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November 17, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | November 17, 2008 |

5. Changeling ($4.2 million; $27 million): Goddamnit, this movie just won’t go away, clinging to the top 5 now in its 5th week. Granted, it’s only made back half its budget, but if it continues to sleeper perform, I’m gonna feel obligated to see it myself, and I have the opposite of interest in seeing Angelina Jolie in that awful hat. Here’s a fun fact: For the movie, Jolie had to learn to roller skate in high heels. Did women in the 1920s actually roller skate in high heels? Bloody hell. How do you even manage that? I’m confused.

4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year: ($5.8 million; $84 million): Given the level of brain damage inflicted by HSM 3, I have no idea why the MPAA would give it a G rating. You’d think it get at least a PG-13 just for the amount of sucking Zac Effron does.

3. Role Models ($11 million; $38 million): Fact: Role Models is now the 1,391st highest grossing film in the history of movies. That’s the power of Paul Rudd, folks.

And all right, ladies. Here’s a question for you: Would You Rather? Louis Skolnick or McLovin?


2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: ($36 million; $118 million): I’m actually fairly surprised that Madagascar 2 is doing as well as it has, given the controversy that’s erupted over the miscegenation of the zebras. We truly have evolved socially in this country when some right-wing nutbag is not crawling out of the woodwork bitching about the mating of mixed-race horses.

Fun Fact: There’s still no fun facts to be unearthed here. The movie, however, was written by Etan Cohen. Who the hell names their kid Etan? That’s a name that’s just begging for people to correct you on the spelling of your own name.

1. Quantum of Solace ($70 million): Ho-lee. That $70 million opening is the best opening all time for a Bond film, topping Die Another Day by a $23 million and number 3, Casino Royale by $30 million. Hell, in one weekend, Quantum of Solace just outgrossed 16 other Bond films. For the record, the worst performing Bond film, Dr. No ($16 million, overall) also featured the Hottest Bond girl. Then again, $16 million was probably worth more in 1963.Actually, I can tell you: $16 million in 1963, adjusted for inflation, is $132 million. In fact, adjusted for inflation, the $63 million that Thunderball made in 1965 makes it the 26th highest grossing film of all time, and the $51 million that Goldfinger earned in 1964 makes it the 40th highest grossing film of all time. Adjusted for inflation, I do believe that The Living Daylights is actually the worst performing Bond film. And that was Timothy Dalton, so it hardly even qualifies as a Bond film.

I’m just a fountain of useless box-office knowledge.

Finally, Gemma Arterton, if she were a natural redhead, would’ve jumped to number two on our top 5 hottest redheads of all time.

The Weekly Box-Office Round-Up / Dustin Rowles

Box Office Round-Ups | November 17, 2008 |

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