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Australian cinemagoers have really sparked to an exuberantly crude comedy starring Johnny Knoxville as a crotchety 86-year-old man who reluctantly embarks on a road trip with his eight-year-old grandson.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa grabbed $3.4 million last weekend, including Wednesday night previews. That.s a bit below Jackass 3D, which opened with $3.58 million in 2010 when the 3D boom was at its height and well before the format started to lose its lustre.
Thor: The Dark World kept drawing fans, pulling in $2.74 million in its third frame (down 38%), bringing its earnings to a lucrative $18.1 million.
- Don Groves
Captain Phillips is still afloat, but it's kids of all ages who are calling the UK box-office shots this week
• Review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Four years ago, the October half-term holiday was owned by Pixar's Up, which occupied the top spot for three straight weekends, and went on to clock up a hefty £34.6m. Sony animation Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs found its own niche in September that year, without the benefit of kids on holiday, but facing no direct competition for the family audience.
This half-term it's a different story for the sequel to Cloudy. The chief cinema attraction for families is DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, which released on October 18, with previews the weekend before. Sony evidently thought the competitive environment was less formidable this time around, mounting a bid to share the half-term »
- Charles Gant
Although Bad Grandpa didn’t reach the high mark set by Jackass 3D, it still doubled its $15 million budget. It’s safe to say that even if the Jackass troupe is no more, this won’t be the last we see of the Jackass Presents brand.
In at number 2 is Gravity with $20.3 million. After three consecutive weeks at number 1, this October behemoth was bound to ...
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- Anthony Taormina
"Bad Grandpa," the latest "Jackass" installment starring Johnny Knoxville, easily took first place at the domestic box office this weekend, grossing $32 million and knocking "Gravity" from the top. "Bad Grandpa" is the first "Jackass" movie with a plot. And even though it performed very well, it still opened behind "Jackass 3D," which hit theaters in 2010 and grossed a whopping $50.4 million. Overseas, "Bad Grandpa" earned an additional $8.1 million for a worldwide gross of $40 million. Since the movie cost only $15 million to make, it's already a hit. The film has a 62% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Gravity" had to settle for second place with another $20.3 million, which brought its worldwide total to $364 million. The other wide release of the weekend was Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. Despite an amazing cast, the film landed in fourth place with a lousy $8 million. Even »
Winner Of The Week: Adolescent humor. This is the season of high-minded, Oscar-worthy, dramatic adult fare, which is why it's such a good time for a Jackass movie. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opened big with an estimated $32.0 million, finally ending the reign of Gravity after three weekends on top. That's far less than the $50.4 million launch of Jackass 3D three years ago, but this movie didn't have 3D surcharges, and it was a departure from the familiar format, with Johnny Knoxville (and not the rest of his crew) getting made »
While Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” has bumped three-time champ “Gravity” from the top spot at the box office with a $32 million domestic opening, it appears to have taken out Fox’s “The Counselor” with it, pushing the fellow opener to a dismal $8 million bow.
Off only 32% from last weekend, “Gravity” wasn’t pushed far off course for second. The space drama will earn about $20.3 million this frame, bringing its domestic cume a hair’s breadth from $200 million — so close, in fact, it may have crossed that milestone when the weekend’s actuals are released on Monday.
See Also: Film Review: ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’
“Gravity” remained first at the int’l box office with $36.6 million and a global cume of $364.2 million.
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- Michael Sullivan
Johnny Knoxville dons old-man makeup for a coarse and dreary series of skits
After the stereoscopic shit and spew of Jackass 3D, this stupefyingly unfunny dirge slumps into hackneyed Candid Camera territory, presenting a series of "skits" strung together with a narrative that commits the twin crimes of being both coarse and sentimental.
Johnny Knoxville dons the ageing makeup as Irving Zisman, an octogenarian widower with his wife's body in the trunk and grandson on the front seat of his car, roaming across America showing his rubbery scrotum to all and sundry. After 80 minutes of sub-Borat dick-jokes (and "jovial" harassment of women), we get a beauty pageant finale for which the makers of Little Miss Sunshine should sue. Secondhand gags, third-rate execution, fourth-rate results.
