08/16/2004: Thought for the Day:
I mean, I saw this piece of crap for free, what was everyone else thinking?
The sci-fi smackdown "Alien vs. Predator," featuring the creatures of the "Alien" and "Predator" franchises, debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie with $38.25 million, studio estimates showed Sunday.Geez, when you put it that way, why not just put every character from every genre movie or TV series ever made in one movie and call it a day? The budget would be pretty outrageous, but think of the opening grosses for something like Alien vs. Predator vs. Godzilla vs. Kerr Avon vs. Batman vs. Min Mei vs. Yoda vs. Spider-Man vs. Sam Beckett vs. The Gorn Captain from 'Arena' vs....well, hopefully you get the idea.
"Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews reprising their royal roles, opened in second place with a three-day gross of $23 million, pushing its total since premiering Wednesday to $37.2 million.
"This continues the trend of combining franchises to very strong box-office results," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "If you're a fan of the 'Alien' movies, you want to see this movie. If you're a fan of 'Predator," you want to see this movie."
--Pete Vonder Haar
Len on 08.16.04 @ 06:11 AM CST