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All Charlize Theron Movies Ranked

Charlize Theron launched a career turning heads in 1996’s Two Days in the Valley as one of the quirky neo-noir’s femme fatales. The big breakthrough for the South African actress came but a year later, playing the satanic bait in The Devil’s Advocate. Thanks, Keanu! Theron suddenly became inescapable, working with some big name directors (Woody Allen, John Frankenheimer, Robert Redford) on their worst movies (The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Reindeer Games, The Legend of Bagger Vance). Then 2003 brought her international recognition (The Italian Job) and a significant Oscar win (Monster). Ever since, she’s fluctuated between catnip for fanboys (AEon Flux, Hancock, Prometheus) and dramatic art (North Country and the Jason Reitman collaborations Young Adult and Tully), and sometimes she’s found that rarefied sweet spot in-between (Mad Max: Fury Road).

Recently, she launched another potential action franchise with The Old Guard, and continued apace in another (F9). And now we’re ranking all Charlize Theron movies by Tomatometer!

#50

The Last Face (2016)
8%

#50
Adjusted Score: 10847%
Critics Consensus: The Last Face's noble intentions are nowhere near enough to carry a fundamentally misguided story that arguably demeans the demographic it wants to defend.
Synopsis: Miguel (Javier Bardem), a Spanish doctor, puts himself in harm's way to deliver medical treatment to the victims of military... [More]
Directed By: Sean Penn

#49

Aeon Flux (2005)
9%

#49
Adjusted Score: 12782%
Critics Consensus: Aeon Flux lacks the gravity-defying pace of its animated predecessor, and, despite some flash, is largely a dull affair.
Synopsis: In the 25th century, the Earth's population has dwindled to a surviving five million following a devastating virus that almost... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 12517%
Critics Consensus: The humor is on the level of a corny sitcom, and the tone is condescending.
Synopsis: Candy (Charlize Theron) and Lonnie Earl (Billy Bob Thornton) are just crazy about each other. The problem: she's married to... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Brady

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 17034%
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, The Astronaut's Wife moves at a snail's pace and fails to generate enough intrigue to keep viewers engaged.
Synopsis: When astronaut Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides... [More]
Directed By: Rand Ravich

#46

Sweet November (2001)
15%

#46
Adjusted Score: 18441%
Critics Consensus: Schmaltzy and manipulative, Sweet November suffers from an implausible plot and non-existent chemistry between its leads.
Synopsis: Nelson Moss (Keanu Reeves) and Sara Deever (Charlize Theron) have nothing in common except an hour spent in DMV hell.... [More]
Directed By: Pat O'Connor

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 18759%
Critics Consensus: Head in the Clouds aspires to soapy melodrama, but gets lost in its own lather, never mining romance from its central love affair or achieving authenticity in its period setting.
Synopsis: Gilda Besse (Charlize Theron) is a rising photographer living in Paris in the 1930s. She invites Guy Malyon (Stuart Townsend),... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#44

Trapped (2002)
17%

#44
Adjusted Score: 17237%
Critics Consensus: With its plot about child kidnapping and endangerment, Trapped is an exploitative thriller, more queasy than suspenseful.
Synopsis: When Will (Stuart Townsend) and Karen (Charlize Theron) Jennings are held hostage and their daughter is abducted, a relentless plan... [More]
Directed By: Luis Mandoki

#43

Sleepwalking (2008)
17%

#43
Adjusted Score: 17690%
Critics Consensus: Despite some sharp performances, Sleepwalking suffers from a grimness of tone and sluggish pacing.
Synopsis: When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy (Charlize Theron) and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara (AnnaSophia Robb), take... [More]
Directed By: William Maher

#42
Adjusted Score: 32631%
Critics Consensus: The Huntsman: Winter's War is visually arresting and boasts a stellar cast, but neither are enough to recommend this entirely unnecessary sequel.
Synopsis: Betrayed by her evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an... [More]
Directed By: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

#41

Dark Places (2015)
23%

#41
Adjusted Score: 25675%
Critics Consensus: Dark Places has a strong cast and bestselling source material, but none of it adds up to more than a mediocre thriller that gets tripped up on its own twists.
Synopsis: A woman (Charlize Theron) confronts traumatic, childhood memories of the murder of her mother and two sisters when she investigates... [More]
Directed By: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 33374%
Critics Consensus: Altogether ooky, and not in a good way.
Synopsis: Everyone's favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2. In this all new movie... [More]

#39

Reindeer Games (2000)
26%

#39
Adjusted Score: 27988%
Critics Consensus: Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.
Synopsis: Just released from prison, all Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) wants is to start a new life with Ashley (Charlize Theron),... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer

#38

15 Minutes (2001)
32%

#38
Adjusted Score: 36608%
Critics Consensus: As critical as it is about sensationalism in the media, 15 Minutes itself indulges in lurid violence, and its satire is too heavy-handed to be effective.
Synopsis: At the center of "15 Minutes" is a New York City double murder that must be solved. But the fast-paced... [More]
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#37
Adjusted Score: 41962%
Critics Consensus: While it offers a few laughs and boasts a talented cast, Seth MacFarlane's overlong, aimless A Million Ways to Die in the West is a disappointingly scattershot affair.
Synopsis: Mild-mannered sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) feels certain that the Western frontier is trying to kill him, then he... [More]
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 39400%
Critics Consensus: This heavily symbolic, melodramatic multi-narrative drama lacks emotional resonance.
Synopsis: In the present, Sylvia (Charlize Theron) appears to lead a confident life as a restaurant manager but she cleverly hides... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo Arriaga

#35

Celebrity (1998)
40%

#35
Adjusted Score: 41716%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining, but too scattered.
Synopsis: The career and personal life of writer Lee (Kenneth Branagh) are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife,... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#34

Gringo (2018)
40%

#34
Adjusted Score: 47609%
Critics Consensus: Gringo rounds up a bafflingly overqualified cast for a misfire of a comedy that's fatally undermined by its messy plot, poorly conceived characters, and obvious debts to better films.
Synopsis: Mild-mannered U.S. businessman Harold Soyinka finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords and a black ops... [More]
Directed By: Nash Edgerton

#33

Hancock (2008)
41%

#33
Adjusted Score: 50178%
Critics Consensus: Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.
Synopsis: A scruffy superhero named Hancock (Will Smith) protects the citizens of Los Angeles but leaves horrendous collateral damage in the... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

#32

Men of Honor (2000)
42%

#32
Adjusted Score: 44697%
Critics Consensus: De Niro and Goodings Jr. manage to turn in performances that make this by-the-numbers inspirational movie watchable.
Synopsis: Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ambitious sharecropper who joins the U.S. Navy to become the world's first black... [More]
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.

