Between barbecues and solemn remembrance on this four-day weekend, the following movies were most patronized:
1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - $70 million, showing a massive outpouring of support for this finale to the Indian in the Cupboard trilogy.
2. Terminator Salvation - $53.8 million. You'd think a powerful partnership with Pizza Hut would have been enough to push the film into first place. It worked so well for reading.
3. Star Trek - $29.4 million, bringing it well within reach of becoming the summer's first $200 million blockbuster. Unless, as I'm predicting, The Soloist really picks up this week.
4. Angels & Demons - $27.7 million, dropping from first to fourth. What a slap in the Hanks.
5. Dance Flick - $13.1 million. There was a time when a horrible, Wayans Brothers-written comedy could have a summer opening at #2. How times have changed since Little Man.
Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]
Alright, Wayans, I'll give you this much: you've beaten the parody team of Friedberg and Seltzer. Your decision to include a few jokes, rather than just wadding together a series of references held together only by the glue of random violence, paid off. Congratulations. Unfortunately, the "jokes" include a breakdancing baby, a man spinning on his head so fast that he drills through the floor, and domestic abuse. Calling those jokes is like calling crying "laughing" because it involves noisy convulsing. Really stretching the definition, guys.
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From MTV Movies Blog, here's a grim portent of our bleak, parody-filled future. At least we can find some solace that, unlike some other parody movie posters, at least this one mostly sticks to the movie genre it's supposedly spoofing--even if one of those "dance movies" is a decade-old internet video of a 3D dancing baby. Nothing is off limits for these guys, no matter how irrelevant. I hear Thomas Edison's 1894 film of Native Americans performing a Buffalo Dance is recreated with Amy Winehouse impersonators to great comic effect.