March 22, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Alice Reigns For Third Straight Weekend
The Red Queen ruled once again as Disney's Alice in Wonderland remained at number one for the third consecutive frame beating out another pack of new releases. Fox's tween comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid beat expectations to open in second place while Sony's Jennifer Aniston-Gerard Butler vehicle The Bounty Hunter enjoyed a solid debut of its own close behind in third. But Universal's new action entry Repo Men flopped in fourth with a miserable showing. The overall box office was up over 2009 for the fourth straight weekend.
March 19, 2010
Critics Consensus: Wimpy Kid Gets Picked On
This week at the movies, we've got a scheming tween (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, starring Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn); squabbling exes (The Bounty Hunter, starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston); and hazardous healthcare (Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker). What do the critics have to say? It's a (debatable) maxim that the book is always better than the movie. That certainly seems to be the case with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which critics say contains moments of insight and humor but never fleshes out its middle school characters with the same empathy as Jeff Kinney's books.