#31
Adjusted Score: 47763%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.
Synopsis: During the Great Depression, Georgia socialite Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) announces a publicity-garnering high-stakes match at her struggling family golf... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#30
Adjusted Score: 49565%
Critics Consensus: The writing for Scorpion is not as sharp as Woody Allen's previous movies as most of the jokes fall flat.
Synopsis: Woody Allen stars as CW Briggs, the top insurance investigator in New York in 1940-or so he keeps telling the... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 53374%
Critics Consensus: The Addams Family's starry voice cast and eye-catching animation aren't enough to outweigh its saccharine handling of the delightfully dark source material.
Synopsis: Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma -- are readily... [More]

#28
Adjusted Score: 59197%
Critics Consensus: While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.
Synopsis: Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), who seized control of her kingdom by marrying and killing its rightful ruler, needs the life... [More]
Directed By: Rupert Sanders

#27

Trial and Error (1997)
50%

#27
Adjusted Score: 51692%
Critics Consensus: Trial and Error gets some laughs out of the comedic chemistry between its pleasantly mismatched leads, although the results are still somewhat less than memorable.
Synopsis: Lawyer Charlie (Jeff Daniels) is sent by his boss (Lawrence Pressman) to a small Nevada town to file a continuance... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Lynn

#26

Astro Boy (2009)
50%

#26
Adjusted Score: 55324%
Critics Consensus: While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.
Synopsis: In futuristic Metro City, a brilliant scientist named Tenma builds Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore), a robotic child with superstrength, X-ray... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers

#25

Mighty Joe Young (1998)
56%

#25
Adjusted Score: 57363%
Critics Consensus: Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.
Synopsis: As a child living in Africa, Jill Young (Charlize Theron) saw her mother killed while protecting wild gorillas from poachers... [More]
Directed By: Ron Underwood

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 57822%
Critics Consensus: Well intentioned and passionate, this docu-drama about the 1999 WTO protests is heavier on politics than character development.
Synopsis: In 1999, members of the World Trade Organization arrive in Seattle for negotiations that are closed to the public. Concerned... [More]
Directed By: Stuart Townsend

#23

F9 The Fast Saga (2021)
59%

#23
Adjusted Score: 75997%
Critics Consensus: F9 sends the franchise hurtling further over the top than ever, but director Justin Lin's knack for preposterous set pieces keeps the action humming.
Synopsis: Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#22

F9 The Fast Saga (2021)
59%

#22
Adjusted Score: 75997%
Critics Consensus: F9 sends the franchise hurtling further over the top than ever, but director Justin Lin's knack for preposterous set pieces keeps the action humming.
Synopsis: Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 65187%
Critics Consensus: Though it is ultimately somewhat undone by its own lofty ambitions, The Devil's Advocate is a mostly effective blend of supernatural thrills and character exploration.
Synopsis: Aspiring Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) accepts a high-powered position at a New York law firm headed by... [More]
Directed By: Taylor Hackford

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 65152%
Critics Consensus: A labyrinthine thriller with a host of memorable characters, 2 Days in the Valley is an uneven but intriguing thriller/black comedy.
Synopsis: Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello), an ordinary guy, finds himself involved in a murder-for-hire scheme. He is betrayed by his partner,... [More]
Directed By: John Herzfeld

#19

The Yards (2000)
64%

#19
Adjusted Score: 67342%
Critics Consensus: Featuring strong performances and direction, The Yards is a richly textured crime thriller with an authentic feel.
Synopsis: After serving time in prison for taking the fall for a group of his friends, Leo just wants to get... [More]
Directed By: James Gray

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 90575%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#17

Bombshell (2019)
68%

#17
Adjusted Score: 87997%
Critics Consensus: Bombshell benefits from a terrific cast and a worthy subject, but its impact is muffled by a frustrating inability to go deeper than the sensationalistic surface.
Synopsis: The provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America's most powerful news networks --... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#16
Adjusted Score: 69075%
Critics Consensus: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers struggles to truly capture its subject's singular genius, but remains a diverting tribute -- and a showcase for the talents of Geoffrey Rush.
Synopsis: A biographical film about Peter Sellers' turbulent rise from popular BBC radio performer to one of the world's most gifted... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins

#15

North Country (2005)
69%

#15
Adjusted Score: 75818%
Critics Consensus: Though sometimes melodramatic and formulaic, North Country is nonetheless a rousing, powerful story of courage and humanity.
Synopsis: Single mother Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) is part of a group of the first women to work at a local... [More]
Directed By: Niki Caro

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 75759%
Critics Consensus: The Cider House Rules derives affecting drama from wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.
Synopsis: The film follows the life of Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), a precocious orphan who leaves his lifelong home and his... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström

#13

The Italian Job (2003)
73%

#13
Adjusted Score: 78186%
Critics Consensus: Despite some iffy plot elements, The Italian Job succeeds in delivering an entertaining modern take on the original 1969 heist film, thanks to a charismatic cast.
Synopsis: After a heist in Venice, Steve (Edward Norton) turns on his partners in crime, killing safecracker John Bridger (Donald Sutherland)... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#12

Prometheus (2012)
73%

#12
Adjusted Score: 86513%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.
Synopsis: The discovery of a clue to mankind's origins on Earth leads a team of explorers to the darkest parts of... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 79848%
Critics Consensus: Though some of Paul Haggis's themes are heavy-handed, In the Valley of Elah is otherwise an engrossing murder mystery and antiwar statement, featuring a mesmerizing performance from Tommy Lee Jones.
Synopsis: A police detective (Charlize Theron) helps a retired Army sergeant (Tommy Lee Jones) search for his son, a soldier who... [More]
Directed By: Paul Haggis

