Well, there's just no denying it any longer. Director Justin Lin is the new Spielberg. Or close enough to it. Or maybe we should look at it from a potentially racially-charged ethnocentric perspective. Antoine Fuqua was once shaping up to be the black Spielberg, Christopher Nolan's the British Spielberg, and now Justin Lin is the Taiwanese Spielberg. I mean, just like Fast 4, Fast 5 kicks some serious ass at the box office this weekend! I had a feeling it might; then again, I'm no boxofficeguru.com! That dude knows his sh...stuff. Peter Jackson, take note: you're in a similar situation right now yourself. You're basically rebooting the Lord of the Rings trilogy into a leaner, meaner duet, with all the same people 10 years later. This is how you git 'er done.
Coming in a very distant second is the Pixar wannabe, Rio. Somebody's already made the comparison, but Pixar is definitely Broadway, and PDI Dreamworks, and to a lesser extent, the Ice Age bastards. So if Pixar is Broadway, the way WAY off-Broadway entry this week is Hoodwinked Too debuting at #6. Brave title choice, following in the footsteps of Teen Wolf Too and The Jerk, Too. And Splash, Too. It's all Two Much, man.
At #5, it's Prom. Of course! The mistake that High School Musical made. Why water it down by making it about high school in general, and just focus on the prom? Makes me wonder. I thought MY high school prom was bad... what must it be like in Beverly Hills? So many beautiful people competing for so few prom king and queen slots... I smell an Adam Sandler comedy! The omega teen girl of Beverly Hills moves to Podunk, Kansas to be their prom queen. But after a bloody, brutal campaign against the local hick chick, she finally learns the meaning of life, moves back to Beverly Hills and drowns her competition in the pool... I mean, respectfully hits her with a pitchfork... nah, not comedy enough. Hooks her up to an automatic milking machine? Yeah, that's more like Sandler. To the Underwood!