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'Ratatouille' Big #1, 'Die Hard' #2 Friday; Michael Moore's 'Sicko' Has Healthy Debut
deadlinehollywooddaily.com ^ | 6/30/2007 | Nikki Finke

Posted on 06/30/2007 10:39:05 AM PDT by VA Voter

Snip...Michael Moore's documentary Sicko did $1.3 mil Friday from its 441 theaters, good enough for 9th place. It could finish the weekend with $4 mil.

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A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie collapsed completely, managing only 14th place with $470K Friday.

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KEYWORDS: boxoffice; diehard; ratatouille; sicko
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1 posted on 06/30/2007 10:39:06 AM PDT by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

After all this hype, how can ninth place be called “healthy”?


2 posted on 06/30/2007 10:40:54 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Planting trees to offset carbon emissions is like drinking water to offset rising ocean levels)
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To: norwaypinesavage

Well, it did not open in wide release (4 theaters in Dallas area and two of them art house types).

But (in my opinion) the people who were crazy enough to go to a Michael Moore mock-umentary went the firt weekend.

I hope and expect it to drop like a rock from now on.


3 posted on 06/30/2007 10:44:51 AM PDT by altura
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To: VA Voter
Sicko is a huge bomb. Even the hardcore moonbats are throwing Fat Mikey under the bus!
4 posted on 06/30/2007 10:50:19 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: VA Voter
A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie collapsed completely, managing only 14th place with $470K Friday.

Good! I saw an advance screening of that anti-Bush/anti-American propaganda piece until I was asked to leave for shouting at the screen.

5 posted on 06/30/2007 10:51:36 AM PDT by montag813
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To: ishabibble
Sicko is a huge bomb. Even the hardcore moonbats are throwing Fat Mikey under the bus!

Everyone I know has already downloaded the Torrent version of "Sicko" for free (at my urging). Why should they pay to see it?

6 posted on 06/30/2007 10:52:31 AM PDT by montag813
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To: VA Voter

“A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie collapsed completely, managing only 14th place with $470K Friday.”

But I am sure it will be nominated for an Academy Award.


7 posted on 06/30/2007 10:53:42 AM PDT by heylady
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To: VA Voter
I enjoyed Die Hard more than the rat movie. I was really disappointed in ratatouille. Seems like everyone else liked it. I thought it dragged.....on and on.....with the same old thing. Yawn! The rat clan was pretty funny, but the rest was just so so. I have liked every other Pixar movie, but not this one.

It was weird how the young man developed a love interest in the woman who seemed older than he was. I don't know. That was kinda creepy.

8 posted on 06/30/2007 11:04:03 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: VA Voter

Reading some of the reviews. Some consider ‘Ratatouille’ to be the best Pixar film yet, and that says a lot.


9 posted on 06/30/2007 11:04:28 AM PDT by kidd
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To: VA Voter

When I say it seems like everyone else liked ratatouille, I mean the critics. The kids in the audience were not laughing so much like they did at the other movies. Ask a kid. I’d be interesting in their feedback.


10 posted on 06/30/2007 11:06:35 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: kidd

It is the worst Pixar film.


11 posted on 06/30/2007 11:07:22 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: VA Voter
A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie collapsed completely, managing only 14th place with $470K Friday.

AS soon as people learned that it's an anti-American, anti-Semitic piece of crap, they decided not to see it. The market rules!

12 posted on 06/30/2007 11:16:06 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

I saw it with my neices last week in preview and we all liked it. It’s not perfect but I would rate it a 7 out of 10 which to me is a good passing grade.


13 posted on 06/30/2007 11:18:53 AM PDT by xp38
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To: norwaypinesavage

After all this hype, how can ninth place be called “healthy”?

it is healthy....under the crap filled socialized medicine plans that fat dope mikey moore and all his lib/dem buddies demand the US healthcare becomes!!!!


14 posted on 06/30/2007 11:21:17 AM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: VA Voter

Why is a NINTH place movie listed THIRD in a headline?


15 posted on 06/30/2007 11:21:43 AM PDT by weegee (If the Fairness Doctrine is imposed on USA who will CNN news get to read the conservative rebuttal)
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To: montag813

I’d like to know when Cuban state television will be airing this Michael Moore propaganda piece. They broadcast F911 and the MPAA never did pursue charges about the “illegal” broadcast (perhaps it was authorized by Fat Mike).


