Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Attack of the Killer Schadenfreude!

News reaches us of two spectacularly poor opening weekends. It seems that Motherhood, the new film from Uma Thurman, made a staggeringly anaemic £88 at the UK box office last weekend. The news has triggered surprise and, yes, schadenfreude across …

Sat, Mar 27, 2010, 17:41

   

News reaches us of two spectacularly poor opening weekends. It seems that Motherhood, the new film from Uma Thurman, made a staggeringly anaemic £88 at the UK box office last weekend. The news has triggered surprise and, yes, schadenfreude across the film world. “You’re kidding?” Jana Edelbaum, the film’s producer, said, when contacted by the British press. “We must have broken a new record for grosses.” After that moment of near-pride, she went on to blame  Metrodome, the film’s British distributors. This is, indeed, quite an impressive figure for a film featuring a proper movie star (even one who appeared in My Super Ex-Girlfriend).

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“Look junior, I think it’s… Yes, it’s a punter. No. They’re going to Bounty Hunter instead.”

Meanwhile, unheralded by press screenings or (from what I could see) advertising, a strange little Franco-Irish horror film snuck largely unnoticed in and out of Dublin’s Savoy Cinema. It looks as if Dorothy Mills — a sort of high-Gothic affair — took somewhere in the region of €170 on its lonely weekend in the city. Still, it didn’t feature anybody from Kill Bill. What on earth is the financial logic behind this? It beats me and I’m an expert.

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