Thursday, August 30, 2007
So in the end, how did those summer movies rate?
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Excerpt from Cinemablend,
SG: I’ll come right out and say it: this movie was terrible. I hated it. To add insult to injury, the movie earned almost a billion dollars world-wide, the biggest booty of the summer (and probably the year). Of course, it didn’t come cheap. Disney blew $300 million to get the thing made and at the U.S. box office it earned only $307 million, just enough to cover the cost. Thanks to the rest of the world Disney still got to laugh their way to the bank. No doubt they’ll use some of it to make even more ridiculous changes to the classic amusement park ride that started it all. Whatever’s left over will go into making another two or three awful Pirates movies.
JT: It’s kind of amazing that it only made only $307 million. Granted, it’s an awful movie (one I dislike more with every passing day), but it made nearly $130 million just in its first week and people seemed to be obsessed with it in a way that’s normally reserved only for American Idol and Girls Gone Wild. I consider us lucky that people stopped seeing the damn thing when they did. Those were the worst pirates I’ve ever seen, but why bother with quality when you can just throw a bunch of CGI at people and end up making money.
See complete essay here, http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Summer-Box-Office-2007-The-Critics-Ultimatum-6204.html