For the staff at Movies Without Pity, there is usually only one reason to watch the Super Bowl: to recoup our gambling losses for the season. Also, new movie trailers! Granted, not all of them are first looks -- all of these films have had teaser trailers and even full trailers before -- and all of them are a content-light 30 seconds. But for movie buffs like us, the excitement of who will win the game nicely translates into excitement (and sometimes disappointment) for the films advertised.
How do you talk about the weekend box office when one movie opened on a Wednesday, the other on a Thursday and everybody had Monday off for the Fourth of July? Luckily, it doesn't really matter, because one of the movies was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and it set all kinds of records in its newborn-vampire onslaught on a nation of quivering Bella Swans. Not only did it have the biggest Wednesday opening ever ($69 million, yet another record stolen from Michael Bay), it had the second-highest opening day of all time, right behind its predecessor, New Moon. Of course, it also opened in the most theaters ever (4,468), so that might have helped get butts in seats. You know, in addition to the rippling abs of Taylor Lautner. The four-day weekend total was $83 million, but counting Wednesday and Thursday, not to mention the midnight Tuesday screenings, the grand total comes to $175 million so far, and that's in just six days. Six days! Lautner's shaved chest is barely even stubbly after six days!
After reading many, many dismal reviews of M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (most of which made the joke "Please let the title be accurate") my expectations were sufficiently low to go in with a blank slate. I even opted to see it in 2-D, rather than the tacked-on 3-D, so I could see the effects better and focus on the story and characters. And I saw everything that has been criticized -- the poor acting, the weak effects, the miscasting -- but I also saw a lot of things that made me want to see a sequel that would focus on the good, improve the bad and, ultimately, make this film look like a halfway-decent start to a great franchise.
Animated Jim Carrey may be even more unsettling than real Jim Carrey.