December 16, 2008

Random Musing: Delgo

Wow. I am completely stunned - in a month filled to the brim with the best and brightest films the studios rush to release in time to be considered for Oscar contention, how in the world can a film like "Delgo" even make it out of the starting gate? Funny, it did not. Making almost $512,000 in its opening weekend in wide release, it is now being dubbed the "worst wide release opening ever" and "wide release bomb of the year." Jonathan Crow of Yahoo! Movies configures "Delgo"'s take on 2,160 screens: "That's an average of $237 per screen for the three days. If you figure there were five screenings a day, and assume ticket prices are about $8, that comes out to two people in the theater per showing." How pitiful...

...So how could a film like this do so badly? On the plus side, an all-star cast, including Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Michael Clarke Duncan, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Burt Reynolds, fills out the voice talents. On the other hand, 1.) Did you even know this movie was coming out? I certainly did not. Chalk this up to weak marketing through an independent distributor. And 2.) What about the quality of the movie? Or as Jonathan Crow accurately states, "Or lack thereof." 'Nuff said. Oh well.

Ladies and gents, expect to see this film coming soon to a $5 pile at Wal-Mart near you! Meanwhile, let us watch (or not) as it continues hopelessly on in the dredges of the holiday movie season.

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