In a landmark event that crossed the entire world, three films managed to set some pretty amazing records. The records happened to be at completely opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, The Dark Knight Rises officially passed The Dark Knight in grosses. The few people who still went to see it this past weekend (Hey now, I almost did, but opted for Premium Rush) helped boost the Batman blockbuster to just over $1.08 billion, thus surpassing The Dark Knight's pitiful $1.03 billion. So for those still complaining that the movie wasn't "as good" as The Dark Knight, you can officially suck it, because more money means its better. The Avengers unsurprisingly surpassed the $1.5 billion mark, reaffirming that it is the top grossing film of 2012. TDKR's chances of surpassing that number look bleak, but a continued run throughout the fall, and undoubted Oscar push with re-release will definitely help. The Avengers scored that extra income thanks to a re-release. Could Marvel be positioning the years biggest film for Oscar contention? Unlikely, but a Joss Whedon Best Director Nomination would own.
In all truth though, TDKR and The Avengers are great films, the best of the year (imo, maybe not yours). But at the end of the spectrum, a movie I never even heard of managed to score the lowest opening weekend gross for a film in the history of movies. Showing in at least 2,000 theaters nationwide, Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure brought in a staggering $200 from each theater this weekend bringing it's gross to $448K. The animated dance romp was independently produced, and bears a sharp resemblance to those AIDS infested troglodytes The Teletubbies, and rightfully so because it's from the same brainchild. Kenn Viselman happens to be that brainchild, and his belief that this catastrophe does have some salvageable qualities is even more baffling than the fact this movie even exists.
"The attention we’re getting as a result of this is going to help our video on demand and DVD campaigns," says Viselman, while apparently high on a cocktail of mushrooms, ecstasy, chalk dust, and a gallon of Robitussin. With a 33% Rotten Tomatoes score accompanying a scathing critical consensus, not to mention an over user score of 1.9 on IMDB, I think it's safe to say we won't be hearing too much more from the Ooglebooglers or whatever. So we start the summer with the highest opening ever, and we close it with the lowest, and The Dark Knight Rises becomes the 11th film in history to pass $1 Billion.