Box Office Guru Wrapup: Taken 2 Soars to Huge #1 Opening

Liam Neeson rocked the global box office with his much-anticipated kidnapping sequel Taken 2 which scored the best opening ever for an action film in the September-October corridor grossing an estimated $50M. The Fox hit debuted in 3,661 theaters and averaged a spectacular $13,657 per location. The PG-13 film doubled the $24.7M bow of its predecessor which was released on Super Bowl weekend in January 2009. Reviews were mostly negative, however audiences disregarded critics and came out for Neeson who proved once again his ample starpower. Since Taken, he has rebranded himself as the thinking man's action hero and ticket buyers have responded. This is the actor's second time anchoring a number one hit this year following The Grey which debuted to $19.7M in January. He also hit number one last year in Unknown which bowed to $21.9M.

Taken 2, which involves a kidnapping plot to capture Neeson's retired CIA agent character as well as his ex-wife and daughter who are on holiday together in Istanbul, played broadly as males made up 52% of the audience. 56% was 25 and older while the CinemaScore grade was a B+, respectable for a sequel. Friday started red hot with $18.5M, Saturday inched up 3% to $19.1M and Sunday is estimated to drop 35% to $12.4M. Action films in the fall are often affected by football on Sundays, but with Monday being the Columbus Day holiday, the studio is expecting continued solid results. Taken 2 performed much like a summer action film as movies of this genre have never opened close to $50M at this time of year. The biggest openings to date for action films in the months of September and October have been $33M for 1998's Rush Hour and $36.5M for 2002's Red Dragon which was a suspense thriller, but marketed to an adult action crowd.

The jump in opening weekend sales for the new Taken was similar to what the second Jason Bourne film did. The original installment The Bourne Identity debuted to $27.1M in June 2002 while the sequel The Bourne Supremacy jumped 94% to $52.5M for its debut in July 2004. Taken 2 and Supremacy both benefited from the good will that their predecessors generated during their leggy runs at the box office. People who found the films after the first three days made sure that the second time around they came out on opening weekend for another adventure with a character they grew attached to. Both franchises feature gritty action anchored by a solo hero with lethal skills. The third Bourne film soared even higher at the box office. No word yet on a third round of Taken although it would certainly make financial sense.

International moviegoers also lined up for Liam Neeson as Taken 2 grossed an estimated $55M from mostly openings in new territories. The global gross now stands at $117M with plenty more to come. It has been a busy year for Neeson. He has been on the big screen in 2012 with all of his top-grossing characters - Qui-Gon Jinn in the Star Wars Episode I 3D release, Ra's Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, Bryan Mills in Taken 2 & Zeus in Wrath of the Titans.

Last weekend's most popular film Hotel Transylvania dropped down to second place but still attracted a huge audience of paying customers. Sony's PG-rated monster toon grossed an estimated $26.3M, which would be impressive as an opening weekend, and dropped by a reasonable 38%. After only ten days, the Adam Sandler-led film has spooked up a stellar $76M and could be on track to end its domestic run in the area of $140M. With nothing for kids opening until after Halloween, the road ahead looks bright for Hotel.

The college comedy Pitch Perfect expanded nationwide and landed in third place with $14.7M following its potent limited bow last week. Universal's PG-13 pic about an all-female a cappella group averaged a good $5,320 from 2,770 theaters with holdover locations dropping by only 26%. The cume for the low-budget $17M film is now $21.6M on its way to $55M or more. Studio research showed that women made up an overwhelming portion of the audience as 81% of the crowd was female. 55% were under 25 and the film connected primarily to teen and young adult females. The studio is hoping that positive buzz will broaden the audience over the weeks ahead. Males often avoid films like these upfront, but can get drawn in down the road after hearing many recommendations from friends as was the case with Universal's Bridesmaids last year.

The well-reviewed sci-fi actioner Looper enjoyed a good hold in its second weekend grossing an estimated $12.2M for a 41% decline. The Sony release has taken in $40.3M in ten days and looks headed for a final tally of around $70M.

