Universal Pictures has really hit on the big drum this time. With big flops in the latest time, with the films ‘Cirque du Freak’ and ‘Green Zone’, they’ve really gotten a comeback with ‘Despicable Me’, which will knock the most other films out of the park – even the new Twilight.Already on friday Despicable Me had earned in $21.7 million, which will rise to about $60 million at the end of the weekend. This will secure a well earned celebration in Universal, especially since Despicable Me cost only $70 million to make.
All of this made the new film in the Twilight series, Eclipse, to fall down to a second place in the Box Office, with it’s $11 million this week. Although, as of friday, Eclipse have earned in a total of $214 million, which will say that the film is $16 million behind ‘New Moon’ in the same number of days. With this in mind, it’s possible that Eclipse won’t even match New Moon in the Box Office in the end, and how this is possible I don’t know. Especially considering the good reviews that have ticked in. Could people finally have gotten tired of the Twilight-fenomena? I at least hope so.
On the other places in the Box Office this week we find the debuting Sci-Fi flick ‘Predators’, made by Robert Rodriguez. The low-budget film, starring Adrian Brody (The Pianist), Topher Grace (That ’70s Show, Spider-Man 3), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) and the man with my new favorite name, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), have earned $10.5 million on Friday, which probably will rise up to about $30 million for the weekend.
However, the film flopping the most, is M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender – based on the Nickelodeon anime ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (nothing to do with James Cameron’s Avatar, though). How this is possible, I don’t know. Have you seen the anime, you must agree with me on the fact that the story going is one of the best out there. Although, M. Night Shyamalan ruining a film with potential, aren’t really news. We saw it with The Village, we saw it with Signs, and now we see it with The Last Airbender.