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- Mark Kermode
This weekend, Ridley Scott’s certifiably bonkers “The Counselor” is getting a lot of attention for a sequence where Cameron Diaz has sex with a car. But that might not even be this week’s most insane sex scene. In the opening moments of “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Johnny Knoxville, as elderly widower Irving Zisman, goes out looking to get lucky. After finding that all of his neighborhood Asian massage parlors are closed, he of course decides to stick his wang in a soda machine. We watch, via hidden cameras, as strangers react to watching a withered old man dry hump a vending machine and then, of course, get stuck. Even before the credits roll, we’ve watched his rubbery phallus pulled like a Stretch Armstrong doll, at some point becoming so cartoony that it’s hard to imagine anyone not thinking it was staged. Take that Cameron Diaz. Unlike »
- Drew Taylor
The R-rated, Johnny Knoxville-led sketch comedy scored an estimated $12.6 million on Friday and looks to be headed for a $29 million weekend.
That's double the meager $15 million it cost to produce, but is notably behind the whopping $50.4 million that "Jackass 3D" opened to three years ago.
"Gravity" pulled in $6.1 million on Friday, and will come in second with a projected $20 million weekend which should see it surpass $200 million on Sunday.
Despite the star power involved both in front of and behind the camera, 'Counselor' scored a rare 'D' CinemaScore from audiences, and »
- Garth Franklin
Who knew? All it took to bring back the core males Mia from theaters was a film about an 86- year-old. Paramount's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" opened to an easy #1 Friday with $12.6 million (including Thursday late shows). Maybe Emmanuelle Riva should have stuck around a little longer after the Oscars last year. This variation on the long-running MTV show and three previous movies didn't match the opening day of "Jackass 3D" in 2010 ($22 million), but it's still impressive for this series offshoot (with an actual storyline). It retains Johnny Knoxville, playing the old man, and a low budget ($15 million) and enough core appeal to surpass Paramount's low-ball pre-opening prediction of a $20 million weekend. The other opener, Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" (Twentieth Century Fox) opened to a weak #4 with $3.2 million. Facing divisive reviews (ranging from a New York Times Manohla Dargis rave to all-out pans from the Los Angeles Times, Time »
- Tom Brueggemann
Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” opened with $12.6 million yesterday at the domestic box office and is well on its way toward an expected $30 million bow.
That estimate is double what the studio paid to produce the film, a reported $15 million, which looks great for Par in spite of opening far short of its predecessor. “Jackass 3D” bowed to $50.4 million in 2010, albeit with the benefit of 3D surcharges adding to its gross.
Thus “Bad Grandpa” will unseat “Gravity” this frame, which held the No. 1 spot for three consecutive weekends. And even still, the space drama will be jarred only slightly off course with $6.2 million from Friday and an anticipated three-day total of about $20 million, off 33% from last week.
“Gravity” has cumed $185.7 million at the domestic box office, and more than $300 million worldwide.
Fox bowed “The Counselor” Friday, an R-rated thriller counterprogrammer to Paramount’s R-rated comedy, to $3.1 million. Though “Counselor »
- Michael Sullivan
Directed by Jeff Tremaine
I think it might be safe to assume that Jackass 3D might be the last true Jackass film we get. Not only because of the death of Ryan Dunn, but with #3, you really started to see guys who realize that as they get older, throwing yourself into harms way isn’t as fun as it used to be. Youthful exuberance turns into playing things just a little bit more cautiously. That last couples of sentences are somewhat bittersweet, as I really like Jackass, with that 3rd movie being my favorite. Hopefully I’m wrong and a 4th movie will show up at our doorstep in a couple years time. But until that times comes, Johnny Knoxville, the one in the group who still showed us that youthful exuberance twinkle in his eye, is charging forward, »
- Craig Dietz
Paramount Pictures' Bad Grandpa should be the film to dethrone Warner Bros. Gravity with ease over 20th Century Fox's The Counselor this weekend. The Johnny Knoxville starrer opens in 3,336 theaters, looking to laugh up what should be over $30 million at least on its debut weekend. The last film in the Jackass franchise, Jackass 3D opened in 2010 with a big $50.4 million before ending off with $117.2 million. There's no doubt that since the Jackass TV show began in 2000, this franchise of pain, has certainly gained some solid coin at the discomfort of its cast, who laugh off what most would consider intolerable cruelty. The quality opener this weekend Should Be Ridley Scott's The Counselor, offering a cast of Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem in 3, 044 theaters. However, given the film's »
