Friday, December 23, 2011

The Continuing Box Office Story ...

Your Reporter and mine says:

... Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked moved up the chart to No. 3 on Thursday, grossing $4 million for a seven-day domestic cume of $36.9 million. ... Chipwrecked had no trouble besting Steven Spielberg's 3D family film The Adventures of Tintin, which is off to a soft start, opening Wednesday to $2.3 million and grossing $2.5 million on Thursday for a two-day cume of $8 million. ...

So is Tintin the Boy Reporter the problem (being as how he hasn't made a big dent in the American consciousness), or is it the mocap, or is it the story itself?

I continue to think that, all things equal, mocap aliens, dinosaurs and chimpanzees work well in a live-action environment, but mocap humans are a harder sell. And mocap humans in a totally digital environment are a problem because everybody knows how humans in live-action look, move, and act ... and their mo-cap cousins are always a little ... what's the word? ... creepy.

On the other hand, Europeans bought Tintin hook, line and bobber, so perhaps I'm gazing at this through the wrong prism.

5 comments:

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

Well the same could be said for Astro Boy and how that went over bigger in Asia than here, but that's just me reminiscing. What goes around comes around!

Hope you'll have a great Christmas Steve!

Anonymous said...

No...Astroboy made the same amount in North America Asti did in all the rest of the world combined. And it STILL bombed.

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

I stand corrected.

Anonymous said...

I think the real problem for Tin Tin in America was that Tin Tin is not a well known thing here.

It's like Asterix comics... huge in Europe, very little following in the US.

Anonymous said...

No -- it's that tintin just isn't very relevant outside of europe

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