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Funny Chicks Best Funny Nerds at The Box Office

by Melissa Silverstein
June 30, 2011 4:15 AM
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Sometime this weekend (or maybe even by tonight) in a theatre somewhere in America a person will buy a movie ticket to see Bridesmaids and that ticket will take the domestic box office tally of Bridesmaids over the domestic box office tally of Knocked Up.

Now why is this significant?

It's significant because nobody believed that this would happen. Nobody believed that a bunch of funny women could best the stunted male comedies that Judd Apatow (who produced Bridesmaids) is best known for. Keep in mind that Knocked Up had been Judd Apatow's top grossing film...until now. The man who created a new genre of the nerdy misogynistic boy/men which flourished after the success of Knocked Up has seen that genre bested by, yes, women.

But now that women are kind of in the drivers seat (not completely since Apatow is the producer and Paul Feig is the director), I say BRING IT ON. I say women should ride this wave as far as it can go. I say women producers, writers and directors should pitch the hell out of female comedy projects where the women act a little liberated or in Hollywood speak -- raunchy. While I don't think that a new genre will be created (because wedding comedies are really not a step forward if we want to be honest), but I smell that there is a loosening on the hold on films about women.

Here's a comparison of the two films:
Knocked Up
Budget: $30 m
Domestic Gross: 148,768
Overseas Gross: 70,000
Total: 219,076
Opening Weekend Gross and Theatres: 30,690 in 2,871 theatres

Budget: 32.5 m
Domestic Gross: 148,071 (as of June 29)
Overseas Gross: 21 (just rolling out overseas)
Opening Weekend Gross and Theatres: 26,247 in 2,918

Box Office Shocker: 'Bridesmaids' Passing 'Knocked Up' as Judd Apatow's Highest-Grossing Movie (Hollywood Reporter)

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  • K-O | July 7, 2011 7:27 AMReply

    Go to see "Super 8". It was the best movie I have seen in years!

  • sally | July 5, 2011 11:15 AMReply

    All of those parts are entirely different. Jennifer being the villian. Diaz being the never-do-well, bad kid, and the bridesmaids being a bunch of girl nerds. Saying they all are all alike is like saying all women who play noble and brave are all the same part.

    It's a good thing when women can play all sorts of parts. and it's a good thing when women are shown on the screen as being able to exhale. To not have to be the uptight, perfect, dieted, heart of gold heroine-mommy who does all the hard work while the men in her life get to laugh and exhale and wear t-shirts and be all sorts of sizes. It's a good thing for women to be able to go to the theatre and see women who are not perfect be able to lead a movie and be the winners in the end - just like men have always. You know, the guy who doesn't look good and doesn't have a job gets the girl. the guy with the good personality and wit that gets to win in the end.

    When women can let their hair down in their imaginations and not have to be perfect princesses in their imaginations, that is freedom. How many girls have imagination time about women who are not perfectly looking, perfectly acting? Yet a lot of boys do.

    I'll believe that a big change has occurred when we have a movie with funny women and the plot driver does not involve getting married or getting baby, though. I think there is still a belief that women have such small lives that only wedding and baby can drive a plot of a movie. so much so, that too many say that if Knocked Up featured an abortion, there would be no story. You see, to many people, women don't have a driving plot without wedding, baby. Such small imaginations and what a insult to women that they cannot have a story without wedding, baby worth telling.

  • Allison | July 1, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    I don't understand how it is considered progress if women now act as crude and vulgar as men do. Already we've been hearing about how raunchy the women of Bridesmaids are, how raunchy Cameron Diaz is in Bad Teacher, and how raunchy Jennifer Aniston will be in Horrible Bosses. So we should cheer that women have to go into the sewer just like the men do? We have to stoop to Judd Apatow's level to be equal?

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