He’s Just Not That Into You (pictured, at left) led the weekend box office with $27.5 million, but only because it was a really good movie. Sample reviews:
Yes, that’s an impressive collection of actors. And yes, it’s deflating to watch them wandering in and out of half-written scenes with no discernible direction. [NYDailyNews]
Ever noticed how many self-help books are limited to the insight expressed in their titles? You look at the cover, you know everything inside. The rest is just writing. I asked Amazon to “surprise me” with a page from inside the best-seller He’s Just Not That Into You, and it jumped me to page 17, where I read: “My belief is that if you have to be the aggressor, if you have to pursue, if you have to do the asking out, nine times out of 10, he’s just not that into you.” I have tried, but I cannot imagine what was covered in the previous 16 pages of that book. I am reminded of the book review once written by Ambrose Bierce: “The covers of this book are too far apart.” [Roger Ebert]
It’s a star-encrusted vending machine that dispenses nuggets of conventional wisdom in zesty flavors. [Wall Street Journal]
Elsewhere, Taken remained a strong number two and Pink Panther 2 and Push both underperformed at numbers four and six. All in all, not quite the harbinger of the apocalypse it could’ve been, when you consider that the number one movie this time last year was Fool’s Gold.
1. “He’s Just Not That Into You,” $27.5 million.
2. “Taken,” $20.3 million.
3. “Coraline,” $16.3 million.
4. “The Pink Panther 2,” $12 million.
5. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” $11 million.
6. “Push,” $10.2 million.
7. “Slumdog Millionaire,” $7.4 million.
8. “Gran Torino,” $7.2 million.
9. “The Uninvited,” $6.4 million.
10. “Hotel for Dogs,” $5.8 million.