#10

The Road (2009)
74%

#10
Adjusted Score: 81861%
Critics Consensus: The Road's commitment to Cormac McCarthy's dark vision may prove too unyielding for some, but the film benefits from hauntingly powerful performances from Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee.
Synopsis: America is a grim, gray shadow of itself after a catastrophe. A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi... [More]
Directed By: John Hillcoat

#9

Atomic Blonde (2017)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 105736%
Critics Consensus: Atomic Blonde gets enough mileage out of its stylish action sequences -- and ever-magnetic star -- to make up for a narrative that's somewhat less hard-hitting than its protagonist.
Synopsis: Sensual and savage, Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who's willing to use all of... [More]
Directed By: David Leitch

#8

Young Adult (2011)
80%

#8
Adjusted Score: 87444%
Critics Consensus: Despite its somewhat dour approach, Young Adult is a funny and ultimately powerful no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence, thanks largely to a convincing performance by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission:... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#7

Monster (2003)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87464%
Critics Consensus: Charlize Theron gives a searing, deglamorized performance as real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, an intense, disquieting portrait of a profoundly damaged soul.
Synopsis: Shortly after moving to Florida, longtime prostitute Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) meets young and reserved Selby Wall (Christina Ricci) and... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

#6

The Old Guard (2020)
80%

#6
Adjusted Score: 99762%
Critics Consensus: The Old Guard is occasionally restricted by genre conventions, but director Gina Prince-Bythewood brings a sophisticated vision to the superhero genre - and some knockout action sequences led by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: A group of mercenaries, all centuries-old immortals with the ablity to heal themselves, discover someone is onto their secret, and... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#5

Long Shot (2019)
81%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99828%
Critics Consensus: A sharp and deceptively layered comedy that's further fueled by the odd couple chemistry of its leads, this Long Shot largely hits its marks.
Synopsis: Fred Flarsky is a gifted and free-spirited journalist who has a knack for getting into trouble. Charlotte Field is one... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#4

Tully (2018)
87%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104376%
Critics Consensus: Tully delves into the modern parenthood experience with an admirably deft blend of humor and raw honesty, brought to life by an outstanding performance by Charlize Theron.
Synopsis: Marlo is a New York suburbanite who's about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 96295%
Critics Consensus: A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity.
Synopsis: Wily band manager Mr. White helps a small town band achieve big time success when they release a Beatles-style pop... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hanks

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 110022%
Critics Consensus: Kubo and the Two Strings matches its incredible animation with an absorbing -- and bravely melancholy -- story that has something to offer audiences of all ages.
Synopsis: Young Kubo's (Art Parkinson) peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now... [More]
Directed By: Travis Knight

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 114450%
Critics Consensus: With exhilarating action and a surprising amount of narrative heft, Mad Max: Fury Road brings George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise roaring vigorously back to life.
Synopsis: Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When... [More]
Directed By: George Miller

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All Will Smith Movies Ranked

It’s now 20 years into the Willennium, and how has our reigning Fresh Prince fared since the 1990s? On the Oscars front, Will Smith notched two Best Actor nominations for 2001’s Ali, and then for The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006. He’s adapted two genre literary classics into blockbusters (I Am Legend and I, Robot), and he was there during the 2008’s summer of superheroes with Hancock, which released one month after Iron Man and one before The Dark Knight and Hellboy II.

Of course, that’s not to say Smith was slacking in the ’90s (though if he was, certainly no one would have noticed), which saw a diversified pop culture portfolio that includes a beloved TV show at the beginning of the decade, and a slew of hip-hop crossover hits at the end. Sandwiched in between were films like Independence Day, which at the time felt like the biggest movie event ever, and Men in Black, which got its first Smith-less sequel in 2019.

But on the subject of sequels that didn’t disappoint, and even surprised: Bad Boys For Life, which reunited Smith with Martin Lawrence for some Certified Fresh throwback buddy action. Next, you can see him in the inspirational family drama King Richard. Now, we’re ranking the best Will Smith movies by Tomatometer!

#30

After Earth (2013)
11%

#30
Adjusted Score: 19448%
Critics Consensus: After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.
Synopsis: People were forced to leave Earth a millennium ago to establish a new home on Nova Prime. Now, Gen. Cypher... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#29

Winter's Tale (2014)
13%

#29
Adjusted Score: 18378%
Critics Consensus: Winter's Tale tries to retain the grandiose sweep of its source novel, but fails to fill it in with characters worth rooting for or a sensible plot.
Synopsis: One night in early 20th-century New York, master thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) breaks into a Central Park mansion --... [More]
Directed By: Akiva Goldsman

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 24297%
Critics Consensus: Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.
Synopsis: When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel

#27

Wild Wild West (1999)
17%

#27
Adjusted Score: 21793%
Critics Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.
Synopsis: When President Ulysses S. Grant (Kevin Kline) learns that diabolical inventor Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) is planning to assassinate... [More]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

#26

Bad Boys II (2003)
24%

#26
Adjusted Score: 29304%
Critics Consensus: Two and a half hours of explosions and witless banter.
Synopsis: The drug ecstasy is flowing into Miami, and the police want it stopped. Police Detective Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#25

Gemini Man (2019)
26%

#25
Adjusted Score: 45947%
Critics Consensus: Gemini Man's impressive visuals are supported by some strong performances, but this sci-fi thriller is fatally undermined by a frustratingly subpar story.
Synopsis: Henry Brogan is an elite 51-year-old assassin who's ready to call it quits after completing his 72nd job. His plans... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#24

Suicide Squad (2016)
26%

#24
Adjusted Score: 50741%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
Synopsis: Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#23

Bright (2017)
27%

#23
Adjusted Score: 34872%
Critics Consensus: Bright tries to blend fantasy, hard-hitting cop drama, and social commentary -- and ends up falling painfully short of the mark on all three fronts.
Synopsis: In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#22

