Monday, November 10, 2008

'Soul Men' comes in 6th

Shreveport is still lookin' for a hit. The R-rated comedy "Soul Men" earned just $5.6 million at the box office, which put it out of the top five.

1. "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," $63.5 M
2. "Role Models," $19.3 M
3. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," 9.3 M
4. "Changeling," $7.3 M
5. "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," $6.5 M
6. "Soul Men," $5.6 M

"The Guardian" (2006) remains atop The Shreve's domestic box office receipts with $55 M.


ChrisBrad said...

Just wait...

That hit is coming with "Year One." It would be nice, however, if one of the smaller flicks being made around town could catch on and surprise folks. But with the limited audience most seem destined to attract, well, I am personally not too expecting too many blockbusters being launched from our doorstep.

Anonymous said...

Soul Men was a weak film with small market appeal. The profanity was overdone and lost its meaning after the first five minutes. The NW Louisiana location is not the reason all these films hit the tank. They are simply poorly written scripts that are seeking an area with large tax incentives. Sooner or later a big hit will come out of Louisiana. Maybe within the next year. Some critics are saying it will be "The Year One" with Jack Black or possibly "I Love You Phillip Morris" with Jim Carrey.
Both have huge stars with broad international market appeal.

Alexandyr Kent said...

Understand the tenor of your point, anon, but I don't think all scripts that come here are weak. Far from it: "The Great Debaters" was pretty solid, as was "The Mist" and the "Harold & Kumar" sequel. "The Last Lullaby," which has yet to be seen by mass audiences, is pretty sharp, too. "Wonderful World" is quirky and strong, from what I understand. I'm also guessing that "Leaves of Grass" has the power to surprise, too.

We've produced our share of duds, though, that's undeniable. (I'm still mad about the ending of "Premonition.")

But I'm not suggesting our location makes these films tank. We've produced some really good-looking flicks, I think. "Debaters" had some appealing grit to it, and "Factory Girl" did some great doubling for 60s New York. Some really loved the feel of "Cleaner."

"Year One" is probably a good bet for the first $100 M box office. Depends on the release date.

I'd like to see a small flick catch on, too, chrisbrad. Who knows, though. The film market is a tough nut to crack right now.

Chris Lyon said...

That all goes without saying that Benjamin Button was Louisiana based (if not NWLA based) and will likely be a decently large Oscar contender.

Anonymous said...

Food for Thought:

The problem with The Great Debaters is it is factually inaccurate and the film spends too much time trying to make white men look like racists and stir racial emotion rather than tell a story.
The true story was Wiley College beat Southern Cal, not Harvard.
Change the facts and lose your credibility.

Factory girl was weak at best. Anyone can tell it was butchered during editing. It's incomplete and makes little sense.

Harold & Kumar had about as meaningful of a plot as a Howard Stern TV show, but it actually did make good money.

The Mist was was good, but was unfortunately released at the wrong time, during the holiday season, and didn't exactly have that warm fuzzy holiday ending.
Would have done better around Halloween, 3 weeks before its actual release.

Year One will be good, but better make a heck of a lot more at the box than $100m, as they have at least $125m budget, if not more.

I agree Ben Buttons may be the hit, but with $175m-$200m in it, can it make a profit in a weak economy?