This is actually a movie that's coming out on DVD this week, and I can only imagine that this is the state of the art of Chinese CGI animated film-making. I guess my biggest question is: how on earth could any of these animals hope to beat a flying dragon in a race?
That question is mostly irrelevant, though, as Hugo is obviously the big winner in the DVD race this week. I'm sure there'll be some kind of double-dip release in a few months with a bunch of Oscars on the front of the box, but here's hoping that the initial DVD is actually feature-filled. I'll definitely be checking it out.
I was never particularly optimistic about this movie from the trailers, but the groundswell of enthusiasm for it has certainly made me curious about it. Now that it's out on DVD, I suppose I'll add it to the old Netflix queue and check it out in two months or some other ungodly length of time. (Hey, I checked and it's actually available now! Will wonders never cease!)
|2. Answers to Nothing|
Dane Cook is totally a serious actor now, guys. This movie made just over a thousand dollars for its entire run for each theater it was in. That's not exactly a success.
|3. Beneath the Darkness|
I could've sworn this was going to have an actual theatrical release, but Box Office Mojo doesn't have any details on it, so maybe I was mistaken. Anyway, it looked pretty godawful, but Dennis Quaid is a likable guy, so there's that.
|4. I Melt with You|
In 21 days of release, this movie made $6,361. That's...actually pretty impressive, that a movie can make that little money. At some point the producers just have to start buying a bunch of tickets on Fandango just to not make one of the least successful movies of all time, right?
|5. Johnny English Reborn|
This was never going to be a smash hit in the U.S., where it made less than ten million dollars, but it had a decidedly better fate overseas, where it nabbed $150 million. So good for Rowan Atkinson, I guess. The dude knows how to bumble.
|6. The Myth of the American Sleepover|
The number of theatrically-released films coming out on DVD this week that managed to make less money than I do in a year is pretty stunning. This is yet another one.
Yet another movie that made next to nothing at the box office, with barely $11,000 in receipts. What's up with this week? Why are all these movies things that no one wanted to see?
|8. Justice League Doom|
The Avengers get a $200 million movie; the Justice League gets a direct-to-DVD cartoon. Harsh world.
|9. Top Gear|