Seven Pounds (2008)
27%

#22
Adjusted Score: 33743%
Critics Consensus: Grim and morose, Seven Pounds is also undone by an illogical plot.
Synopsis: A life-shattering secret torments Ben Thomas (Will Smith). In order to find redemption, he sets out to change the lives... [More]
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino

#21

Made in America (1993)
31%

#21
Adjusted Score: 32812%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An honor student (Nia Long) discovers her father (Ted Danson) is a flashy car salesman and sperm-bank donor her mother... [More]
Directed By: Richard Benjamin

#20

Shark Tale (2004)
36%

#20
Adjusted Score: 41565%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.
Synopsis: Underachiever Oscar (Will Smith) is a pint-sized fish with grand aspirations. When mob-connected great white shark Frankie (Michael Imperioli) is... [More]

#19

Hancock (2008)
41%

#19
Adjusted Score: 50178%
Critics Consensus: Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.
Synopsis: A scruffy superhero named Hancock (Will Smith) protects the citizens of Los Angeles but leaves horrendous collateral damage in the... [More]
Directed By: Peter Berg

#18

Bad Boys (1995)
42%

#18
Adjusted Score: 45971%
Critics Consensus: Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have enjoyable chemistry; unfortunately, director Michael Bay too often drowns it out with set pieces and explosions in place of an actual story.
Synopsis: Miami-Dade detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) blow a fuse when $100 million worth of heroin... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#17
Adjusted Score: 47763%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent involved in The Legend of Bagger Vance, performances are hindered by an inadequate screenplay full of flat characters and bad dialogue. Also, not much happens, and some critics are offended by how the film glosses over issues of racism.
Synopsis: During the Great Depression, Georgia socialite Adele Invergordon (Charlize Theron) announces a publicity-garnering high-stakes match at her struggling family golf... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#16

I, Robot (2004)
56%

#16
Adjusted Score: 64302%
Critics Consensus: Bearing only the slightest resemblance to Isaac Asimov's short stories, I, Robot is still a summer blockbuster that manages to make viewers think -- if only a little.
Synopsis: In 2035, highly intelligent robots fill public service positions throughout the world, operating under three rules to keep humans safe.... [More]
Directed By: Alex Proyas

#15

Focus (2015)
56%

#15
Adjusted Score: 65218%
Critics Consensus: Focus may have a few too many twists and turns, but it nearly skates by on its glamorous setting and the charm of its stars.
Synopsis: Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches... [More]
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

#14

Aladdin (2019)
57%

#14
Adjusted Score: 80015%
Critics Consensus: Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
Synopsis: Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#13

Concussion (2015)
58%

#13
Adjusted Score: 66322%
Critics Consensus: Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.
Synopsis: While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith)... [More]
Directed By: Peter Landesman

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 74431%
Critics Consensus: Will Smith's heartfelt performance elevates The Pursuit of Happyness above mere melodrama.
Synopsis: Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son... [More]
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino

#11

Independence Day (1996)
68%

#11
Adjusted Score: 71584%
Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
Synopsis: In the epic adventure film "Independence Day," strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the... [More]
Directed By: Roland Emmerich

#10

Ali (2001)
68%

#10
Adjusted Score: 72995%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
Synopsis: With wit and athletic genius, with defiant rage and inner grace, Muhammad Ali forever changed the American landscape. Fighting all... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#9

I Am Legend (2007)
68%

#9
Adjusted Score: 77384%
Critics Consensus: I Am Legend overcomes questionable special effects and succeeds largely on the strength of Will Smith's mesmerizing performance.
Synopsis: Robert Neville (Will Smith), a brilliant scientist, is a survivor of a man-made plague that transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#8

Men in Black 3 (2012)
68%

#8
Adjusted Score: 77809%
Critics Consensus: It isn't exactly a persuasive argument for the continuation of the franchise, but Men in Black III is better than its predecessor and manages to exceed expectations.
Synopsis: Even though agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) have been protecting the Earth from alien scum for... [More]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

#7

Hitch (2005)
69%

#7
Adjusted Score: 75399%
Critics Consensus: Despite Hitch's predictability, Will Smith and Kevin James win praise for their solid, warmhearted performances.
Synopsis: Dating coach Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Will Smith) mentors a bumbling client, Albert (Kevin James), who hopes to win the heart... [More]
Directed By: Andy Tennant

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 76562%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
Synopsis: Corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) has a congressman assassinated to assure the passage of expansive new... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 94664%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.
Synopsis: The wife and son of a Mexican drug lord embark on a vengeful quest to kill all those involved in... [More]

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 83142%
Critics Consensus: A cheerfully undemanding animated adventure that's elevated by its voice cast, Spies in Disguise is funny, fast-paced, and family-friendly enough to satisfy.
Synopsis: Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is... [More]
Directed By: Troy Quane, Nick Bruno

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 38767%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: King (Dermot Mulroney) is a young man, but he's already a veteran of life on the streets of Los Angeles.... [More]
Directed By: Marc Rocco

#2
Adjusted Score: 89104%
Critics Consensus: Though it betrays its theatrical roots, Six Degrees of Separation largely succeeds thanks to astute direction and fine performances -- particularly from an against-type Will Smith.
Synopsis: Privileged art dealers Flan (Donald Sutherland) and Ouisa (Stockard Channing) are hosting a dinner party when Paul (Will Smith), a... [More]
Directed By: Fred Schepisi

#1

Men in Black (1997)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 97654%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
Synopsis: They are the best-kept secret in the universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee... [More]
Directed By: Barry Sonnenfeld

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We are firmly in the dog days of Summer, as Hollywood sneaks a couple of end of the menu horror movies into theaters, and movie news this week came to a near standstill. There were, however, just enough bits of news to make up this week’s top 11, including yet another new project for Steven Spielberg to consider, progress for the Bioshock movie, sequel news for Hancock, casting news for a few movies and the buzz on what horror classic Rob Zombie wants to remake next.