16 posted on 06/30/2007 11:23:28 AM PDT by weegee (If the Fairness Doctrine is imposed on USA who will CNN news get to read the conservative rebuttal)
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To: kidd
Some consider ‘Ratatouille’ to be the best Pixar film yet, and that says a lot.

I went to the first early morning showing, (9am) Friday morning with the grandkids, Mom and my wife. We LOVE Pixar, however this movie was dissappointing. The Grandkids fell asleep, this movie bored an energetic 3 year old.

This movie was definitely and unfortunately is the worst Pixar movie yet. Animation is first rate, advancing beyond the technical prowess of Cars - don't get me wrong, Pixar has talent like no one else in the industy. But the 'magic' just wasn't there.

Sure, there are a few isolated funny scenes; but the plot is thinner than generic chicken broth. Here's the plot - a rat is the chef. That's it. Now, let's make a movie that is 2 hours long on that theme. No customer or other chef is allowed to know that the rat is a chef. How long can you run that gag before you bore the audience?

So, I gave the entire movie away; which you would know if you saw a single advert for this movie. With that bashing done; I will say that Pixar's worst is far better than most eveyone else's best efforts. But Toy Story (1&2), Bugs Life, Incredables, Cars, Nemo and all of their shorts were more original, more entertaining and more 'fun' than Rat.

Nevertheless, it's worth seeing this movie. Each movie Pixar comes out with raises the bar of their previous attempts. This movie was the first one that they have made that failed to match the standards that they have set for themselves.

17 posted on 06/30/2007 11:24:33 AM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: xp38

Have you seen Live Free and Die Hard (or whatever the title is)? Now that time zipped right by. Really entertaining.


18 posted on 06/30/2007 11:26:05 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
It is the worst Pixar film.

I'm sad to say that I agree with you 100%. Pixar movies are usually outstanding; this one was boring.

19 posted on 06/30/2007 11:29:45 AM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

No not yet...maybe this week sometime. However it’s not a movie I would take my neices to. :)


20 posted on 06/30/2007 11:33:17 AM PDT by xp38
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
>Have you seen Live Free and Die Hard

Is it true he can't
say the whole Yippee-ki-yay
phrase since it's PG?
21 posted on 06/30/2007 11:33:38 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Hodar
Well said in post #17. That's exactly it.

You also remind me to mention the animated short before the movie. That was hilarious.

22 posted on 06/30/2007 11:35:34 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: theFIRMbss
He didn't say it. I'm picky about content so I was glad to see it gone. It is non-stop action. You won't miss less foul language at all.

He truly does die hard. LOL!

23 posted on 06/30/2007 11:39:28 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: VA Voter

A Mighty Heart collapsed because of Jolie’s “overprotective” lawyer and the subsequent boycott of a lot of folks. I say it and thought it was incredible.


24 posted on 06/30/2007 12:15:52 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: sarasota

What, you liked a movie about how it was Daniel Pearl’s fault for getting his head cut off by those wonderful Pakistanis?


25 posted on 06/30/2007 12:22:40 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Hodar

Ratatouille was not a favorite of mine either. Meet the Robinsons earlier this year was a disappointment also. But most everyone else just loves them, so maybe its just a few of us.


26 posted on 06/30/2007 12:38:13 PM PDT by packrat35 (Bush whither be thy brain)
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To: theFIRMbss

Bruce does say it at the end, not going to spoil the line.


27 posted on 06/30/2007 12:39:18 PM PDT by hardback
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To: VA Voter

Yeah, even the local media around here have been doing their best to BOOST the Michael Moore dung. Just like they did with the Angelina movie.


28 posted on 06/30/2007 12:54:35 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: kidd
Reading some of the reviews. Some consider ‘Ratatouille’ to be the best Pixar film yet, and that says a lot.

I thought that "Cars" would bomb from the premise until about a week or two before it opened, and then the ads changed my mind, and I went and enjoyed it.

Ratatouille just never got there for me (from the ads and trailers and whathaveyou -- haven't seen it yet). Dreamworks (IIRC) thought they'd have a big success with a cartoon about a rat that gets flushed down a toilet and lives in the sewers. It failed miserably. So now Pixar makes a movie about a rat. What were they thinking? And it makes food??

