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Paul Blart: Mall Cop is an over-performer that has massively exceeded studio box office projections, which of course guarantees the sequel I’ll be coming on to in a minute – but why has it done so well?
Apparently because “a large number of parents bought Mall Cop tickets with their kids (rather than simply dropping off)” and “the film played surprisingly well outside of major cities.” That’s according to the LA Times. They also go on to quote Jeff Black, Sony Pictures Entertainment VP:
“The other secret weapon was that it did proportionally even better in the middle of America than it did in Los Angeles and New York. There’s an audience that maybe isn’t all involved in the Oscar movies.”
/Film reader Jared N sent over this unreleased making of video from Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Who knew that the film was in the works for 15 years and that Kevin James is a method actor? No one, because those facts were made up. Watch this funny faux making of featurette after the jump from the guys at LandlineTV.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend brings four new wide releases to America’s multiplexes along with one major expansion. The Monday holiday means stronger-than-average business on Sunday and a bonus fourth day of steady sales, especially for younger-skewing movies. The battle for first place appears to pit an overweight security guy on a Segway against Clint Eastwood’s “Get off my lawn” tour de force in Gran Torino (Warner Bros).
Just the fact that 78-year old Eastwood is in the conversation is a stunning upset. The industry expected a mid-teens expansion last weekend for what could be Clint’s final acting performance, and instead, the super-charged Torino tapped into a much larger audience to the tune of almost $30M. As expected, the movie played well with the 50+ crowd (40% of its audience last weekend), but 25% of ticket buyers were under the age of 25. Word-of-mouth is very positive as the political incorrectness of Eastwood’s Walt Kowalski character gives the picture plenty of laughs along with its poignant, redemptive ending.
I am predicting that Gran Torino may add another $25M over the long four-day weekend with a new cume of $77.17M by Tuesday morning. That would make this modestly-budgeted movie, based on Minneapolis native Nick Schenk’s first screenplay, Eastwood’s all-time fourth biggest movie as an actor.
For the ten remaining people who still think Kevin James is funny, we bring you the trailer for his new comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Basically, it’s a comic version of Die Hard in a Mall (Kevin Smith should sue) meets the silliness of the Home Alone sequels. James plays a disrespected segway-riding mall security officer who attempts to thwart a criminal’s plan to rob the entire mall overnight.