#1 WILL SMITH’S HANCOCK LINING UP FUTURE MISADVENTURES

The $600 million that last year’s Hancock made pretty much ensured that Columbia Pictures (also eager to keep making Spider-Man movies) would be looking into continuing the Will Smith superhero franchise. The studio has hired Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara, producers and writers of TV’s The Shield, to work on a sequel that will further explore the world iand mythology introduced in the first movie. Hancock has the distinction of being the rare superhero movie that wasn’t actually based upon an existing comic book, so the writers are basically free to create and explore any new concepts they want, building upon the events of the first film. In Hancock, Will Smith played an irresponsible superhero with amazing powers that gets an image makeover and discovers things about himself in the process. It’s likely that Columbia is expecting Will Smith to return for the sequel.

#2 BIOSHOCK MOVIE GETS NEW BLOOD AND A CHEAPER BUDGET

Universal Pictures is in talks with Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later, Intacto) to take over their movie adaptation of the hit video game Bioshock, which got its start as a project for Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean). Earlier this year, Universal put the brakes on the pre-production of Bioshock as the budget neared $160 million, resulting in a decision to make the film overseas to cut down costs. That lead to Verbinski’s departure, as he couldn’t commit to working overseas because of the animated film Rango, starring Johnny Depp, which he is also attached to. Bioshock, which was adapted by John Logan (The Aviator, Star Trek: Nemesis) is the story of an airplane crash survivor who discovers an underwater city called Rapture whose utopian vision has become corrupted and twisted, with the city becoming populated by creatures that gain super abilities by extracting “plasmids” from their victims.

#3 DREAMWORKS AND SPIELBERG PICK UP MICHAEL CRICHTON’S LAST BOOK, PIRATE LATITUDES

Although Steven Spielberg’s next movie is locked in as the Harvey remake, the director is continuing to pick up projects for DreamWorks as a producer, and that he could potentially end up directing. The latest is an adaptation of the final book by Michael Crichton, who wrote Jurassic Park, the source novel for one of Spielberg’s biggest hits. Pirate Latitudes, which will be published on November 24, is a pirate adventure set in 1665. It’s about a plan set in motion to raid Port Royal, Jamaica, and make off with a Spanish galleon filled with treasure. Pirate Latitudes is being adapted by David Koepp, who cowrote Jurassic Park with Crichton, and has also continued to frequently work with Spielberg on projects like War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Michael Crichton was best known for instilling science (and science fiction) into his adventure stories, but it’s not known if Pirate Latitudes has any such elements. It’s also worth noting that Steven Spielberg has actually worked on pirate movies in the past, starting with Hook, and most recently, there are pirate elements in The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn. So, if Spielberg signs on to direct, Pirate Latitudes could finish a trilogy of sorts.

#4 JOHN CARTER OF MARS CASTS BRITS AS THARKS AND A ZODANGAN

The cast of Disney’s big budget adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars continues to grow, with the news this week that three Brits have found roles that do much to flesh out the story’s rich alien mythology. First up, I should mention the already cast Taylor Kitsch (Gambit from X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as John Carter, the story’s sole earthling, Lynn Collins (also from Wolverine) and Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas, the fierce Thark warrior that befriends Carter. Playing Sola, Tarkas’ daughter who must hide her softer side from her warrior race, will be Samantha Morton (Minority Report). Polly Walker (the sexy Atia in HBO’s Rome) will be playing a more typical Thark, Sarkoja, who is described as “merciless” and “tyrannical.” Finally, there is Dominic West (The Wire), who will be playing Sab Than, the prince of the Zodangans who believes it is his destiny to rule Barsoom, which we know better as Mars. John Carter of Mars has the potential to be a really amazing sci-fi space opera, with Pixar’s Andrew Stanton as director, and these latest cast members are all very talented and should bring a lot to their roles. Very exciting.

#5 THE BEATLES MOVIE REVIVAL CONTINUES WITH A LIFE IN THE DAY

With The Beatles: Rock Band prepares to invade stores and living rooms next month, Hollywood is likewise continuing to find ways to bring the Beatles back to the big screen. In England, filming wrapped earlier this year on Nowhere Boy, a biopic about John Lennon’s youth, and last week, Robert Zemeckis announced plans for his next CGI motion capture movie to be a remake of Yellow Submarine. And now, producer David Permut (Captain Ron, Face/Off) has optioned the rights to A Life in the Day, a biopic script about Brian Epstein, the wunderkind manager who plucked them from Hamburg and set them on the course to stardom, shepherding their careers until his death from drug overdose in 1967, a point at which one could argue was really the beginning of the end for the band as a functioning unit. Brian Epstein is also just the latest figure that Permut is developing a biopic about, along with projects about comedian Sam Kinison, automobile mogul John DeLorean and Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. A Life in the Day was written by Tony Gittleson, whose primary career is as a first assistant director on TV shows like Veronica Mars and Heroes.

#6 JOHN LANDIS RETURNING TO HORROR WITH BURKE AND HARE, STARRING SIMON PEGG

Director John Landis, who in the 1980s gave us one of the best werewolf movies ever, An American Werewolf in London, and (notoriously) directed a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, is preparing to return to the genre with a project called Burke and Hare. Based on a true story also called the West Port Murders, Burke and Hare is the story of two Irish immigrants in Edinburgh, Scotland, who turned to murder as a way of supplying corpses to a medical college. Landis already has one of his two stars, in the form of Simon Pegg (Shawn of the Dead). Considering that this is a movie about a pair, one has to wonder if perhaps the next actor to sign on will be Pegg’s frequent movie partner, Nick Frost?

#7 JAMES CAMERON’S AVATAR TECH BEING USED NEXT ON 3-D DIVING DRAMA SANCTUM

An Australian production company called Wayfare Entertainment has committed $30 million to produce a “3-D underwater survival drama” called Sanctum which will be filmed using James Cameron’s Avatar cameras and 3-D technology. James Cameron is also executive producing Sanctum, which will be directed by Alister Grierson (2006’s Kokoda) and written by John Garvin and Andrew Wight. Wright has also collaborated with Cameron on Aliens of the Deep and Ghosts of the Abyss and his real life experience is the inspiration for the movie’s story. In the 1980s, Wight was leading an expedition of 15 divers into a remote underwater cave system below Australia’s Nullarbor Plain when the cave entrance collapsed, trapping them in a two day ordeal of survival. Filming of Sanctum will start in Australia later this year.

#8 ZACH GALIFIANAKIS SITTING DOWN FOR DINNER WITH SCHMUCKS

The casting of the long-in-development comedy Dinner with Schmucks continued this week with the news that Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) is in talks with Paramount to join Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Judy Punch. To be directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents franchises), Dinner with Schmucks is about a man who hosts a weekly dinner party in which idiots are invited to dinner as comedic entertainment. Galifianakis would play a mattress store assistant manager who is dating Carell’s ex-wife. Filming is expected to start this fall, in preparation of a July, 2010 release date for the movie, which puts Dinner with Schmucks in close proximity to Little Fockers, although Roach isn’t directing that latest entry in the Meet the Parents series.

#9: THE THROW-BUZZ-WORDS-AT-A-MOVIE-AND-SEE-IF-THEY-STICK APPROACH OF ARCANA

Kevin Tancharoen, who made his feature film debut with next month’s remake of Fame has been hired by Universal Pictures to direct a Brett Ratner-produced sci fi action movie called Arcana. Although the specifics of the plot are being kept hidden, here’s what we do know it might be: “a live-action graphic novel influenced by Blade Runner that includes martial arts and uses production methods similar to Zack Snyder’s 300.” First off, I have really sort of grown to dislike the use of the word “graphic novel” when people in the movie business mean “comic book.” A graphic novel is basically more of a format than a genre: it refers to better bound books that are thicker than the typical flimsy comic book you’d find on a grocery store magazine rack (also called “trade paperbacks”). After that, this movie just feels like a series of buzz words thrown into a blender: it’s like a comic book, but it’s also like Blade Runner, and it’s got martial arts and oh yeah, it’s also like 300. People like comic books, martial arts, Blade Runner and 300, right? True… but throwing those four things together doesn’t skip all the way to the end of the formula and equal “profit!” Arcana was written by John Ridley (U-Turn, Three Kings), who also wrote the upcoming Red Tails about the Tuskegee Airmen. The idea behind Arcana has its roots in a collaboration between Tancharoen and Harry Shum, Jr., one of the regulars in the new FOX show Glee.

#10 ROBIN WILLIAMS TO GET WEDDING BANNED

Disney’s Touchstone Pictures has signed Robin Williams to star in their comedy Wedding Banned as one half of the parents of a bride who kidnap her on her wedding day to keep her from making a mistake, leading to them eluding both the cops and her angry groom, while finding themselves coming closer together. Wedding Banned does not yet have a director, but it was written by the team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen; cowriters of the 2006 remake of The Shaggy Dog). Disney was reportedly quick to sign Robin Williams on for this comedy after working with the comedian on this November’s Old Dogs, costarring John Travolta and the late Bernie Mac.

ROTTEN IDEA OF THE WEEK: THE BLOB IS NEXT UP ON ROB ZOMBIE’S REMAKE WISH LIST

After relaunching the Halloween horror franchise in 2007, and making another one that’s opening in theaters this weekend, rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie has set his sights on remaking another horror classic: 1958’s The Blob. The Blob, which was also previously remade in 1988 (starring Kevin Dillon), is credited for helping launch the film career of Steve McQueen, in a story of a giant amoeba-like alien lifeform that grows as it devours anything that gets in the way of its acid like touch. Zombie, who will be directing, producing and writing The Blob has said of his idea for the remake, “my intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change.” In other words, he’s starting off with the idea of basically making… some other movie. The Blob is sort of inherently the story of a big red ooze that eats people. That’s what The Blob does, its raison d’etre, it’s thing. Asking The Blob not to be a big red blobby thing would be like asking Rob Zombie to get a haircut and a shave. Zombie continues, “I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space,” but while he says he’s trying to break out of the horror genre, “I intend to make it scary.” Since apparently scary sci-fi movies don’t count as horror. Production of The Blob is expected to start in the spring of 2010 on a budget of $30 million. Although I liked Rob Zombie’s first two movies (House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects), what he did with Halloween was basically unforgivable, and Halloween II doesn’t seem like it will be any different, which makes The Blob easily this week’s Rotten Idea.

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

With critical success for Slumdog Millionaire last week (94%), we have more award-friendly fare in the UK cinemas this Friday in Darren Aronofsky‘s spandex-tastic The Wrestler. Also out this week is Will Smith‘s latest, the emotional drama, Seven Pounds, with kids-flick Beverley Hills Chihauhau yapping at its heel. Plus My Bloody Valentine 3D splatters onto and out of our screens via some nifty technology and ropey looking specs. But what did the UK critics have to say?

Fresh from winning two Golden Globes (Best Actor, Best Original Song), bathed in critical acclaim from the festival season, and surrounded by pre-Oscar hype, The Wrestler finally body-slams into the UK cinema screens, but does it live up to expectations. With seven 5-Star ratings tallied from respected UK sources including Empire, Channel 4, Total Film and The Daily Mail, it seems like The Wrestler is destined for glory at 98% on The Tomatometer. Plaudits have not just been reserved for Mickey Rourke who puts in his best performance for years as past-it pro-wrestler Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, but praise has rightly been heaped on director Darren Aronofsky for his own comeback of sorts after the critical kicking of his last film The Fountain (51%). Chris Hicks of Total Film summed up the critical response to The Wrestler:

“Aronofsky’s most authentic film refuses to ridicule the amateur wrestling circuit, while Rourke’s portrait of a has-been will surely be the comeback of the year.”

Will Smith returns to our screens this week following the decidedly iffy Hancock (39%), reteaming with the director of The Pursuit Of Happyness, Gabriele Muccino, for the emotional drama Seven Pounds. Plot details have been kept tightly under wraps due to a twist ending, but the critics weren’t too impressed despite being kept in the dark. Seven Pounds currently stands at a Rotten 27% on The Tomatometer, with the main criticisms being aimed at the film’s illogical and convoluted plotting, mis-handling of a heavyweight subject, and at Smith himself, with Matthew Turner of View London calling it “a career worst performance”. Don’t waste your £7 on Seven Pounds.

