300 may not be a great movie — New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott called "about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid" — but at least it's novel, which is more than I can say for Wild Hogs. So 300's triumph at the box office this weekend renews my faith in American moviegoers somewhat.
As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the comic book-inspired epic not only dominated the box office this weekend but also broke records for March opening-weekend ticket sales.
The $64 million production, which brings the ancient Battle of Thermopylae to the big screen, grossed a whopping $70 million in the U.S. It totally trounced Wild Hogs, which brought in $28 million, and in third place was Bridge to Terabithia with about $6.9 million. Sadly, I haven't gotten to see 300 yet, so if you did, tell me what you thought.
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The biker comedy Wild Hogs made a smash hit debut this past weekend, rolling in $39.7 million and moving it into the top spot at the box office. The film stars John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen as biker buddies who decide to pack it up and take a big road trip together.
This pic is from the beginning of the movie when they are talking about their trip and decide to destroy their cell phones so they have zero responsibilities. The 40-year-old virgin computer geek Dudley Frank arrives, played by William H. Macy, to show off his new tattoo. read more
I know that it's a big-budget movie with lots of big-name actors that's spending a lot of money on TV ads, but really: Wild Hogs?!? Yes, the perplexing buddy-meets-biker movie with a "did I read that right?" cast — John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, and William H. Macy — was No. 1 at the box office this weekend, bringing in $38 million in its first three days.
Zodiac, which I liked quite a lot, came in at No. 2. Since I basically ignored the very existence of Wild Hogs, I'm a bit startled that so many moviegoers — given a choice between this movie, 2007 Oscar winners, and even Black Snake Moan — a failed experiment but at least it's thought-provoking — thought, "Hey, that Wild Hogs movie looks pretty good."
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