The Wackness Kicked Hancock's Ass This Past Weekend
We don't normally mention box office earnings on a regular basis, but today I'm proud to announced that The Wackness kicked Hancock's ass this past weekend. Well, not entirely true, but it is accurate for per theater averages at least! While Hancock took in $107 million and The Wackness took in only $179,000, when you divide the totals by the number of theaters each movie played in, The Wackness did actually kick Hancock's ass. Wackness made $24,166 per theater (in only 6 theaters) whereas Hancock only made $16,645 per theater (in 3965 theaters). I know I've been supporting this movie since it debuted at Sundance and have been writing about it excessively, but it's such a huge relief to see it do so well. And I just can't miss an opportunity to take a jab at Hancock while praising The Wackness at the same time!
In addition to the film's theatrical debut this weekend, two new positive reviews from top critics have hit. The first comes from USA Today's Claudia Puig, who says: "Funny and poignant, The Wackness is one of the better coming-of-age films to hit theaters in a while… Though teen angst is familiar cinematic turf, the key to the film's authenticity lies in Peck's winning performance." The second positive review comes from the very well-known New York Times critic A.O. Scott, who says the film: "makes a good-faith effort to steer clear of such clichés, and succeeds and fails in roughly equal measure… Mr. Levine is careful not to overstate the melodrama of young love, allowing Luke’s own longing and confusion to set the tone."
The most I can do now is tell you to check out Sony Pictures Classics' tentative release schedule and anxiously await the arrival of The Wackness in your own city. Although the film unfortunately hasn't been receiving positive reviews across the board, I'll continue to hold my breath and hope that it remains successful in theaters. It deserves to be a huge success, not only because it's a fantastic film, but because of the passion of everyone involved and because I want to prove to Sony Pictures Classics that indie gems can be huge hits with tender loving care. Please give this great little indie flick a chance when it swings by your city. I guarantee that you won't regret your experience. Has anyone had the chance to see The Wackness since it opened in New York and Los Angeles?