Beverley Hills Chihuahua, from Disney, is as silly as it sounds, and features pampered pooches who talk, naturally. It currently stands at a Rotten 40% on the Tomatometer, with most critics dismissing the film as made-for-kids fodder. The critics agreed that it’s probably suitable for youngsters, with the canines putting in better performances than most of the humans involved. The critics wouldn’t write it off completely though, with the traditionally hard-to-please Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian saying:

“This piece of egregious silliness from Disney – featuring live-action canines with CGI moving mouths – isn’t quite as awful as it sounds.”

My Bloody Valentine 3D is a remake/sequel to the 1981 slasher-film original. Utilising the latest 3D technology and making the most of its 18 certificate, My Bloody Valentine 3D promises horror thrills never seen before on the UK screens. With early reviews counted, the film currently stands at a healthy 71% on the Tomatometer, with Nigel Floyd of Time Out gushing “This is why 3D was invented”. Most of the critics were wowed with the polished and impressive use of 3D technology, despite the film itself never really transcending its clichéd slasher roots. Anton Bitel of Channel 4 said:

“It is a vacuous trawl through horror’s more sensationalist tropes… but that is just another way of saying that this is popcorn cinema at its most unapologetic and unpretentious, guaranteed to delight gorehounds and to bring young lovers closer together.”

Quote Of The Week

“Not that anybody would expect perfection from a film called Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but the chewed bone of a story makes it all mutts ado about nothing.”

Beverley Hills Chihuahua. Elliot Noble, Sky Movies.

Fan frenzy for the Caped Crusader kept the unstoppable juggernaut The Dark Knight in the number one spot for the third weekend in a row in North America narrowly beating the new adventure sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor which settled for the silver medal. However on a global scale, the Mummy sequel won the gold with $102M worldwide beating out the Batman flick’s $81M. Meanwhile, Kevin Costner‘s latest offering Swing Vote was met with apathy as it bombed and landed in sixth place with a dismal performance.




The Joker couldn’t stop stealing more cash. Warner Bros. enjoyed a superb hold for The Dark Knight which only dropped by 42% in its third outing to an estimated $43.8M. Averaging a still-muscular $10,267 per theater, the superhero sequel boosted its total to a jaw-dropping $394.9M in only 17 days and could now cross the $400M mark on Monday. The dark PG-13 actioner also broke into the top ten among all-time domestic blockbusters and now sits at number eight surpassing the $380.3M of 2005’s Star Wars Episode III.

The new Batpic is holding up so well that it is now virtually guaranteed to smash the $500M barrier too. The road ahead should be promising as late summer megahits that truly please audiences tend to have low declines in August. 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest witnessed a 44% drop in its third outing at number one and its 17-day cume of $321.9M represented 76% of its eventual final. Last summer’s The Bourne Ultimatum banked $164.7M by the end of its third session which accounted for 72% of its overall cume. At a similar pace, The Dark Knight would go on to approach the neighborhood of $520M for an astonishing box office run.




Internationally, The Dark Knight grossed an estimated $37M from 51 markets to boost its stellar overseas tally to $202.5M. That gives the comic book flick a worldwide cume of $597.4M with much more fuel still in the tank as major markets like Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Russia, and Germany have yet to open.

Opening close behind in second place was Universal’s historical adventure sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor which grossed an estimated $42.5M. Invading 3,760 locations, the PG-13 film averaged a solid $11,303 per site. It was the smallest debut in the franchise’s history trailing the $43.4M of 1999’s The Mummy and the $68.1M of 2001’s The Mummy Returns. At today’s ticket prices, those two figures would translate to about $60M and $85M, respectively. Dragon, which finds Brendan Fraser returning to fight ancient evil in China, was expected by many to bow at number one. Its tally was slightly lower than anticipated while Dark Knight‘s legs were stronger than expected. Jet Li, Maria Bello, and Michelle Yeoh were newcomers to this installment. Studio research showed that males made up 52% of the audience while 56% were 25 and older. Reviews were mostly negative.

Budgeted at $145M, Dragon Emperor got off to a potent start around the world where its release was strategically timed so the effects-driven actioner would hit the marketplace just a week ahead of the start of the Olympics in Beijing. Overseas, the film grossed $59.5M from 28 territories putting the global cume at a potent $102M. Universal is expecting to reach the vicinity of $375-400M in worldwide grosses. The previous two installments each collected $410-420M globally.

Will Ferrell’s latest comedy Step Brothers posted a good second weekend grossing an estimated $16.3M ranking third for the frame. Off 47%, the R-rated Sony release has banked an impressive $63M in ten days and should find its way to $100-110M.




Fans kept singing in their seats to Meryl Streep’s musical Mamma Mia! which slipped only 26% to an estimated $13.1M pushing the cume to $88M. The Universal hit is running ahead of last summer’s Hairspray and 2006’s Streep starrer The Devil Wears Prada which after their third weekends had grossed $78.9M and $83.5M, respectively. The ABBA songfest is proving to be a major crowdpleaser and a popular female-skewing alternative to the boy movies of summer.

Another film with legs, the adventure story Journey to the Center of the Earth, also held up well despite the arrival of a competing Brendan Fraser actioner. The New Line pic grossed an estimated $6.9M, off just 29%, and lifted its sum to $73.1M. Breaking the $100M mark has now become a possibility for the 3D pic.

Opening in sixth with a dismal debut was Kevin Costner’s political comedy Swing Vote with an estimated $6.3M from 2,213 venues. Averaging just $2,847 per site, the PG-13 film was backed with little marketing support and failed to excite the voting public. Costner invested over $20M of his own money to help finance the flop which Buena Vista distributed.

A pair of hits from the double century club followed. Will Smith’s Hancock dropped 37% to an estimated $5.2M and saw its cume climb to $216M for Sony. Disney’s WALL•E dipped a mere 26% to an estimated $4.7M for a $204.2M total to date. It broke through the $200M mark on Friday and should edge past Kung Fu Panda in another week or two to become 2008’s top-grossing toon.




