‘G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra’ Falls Behind In This Week’s Box Office Poll

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Sort of. Twitter-Wood and Around the Blogosphere will not be seen today; Warmoth is out and I’m too bummed about the late John Hughes to start digging through a Blogosphere’s worth of remembrances. Normally I’d try to fill Warmoth’s giant Twitter-Wood shoes, but the outpouring of grief today is pretty impressive. Then again, it’s not everyday a living legend passes from our midst.

Something incredible happened with this week’s Box Office Poll. Not only did the clear blockbuster favorite for the week not take the top prize, it was pretty much crushed by the second place winner. I don’t get it either. Did the controversy really deter so many people? Enough vagaries! More to come after the break.

In case you didn’t figure it out from my not-so-vague header text, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” was soundly defeated in this week’s box office poll, taking the second place spot with 38% of your vote. Before I get into the top spot, I want to rant a little bit.

Folks. Seriously. Forget the anti-hype. “G.I. Joe” is a really entertaining movie. I would go as far as saying that it is director Stephen Sommers’ best effort since “The Mummy,” and that it is as good or better than the earlier effort. As a fan of the cartoon series who used to rush home after school, I felt perfectly served. There were a few niggling issues, but you might be interested to know that the Accelerator Suits did not rank among them. I’ll have a more thorough fan reaction on Monday, after I’ve seen the movie a second time, but I hope at least some of you will be talked back in to checking it out.

Now here’s the crazy thing. With “Julie & Julia” and “A Perfect Getaway” both out this week, you’d think that one of them might have toppled “Joe.” No. They scored 2% or less. It was the limited release platter for the week, which includes “Paper Heart,” “Cold Souls” and “I Sell the Dead.” They got 57% of your vote. That’s definitely a first in the short history of these polls.

Now I’m curious to know which of the limited releases you’re checking out. Is Charlyne Yi’s docu-fiction-mentary tugging at your “Heart”-strings? Paul Giamatti’s “Cold,” lonely soul? Or are you sold on director Glenn McQuaid’s zombi-comedy? What’s the deal folks… clue a clueless movies editor in!