MY BLOODY VALENTINE scores at box-office, GRAN TORINO still flying high, One year anniversary of the passing of HEATH LEDGER and LOST returns this week
MY BLOODY VALENTINE – Lionsgate got the solid opening ($21.9 million) it badly needed out of horror film, My Bloody Valentine, which is the remake of the 1981 film of the same name. Reviews were generally positive for the 3-D film which is a lot of fun and a nifty throwback to the way this genre was done in the late 70’s and 80’s. Unlike the slick looking and mostly hollow watered down horror product being produced nowadays, Valentine really looks and feels like it was made two decades ago. I must say it was great to see Tom Atkins back in this genre. The actor, now 73 years old, is a pure joy. A veteran of films like The Fog, Halloween 3 and the classic B-film, Night of the Creeps (his line “Thrill Me” is as good as it gets), is a welcome addition to any film. I give My Bloody Valentine 3.5 out of 5 zombies. It’s a fun time at the movies. With recent Box-office bombs like Punisher War zone and The Spirit, Lionsgate should do what it does best and stick with the horror.
GRAN TORINO– Clint’s terrific film held up great week to week, dropping off less than 25% in ticket-sales. With a total of $73 million at the box-office and great word of mouth, the film should pull in over $125 million before all is said and done. That on a production budget of $25 million. One has to think that there’s a studio exec at Warner Bros asking Eastwood if he would consider doing a sixth Dirty Harry film. It won’t happen but I’m still sure they’re asking!
THE WRESTLER– Fox Searchlight will expand the critically hailed film onto 400 screens this weekend. It’s currently playing on only 144. The film has grossed $5,062,000 to date.
THE DARK KNIGHT– On Friday Warner Bros will re-release the highest grossing film of 2008 into 200 theaters across the country, including IMAX.
HEATH LEDGER– This Thursday marks the one year anniversary of his tragic and senseless death. Entertainment Weekly has done a 22 page retrospective that is well done and certainly worth reading. It’s on stands now. I first really became aware of Ledger when I went to see The Patriot in the summer of 2000. Ledger was really good playing the son of Mel Gibson in the Roland Emmerich film about the beginning stages of the American Revolution. He showed some serious screen presense. While I enjoyed Ledger in subsequent films like A Knights Tale and Brokeback Mountain, I – like many – was perplexed when it was announced he would play the Joker in The Dark Knight. I just didn’t see him in that role. Like many I was blown away by his work in the Chris Nolan sequel as it’s a performance that will be talked about for decades to come. Movies will miss Heath Ledger!
LOST– Reminder: the ABC series returns this Wednesday night for season number 5. There’s little doubt in my mind that Lost is one of the very best programs ever produced and it’s a must see event.
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