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October 04, 2008

"Chihuahua" Bites Man: Bev Hills Dog tops at Box Office; Greg Kinnear Film a Flop

Give the people what they want. What do they want? Singing Chihuahua movies.

Beverlyhillschihuahua Two early estimates from the weekend box office: Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" movie will rake in $28.5 million, a serious box office sweep. Let's just get the concept behind this movie straight: a dog, best known from a taco commercial, visits Beverly Hills and experiences grand, Busby Berkeley-style celebration. That's entertainment!

Pity, by contrast, Marc Abraham. The talented and well-liked producer got his first shot at directing this weekend, with the Greg Kinnear film, "Flash of Genius." It's about a regular guy who invented windshield wipers, or something like that, and sues Detroit automakers for stealing his idea. (I admit: I haven't seen this film. Or Chihuahua-ville. I went to "Religulous," see previous.)

This may well be Abraham's last directing foray. The movie was rolled out in a very respectable 2,000 theaters, and is expected to take in $2.3 million. As the chihuahua would say:  Ooooouch.

Even "Religulous" made more than that: $3.4 million, by the first estimates. Meanwhile, Shia Lebeouf's "Eagle Eye" keeps pulling in big bucks, an estimated $17.5 million this weekend; so did "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," another of those light comedies, this starring the likeable nerd Michael Cera, taking in $12.1 millon, according to early numbers.Kinnear 

Updates and final numbers tomorrow.


Mr. Chihuahua, Teacup Chihuahua :-)

Okay, the film was a little heavy on the cheese, but I'm a huge Chihuahua fan so it had its moments and my kids LOVED it. I particularly like the "Chi-warrior". I wish I'd thought that word up! It so fits our family dog! The lost city was the best bit. My kid's, on the other hand, loved the iguana.

You've made me curious about "Religulous". Is it really spelled that way? Okay, I'm outta touch. I'm overseas and have a difficult time keeping up with the films. Just saw BH Chihuahua and its already 2009!

E "el Guapo" Kraemer

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