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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Weekend Movie Box Office Results and Reviews


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From IMDB.com
Box Office Mojo
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The box office numbers for this past weekend are in as well as a few reviews on a few releases that were expected to amke a buzz this weekend.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: October 3-5, 2008
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Buena Vista) $29.0 million - opening weekend
  • Eagle Eye (Paramount/DW) $17.7 million - 2 wk total $54.6m
  • Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (Sony) $12.0 million - opening weekend
  • Nights in Rodanthe (Warner Bros.) $7.4 million - 2 wk total $25.1m
  • Appaloosa (Warner Bros./NL) $5.0 million - 3 wk total $5.6m
  • Lakeview Terrace (Sony) $4.5 million - 3 wk total $32.1m
  • Burn After Reading (Focus) $4.1 million - 4 wk total $51.6m
  • Fireproof (Samuel Goldwyn) $4.1 million - 2 wk total $12.5m
  • An American Carol (Vivendi) $3.8 million - opening weekend
  • Religulous (Lionsgate) $3.5 million - opening weekend
  • Source: Box Office Mojo

Movie Reviews: Blindness

Director Fernando Meirelles, who reportedly reworked Blindness after it was savaged by critics at the Cannes Film Festival last May -- and who has been under attack in recent days by organizations of the blind, which have also blasted the movie -- has come under renewed assault as the movie finally opens wide. "Blindness," writes Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times "is one of the most unpleasant, not to say unendurable, films I've ever seen." Christy Lemire of the Associated Press calls it a "pretentious, preposterous allegory." Claudia Puig, writing in USA Today, is less harsh. "The film is an often thought-provoking metaphor. But as a thriller, it becomes dreary," she observes. And Neely Tucker concludes her review in the Washington Post with this rather cryptic observation: "Meirelles, a talented director, has given us a thoughtful film based on a disturbing work of art. It achieves moments of beauty, but also leaves us wanting to like it more than we actually do." Note: Reviews of additional new films will appear here on Monday.


Movie Reviews: Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist

To another generation Nick and Nora were Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man and five sequels in the 1930s and '40s. Several critics warn that the title pair in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist have nothing at all in common with the elegant pair in the old husband-and-wife detective series. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times gives Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, who star in it, some restrained praise ("They work well together [and] are appealing"), but is far from enthusiastic as he concludes that the movie "lacks some of the idiocy of your average teenage rom-com But it doesn't bring much to the party." Mick Lasalle in the San Francisco Chronicle remarks that Nick and Norah "plays like a movie inspired by good movies, not by the emotion that inspires good movies." A.O. Scott in the New York Times regards the title characters as "cool" and "nice" and the movie itself as being "so friendly that you may wish for a little more conflict." He suggests, however, that those who go to see it simply "savor the fleeting, teasing pop pleasures this movie celebrates and dispenses." Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal agrees. "It's an imperfect, sometimes familiar but always exuberant comedy with romantic resonance," he writes.


Movie Reviews: Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Don't expect any film titled Beverly Hills Chihuahua to be extolled by the critics. The wonder is that was screened for the at all. (Another new film, the right-wing comedy An American Carol, was not.) Nathan Lee's verdict on the movie in the New York Times: "reasonably diverting." Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post reluctantly concludes that the movie is "not that bad." Likewise Elizabeth Weitzman, writing in the New York Daily News describes the movie as "one of those disposable options you'll either be dragged to or ignore." And Glenn Whipp comments in the Los Angeles Daily News that it "fits nicely into the long line of Disney dog movies designed to delight children and animal lovers." But Kyle Smith in the New York Post writes that "the audience is the fire hydrant" for this dog. And Chris Kaltenbach concludes in the Baltimore Sun: "Yeah, talking dogs are cute, and if cute is all you want from a movie, this one may constitute an overdose. But if you want anything else -- cleverness, inventiveness, originality, genuine imagination -- then I'm afraid you'll need to look elsewhere.

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