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Box Office Review: 'The Rock' Now Bankable...Crap!

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In the latest blow to Western civilization, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Escape...er, Race to Witch Mountain knocked off the epic and ambitious Watchmen to capture the weekend box-office crown. The entirely unnecessary re-make tallied an impressive $25M to easily vanquish the quickly-fading superhero flick ($18M/$86M). Another re-make, The Last House on the Left slashed its way to a successful $14.6M debut, well ahead of Taken which continued to hang around in its seventh week ($6.6M/$126.8M). The awful Tyler Perry in Drag hauled in another $5.1M ($83.2M) just edging the wonderful Slumdog Millionaire ($5M/$132.6M).

The unfunny Kevin James Vehicle continued leeching money from the moronic masses ($3.1M/$137.7M) besting two infinitely superior films: He Just Wants to Do You ($2.9M/$89M) and Coraline ($2.6M/$69.1M). Miss March rounded out the top 10 with a disappointing bow of $2.3M. The limited release crowd was led by Sunshine Cleaning which opened to a boffo average of $53,500 per theater. Tokyo Sonata also performed well ($15,000 per) while Brothers at War had a mediocre first weekend ($5000). The decision to re-release Costa-Gavras' Z on the occasion of its 40th anniversary proved to be a very good (e.g. profitable) idea. ($10,500).