Here we are GoJu Nation. And the holidays are right around the corner. This means we’re gonna have to ramp up da movie charts over here at GothamJungle. I was literally at the movies yesterday which sparked this thought process. We haven’t been bombarded yet with the Christmas and animation movies but that will change very quickly here in the next couple weeks. Your also gonna get a strong dose of emotional and award-winning book movies as this is the last of the Oscar push for these film companies. So lets take a look at what transpired this weekend. There is an interesting trend.
Monday, Monday GoJu Nation and we start it off right with da movie charts. We’re starting to get the little gems that end off the summer and swing into Oscar season and some of the numbers bear that out… “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” of course rule movie land for the second week in a row. The last of the summer blockbusters is exactly that by grossing over 100M in those 2 weeks. Which officially makes this a franchise. Look for another “Apes” movie within the coming years (will Mark Wahlberg return??). The charming movie “The Help” which breaks down the scandalous lifestyle of a small town told from the perspective of the maids comes in at number two this week. A solid 25M makes this one of the sleepers of the summer and if can gain some momentum (the in theater marketing was very strong) it may be in the Oscar conversation but it needs bigger box office to make that a possibility.
1982 - Fast Times at Ridgemont High is released in theaters. Written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling, the film follows a year in the life of high school students Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Linda (Phoebe Cates), Mark (Brian Backer) and Mike (Robert Romanus). The ensemble cast also featured the (then relatively unknown) future A-list Academy Award winning actors Sean Penn (2003), Nicolas Cage (1995) and Forest Whitaker (2006), as well as Judge Reinhold, Eric Stoltz, Ray Walston and Anthony Edwards.
Back from hiatus GoJu Nation. And we have the movie charts to start with. All of the new releases charted in the top 3 this week. Lead again by the animation genre. ‘Rango’ voiced by Johnny Depp holds the #1 spot grossing 38M in it’s 1st weekend. It has a way to go to recoup that 135M budget but off to a good start. The Matt Damon vehicle ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ with 20M comes in at #2. There isn’t much to report post Oscar in the movie industry GoJu Nation. Only that the pace of movies will start to pick up dramatically in the next couple months. I’m gonna get off the soapbox early on this one and let you peruse the movie charts. Deuces.
You know how you have wish lists when it comes to entertainment? Like what would it be like if Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the same movie? And what if they had like Jet Li & Jason Statham and other current action, wrestling and MMA stars in the same movie? Testosterone overload right? Well on Augutst 13 2010 its coming. And it’s called “The Expendables”
The timing of this Alice in Wonderland movie is perfect. Right in that Easter Lane. What makes the most sense? Of course a fairy tale with a rabbit in it.. Lovely. The result: the biggest grossing film with the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp duo. I’m not really a fan of either but I get it. Grossing over 200M in 2 weeks is very sexy. Only drawback is the movie cost over 200M to make (add in a 1/3 of the budget for marketing) so a couple more sexy weeks should recoup the full cost of this blockbuster. Other notes: None of the new entries this week many any real $$ with the Alice in Wonderland juggernaut still dominating. “She’s Out of My League/Remember Me/Green Zone” didn’t make a dent in the AIW movement. Lets see what this week brings. Enjoy the top 10… 1.
Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. Undeniable. And with his humor chip it’s no surprise that “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” is the #1 movie in the country. This movie was basically in every movie theater in the country (which helps) but putting this movie out early to drive the holiday rush is potentially a smart move. Time will tell. Other notes: The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Fourth Kind came in with respectful #s (3/4th) in a decent amount of theaters (see below). But we haven’t seen the Oscar movies step up yet. With the end of the year creeping up on us, is this a down year for Oscar. I surely hope not but outside of “Precious”, I don’t see this years “Slumdog Millionaire” popping up. I digress, enjoy the top 10 1. It’s a GothamJungle thing baby…!!!