Well, it had to happen sooner or later and Grandpa was the one to do it.
Jackass’ shock comedy Bad Grandpa finally knocked Gravity off its No.1 box office high perch, where it’s been for the past few weeks, grossing some $32 million this weekend. Some are already calling this development proof positive of the decline of civilization. Oh Puhleeze...
I, on the other hand, say the better film won.
But seriously folks...
Ridley Scott’s The Consuelor, a film which was written by novelist Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, Blue Meridian) basically tanked with just $8 million. Not hard to see why. The film is cold, brutal, extremely violent and unrelentlessly grim, with nasty, unlikable unsympathetic characters. And yet I liked it.
And, as with anything by McCarthy, it's loaded with tons of his own patented pretentious dialogue. Why say anything in 8 words, when you can say it in a wordy, heavy handed monologue?
As I said to someone, I would HATE to be at a dinner a party sitting next to McCarthy. I would ask him to pass the biscuits and he would instead give me a verbose 10 minute speech on the futility of life, before he grabs a knife and cuts off my head.
And 12 Years A Slave cracked the top ten, coming in at No. 8, with just over $3.4 million to date, on only 123 screens. It had the second highest average gross per screen at $17,500.
The film with the highest per screen average was Blue is the Warmest Color, the three hour long, Cannes Palm D’Or award-winning lesbian romance (or as I like call it girl-girl action) by French/Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche (Black Venus) which opened on only 4 screens with over $25,000 per screen.