Summer in Review: July
By BOP Staff
October 30, 2008
Kim Hollis: Please comment on each of the following July openers. (Note: The Dark Knight will be excluded as we've discussed it to death.)
Hancock: $227.9 million domestic, $623.5 million worldwide, $150 million budget
Meet Dave: $11.8 million domestic, $50.3 million worldwide, $55 million budget
Journey to the Center of the Earth: $101.1 million million domestic, $193.7 million worldwide, $60 million budget
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: $75.8 million domestic, $148.0 million worldwide, $80 million budget,
Space Chimps: $30.1 million domestic, $44.7 million worldwide, $37 million budget
Mamma Mia!: $143.5 million domestic, $553.2 million worldwide, $52 million
Step Brothers: $100.5 million domestic, $121.9 million worldwide, $65 million budget
X-Files: I Want to Believe: $21.0 million domestic, $65.3 million worldwide, $35 million budget
In a few sentences, please offer your final thoughts on each of these box office performances.
Jim Van Nest: Can we make it official now? Can we say that Will Smith is hands down the biggest movie star in all the land? I'm pretty sure someone could film Smith mowing his lawn and he'd take it to $100 million domestic. Will cannot and will not be stopped. Eddie Murphy, on the other hand, seems to be in the same place as Mike Myers right now - desperately needing Shrek 4. And who saw Journey to the Center of the Earth and Mamma Mia! coming? The rest are about as expected, but $140 million for a movie version of the Abba musical? Really??? And Brendan Fraser?? Really, really? What a crazy, weird and fun summer!
Hancock - Will Smith (a.k.a. Mr. Reliable) turns in another solid box-office hit. Is there any other actor more bankable than him? I don't think so.
Meet Dave - Eddie Murphy (a.k.a. Mr. Questionable Script Choice) turns in another dreadful comedy. Is there any other actor who needs a new agent as much as Murphy? I don't think so.
Journey to the Center of the Earth - 3-D is here to stay. I think this film solidifies the appeal of "things coming VERY QUICKLY AT YOUR FACE!" films in the minds of movie producers everywhere.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Good for del Toro. This was a crazy imaginative film and deserves to have the box-office success that it's earned.
Space Chimps - Why, oh why, did Fox greenlight this picture? Were they drunk off of the success of Alvin and the Chipmunks or something?
Mamma Mia! - If there was an Oscar handed out for "Most Questionable Casting in a Film," this film would have won. That said, I think this film demonstrated the second best legs of the summer season behind The Dark Knight.
Step Brothers - Who are the 12.5 million people that paid good money to see this disaster? Seriously, were they high on Pineapple Express or something?
X-Files - I wanted to believe. I really really really wanted to believe.