HollywoodNews.com: Paramount’s DreamWorks Animation title “Megamind” about a super-villain gone good topped the Friday box office with $12.5 million at 3,944 locations. The PG-rated film looks to hold the top spot throughout the weekend, ultimately making a three-day take in the low 40s. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 67% fresh score, so the majority of critics do like it. Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy praises, “The second big animated feature of the year, after ‘Despicable Me,’ to center on an arch-villain who sees the error of his ways, ‘Megamind’ is snappy good fun.”
The second wide release in the market is the Todd Phillips R-rated buddy road comedy “Due Date” starring Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. “Due Date” logged a Friday take of $12.3 million at 3,355 theaters and should pull in a weekend haul that’s in the mid 30s. The reason why “Megamind” looks to outstrip “Due Date” is because it will benefit from matinees. Adults typically flock to R-rated fare in the evening. The critics don’t get “Due Date,” lobbing it with a 39% rotten score. But they never do get comedies and “Due Date” isn’t for that crowd that reads reviews. USA Today’s Claudia Puig gets the funny: “It’s Downey’s signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his ‘Hangover’ character.”
Tyler Perry enters the award season fray with his all-star “For Colored Girls” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Janet Jackson. Based on Ntozake Shange’s Obie-winning stage play, “Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular” per IMDB.com. Critics have also turned their nose up on Perry’s pic with 32% rotten, but Perry’s fans could care less what reviewers think. Moviegoers made the film third, shelling out $7.4 million at 2,217 venues. Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times says, “It is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it. Hopefully more will love it, or at least allow room for it, for its raw brutality, its extremes, its difficult truths.”
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