Although ‘The Hunger Games’ finally got muscled out of the #1 spot on, this, its fifth weekend of release, the film managed to only drop another 31%. Coming in at third, ‘The Hunger Games’ has now made $356 million domestically.
What a wasted opportunity. Today is 4/20 and not a single studio thought to release a stoner comedy. I’m more shocked about that than I am about the weak movies that actually open today.
‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Josh Radnor made his directorial debut at Sundance last year with ‘happythankyoumoreplease‘. He’s back this year with a more mature, more refined effort, ‘Liberal Arts’.
Highlighting movies coming to the Netflix stream as well as those leaving makes this list a lot less depressing. In fact, things look pretty promising, even if some of the movies we’re losing this week are incredibly good.
Well, it looked for a minute there like ‘Dinner for Schmucks,’ the high-concept comedy from DreamWorks that’s a remake of an already mediocre French farce, was going to come out as the king of the weekend box office. I even had my title for this post all picked out (“Winner for Schmucks”). But now it looks like Christopher Nolan’s titillating, debate-raising dream world thriller ‘Inception’ has remained on top. Way to go, American public!
So, I didn’t see any of the trio of big studio releases opening this weekend, mostly because they all look really awful. (Plus, I didn’t get invited to ‘Charlie St. Cloud‘). The summer has been lousy on the whole, peppered here and there with only a few genuinely entertaining Hollywood pictures (‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Predators,’ ‘Inception‘). This looks like another “off” week – as in, “You should take the weekend off and finally get through Justin Cronin’s brilliant post-apocalyptic vampire novel ‘The Passage,’ which you’ve been telling yourself you’d finish before the summer was over and now that’s looking unlikely.” That kind of weekend.