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All Robert Rodriguez Movies Ranked

Texas native Robert Rodriguez developed his signature kinetic style way back while he was still in film school, when a short film he made called Bedhead earned him enough attention to convince him to pursue film seriously. Since then, Rodriguez has embraced his love of genre fare and become one of Hollywood’s foremost purveyors of slick, well-crafted grindhouse-style action. He began his big screen career with bombastic modern westerns like Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn, the latter of which featured fellow cult connoisseur Quentin Tarantino. The friendship between the two of them produced multiple collaborations over the years, including the neo-noir Sin City and the aptly named joint double feature Grindhouse, which spawned a tongue-in-cheek spinoff franchise.

In between all of that, Rodriguez found time to crank out an effects-driven, family-friendly adventure about a couple of Spy Kids, and the film was such a critical and commercial hit that it spawned three sequels, all of which Rodriguez also directed. It’s no wonder James Cameron entrusted him with his long-in-development Alita: Battle Angel, which quickly emerged as a cult favorite. His latest was Netflix’s We Can Be Heroes. With all of that in mind, we thought it was about time to take a look at his filmography and see how his films match up with each other. Read on to see the full list and see where your favorites land!

#19
Adjusted Score: 23542%
Critics Consensus: The decision to turn this kiddie fantasy into a 3-D film was a miscalculation.
Synopsis: Bullied by classmates, young Max (Cayden Boyd) escapes into a fantasy, conjuring up the action-packed lives of Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley)... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#18
Adjusted Score: 23628%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by a rote plot and unfunny scatological humor, All the Time in the World suggests that the Spy Kids franchise has run its course.
Synopsis: Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) is a retired spy who keeps that identity hidden from her clueless husband and whip-smart... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#17

Machete Kills (2013)
29%

#17
Adjusted Score: 33642%
Critics Consensus: While possessed with the same schlocky lunacy as its far superior predecessor, Machete Kills loses the first installment's spark in a less deftly assembled sequel.
Synopsis: When the president (Carlos Estevez) of the United States has a mission that would be impossible for just any mortal... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#16
Adjusted Score: 50069%
Critics Consensus: A Dame to Kill For boasts the same stylish violence and striking visual palette as the original Sin City, but lacks its predecessor's brutal impact.
Synopsis: The damaged denizens of Sin City return for another round of stories from the mind of Frank Miller. In "Just... [More]

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 48616%
Critics Consensus: The movie will be found wanting if one is not taken in by the 3-D visuals.
Synopsis: Pint-sized kid spy Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) faces his biggest challenge yet when he confronts the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone), a... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#14

Shorts (2009)
47%

#14
Adjusted Score: 49680%
Critics Consensus: Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.
Synopsis: In the little town of Black Falls, every house looks the same and almost everyone works for Black Box Unlimited... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#13

The Faculty (1998)
55%

#13
Adjusted Score: 56557%
Critics Consensus: Rip-off of other sci-fi thrillers.
Synopsis: To the students at Harrington High, the principal and her posse of teachers have always been a little odd, but... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 81601%
Critics Consensus: Alita: Battle Angel's story struggles to keep up with its special effects, but fans of futuristic sci-fi action may still find themselves more than sufficiently entertained.
Synopsis: Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#11

Desperado (1995)
67%

#11
Adjusted Score: 68728%
Critics Consensus: Desperado contains almost too much action and too little story to sustain interest, but Antonio Banderas proves a charismatic lead in Robert Rodriguez's inventive extravaganza.
Synopsis: Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 64581%
Critics Consensus: A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie.
Synopsis: On the run from a bank robbery that left several police officers dead, Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his paranoid,... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#9
Adjusted Score: 71636%
Critics Consensus: Violent, pulpy, loopy fun, with Depp stealing the show.
Synopsis: Return of the mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the final installment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. The saga... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#8

Red 11 (2019)
67%

#8
Adjusted Score: 23369%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A student tries to buy his way out of a huge debt to the tune of $7,000 by volunteering for... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#7

Machete (2010)
72%

#7
Adjusted Score: 79277%
Critics Consensus: Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.
Synopsis: After nearly being killed during a violent fight with a powerful drug lord, a former Mexican Federale known as Machete... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#6