Here's a hint, Pixar: kids don't watch cooking shows. Kids don't want to be master chefs. Maybe they'll help Mommy cook or Daddy grill or Uncley ... you get the picture. And why RATS? Okay, the penguins are in OVERKILL mode right about now, but at least they're Cute. We're talking about Rats!

If my son pesters me, I'll take him, but I don't think he will. He used to laugh at the "You don't know what it is, but you're eating it anyway." line on the commercial, but that's old now. This will probably be wait for video or Disney channel.

29 posted on 06/30/2007 1:05:18 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Who would complain about the beach all day and Luv at night??)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Me, too.

And the funny thing is that they had to put a pronounciation guide under the title in the ads. Why make a kids movie with a title that they can neither pronounce nor spell? Remember Madagascar, anyone?

30 posted on 06/30/2007 1:06:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Who would complain about the beach all day and Luv at night??)
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To: weegee
Why is a NINTH place movie listed THIRD in a headline?

I'll take a shot and guess that only the new openings are listed in the headline.

31 posted on 06/30/2007 1:07:41 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Who would complain about the beach all day and Luv at night??)
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To: Hodar
I love the Incredibles. Best super-hero movie yet, and a great super-hero-team movie, which are harder to do.

That film celebrates excellence at the expense of mediocrity with an underlying tone that it's ridiculous folly to try to level the playing field for everybody.
Quite radical coming from Hollywood, but, hey, if we can indoctrinate these ideas into our children . . .

No, wait. No indoctrination needed. I actually teach amd emcourage my kids to be their best.

32 posted on 06/30/2007 1:12:54 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Who would complain about the beach all day and Luv at night??)
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To: hardback

He said it at the end? Well there you go. That’s how much I care about some goofy line.


33 posted on 06/30/2007 1:15:19 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: weegee
Because the MSM love Michael Moore.

This in shown in massive full effect this week on CNBC. This is a channel that is supposed to be dedicated to reporting financial and market data.

Not only did they have Michael Moore walking around wall street with dozens of MSM reporters in two, but leading the pack was Maria Bartiromo of CNBC. There was a report that Michael Moore was going to walk through the NYSE.

Later on the CNBC show "fast money" which has 4 major stock and futures traders discussing the markets with a CNBC commentator named Dylan Ratigan in the middle bringing up the topics and controlling the flow.

On that show, they showed film of Michael Moore walking in front of the NYSE and his interview with Bartiromo that afternoon. They started talking about Michael's annoucement that everyone should just sell all their stocks in HMO's to start a revolution in socialized health care. The guys started ripping this idea to shreads, but Dylan Ratigan started shilling for Michael Moore trying to talk about how this might be a good thing. The 4 guys started looking a bit confused. One guy mentioned that he was at the NYSE at that time and the NYSE refused to let Michael Moore enter. Dylan went nuts and started yelling that, "Moore was supposed to be allowed in, but didn't get permission far enough in advanced!". More confusion on the set. One of the guys works at the NYSE and was saying that it wasn't true, that the NYSE flatout refused to let Moore in because Moore was planning to try to hold a press conference on the floor with all the MSM he had in tow about his plan to get everyone to sell all HMO stocks and disrupt trading taking place. YOu really think the NYSE was going to allow such a thing to take place???? espcially in the middle of an open trading session?

You could see the tension building as Ratigan was showing his liberal views, and the traders were sitting their in somewhat disblief of what they were hearing knowing Ratigan was supporting Moore and supporting his attempt to get in the NYSE. We all know what Michael Moore was up to. A cheap publicity stunt to promote his movie.

It was the hottest argument between Ratigan and these guys I had ever seen. Ratigan was sounding like Al Franken as he started to yell louder and louder over everyone else, and when being faced with a loss of the argument, pulled the "ok, next topic".

34 posted on 06/30/2007 1:24:40 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

The bad part of the dialogue was obscured by a sound effect, I thought it was pretty clever.


35 posted on 06/30/2007 1:28:10 PM PDT by hardback
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To: weegee
Why is a NINTH place movie listed THIRD in a headline?

The media is the mouthpiece of the Looney Left. The Looney Left's unofficial doctrine, the politically correct (corrupt) manifest, forwards the same amoralism as the Communist Manifesto and Islam's Quaran: ends justify the means. Lying, cheating, and killing in advancing P.C. are vitues in the minds of the Lonney Left. Unmasked, they are Hitler, Stalin and Osama bin Laden and their followers.

