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"Hugo" could bomb because there is too many family films opening.

peter smith

over 2 years ago

This friday you got “Happy Feet 2” also in 3D and Imax 3D

Then next wednesday when “Hugo” opens you have “Arthur Christmas” (also in 3D) and
“The Muppets”. These are all wide releases and I have a feeling that “Happy Feet 2” is
gonna clean up. And that doesn’t leave “Hugo” with that many screens to be show in 3D!

Dennis...Brian

over 2 years ago

very bad timing but the trailer got a big reaction where I saw it.

Santino

over 2 years ago

Yeah but David Ehrenstein loved Hugo so there’s that.

Happy Feet 2 is getting pretty mediocre reviews so I don’t know how much staying power it will have. The Muppets, we’ll have to see. Oz and company thought the script sucked and wouldn’t participate.

I don’t think Hugo will clean up (until recently, Scorsese was never a box office champ) but given the positive reviews and it’s appeal to both younger viewers and older Scorsese scyophants, I’m sure it will do ok.

I would really be surprised if Arthur Christmas did well but who knows. The critics seem to love it.

Ari

over 2 years ago

ARE

Santino

over 2 years ago

“Is our children learning?”

Dennis...Brian

over 2 years ago

I wonder how many muppet fans know that Oz and others are against it. The ads are very good and I would be inclined to go if I did not know better

still I don’t wanna see Hugo either.

“Muppets” will be the clear winner of that weekend seeing as how strong the marketing for it is, or a very strong second if “Tritelight 4.1” will still do decent numbers. “Arthur Christmas” is sure to top “Happy Feet Two”. “Hugo” will take some time for audiences to take note however, but it will probably be among the Oscar contenders that will get a boost in viewership over the Winter.

Santino

over 2 years ago

The only thing Hugo has to worry about is Tintin. And with a month head start, I think it will be fine.

peter smith

over 2 years ago

I apologize for the laziness of the grammar. Answering the phone and mubi is a dangerous combination.

peter smith

over 2 years ago

Interesting that Oz and a bunch of his collaborators weren’t game for being involved. Would love to hear their review of the film. The advertising for The Muppets is one of the biggest viral campaigns ever but that doesn’t guarantee a hit. Happy Feet 2 looks awful but the first one made crazy money. I think all these films are gonna hurt big time by having to share these 3D screens too. Add on Twilight and it’s pretty damn chaotic.

Sure Hugo could be in it for the long haul but this is apparently a 100 million dollar film. It will have very long legs. Like the ones Polar Express had against The Incredibles.

Santino

over 2 years ago

I don’t think I’ll be seeing any of these (even Hugo might have to be a rental) because lucky for me, all the good serious movies are coming out over the next couple weeks!

Drew.

over 2 years ago

You’re not seeing Hugo?

Abysmal.

MGeo

over 2 years ago

Aren’t you gonna see Hugo on the the basis that it is both from the hands of Martin Scorsese and that no film fan would ever miss a single film he does?

Drew.

over 2 years ago

Personally the above is why I was going to see it a month ago, but now after reading some interviews and hearing the buzz I’m seeing it because I think it’s gonna be great.

Santino

over 2 years ago

I’ve only seen two Scorsese films in the theater – The Departed and Shutter Island (I’m not counting Taxi Driver because that was a rerelease).

So no, there is no guarantee that I’ll see Hugo Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll be seeing A Dangerous Method, My Week With Marilyn, The Artist, Elite Squad 2, and Tomboy that weekend before I see Hugo.

And this statement also applies next month to Tintin.

Joks

over 2 years ago

i hope it does well because it’s Scorsese, but i can’t say i’m in a rush to watch it.

Kurt Walker

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over 2 years ago

If My Week With Marilyn, The Artist, and Elite Squad 2 are “good serious movies” then I’ll take Hugo over them any day.

David Ehrenst​ein

over 2 years ago

Hugo is tons better than Tin Tin

Whether that means anything to theunwashed masses is another story.

Santino

over 2 years ago

Well I haven’t seen any of these films but given the critical accolades of The Artist (94%), Elite Squad 2 (100%), Tomboy (100%), and A Dangerous Method (82%) on RT, I think they’re at least worth a look, in my opinion. My Week With Marilyn looks interesting if only for Williams performance.

And yes, I’ll trust Rotten Tomatoes before I trust Scorsese’s recent (unwatchable) output.

Although final judgement is reserved until AFTER I see the films. lol

Dennis...Brian

over 2 years ago

rotten tomatoes = about as reliable as imdb ratings

Marilyn is distracting because Williams looks and sounds nothing like Monroe.

Santino

over 2 years ago

Den – Why is that distracting? Must an actor look and sound like the person they are playing? Isn’t inhabiting a role more important than mere impersonating?

More often than not, it seems to me that the real knockout performances from actors playing real people come from actors who may not look/sound like the person but who create an engaging character and an emotional performance.

“rotten tomatoes = about as reliable as imdb ratings”

I think you’re still bitter about Atlas Shrugged’s response from critics. haha

Dennis...Brian

over 2 years ago

true I do not trust critics much, tho they are fun to read.

yes actors should inhabit the role but you can only do so much if you have no resemblance. Daniel Day Lewis could not protray Marlon Brando.

Santino

over 2 years ago

But Daniel Day Lewis is playing Lincoln, a resemblance I wouldn’t normally see. And I thought Frank Langella did a wonderful job playing Nixon, even though they don’t look anything alike. And the list goes on. I guess it just doesn’t bother me whether the impression is good so long as the performance is good (and a good impression is not required for a good performance, in my opinion). These are characters being created for a movie, not a recreated documentary.

Francis​co J. Torres

over 2 years ago

“’Hugo is tons better than Tin Tin”’
Even watching paint dry is better than Tin-Tin.

Roscoe

over 2 years ago

The film isn’t terribly likely to bomb. Scorsese’s ongoing cache as Our Greatest Director will ensure enough good reviews to get some butts in seats, and the 3-D will help a good deal, and the family friendliness of the project will also probably get enough people into the theaters for it to break even, at least.

Whatever. After Scorsese’s last few efforts I can’t really say I care. I’ll see HUGO, I guess. But. After Scorsese’s last batch of stinkers, especially the inane SHUTTER ISLAND, I’ve decided that this will be his last shot. If HUGO sucks, he’ll go in the Wait For Video If At All file, along with Woody Allen etc.

Santino

over 2 years ago

Spielberg and Scorsese are both coming off the heals of their worst films (Indy 4 and Shutter Island). It’s probably no surprise that they’d play it safe and do 3D family fare.

David Ehrenst​ein

over 2 years ago

Well I couldn’t call either “playing it safe.” They’re both complex affairs — especially Hugo.

s for audience response that’s become more and more difficult to preduct. Stars whose presence used to guarantee success don’t anymore. The Rum Diary barely “opened” despite Johnny Depp in the lead.

odilonvert

over 2 years ago

I’ll probably end up seeing both Hugo and Tin Tin because it’s an excuse to do something different with the kids. (also it’s the only time I ever get to see a movie in the theater these days (years))

Santino

over 2 years ago

Here’s an article on this exact topic. Hugo is only opening in 1200 theaters and they’re hoping strong word of mouth will carry it through the holidays:

Word of Mouth: Three films vie for family audience

Santino

over 2 years ago

Yes, but David, nobody expected The Rum Diary to make $50 opening weekend. Stars aren’t what they used to be, even Johnny Depp.