Monday Morning Quarterback
By BOP Staff
October 24, 2006
Coming soon to a theater near you - Tawny: Barbie's Horse - The MovieKim Hollis: Flicka, the latest girl-and-her-horse movie, earned an estimated $7.7 million. Is this about what you expected for the Fox film?
Reagen Sulewski: It's slightly better. This seems like such a tired subject.
Tim Briody: No wonder it was a lousy week at the box office, I'm fighting to stay awake here trying to just discuss the new releases this week.
David Mumpower: I see this entire genre as Barbie movies, so take what I say with a grain of salt but... Seriously, haven't we seen enough of these for two or three years? We don't need one of these every six months, do we?
Tim Briody: I do wonder how much of the audience even realized it was an update/remake.
Kim Hollis: Yeah, I think we've had more than enough horse movies for a while. And I include the Seabiscuit type of stuff in that as well.
Reagen Sulewski: And how long is Alison Lohman going to play a teenager. She's 27!
Kim Hollis: Well, she wasn't very good at playing a grown-up at Where the Truth Lies.
David Mumpower: At this rate, she's skipping straight from teenager to grandmother roles.
Mmmm...cakeKim Hollis: Sofia Coppola's follow-up to BOP fave Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, earned $5.3 million from 859 venues, a per location average of $6,170. This is the second-best per venue average in the top ten. Should Sony be satisfied with this debut?
Joel Corcoran: I think Sony should be very satisfied with this debut. It's a solid performance that should generate enough interest for a wider release.
Reagen Sulewski: Considering how polarizing this film appears to be, I'd say that's an excellent start. A complete flop wouldn't have been shocking.
Kim Hollis: I think they were really testing the waters with this release. It had such vitriolic buzz at Cannes, but closer to release, its reviews have turned the tide to the positive side. Playing it on just a few venues, they could see if it drew enough people to break out long-term.
Reagen Sulewski: It's such an odd looking film. The anachronistic style is going to make this a no go for a lot of people right off the bat.
Joel Corcoran: I think you've got it, Reagen. It's kind of like Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet from a decade ago.
David Mumpower: That's it exactly. I found the incongruity off-putting though I know some people who really liked it.
Joel Corcoran: Put me down as someone who really likes it...if it's done well.