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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 26, 2007 |

10. No Country for Old Men: In its first week of expanded release, the Coen brothers’ latest puts up stellar numbers, racking up nearly $10,000 per theater, good for third among the top ten. And I know it’s probably just me, but does anyone else see a weird similarity between this guy and this guy? I’m smoking crack, aren’t I? Weekend: $8 million; Total: $16.5 million.

9. American Gangster: Weekend $9 million; Total $116 million.

8. The Mist: I don’t know what’s going on in The Mist comment thread — it’s like the Grand Guignol of debates, as a few outspoken commenters apparently have a problem with either Canadians or language beyond their pay grade. Otherwise, the discussion in The Mist thread seems to be focused on the lack of decent horror films in the marketplace right now. I think, too, that multiplexes themselves are a contributing factor: It’s hard to suspend disbelief when the jackass sitting next to you keeps crinkling his Twizzlers wrapper or giggling when his date jumps out of her seat. Man up, assholes — let the fear overtake you. That said, there haven’t been many worth suspending disbelief. In either respect, The Mist disappointed at the box-office and poor Thomas Jane looks like he’ll toil in relative obscurity a little longer. Weekend: $13 million.

7. August Rush: The good news for August was that its box-office gross actually increased each day from Wednesday through Saturday, suggesting solid word of mouth; the bad news, however, was that a seventh place finish isn’t the showing it was probably hoping for. In the meantime, Keri Russell’s brilliant gem, Waitress, comes out on DVD tomorrow. If you haven’t seen it, do. And if you need a reason besides Russell, how about this one: Nathan Fillion. Sadly, Russell has nothing on tap besides an already completed film with no release date — I hope to God she doesn’t go on another three-year hiatus like she did after “Felicity”; my heart can’t take it. Someone put her in a high-concept romantic comedy opposite Ryan Gosling. Like, now. Actually, it wouldn’t even be the first time they shared a stage: Both appeared in season six of the “Mickey Mouse Club,” along with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Brian McKnight, and Justin Timberlake. And for those who want to see Keri’s career low light, watch and weep:

Weekend $13 million.

6. Fred Claus: Ugh — Claus actually increased over last weekend’s total, meaning that this bad boy has legs. That’s so depressing. Weekend $13 million; Total: $53 million.

5. Bee Movie: Bee opened at number two, behind American Gangster on its opening weekend. Three weeks later, it’s four spots higher. Weekend: $16 million; Total $112 million.

4. Hitman: I think that Phillip’s “it ain’t that bad” review, along with 11 percent tomatometer reading, proved this much: It may be the best reviewed video-game ever. It doesn’t take a lot, and without ever seeing it, I’d probably give it an 11 percent for the casting of Timothy Olyphant alone, though apparently some of you would’ve preferred Jason Statham. Oh, and Pookie: I dunno who you are, and I really don’t like to call out obnoxious commenters, but c’mon man. “Let’s not talk about the feminist and her quest for a peckerless society” is just the latest in a series of your nonsense comments. We got no problem with rabble-rousers — God knows there are plenty below the comment line — but, Jesus dude: Would it kill you to contribute something meaningful to the conversation? You’re just heckling, man. Do you know what an asslantern is? Weekend $21 million.

3. Beowulf: Here’s a thought: Given the success of both Beowulf and Bee Movie, why not combine them: The Beewulf Movie. And then you can see Angelina Jolie’s bee breasts, while Seinfeld could voice the title character: “What’s! The! Deal! With! Beowulf?!” OK: Lame. Weekend: $23 million; Total: $56 million.

2. This Christmas: The big surprise over the weekend was the showing of This Christmas, but I’ll withhold comment and let the review, which will be up later today, speak for itself. It’s good to see Regina King in a successful movie, however.

1. Enchanted: The Enchanted thread took a weird turn, from a discussion of Amy Adams and the relative merits of the film, to a discussion of post-modernism, Disney damsels, and I believe: Pimps. But the real question is: Who is more attractive? Amy Adams or Isla Fisher? Personally, I have to give the nod to Adams, but only by a scoch. And for those of you just discovering the awesomenimity of Adams, do yourself a solid and rent Junebug, one of the best little seen films of the last five years. Anyway, Adams won’t be confused with Fisher much longer, not after Enchanted made off with the second biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time, behind Toy Story 2.

*Other notables: Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding put up respectable numbers in limited release (our review will be up later today), while Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There, performed disappointingly in 130 theaters. That review will be up first thing tomorrow.

And on DVD this week, besides Waitress, look for these stinkers: Bratz, I Know Who Killed Me, Skinwalkers, and the surprisingly decent Mr. Bean’s Holiday. And just in time for Christmas, check out the three-disc collector’s edition of Hot Fuzz.

You Ride It Like a Skeleton Horse Through the Gates of Hell, and Then You Win!

Box-Office Round-Up / Dustin Rowles

Industry | November 26, 2007 |

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