The Annual Box-Office Lament, 2010 edition

We live in a country where:

  • Vampires Suck made more money than The American.
  • Marmaduke made more money than Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.
  • Furry Vengeance made more money than Splice.
  • Skyline made more money than The Kids Are All Right.
  • My Soul to Take made more money than Let Me In.
  • Gulliver’s Travels made more money in nine days than Machete did in its entire run.
  • With two exceptions, the top ten grossers were sequels, remakes, or based on previously popular material. The two exceptions were Despicable Me, a kiddie cartoon, and Inception, a non-recurring phenomenon.Every movie in the top ten was targeted to kids or fanboys or both.

Look at the box-office top ten from twenty years ago and you see a similar story:

  1. Home Alone
  2. Ghost
  3. Dances with Wolves
  4. Pretty Woman
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  6. The Hunt for Red October
  7. Total Recall
  8. Die Hard 2
  9. Dick Tracy
  10. Kindergarten Cop

A lot of kiddie shit, sequels and fanboy stuff there, too. But the difference is, there’s room for Dances with Wolves, Ghost, Pretty Woman and The Hunt for Red October. Now, those films do not rival Bergman or Kurosawa. But they’re at least a separate order of maturity from, say, Iron Man 2.

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