Archive for the ‘Ali Larter’ Category

Weekend Fix: Audiences Are Obsessed With Beyoncé!

April 27, 2009

Wow, this is late, and I know it seems like that is becoming a trend, but I had 18 pages of writing due today for finals, and that’s kind of been consuming me the past couple of days. Anyway, this post just feels obligatory because its so far after the fact, but here are the weekend actuals, in which Beyoncé crushed everything else in her path, as Obsessed found a fantastic $28.6 million. Honestly, when is this woman not successful? Everything she touches is gold! A lot of that success can probably be attributed to the recession. Audiences are down and depressed, so what better to make them feel better than a girl-on-girl catfight?!

Meanwhile, Fighting‘s debut once again verifies that Terrence Howard is, in fact, box office poison. There were no overwhelmingly huge grosses at the box office this weekend, but there was certainly some solid depth, with the top 6 films all earning $8 million or more in what’s usually a terrible weekend in April! Things are going to get crazy next weekend with the debut of Wolverine! I can’t wait!

Top 12 For April 24-26
# Movie Title 3-Day Gross % Change AVG. Total
1 Obsessed $28,612,730 New $11,260 $39,823,333
2 17 Again $11,518,495 -51% $3,539 $118,042,070
3 Fighting $11,024,370 New $5,468 $11,024,370
4 The Soloist $9,716,458 New $4,775 $9,716,458
5 Earth $8,825,760 New $4,892 $14,472,792
6 Monsters Vs. Aliens $8,520,826 -36% $2,537 $174,813,830
7 State Of Play $6,848,885 -51% $2,440 $25,081,890
8 Hannah Montana The Movie $6,437,141 -52% $1,992 $65,655,057
9 Fast And Furious $6,204,940 -47% $1,740 $145,367,040
10 Crank: High Voltage $2,618,379 -62% $1,178 $11,735,952
11 I Love You, Man $1,952,921 -41% $1,249 $67,809,860
12 Knowing $1,943,154 -46% $1,045 $76,780,504
All Numbers Provided By Exhibitor Relations Co.

Weekend Preview: Beyonce Fights The Earth Solo, And Wins!

April 24, 2009

In case you haven’t noticed, The Box Office Junkie looks a little bit different than it did a few days ago. I switched the template from two columns to three columns, and I hope you like the change! It just makes distribution of widgets and advertisements so much more manageable. Anyway, all the formatting and html tinkering has left me with very little time to get this weeks Weekend Preview together, so excuse me if it doesn’t measure up. At least it will be better than last week, when I just skipped this column altogether! Let’s just tackle the newcomers.

Obsessed – $20 million
Confession: I’m kind of obsessed (no pun intended!) with Beyoncé. I have this awkward habit of saying, “That’s so Beyoncé” whenever something awesome happens. It all started when my friends and I decided to start saying, “That’s so Raven,” to see if we could make a new, trendy phrase catch on. It didn’t, and after a few months I found myself constantly saying, “That’s so Beyoncé.” Oh well. Regardless, the former Destiny’s Child lead singer is pretty much a stud at everything she does, and it looks like she’s made a very wise career move with Obsessed, a woman-gone-mad drama also starring Ali Larter. This thriller has a lot going for it: The female leads should draw in women. The fact that the female leads wrestle on the floor should draw in men. Having black leads (Beyoncé’s husband is played by Idris Elba) will draw in ethnic audiences. The jury’s out on reviews, since it wasn’t screened for critics, but the Screen Gems feature has had a very strong marketing campaign, and frankly, I think it looks pretty great. Kicking and screaming onto 2,514 theaters, I’m giving Obsessed a solid $20 million weekend.

Earth – $12 million
I’m kind of over the whole “going green” thing. It’s just a little bit too liberal-Hollywood, self-important, politcally correct for me to buy the whole fad. Still, never willing to miss a moneymaking opportunity, Disney is tapping into the trend, releasing Earth, which is essentially a film crafted from some of the clips that weren’t used for Planet Earth. It had a great Wednesday debut of $4 million out of 1,804 theaters, but that was with the Earth Day boost. For the regular weekend, I’ll give Earth $12 million, which is about three times higher than what I would’ve predicted last week. Ugh. I guess all the “going green” stuff isn’t going away any time soon.