36 posted on 06/30/2007 1:35:14 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: hardback

Oh right. I forget about that.


37 posted on 06/30/2007 1:35:39 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Tanniker Smith
>That film celebrates excellence at the expense of mediocrity

Ayn Rand Watches The Incredibles
38 posted on 06/30/2007 2:19:18 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: VA Voter

I saw 1408 a couple days ago and was pleasantly surprised. It is based on a Stephen King short story and plays like a good episode of the Twilight Zone mixed with a bad acid trip. Normally I avoid anything with John Cusack like the plague, but he managed to pull this one off pretty well.


39 posted on 06/30/2007 2:32:00 PM PDT by apillar
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To: weegee

“Why is a NINTH place movie listed THIRD in a headline?”

Because it is from a biased left coast daily attempting to promote a sinking, sicko documentary.

Perhaps Moore would like to contribute all the profits of his moral lecture to the “unhealthy people” he used to make the documentary.


40 posted on 06/30/2007 2:35:11 PM PDT by Goldie Lurks (professional moonbat catcher)
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To: Hodar
Here's the plot - a rat is the chef. That's it. Now, let's make a movie that is 2 hours long on that theme. No customer or other chef is allowed to know that the rat is a chef. How long can you run that gag before you bore the audience?

I had a completely different take on Ratatouille, and apparently so do most of the people who have seen it. From the article linked at the top:


I hear the incredibly well reviewed film (95% "fresh" reviews at Rotten Tomatoes) played right across the board. And, while Los Angelenos are used to applause as the credits roll, there are anecdotal reports of lotsa clapping across the country.
As someone who saw Ratatouille at the sneak preview two weeks ago today, I can tell you there was clapping and cheering in my theater as well.
41 posted on 06/30/2007 2:36:46 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Has George W. Bush been taking Carter's Little Pills?)
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To: theFIRMbss

nice link. thanx


42 posted on 06/30/2007 2:39:00 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Who would complain about the beach all day and Luv at night??)
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To: Tanniker Smith

My kids (and husband) really liked Flushed Away. It’s by the same people that made the Wallace & Grommet movies.

My kids did not like Cars. They were bored. My kids are older now, 10 & 12, so they are a little harder to entertain.


43 posted on 06/30/2007 2:53:02 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: pabianice
“A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie collapsed completely, managing only 14th place with $470K Friday.

AS soon as people learned that it’s an anti-American, anti-Semitic piece of crap, they decided not to see it. The market rules!”

Thanks for letting us know this. I saw a trailer for it, and thought that it implied it was pro-US, pro-war on terror.

I definitely will not spend money on it now!

44 posted on 06/30/2007 4:01:55 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Bruce Willis was great in the movie—as good as the first Die Hard——maybe better. Excellent movie!


45 posted on 06/30/2007 4:12:58 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: Hodar
Thanks for the info on "Ratatouille." I'll wait for it to come on DVD instead of paying $20 to see it with my daughter.
46 posted on 06/30/2007 4:15:27 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Hodar
I should add that there was cheering and clapping where I saw Ratatouille versus dead silence when the credits rolled where I saw Spider-Man 3.
47 posted on 06/30/2007 6:27:38 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Has George W. Bush been taking Carter's Little Pills?)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
It was weird how the young man developed a love interest in the woman who seemed older than he was. I don't know. That was kinda creepy.

Oh, brother! You've never had a crush on an older woman?!

48 posted on 06/30/2007 6:32:22 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Has George W. Bush been taking Carter's Little Pills?)
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To: L.N. Smithee

It was more than a crush. I thought you saw the movie. That story line was ridiculous and creepy.


49 posted on 06/30/2007 7:33:51 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Saw it at a sneak preview and loved Ratatouille. Pixar’s ability to create realistic scenes improves with every film and in this one it’s beyond belief. It’s hard to believe that kitchen and that food - and Paris itself - were computer generated! Remy’s facial expressions and the timing of the gags were incredibly good. The plot took such unusual twists, the opposite of the usual Disney movie plot - thank goodness!


50 posted on 06/30/2007 8:31:04 PM PDT by Moonmad27
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