We Can Be Heroes (2020)
74%

#6
Adjusted Score: 75416%
Critics Consensus: Although it may be too zany for adults, We Can Be Heroes balances its sophisticated themes with heart and zealous originality.
Synopsis: When alien invaders kidnap Earth's superheroes, their children must team up and learn to work together if they want to... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#5

Planet Terror (2007)
76%

#5
Adjusted Score: 75388%
Critics Consensus: A cool and hip grindhouse throwback, Planet Terror is an unpredictable zombie thrillride.
Synopsis: An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#4
Adjusted Score: 79157%
Critics Consensus: Though the concept is no longer fresh, Spy Kids 2 is still an agreeable and energetic romp.
Synopsis: Now full fledged Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) Cortez are back for another James Bond style... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#3

Sin City (2005)
77%

#3
Adjusted Score: 86441%
Critics Consensus: Visually groundbreaking and terrifically violent, Sin City brings the dark world of Frank Miller's graphic novel to vivid life.
Synopsis: In this quartet of neo-noir tales, a mysterious salesman (Josh Hartnett) narrates a tragic story of co-dependency, while a musclebound... [More]

#2

El Mariachi (1992)
91%

#2
Adjusted Score: 96269%
Critics Consensus: Made on a shoestring budget, El Mariachi's story is not new. However, the movie has so much energy that it's thoroughly enjoyable.
Synopsis: El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) is a traveling guitar player with the modest desire to play music for a living. Looking... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#1

Spy Kids (2001)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97787%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.
Synopsis: Two young kids become spies in attempt to save their parents, who are ex-spies, from an evil mastermind. Armed with... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

Last week, we brought you the freshest film developments for each month of 2010. This week, we’re going to bring you the most rotten ideas, but since some months were more rotten then others, so you still get twelve stories, but this time, they are not limited to strictly one a month. The top twelve Rotten Ideas of 2010 include remakes, sequels, the unnecessary use of 3D, teen idols and plenty of the other elements that continue to annoy movie fans.

FEBRUARY 13: SHARKBOY RETURNING TO 3D AS STRETCH ARMSTRONG

The large and active online female fan audience for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D made 2010 a very big year for Sharkboy himself, Taylor Lautner. In addition to also starring in some silly emo vampire/werewolf franchise, Lautner’s name was attached in the last year (and the last part of 2009) to titles like Northern Lights (a Top Gun-ish action movie), Cancun (a hostage thriller) and Abduction (about a young man who discovers he’s a “missing person”). The most Rotten Idea however had to be the casting of Sharkboy in Hasbro and Universal’s superhero/toy movie Stretch Armstrong. That movie is based upon a toy popular in the 1970s and 1980s that had arms and legs that kids could play tug of war over, basically. Stretch Armstrong will also be a return to 3D for the former Sharkboy star, no doubt with plenty of scenes where his limbs will look like they’re right in your face. Lautner had been attached to star in the action figure movie Max Steel, but he eventually dropped out of the project to allow time in his upcoming schedule for Stretch Armstrong, which is scheduled for 2012.

MARCH 5: WHO MADE STEVE GUTTENBERG A STAR? POLICE ACADEMY DID.

This was a big year for Rotten Ideas involving former 1980s movie star Steve Guttenberg. In June, it was revealed that there are plans at Disney for Three Men and a Bride, a third movie in the franchise reuniting Guttenberg with Ted Danson and Tom Selleck. The slightly more Rotten Idea came in March, however, when we learned that New Line Cinema is developing a reboot of the Police Academy franchise. This reboot is Rotten on two levels, as the original movie was actually one of the funniest comedies of the 1980s (making it a bad idea for a remake). And then, Police Academy went on to have five sequels, which were progressively more and more awful. Despite a great start, the franchise is associated today with the trend of over-sequelizing what was great in one movie, until people are just tired of seeing any more. The Police Academy reboot also has the challenge of finding another black comedian who can make “funny” noises with his mouth.

