Tuesday, June 17, 2008

B.O. #'s and My Review

The Happening smashed predictions and made $30,517,109 in the US alone. The numbers for Saturday and Sunday were down this is most likely due to bad word of mouth. The Happening came in the #3 spot this weekend with The Hulk and Kung Fu Panda in the number 1 and 2 spots. The Happening was playing in almost 3000 theaters while Kung Fu Panda and The Hulk were in more then 3600.

Internationaly The Happening was the #1 film in the world making over $32 million in over 88 markets. While The Hulk made $31 million in 38 markets.

Fox and UTV must be happy that The Happening made back its $57 million production budget in 1 week with ticket sales totaling up to more then $62 million dollars world-wide. By next weekend I expect the movie to also make back its marketing cost world-wide. So M. Night Shyamalan is back and making big bucks for Hollywood.

Wired.com has a cool story about how factual The Happening is:

**Spoilers May Be Ahead**
My Review
I went into The Happening with high hopes and I was not disappointed. Many people complained about the bad dialogue but I thought it really added to the B-movie feel that M.N.S. was trying to convey.

The opening scenes in Central Park were so beautiful. Then the action then moves to Philadelphia at the J.R. Masterman School which really looks great on camera. I thought Mark was great in this scene in the class room, it was very funny. M. Night really knows how to make a movie look great. The video of the zookeeper at the zoo looked pretty fake but this movie seemed to be an unapplogetic B-movie. One thing I really like about M. Night is the way he does most of the deaths in the movie with long shots that show the nature around the person/persons who are commiting suicide. This method works disturbingly well. Like when the Jeep crashes and Julian kills himself in the middle of the street.

I really like the scene when they are leaving the new home development and the sign says, "You Deserve This!".

Mrs. Jones house was very effective in this movie the look of the interior and exterior were very effective in conveying the mood. Betty Buckley's acting was very well done and this part of the movie delivered the most screams from my theater.

The ending in the final movie was much better then the ending that M. Night penned in the original screenplay. One thing about the new ending is how did everything seem to go back to normal. I wish instead of showing the scientist on the news they could of explained how things in Philly were almost back to normal. One thing I like about the end in 'The Green Effect' was how it showed people surviving the event around the world. In the movie this event only is happening in the North East of the US. The score by James Newton Howard was amazing and really went well with this film.

In my opinion the movie gets a B+ and it one of the best B-movies. A way to describe this movie is a mix between, The Birds, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the original) and The Blob.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Friday Box Office

This info is from Box Office Mojo:

Yesterday's box office total was: $12,800,000
The Happening at #2 with The Incredible Hulk with #21,030,000.

The Happening is well on its way to recouping its budget of $57 million.
The movie opened at 2,987 theaters.

Yesterday's numbers beat the expectations that were putting this movie at $24 million dollars for the whole weekend. Now expections have been changed for $28-32 million.

My Review is coming later thus weekend...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Opening Day!

Here it is the day we've been waiting for! When I get the Box Office Numbers I'll post them. If you want to look at a list of previous grosses for M. Night Shyamalan film click on this link:

Roger Ebert gave The Happening a 3 out of 4 Stars! You can read his review at the link below:

Here are some more reviews:

This is something I've gotten a few e-mails about the huge amount of advertising outside the US movie market and here is an article about Mexican movie posters for The Happening:

On Yahoo! Movie the average user review is a B and the average critic review is a C-. You can weigh-in at http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809921595/info

I'm seeing the film tonight with a big group of friends and will post my review tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lotsa New Stuff

IESB.com has posted some new clip from the film:

EW.com has a review up and it only give The Happening a C:http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20205936,00.html

The Imprompter.com has an article and video of the premiere in NYC last night:
The Happening a Fun B movie? Reuters has the story:
SciFiMoviepage.com has a pretty interesting review of movie:
A very interesting review of The Happening has been posted and you can read it below:
Here is an ok review:
MTV News has a good interview with M. Night Shyamalan and a video interview with Mark: http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1589098/story.jhtml
UPDATED at 2pm and 9pm

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

More is Happening

Only 2 days until the film opens!
Did anyone catch the show on FX last night (The Happening: Taking Fear To A Whole New Level)? It was very interesting.

FearNet.com has a cool interview with some of Mark Walhberg, John Leguizamo, Zooey DeChanel and M. Night Shyamalan: http://www.fearnet.com/MCNewsDetailPage.aspx?catid=30&mid=14744

ShockTillYouDrop also has a great interview with M. Night read it at the link below:

Also some more reviews are coming in:

This first one is from The Hollywood Reporter:

Plus one more from New Zealand:

Heres one from the great north:

Twitch has a review of the movie:

This review is very positive with a 3 out of 4 stars:

More updates coming thru out the week...

P.S. Just found out Mark will be on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight on your local CBS station.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Its Almost Here!

So a "source" tells me the Premier for The Happening will be in New York City which I find odd considering the fact that the movie was mostly filmed in Philadelphia but oooo well.

We have a sorta review from The Miami Herald here is the link:
The reviewer gives the movie an ok review, this also confirms the fact the 20th Century Fox is presenting Preview screenings. Hey wheres are tickets to the advanced screening! haha

Also lots of press for The Happening so here we go!

First this is just about all the Broadway actors that are appearing in this film:

JoBlo.com has an interview with M. Night, you can view it by clicking the link below:

USAToday.com has a good story about Shyamalan:

Also NPR.com has an audio interview with Shyamalan:

Last week I got an e-mail about watching FX tonight at 11pm and I know why now. FX will be airing a special called THE HAPPENING: Taking Fear to a Whole New Level. So tune in to that and hopefully we will learn some new information on the film.

P.S. I got an e-mail from Australia and it seems like there is a lot of promotion for The Happening and Fox is really marketing it there.

The Happening Widget