Opening poorly in fifth place was Tim Burton's animated film Frankenweenie with an estimated $11.5M from 3,005 theaters for a mild $3,827 average. It was the third 3D creepy comedy toon aimed at kids in the last two months and the worst performer on opening weekend. August's ParaNorman opened better with $14.1M while last week's Transylvania ended up opening much better than expected with $42.5M providing intense competition this weekend since both were aimed at the exact same crowd.

Despite having much better reviews, Frankenweenie was a less mainstream film with its black-and-white and claymation style making Hotel the more popular choice for families looking for a pre-Halloween laugh. The CinemaScore for the Burton pic was a decent B+ and with the pumpkin holiday still a few weeks away, the PG-rated film has a chance to show some legs if good word-of-mouth spreads. Its story about a boy who reanimates his dead dog made the appeal more narrow so strong buzz will be needed for Disney to find long-term success against its competitors.

Dropping 49% to an estimated $4M was the cop thriller End of Watch which has collected $32.8M so far for Open Road. Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve followed with an estimated $3.9M, down 47%, for a $29.7M total for Warner Bros. The horror film House at the End of the Street fell 48% to an estimated $3.7M putting the Relativity release at $27.5M.

The acclaimed drama The Master held up well slipping only 31% to an estimated $1.8M for The Weinstein Co. which has grossed $12.3M to date. Disney and Pixar rounded out the top ten with its 3D release of Finding Nemo which took a sharp hit tumbling 62% to an estimated $1.6M for a $39M sum. That boosted the lifetime tally to $378.7M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $129.7M which was up a sharp 62% from last year when Real Steel debuted at number one with $27.3M; and up 69% from 2010 when The Social Network remained on top with $15.5M.

Comments

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Don't forget Neeson's obligatory cameo in BATTLESHIP as the Admiral, father to Brooklyn Decker's (ahem) "character." Granted, its the one film Neeson made this year which sunk at the box office, but he has had a busy year nonetheless. Can't believe he just turned 60.

I know I'm not the only one to see FRANKENWEENIE had a disappointing reception despite the high Tomatometer. Damn you, Adam Sandler! At any rate, the only two films I plan to see in the theater in the future are Ben Affleck's ARGO and SKYFALL.

Oct 7 - 04:00 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

What about The Hobbit? Seven Psychopaths? Lincoln, Cloud Atlas, The Man with the Iron Fists, Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Them Softly, Life of Pi, Django Unchained??? Those are just some of the movies left in store for this year. This has honestly been one of the best years for movies in a while, and the final three months look just as promising.

Oct 7 - 04:51 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Forgive me, I meant near future, about four weeks in, but yes many of those others look promising too. I'm just not that ahead.

Oct 7 - 05:16 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

who wants to see "Seven Psychopaths" it sounds like "Seven Dwarfs" in Snow White; Cloud Atlas sounds like a Spirited Away Clone; Man with Iron Fists sounds like some Chinese Guy karate-chopping cinder-bricks with his fists; Silver Linings Playbook sounds like a Sandra Bullock Movie; Killing Them Softly sounds like a cheap-o Morgan Freeman who-dun-it slasher-type movie; Life of Pi? Get REAL: 3.14159265 -- hardly a life at all. . . . and I haven't seen any trailers with FRANCO NERO in Django Unchained -- without FRANCO NERO, Django CANNOT be Django, I'm sorry--maybe Tarantino will have to splice-in footage of FRANCO NERO if FRANCO NERO didn't appear in Django Unchained. What's more is "the guy" playing Django keeps saying "The D is silent" and I find that frustrating.//// SANDRA BULLOCK IS AWESOME (its just that her movies are not awesome) and . . . VOTE DEMOCRATIC ON NOVEMBER 6th, 2012 ELECTION DAY!

Oct 8 - 02:25 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Wow you're edgy bro!

Oct 8 - 04:10 PM

dd9090

Don Romero

I read once about the metaphysics of entertainment: that there's really only four jokes in comedy and four plots in drama. Everything else is setting, character and embellishment, embellishment, embelishment.

