Mall Cop knocks Eastwood down

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Tribute viewer rating: 3.80) rose above projected expectations and knocked Clint Eastwood‘s new movie, Gran Torino (Tribute viewer rating: 4.04), out of the top spot at the weekend box office, earning $33.8 million (all figures US), compared to Gran Torino‘s 22.2 million. Mall Cop‘s projected earnings during opening weekend were $25 million — the film only cost $26 million to make. The new horror flick, My Bloody Valentine 3D (Tribute viewer rating: 4.05), came in third, close behind with $21.9 million. Also new at the box office was Notorious (Tribute viewer rating: 2.15),  which earned $21.5 million in fourth place, also making more than expected. Rounding out the top five was the heart-warming family film Hotel for Dogs (Tribute viewer rating: 4.13) about a couple of youngsters who turn an abandoned hotel into a shelter for stray dogs, which took in $17.7 million.

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  1. Jo-Anne. • January 19, 2009 @ 2:34 PM

    The only movie on this above mentioned list worth seeing for me is Gran Torino. The others are not even worth a rental.

  2. Willaby • January 20, 2009 @ 2:02 PM

    Another mindless comedy making millions for the studio, at least Clint Eastwoods latest masterpeice is starting to make some money that it deserves.

  3. tributegirl • January 20, 2009 @ 5:50 PM

    Agreed Willaby, I won’t be seeing Mall Cop because it looks too stupid, wouldn’t waste my money on it, but can’t wait to see Gran Torino.

  4. Anonymous • January 21, 2009 @ 4:14 PM

    I find it extreamly disturbing that the number one movie in America is “Mall Cop” considering the number of movies at the box office right now that look amazing and profoundly powerful. Same on you America, get some taste.

  5. My own opinion • January 21, 2009 @ 4:43 PM

    Anonymous, when you refer to Mall Cop being the number one movie in America, are you referring to North America as a whole, or the U.S. specifically? If you are Canadian, and referring to the U.S. you should note that it is also the number one movie in Canada — so shame on Canada also.

    I haven’t seen Mall Cop, and won’t pay to see it in a theatre, as I can’t see the value. But I don’t think it is fair to write it off completely as something that shouldn’t be made (and I don’t mean to intimate that is what you were saying.) Some people would pay to see it in a theatre, and many more may rent it on DVD later, as it might be a silly, amusing diversion. But I generally agree with the comment that so many people would choose to pay a theatre ticket price to see that rather than a more “quality” picture. I don’t mind if Hollywood makes stupid movies (and I don’t know if Mall Cop qualifies as “stupid”), but it is disheartening when they are the most popular movie playing.

  6. "Bart" • January 21, 2009 @ 8:03 PM

    Its entertainment people sometimes mindless is humor is what we need

  7. Jo-Anne • January 22, 2009 @ 2:45 AM

    Actually, I wouldn’t say I find it “disturbing” Mall Cop was number one this week, it’s not like it’s porn or anything resembling remotely disturbing.

    Disheartening? No. I wouldn’t say that either.

    Bart, I agree with what you say here, and different types of humour appear to different people. If this kind of humour is entertaining to some, then go ahead, enjoy. Harmless.

    What I can say with certainty, it’s not on My List. But I wouldn’t condemn anyone for choosing to view it. (unless The Osbournes are in it – ha ha)

  8. My own opinion • January 22, 2009 @ 11:21 AM

    I absolutely agree that there is nothing wrong with mindless, fun, entertainment (as long as it is done well!). I might actually rent it, if I hear it is good. However, even if it is actually a decent movie, I would still find it disheartening it is number one only because it is more likely to make Hollywood continue to produce so-called “fun” pictures, which too often turn out to be trash, rather than quality pictures, which also can be uplifting. And if it turns out that the movie is bad, then it really is disheartening.

  9. Vicki • January 22, 2009 @ 11:58 PM

    I understand what you’re saying, My Own Opinion, but I have to go along with everything Jo said. In fact, I’d much rather see “Mall Cop” at number one than some of the slasher-type horror films that encourage viewers (teenagers, mostly, as far as I can tell) to revel in gory scenes of torture and depravity. “Mall Cop” just makes people laugh — how bad can that be?
    P.S. Sorry, have to admit it–“King of Queens” is one of my favourite shows ever, so I guess I’m kind of biased!

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