Time for a twist on the standard raucous “frat-boy” type comedy. But the twist isn’t really all that new. It’s the old hidden camera “let’s make the everyday folks squirm” gag film. For it’s legacy we have to go back to the programs of Mr. Allen Funt. He began with a radio show entitled “Candid Microphone” which the new tech soon became “Candid Camera”, a long-running TV hit that he co-hosted on CBS. Then he too, made it to the movies with 1970′s X-rated (but really pretty tame) What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? More recently Sacha Baron Cohen expanded his British TV stunts with the feature films Borat, Bruno, and for several scenes of The Dictator. But over in the states, Johnny Knoxsville and his band of merry pranksters ruled MTV with “Jackass”. While most of the bits concerned painful gags amongst each other, »
- Jim Batts
It’s no “Gravity,” but “Bad Grandpa” could still take in a nice chunk of money this weekend. “Jackass: The Movie” took $22.8 million this very same weekend back in 2002, then “Jackass: Number Two” kicked off its run with $29 million in 2006, but after that, “Jackass 3D” blew both away with a $50 million start. It’s hard to imagine “Bad Grandpa” snagging that much considering the Oscar-worthy contenders still in the mix, but it could come in right between “Jackass 3D” and “Jackass: Number Two” with a $40 million opening weekend, easily claiming the top spot. On the other hand, the weekend’s second new wide release, “The Counselor,” could [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
The box office is set to come back to earth with a loud thump as Paramount’s “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” starring Johnny Knoxville, looks to finally unseat “Gravity” with tracking in the $30 million range. But Warner Bros.’ 3D champ “Gravity” should see another solid hold, grossing in the $20 millions in its fourth Stateside frame.
“Gravity” already has amassed more than $300 million at the worldwide box office, totaling $177.2 million domestically.
The studio insists that would be a decent enough start for the modestly-budgeted film, especially given the potential overseas appeal for stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. But reviews have been harsh, with a 19% positive rating among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, some of whom have expressed themselves vehemently with quotes like Newsday’s “A disaster on nearly every level. »
- Andrew Stewart
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
After Jackass 3D (and its pseudo-sequel Jackass 3.5 compiled of unused material) and the tragically unfortunate death of celebrated Jackass stunt performer Ryan Dunn, it went up in the air regarding what was next for the crew of professional pranksters. Would Jackass 3 live on as their swan song? Would they ever reunite one last time for 90 minutes of juvenile yet irresistible humor?
With Bad Grandpa we sort of have an answer, as it takes a popular sketch character from the Jackass heritage and creates a hidden camera film around a very basic story. Hey, it worked for Sacha Baron Cohen with Borat (and to a lesser extent with Bruno) so I see no harm in the Jackass crew taking a stab at it. If anything the results are the most inspired and refreshing series of gags in years from the group and a step in a direction ripe with further potential. »
- Robert Kojder
Interview Matt Edwards 23 Oct 2013 - 06:18
“Should I walk in and immediately kick him in the groin?” I asked Den of Geek editor Simon Brew, not really listening to his answer.
“No Matt” I think he responded “There are lots of other, more professional, better interviewers I could have asked to do this. I’ve offered this to you because I know you’re a fan but I will need you to just do the interview properly.”
“Maybe I should set myself on fire and see how many questions I can ask.”
Under usual circumstances, I wouldn’t conduct an interview while engulfed in flames. But this one was with Jackass co-creator, and the director of the Jackass TV shows and movies, Jeff Tremaine, and so I thought that »
The Jackass team depart from their stunt-driven slapstick formula to present latest film Bad Grandpa. Johnny Knoxville is still putting his body on the line in the name of comedy, but it's a tad more restrained here as he's in the guise of 86-year-old Irving Zisman, a character who first appeared on the Jackass TV show back in 2001.
This is a comedy in the mould of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat and The Dictator, with writers Jeff Tremaine (who also directs), Spike Jonze and Knoxville crafting a road trip narrative to connect a series of hidden camera gags played on the unsuspecting public. Joining Irving on the anarchic trans-America trip is his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll), who needs to be reunited with his estranged father after his addict mother is given jail time. »
It would be very easy to call Quentin Tarantino one of the greatest directors of our time. The Academy Award-winning film maker behind Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained has shown countless times that his skills for storytelling and directing will go down in history.
With this in mind it’s interesting to hear which films released this year have made Tarantino’s Top 10 list. Although it’s always fascinating to get inside the mind of a great director, Tarantino is one of the most intriguing due to his varied tastes in film, as he tends to enjoy a wide range that not many people in the industry would appreciate. His previous selections in past years have included films such as Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and Jackass 3D, therefore showing Tarantino’s appreciation for a wide spectrum that may be ignored by critics and other individuals. »
- Ben Read
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