Oct 10 - 02:09 PM

Joshua

Joshua "LF" Mitchell

Disappointed that Frankenweenie isn't performing well. I saw the film last night and I loved it.

Oct 7 - 04:22 PM

Vincent Fissore

Vincent Fissore

My case is similar to yours. Saw the movie, loved it and was quite surprised at it's deceptive performance. However, I am not shocked. Americans have never really hooked-up to stop motion animation, and it's best box-office days were when Chicken Run was released back in... 2000. Ever since, stop-motion has continuously improved in quality (with Wallace and Gromit: Cure of the Were-rabit being a key example), but it does not seem in rentability. I'm thinking that, like all previous stop-motion films before it, it might just have a better chance overseas, most specifically in Europe and it's long-standing tradition of liking those type of films (Aardman being British, it might be a reason...), however it might spell a mini "ice-age" for the genre, since in the meantime CGI movies are getting less exceptional in terms of quality, but more and more profit ale for the studios...

Oct 7 - 05:58 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Frankeweenie . . . the title is HORRIBLE. It sounds like an immature Frankenstein and a reproductive organ . . . really stupid. /// V-O-T-E -- D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C on 11/6/2012 Tuesday, ELECTION DAY!

Oct 8 - 02:27 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Fear the wrath of the Mittens!!! Mitty Mitty from Comeback City. Who knew all it would take to undo the Presidents campaign was to force him to talk about the issues without a teleprompter? Sorry, I'm done now. Couldn't resist the immature urge to give a little back to the Gordon-ator.

Oct 8 - 05:18 PM

dd9090

Don Romero

I agree... "Frankenpooch", e.g., would be classier and more to the point. and FWIW, every election and vote cast is 'democratic'... even the one's for Republicans.

Oct 10 - 02:14 PM

James Adams

Adam Pass

me 2 i loved the movie but its having a bad time at box office but we might atleast see it on dvd earlyer then expected if this goes on

Oct 13 - 04:33 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Wow, was expecting Taken 2 to do well, but not that well. I am just hoping Neeson decides he is too old for this shit before Taken 3 is greenlit. Glad to see Looper hold up well, I still need to catch it. Sucks for Frankenweenie, Burton has just had an all around bad year.

Oct 7 - 04:39 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Looper was pretty good. The characters and story are engaging and the action was classy, solid R. I would recommend it for JGL's Willis impression alone. They only really share one scene but its golden.

Oct 7 - 10:07 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Burton lost me with Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Those movies made so much money i could never feel sorry for him again.

Oct 9 - 04:59 AM

Doris M.

Doris Miller

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Oct 10 - 01:55 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I ride a sweet scooter, can we still hook up and bang??

Oct 10 - 02:06 AM

Total  S.

Total Stranger

You can't lay down the $ to see every film in the theater. At one point or another I will see both Frankenweenie AND Taken 2. I imagine I will care very little about either of them though, but were I forced to chose which film to see on opening weekend, I would pick Taken 2, even though I know it will be dung. The reason for this is purely for the theater experience. Some movies will have the same emotional and visceral impact when you watch them at home (regardless of your how nice you think your home theater system is, its not IMAX. Period.) So your comodies/rom-coms, dramas and animated/children films will USUALLY give you the same experience when viewing from home. You laugh at the same time, you weep at the same time. While EVERYTHING is better in the theater, action flicks and the occasional horror will always be more enjoyable than childrens movies. Explosions, gunfire, all so loud you can feel it in your seat. If you had to pick between seeing your favorite action movie of all time in the theater again, or your favorite children's movie, which one would you enjoy more? Frankenweenie will make more money than Taken 2 over the aggregate, but not on opening weekend.

Oct 12 - 11:18 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

What about The Hobbit? Seven Psychopaths? Lincoln, Cloud Atlas, The Man with the Iron Fists, Silver Linings Playbook, Killing Them Softly, Life of Pi, Django Unchained??? Those are just some of the movies left in store for this year. This has honestly been one of the best years for movies in a while, and the final three months look just as promising.

Oct 7 - 04:51 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Forgive me, I meant near future, about four weeks in, but yes many of those others look promising too. I'm just not that ahead.

