Take a look at this graph if you want to know why:
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Archive for the ‘The Final Destination’ Category
|The Final Destination||Warner Bros.||3121||$15,445,000||$4,949||$50,576,000|
|Inglorious Basterds||Weinstein Co.||3358||$15,030,523||$4,476||$95,226,130|
|All About Steve||Fox||2251||$14,000,000||$6,219||$14,000,000|
|Halloween 2||Weinstein Co.||3088||$7,073,884||$2,291||$27,129,775|
|Julie And Julia||Sony||2528||$7,000,000||$2,769||$80,500,000|
|G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra||Paramount||2846||$6,700,000||$2,354||$141,015,000|
|The Time Traveler’s Wife||Warner Bros.||2803||$5,455,000||$1,946||$55,797,000|
|Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince||Warner Bros.||1091||$2,490,000||$2,282||$297,594,000|
Early Friday numbers are in for the Labor Day frame, and it looks like audiences were certainly aware of how bad this weekend’s offerings were. All About Steve could win the weekend, but with just $3.6 million on Friday, the horrible romantic comedy is headed to about $10.8 million over the three day, and $13 million over the four day. Look for Inglorious Bastards and The Final Destination to reach similar grosses. The number one spot is very much up for grabs. Gamer did even worse, as it found a sad $3.3 million, which points the thriller towards an $9.5 million weekend, with $12 million over the long weekend. The final new opener, Extract, was pretty much ignored. It could only find $1.4 million on Friday.
Friday Estimates for September 4, 2009
1. The Final Destination – $3.6 million
2. All About Steve – $3.6 million
3. Gamer – $3.3 million
4. Inglorious Bastards – $3 million
5. District 9 – $1.8 million
6. Halloween II – $1.7 million
7. Extract – $1.4 million
8. Julie And Julia – $1.3 million
9. G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra – $1.3 million
10. The Time Traveler’s Wife – $1.2 million
11. Shorts – $575,000
12. (500) Days Of Summer – $515,000
Remember that movie, the one where a group of kids are about do something, but one of them has this weird vision of a horrific crash, and pleas to the rest of them to leave, because they’re all going to die, and they think it’s all crazy until the accident does happen, and then they’re like, “whoa, you saw it before it happened,” but then they all start to die in really bizarre, completely implausible ways, because they never were supposed to survive that initial catastrophe?
A. Final Destination
B. Final Destination 2
C. Final Destination 3
D. Legally Blonde
If you answered, A, B, or C, congratulations! You’ve identified a film series that is literally identical in it’s structure and plot, and solely exists to show horrific ways to die. Now, sequels are often retreads of the originals, but they usually have some semblance of a new plot or a new situation. These are carbon copy, cut from the same cloth movies (that suck ass, by the way) and managed to bring in enough cash to generate a fourth movie. The plot? I already wrote it, it’s up at the top. The ‘horrific accident’ this time takes place at a flipping Nascar race (apparently the creators thought they weren’t hitting the redneck demographic strongly enough), where a group of teens who are way too good looking to be watching Nascar barely escape a car crash that, evidently, levels the entire stadium. Death starts picking them off one by one, yada yada yada, the end. Here’s the trailer:
Wait, wait, wait. Did you catch that title? The Final Destination? That’s all it takes to designate a sequel now? An article? Evidently the first two follow-ups weren’t good enough to get such a definite article in the word ‘the.’ It must have borrowed the ‘the’ from Fast and Furious (A series which already has the shittiest sequel titles known to man), which dropped its article to show everybody it was a brand new movie. God, let’s hope this isn’t the start of a titling trend. Iron Man 2 gets renamed The Iron Man. I’ll stick with my numbers, thanks. Call me old fashioned.
And did you notice the part of the trailer that said, “Death…Saved the best…” when I first saw this, and realized what it was, I mumbled under my breath “please be ‘for last,'” over and over again. Nope. “Death…Saved the best…For 3D.”
Oh shit. I was hoping this series could go the way all it’s character’s do, but they’ve completely left it open for a sequel, which they’ll make. And 3D? Alright, that’s the one thing this movie has going for it. Maybe. But I’m still pissed they teased the possibility of me never having to watch one of those movies again just to reveal they’ll be making the blood and body parts fly OUT OF THE SCREEN this time.
Awesome. Can’t wait. I still maintain that, gramatically, this should be the last movie. Since it’s ‘The‘ Final Destination, it means there can’t be another.