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By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | September 15, 2008 |

Everything below, I found on the Internet. And if it’s on the Internet, it must be true. Which makes this statement doubly so.

5. The House Bunny ($4.3 million; $43 million): It’s not heavily advertised, but there are a few theaters in Southern California (I believe they are Magic Johnson cinemas) where theatergoers attending showings of The House Bunny are guaranteed to walk out miserable, or the ticket taker will punch you in the throat for free. Believe it or not, The House Bunny has the highest per theater average in the area.

4. The Women ($10 million): Originally, the studio pitched this idea to Tyler Perry, who was going to call it The Blacks, and make it about four African-American men who wear feathers in their cap and drink malt liquor. However, focus groups thought the idea was offensively stereotypical, so the studio decided instead to write a movie about four women who shop and talk about their feelings over drinks with umbrellas in them.

3. Righteous Kill ($16 million): Before the Al Pacino / Robert DeNiro starrer had even debuted, the filmmakers had already come up with an idea to capitalize on the fading stars of the next generation’s two best actors. The sequel doesn’t have a title, a script, or a director, but the studio has already penciled the movie in for September 2028, and attached Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington to the project.

But here’s a fun fact about Righteous Kill: Robert DeNiro had to hire an extra assistant, whose full-time job it was to wipe the spittle off of DeNiro’s face after filming scenes with Pacino.

(Apropos of nothing: How about those television adverts for this movie: “Al Pacino! Robert DeNiro! What else do you need to know?” Ummm. How about if the movie is any goddamn good?)

2. Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys ($18 million): Here’s an interesting note: Tyler Perry isn’t technically a real human. He was created in a Petri dish by a group of scientists with odd senses of humor responsible for the human genome project. They were commissioned by Hollywood to play mad libs with a series of African-American stereotypes and create the ultimate caricature. The result was Perry. For shits and giggles, sometimes they put him in a dress and a fat suit and see what he does. It’s hilarious!

(Note: Our review will be up this afternoon.)

1. Burn After Reading: ($19.5 million): Fun Fact: Sometimes, when Joel Coen’s wife, Frances McDormand, has a headache or is otherwise not feeling well, Joel makes loves to Holly Hunter, instead. True story.

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