Friday, March 4, 2011

Movie Openings: Weekend of March 4th, 2011 - Rango Your Fate

Well, the 2011 Oscars have come and gone and it was business as usual, with no big surprises in any of the major categories. Those who were expected to win, won. In short, the show was predictable, stale and in dire need of an overhaul. Even the two youthful hosts could not inject any excitement into the evening's well choreographed proceedings. As expected, The King's Speech took home four Oscars, for Best Picture, Actor (Colin Firth), Director (Tom Hooper) and Original Screenplay. If you are looking to take home one of those golden statues, just make a film like The King's Speech. It was the ultimate Oscar bait. No doubt, it was a great film but all the same, it was a film catered perfectly to Academy voters. While Inception deservedly picked up the Oscars for visual effects, sound editing and cinematography, the Boston-based pugilist film The Fighter took home two of the supporting actor prizes (Christian Bale and Melissa Leo). Early favorite, The Social Network picked up 3 Oscars but they were in lesser categories like Film Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay. By most accounts, David Fincher was robbed as Oscar stayed true to the arcane concept of always awarding the Best Director prize to the director of the Best Picture winner. Oh well, maybe next year.......

So last weekend, which film did you think came out on top at the box office? Well, the only logical pick is of course the Farrelly Bros' raunchy comedy "Hall Pass," which easily bested the other new release, the Nic Cage-crash and burn-tour-de-force, "Drive Angry." "Hall Pass" picked up $13.5M, narrowly edging out the still-going-strong animated film, "Gnomeo & Juliet," which garnered another $13.4M to bring its 3-week total gross to an impressive $74M. The Liam Neeson thriller, "Unknown" came in at number 3 with $12.5M and finally, the teen sci-fi thriller "I Am Number Four" lived up to its moniker, coming in in 4th place with $11M. The Adam Sandler comedy "Just Go With It" rounded up the top 5 with $10.5M. So where did "Drive Angry" end up? Well, down at #9 with a mere $5.1M. Can you believe that Nicolas Cage was a former Oscar winner and going by his recent choice of bad movie roles, he can't really go anywhere else but up. Seriously, Cage needs to fire his current agent and hire someone that might have an ounce of brain matter, someone like maybe a trained chimpanzee or something.

OK, now on to this week's movie releases.......