Canadian box-office stats — July 20

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.

Journey to the Center of the Earth — CDN $3,940,000 — N.AM $43,074,000 — 9.1%
Wanted — CDN $10,630,000 — N.AM $123,347,000 — 8.6%
Get Smart — CDN $10,120,000 — N.AM $119,569,000 — 8.5%
Hellboy II: The Golden Army — CDN $4,720,000 — N.AM $56,447,000 — 8.4%
Kung Fu Panda — CDN $16,130,000 — N.AM $206,506,000 — 7.8%
Mamma Mia! — CDN $2,150,000 — N.AM $27,605,000 — 7.8%
Hancock — CDN $14,750,000 — N.AM $191,504,000 — 7.7%
WALL·E — CDN $12,710,000 — N.AM $182,476,000 — 7.0%
The Dark Knight — CDN $10,530,000 — N.AM $155,340,000 — 6.8%
Space Chimps — CDN $322,876 — N.AM $7,350,000 — 4.4%

Stanley Kubrick’s boxes.

I’m something of a pack rat myself — I still have pretty much every e-mail I have sent or received since 1994, and I only recently began tossing out some of the press kits that I acquired back in my student days — so I can certainly relate to this, on some level:

Click here if the video file above doesn’t play properly. Hat tip to Jeffrey Wells.

The Dark Knight — the review’s up!


My review of The Dark Knight is now up at BC Christian News.

And believe me, there is a lot, lot, lot more I could say about this film, but time and word limits got in the way. Plus I think I’d need to see the film a second time to really process it properly.

In the meantime, a few coincidences for your reading pleasure:

Heath Ledger got frisky with Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005). Now, as one critic put it, he “comes on” to Jake’s sister Maggie in The Dark Knight — and thus becomes probably the only actor to have “come on” to both siblings onscreen.

Harvey Dent is played in this film by Aaron Eckhart, and he is dating Rachel Dawes, who is played by Maggie Gyllenhaal. However, in the previous film, Batman Begins (2005), Rachel was played by Katie Holmes … who slept with Aaron Eckhart in Thank You for Smoking (2005). If they hadn’t re-cast the part of Rachel Dawes, those two actors could have had a reunion here!

Finally, I am getting tired of the critics who complain that Two-Face and his coin-tossing are a “pale echo” of Anton Chigurh’s coin-tossing in No Country for Old Men (2007). Have they forgotten that Two-Face was doing this in the comics for years — nay, decades — before anyone had even dreamt of Chigurh? Have they forgotten that Two-Face had already done this on the big screen years ago, when he was played by No Country for Old Men co-star Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever (1995)?

Oh, one last semi-related item: As the MTV Movies Blog noted the other day, there is an awesome trailer for the Watchmen movie playing before The Dark Knight, and it features a song by the Smashing Pumpkins … a version of which first appeared on the soundtrack for Batman & Robin (1997). Quelle coincidence!

Space Chimps — the review’s up!

My review of Space Chimps is now up at CT Movies.

Build your own WALL•E out of paper!


Whatever I might think of the film, I have always thought that the character WALL•E was as cute and charming as they come. And if my kids were just a little older, I’m sure we’d have fun putting this paper model of him together. Ah well, I’ll just have to do it for them, I guess, and hog all the fun to myself. You can download the necessary graphics here. Hat tip to the Upcoming Pixar blog.

Indiana Jones, between movies.

I have mentioned it here before, but until tonight I had never seen Harrison Ford’s fourth appearance as Indiana Jones, in the bookends to the ‘Mystery of the Blues’ episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1993).

Although it was filmed only a few years after his third appearance as Indy, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), this fourth appearance takes place quite a bit later in the official Indy chronology; the first three films all take place between 1935 and 1938, while this section of the TV episode takes place in 1950.

Ford’s fifth appearance as Indy, in this year’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was filmed a decade and a half after this TV episode but takes place just a few years later, in 1957.

Anyway, here is the opening bookends sequence:

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And here is the closing bookends sequence:

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