HOLLYWOOD(RushPRnews)12/15/08–Despite rather middling reviews, 20th Century Foxâ€™s â€œThe Day the Earth Stood Stillâ€, (starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly), topped this weekendâ€™s box office, earning itself a moderate $31 million, as compared to its expected $50 mill over its weekend release. Certainly not the worst of news for a movie that MTV movie reviewer Kurt Loder called, â€œA boldly mediocre remake of the 1951 sci-fi saucer-man movieâ€.
In its defense, â€œDayâ€ did succeed in keeping the story relevant to problems the world faces today, though Keith Williams of Hollywood Today says it probably could have done better as a sequel to Rennieâ€™s 1951 classic. In this recent rendition, Klaatu, (the alien played by Reeves, whom has probably found his calling in this inexpressive character ) doesnâ€™t come to our planet to warn us of the dangers of atomic weapons. Now, he is on a mission to protect the Earth, (and he is not talking about the people on it).
A noble attempt at an environmentally meaningful message, perhaps this is why the summer-style action flick, beat out quirky holiday comedy â€œFour Christmasesâ€ starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, about a coupleâ€™s struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas day.
After two weeks at No. 1. and an overall $88 million since its release â€œFour Christmases stepped down, to a No.2 spot, which brought down Summit Entertainmentâ€™s fangtabulous, teenage vampire film â€œTwilightâ€ to No.3; sucking in $8 million at the weekendâ€™s box office. Still going strong, â€œTwilightâ€ has earned more than $150 million in its four weeks of release.
Disneyâ€™s animated film Bolt filled the No.4 spot with $7.5 million over the weekend and a total of $88.9 million since its four week release. This left Baz Luhrmanâ€™s epic romance â€œAustraliaâ€, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, with $4.3 million this weekend and a total of $37.9 million in its three weeks in theaters. According to IMDB, Kidman was so confident having Luhrrman as director that she hadnâ€™t even read the script before signing on to the movie and was also able to convince Jackman to do the same.