BOX OFFICE: ‘Unstoppable’ stopped by ‘Megamind’ (lamest headline ever)

Posted by · 10:07 am · November 14th, 2010

It looks like “Secretariat” and “The Social Network” slipped out of the top 10 this week.  The former finally had a drop over 40%.  Did you guys see any of the dreck that opened this weekend?

(Courtesy: Exhibitor Relations)

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  • 1 11-14-2010 at 10:14 am

    JJ1 said...

    ‘Morning Glory’ – as I mentioned in Cinejabber, 6.5/10 for me. I laughed quite a bit and I love Rachel McAdams, but the movie was a pretty flat affair throughout. Disappointment.

    ‘Unstoppable’ looks good-ish to me, I just have no desire to see it in a theater right now. Really want to try to catch ‘Fair Game’ at some point this week.

    And I caught ‘Babies’ on dvd. Boring.

  • 2 11-14-2010 at 10:24 am

    Ibad said...

    I actually went to rewatch The Social Network yesterday for fun, and my theater was just as packed as it was for its midnight premiere (and it was something like 10:10 p.m.). Before that the 8:00 had sold out. Weird.

  • 3 11-14-2010 at 10:25 am

    Patriotsfan said...

    I liked the headline. I know it’s pretty stupid, but that’s why I like it.

  • 4 11-14-2010 at 10:28 am

    al b. said...

    A friend of mine dragged me to see Skyline… what a piece of shit that was! We’re talking bad, real bad! Like almost Battlefield Earth bad! What an incredibly stupid movie! I wish the MST3K guys would have been there to save me from such shit!

  • 5 11-14-2010 at 10:31 am

    Michael said...

    no dreck for me but I did catch Inside Job which finally played in a theater near me. I thought the information was good but it was a little bit too hyperactive for me and could have benefited from slowing down a bit for dummies (like myself) who can’t figure out all the technical stuff they were talking about. This weekend definitely didn’t have much inspiring new films out but next weekend looks very promising.

  • 6 11-14-2010 at 10:34 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Kris- “Megamind” is Untoppable

  • 7 11-14-2010 at 10:34 am

    JJ1 said...

    I also love the obvious headline, haha.

  • 8 11-14-2010 at 10:42 am

    red_wine said...

    Megamind has made me think that, animated films have it the easiest, box office-wise. It is so easy, SO easy to do 100 million dollar for a CG animated film, that it reflects really badly on you if you can’t cross that boundary – I’m looking at Legend Of The Guardians, a beautiful if perfectly preposterous movie.

    Whereas you can pretty much stand up and salute a drama film if it crosses 100 million.

  • 9 11-14-2010 at 10:47 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Chad nailed it. This is why I’m no Chad.

  • 10 11-14-2010 at 10:47 am

    El Duderino said...

    I saw Unstoppable to see why the hell it had a 90% top critic rating on RT and it was actually quite fun. Scott’s best since Man on Fire.

  • 11 11-14-2010 at 10:59 am

    Graysmith said...

    If things had turned out differently:

    “Unstoppable is unstoppable at the box office.”

    As for dreck, it seems like Skyline was the only dreck opening? Morning Glory didn’t get great reviews, but I can’t imagine it being at dreck-level. Just the fact that Rachel McAdams stars in it ought to keep it from dreck in my book.

    Anyway, I’m continually shocked at the good reviews Unstoppable got. The trailer made it look so STV stupid. I have to say though, for once the critical reaction has made me want to see a film I would’ve waited to see on Blu-ray. It’s a rare thing in this day and age.

  • 12 11-14-2010 at 11:00 am

    Ben M. said...

    Yeah, Unstoppable deserved it good reviews, it certainly had script problems and should come no where near most awards (the only Oscar play I could think of would be nomination #21 for Kevin O’Connell) but it is a fun thrill ride type movie.

