Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jason Is On Top...Because He Kills People

Jason Voorhees has shown that his iconic hocky mask is still as popular today, if not more than it has been.  While many horror remakes come and go, with most new audience members not even knowing the original, the 'Friday The 13th' series has proven that audiences not only love Jason but they know who he is.  I remember when it used to be that the audience wanted people to survive and kill the killer.  But if you head into a 'Friday The 13th' movie, you will hear an audience cheering for Jason while also being terrified of him.  And Jason's spotlight has received a push over the past couple of years due to being a center piece for Universal Studios Hollywood's annual 'Halloween Horror Nights' (along with Freddy Krueger and Leatherface).  By bringing him to life there, a new audience has been re-introduced to a character they knew only by reputation and recent bad sequels.  

Jason may need to have his machete ready to take on Freddy Krueger at the box office again. Buzz is already being built up around the announced remake of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. Rumors have already been circulated this past week about Jackie Earle Hayley (of the upcoming 'WATCHMEN') Lindsay Lohan (of 'Herbie' and TMZ fame) being cast in the movie.  These were all shot down by their respective representitives.

Here is the full weekend B.O. estimates as of Sunday morning:

1. "Friday the 13th," $42.2 million.

2. "He's Just Not That Into You," $19.6 million.

3. "Taken," $19.3 million.

4. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $15.4 million.

5. "Coraline," $15.3 million.

6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $11.7 million.

7. "The International," $10 million.

8. "The Pink Panther 2," $9 million.

9. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.2 million.

10. "Push," $6.9 million.

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