In closing of January it is Liam Neeson who claims the box office, even with an adventure film of considerably hefty length founded on a very, very simple premise already most similarly examined by Frozen two years ago, which equally aggravated Public Representatives of the wolf and its image. Either way, it is clear that Neeson can still carry a film. Although its fresh competition this week was remarkably underwhelming, The Grey did still manage to overcome the highest rated Underworld yet. 

Too bad, so sad for Sam Worthington-led Man on a Ledge. It may have been rated averagely on user-submitted IMDb, but there is no denying that in Hollywood ratings do not matter. It opened fifth in the box office, which is literally abysmal. I wouldn’t blame the Director Asger Leth for being unable to handle a narrative so much as TV screenwriter Pablo F. Fenjves attempting his debut at a feature film meant to run in theatres.

People are often frustrated at the Directors for their story. These are not intelligent people. Most viewers are not intelligent people these days (except you). Any movie is founded on a screenplay first, everything else afterwards. If you don’t like a movie, blame the writer. And Hollywood. Few people are aware just how much Hollywood butchers their scripts, so there’s no telling what we’ll end up with. No matter what stars you have on cast, even the man from Avatar himself, there’s no compromise for a sub-standard script.

Now, the reason One For the Money did so well, managing a completely unforeseeable upset against Underworld: Awakenings, has (I believe) a great deal to do with its target audience, that is the female gender, being completely desperate for a rom-com that isn’t completely intolerable.

Come now, women, count your chick-flicks. How many truly decent ones are there? All the male-ness in Hollywood allows for that gender to be way more satisfied. So, there’s no question Katherine Heigl’s latest was going to go at least somewhere, despite its rating being shockingly low.

The Woman in Black is rated PG-13. Horror films, especially ghost stories rated that way don’t get to be successful very often these days unless you’re The Others, which was of course an immensely well-written tribute to Mr. Rod Serling and was released in 2001. So, good luck Harry Potter. He’ll have to count on the ripples of Paranormal Activity keeping his genre popular. This will label it best runner for number one next week anyways.

Oh, look! Madonna’s directing something. Not. Also, what exactly is the movie Big Miracle? Is it a romance, or a family film? It won’t make up its mind. Sounds boring. Meanwhile, actually R-rated film The Innkeepers was evidently incredibly lackluster. Sara Paxton was immensely brave to take on the lead in Last House on the Left, but once again, there’s no accounting for a bad story. With a plot as complicated as, ‘there’s a haunted hotel’, we really couldn’t expect much though.

Chronicle is either going to steal the box office or fail miserably, and it all depends on its Friday opening. The found footage genre is really, really, really wearing thin by now (really). Crossover the sci-fi genre, and there’s little this teenage superhero story can do that won’t instantly retread Cloverfield with sub-standard effects and without that JJ Abrams charisma.