Sunday, January 25, 2009

America Loves Kevin James

Every week, Entertainment Weekly runs an online contest where you try to guess what the top 10 movies will be at the box office. And for the second week in a row, my picks were so far off from the actual top 10 that I've got no chance of taking down the crown. Why am I having such a hard time? Four words - Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

That's right, the Kevin James comedy is unexpectedly #1 for the second weekend in a row, bringing its total to nearly $65 million. Why? What does America see in this movie that I'm not understanding? Now, it was filmed in the Burlington Mall, where I spent a lot of my teenage years, so seeing that on film is appealing. But Boston suburbs can't be responsible for $65 million.

Now America, I understand beginning of the year is a bad time for movies. I don't really expect you to see Underworld 3 or Inkheart (what is this movie?) instead. And I know you can only see so much Oscarbait before going nuts (I followed up The Reader with Wanted yesterday and enjoyed every minute of it). But Paul Blart: Mall Cop? You can do better, America.

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