Fox rounded out the top ten with two films that few are seeing. The sci-fi sequel The X-Files: I Want to Believe collapsed in its sophomore frame tumbling 66% to an estimated $3.4M. After ten days, the $30M pic has grossed only $17.1M and should end up with only $22-25M. The animated comedy Space Chimps slipped 37% to an estimated $2.8M for a cume of $22.1M. The X-Files team must be embarrassed by the fact that its film is being outgrossed by Space Chimps.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $145.1M which was down 8% from last year when The Bourne Ultimatum opened in the top spot with $69.3M; but up 25% from 2006 when Talladega Nights debuted at number one with $47M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,
www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

More records were smashed into bits by the unstoppable megahit The Dark Knight which remained at number one by a comfortable margin for the second straight time. Moviegoers had mixed feelings for the two new releases with the Will Ferrell comedy Step Brothers scoring a solid second place bow while the sci-fi sequel The X-Files: I Want to Believe underperformed barely reaching double-digit millions.

Audiences once again filled theaters all weekend for the superhero blockbuster The Dark Knight which grossed an estimated $75.6M dropping a reasonable 52% from its record-breaking opening weekend. With the cume soaring to an eye-popping $314.2M after only ten days, the Warner Bros. release shattered the $300M mark in record time. The old record was held by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest which banked $258.4M of loot over its first ten days and crossed the triple-century mark in 16 days.




The new Batman film also set a new record for the largest second weekend gross outdistancing the $72.2M that Shrek 2 hauled in back in May 2004. Knight has now virtually matched the $314.9M collected by Iron Man over the last three months and will become the year’s highest grossing blockbuster on Monday. On the all-time list, the new Joker saga has quickly climbed up to number 23 sitting right next to 2001’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Dark Knight‘s hold was impressive considering how much business it already absorbed on the first weekend. Looking at the largest opening weekends in movie history, second weekend drops were 62% for Spider-Man 3, 54% for Dead Man’s Chest, and 56% for Shrek the Third. Word-of-mouth has been strong for the Christopher Nolan-directed sequel and the Imax showings continue to be a major event creating even more excitement and repeat business.




Given its sturdy hold, Knight now looks to be on a trajectory that will see it zoom past the $400M mark by the end of its third week of release. With most of the summer’s tentpole titles already played out, and a full month before students go back to school, the Caped Crusader now has a realistic shot of breaking through the $500M mark domestically joining only Titanic in that exclusive stratosphere.

Overseas, The Dark Knight was a dominant force grossing an estimated $65.6M and ranking number one in 43 markets. The opening in the United Kingdom which followed last week’s glitzy London premiere led the way with $22.3M, including previews, while holdover markets dropped by an average of only 38%. The early international cume rose to $126.3M putting the global tally at a stunning $440.5M with major territories like Japan, Germany, Korea, and France still to open. A worldwide haul of more than $1 billion is certainly possible for Bruce Wayne and pals.

Sony scored a solid opening with the new comedy Step Brothers starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly which premiered in second place with an estimated $30M. It was the fourth best opening ever for Ferrell trailing Talladega Nights ($47M), Blades of Glory ($33M), and Elf ($31.1M). Brothers averaged a potent $9,696 from 3,094 locations and its R rating didn’t seem to hurt its box office punch. The story of two 40-year-old slackers forced to live together after their single parents marry doubled the $15.1M bow of the comedian’s last film Semi-Pro which also carried the R rating.

Produced for $65M, Step Brothers played to young men as expected. Studio research showed that 54% of the audience was male while 66% was under 25. Sony found a great slot on the calendar following a seemingly endless string of superhero and action movies from late June into July so moviegoers were in need of some star-driven comic relief. Plus the sibling rivalry film reached the marketplace ahead of two other R-rated comedies – Sony’s own stoner flick Pineapple Express opening August 6 and Paramount’s war romp Tropic Thunder launching a week later on August 13.

The ABBA musical Mamma Mia! held up remarkably well in it second weekend slipping only 36% to an estimated $17.9M for third place. The Meryl Streep-led pic has now grossed a stellar $62.7M in its first ten days and has been playing to female moviegoers at a time when so many other films in theaters are targeting guys. Mamma delivered slightly better results than last summer’s Hairspray which dropped 42% in its sophomore frame to $15.9M for a $59.7M ten-day tally. A final tally of $120-125M could result for Mamma Mia!




Opening to weak results in fourth place was Fox’s sci-fi sequel The X-Files: I Want to Believe with an estimated $10.2M from 3,185 locations for a mild $3,203 average. The disappointing debut was just a fraction of the $30.1M bow that its predecessor generated ten years ago in June 1998. Factor in higher ticket prices and the new adventure for Mulder and Scully attracted less than one-fourth of the audience of the first X-Files.

Audience erosion, direct competition from The Dark Knight, mixed reviews, and a weak marketing push all contributed to the lackluster performance. Budgeted at just $30M, the PG-13 film played evenly between males and females and saw adults 25 and older make up 70% of the crowd, according to studio research. Fox now looks to end the summer as the only major studio without a $100M hit this season.

New Line’s 3D adventure Journey to the Center of the Earth enjoyed the best hold in the top ten dipping only 24% to an estimated $9.4M in its third session. The total for the Warner Bros. release is now a solid $60.2M. Will Smith followed close behind with Hancock which became the superstar’s fifth career blockbuster to cross the $200M domestic mark. The Sony title grossed an estimated $8.2M, off 42%, for a cume to date of $206.4M.

The animated comedy WALL•E slipped 37% to an estimated $6.3M pushing its sum to $195.2M. After its fifth weekend, the G-rated pic is running 9% ahead of Pixar’s Ratatouille from last year but 5% behind the pace for the company’s 2006 summer offering Cars. The superhero flick Hellboy II: The Golden Army ranked eighth with an estimated $4.9M, down 51%, giving Universal a mediocre $65.9M to date.




Fox’s intergalactic toon Space Chimps dropped 39% in its second weekend to an estimated $4.4M putting the ten-day total at just $16M. A final tally of $25-30M seems likely. Rounding out the top ten was the Angelina Jolie actioner Wanted with an estimated $2.7M, falling 46%, putting the assassin thriller at a robust $128.6M to date

Author: Gitesh Pandya,
www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

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