Congratulations, Bucky Larson: You've Just Entered the IMDb Bottom 100
As predicted in the review, it did not break in to the top 10 this weekend. It opened at number 15 with $1.4 million. To put that in perspective, Kevin Hart's stand-up films, Laugh at My Pain opened on 1,400 fewer screens and made $2 million.
Overall, it was the worst box-office weekend of the year, although it's not unusual for the weekend after Labor Day. One debut, however, did perform well: Steven Soderbergh's Contagion made $23 million. That's impressive for a film that takes a realistic look at a pandemic. Whether you thought the film was good or not, we're kind of a sick country to want to go see what is essentially a zombie movie without zombies. The $60 million film looks to eventually break even.
The big disappointment -- at least to many of the critics like myself championing the film -- was the poor showing of Warrior. You'd think all those folks who so passionately defend the ethics of the sport would at least turn out to see the first major motion picture involving MMA fighters, but alas, Warrior only made $5.6 million. I hope you all at least catch it once it arrives on DVD/Netflix. It's a great sports film. Plus, Tom Hardy is shirtless for portions of the film. He's going to be fucking fierce in The Dark Knight Rights. And yet, audiences would rather watch a disease consume the world than watch Tom Hardy and Joel Edgarton beat the living shit out of other fighters? I'm done trying to figure you guys out.
In its 5th week, The Help finally fell out of the top spot, but not too far, landing at number two. It's now grossed $137 million. Save for Rise of the Planet of the Apes at number six, the rest of the top ten -- The Debt, Colombiana, Shark Night 3D, Apollo 18, Our Idiot Brother and Spy Kids 4 -- were holdovers that you barely cared about in previous weeks. In any case, none of them broke $5 million, and Apollo 18 actually fell 66 percent. That looks like the end of the road for found footage films that are not named Paranormal Activity. Good fucking riddance.