5. Knocked Up $7.6m
Cargill said it better than I could, Knocked Up was destined to be a cash cow. It will hit the $100 million dollar mark this weekend, not shabby for a small budget comedy. The lesson pours down again and again, comedy is the most easily produced financial monster out there.
4. Ocean's Thirteen $10.3m
Modest success, that's what I award them. I think the complaint with most of these sequels is that they seem pointless. None of them are significant evolutions of the product. Will it be the same with Live Free or Die Hard? In a word, yes.
3. 1408 $15.0m
1408 has no competition in sight. I think this is the rare example of slotting a thriller into a summer month with a chance of success, plus Cusack and Sam Jackson bring a lot of buzz to this film. If this doesn't hit at least double digits it's probably worth folding up shop on the whole genre.
2. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer $26.9m
Dre said he would have given this a D+. Harsh. But valid, the only above average part was the Silver Surfer and he was essentially just a CGI prop. That doesn't bode well for the box office stability of the product.
1. Evan Almighty $42.0m
It will win the weekend with ease but after that the movie is in big trouble. Every clip and trailer had to have told the public that this isn't good. Have you noticed yourself not even smirking when you see the trailer? I know you have. Be a buddy and give this a pass. Save your money for next weekend.
Check back with MaryAnn on Monday. She recaps with great joy.
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