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.