There was no HUNGER GAMES or 21 JUMP STREET to bring in the masses. Sure we had OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, IDENTITY THIEF, THE CROODS, MAMA and 42, but those titles didn’t make up for the nearly 12% decline over last year’s winter months.
All that’s about to change next week when IRON MAN 3 jump starts the summer movie season on May 3rd. And the outlook from there on looks solid, week after week.
Until then there are but two leftovers to digest at the box office.
The first, called THE BIG WEDDING, initially popped up on my release schedule in May of last year when the comedy showed an October of 2012 theatrical opening date.
Then it disappeared.
It reappeared some time later with a new, pushed back date for April 26, 2013—some six months later.
Well, I saw the flick earlier this week and certainly can see why. Sure it’s got a good ensemble cast including Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Kathrine Heigl and Robin Williams as the priest. But boy, is it a lame script.
It’s a modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration during which long divorced DeNiro tries to make nice with ex wife Keaton, all to keep the peace and put on a show for the new son-in-law’s Colombian mother who’s a devout Catholic and strongly opposed to divorce.
Quite a charade.
With DeNiro going down on Sarandon in the first scene of the movie—not a pretty sight.
Okay, I get it – it’s a chick flick – but a painful one to say the least.
I’m barely raising 2 out of 5 fingers.