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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

U.K. box office: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ doesn’t fall

Just a quick look at last weekend as we head into this one:

1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: £8.3 million (NEW)
2. The Hangover: £2.2 million (2nd week; drops 30%)
3. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: £.82 million
4. Terminator Salvation: £.8 million (3rd week; drops 59%)
5. Angels & Demons: £.35 million

(actual numbers, not estimates)
It’s the biggest opening of the year yet: Transformers 2, of course. My only hope for the salvation of humanity — on both sides of the Atlantic, for the film is already breaking records in North America — is that it takes a huge drop in its second weekend. Because it’s one thing to call a movie like this critic proof, but if the fanboy word-of-mouth is actually good, and fanboys return for repeat viewings, then we’ll know for sure that the end is nigh.

The Hangover continues to hold strong in the U.K.: but then, we already knew that the drunken antics of boys are pretty universal, and hence hold universal appeal.

It’s out of the top 5 now, but Drag Me to Hell will finish up much better in the U.K. than in North America, with its cumulative, so far, of almost £6 million — it would have to earn $60 million in the U.S. and Canada to match that, on a relative basis, which ain’t gonna happen. If it crosses $45 million it’ll be lucky… at which point, the film could have well crossed £6.5 million in the U.K.

Overall business was up 68 percent over the same weekend last year, much better than the North American box office has been doing of late. With the upcoming pace of should-be blockbusters similar to North American release dates, the summer box office could end up looking even rosier.

[numbers via UK Film Council]



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  • Shadowen

    The fanboys I’ve talked to (being one myself) seem to fall into three categories, of roughly equal size. One thinks that the movie is awesomesauce. One thinks that it is a blight upon humanity and Michael Bay should, in a kind of dramatic irony for one so fond of dick jokes, have his gonads removed. And one thinks that if one can endure the mind-numbing stupid and offensive humor while paying enough attention to the plot to identify characters at a glance, it’s worth it for the action scenes, which feature quite possibly the most detailed depiction of robots smacking the nuts and bolts off each other in new and interesting ways ever seen.

    Each of them have their own reasons. For example, I count myself as one of the third category, though I lean slightly in the direction of the second, because I’m a writer, and you learn more from mistakes that perfection.

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