Last night I ended up talking to this girl I know from dancing. I say the dancing part because only in bars and clubs can you know someone through dancing and legitimately know nothing about them. Co-workers, or even people you know from being a regular elsewhere, you tend to share more of your daily life than dancing friends – at least I’ve found. We started talking about her summer, and I found out that she teaches sixth and seventh grade. The sixth grader in me who had a crush on his English professor got a transgressive thrill at the thought of being out with a drunk middle school teacher. She asked me if I could tell how much she had to drink, and I told her of course I could – she was slightly passed buzzed. But since I’m out to dance, I rarely drink, so she teased me for that. Because it was an Awesometown night, Rhea took our photo. “My boyfriend would hate to see me doing this.” It was a sentence as loaded as she was.
THE END OF SUMMER BLUES
What we’ve also seen is that August has dried up in the interim. Where films like XXX might have staked a first week of August date, and
My assumption with Cats and Dogs 2 has long been that it’s a strike movie, as it’s effects heavy and was likely put into production as a back-up title. Even with the possible 3-D extra bump, I have no idea why this happened except easy availability or contractual obligation. Perhaps the original title was selling well on DVD in bundle packs of family
Dinner for Schmucks looks like Jay Roach’s comedy talents have been overrated, as it doesn’t look like he brought enough to the table to make it worth seeing. Much like the equally underthought out – but way more expensive – failure of
Charlie St. Cloud was made for a certain audience, and films like this can do surprising business, but – like Cats and Dogs 2 – it was surely done at a price. Efron got a following with women, but this is a cult film in that it only plays to the base.
But – though this has been coming for years – summer is now starting first week of May and ending mid-July. For movies.
TO PREDICT BY YOUR SIDE, WELL THE PLEASURE – THE PRIVILEGE IS MINE
1. Inception - $32.1 Million
2. Dinner For Schmucks - $20.5 Million
3. Salt – $18.7 Million
4. Cats and Dogs 2 - $17.5 Million
5. Despicable Me – $16 Million
Charlie could sneak in, I’m going a little high on Inception, and I could be going high on Schmucks. I just don’t see the appeal, but the cast is the cast. Inception will hold the tops spot regardless, and will be in a position to cross the $200 mark sometime during the week. How it weathers determines if it has enough juice to get to $300. Currently I would bet against it getting all the way there, but I hold out hope.