Sunday, June 13, 2010

Black Sheep @ The Box Office

You may have noticed that there was no review published this week on Black Sheep.  I had decided long ago, unlike most of you apparently, to avoid THE KARATE KID.  I was supposed to see THE A-TEAM but decided at that last second to simply protest Hollywood's endless supply of sub-par garbage this summer by reviewing nothing at all.  Yes, I do acknowledge this is also a convenient excuse for me to take the weekend off but seriously, what kind of pathetic weekend at the summer box office is it when these two unnecessary 80's throwbacks are your two top choices?  Somehow, like father like son, Jaden Smith successfully managed to headline the 8th biggest June opening in history.  Meanwhile, THE A-TEAM underwhelmed in second place with half the gross of its biggest competition when it was supposed to give it a run for its money.  And so THE A-TEAM now joins SEX AND THE CITY 2PRINCE OF PERSIA, and ROBIN HOOD as official summer disappointments while THE KARATE KID breathes some much needed life into the season. Showing promising platform starts were the Sundance favourite, WINTER'S BONE, which I hear is quite chilling, and COCO CHANEL AND IGOR STRAVINSKY, which I hear is quite French.  Kidding.  I actually hear mixed things.  WINTER'S BONE opened to a per screen average of $21,350 and CHANEL/STRAVINSKY opened lower with $16,265.  Both will expand slowly next week and will vie for the ever coveted summer indie downer crown.

NEXT WEEK: More crap and a potential summer saviour.  The trailers for JONAH HEX bore me dreadfully but it still charges onto 2700 screens.  Thankfully, a delightful alternative awaits.  TOY STORY 3 from the good ol' boy at Pixar bursts onto 3900 screens.  As if that weren't enough, another visual delight, I AM LOVE, with Tilda Swinton, opens in select cities.

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