To say this weekend surprised me would be a bit of an understatement. Of course, I was surprised last week too. Who would have thought that an unassuming comedy with Kevin James would take the top spot at the box office not once but twice? Not I. Fortunately, I am not upset (well, why would I be? These numbers have no direct impact on me), I actually think the movie is pretty good. It is nice to see a comedy that is genuinely endearing and does not rely on innuendo and bodily fluid humor.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop is going a long way towards moving Kevin James' career forward on the big screen. No, I never watched his show that much, but I like what I saw, not to mention my enjoying his stand-up routine. The way it is going, it looks to have a shot at crossing the century mark, and it'll be the first film of the year to do that.
A pair of new releases made their way onto the top ten and neither one finished in their expected positions. First up, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the expected number one film. It fell a little bit short of the expectations as it made its way to second place. As for the movie, it was fun, but not great, and definitely worth checking out for fans of the series. Falling a little further down the list is Inkheart, a family fantasy that was expected to do stronger than its seventh place finish. I did not help it out, although I would like to check out the Brendan Fraser vehicle.
This week's top ten even saw a film make a return to the list, the David Fincher directed Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the biggest hit of Fincher's career. The near three-hour film is definitely one worth taking the time to absorb.