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It's Hard Out Here for a Wimp!

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | March 22, 2010 |

By William Goss | Box Office Round-Ups | March 22, 2010 |

Well, well, well, Wonderland wins another weekend with $34.2 million, further ensuring that Tim Burton won’t be breaking his pale-girls-and-Johnny-Depp formula for some time to come. The teens and curious elders must’ve been turning out for that one, since the youngins got their families to go to Diary of a Wimpy Kid instead. I’m told that the books are popular, but no one had reason to expect a $22.1 million opening, besting an exceedingly generic-looking Gerard Butler/Jennifer Aniston rom-com (The Bounty Hunter, with $20.7 million in third place) in the process. I’m not sure what the next Wimpy book is called, and I’m far too lazy to Google it, but I suspect that its film adaptation will be turned around in no time.

Diary moved up to this weekend in order to avoid the likely success of Clash of the Titans once it bumped back a weekend, and while Repo Men followed suit, it landed with a relative thud. On the other hand, anyone expecting more than $6.13 million from this didn’t realize that it would still be a film that had Jude Law and Forest Whitaker sold as action leads (“Yo, I hear they teamed up Alfie and the Last King of Scotland!”).

Just behind it was Universal’s other recent misfire, Green Zone, with $6.11 million. In sixth was She’s Out of My League with $5.8 million, in seventh was Shutter Island with $4.7 million, in eighth was Goddamn Avatar with $4 million, in ninth was Our Family Wedding with $3.6 million (“Man, it’s got that Scottish King AND Carlos Mencia!”), and in tenth was Remember Me with $3.2 million.

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