Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
April 24, 2012
Felix Quinonez: I think this is a very good opening weekend. Sure it's not too much higher than the base opening of the usual Sparks adaptation but they also have opened lower and any time a movie with a $25 million budget has an opening weekend of $22 million, it has to be marked as a win.
As far as Efron's career, I think he's done very well for himself, especially when you compare it to his High School Musical costars. Yes, his Orson Welles movie was a flop but it was never meant to be a big hit. And it certainly did add some variety to his resume and it does show that he's willing to take some risks. I don't think The Lucky One is going to have too much of an impact on his career but it will allow him to keep having one.
Reagen Sulewski: Edwin, I think the problem is always going to be that people know what to expect from Sparks movies. Those that are sold on his style of romance are going to turn out every time, while everyone else would rather drink bleach. That's a pretty good recipe to churn out modest successes (and the movies stay cheap), but it's rarely going to get you a big break out hit.
Max Braden: Any $20+ million opening for a two-person drama should be considered a hit, but on Zac Efron's career? He's got all the blistering thrills of Kevin Costner.
Chimps will eat your face off if you let them. Don't be fooled.
Kim Hollis: Chimpanzee, a rare G-rated movie from Disney, opened to $10.7 million. What do you think of this result...and chimpanzees in general?
David Mumpower: I mentioned last week that Lockout seemed like a failure until we examined the isolated aspects of the release. Just because a movie doesn't open like The Hunger Games doesn't automatically make it a waste of time for the owners of the property. Disneynature has cultivated this new line of National Geographic-esque projects that show animals in their natural habitats. I actually have African Cats sitting on my TiVo right now and plan to watch it soon. I presume it will be like a less musical version of The Lion King. With regards to Chimpanzee, this style of release hearkens back to a different era wherein parents would take their children to the theater to watch subject matter that wasn't available on television. Since this is no longer true, I am of the opinion that a $10 million debut is exceptional. The implicit trust parents have in the Disney brand carried the day here.
As for what I think of chimpanzees, let's see. I like the orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose, any ape that uses sign language and the music of The Gorillaz. I do not like the chimpanzee from Ed (without opposable thumbs, I question his defensive abilities), King Kong due to Peter Jackson's laborious remake and all of those punks from the Planet of the Apes because they enslaved humanity. So, I guess I'm indifferent to chimpanzees. A particularly cute viral video of one hugging a baby koala bear could change my mind, though.