It's Scott Pilgrim vs. the disappointing box office! Round two! Fight!
What is it about Adam Sandler that makes filmmakers want to give his movies the least creative, most self-explanatory titles possible? Sure, some of them are meant to be ironic -- for instance, Grown Ups seems to be about some of the least mature people in the world -- and we occasionally get a mouthful like You Don't Mess With the Zohan or I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, but the rest of his titles are either job descriptions or just the name of the character Sandler plays. Are they worried about confusing Adam Sandler fans? We went through the funnyman's filmography to see what titles got passed over so they could go the simple route.
Well, this is embarrassing. All week I was excited about eviscerating this movie in blog form -- quite literally high on negativity, as I often am -- but when I finally watched it, I actually... kind of liked it. Maybe I was just in a good mood, maybe it was all the sunshine we've been having, maybe I've lost my mind, but the fact remains that I honestly enjoyed Grown Ups. Though I should note that I do seem to be the only one in the world who did.
It's summertime, which means parents need to find stuff for their kids to do, which means they're taking them to a lot of movies. That's why we can expect to see Toy Story 3 in the Top Ten for a looong time, given that it's getting even better reviews than How to Train Your Dragon, which also stuck around for a while a couple of months back. This weekend the film landed the #7 spot on the list of highest second-weekend grosses of all time with $59 million, and became the fifth-highest grossing movie of the year. I certainly don't envy the upcoming supervillain cartoon Despicable Me having to meet a bar that's been set so high.