Oct 7 - 05:16 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

who wants to see "Seven Psychopaths" it sounds like "Seven Dwarfs" in Snow White; Cloud Atlas sounds like a Spirited Away Clone; Man with Iron Fists sounds like some Chinese Guy karate-chopping cinder-bricks with his fists; Silver Linings Playbook sounds like a Sandra Bullock Movie; Killing Them Softly sounds like a cheap-o Morgan Freeman who-dun-it slasher-type movie; Life of Pi? Get REAL: 3.14159265 -- hardly a life at all. . . . and I haven't seen any trailers with FRANCO NERO in Django Unchained -- without FRANCO NERO, Django CANNOT be Django, I'm sorry--maybe Tarantino will have to splice-in footage of FRANCO NERO if FRANCO NERO didn't appear in Django Unchained. What's more is "the guy" playing Django keeps saying "The D is silent" and I find that frustrating.//// SANDRA BULLOCK IS AWESOME (its just that her movies are not awesome) and . . . VOTE DEMOCRATIC ON NOVEMBER 6th, 2012 ELECTION DAY!

Oct 8 - 02:25 PM

Zane B

Chum Chum

Wow you're edgy bro!

Oct 8 - 04:10 PM

dd9090

Don Romero

I read once about the metaphysics of entertainment: that there's really only four jokes in comedy and four plots in drama. Everything else is setting, character and embellishment, embellishment, embelishment.

Oct 10 - 02:09 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Forgive me, I meant near future, about four weeks in, but yes many of those others look promising too. I'm just not that ahead.

Oct 7 - 05:16 PM

JC Martel

JC Martel

For once I was pumped for an animated movie and it bombs. Mainstream taste will always puzzle me. Frankenweenie looks awesome.

Oct 7 - 05:34 PM

Reza T.

Reza Trikurnia

poor tim burton.
Unfortunately, people prefer taken and Hotel Transylvania than Frankenweenie.

Oct 7 - 05:35 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Alice in Wonderland ensured Burton will never be "poor"

Oct 9 - 05:00 AM

dd9090

Don Romero

How soon they forget "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride".. which should be considered over AiW, which isn't even "animated cartoon".

Oct 10 - 02:18 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

I figured Taken 2 would open big. It will probably be #1 again next week with Argo in 2nd place. Poor Frankenweenie. Disney should have never scheduled the release a week after Hotel Transylvania. I learned a lesson this year. Never release a Tim Burton film a week after a big box office weekend. Dark Shadows opened a week after the monster opening of The Avengers and now Frankenweenie opens a week after Hotel Transylvania, the biggest September debut. Both of films this year bombed. There is nothing for me until Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall, and Lincoln.

Oct 7 - 05:54 PM

Vincent Fissore

Vincent Fissore

My case is similar to yours. Saw the movie, loved it and was quite surprised at it's deceptive performance. However, I am not shocked. Americans have never really hooked-up to stop motion animation, and it's best box-office days were when Chicken Run was released back in... 2000. Ever since, stop-motion has continuously improved in quality (with Wallace and Gromit: Cure of the Were-rabit being a key example), but it does not seem in rentability. I'm thinking that, like all previous stop-motion films before it, it might just have a better chance overseas, most specifically in Europe and it's long-standing tradition of liking those type of films (Aardman being British, it might be a reason...), however it might spell a mini "ice-age" for the genre, since in the meantime CGI movies are getting less exceptional in terms of quality, but more and more profit ale for the studios...

Oct 7 - 05:58 PM

Eric Hutchison

Eric Hutchison

Just goes to show how completely stupid the average movie-goer is today. This is by all accounts a very bad movie, and a completely unnecessary sequel, yet it's the movie that more people flock to go see than anything. The movies that make the most money in this country are the mindless, pointless, PG-13 piles of crap that Hollywood produces. No wonder this country elected a communist to be President and is poised to give him another four years. Nation full of IDIOTS.

Oct 7 - 06:11 PM

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Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

Didn't your mother ever tell you not to judge a book by it's cover... Seriously man... Insulting a guy based on his pic is pretty low....

