Any movie that combines the themes of Harry Potter with The Lord of the Rings has the potential to be a smash hit, but, as the box office for the last chronicle of Narnia showed, it can't also be a grim, dreary bore. So while Prince Caspian felt like it was mostly about armies charging at each other, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a much more swashbuckling adventure, with wonderment and comedy and, yes, even more heavy-handed Christian allegory. I forgot how much I missed it!
As I've been watching a lot of Animal Precinct lately, it surprised me less than it may surprise some that Rocky, the grizzly bear who most recently wrestled with Will Ferrell in February's Semi-Pro attacked and killed its trainer earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reports. The trainer was employed at Predator's In Action, which specializes in training wild animals for work in movies and television--the company has supplied animals to Gladiator and The Last Samurai among other films--and up until the incident had boasted a perfect safety record.
Sex and the City strutted its way to the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend, raking in $55.7 million on 3,285 screens, knocking Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull into second place, with $46 million on 4,264 screens in its second weekend.
According to The New York Times, industry analysts were predicting a $27.5 million opening weekend as recently as a week ago. Folks lining up at theaters across the country had some predicting as high as $70 million, but $55.7 million is enough to make the movie a bona fide success.
Who'da thunk it -- an Indy movie at the top of the box office. By "Indy," of course, we mean Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, not a low-budget heartwarmer a la Juno. No, the long-awaited fourth entry in the beloved franchise easily took the top spot this Memorial Day weekend, giving it the tenth-best three-day total ($101 million), the eighth-best four-day total ($126 million), the fifth best five-day total ($151.1 million) and the second-best Memorial Day weekend take ever, after the third Pirates of the Caribbean film. Damn you, Jack Sparrow! Is there no defeating your swashbuckling, short of having Harrison Ford put on some eyeliner and go on some sort of South Seas adventure? (Hmmm...)