The Aristocats is the first film released after Walt’s death. Well, second. Technically he died before The Jungle Book came out, but he was heavily involved in that one. This one, not as much. So I count this one as the first post-Walt film.
And it shows. The studio seems to be hurting in this period. They don’t really know what to do. They squeeze tighter on the budgets and repeat a lot of characters. (Just wait til we get to Robin Hood.)
The film is pretty short and mostly innocuous. The plot does not matter at all, and honestly, the only part of this film anybody remembers is “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.” But even so — it’s a lot of fun, and doesn’t hang around long enough to really be bad. It’s not particularly great, either, but it’s very likable, and on the whole, it works.
Last week, in Box Office…
The Dark Knight Rises, in its third weekend, wins again. Not surprising. It only dropped 42%, and made another $35.7 million. As of Monday, it was at $354 million domestically. I’m guessing it’ll finish at around $400 million and change when all is said and done.
Total Recall opened to a disappointing (for the studio. I think it’s pretty good, all things considered) $25.6 million. They needed more, since they spent $125 million to make the film, and lord knows how much to market it. But I saw this coming from January. There was really no other way this was gonna go, except worse. So I think they did all right.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days opened to $14.6 million, which — I wonder if it’s because of the summer, or because kids have stopped caring about this franchise. The last two opened in February/March and did $20 million openings. I guess it’s because it’s the summer? Still, they don’t spend much on these, so it’s all great for them. (more…)