MARCH 12: ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 3D

One of the biggest stories of 2010 was the inundation of 3D movies, which cost more to attend, but didn’t always deliver enough cinematic dazzle to match the higher ticket price. Dozens of movies were announced as 3D projects, and this particularly applied to any franchise that was preparing for its third movie, such as Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D. The initial announcement by 20th Century Fox for the sequel included a release date of December 16, 2011. However, in October, when more information came out, the title had been changed to Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and it’s no longer necessarily going to be in 3D. However, the sequel, to be directed by Mike Mitchell (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Shrek Forever After), is still an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, which for many movie fans is Rotten enough.

APRIL 2: HEIDI MONTAG IN 3D

James Cameron may have been able to use 3D in Avatar as something other than a gimmick, but many people behind the 3D projects announced this year appear to be quite comfortable with the trend being just that; a gimmick. Take Heidi Montag, for example (seriously, someone just take her away so I don’t have to write about her anymore!). After starring for six seasons in MTV’s “reality” show The Hills, Heidi Montag spent much of 2010 talking about her numerous plastic surgery procedures (including a day in November, 2009 where she reportedly had ten procedures at once). One (or rather, two) of the physical alterations that Montag appears to be most ready to exploit however are the volleyballs she now has attached to her torso. Heidi Montag is developing a 3D shark attack beach movie in which she would costar with Dolly Parton (as the town’s mayor). Possibly inspired by the release this year of Piranha 3-D, Montag’s movie is not the only 3D shark attack movie, however. Just a week after her movie was announced, director David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane) revealed his own plans for Shark Night 3D.

JULY 2: BLOODTHIRSTY ZOMBIE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL AND FALL IN LOVE AT VAMPIRE ACADEMY

The publishing and cinematic successes of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight franchise has inspired many similar series (just go check your local bookstore’s massive “Young Adult” section). Hollywood is quick to follow, sometimes snapping up the rights to these properties before the first book in a series is even published. There were many of these deals in 2010, but the one I will single out in this year-end Rotten Idea wrap up is Vampire Academy. Richelle Mead’s series of books is one of the most popular to follow Twilight, but it’s a Rotten Idea because the premise is also one of the silliest and trades upon the elements of Twilight that most get non-Twilight fans all riled up. Vampire Academy is about a school in Montana attended by bloodthirsty zombies who also fall in love with each other and get very angsty about the whole situation.

AUGUST 6: JUSTIN BIEBER AND THE MOST ROTTEN IDEA OF THE YEAR

The week of August 6, 2010 was particularly rotten. What would have otherwise been the most Rotten Idea (also possibly of the year, see the next entry) was overshadowed by a story that sent the commenters into overdrive, resulting in one of the most read and discussed columns of the year. Initially announced as a biopic, the movie that we now know as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (scheduled for February 11, 2011) now appears to mostly be more of a concert movie starring Bieber and his hair. There really isn’t much for me to say here that I didn’t already write back in August, or that wasn’t already said by you, the fans (or rather, the non-fans), at the time.

AUGUST 6: THE MOST UNNECESSARY REMAKE OF THE YEAR: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

The Rotten Idea that was extremely overshadowed by Justin Bieber was Dimension Films’ decision to move forward with their plans to remake John Landis’ classic horror comedy An American Werewolf in London. The incoming new year will mark the 30th anniversary of the movie which arguably paved the way for every movie or TV show that handled a horror concept with a post-modern, tongue-in-cheek approach (like say, Fright Night and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Screenwriter Fernley Phillips (The Number 23) was hired by Dimension Films to give Landis’ original script a “modern spin.” I’m just going to quote myself on this one: “I guess that means that when the werewolf terrorizes London this time around, there will be people standing around with phones recording it for YouTube. Great. How modern.”

