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Dec 10th
11:27 am
Early Box Office Estimates and Reviews  
I promise that the NYC post is coming soon. That is what I get for working and then going to see New Year's Eve two nights in a row (one was free or I wouldn't have gone twice, lol).

Early numbers indicated a high teens number for NYE. Variety originally reported:
Box office watchers peg the ensemble comedy's Friday take somewhere between $7 million and $8 million, which would position the Garry Marshall-helmed pic to bow in the high teens to low twenties for the weekend - slightly more modest than expectations in the low to mid twenties.

But as the evening returns came in, the Friday number sank and so did the weekend numbers. Nikki Finke on Deadline estimates (as of late last night) a $5.5 Friday and a $16 million weekend. Gitesh Pandya of Boxofficguru calls $5.1 Friday and a $14+ weekend. However that is still good enough for number one... though number one on the second (or possibly even the absolute) worst weekend of the year :/ To put it in perspective, most summer weekends this film would've been number 4 not number 1.

Obviously the film underperformed. I don't think it had a chance of doing as well as Valentine's Day which opened at a whopping $63 million but that was on Valentine's Day weekend and it was a four-day weekend to boot. But this is still massively underwhelming at half what this week's pre-release tracking estimated. Certainly WB was expecting $20 million at least (probably higher, more like the $27 million that He's Just Not That Into You managed) so they have to be sad pandas today. To me it seemed like promo really didn't kick into gear until too late... with only a couple weeks to build up interest. And maybe it was too early in the month, idk idk. But at least WB reportedly kept the budget down so overall I think it will make money but definitely not what was hoped for.

It doesn't help the reviews are dismal. On the plus side several critics have said Zac stands out, even if they are kind of bitter like Peter Travers, who after liking Zac in MAOW became pressed he's taking shitty roles. (I feel your pain Mr. Travers but keep a candle burning for the return to more interesting movies.) To be fair Travers' print review isn't quite so backhanded as his video/twitter comments - "Michelle Pfeiffer, looking dowdy (impossible!), quits her thankless secretary job to live! live! live! with the help of delivery guy Zac Efron, who delivers the film's one appealing performance." At least audiences seem to love Zac. And I didn't hear anyone at my theater say he was fat! In fact there was a lot of whistling for his first appearance on screen. One of my friends did say he hit the tanning booth too much. Though his makeup did improve after that scene. Later I may try to put some quotes together about critics on Zac for the film but paying attention to reviews is painful, lol.

My feelings on the film. It is exactly what you expect. And if you are particularly nostalgic about New Year's Eve as a holiday you will probably like it a smidge more, consequently I liked it more than Valentine's Day. I don't think critics were entirely fair. Overall is it a great film, absolutely not. Is it the worst film ever, not really. Most people can find something to enjoy and in fact I think that critics picked different storylines in the film they liked shows it does have appeal to many people which isn't a bad thing really, even if the stories are kind of shallowly dealt with. Pretty much everyone gets it right that there are just simply too many stories. It is funny to see what the critics take umbrage with when they don't have any real interest in the film. They can get stuck on the smallest things. But it is pretty bland and several plots didn't really hold up well even to a second viewing though I still liked the Zac parts and Seth Meyers and Jessica Biel were pretty funny (though oddly their story was unconnected to the other characters so maybe the most unnecessary subplot).

Anyway, as blacktreemedia said, Zac and Michelle's story could easily be its own movie. Several of her resolutions are just glossed over which is kind of disappointing. I do think Zac stands out. Partially because he is one of the few characters with energy. But he also just does well as a different kind of character than he's played before, which is nice. Most of his characters this upcoming year are very different than the ones we've seen before which is great for his development. Back to NYE - Worst moment overall: Hilary Swank's inspirational speech. Couldn't not laugh either time I saw it. Best moment overall: Zac and Michelle (but mostly Zac) dancing. Thanks Harry Shum Jr for teaching him to Dougie.

Please feel free to talk about the film in comments... try to use the spoiler code: <table bgcolor="#000000" border="0"><tr><td>YOUR TEXT GOES HERE</td></tr></table>

This results in:
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But everyone be aware and warned, some spoilers may still show up.

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redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on December 10th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
My favorite thing, apart the fabulous dancing scene, was that
OMG ZAC PLAYED ABIGAIL'S UNCLE LMAO. This was so funny to me. Funnier than the whole movie.


Hm, I think this won't be really spoiler-ish but I thought Paul was a little bit obnoxious at the beginning, but then he got much better. They deserved more screen time because I wanted to know more about Ingrid (why she was the way she was) and their final moment (before the dancing scene) was so... quick? Like. Hm, that is it? I wanted to know how they, you know, came to an agreement lol.

Anyway, I had really low expectations for this movie but I didn't feel like I've wasted my money, so it is all good.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 10th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
i noticed a drawing of his bike in her room and one of those mini license plates with his name so i knew they had to be related somehow but it was lulz... i loved his i am a cool uncle part.
(no subject) - kleth on December 10th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lilly4848lilly4848 on December 10th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
How do I get rid of the black box so I can see what is written?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 10th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
you just use your mouse to select the text and it should show the text.
(no subject) - lilly4848 on December 12th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
lullaby_lilylullaby_lily on December 10th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)

I saw the Sarah Jessica Parker thing coming; it's clearly her and Josh Duhamel in the film's poster. She's the only female character with that hair type, style, and length. But I liked how the movie made it seem like he could end up with Hilary Swank or Halle Berry.

