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08:47 am: Get smart
This morning, I checked the all-time box office figures at imdb.com to
see what progress "The Dark Knight" had made. Say what you will, I
think it has a chance of knocking "Titanic" off its perch.
I was amazed to discover that, although only taking $128m so far in
the US, "Get smart" has already passed the key billion dollar mark
worldwide.
How can this be? We're talking here about a movie I have never
knowingly heard of or seen any billboard or cinema ads for, and it's
third in the world behind just T and LOTR? Have I been asleep or has
this caught everyone off guard?
Is it any good? What's it about? Should I invest my filthy lucre in
going to see this de facto epic myself?
Answers on a virtual postcard, please.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised

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From:suilven
Date:September 4th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
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Dear Ringbark,
Having a great time in Newcastle, even with the soap opera that is Newcastle United. People great,fabulous scenery, weather could be better. We attempted to get out of the rain by going to see Mama Mia last week but couldn't get in. We could have gone to see The Dark Night but for some reason we didn't. I didn't like the sound of it but now I can't remember what it was.

Wish you were here.

Gladys and Cuthbert

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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:September 4th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
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We went to see Mamma Mia at the Odeon cinema in the Metro Centre, the big out-of-town shopping complex about ten miles from Newcastle. There's also a sing-along version where they put the subtitles up onto the screen so you can sing the lyrics. We went to the standard version because the subtitles act as spoilers for the well-timed comic lines, but disappointingly nobody was singing.
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From:suilven
Date:September 4th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
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I didn't know they had versions with screen titles. I shall tell my sister and we will try again to see it.

So... you can't shed any light on Dark Knight? It was on the the Tyneside Cinema so there was a big blurb about it but I still can't remember why we said Ugh and left for the pub... umbrellas up, trudging through the puddles as we went.

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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:September 4th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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Hmm... I'd be inclined not to give too much credit to those IMDB figures, alas. I love geeking out over box office figures quoted by Box Office Mojo, which reckons Get Smart has made more like $200 million globally. Heck, even The Dark Knight is still only approaching the global billion. (It's a remake of a TV spy spoof from decades ago; huskyteer was very pleasantly surprised.)

Say what you will, I think it has a chance of knocking "Titanic" off its perch.

"What you will". Looking at the weekly figures, it's clearly on the way down now (compare to Titanic which went on and on and on and on at number one like Celine Dion's heart) and if we go by something like the last great smash hit, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, my theoretical spread for the eventual overall US box office of The Dark Knight would probably be US$540 million to US$570 million.
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