    Also, as I predicted last weekend Megamind is holding well; with no direct competition till Tangled at Thanksgiving (since Potter is PG-13 and lost its 3D release, Megamind will have the family and 3D markets pretty much to itself for another week) when family films get a boost anyway, it should end up with a nice total.

  • 13 11-14-2010 at 11:07 am

    Graysmith said...


    Animated films have always been expected to make a lot of money though, to the point where if a major animated film these days doesn’t crack $200m it’s kind of a failure. Just think of films like Robots, Chicken Little, Bee Movie and Bolt. They all made over $100m but people still think of them as comparative “flops”.

  • 14 11-14-2010 at 11:27 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    I am curious if Skyline can get the 5th nomination for Visual Effects?… any opinions on that? The second trailer looked very pro and I’ve read they have some serious industry guys doing the visuals there.

    [it’s just that I don’t buy the crappy Alice in W visuals making the cut. i just CAN’T.]

  • 15 11-14-2010 at 11:47 am

    Ben M. said...

    guessing from the trailer and reviews, Skyline probably would deserve a nomination consideration as the effects are always highlighted as the one good thing about it, but my guess is the terrible response to the film as a whole will kill its chances.

    I actually have to say though, of films I’ve seen this year that have an actual shot at being nominated (since Splice and Monsters are not getting in) Alice has some of the best effects IMO, though Tron Legacy looks like it may have spectacular effects and could dominate the category.

  • 16 11-14-2010 at 11:48 am

    red_wine said...

    I’m wondering if Enter The Void might have a play at Visual Effects. The effects are considered earth-shattering and revolutionary in that movie.

  • 17 11-14-2010 at 12:19 pm

    John Gilpatrick said...

    I saw Morning Glory. Definitely slight, but entertaining nonetheless.

  • 18 11-14-2010 at 12:31 pm

    N8 said...

    Still waiting on “127 Hours”. Living in Canada sucks! (not really)

  • 19 11-14-2010 at 1:03 pm

    Bernard said...

    Saw Morning Glory which was light and amusing – great lead performance from McAdams. Nothing life altering but an enjoyable 90 or so mins.

    Also saw Skyline which was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It wasn’t even bad in a future drinking game sort of way – it was just putrid. The effects really aren’t all that impressive to the folks asking (all the best shots are in the trailer) and I would be STUNNED if it got a nomination even over something like Iron Man 2.

    Vaguely excited to see Unstoppable because of the positive reviews from vastly different critics. Interesting to me when both Ebert and Zacharek love a movie like that…

  • 20 11-14-2010 at 2:33 pm

    Dan said...

    Just realized I haven’t seen ANY of the films in this week’s Top Ten! Why should I? So much seems like crap! I did see Inside Job and loved it. Yes, it gets a little technical at times, but I was completely engrossed and felt educated, moved, disturbed, and enlightened by it. I couldn’t see that happening with any of the other films on the list.

  • 21 11-14-2010 at 3:01 pm

    The Other Ryan said...

    @red_wine I was thinking the same thing, too. It wholeheartedly deserves a nomination for visual effects (and a few other categories, to be sure), but my guess is that the film will be too alienating for even some indie-friendly voters.

  • 22 11-14-2010 at 3:58 pm

    Paul8148 said...

    Took the weekend of movie seeing.. Watching T.O giving up midgame for Cincy..

  • 23 11-14-2010 at 4:50 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    This weekend I saw “Never Let Me Go,” which finally opened at a theater within 60 miles of my home. As expected, it was flat, but the cast was very appealing. Carey Mulligan was especially good. The problems with the film seem to originate with the source material, the Ishiguro novel. Why are the clones so passive? Why don’t the organize a rebellion or at least put up a fight as they are heading to the operating table? Why the read herrings, like Sally Hawkins letting slip what will become of them? (Will they now sneak out of the institution and try to pass as real people, a la “Blade Runner”? Nope.) By the way, Kris’s mention of “Secretariat” made me think how that movie, though no gem, was at least competent and enjoyable. It might get more nominations than expected simply because so many other films are a disappointment.

