From The Scorpion King to Doom to The Gridiron Gang, Dwayne Johnson's talent continues to be painfully wasted. The Rock has further cemented his place in American movie industry by continuing that trend of headlining movies that both open at number one and are utterly terrible. His latest entry, The Game Plan kept things rolling by managing $22 million this weekend and taking the box office's top spot.
The Kingdom came in second place with $17 million. Expected to be the top movie this weekend, it didn't fail in its mission because it didn't make enough money. It's just that no one thought a stinker like The Game Plan would do as well as it did. Across the Universe widened to nearly 350 theaters and earned enough to sneak into the lowest spot in the top ten. That's pretty good for a film in such small release, and is a good sign that the glorified 90-minute-long Beatles music video could perform well when it opens wide in two weeks.
Next weekend Jennifer Lopez produced Feel the Noise will open in only 1000 theaters and will be lucky to make the top ten. The bigger contenders are bandwagon fantasy flick The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and Ben Stiller inexplicably returns to his sloppy "messed-up-marriage" comedy schtick with The Heartbreak Kid. Which one will come out on top? It doesn't matter. No matter which one wins, audiences lose.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TOP TEN September 28 - 30, 2007
LW = Last Week WR = Weeks Released THTRS = Number of Screens * Denotes new release. Click on title to read CB Review