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    Norbit Slays Hannibal Rising at the Box Office

    The good news/bad news situation is this: we finally got a movie to open beyond $25 million, but the bad news is that for what feels like the 1000th weekend in a row, the two openers are simply awful films. The Eddie Murphy comedy Norbit opened this weekend from Paramount and was joined by an Anthony Hopkins-free Hannibal Rising from MGM and The Weinstein Boys. Last weekend's critically-reviled flicks did the expected – the horror flick flopped, and the rom-com bobbed its ugly head up for another weekend. None of this spells good news for the overall box office.

    The number one film of the weekend is Norbit, starring the Oscar nominated Eddie Murphy. Despite looking dumb and being critically ravaged, Norbit still managed to open to $33.7 million from 3,136 venues, giving it a location average of $10,759. Norbit is another early 2007 flick with a shot at a Raspberry Award, joining the likes of Epic Movie, Because I Said So and The Messengers. At RottenTomatoes, the multiple-role, single fat suit comedy got 83 reviewers out to see it; however, only eight liked it, leading to a nasty 10% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes. If you want bad movies, January and February certainly seem to be the time to head out to your local movie theatre. The Messengers came in at 13% fresh, Because I Said So 7% fresh, Epic Movie 2% fresh, and Catch and Release at 22% fresh. Sadly, these films are dominating the Oscar bait that's out there, like The Queen at 98% fresh and Pan's Labyrinth at 96% fresh.

    For Eddie Murphy, Norbit still got his usual audience out despite its quality issues, as his other films generally have received a similar response. The Haunted Mansion opened to $24.3 million in 2003 and Daddy Day Care found $27 million in the same year (I was on a bus once, and was forced to watch it – I'll never go Greyhound again). The Nutty Professor, another Murphy fat suit comedy, opened to $25.4 million in 1996, while the sequel opened to $42.5 million in 2000. Other fat suit movies include Martin Lawrence's
    tour de force in Big Momma's House and its sequel, which earned the original $25.7 million and the sequel $27.7 million over their opening weekends. It is absolutely beyond me as to what is so funny about a man dressed as an overweight woman, but somehow, someway, there is an audience for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoDayButToday View Post
    Tyler Perry-Diary of Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion. I don't really have a problem with this one. The movies are based on Tyler Perry's original shows-and the characters are based on his own family, he's reprising his role from the stage. I don't think they would have been the same with an actress playing the role.

    I absolutely love Tyler Perry's movies!!!
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    What ever happned to the E.M. that made funny movies like "Coming to America"? I weep...

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    My darling 17 year old son saw this film last night. He said EM was wonderfull, but it was not a great movie. He said the fat suit looked really real.

    Meryl doesn't even try anymore. She just calls Lanvin and asks for curtains with a belt.~Bitter
    Can we interest you in Leann Rimes? She has a nice little cadre of fans you'd probably enjoy.~ Pecan Pie

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