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Biker Romp ‘Wild Hogs’ Debuts at No. 1
Sunday March 4 2:54 PM ET

The biker buddy comedy “Wild Hogs” and its ensemble cast of John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen was the weekend box office champ with a $38 million take, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It was Walt Disney Co.’s biggest March opening ever. It was also the largest-ever debut for the 53-year-old Travolta as well as the best non-animated movie debut for Allen, who is also 53. Macy turns 57 next week and Lawrence turns 42 next month.

“It’s so easy to see in the material how much fun they were having together. The audience was looking for that first great comedy of the year,” said Disney president of distribution Chuck Viane.Wild Hogs” performed well beyond expectations, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. It had been expected to be No. 1 with earnings in the $25 million range, he said.

“It’s just astonishing,”* Dergarabedian said. “It was the perfect vehicle for these four stars. A combination of star power, great concept and great marketing was responsible.
“This is not an Oscar contender, but it’s a fun time at the movies. You know, sometimes it’s just about escapism.”

No other films were even close.

The No. 2 movie was the thriller “Zodiac,” which debuted with $13.1 million. “Ghost Rider” fell to No. 3 in its third week of release with $11.5 million, “Bridge to Terabithia” was fourth with $8.6 million, and “The Number 23” dropped to fifth with $7.1 million in its second week.

Eddie Murphy‘s “Norbit” continued to draw crowds, placing sixth in its fourth week of release with a $6.4 million take that boosted its cumulative tally to $83 million.

“Music & Lyrics” was No. 7 with $4.9 million and the new movie “Black Snake Moan,” about an aging black man who chains a young white woman to a radiator to cure her of her demons, only took in $4 million for eighth place.

Rounding out the Top 10 was ninth place “Reno 911!: Miami” with $3.8 million and “Breach” with $3.5 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

* Understatement of the century, fella.

I once read an article that stated that nine out of ten studio films never get completed. NINE. This gem is in the 10% that the studio execs felt worthy of finishing. Also in the top ten? Norbit. NORBIT.

I went and saw Zodiac. It’s smart. It’s interesting. It’s based on real history. It’s well-acted. It has Jake Gyllenhaal (so what if I tried to lick the screen). It has Mark Ruffalo. It’s directed by David Fincher. It’s tense. It’s gripping. It’s a good f&*^T^&ing film, America! What the F? Wild Hogs? Seriously? When I saw the ad for that film, I couldn’t believe I was living on Earth.

Everyone says Vancouver is a lovely place. I think it’s about time I found out.

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Golden boy Peyton Manning has his ring. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

After an exciting 92 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by the Bears Devin Hester, it was all downhill for Superbowl XLI. The rain can certainly be blamed for some of the sloppyness in the game- missed snaps, fgs and receptions. Or as Jim Nantz so eloquently put it “The rain is absoultely having a little effect on the game.” But the plays throughout the game, as well as the much-ado-about-nothing outcome, were as predictable as possible. Rex Grossman looked like a deer in headlights. Manning showed his talent, and his propensity to err when it’s clutch and Viniatieri continued his campaign to prove that kickers can be the key to get you to, and through, a Superbowl championship.

Even though Manning has been pretty abysmal in the post season, his stepping it up for these last two games will make him an even bigger name. He has to be the dullest shining star in recent QB history. No personality, haircut from 1967, part of a legacy family that really consists of two good/ great QBs and one starting QB. I didn’t think it’s possible, but the Manning era is making me miss John Elway’s fabled quest for a ring.

Maybe I’m being hard on him, but I think it’s a reflection of the lack of dynamic and fun players when a player that has only been on the professional stage for eight years… wait. It’s been EIGHT years? F. I’m sitting here thinking it’s been four, maybe five at the most. Forget everything I just said. Eight years is a long time to be doing anything in the NFL. Good for you, Peyton.

Having just admitted that, it’s kind of depressing to realize that thanks to this win and Tiki retiring, we can expect to see an even higher ratio of commercials starring Peyton Manning vs. the entire-roster-of-the-rest-of-the-NFL. If you weren’t sick of him before, kids, saddle up.

Truly, though, The Big Game shouldn’t really be about the commercials. It’s the biggest yearly sporting event (calm down soccer fans, I said yearly) that draws millions and millions of viewers worldwide. And they don’t see the commercials, just a lot of dead time during US broadcast-forced downtime (trust me, I once watched it in Spain. It made baseball look non-stop). This year proved to be the case in both actuality and theory. Nothing was happening during the breaks.

Two notable exceptions:

Kudos to Frito Lay for their subtle and quality commercial celebrating the fact that it’s the first time in history two black head coaches have met in the Superbowl. It was just really well done and nice that a corporation took the time to point that out in a non-preachy, non-condescending way, with pretty minimal product placement.

Boo! Hiss! to Snickers for their unfunny and homo-phobic mechanic “accidental kiss” spot. It was poorly executed and mean-spirited. Besides, since when does manscaping, or self-waxing, qualify as the most “manly” thing two mechanics can do in a garage? It’s just completely generic and lowest common denominator and I’m pretty happy to hear they won’t be showing it again.

OK, kids, I’m off. 9 days until pitchers and catchers report and I have some serious legwork to do before my Fantasy Baseball draft.


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Upon common theatres, indeed, the applause of the audience is of more importance to the actors than their own approbation. But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value - john adams
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