OCTOBER 15: THE WAY TOO LATE SEQUEL AWARD GOES TO… TOP GUN 2

There is a certain optimal window of opportunity for sequels to be made (if they have to be made at all), but sometimes sequels get made way, way after their due date anyway. Basic Instinct 2 and this year’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps are two examples. The planned sequel to the 1986 blockbuster hit Top Gun is another. Top Gun is a relic of its age, depicting the type of aerial dogfight training that pilots don’t really use these days. Nowadays many pilots sit in a trailer in the USA controlling drone planes on the other side of the planet in scenarios that look to the outside like they’re playing a video game. Cinematically, it’s not quite the same. The reason for the Top Gun sequel being started at this late point may have to do with the recent downwards spiralling of the careers of both producer Jerry Bruckheimer and its star Tom Cruise. If Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Knight and Day had all been huge hits, this story probably wouldn’t have needed to be written.

OCTOBER 22: HOW ABOUT WE NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN?

In the days leading up to the airing of The Rocky Horror Glee Show episode of FOX’s Glee, the show’s creator started talks with 20th Century Fox about remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The original 1975 rock & roll musical is the holder of many distinctions, from how long it has been playing in theaters around the world, to how its audience transcends generations. The success of The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not immediate, and couldn’t have been predicted 35 years ago. Likewise, the chances of a new production recapturing the magic of the first movie and duplicating its success seems unlikely and an obvious Rotten Idea.

NOVEMBER 19: THE YEAR HOLLYWOOD WENT OZ CRAZY

After Disney’s Alice in Wonderland brought in over a billion dollars worldwide, Hollywood producers went on a search for similar classic titles that could be “modernized.” To match Alice in Wonderland, the obvious factors they searched for were: a classic story, family friendliness and a female heroine. This new trend has led to upcoming movies like Red Riding Hood and a few different Snow White projects. However, the one title that is seeing the most remakes, sequels and “reimaginings” is L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, or more specifically, the original 1939 movie starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale. These projects include (but are not limited to) Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful (directed by Sam Raimi and starring Robert Downey Jr), Universal’s adaptation of the stage musical Wicked, the violent stop motion/CGI project Oz Wars and director John Boorman’s own animated version. The trend hopefully hit its nadir with the November news that Warner Bros was considering a remake of The Wizard of Oz using the original 1939 script. Although the story was not entirely denied or debunked, Robert Zemeckis was quick to shoot down the idea of him directing the Wizard of Oz remake. Even if the remake never happens (which hopefully, it won’t), that it was even (apparently) considered still marks it as one of the year’s Most Rotten Ideas.

NOVEMBER 24: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WITHOUT JOSS WHEDON

It’s been known since 2009 that Fran and Kaz Kazui, the other producers of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, wanted to reboot the franchise without the assistance of Joss Whedon, the writer/creator most credited with the TV show’s success. However, those plans needed a studio to step up and actually help the reboot move along, or otherwise, it would never have a chance of actually happening (thankfully). Warner Bros and Atlas Entertainment (Get Smart, Scooby Doo) did exactly that this year, which led Whedon to come out with his own statement about the idea of Buffy the Vampire Slayer being restarted without his input.

DECEMBER 17: THE WEINSTEINS ARE MINING THE MIRAMAX CATALOG FOR SEQUELS

Producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein established Miramax Films as a “mini major” company that had a reputation for both Academy Awards and helping young “independent” filmmakers get their start. In the following years, Miramax was sold to Disney, the Weinsteins left to start The Weinstein Company, and more recently, Disney sold Miramax to a private holding company. The Weinsteins were not able to recover ownership of Miramax, but they still have plans to work with the Miramax brand, or at least the many famous movies that were released by Miramax during its best days. Specifically, The Weinstein Company and Miramax Films are partnering on an ambitious series of sequels to movies like Bad Santa, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Rounders, and Shakespeare in Love. It’s possible some of these planned sequels might end up being great movies (especially if the original filmmakers are involved, and/or a sequel makes sense for the story in question). However, the larger story here sounds like movies being “sequelized” more as a way of making extra dough off familiar and beloved titles than because the storytelling process actually demands them. As with Joss Whedon and Buffy, Kevin Smith had his own comments about the idea of Clerks being included in this list of movies to potentially get sequels. Remakes and 3D may have recently come to dominate the “Rotten Idea” field, but needless sequelizing, that’s just plain classic. Classically rotten, that is.

And those were the twelve most rotten developments of 2010. Check back next week as the regular Weekly Ketchup returns, hopefully with more fresh than rotten news.

