Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2009 by David Chen
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Clerks director Kevin Smith had a lot to say about America’s decision to see Wild Hogs over Zodiac on his new podcast (SModcast) a couple weeks back. Now the director is outraged over this weekend’s box office results.
“What’s Costner’s line in J.F.K. again? ‘God, I’m ashamed to be an American today…’” wrote Smith. “Perhaps that’s overstating it a bit, but for me? It applies in this situation.”
“I’d say the problem was America most definitely was at the movie theaters this week – which is why the stuff that grossed higher than Grindhouse… grossed higher than Grindhouse,” Smith wrote. “That’s the third fantastic film of the year which has failed to attract the audience it richly deserved in its opening week. Add Grindhouse to a list that includes Black Snake Moan and Zodiac.”
I agree with Smith’s comments (with exception of Black Snake Moan). I don’t understand the recent disconnect with good films and America’s movie-going decisions.
Earlier this month, I ranted on how Wild Hogs director Walt Becker was considering a sequel, and why I believed that wasn’t a good idea. Well it looks like Disney is interested. ARGH! Our friends at the Disney Enquirer have alerted us to Disney’s recent web domain puchases:
Wild Hogs has somehow made over $106 million domestically in it’s first 19 days of release. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the film make $20 million by months end. And the DVD sales will probably match the domestic take. How does a movie like this make that much money? I still have not met one person who was even remotely interested in seeing the film. Is it Middle America?
Please Disney, there are some movies that don’t need to be made, and a Wild Hogs sequel is one of them.
I don’t understand how so many people are duped into paying for a movie like Wild Hogs. Every month a new stinker hits theaters, and it makes tons of money. Wild Hogs made nearly $38 million in it’s first weekend. How?
Anyway, I just got word that director Walt Becker is considering a possible sequel. How can this happen? Can we start a petition to stop this madness? Wild Hogs 2 MUST be stopped.
luckily Becker has his plate full. His upcoming projects including Runt and Old Dogs. I have an idea: How about a good movie?
Nah, that would be too hard.
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Goodfellas star Ray Liotta was arrested on Saturday for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Liotta’s SUV hit two parked cars near his home in the Los Angeles, California “upscale coastal suburb” of Pacific Palisades. The actor was booked of a misdemeanor and posted bail.
Ray Liotta recently starred in Smokin’ Aces, which was released in mid-January. He can be seen in Touchstone Pictures’ Wild Hogs out next month.