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October 29th, 2002

Lucky "Ass"

 

Why is everyone so surprised that the decline of Western civilization continues? The big screen version of the MTV show Jackass brought in a whopping 22.7 million dollars, defying many expectations (and the film wasn't even screened for critics). In second, The Ring upped its tally from last weekend with 18.8 million, all thanks to increasing its audience by a few hundred theaters. The horror film Ghost Ship set sail with a decent 11.7 million, while Sweet Home Alabama and My Big Fat Greek Wedding move down the ladder 6.4 million and 6.3 million.

Red Dragon is losing its bite still, only making 4.7 this weekend. I think this might have trouble topping 100 million, alas last year's "Hannibal" had no problem reaching that mark. Punch-Drunk Love opened wider and made the top ten with 2.5 million, while Jonah: A Veggietales Movie took in another 2.9 million. Rounding it all out is The Transporter and Brown Sugar with 2.8 and 2.7 million, respectively.

Also, on a more somber note, most of you probably heard that Richard Harris passed away over the weekend after a bout with Hodgkin's disease. While most new generation filmgoers know him for his work in "Harry Potter" and "Gladiator," his older work certainly influenced many, as I believe he was one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. He will definitely be missed.

Anyhow, next week it's November... will Tim Allen rule the box office? What about the next "Harry Potter" and Bond films? Stay turned, because as it's getting colder, things at the movies are just heating up...

-Zach B.