Friday, 27 February 2009

Box Office Charts: w/e 27 February 2009

Friday, 27 February 2009

In the US: With alarming regularity, there's always a truly heinous comedy abortion that creeps into the US box-office by stealth, and they sometimes even take #1 with a whopping $41m -- hello, MADEA GOES TO JAIL... and hello, FIRED UP!, in at #9... elsewhere, nice to see good word-of-mouth pushing Coraline up the chart, and Oscar success pushes Slumdog Millionaire up four places to #5...


(-) 1. Madea Goes To Jail $41m
(4) 2. Coraline $11.4m
(3) 3. Taken $11.3m
(2) 4. He's Just Not That Into You $8.56m
(9) 5. Slumdog Millionaire $8.38m
(1) 6. Friday The 13th $7.94m
(6) 7. Paul Blart: Mall Cop $6.82m
(5) 8. Confessions Of A Shopaholic $6.74m
(-) 9. Fired Up! $5.48m
(8) 10. The International $4.46m

In the UK: Isla Fisher's more famous in the UK than in the US, which probably accounts for CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC doing better with British audiences, in at #2... superhero thriller PUSH had mixed reviews, but it seems everyone's waiting for Watchmen, as Paul McGuigan's movie debuts at a dismal #7... GRAN TORINO was only on limited releases last week, so didn't break into the Top 10...


(1) 1. Bolt £3m
(-) 2. Confessions Of A Shopaholic £2.8m
(2) 3. Slumdog Millionaire £1.5m
(5) 4. Hotel For Dogs £1.1m
(4) 5. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button £1.01m
(3) 6. He's Just Not That Into You £974k
(-) 7. Push £625k
(8) 8. The Pink Panther 2 £595k
(7) 9. Notorious £482k
(9) 10. Vicky Crisina Barcelona £333k



Fantasy drama. The story of four lost souls in a futuristic London, where there is no separation between the Church and the State.
Director: Gerald McMorrow Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Sam Riley, Jay Fuller, Bernard Hill & Art Malik
Tomatometer: 57% (Fresh; based on 27 reviews)

The International

Thriller. An Interpol agent has to expose a bank's role in international arms dealing.
Director: Tom Tykwer Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Patrick Baladi & Jay Villiers.
US Box Office: $18 million
Tomatometer: 58% (Fresh; based on 169 reviews) "The International boasts some electric action sequences and picturesque locales, but is undone by its preposterous plot."

New In Town

Rom-com. An executive woman has to adjust to life in a snowy Minnesota town.
Director: Jonas Elmer Starring: Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr, Siobhan Fallon, J.K Simmons, Mike O'Brien & Frances Conroy.
US Box Office: $15 million
Tomatometer: 18% (Rotten; based on 126 reviews) "Cliched and short on charm, New In Town is a pat genre exercise that fails to bring the necessary heat to its Minnesota setting."

The Unborn

Horror. A young woman has to fight a spirit that might be her own unborn brother.
Director: David S. Goyer Starring: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Meagan Good, Idris Elba, Jane Alexander, James Remar, C.S Lee & Carla Gugino.
US Box Office: $42 million
Tomatometer: 13% (Rotten; based on 88 reviews) "David Goyer's Unborn is a tame genre effort with cheap thrills and scares that border on silliness."