Oct 7 - 08:31 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Sadly, that's par for the course here on RT.

Oct 7 - 09:37 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Wait a second, please explain to me how President Obama is a communist president? Is this because the color of his skin, I mean most of the things he's done for the United States are that of a socialist and is not communist, had you even lived in communist Russia and China? Do you even know what the word means? Because I don't recall governments granting Communist countries as "Russia" and "China" free health care, more tax breaks to education as well as social housing to all it's unfortunate citizens! Are you another redneck who believes in right-wing rhetoric? The reason why we have Obama for President is because it was former Republican President George Bush as well as his policies that put the United States into this recession in the first place, or did you even forget that even happened!

Oct 9 - 01:41 PM

dd9090

Don Romero

Since defending the Constitution (and Bill of Rights) is a Presidential DUTY, IMHO any President who campaigns on the promise of "fixing" the nation "from the ground up" needs to be removed from office. elected out is fine.. impeachment and removal works for me as well. Not that Obama has displayed a serious clue how to "fix" much of anything during his first four years. Just the usual "some things are better now and I'm claiming the credit."

Oct 10 - 02:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

So...damned if he does, damned if he don't. How dare he say he wants to "fix" things, but he's just so inept at it. Almost like there's vested interests in keeping certain things broken...

Oct 10 - 02:38 PM

Dave J

Dave J

But you have to admit that the economy is a whole lot better now compared to what it was 4 years ago!

Oct 10 - 03:05 PM

dd9090

Don Romero

Not to mention the replacement refs in Seattle.. Einstein held human ignorance to be infinite so no surprise that the guys pointing the finger inevitably have three pointing back. One might consider pondering the difference between right "knowledge" and individual "opinion" and "taste".

Oct 10 - 02:36 PM

Carol Junkologist

Carol Junkologist

Great. Can't wait 4 it 2 hit the rental market!

Oct 7 - 06:11 PM

BMS1234

brandon sideleau

ugh...the masses are idiots...

Oct 7 - 07:06 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I know right? Even without reading reviews I could tell Taken 2 is just a cash grab flick. The first one wasn't even anything special.

Oct 7 - 09:08 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen man, I just saw "Taken 2" over the weekened and thought it was not bad, but not better than the first. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the reason why the first one was successful and appeals to people like myself is because they're very few films which shows the main protagonist inflicting the same kind of atrocities onto the people who really deserve it which is often shown in most horror films where innocent bystanders are tortured to death such as "Hostel" and the "Saw" films. I know I'm only a minority here but the other possible reason why "Taken 2" performed well is because there's a great percentage of films that depend alot on special effects and perhaps audiences want to see an action film that hardly uses this kind of gimmick once in awhile regardless how great the reviews are!

Oct 9 - 01:12 PM

Dave J

Dave J

According to the article "Taken 2" even receive a B+ rating from Cinema score which is not a bad rating- not including me, and a 76% score from RT. If you do decide to watch it beause it's a guy movie that does not consist of any cheesy romances or CGI like the Twilight movies or any special effects that exist in most super hero films, it's "idea" is like what would happen if Jason Bourne had a family and that they were taken- this is what he would do!

Oct 9 - 01:42 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Whatever. I would still see FRANKENWEENIE over TAKEN 2...and I liked the original a lot!

Oct 9 - 05:40 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, "Taken 2" is definately not family oriented so perhaps Frankenweenie be a better film for you if they're underage kids involved in your theatre outings!

Oct 9 - 06:21 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Frankenweenie would probably be a better film for you period.

Oct 10 - 05:06 AM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Sometimes. But then again everyone has a lapse in judgement at one point or another.

Oct 9 - 05:03 AM

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Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

Didn't your mother ever tell you not to judge a book by it's cover... Seriously man... Insulting a guy based on his pic is pretty low....

Oct 7 - 08:31 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Sadly, that's par for the course here on RT.

Oct 7 - 09:37 PM

Nancy O.

Nancy O'Toole

"Frankenweenie was a less mainstream film with its black-and-white and claymation style...."

Sigh.... not claymation....