  • 24 11-14-2010 at 5:06 pm

    JJ1 said...

    While I agree with Frank Lee on Secretariat being competent enough and enjoyable enough for possible nominations here & there … I think it’s sad that we’re stretching to find worthy contenders in a lot of categories right now (art d, costumes, sound, score, etc.).

    In some years, there are a plethera of stellar movies and choosing the 5 (in whicever category) is difficult because of the abundance of quality.

  • 25 11-14-2010 at 5:08 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Hopefully True Grit is good enough and The Way Back is well-received enough to fill-in a lot of those slots.

  • 26 11-14-2010 at 5:50 pm

    Bobmcbob said...

    Is “Unstoppable” dreck? it got great reviews?

  • 27 11-14-2010 at 11:34 pm

    Alex (in Movieland) said...

    There will be 5 nominees for Visual Effects, so
    Tron Legacy
    Iron Man 2
    Harry Potter

    are definitely IN, in my opinion.
    the “visual effects” in Alice looked sloppy to me and lacked a natural feeling that I think every movie in this category should have.

    If Skyline flopped, Last Airbender sucked, Clash of the Titans was too early, Wolfman was too early, than I’m left with:

    Scott Pilgrim. Which I DIDN’T LIKE, but Visual Effects were perfectly done.

    who knows. it’s probably Alice.

  • 28 11-15-2010 at 5:18 am

    JJ1 said...

    I think it’s Alice, Inception, Tron Legacy, Harry Potter … and some surprise out of left field. I wonder if Iron Man 2 will come back around here.

  • 29 11-15-2010 at 5:23 am

    Bernard said...

    I think everyone is forgetting a rock solid contender for visual effects: The Social Network. I think the subtlety and impact of the effects used to create the Winkelvii is not going to be lost on the actual visual effects-types that vote on this award.

    I think the field is going to be:
    Tron: Legacy
    The Social Network
    Alice in Wonderland
    and 1 of Iron Man 2, Sorcerer’s Apprentice (good effects) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Scott Pilgrim in that last spot but it isn’t happening.

  • 30 11-15-2010 at 6:16 am

    JJ1 said...

    This is true ^ – and in a year of 5 vfx.

  • 31 11-15-2010 at 7:19 am

    Alex (in Movieland) said...


    SH!T, you mean that was the same actor??????????????? ??????????
    I’ve just seen the film and I can’t believe those were not twin actors :D you’re right, it was genius work.
    I WAS curious, where did they find such gorgeous identical twins??? :))

    But you see, how would even voters from the FX branch know that? I’m on movie sites all day and I don’t remember anyone mentioning it :P

  • 32 11-15-2010 at 9:05 am

    Ben M. said...

    The twin effects in Social Network were well-done, but there has been actor swapping CGI effects before so I don’t think it will get in on the basis of those alone. Particularly when the cold breath scenes were some of the worst effects shots of the year IMO.

  • 33 11-15-2010 at 11:37 am

    Joe said...

    Just for the record, I thought Morning Glory was fantastic “light” entertainment. While Kris doesn’t like it, and I agree it’s nothing profound, I thought it was one of the best “entertaining/feel good” movies of the year. I thought Ebert’s 3.5 star review was spot-on…for once. Perhaps I just went in with low expectations after the chatter on this site, but my sold out audience was laughing even louder than even Easy A.

    For what it’s worth…

  • 34 11-15-2010 at 12:10 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    Tapley, if you need someone to come up with equally cheesy headlines, let me know.

    “Unstoppable Gets Derailed by Megamind”

  • 35 11-15-2010 at 10:49 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Both “Unstoppable” and “Morning Glory” were quite good. And “Skyline” isn’t “Battlefield Earth.” WAAAAYYY better than that. Still pretty mediocre though.