As expected Will Ferrell and Jon Heder's icecapade Blades of Glory raked in the money this weekend and took the number one spot. Despite Ferrell's presence the comedy didn't do was well as his last sport spoof Talladega Nights. Blades brought in $33 million on its opening weekend while Nights opened to the tune of $47 million. I guess redneck NASCAR has more attraction than homoerotic figure skating.
Disney's animated Meet The Robinsons got a lukewarm reception only drawing in $25 million to take second place. With that kind of turn out one would expect Disney to be rethinking its 3D animation department, but thankfully that's completely irrelevant - this is just the nail in the coffin. The House of Mouse, under John Lasseter's wise guidance, is already making the move to leave the 3D animation work to its far more successful subsidiary Pixar, and it refocusing the energy on its languishing traditional hand drawn animation. Here's hoping they can bring it back the glory it once posessed. After all, the only animated film to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar was a Disney hand drawn animated film.
The third new release this weekend was unfortunately left in the dust, shrouded by a limited debut and last minute marketing. The Lookout which only saw the inside of 955 theaters (for comparison, Blades of Glory and Meet the Robinsons had more than 3000 each) , couldn't even muster enough cash to make the top ten. At $2 million for the weekend, it made almost half that of number ten Reign Over Me. For the rest of the weekend box office, see the top ten chart below.
Next weekend it's battle of the genres with the family comedies going head to head with the horror flicks. Ice Cube makes a bizarre return in Are We Done Yet? the sequel to Are We There Yet?. Like its predecessor, it will no doubt keep the kiddies laughing but leave the parents asking "is it over yet?" It's competition is Firehouse Dog. The trailers and ads don't indicate much in the way of what it's actually about, but kids don't need a reason to see a movie about an animal. Stick a cute mutt in there and the kids go ga-ga.
In the horror corner are Hilary Swank's ten plagues of Egypt flick The Reaping and the much debated, much anticipated Tarantino/Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse. With all the build up and two movies for the price of one, expect Grindhouse to come out on top next weekend. Then expect it to fade away fast. Everyone willing to sit there for 191 minutes of horror will see it the first weekend and then no doubt wait for the DVD for the second helping.