The summer box office season is drawing to a close. Of course, the summer isn’t anywhere near over, but that’s not really the point — when you start releasing your big movies in May, you can only go so long. This weekend saw the release of the last big broad-drawing movie, as The Simpsons Movie rushed into the living room, by which I mean the multiplex. Many wondered if the series’ small-screen success would translate to the big-screen. Many wondered if the film, based on a series that has not been funny for more than five years, would be funny. Many wondered if it would be better than the best-ever TV-to-movie adaptation, The Brady Bunch Movie.
It was a weekend of questions! And now, with these box office results which appeared spelled out in my morning bowl of alphabits — cereal that has little to do with the movies.com box office results –, we have some answers.
But the answer is definitely a ‘no’ on that better-than-the-Brady-Bunch-movie question. That movie was awesome.
Matt and I watched the pilot to Chuck over the weekend. I was pleasantly surprised. The show was well cast and well written. The premise was quirky but believable and they achieved a great balance of action and humor. It will make a more sensical pairing to Heroes than everything NBC tied with it this past year. It’s geared towards a similar demographic, has a similar (but lesser so) comic book homage going on, and frankly anything is better than the reality television version of The Wedding Crashers.
Oh man. My career as a box office analyzer is quickly crumbling into dust. First I was wrong about Transformers. Then I was wrong, again, about Transformers. And now I have been proven titanically wrong by a little movie called Hairspray. Needless to say, the trauma brought to me by these events has made it particularly hard to find the motivation to write a column this week.
And yet I beat on, boat against the current, borne ceaselessly into these numbers that appeared one morning, written in the sky by a plane with the movies.com box office report logo emblazoned on its side.
“It’s over!” spoilers below:
That boy wizard sure is persistent, isn’t he? When he first burst onto the literary scene in 1997, who would have thought he’d still be around — and as popular as ever — ten years later? At this point, he’s surpassed pretty much all of the popular fictional characters from my own childhood. None of my supposed heroes — not the Ninja Turtles, not the Power Rangers, not the Planeteers, not Bruno and Boots and especially not anything to do with pogs — lasted this long. The only 80s-born characters that can even hold a candle to Harry’s longevity would be Nintendo’s Mushroom Kingdom characters. Nothing else out of the 80s has endured, barring the occasional nostalgia-fueled comeback like we recently saw with Transformers.
I’m not sure what that says about the 80s, except for maybe that they sucked, creatively, compared to the 90s. But, really, you don’t need to be a scientist or a pop culture analyst to come to that conclusion.
The following are this past weekend’s box office results! The numbers and positions came to me in a dream and were then stolen by the movies.com box office report because, sadly, I talk in my sleep.