The Soloist – $11 million
Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx teamed up for this inspirational drama about a struggling, but extraordinarily talented, homeless musician. Director Joe Wright (Pride And Prejudice and Atonement) is receiving some mixed reviews for this, though the lead actors are receiving much praise. This musical project sort of reminds me of 2007’s August Rush, which audiences lapped up like liquid lollipops, and with a lauch into 2,024 theaters, I’m seeing a modest $11 million weekend, with some decent legs after that.

Fighting – $8.5 million
I’m not a girl. I have never watched Step Up. I don’t know to what extent teenage girls are willing to flock to the theater just to see Channing Tatum shirtless and physical. Thus, I reserve the right to be very wrong about this prediction. I also reserve the right to gloat if I’m correct. This looks almost exactly the same as last month’s teen fighting film, Never Back Down, which debuted to $8.6 million. This has a better lead actor, but it also has Terrence Howard, who is box office poison, so I’ll give it a similar $8.5 million over the weekend frame.

What do you all think? What will win the box office race this weekend? Also, did you know that the last week in April is historically one of the toughest frames for a film to debut in, since it falls right before the massive first week in May? Speak your mind in the comments!

5 Movies That Prove That Ali Larter Is The Hardest Working Woman In Hollywood

April 22, 2009

A lot of people don’t know who Ali Larter is. Most people just know her as that really hot girl they’ve seen in a bunch of movies, even though they don’t know her name. Truth of the matter is, I’ve been of fan of Ali’s for quite some time, and I’ve always appreciated the way that she has never acted too good for any role. In fact, Ms. Larter has historically been willing to star in just about every role she’s been offered in order to climb the ladder of success. Now, I’m not implying that the vixen is co-starring with Jenna Jameson in the next great porno, but judging by the ads for this weekend’s Obsessed, which feature Ali and Beyonce rolling around on the floor in a catfight, the hardworking Larter has once again proved to me that she is an unpretentious actress who’s realistic about her best selling points (read: her looks). Forget artistry! There’s something relatable and attractive to me about actors who just treat their jobs as their jobs, and not as platforms for political and personal artistic expression *gag*. Thus, since it’s List Wednesday, let’s take a look at five Ali Larter productions that prove she’s been paying her dues for a good, long while.

5. Heroes
Thought this is certainly the most consistent gig she’s ever had, and I’m sure she’s happy to have the consistent work, the fact that Ali Larter has had to stick with the atrocity that the television show, Heroes, has become is rather remarkable. Gosh, I don’t know if you watch it, but it is just a trainwreck!

4. Final Destination (2)
An ultimate guilty pleasure of mine… I straight up love these movies because they don’t pretend to be anything more than what they are, which are simply excuses for watching people get caught in hilariously cool death traps. In a way, the Final Destination franchise is a lot like Ms. Larter, who starred in the first two films; both the films and the actress are unpretentious, fun to watch, and they get the job done.

3. Straight-to-DVD titles like Homo Erectus and Three Way
I think the titles speak for themselves. The even better part about her roles in these films is that debuted in 2004 and 2007, well after she’d had some success on the big screen. Most actresses would be a bit too big for their britches to go back to the home market, but not Ali!

2. Drive Me Crazy
Larter played the goth girl in this 1999 Melissa Joan Hart (remember her?) comedy, and she was still a babe. Ten years later, and I remember her character, Darcy (see? I really do remember!), way better than whoever hart played!

1. Varsity Blues
Like I said, Ali Larter knows the main reason she has a career, and it’s not because of her acting. In 1999, she starred in the football flick, Varsity Blues, and donned the famous whipped cream bikini that so many adolescent boys have emblazened into their mind.

There you go! I hope this list has cleared up any ambiguity about who Ali Larter is, and perhaps now you’ll think of her as more than just the hot convict from Legally Blonde. Anyway, Im interested to hear: Did you know who Ali Larter was? I asked a bunch of my friends today, and no one (even Reed) could put a face with a name until I explained it to them!