Monday Morning Quarterback
By BOP Staff
October 5, 2009
Michael Lynderey: The real idea here was to remind us all that the Toy Story movies existed, so we wouldn't be too confused when part 3 opened with $101 million next summer. I guess most of us didn't need reminding.
Reagen Sulewski: This is one of the most successful re-releases already, and coming as it does in the era of DVD and home theatre, it's pretty much found money for Pixar.
Pete Kilmer: It's a great way to build notice that Toy Story 3 is coming. Disney should be very pleased, of course.
Sean Collier: A lot of people are wary of spending nearly four hours in a theater under any circumstances, let alone while trying to corral children. This is an excellent result for a project like this.
Kim Hollis: Well, it's a little under three hours, actually, but the point still stands. I would have thought there would be a lot more unhappy kids in the theater when I attended the double feature, but they were (mostly) extremely happy and well behaved.
David Mumpower: This is the most impressive sort of business feat. They got consumers to pay them for what is effectively an extended ad for Toy Story 3-D. Given the euphoric reactions of the people at my theater, the mission was accomplished.
Ricky who?Kim Hollis: The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais' latest attempt to get people on this side of the Atlantic to like him, opened to $7.0 million. What do you think of this result? Do you think this was his best chance to break out commercially?
Reagen Sulewski: Gervais is just too prickly to ever become a major star in the US, but he'll always have his following. If he can continue putting out films at this level with this budget (reported at $4 million - How?!?) he'll always be able to find someone willing to make his films.
Shane Jenkins: It's a nice number for Gervais. But it's a fantastic premise, and I have to wonder how much more it could have done with a more conventional leading man in the role. With Lying's concept and Jim Carrey, Robert Downey Jr., or possibly even *shudder* Matthew McConaughey, this might have been a $20 million+ opener. Personally, I'm happy it played out this way.
Pete Kilmer: Yeah, for its budget, it's a nice return. With his desire for control of his projects, I think we'll continue to see him put out movies like this in the theaters. I would like to see him pop up as a supporting lead in some major comedies that he can work his magic in.
Michael Lynderey: It may not be his best chance, but it could be his last chance. I don't know if studios follow the three-strikes-and-you're-out rule, but if Gervais gets another turn at bat, I suggest teaming up with an A-list actor - or actress (more A-list than Jennifer Garner, that is). It looks like he just can't cut it at the box office on his own, no matter how well his movies are reviewed. Either way, he's got a long career as supporting actor ahead of him.