Whether you'll be sitting down to a turkey dinner or a Tofurkey lunch this Thanksgiving, we invite you to reflect upon the following ten movies from 2008. They weren't necessarily the lowest-grossing pictures of the year, but they failed to live up to financial expecations, in a big way. These suckers plummeted to the earth, flightless and doomed, like those poor gobblers dropped from a helicopter in that famous episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. It's not hard to imagine some of the investors saying, much like dazed radio station manager Arthur Carlson, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." But they couldn't, and they can't, so they've landed here with a resounding thud.
If you 've ever wondered why so much of the world hates America, we now have an answer: Beverly Hills Chihuahua held tight to its number 1 position at the box office for a second weekend in a row, despite four new movies opening in wide release. It brought in $17.5 million for a $52.5 million total after two weeks. I wanted to take solace in the fact that it opened on a lot of screens (3,218), so it 's per-screen take might not be as great as some other movies. But only one movie in the top 10 has a higher per-screen take than Chihuahua 's $5,442 per screen.
Here's a roundup of the best stories and articles in Movies Without Pity this week:
Find out why director Guy Ritchie is the Ayatollah of ripping himself and others off with his new crime caper RocknRolla.
Bill Murray is a comic genius, but he's not a genius at picking roles that are appropriate to his level of talent. We run down the biggest wastes of his time.
Our own Mindy reviews Body of Lies. It's okay, she guesses.
Okay, so maybe Quentin Tarantino didn't really write the original script for Sex Drive... but if he did, he'd be pissed.
Did you know Christian Slater is doing TV now? Apparently, Kuffs was the beginning of a bad streak. Check out what he has to say about his new show, My Own Worst Enemy.