The Top Five
#1 "Blades of Glory" ($23 million)
#2 "Meet the Robinsons" ($17 million)
#3 "Are We Done Yet?" ($15 million)
#4 "Grindhouse" ($11.6 million)
#5 "The Reaping" ($10 million)
For all the decapitations, eviscerations, stabbings, shootings and gore found in "Grindhouse," the bloodiest cut of all was reserved for filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino themselves. Make that a slice — as in, "Robert and Quentin, Will Ferrell just sped by and sliced out your hearts with an ice skate." Talk about your "Blades of Glory."
Opening on over 3,700 screens, "Grindhouse" was anything but "Death Proof," good for only $11.6 million and a seemingly dead-on-arrival fourth-place finish. A paean to B-movies of the '60s and '70s, "Grindhouse" was a double-feature experimentation in exploitation. It may be that audiences just weren't that geeked out at the prospect of an homage to some of the worst movies ever made. It may be that, at over 3 hours long, the film scared away most casual filmgoers. It may simply be that if you're going to release the nastiest, foulest, bloodiest movie of the year, you could probably find a better weekend to do it than Easter.
But we came here to praise "Blades," not bury "Grindhouse." In its second weekend, the broad figure-skating comedy once again iced the competition, falling only 30 percent to finish with $23 million. The large haul brings the "Blades" two-week total to a hefty $68 million.
Equally strong was Disney's "Meet the Robinsons," which finished at #2 for the second consecutive weekend with $17 million. After last weekend's seemingly lackluster opening, there was some talk amongst industry observers that continued diminishing returns could spell the end for computer animation at the Mouse House (not including Pixar, obviously.) Now that "Robinsons" has proven that it has legs, those same observers will no doubt herald it as a sign that traditional, hand-drawn animation is still deader than a door knob. Opinions change that fast in this town.
You wanna talk fast, though, look no further than Ice Cube — who went from rapping about "Dead Homiez" to opening movies aimed at children in a few short years. While not as successful as its predecessor, "Are We Done Yet?" nevertheless impressed, talking in $15 million to land at #3 on the weekend chart.
And "The Reaping," starring two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank, rounded out the top five with $10 million.
How'd We Do?
It's been said that the best you can hope for in this life is a decent friend. Baloney. Sure, friends are great and all, but really, what good are they if they don't help you win box-office prediction contests? (I'm looking at you, Kurt Loder.) Our most recent celebrity prognosticator had the right friends at the right time, and by sticking with "Saturday Night Live" buddy Will Ferrell and his "Blades of Glory," "Year of the Dog" star Molly Shannon stuck it to us, winning the week in walk-off fashion (see ).
Prognosticator (Weeks Won)
Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies editor (14)
Larry Carroll, MTV News writer (7)
Celebrity guests (3)
We chided the folks behind "Grindhouse" for releasing their ultra-violent flick on Easter weekend, but a quick look at the numbers shows history was on their side. Two of the top five Easter openings of all-time have belonged to movies with R ratings, while the other three have been PG-13.
#1 "Scary Movie 4" ($40 million, PG-13)
#2 "Panic Room" ($30 million, R)
#3 "The Matrix" ($27.7 million, R)
#4 "Guess Who" ($20.7 million, PG-13)
#5 "U-571" ($19.6 million, PG-13)
So you don't want an homage to exploitation flicks. Fine, we get it. But how do you feel, America, about an homage or two to Hitchcock? OK, you've twisted our arm, we'll even throw in that cute kid from "Holes." Ah, now we've got your attention. Starring Shia LaBeouf, "Disturbia" is billed as a modern re-imagining of "Rear Window," centering on a teenager confined to house arrest who suspects his neighbor of murder. Opening in over 2,500 theaters, it'll be the film to beat next weekend.
The thriller "Perfect Stranger," starring Bruce Willis and Halle Berry, also opens wide next week, while "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters" opens in limited release.
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