Friday, December 16, 2005

King Kong opens lower than expectation

Found some news in Variety that King Kong opened with $9.7 million in U.S., well below the studio's expectations. In contrast, the movie did well in Asia (Philippines included).

My take on this? Wait until the weekend, but I don't think this will be a massive blockbuster to the likes of Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. Why?

First, fan base is not strong. King Kong does not present a whole new rich universe that fanboys can build a strong foundation on.

Second, the story is well-known. Beast falls in love with beauty and meets tragic end atop Empire State Building. No surprise there. Unlike other movies which showcase both story and effects. True, Revenge of the Sith's story sucked but we all wanted to see the fall of Anakin, right?

So basically people will just see it for the special effects and aside from Kong, all the other effects are nothing we haven't seen before.

Don't get me wrong, I saw it last night and the movie was awesome. In comparison to the original version, the first Kong-Ann relationship was . . . well . . . kinda creepy. Almost perverse. This new version has a more tragic atmosphere. You knew that Kong was going to die for Anne, and as he becomes more and more enamored for her, the more you feel sorry for the poor guy. Peter Jackson's version is more respectful of the original and I look at it as more of an "interpretation" rather than a "remake." I still think it'll make a lot of money, but I don't think it'll make for an explosive weekend.

Lets see if the numbers will prove me wrong . . .

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