Archive for May 4, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Picture – 1988

1988 is another weak 80s year. They all seem to be weak, don’t they? Though, here, they made the best with what they had to work with. So that’s admirable.

Rain Man is a terrific film (if not a particularly strong Best Picture winner, historically), and is the film most people would choose among the nominees. Dustin Hoffman wins Best Actor for it (talked about here), and I think we can all agree he was terrific and deserved it very much (doubly so when you see his competition). And Barry Levinson won Best Director for the film as well (talked about here), which was gonna happen, since in a year like this — it’s gonna match. Best Actress was Jodie Foster for The Accused (talked about here), which was so richly deserved. Best Supporting Actor was Kevin Kline for A Fish Called Wanda (talked about here), which was a fun decision. Not terribly great historically, but when you see the category he was up against, you’ll be glad he won. Trust me. And Best Supporting Actress was Geena Davis for The Accidental Tourist (talked about here), which doesn’t hold up very well at all (Michelle Pfeiffer probably should have won instead).

So, overall, 1988 is a very successful year. That’s nice. I was born this year. You know what else came out this year? Moonwalker. So I like the Oscar year and all, and this decision, but seriously — Moonwalker


And the nominees were…

The Accidental Tourist (Warner Bros.)

Dangerous Liaisons (Warner Bros.)

Mississippi Burning (Orion)

Rain Man (United Artists)

Working Girl (20th Century Fox) (more…)

Pic of the Day: “In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub.”

The Box Office Report – May 4-6

Last week in Box Office…

Weird week. Not sure what to make of it. Up was down, black was… actually, let’s skip the analogies.

Think Like a Man wins the box office for the second week in a row, mostly by default. It dropped around 50% to $17.6 million. This was expected, and I said that it would make this amount no matter what and would either win the weekend or finish second depending on what the other films did. So there was no surprise with this number at all. (P.S. It’s entire box office take last weekend was more than its entire budget.)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits finished second. That was slightly surprising, but not so much when you see how much it made. It only pulled in $11.1 million. That’s not that much. It cost like, $55 million to make. (Though it’s made almost $70 million overseas, so they’re doing fine.) So the number’s not that far off from expectations, it’s just that not many people saw this finishing second, I’d imagine.

The Hunger Games stayed strong again at #3. It only dropped 26% (26!), and in its sixth weekend, it made another $10.8 million. It’s on pace for about, oh — $380-something million domestically when all is said and done. Yeah. (more…)