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Weekend box office: Shell game

Posted by Ty Burr  March 26, 2007 10:54 AM

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Those David O. Russell videos Wesley mentioned are taking an eon to load -- if we find a better link, we'll let you know.

Maybe it's all those people starved for entertainment. "TMNT" the number one movie in the country? Really? Seventeen years after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a pop culture phenomenon? That $25 million may be more due to nostalgia than anything else: kids who saw the original are now grown up and possibly parents themselves. Which means that the Macaulay Culkin comeback is due any minute. Duck.

It was a very crowded weekend, with six new releases hitting theaters, but "300" still came out close to the top, its $20 million guaranteeing the #2 spot. (I finally caught up with the film this weekend, and all I can say is -- America, how could you? This isn't even fun trash.) Mark Wahlberg's little ordnance thriller "Shooter" was next with $14 million, then "Wild Hogs," then -- surprise -- kid sci-fi pic "The Last Mimzy."

Interestingly, "The Hills Have Eyes 2" eked out a middling $10 million, meaning this franchise is probably dead with an axe through its skull. Even more interestingly, the Adam Sandler post-9/11 drama "Reign Over Me" pulled in a weak $8 million (at, admittedly, a comparatively few 1,671 theaters, half of what "TMNT" had to work with). Guess the masses aren't ready to see Happy Gilmore play an anti-social nerd version of Bob Dylan.

Box Office Mojo report is here. Leonard Klady is here.

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