I guess Aldous Snow doesn’t have as many fans as I thought he did. In a disappointing weekend at the box office — ticket sales were down more than 25% from this time last year when The Hangover crew was partying in Vegas — not one of the four new releases managed to take the top spot. That honor once again went to Shrek Forever After, for the third week straight. The grumpy green ogre with a heart of gold raked in another $23.5 million, bringing his domestic gross to $183 million and his worldwide total to $251 million.
I am personally very sad to see that Get Him to the Greek took a distance second place with only $17.4 million. I really loved this movie and thought it was going to be the break-out hit of the summer. But at this point, I’d wager that not even all of the positive reviews and word-of-mouth it received can give it that big of a push.
In third place was Killers, the rom-com that famously eschewed advanced screenings for critics in lieu of a mega-hyped red carpet event in LA. Ashton Kutcher even took a very short break from tweeting in order to attend. The movie ended up bringing in $16.1 million — I haven’t heard anything about it at all, so if any of you out there saw it, let me know if it was good. I can only assume that it wasn’t.
Prince of Persia dropped 54% to take $13.9 million — and fourth place — in its second week. Sex and the City 2 was close behind, dropping 59% and bringing in another $12.65 million from people who said “Whatever!” to the awful reviews.
The weekend’s other debuts — Marmaduke and Splice — took sixth and eighth place, respectively. I missed all of the screenings for Splice but heard that it is awesome, so I’m hoping to catch it soon. As I mentioned above with Killers, if any members of the redblog nation saw Splice, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.
This past Friday through Sunday marked the worst first week in June at theaters in thirteen years. D’oh! But I have a feeling that things are going to start looking up once it hits the 11th. That’s when The A-Team and The Karate Kid descend upon us, and, well, let’s just say that Locke and I are excited to share our opinion on those once we’re able to this Friday. Here’s a hint: our reactions might surprise you. In the meantime, I’ll end this post with what I found to be a hilarious ad for some sort of A-Team contest that ran in the U.K. They should’ve used this tagline for ALL of the movie’s posters, don’t you think?