Monday, October 10, 2005

Wallace and Gromit Rule

Wallace and Gromit was the most-attended film this weekend. And it fully deserved to be.

I was a bit worried on Friday night, when we showed the film to a medium-sized crowd. Then came the Saturday and Sunday matinees, which essentially sold out. The evening shows were also strongly attended. Every audience for which I showed it gave it a great round of applause when the credits started.

At least now Aardman Studios will be able to rebuild from the fire which destroyed the Wallace and Gromit sets.

I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to see this extremely fun movie. Also, don't let yourself be seen as a dunderhead by going to the lobby to complain that a Madagascar Penguins movie is playing instead of Wallace and Gromit. It's a short that is attached to the feature. The theatres are required by the studio to show it. Just about every major animated feature released in the U.S. in the last ten years has had a short attached to it, so don't pretend like this is something new and confusing. The ticket-sellers and popcorn-sellers are too busy serving the late-arrivers to deal with your vacuousness. Go sit down and watch the show.

The one bummer from this weekend's numbers is that Serenity slipped so far down from its unimpressive opening. I hope it makes enough money so the studio suits will greenlight a sequel or two.




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