Monday Morning Quarterback
By BOP Staff
June 1, 2010
That city was a lot less sexy than they thought it was
Kim Hollis: Sex and the City 2 finished in second place over the extended Memorial Day Weekend, earning $51.0 million, not quite as much as the first film made in its first three days. What do you think of this result?
Reagen Sulewski: I'm not singing hosannas to the taste of the movie going public just yet, since that's still a great gob of money, but it does appear to show some hope in that the public is finally turning on this beast of a franchise. Word-of-mouth matters still, and while they're still likely to make money off this, they're either going to kill off the series or spend more time working on the script than the wardrobe. Either way, that's a win for us.
Kim Hollis: I think it's all a matter of perspective. This performance really only looks awful because we're comparing it to the first film. Even with that said, Sex and the City 2 had horrible drop-off after Friday. For the most part, everyone who wanted to see it, went to the theaters in the first two days. This gives me a little faith that word-of-mouth had some impact and also that maybe, just maybe, not all women are into this vapid crap.
Josh Spiegel: The amount of money isn't that bad, but all things considered, I was fearing (and expecting) a higher result. I had to suffer through the first movie and couldn't stand it (and the few episodes of the series I've seen didn't seem much different from the big-screen treatment), so I was happy to see the negative reviews for the sequel, and it's obvious that this film is performing like a horror movie (insert mean joke about the appearance of the Sex and the City ladies here), as Kim points out. Let's hope it falls fast.
Tim Briody: Lost in all this is the joke Reagen made in the forecast, calling it The Skankquel. That's comedy gold, folks.
Daron Aldridge: Sadly, Kim, I have heard more than one woman say that it was great. Thankfully, though, these ladies are clearly in the minority. Just like Shrek last weekend, there is no way this wasn't going to be compared to the preceding film in both box office performance and film quality. If we labeled a $70 million open for Shrek 4 a disappointment (which most of us did and rightfully so), then this one is in the same category.
Hehehehe...Skankquel. That's the best thing to come out of this movie being made. Thanks, Reagan.
Jim Van Nest: I don't know. The movie looked horrible (and I say this as a fan of the show) and word-of-mouth was not good. I was honestly expecting a huge tank job. So from my perspective, I'd say this is a fantastic result and the studio should feel lucky that they got away with one this weekend.