Mr. Popper’s Penguins

We applaud you, Pixar. Your cash-cow generating skills are unmatched even when you don’t seem to be putting in the same amount of effort as usual. Such is the case with Cars 2, a Pixar movie that isn’t exactly universally loved. I know. That’s groundbreaking in and of itself. But despite being a critical underachiever, Cars 2 still managed to lap its competitors and fall in line with much of Pixar’s slate. It’s $68m weekend puts it at #5 on the opening chart for the studio, ahead of Wall-E and just under 2009’s Up. This opening also puts the movie at #4 on the all-time biggest June opening in history, a list whose top five includes three Pixar films. Wall-E’s $63m opening weekend in 2008 and Toy Story 3’s $110.3m opening from last year are the other two.

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And around and around it goes. Kind of like the box office. It comes and goes, and sometimes you look around and wonder what exactly is changing? Well, the movies are getting bigger. The animation is getting slicker. And the sequels are starting to take over. They’ve even got PIXAR in their grubby claws this weekend. Cars 2 is the big Summer movie, the likeliest candidate to the the top spot, but where will it rank among the rest of Pixar’s slate? Does Bad Teacher have a shot at a big opening? Is Ryan Reynolds still flying around space or did he get eaten by the Super 8 monster? Okay, that last question probably won’t be broached, but we’ll hit on everything else in this week’s Reject Report.

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$300m. That’s the number that came out earlier this week for Green Lantern‘s price tag. Warner Brothers were backing this horse all the way to the finish line, and though it crossed first, it didn’t exactly lap the competition. Most analysts expected the latest DC/WB comic book adaptation to rake in between $50-55m for the weekend, and that’s exactly where it fell, right smack dab in the middle of that range, in fact. Though that’s not a stunning haul for a film that cost this much, it does fit it in rather nicely with the other DC/WB properties’ opening weekends.

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In darkened theaters… In brightest lobbies… Yeah, I’m not finishing that. Instead I’m looking forward at what’s in those darkened theaters this weekend. We have Green Lantern. We have Mr. Popper’s Penguins. We also have the returning Super 8 looking to hold onto that nostalgia for one more weekend. One of these is sure to come out on top of the heap. The other two will be submerged into a vat of self-pity. Unless the winner is the penguin movie. Then all three films as well as American audiences should really take a hard look in the mirror and gauge their worth. But I’m not judging. It’s the Reject Report, and no evil shall escape our site. Lame.

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Fox has decided audiences might want a big slab of ape for Thanksgiving. This, of course, is correct. Plus, besides giving every household a delicious ape for its holiday meal, IGN reports that the studio will release Rise of the Apes in theaters on November 23rd. That’s a big shift. It was originally supposed to see a release in June. To save it from the super hero overcrowding, Fox has sent it home for the holidays. Taking its summer slot (on June 17th) is Mr. Popper’s Penquins which might do well as a family friendly film in the middle of the fanboy fare. The last shift is Now – the thriller featuring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried – is shifting from late September to October 28th. Apes now faces off against The Muppets (foolishly), Penguins will battle against The Green Lantern, and Now now hits theaters with Dibbuk Box.

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Even though I’m constantly enticed to post up videos of cute puppies, elephants playing on the beach, and kittens dressed up like the characters from Back to the Future, I always fear I’ll be called out for them being not movie-related enough. Except the last one. Which doesn’t exist, but needs to. Fortunately, some adorable pictures have shown up online over at USA Today – giving us our first look at Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Check out what those lovable, ice-loving scamps are up to after the jump:

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