Oct 7 - 07:21 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

Didn't your mother ever tell you not to judge a book by it's cover... Seriously man... Insulting a guy based on his pic is pretty low....

Oct 7 - 08:31 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Sadly, that's par for the course here on RT.

Oct 7 - 09:37 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I know right? Even without reading reviews I could tell Taken 2 is just a cash grab flick. The first one wasn't even anything special.

Oct 7 - 09:08 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen man, I just saw "Taken 2" over the weekened and thought it was not bad, but not better than the first. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the reason why the first one was successful and appeals to people like myself is because they're very few films which shows the main protagonist inflicting the same kind of atrocities onto the people who really deserve it which is often shown in most horror films where innocent bystanders are tortured to death such as "Hostel" and the "Saw" films. I know I'm only a minority here but the other possible reason why "Taken 2" performed well is because there's a great percentage of films that depend alot on special effects and perhaps audiences want to see an action film that hardly uses this kind of gimmick once in awhile regardless how great the reviews are!

Oct 9 - 01:12 PM

Dave J

Dave J

According to the article "Taken 2" even receive a B+ rating from Cinema score which is not a bad rating- not including me, and a 76% score from RT. If you do decide to watch it beause it's a guy movie that does not consist of any cheesy romances or CGI like the Twilight movies or any special effects that exist in most super hero films, it's "idea" is like what would happen if Jason Bourne had a family and that they were taken- this is what he would do!

Oct 9 - 01:42 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Whatever. I would still see FRANKENWEENIE over TAKEN 2...and I liked the original a lot!

Oct 9 - 05:40 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well, "Taken 2" is definately not family oriented so perhaps Frankenweenie be a better film for you if they're underage kids involved in your theatre outings!

Oct 9 - 06:21 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Frankenweenie would probably be a better film for you period.

Oct 10 - 05:06 AM

Josh Leitzel

Josh Leitzel

I can't believe Frankenweenie got 5th place. I don't like judging people for their tastes but come on America. You get a creative and (somewhat) original movie like Frankenweenie and you just overlook it. The same thing goes for ParaNorman. People just don't pay to see good movies anymore. At least me and my friend will give Frankenweenie some money when we go see it next weekend.

Oct 7 - 09:11 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Just my opinion but I feel as though Burton has made so many mediocre movies as of recent that people are less inclined to see his new ones. I am still baffled that Taken 2 took in so much money. You couldn't pay me to see that movie. The first was beyond mediocre. Its sad how many terrible movies succeed and how many great movies fail.

Oct 7 - 10:28 PM

MisterVile

Mister Vile

Agreed on Burton.

Oct 9 - 05:01 AM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

I get a kick out of the fact that back in 2007, audiences and critics were praising Tim Burton as a genius for his Sweeney Todd. Many critics were putting it as one of their best films of the year, and audiences were saying that it was the best Burton film in decades. So, between Sweeney Todd and Frankenweenie, Burton puts out a couple of mediocre films and suddenly everyone starts saying that Burton's been putting out a whole lot of bad films. Some saying that he hasn't had a great film in nearly 20 years. It seems like audiences and critics forgot that they loved this film that came out just five years ago. And even before Sweeney Todd he did Corpse Bride which was praised by both audiences and critics and recieved an Oscar nomination for best animated feature (should have won). Before that was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was a hit at the box office as well as being well reviewed by critics and (discluding the fanboys of the stupid 70s film) audiences. Before that was Big Fish which recieved good reviews from critics and was nominated for four Golden Globes including best picture. So, Burton has churned out really only a couple of lame movies recently, but everyone acts as if he hasn't had a big movie since the 1990s....

Oct 14 - 09:15 AM

dd9090

Don Romero

You might consider that its not all about particular movies, but particular classes or types of movies. Some people just prefer live action -- even mediocre -- drama, comedy and action over even quality-artsy ANIMATED cartoons. It takes really GOOD kids-of-all-ages cartoons to dominate or even top the box office for a week or even weekend.

Oct 10 - 02:43 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

Sadly, that's par for the course here on RT.

Oct 7 - 09:37 PM

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