For more Weekly Ketchup columns by Greg Dean Schmitz, check out the WK archive, and you can contact GDS via a RT forum message.

Racing into theaters across North America, the computer animated film Cars aims to take over pole position this weekend targeting family audiences. Those looking for a good scare can instead choose The Omen which already launched on Tuesday with some frightening results. The frame’s final new wide release is the Robert Altman comedy A Prairie Home Companion giving the weekend a wide assortment of titles for all audiences.

After a surprising top spot debut, the Vince VaughnJennifer Aniston comedy The Break-Up will surely fall from grace, but should still remain a formidable contender.

After a near-break-up of their own, Disney and Pixar are back together again in a committed relationship and have put their full parental support behind Cars which zooms into the marketplace on Friday with some red hot buzz. Directed by Pixar guru John Lasseter (Toy Story, Toy Story 2), the G-rated film tells the story of a cocky race car who gets lost in a small town on the way to the big championship and meets a colorful group of vehicles who teach him some morals. Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, and Larry the Cable Guy all lend their voices.

Recent Pixar films have been spaced out evenly using the Harry Potter year-and-a-half policy. In November 2001, Monsters, Inc. opened to $62.6M and was followed by Finding Nemo with $70.3M in May 2003 and The Incredibles with $70.5M in November 2004. The timing is just enough to make each film a new event of its own that generates excitement among fans of all ages. Disney’s marketing and cross-promotional efforts have been loud as usual and awareness is sky high. But Cars does have a longer running time than most toons clocking in at nearly two hours. Maybe all eight of the credited writers demanded that their bits make the final cut.

Disney has had only two number one hits so far this year, ruling the Dr. King and Presidents’ Day holiday weekends with Glory Road and Eight Below, respectively. This weekend, the third trophy should be in the bag as anticipation among boys and girls alike is high. Business from teens and adults should be solid as well since the Pixar brand name attracts millions of loyal followers of all types. Plus, NASCAR fans are sure to provide an additional push at the turnstiles. The only major competition will come from Over the Hedge which is now fading into its fourth weekend. It’s an open highway for Cars which races into over 3,800 theaters this weekend. A three-day tally of about $72M could result.

Three decades after the original terrorized movie fans, The Omen has been reborn with today’s stars and special effects in the Fox release which opened on Tuesday, 6/6/06. With horror fans now used to a steady string of remakes of fright classics, the novelty has worn thin. So, to make this one stand out, the studio plugged the R-rated film into the unorthodox Tuesday slot to take advantage of the Satan-style date which in turn became the focal point of the marketing campaign. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, and The Amityville Horror were all recent remakes that shot straight to number one. With The Omen, something new was needed to catch the attention of fans. Fox took a risk, tried something new, and won. The pic grossed a stellar $12.6M on Tuesday in its first day of release while playing in 2,660 locations.

The new Omen is hoping to attract the teens and young adults that typically power all of today’s horror hits, as well as older fans of the genre who are curious to see this new cover version. Critics have been mixed in their reviews complaining that it is too similar to the original and that there was no need to revisit this story. But money does rule Hollywood and horror films are very profitable so making newer versions of stories that worked in the past is just what studios are lining up to do. The marketing push has been commendable. Had Omen opened on a Friday, it would have been the umpteenth fright flick of the year. Instead, the date spooked people and caught the attention of the media that spread the hype.

Because this is a horror audience we are looking at, rapid erosion should follow the mid-week opening diluting down the weekend gross. Omen will burn through much of its audience in its first three days before the Friday-to-Sunday period arrives and it might even scare up more than half of its eventual domestic total in the first week. No other scary films are doing any serious biz so competition should not be much of a factor. Plus Omen is benefiting from Fox playing its trailer in front of the X-Men sequel which was seen by millions of sci-fi and horror fans over the past two weeks. For the three-day weekend period, The Omen might gross roughly $17M and over the six-day Tuesday-to-Sunday span, it could scare up around $36M.

