Back in the day we used to do a little feature called Box Office Expert Picks. Or something like that. Can't really remember. It wasn't a good feature.
Let's go back to the well, with your help. Each Friday here, pending I remember, I'll post my box office movie picks. You do the same, if that's your thing, and we'll compare notes come Monday.
Opening this week are:
-- Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy and Common.
-- WALL-E, the latest animated fare from the Pixar studios, starring the voices of Ben Burtt (of R2D2 fame), Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin and Sigourney Weaver.
-- Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, a documentary featuring recent NBA Draftees Kevin Love, Donte Green, Michael Beasley and Jerryd Bayless.
Last week's Top Three:
1. Get Smart $38.7M Total: $38.7M
2. The Incredible Hulk $22.1M Total: $97.1M
3. Kung Fu Panda $21.9M Total: $156M
On to the picks
Future-gazer Gregory Hardy's analysis:
1. WALL-E $71M (That Wall-E robot might as well be an ATM for Disney/Pixar)
2. Wanted $30M (Shot through the heart with a CGI bullet and Morgan Freeman's to blame; Angelina Jolie gives assassin sex a bad name)
3. Get Smart $15M (My shoe phone had texting capability until I stepped in something ...)
1. WALL-E, $71M
2. Get Smart, $28M
3. Wanted, $17M
Ratatouille made $47,027,395 its opening weekend.
The Incredibles made $70,467,623 its opening weekend.
Finding Nemo made $70,251,710 its opening weekend.
Monsters Inc. made $62,577,067 its opening weekend.
Toy Story 2 made $57,388,839 its opening weekend.
Toy Story made nearly $200 million gross.
Hmmm, I sense a trend. Something like, Pixar movies do real, real well at the box office. Throw in the fact that Pixar movies are a. visually amazing and b. well scripted and its no wonder you get reviews like this from Slate's Dana Stevens:
"Despite the virtuosity of its technical execution, WALL-E never feels like a soulless, well-oiled entertainment machine. Rather, the movie resembles its resilient, square-shaped hero: a built-to-last contraption with a disproportionately big heart."
What is WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class)? The sole anthropormorphic entity left in an earth deserted by humans 700 years ago. That didn't make sense. It takes place in the future, but in that future, humans left 700 years ago. They didn't leave in 1308. They left around today, and we're now in 2708, I hear.
Before I confuse myself, my thoughts on Wanted.
The box office is tough on rated-R action movies, despite the potential to see Angelina Jolie's body double naked. Fight Club only opened with $11 million back in 1999, and I don't get the feeling Wanted, despite being an action-satire (James McAvoy's character works in a cube, we should all be able to relate, right?) has that sort of zing.
On to the best blogs ... around
Jason Thompson went from Rider unknown to 12th pick of the draft by the Sacramento Kings. That means some changes are in store for The Eagle's Blog Has Landed.
When your team's draft haul is Walter Sharpe, Trent Plaisted and Deron Washington, there's reason to wonder if Matt Millen, not Joe Dumars, was calling the shots for the Pistons. Dive into the Mind of The Big B.
With a resurgent Marat Safin at Wimbledon (and with that he'll lose today), The Real Truth looks at the remarkable, hot-headed talent, and just where it all went wrong (and ocassionally right).
Darrell Arthur was the last player left in the green room and after that misery, was traded twice. That doesn't make Harst's View on Sports very happy.
Klick of the Day
John Daly + a man can of Bud heavy + a crowd = this video.