And the 80’s films stammer along. Which interestingly puts the writers of 21 Jump Street in the remarkable position of having two (sub-standard) films in the top five of the box office this weekend, the second movie being Project X. This is also a sign that audiences don’t mind a good dumbing down now and then.

The general reaction to Jonah Hill is that he is the annoying co-star of this week’s number one. According to majority posts from users that somehow end up in incredibly non-engaging verbal battles about grammar. Still, these people are the audiences that funded this film’s success at the box office, so they remain the only reliable source.

And for the record, I can only hope that no one actually believes Channing Tatum is an actor. I cannot stress this often enough. And also, retro films that are 80’s retreads or 80’s themed have not been successful until apparently now, and only the “star” power involved here could have managed that.

I can only conclude that the amount of stress people are dealing with now days are forcing them to view a film which will numb their senses enough to temporarily forget. John Carter’s story has been used too heavily by the time of its release, and its star Taylor Kitsch actually offers Tatum a run for his money at having one expression. You may as well have casted Kirsten Stewart for the title character. Besides, Mark Strong as a bad guy again? We really aren’t getting bored with this? No wonder it’s third.

Will Ferrell in full untamed R-rated form is his best tone, so Casa De Mi Padre had every opportunity to give Ferrell a return from sub-standard not-funny movies which he’s been pigeon-holed into lately. However, it’s been considered perfectly barely-average because there’s no recovering from a weak script. It doesn’t help that Genesis Rodriguez of Man on a Ledge was casted at all. She is an awful actress. Awful.

Awful.

So, what do you think is going to take the box office next weekend? Well, studios had the good sense to let Lionsgate and company drive The Hunger Games home all by themselves from the 23rd to the 25th. I don’t doubt it’ll take the next two weekends. True, critics’ first look at the film has resulted in 5/6 incredibly positive Metacritic reviews, but even though critics are so often forced into conformity amongst each other to keep their job, I get the impression this movie doesn’t need the help.

The book series is generally commended for its representation for violence, but the film adaptation is rated PG-13. That is studio-downgrading at its strongest. I can’t imagine why the studios would lose their nerve and not represent the story as originally intended, refusing to present one of the major things which made the source material a standalone series properly.

However, there is a rising star in Jennifer Lawrence, who can even make you sympathetic for Mystique of the X-Men franchise. Now, I’ve been writing about Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games for over half a year now, and I have no doubt that with no explanations required this film is going to be one of the highest-grossing, definitive releases of 2012.

 

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Title

Weekend Gross

Total Gross

Week

1

   21 Jump Street

$35,000,000

$35,000,000

1

2

   Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

$22,800,000

$158,400,000

3

3

   John Carter

$13,515,000

$53,172,000

2

4

   Project X

$4,005,000

$48,131,000

3

5

   A Thousand Words

$3,750,000

$12,103,000

2

6

   Act of Valor

$3,678,000

$62,398,000

4

7

   Safe House

$2,800,000

$120,200,000

6

8

   Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

$2,460,000

$95,066,000

6

9

   Casa De Mi Padre

$2,200,000

$2,200,000

1

10

   This Means War

$2,125,000

$50,525,000

5