This holiday weekend (What is it? Columbus Day? When you’re a writer every day is a work day) was an all-out battle. Disney’s feel-good true-life sports picture ‘Secretariat’ battled gooey romantic comedy ‘Life As We Know It’ and last week’s champion, the Facebook drama ‘The Social Network.’ It looked touch and go for a little while there, but in the end, ‘Secretariat’ barely placed third. So, who won for #1?
Well, it’s those borderline sociopaths over at ‘The Social Network.’ (I’m talking about the characters, not David Fincher.) The film took the top spot for the second weekend with another $15.9 million. Not too shabby, especially considering that it’s only a 23% drop, which is the best hold of any movie this year, even better than ‘Inception.’ I tut-tutted last weekend’s gross because I felt it was too low for a movie so good, but it seems that strong word of mouth should carry this above and beyond. I say good on ya’. (I saw it again this week, and the crowd of regular folks ate it up.)
Second place, then, went to ‘Life As We Know It,’ which looks like some cloying sentimental claptrap, and therefore handily took in $14.6 million. Of course. Because, as we know, books are for nerds.
Trailing in third place was ‘Secretariat,’ Disney’s fuzzy-warm sports flick about the unstoppable horse. Apparently, people love the story more than the movie, because it only took in $12.6 million. You could feel Disney’s desperation to position this thing – last week’s sneak preview, the constant comparisons in ads to ‘The Blind Side‘ – but nothing seemed to stick. I’m more curious about Layfayette from ‘True Blood‘ in a squeaky clean family movie, and how John Malkovich can appropriately weird stuff up. (So no, haven’t seen it yet.)
‘My Soul to Take,’ Wes Craven’s long-delayed and recently 3D-ized horror flick looked to recapture the magic of his ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street‘ – but fell flat in fifth place with $6.9 million. Apparently the Halloween spirit didn’t seize people enough to spend five extra dollars.
While we’re on the subject of horror movie disappointments, ‘Let Me In,’ the superb remake of the Swedish vampire movie ‘Let the Right One In,’ fell out of the Top 10 entirely. Stephen King called it “the best horror film of the last 20 years,” and still… nothing. The Renee Zellweger thriller ‘Case 39‘ is still hanging tough. But this? Gone. It’s positively scary.
The Top 10:
01 ‘The Social Network’ (Sony) – $15.5 million
02 ‘Life As We Know It’ (Warner Bros) – $14.6 million
03 ‘Secretariat’ (Disney) – $12.6 million
04 ‘Legend of the Guardians’ (Warner Bros) – $7.0 million
05 ‘My Soul to Take’ (Universal) – $6.9 million
06 ‘The Town’ (Warner Bros) – $6.3 million
07 ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ (Fox) – $4.6 million
08 ‘Easy A’ (Sony) – $4.2 million
09 ‘Case 39’ (Paramount) – $2.6 million
10 ‘You Again’ (Disney) – $2.5 million