Box Office Booty: 2007-09-10

by Paul William Tenny

Crapped on, kicked, shot, possibly thrown off a moving train, herelded as the first obvious Oscar contender, laughed at, and destined for the bargain bin. I'm talking about Ross Crowe and Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma, in case you couldn't tell. Or maybe it was Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen vying for the body count weekend record? Perhaps it was both.

Neither film did well in the theater this past weekend despite the threesome of wanted stars. Shoot 'Em Up couldn't even beat The Bourne Ultimatum which hung into fifth place despite being in the theaters for the past six weeks. Yuma did manage to take the top spot from Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, which has actually been doing very well for the Weinstein's. That's great news for them, as they've been sucking hind tit ever since leaving Disney.

To tell you the truth, there isn't a whole hell of a lot to say about this. People are tired of seeing all the must-see sequels every single weekend and it's not like these two films were especially inspiring, either. Shoot 'Em Up was a brainless sex act of a movie for people who love lots of "stunning action" and not a lot of plot. It was never going to be a serious threat, but there is an upside to that bomb: New Line recently scored with Rush Hour 3 (which will share the same fate as the above mentioned pic if they dare try a fourth), so they aren't exactly hurting for cash.

Yuma cost $55 million to make which means after bringing in $14.1 million ($7.7m after theaters take) is officially a bomb, and you know people have a good point about this movie, especially the way things have trended the past two years. Big bombs with the public seem to give it cred with Academy judges, so many it'll have legs on DVD if it wins something, hopefully something other than a "it-sucked-so-I-stayed-home-and-got-drunk" award.

No top 10 this weekend since there were only 2 big flicks were talking about. Per usual, you can get the full list at Box Office Mojo.

  1. 3:10 to Yuma ($14.1m)
  2. Halloween ($10m)
  3. Superbad ($8m)
  4. Balls of Fury ($5.6)
  5. The Bourne Ultimatum ($5.47)
  6. Shoot 'Em Up ($5.45)
I'll have a list of new-on-DVD stuff tomorrow, watch for it.


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