Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Zack and Miri Make A Meme

Get yours here.

I'm a big Kevin Smith fan. I've seen all his movies except Jersey Girl. I think he'd understand. Over the weekend his latest ViewAskew production, Zack and Mimi Make A Porno debuted. According to Defamer, it cased out with a Disappointing™ ten million dollars. Let's see what might have gone wrong:
  • It was a Kevin Smith movie.
  • It had "porno" in the title.
  • It starred relative unknowns.
  • It was a Kevin Smith movie.
Let's explore that last factor. According to BoxOfficeMojo, here's how the last five of Silent Bob's movies did:

Year Title Opening Weekend Total Gross
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno $10,065,630 $11,249,866*
2006 Clerks II $10,061,132 $24,148,068
2004 Jersey Girl $8,319,171 $25,268,157
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back $11,018,543 $30,085,147
1999 Dogma $8,669,945 $30,652,890
*still in release

There is no more consistent money maker in Hollywood that Kevin Smith. As long as you are willing to make it in thirty million dollar increments every two years.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that the final gross of the theatrical release of Zack and Miri will make between 25 and 30 million dollars. That now makes me a savvier guru than the entire development team at the Weinstein Company.

And I did contribute about 0.00056% of that films gross. And I do mean gross. If you like your movies with jokes about sex, shit, masturbation, Star Wars, gay sex, drinking, and sex, but also want a tender love story about a schlubby guy in a dead-end job that realizes he is really in love with incredibly hot girl right in front of his face, go rent Clerks II. Because it's the same damn movie. It's a Kevin Smith movie. What did you expect?


Dave2 said...

I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan. And while this movie had funny moments, I didn't much care for it overall.

And I'd be hard-pressed to call Seth Rogen "relatively unknown"... the guy is in everything lately!

yellojkt said...

I'm a big fan of Seth Rogen going back to "Freaks and Geeks" but he still isn't quite a household name.

2fs said...

I'm gonna agree with dave2: I'm not someone who follows movies particularly, but I know who Seth Rogen is and what he looks like. He's a star - he's not obscure.

Anyway: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back bears the distinction of being one of the very few films I just turned off or walked out of. There was a group of us who'd rented it on DVD - about ten minutes in, we all agreed this was just utterly pointless, stupid, and crude in a teen-boy way. That said, I actually liked Dogma pretty much.