In the weekend’s other unusual release pattern, Robert Altman’s latest film A Prairie Home Companion opens nationally on hundreds of screens instead of the typical arthouse platform release that the director’s films usually go out with. The legendary filmmaker’s latest ensemble cast brings together Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, and teen queen Lindsay Lohan getting herself some indie cred. The PG-13 film about country music stars gathering for one final radio show performance has earned positive reviews and is being released by Picturehouse.

Altman films usually debut in New York and Los Angeles, build momentum through critical support, and slowly widen across the country. But Prairie is rocking its way into 725 theaters on opening day aiming to offer older adults a smart alternative to the super heroes and spies of summer. The film is sure to skew older than anything else out now which means it might also have legs if the target audience is pleased. Still, there is only so much of a built-in audience that the pic can tap into and the summer release means there will be no awards season to keep the buzz rolling along like with the helmer’s Gosford Park in early 2002. Prairie might struggle to find a broad audience this weekend given all the other high profile films targeting its audience. Adults may instead choose to take their kids to Cars, catch Jen and Vince in a shouting match, or get a weather forecast from Al Gore. An opening weekend gross of around $3M seems likely.

Universal’s The Break-Up spent just four days at the number one spot before being kicked to the curb by The Omen. Romantic comedies usually do not suffer large declines and the Aniston-Vaughn pairing has held up well during the week grossing $3.9M on Monday and $4M on Tuesday when it faced Damien. Also, the new crop of films this weekend should not steal away too much of its crowd of adult women. Still, Break-Up isn’t exactly generating a whole lot of love with audiences in the word-of-mouth department so a 45% drop could result. That would give the film about $22M for the frame and a solid $76M in ten days.

X-Men: The Last Stand has its cyclops eye on joining the $200M club this weekend. The Fox sequel suffered a stiff 67% freefall last weekend in its second frame, but should stabilize in its third fight. Wolverine and chums could see sales get sliced in half which would give the super hero pic around $17M for the weekend and a plump $203M in 17 days. That would shoot it past studio stablemate Ice Age: The Meltdown to reign as the top-grossing film of 2006.

Over the Hedge should take a bit of a beating this weekend as it no longer will be the only major digital toon in town. A 40% fall would give the Paramount release roughly $12M upping the cume to $132M. Sony could see a larger 45% drop for The Da Vinci Code and finish the frame with about $10M. That would put the total for the Tom Hanks starrer at $189M and counting.

LAST YEAR: Before Namibia, fans had to look to their local movie theater to find Brad and Angelina. The much-hyped action film Mr. & Mrs. Smith conquered the box office with a strong $50.3M in its debut frame. The Fox blockbuster enjoyed sturdy legs grossing $186.3M domestically and over $465M worldwide. A pair of former number ones followed with Madagascar taking second with $17.2M and Star Wars Episode III in third with $14.9M. Adam Sandler finished fourth with The Longest Yard which scored $13.9M. Opening in fifth place was the kid adventure The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl with $12.6M on its way to $39.2M for Miramax. Disappointing in their openings were the Paramount comedy remake The Honeymooners with $5.5M and the Lions Gate horror flick High Tension with $1.9M. Final grosses reached $12.8M and $3.7M, respectively.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Over the past few days, we’ve tried to counter the common misconception that this summer’s cinematic fare was bereft of quality. However, that doesn’t mean the season was without some stinkers, at least critically speaking.

The most rotten movie of the summer was "Supercross: The Movie," which won praise from two percent of the critics. "Undiscovered," the title of which was often used derisively in reviews, stood at four percent. Rounding out the top five were "The Perfect Man" (six percent) "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" (10 percent), and "Honeymooners" (12 percent). The most rotten limited release of the summer was the Aussie slasher flick "Undead."

Here’s the 20 most rotten films of the summer, in ascending order:

2% — Supercross: The Movie
4% — Undiscovered
6% — The Perfect Man
10% — Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
12% — Honeymooners
13% — Stealth
14% — Rebound
14% — The Cave
17% — Monster-In-Law
17% — The Dukes of Hazzard
20% — The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D
23% — House of Wax
23% — Valiant
23% — Undead
25% — Bewitched
25% — Fantastic Four
27% — 9 Songs
28% — Mindhunters
28% — Pretty Persuasion
28% — The Baxter

Check out the rest of our coverage:
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-up: Box Office Down, Tomatometer Up
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-up #2: The Best of the Wide Releases
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-up #3: The Best of the Limited Releases

A gaggle of actors have signed on for "National Lampoon Clubhouse Trick or Treat," says The Hollywood Reporter. And it’s a pretty crazy cast of characters indeed.