Sofia Vergara had the worst lines to read but she had a great delivery.

I watched the film in the D.C. area, so Halle Berry's "reveal" as a military spouse went over very well with the audience.

Hilary's speech - as someone who works in the PR field, I was laughing because in real life, it actually is what someone would suggest she say, and everyone would think it was a great idea, but it's really not, yet no one ever realizes that. And in real life, as she walked away, the press would be screaming, not clapping.


Is it just me... or did Zac and Michelle not have enough scenes? It seemed like every other storyline got more screen time then they did,
until the credits, which everyone in the theater seemed to think was the most enjoyable part of the film
. Maybe I feel the scenes were too few because I was watching the film just for him.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 10th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
yeah i wanted them to have more scenes but i think it was because i just preferred them and their story. i think it was the most intriguing.
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It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on December 10th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
I mean with this love (because I know you typed up a whole post and detailed the numbers breakdown for us, which never goes unappreciated), but is it bad that I don't care how NYE performs?

It's not a sequel, but a lot of audiences still view it that way, especially with prior Valentine's Day cast members featured in the flick.

Perhaps 'not caring' isn't the right term, because that's too bad if the film winds up under performing (and ouch at possibly being the worst weekend of the year- that's not making me feel ANY better that I likely won't get to take in a showing until next week), but I don't see this as a hit or miss it just... is.

I was never under the impression Zac would go through movie making completely unscathed or devoid of possible red flags or question marks.
kleth on December 10th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Since Zac isn't the "star" and therefore won't be blamed, I share your box office indifference, with one exception: I would like many millions of people to see this just so they can get a likeable impression of Zac.
(no subject) - kleth on December 11th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - audrey_za on December 11th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on December 11th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
kleth on December 10th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
"Boxofficguru calls $5.1 Friday and a $14+ weekend. However that is still good enough for number one... though number one on the second (or possibly even the absolute) worst weekend of the year :/ To put it in perspective, most summer weekends this film would've been number 4 not number 1."

Hell yes, remember that Zac did $12 million all by himself when CStC opened in July 2010.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on December 10th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
If it's possible for Zac pull in $12 million all by himself, then with the right cast and story, he could be in a huge hit movie.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on December 10th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Personally, I enjoyed the whole movie. I really did like the movie a lot, Zac's parts were my favorite, but everyone else's storylines were really good. I felt like the stories were more connected this time around than with Valentine's Day.

I'm still happy and surprised that Zac's character was best friends with Ashton's character, brother of SJPs character, and uncle to Abigail's character. The cool uncle line from Zac was funny. Everyone in my theater loved the movie, and you heard a loud "awww" when Zac was holding the puppy which is weird because my city is normally not big on celebrities.


When I went to see it, the theater was packed full and I went in the early afternoon. So it was even more crowded later on.
Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone - looking downjeezbee on December 11th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
*sigh* I made my peace with this movie despite knowing it would be a critical bomb because I expected the movie to be a boxoffice success at least. And now this... :(

The reviews are even worse than I expected and $14m opening weedend for this is bascially a disaster no matter how much WB is sweettalking it. He really needs to focus on making interesting and good movies, not films where he looks hot. Thank god for The Paperboy and the Bahrani movie - they have potential to be good. I'm really looking forward to those.

I think what annoys me with movies like NYE is that everyone doesn't even seem to try making a good movie. It's hard enough to make a decent movie if all ingredients are great but here (and in similar cases) the motto seem to be, "it's never meant to be good." It's blatantly obvious that that many storylines can't work - yes, you can have multiple but not ~that~ many bc there is no time to create any characters. Nobody gives a damn if plots or casting is absurd
(like Zac & SJP siblings? Josh Duhamen & SJP? really?)
It's like the writer, studio, director, etc aren't even trying. And I don't like when I get served a product where I'm expected to pay for crap just because they couldn't be bothered and I'm stupid enough to watch (pay) anyway.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on December 11th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
TLO is gonna be a good movie too.

"I think what annoys me with movies like NYE is that everyone doesn't even seem to try making a good movie."

Elaborate. Because saying Zac didn't try to make his character good is ridiculous unless you're talking about someone/something else.
(no subject) - ehs_wildcats on December 11th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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The Writers Denmusewriter on December 11th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm with Audrey on this one. I don't care how the film does. I want to see it, but quite frankly I'm waiting until cheap movie Tuesday. I love Zac and all but paying full price for this when I'm on a limited budget just isn't in the cards. Plus I kinda feel like I've seen most of his scenes.

And I've made peace with the fact that TLO will get clobbered by Titanic at the box office. I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I'm most anticipating the Paperboy & Bahrani
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on December 11th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
I thought I had seen most of Zac's scenes too, but there were scenes in the movie, that I was like, "I don't remember this."
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on December 11th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
Let me just say at least Zac DOES have better projects in the near/far future (depending on how you look at it), so it's not like he isn't/hasn't done any really good movies.