Saturday, February 21, 2009

By the Numbers

A look at the box office receipts for the five best picture nominees:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button- $123.2
Slumdog Millionaire- $92.0
Milk- $27.3
The Reader- $21.0
Frost/Nixon- $16.8

All very ho hum-- that's what happens when boring movies get anointed "best" status-- nothing! I say this with the exception of Milk, a very fine film that unfortunately was never really able to break out of the art house-- why not-- damn you suburbs (it really is like Revolutionary Road in there, isn't it?)

And in certain piece of "fuck you" to the Academy, last week The Dark Knight broke a billion dollars in it's worldwide box office receipts, and now can claim the the fourth spot of highest grossing motion pictures in history.

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