Monday, March 7, 2011

Johnny Depp vs. Matt Damon: Who Was Hotter? (And Who Was the Coldest of All?)

Johnny Depp's Rango did OK, probably. Matt Damon's The Adjustment Bureau did OK, probably.  And Topher Grace's Take Me Home Tonight didn't make the Top 10, definitely.
The weekend box-office results:
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Depp's not-cheap CGI toon topped the standings with $38 million. That's better than what Gnomeo & Juliet led with a few weeks back, but a million miles away from the film Depp launched a year ago this weekend: Alice in Wonderland.
So, yeah, it was another lousy weekend for Hollywood.
Get this: The Top 10 films combined barely surpassed the $116.1 million Friday-Sunday posted last year by Alice in Wonderland.
Like most CGI family films, the final verdict on Rango is to be determined at a later date, as these kind of movies tend to hang in there, weekend after weekend.
It also was too soon to tell if Damon's The Adjustment Bureau ($20.9 million) nudged Damon out of a two-year box-office drought, a period marked by the money-losers Invictus, Green Zone and Hereafter. (He was in the hit True Grit, too, obviously, but that was hardly a Matt Damon movie.)  The thriller reportedly cost its distributor $62 million; its overall worldwide total stands at the half-way-home point: $31.4 million.
Grace's retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight was a modest thing of modest means (with a budget said to be under $20 million). But it's debut was a disaster. The film opened in 11th place, grossing just $3.5 million, and averaging less than $1,750 per screen.
Beastly, the weekend's other major new release, got a lot more bang from its likewise modest buck: The reportedly $17 million Beauty and the Beast redo with Vanessa Hudgens grossed $10.1 million.
Elsewhere, last weekend's No. 1 film, Hall Pass ($9 million), held up OK; while last weekend's bomb, Nicolas Cage's Drive Angry ($2.2 million), crashed out of the Top 10 after just one weekend. Per Box Office Mojo, the 3-D action flick has grossed just about $13.5 million worldwide.
Here's a complete rundown of the top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday numbers as compiled by Exhibitor Relations.
  1. Rango, $38 million
  2. The Adjustment Bureau, $20.9 million
  3. Beastly, $10.1 million
  4. Hall Pass, $9 million
  5. Gnomeo & Juliet, $6.9 million
  6. Unknown, $6.6 million
  7. The King's Speech, $6.501 million
  8. Just Go With It, $6.5 million
  9. I Am Number Four, $5.7 million
  10. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, $4.3 million
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