Monday, September 1, 2008

Box Office Disaster

And there was much rejoicing in the streets. Reuters reports that the latest Jason Friedberg/Aaron Setzer comedic misfire Disaster Movie earned a paltry $6.2 million at North American theaters this weekend, serving as a triumphant example of cinematic justice. Could this mean that audiences have become wary of blatantly lazy writing? Was I not alone in actually being offended by commercials for this movie? Or did America’s teenagers simply find another dimly-lit place to make out over the weekend?

Opening at number 7 at the domestic box office, Disaster Movie may be the final nail in the coffin for Friedberg/Setzer’s brand of comedy. Here’s hoping, however, that there’s still room in Hollywood for parody films in the competent hands of filmmakers who can actually tell the difference between reference and irreverence.

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