Weekly Box Office: Norse Gods, Hathaway’s Bad Accent, The Help, and a Couple Horrible Chick Flicks

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As expected Thor dominated the box office, but fell short of its other superhero/comic brethren.

Weekend Box Office (4/29/11)

Thor pulled in a respectable haul this weekend, and Fast Five bested two of our new releases, including the candy-coated (and scathingly-maligned, at least by Sandy Kenyon on Channel 7) Something Borrowed and the likely formulaic Jumping the Broom.

  1. Thor, $66M (opening weekend)
  2. Fast Five, $32.5M, with an overall gross of $140M so far
  3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7M (opening weekend)
  4. Something Borrowed, $13.2M (opening weekend)
  5. Rio, $8.2M
  6. Water for Elephants, $5.6M
  7. Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9M [and can someone please just kill this “franchise” already]
  8. Prom, $2.4M [it’s no High School Musical]
  9. Soul Surfer, $2.1M, with an overall gross of $36.7M so far [Carrie Underwood has seen it 3,669,999 times]
  10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, $1.88M

Trailers (of Note)

There’s nothing in the second trailer for Conan the Barbarian that makes me want to see this.  I have no idea what this movie’s about (is it a remake?), and typically trailers are supposed to make you want to see the movie, not scratch your head and wonder what the heck is going on.

Anne Hathaway trots out a bad English accent for the equally bad trailer for One Day, the much-anticipated adaptation of David Nicholls’s best-seller of the same name.  This trailer was attached to Water for Elephants, and was just announced that its release date was pushed back by a few weeks.  Perhaps it’s not screening well?

30 Minutes or Less isn’t my normal cup of tea, but it looks pretty funny.  As far as trailers go, it did what it is supposed to do – make me want to see the movie.

The Ledge looks pretty horrible.  At least Patrick Wilson is hot, even if he loves Jesus a little too much in this movie… or does he??

Lastly, we have The Help, (my pick of the week) which until I saw the trailer, I thought was a self-help, priv-lit book.  (It’s not.)  I was so intrigued by the premise that I scoured the airport bookstore looking for a copy of it this weekend, and am already halfway through.

Opening This Week(end)

This weekend we’ve got some much anticipated films opening, the two biggest being Thor and Something Borrowed.

With all due respect to Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig and their comedic styles, Bridesmaids looks absolutely atrocious.  I can normally get on board with most romantic comedies, no matter how bad and cheesy they look, but this just looks awful.  Every time I see the trailer, I cringe a little.  From the overdone premise to the dialog to the trailer, there’s just nothing appealing to me about this movie.

I don’t really know what Priest is about, but it reminds me of Constantine (and Legion, which I never got to see but really wanted to).  It’s got something to do with a rogue priest and vampires, and looks moody enough without being too scary.  It does have Paul Bettany, Karl Urban (hello, Eomer!), and Maggie Q, so at least if it’s horrible, there are some pretty people to look at.

Will Ferrell does serious and introspective in Everything Must Go.  I saw the trailer for this about a month ago, and I really liked it.  His wife divorces him and he lives on his front lawn with all his stuff/sells his stuff.  It’s nice to see him flex his acting skills and do something non-comedic.  This would be my pick for the weekend.  (Trailer here if you haven’t seen it.)

Other notables out this week:

  • Hesher, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a perennial indie darling.  The movie opens in limited release (LA and NYC only), and has gotten some mixed reviews.
  • Go For It – Save the last dance for stepping up to the streets.  How many more times are we going to make this movie?  (Limited release)
  • Skateland – What-looks-to-be-privileged white guy has to grow up when the skate rink he works at closes.  He drinks a lot and makes out with one of the Twilight girls.  Critically lauded, but I still wouldn’t see it.  (Limited release.)
  • L’amour fou – Straight from IMDb: A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge, and focused on the art auction Berge conducted in the wake of Saint-Laurent’s passing. (NYC only.)
  • City of Life and Death – Straight from IMDb: As Japanese troops advance on Nanking in 1937, individuals on both sides of the conflict consider their fates as the Chinese capital begins to fall. (LA and NYC only.)
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