Weekend box office: 'The Roommate' wins and critics lose
Cast identical-looking, very attractive actresses in a schlocky horror movie and know what you get? The No. 1 movie in America.
Yes, a few of you actually spent a portion of this Super Bowl weekend at the movies. And because of that, we bring you a box office rundown complete with congratulations (to "The Roommate"), condolences (to the critics, who once again seem irrelevant since they didn't get to screen "The Roommate" in advance) and a list of the top five movies in the country.
Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly and the whole team behind "The Roommate," who managed to essentially remake "Single White Female" and still earn $15.6 million, enough to snag the box office top spot. Well done doesn't seem like the right phrase to use here ... how about, enjoy the money you managed to make off of moviegoers with low standards?
"The King's Speech," which rose a notch in the box office rankings (from No. 5 to 4), brought in another $8.3 million and raised its total gross to $84.1 million. This good news certainly is due in part to the Weinstein Company's announcement that the Queen of England saw the film and liked it. The Queen's endorsement = blockbuster numbers.
And condolences to...
The movie business overall, which, according to Box Office Mojo, experienced its least-attended Super Bowl weekend in 15 years. For the record, that year was 1996, when the top 10 movies at the box office included "Screamers," "Jumanji," "From Dusk Til Dawn" and, at No. 1, "Mr. Holland's Opus."
Movie critics, who were totally bypassed by Sony and didn't get to review "The Roommate" ahead of its release. That gamble totally paid off for the studio, of course, which means that Hollywood will continue to feel empowered to let lousy films avoid being reviewed in advance because, hey, they make money anyway.
"Sanctum," which co-opted James Cameron's name (he produced) and tried to capitalize on inflated 3-D ticket prices but still only made $1.2 million.
"The Rite": This Anthony Hopkins flick feel from first place to sixth, dropping business by more than 62 percent. Not an excellent weekend for an exorcism, apparently.
Here's the list of weekend's top five movies (based on studio projections), followed by our usual poll that asks you to predict next weekend's winner.
1. "The Roommate" -- $15.6 million
2. "Sanctum" -- $9.2 million
3. "No Strings Attached" -- $8.4 million
4. "The King's Speech" -- $8.3 million
5. "The Green Hornet" -- $6.1 million
| February 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: Weekend Box Office
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