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Dwayne Johnson Rocks the Box-Office

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | March 16, 2009 |


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5. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail ($5 million; $83 million): Is there anything a black man in a gender-reversing fat suit can't do, folks? I mean, besides comedy.

4. Taken ($6.6 million; $126 million): Seven weeks in the top five. The biggest movie of the year, worldwide. The top domestic PG-13 movie. And it's now poised to pass Ransom to become the most successful kidnapping movie of all time. Just think how much better it would've done at the box office if it were Tyler Perry's Taken.

3. The Last House on the Left ($14.5 million): Fun fact: Of all the horror remakes ever produced, only two have surpassed $100 million at the box office, and both were J-Horror: The Grudge and The Ring. Only twelve have surpassed $50 million. And yet, there are at least 10 currently in production and scheduled for release this year or next. But, with production budgets of between $10 and $20 million, most manage to recoup their investment on opening weekend alone, which means it won't be much longer before they're remaking all the remakes. (Our review will be up later today)

2. Watchmen ($18 million; $86 million): A 67 percent drop since opening weekend all but assures that Watchmen won't make back its investment in theaters. Just hitting $100 million is an iffy prospect, at this point. It has, however, at least become the biggest grossing Alan Moore adaptation, surpassing V for Vendetta. What are the odds that Hollywood attempts to adapt another of his novels? Is there anything left worth the effort?

1. Race to Witch Mountain ($25 million): $25 million is good enough to be Dwayne Johnson's second biggest opener, behind The Scorpion King. It's hard to hate on The Rock, so I won't. Agent Bedhead will have a review up later today.



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