The plot is described like so: "A 15-year-old boy is grounded on Halloween and stays home to baby-sit his brother and sister. They soon find that their old house is haunted, complete with a secret passage that leads them on a wild "Scooby Doo" and "Beetlejuice" – type adventure."

The cast will include Vanessa Angel ("Kingpin"), Robert Carradine ("Revenge of the Nerds"), Taylor Dooley ("Lava Girl" herself), Jake Thomas ("A.I. Artificial Intelligence"), Matthew Lawrence ("The Hot Chick"), and Nikki Griffin ("Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough").

We’ll bring you the direct-to-video release date as soon as it’s made available.

The charismatic superstar pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie kicked a whole lot of box office butt over the past weekend, raking in an extremely impressive $51.1 million from 3,400 theaters. Industry insiders were expecting a solid bow for the semi-romantic action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," but the movie blew right past the predictions, thanks to a multi-demographic concept, (very) high media visibility, lots of high-end action, and good old-fashioned sex appeal. (Word is that a sequel is presently being discussed.)

Coming in at the #2 spot is DreamWorks’ animated comedy "Madagascar," which added another $17.1 million to its total tally ($128m). "Revenge of the Sith" slipped to the third spot with $14.9m, which brings its total up to an astronomical $332m, while fourth place went to Adam Sandler‘s "The Longest Yard." ($13.5m weekend / $118m total).

Debuting in fifth place was Robert Rodriguez‘s "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D," which netted a somewhat disappointing $12.5m — and speaking of disappointments: Russell Crowe‘s "Cinderella Man" slipped to sixth place in only its second weekend by adding only $9.5m to its total domestic gross. A pair of other newcomers, "The Honeymooners" and "High Tension," didn’t do so hot either, grossing $5.8m and $1.8m respectively.

One limited release title that’s doing some rather strong business is Hayao Miyazaki‘s "Howl’s Moving Castle," which grossed $401,000 in only 36 theaters, giving it a per-screen average second only to "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Next week sees the arrival of two new wide releases: the amazingly anticipated "Batman Begins" and the counter-programming chicklet-flick "The Perfect Man." For a closer look at the box office numbers, feel free to stop by the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office Page.

This week at the movies is a study in camaraderie: two college students on the run, a boy and two young superheroes, a teenage girl befriending a wizard, and Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton. And, oh yeah, Brad and Angelina. Here at Rotten Tomatoes, we know that the relationship between critics and films can be a little rocky at times. Which of this week’s wide releases will get some love and which will be kicked to the curb? Read on to find out.

Currently the most photographed human beings on the planet, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie team up in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” Doug Liman’s hotly anticipated tale of a bored suburban couple who just happen to be assassins – and are assigned to kill each other. “Brangelina” (as the tabloids call them) do indeed kill in this one, and critics say the onscreen sparks between the two stars are vastly more explosive – and interesting—than the many, many, many action sequences. At 64 percent on the Tomatometer, this one sure ain’t no “Gigli” – But it ain’t “The Big Sleep,” either.

Have characters in horror flicks ever been to the movies? Don’t they know that what they think will be a pleasant weekend in the woods will become a vortex of unspeakable horror and bloodshed? At least with the heroines of “High Tension,” they’ve got an excuse: They’re French, so they might have missed “Halloween,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” or “Friday the 13th.” Director Alexandre Aja has clearly seen those, and many other horror flicks, and critics say the film plays best when it works within, and expands upon, the established norms of the slasher genre. But, at 58 percent on the Tomatometer, many have complained about a late-in-the-game twist that turns the high tension into a low blow.

