of 100 million. I think it is fair to say that the film won’t make its money back. Is this really a surprise? I don’t think anyone wants to see films about Iraq. If you want to argue with me about that by citing ‘The Hurt Locker,’ I’d like to remind you that despite the film’s Oscar success, “The Hurt Locker’ was not a financial success. People want to be entertained with movies like ‘Alice,’ that are far removed from their life. See some scary ‘Alice’ fans below.
‘Alice’ came in #1 this weekend with over 116 million dollars. That sure is a lot of money. The IMAX ticket prices greatly helped the film, and potentially solidified my worst fear: 3-D isn’t going anywhere for a very long time. In fact, 65% of this weekend’s gross is attributed to 3-D sales. Am I the only person that got a throbbing headache from Avatar?