Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

The last weekend in October is historically wide open, with the obligatory horror films having opened a weekend or two before and maybe a few odd titles limping their way to theaters. Consider it a throat-clearing before Oscar season ramps up in November and December. True to form, only one major studio film was released this week, and even it was an unusual case: Ghoulishly constructed from rehearsal footage of the late pop star’s would-be final concert tour, Michael Jackson’s This Is It landed in the top spot as expected, collecting $21.3 million in receipts for a total of $32.5 million since coming out on Wednesday. Predictions that worldwide interest in Jackson would drive box-office receipts to the stratosphere didn’t pan out, but Sony looks to recoup its $60 million investment with interest. Bring on the inevitable flood of half-baked posthumous albums and creepy DirectTV commercials!

In limited release, Troy Duffy’s long-gestating sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints, The Boondock Saints: All Saint’s Day, at least performed better than the original film did in theaters, but it didn’t set the world on fire. With a $6800 per screen average on 68 screens, Boondock took in $462,000, despite a scattershot release strategy and limited exposure to critics. (Who hated it.) And speaking of cult favorites, Gentlemen Broncos, the critically derided third feature from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, had a dismal bow, taking in a mere $10,000 on two screens. This despite the “support” of mini-major Fox Searchlight.

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