Every kid in the world has an active imagination. And every kid has wanted his or her daydreams and imaginary friends to transcend said imagination and be realized in some tangible form. This usually means busting out the crayons or maybe a video camera, not a multi-million dollar budget and cameos from celebs. But not every kid is the son of Robert Rodriguez. And while the director is adept at creating phantasmagoric visions (see “Sin City”) only 35 percent of critics say he has a winner with “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D,” which is based upon the stories of Rodriguez’s seven-year-old son. The tale of a boy whose imaginary friends come to life and need his help to defeat evil on the planet Drool, these “Adventures” lack a certain magic.

Cedric the Entertainer is one of the funniest guys around. So it would seem natural that he would shine in an update of “The Honeymooners,” which, for those who’ve been “to the moon” and missed the last half century of popular culture, was a wildly popular and influential 1950s sitcom starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. Unfortunately, the critics have smacked the update right in the kisser. Despite the presence of a pretty solid cast, the scribes have derided the lack of laughs beyond a couple of mildly amusing gags, landing “The Honeymooners” at 14 percent on the Tomatometer.

No remakes for Hayao Miyazaki. The master of Japanese animation consistently creates worlds that are powerfully and poignantly original. His latest, “Howl’s Moving Castle,” is no exception. It tells the story of a teenage girl who has been turned into an elderly woman by a wizard, and enters a fantasy kingdom in turmoil. Miyazaki’s work is never less than intriguing and beguiling, and the critics have fallen under the spell of “Howl,” with 90 percent approving of the film’s surreal storyline, detailed animation, childlike wonder, and an absence of pandering gags.

Brad Pitt
Average Tomatometer: 62%
Last Five Films with Tomatometer:
55% – Troy (2004)
55% – Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
73% – Snatch (2001)
57% – The Mexican (2001)
67% – Spy Game (2001)

Angelina Jolie
Average Tomatometer: 36%
Last Five Films with Tomatometer:
22% – Taking Lives (2004)
73% – Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
14% – Alexander (2004)
24% – Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
16% – Beyond Borders (2003)

Hayao Miyazaki
Average Tomatometer: 96%
Last Five Films with Tomatometer:
98% – Spirited Away (2002)
92% – Princess Mononoke (1997)
100% – Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
100% – My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
100% – Castle in the Sky (1986)

One week after debuting impressively, yet still behind the juggernaut that is "Revenge of the Sith," "Madagascar" snagged the #1 box office spot in its second weekend of release. (But don’t feel too bad for George Lucas‘ baby; it’s now the fastest movie to gross over $300 million.) The DreamWorks animated comedy "Madagascar" beat out a trio of multiplex newcomers to grab the top spot, grossing $28.7 million in its second frame.

In second place was last weekend’s "The Longest Yard," which pulled in $26.1m, and "Sith" fell to third (by only the slightest of margins) with a weekend tally of $26m. Debuting in fourth place was the Ron Howard / Russell Crowe boxing drama "Cinderella Man," which did pretty decently by grossing $18.6m (in 2,800 theaters) during its first three days, while "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (nearly 2,600 screens) debuted in the fifth spot with a total of $10.2m. The weekend’s only other newcomer, Catherine Hardwicke‘s "Lords of Dogtown," raked in a relatively unimpressive $5.7m from nearly 1,900 screens.

Next week sees the release of four films that couldn’t really be any different. The big ticket looks to be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the action flick "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," but the kids will want to see Robert Rodriguez‘s "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D," and those looking for laughs might just line up to see "The Honeymooners." And those who have a taste for the creepy stuff will undoubtedly be making a beeline towards Lions Gate’s French horror flick "High Tension."

For a closer look at the multiplex money-makers, feel free to stop by the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office Page!

Courtesy of Yahoo! Movies comes our first look at Robert Rodriguez‘s "The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D." The tale of adventurous kids and colorfully imaginary heroes hits theaters on June 10th …

… and it’s pretty impressive how this filmmaker can veer from something dark and dangerous like "Sin City" to something flashy & fun for the whole family! (Kinda like he did when the "Spy Kids" trilogy followed "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "The Faculty.") David Arquette ("Scream") and Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City") play the parents in this kid-laden affair.

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