The franchise that never dies has just financed an additional ten films with a three-day opening weekend slaughter of $42 million, leading a pack of other box office successes. The entertaining reboot of Friday the 13th, which went back to roots and offered fans and non-fans – like me – alike enough murders and thrills to meet or exceed expectations, and audiences responded favorably.
As Box Office Prophets put it, this weekend was a perfect storm for the above movie. Friday was, after all, Friday the 13th. Saturday was Valentine’s Day, where both romantic comedies and horror movies prosper. And Sunday was just like another Saturday, as many people have Monday off for President’s Day.
Other successes of the weekend were He’s Just Not That Into You, which took in another $20 million to fend off the $15 million opening of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Considering that Shopaholic is Isla Fisher’s first headlining film and that she was going up against a romantic comedy cast that involved every other actor in Hollywood, it’s not a bad opening. Oh, and it received more bad reviews than Jason did. Ouch.
Two movies that just keep on giving are Taken, which is definitely entertaining, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, a mvoie that I hear is quite the opposite. The Liam Neeson thriller dropped only a few percent from last week, continuing to defy analysts and guaranteeing at least $100 million in the bank, while the Kevin James slapstick film actually increased seven percent over last weekend. While I’m thrilled about Taken‘s success, I am fearing next year’s Paul Blart Strikes Back, and several years down the line, Paul Blart, Jr.
Coraline, the best reviewed film of the year thus far, at least eases my concerns that American audiences are once again swarming to crap while ignoring the good stuff, as it held brilliantly and took in another $15 million. However, Clive Owen’s The International, which had the strongest reviews of the new openers this week, lived up to the expectations the movie trailers set by filching only $10 million.
All in all, it was an amazingly impressive weekend – I suggest you read John Hamann’s analysis at Box Office Prophets. For a full box office ranking of the top ten, head on over to the FilmJabber homepage.