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Weekend B.O. Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 (A Holdover Weekend)

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by Sergio
December 2, 2012 12:33 PM
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Killing Them Softly

All this weekend’s top films are holdovers from the previous weeks, while Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly tanked, grossing just $7 million.

To be honest, the film wasn’t expected to do well, and that the fact that the Weinstein Company kept changing the release date was sign that they had no confidence in the film, and likely had no idea how to market the it.

Although it’s about gangsters, and there are some shootings and grisly violence, the film is really a political metaphor for America today - greed and capitalism with chain smoking, grubby, depressed, downbeat characters, which is not what people were expecting.

That, no doubt, was the reason why the film got an "F" on CinemaScore. People don’t like the film because it’s not a fast-paced, shoot-em'-up thriller with charismatic characters that they were led to believe the film was.

And that lousy title didn’t help, although the original title, Coogan’s Trade, which is the title of the George V. Higgins’ book the film is based on, wasn’t that great either.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Skyfall is just under $200 million towards shy of a $1 billion worldwide gross.

1) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Sum. $17,410,000 Total: $254,593,000
2) Skyfall Sony $17,000,000 Total:  $246,029,000
3) Lincoln BV $13,509,000 Total:  $83,698,000
4) Rise of the Guardians P/DW $13,500,000 Total:  $48,947,000
5) Life of Pi Fox $12,000,000 Total:  $48,361,000
6) Wreck-It Ralph BV $7,020,000 Total:  $158,257,000
7) Killing Them Softly Wein. $7,000,000
8) Red Dawn FD $6,550,000 Total:  $31,320,000
9) Flight Par. $4,540,000 -Total:  $81,527,000
10) The Collection LD $3,409,000
11) Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $3,341,000 Total:  $10,991,000
12) Anna Karenina Focus $2,230,000 Total:  $4,084,000
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  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 2, 2012 1:21 PMReply

    I preferred "Cogan's Trade," but oh well. This is the same star/director team that produced "The Assassination of Jesse James...," a powerful film (which I proudly own) that requires a true cinephile's complete attention -- and half an afternoon. I'd say the same about this film, although it's not as well-done. It is short, though -- and violent, and funny. But you're right -- it's not the kind of film that can compete with films like "Lincoln" and "Skyfall," and its overall tone, like "Assassination," is pretty morose. But it was money well-spent! Look for a creatively executed scene between the two robbers where one tries to extract information from the other who's just shot up with heroin. Director Andrew Dominik is one to keep an eye on.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | December 2, 2012 4:43 PM

    Simpatico! :]

  • sergio | December 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    I liked Softly too and I think Assassination is one of great westerns in recent years. I also own a blu-ray copy of it

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