Mm-mmm! That is, a small, muthaf*ckin flashlight!
Lakeview Terrace, from Neil LaBute, the director of Wicker Man (pictured below right) and Sam Jackson, the star of anything you pay him for, was the big winner this weekend, taking in $15.6 million for the top spot, nearly earning back its $20 million budget in its first weekend.
The other new movies all fared pretty badly. Dane Cook continued to be box office poison as My Best Friend’s Girl opened in third with just $8.3 million. Shockingly, it wasn’t screened for critics. The cast, the concept, the poster, the fact that they actually used the song in the trailer – hard to pinpoint the exact problem when everything about the film was so spectacularly ill-conceived. Dane Cook has now bombed opposite Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, and Kate Hudson which means he’s just a small step away from starring opposite Carmen Electra, and that’s when you’ve truly failed. My favorite My Best Friend’s Girl review:
Want to spend a seemingly endless 100 minutes watching a dullard trying to decide between a douchebag and a eunuch? Then run, don’t walk, to My Best Friend’s Girl, a supremely irritating movie about idiots and their dull quest for unconvincing love. -MSNBC
Meanwhile, Ghost Town, starring Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear, received mostly positive reviews but opened all the way down at number 8 with $5.2 million. I just can’t understand it, it seemed like such a fresh concept. Full top ten after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »