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Knocked Up Can't Knock Off Pirates
But it had a bloody good go

04 June 2007  |  Written by   

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There was a David and Goliath battle at the US box office this weekend. In the giant corner we had the mighty, but mediocre, third in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise; fighting for the little guy (ok, it’s still a studio movie, but it cost about 8p to make, so qualifies as little) was Knocked Up, a superb comedy from the team behind The 40 Year Old Virgin. The battle didn’t quite go Knocked Up’s way, but it can at least claim the moral victory.

Pirates hauled in another $43.2million over the weekend, to bring its total $216.5million in two weeks. Again, these are big numbers but the total is considerably down on Dead Man’s Chest, which was at $258million at the same point last year. Knocked Up’s $29.3million may look a bit puny in comparison to that, but a $29.3million opening weekend for a movie without any real movie stars and a comedy at that, is very good indeed. The movie could boast at least one victory over Pirates. Opening on considerably less screens, Knocked Up boasted the higher screen average. So, in summary: Yay, Knocked Up; slightly oh dear, Pirates; well done US cinemagoers.

The rest of the top ten, where nothing else much of consequence happened, looks like this:




This Week % Last
 1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
 $43,188,000  -62.4  1
2
Knocked Up
$29,284,000 - -
3
Shrek The Third
$26,704,000 -49.7%
3
4
Mr Brooks
$10,020,000 - -
5
Spider-Man 3
$7,500,000 -47.7% 5
6
Waitress
$2,025,000 -34.2% 5
7
Gracie
$1,363,000 - -
8
Bug
$1,220,000 -62.4% 2
9
28 Weeks Later
$1,200,000 -52.8% 4
10
Disturbia $1,127,000 -41.7% 8




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shiver me timbers! Pirates is a scandal I tells ye!
Bloody hell! There's 3 hours of my life I'll never get back. What a sad, bloated, unfunny, pointless piece of drivel. First movie: Great laugh. Best silly pirate movie ever. Second: hmmm... bit over long and too much squid beasties. But this third one was just torture. There wasn't even any decent swashing or buckling. Just Johnny Depp throwing rocks that turned into crabs and then carried his ship off and.... Oh sod it. Don't worry, not worth writing about. It was just one of th More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 19:50 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I went to see Knocked Up last night, the cinema was packed full and it started at 2230! The film starts well enough and made me laugh regularly, but the second half is a real, dull slog, I was bored out of my mind for most of it. I won't spoil things but it is very graphic at the end! Not surprised if it had a higher rating although I didn't check... More

Posted by Lydia_H at 19:44 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

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L: punchdrunk i think Knocked Up was a higher mpaa rating film limiting the audience to grown ups, as opposed to a family friendly rating for P.O.T.C 3. which makes it a better achievement. looking forward to seeing Knocked up...not so much Pirates 3 lso, the budget for Knocked Up is around $25-30 million with no stars, while Pirates 3 is about u] times that, exceeding the $200 million mark and with three big names! It's also on way less screens. I think with good word of mouth, Kn More

Posted by furrybastard at 02:04 on 05 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What about....
Now here's a man with a bit of taste! I salute you my friend. Mr Brooks sounds like such a great and intreguing film! I'm right there with you in the cinema queue. Just wish we had a UK release date already! More

Posted by Suzy R at 00:08 on 05 June 2007 | Report This Post

What about....
...Mr Brooks? OK, it may have only opened to $10m but this is a corker of a film. Costner is definately back on form and William Hurt is revelatory. For all the whizz bangs of Pirates and Spider-Man here's a film that's got a bit more substance and is a welcome alternative to the summer fare. Can't wait for this to open over here so I can see it again. More

Posted by sean_a_h at 18:09 on 04 June 2007 | Report This Post

i can't belive that they are people still willing to watch Pirates 3, i HATED it. Seth Rogan 4 Life bitches! More

Posted by Hughezy at 17:45 on 04 June 2007 | Report This Post

I can't wait to see "Knocked Up" and I haven't seen the new Pirates yet (I feel left out) but it's good to see a non-sequel/remake/adaptation doing well. More

Posted by cluesy at 16:42 on 04 June 2007 | Report This Post

i think Knocked Up was a higher mpaa rating film limiting the audience to grown ups, as opposed to a family friendly rating for P.O.T.C 3. which makes it a better achievement. looking forward to seeing Knocked up...not so much Pirates 3 More

Posted by punchdrunk at 15:06 on 04 June 2007 | Report This Post

yay
yay go on the little man More

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