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widgepic.jpgWelcome back. Assuming that you actually did come back and I’m not talking to myself in an empty room again.

[CONTENT WARNING] This podcast contains foul language and a very pissed off sea anemone.

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Check out the Cringely article I mention here.

As for your Monday Morning Quarterbacking session, here we go. Follow along here at Box Office Mojo.

Talladega Nights surprises by holding on for a third weekend as the film keeps heading for profitability, which as we’ve discussed multiple times, isn’t going to be an issue.

Snakes–I ranted about this in the podcast. Listen.

World Trade Center is performing very well. Look at that: 40% drop. That’s impressive for any film in this day and age. And for this subject matter–the fact is did so well is due to the praise it’s received, all of which made some mention of Stone’s restraint. Almost guaranteed.

Step Up still holding up well–but considering it’s already raking in the dough–again, testament to the spending power of young girls–no worries. All they need is a double-dip DVD strategy and they’re in business. Well…more business.

Barnyard is on its way out, starting to head for DVD where it will do its real money, followed by more pushing on Nickelodeon. These kids…they’re such marketing sponges, aren’t they?

Little Miss Sunshine is the real success story this weekend: look at those per screen numbers. More than twice of anybody else. And it’s still going wider, I would think. They’d be crazy not to. Amazing–you mean people will make it a point to come out and see good movies, despite the shitty cinema experience? The devil you say!

Pirates 2 has broken $850 million worldwide. Not only is Pirates 4 in the works, but so is Space Mountain. Don’t even laugh. Christ, they tried Country Bears, didn’t they?

Material Girls. Now I don’t know what to say about this one, since I didn’t see any marketing for this or Step Up, but obviously this one did something wrong. Casting the Sisters Duff? Can’t speak to that one, though it’s a good theory.

Pulse wanders off to the rentalverse. It looked interesting, but again–”rental.” And, in the cases of people who know about such things: “Rental…of the Japanese original.”

Join us next time for when we’ll see…well, who knows? We’ve got Wahlberg remaking Rock Star as a football movie and the new Broken Lizard flick (which actually looks pretty damn funny, I’m scared to say). Those are the only two opening wide, so that means we’re in post-summer doldrums officially! Dump the horses overboard, matey! Woooooo! I’m tired. Go away.

Special thanks to Exit Mindbomb for letting me use “Godzilla Will Rule You” from their album Happy Accident for my new WGO music. Check them out on MySpace here and I tried to link up as many songs as I could here.

Widgett Walls is the chief cook and bottle washer for Needcoffee.com. He’s also the author of Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point and Magnificent Desolation. His personal blog is at OneTusk.com, which he updates when he feels like it. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.


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