The two competitors mentioned last week ended up taking the two top spots at the box office this Oscars weekend as predicted. This is unfortunate, since Good Deeds is not exactly the kind of cinema to be appreciated on the day of appreciating outstanding cinema. Still, I was right, and that’s not so bad. So here’s the deal.

Tyler Perry’s film has a 2.5 rating on IMDb. That is just about as abysmal as it gets, and requires no in-depth analysis to imagine why exactly this latest endeavor would manage to be such an abysmal, literally offensive (to cinema as a whole, and to movie-goers) release.

The bottom line is, he found fans, and no matter how awful and revolting his works are, they are indeed loyal fans. I remember last year when I wrote about Madea’s Big Happy Family and I explained all of this before. He found his own formula, and it works, so hey—to each their own. But it doesn’t make his films any better than Norbit. No offense to his Twilight-esque fandom.

While Act of Valor manages to be average at best, there is something universal about the strength of a soldier. It is inspiring, it is honorable, and the men who offer their lives for their country lead adverse, wholly remarkable lives. The stories are often straightforward, and allow for combat sequences that can be disturbing, and entertaining all at once if not for the bravery, for the cinematic expression.

After a year of many a people striving to make it through intense economic depression, there is no question that audiences would like to feel the strength of these men through vicarious watching. Also, it stood a much better chance to be something worthwhile than a Perry vehicle, since time spent in a theatre these days is well-earned time spent in a theatre.

There has been quite some gap between children’s movie releases, and there is little chance that The Lorax will not sweep up the wave of anxious children (and their parents) into theatres into number one of the box office next weekend. It’s just routine, now—animation wins, especially without opponents.

Of course, it does help that its only competition next weekend will be the continued success of Act of Valor (which, having been acknowledged as average, stands little chance to remain at the top) and new R-rated release Project X.

It may have a great deal of marketing fuel, but even if it may come close, I still believe Lorax owns number one next weekend. R-rated comedies had their run—but now, Wanderlust doesn’t even hit the top five. Children simply make for a larger audience than the competition’s alternative, and polar opposite genre.

 

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Title

Weekend Gross

Total Gross

Week

1

Act of Valor

$24,700,000

$24,700,000

1

2

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds

$16,000,000

$16,000,000

1

3

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

$13,475,000

$76,731,000

3

4

Safe House

$11,400,000

$98,100,000

3

5

The Vow

$10,000,000

$103,007,000

3

6

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

$8,800,000

$37,832,000

2

7

This Means War

$8,500,000

$33,571,000

2

8

Wanderlust

$6,600,000

$6,600,000

1

9

Gone

$5,000,000

$5,000,000

1

10

The Secret World of Arrietty

$4,503,000

$14,660,000

2