I spend a lot of time talking about “the A-list”. Who’s A-list, who’s not, who used to be, who’s on their way, etc. When you say an actor or actress is on the A-list, most people know what you mean. But if you start analyzing who is or is not on the A-list, you’ll find that the term means different things to different people. There’s a lot of grey area there. In this article, I intend to nail down what it means to be on the A-list.
This past weekend, Dumb and Dumber To exceeded even the most optimistic box office projections. Critics were unkind to the sequel, but audiences who have been waiting twenty years for more Dumb and Dumber didn’t care. Now there’s talk of a Dumb and Dumber trilogy!
The box office success of Dumb and Dumber To has some people talking about a comeback for Jim Carrey. Carrey’s movie career has cooled over the last decade or so. His last unqualified box office hit was arguably Bruce Almighty in 2003. When a Dumb and Dumber sequel was announced, it seemed to some (myself included) like a desperation move. But now, it seems like a “hail mary pass” that connected.
The summer movie season is winding down as kids across the country are mostly back in school It’s been a lousy summer for Hollywood. It’s been so bad, that the studios could barely breathe a sigh of relief when two late summer releases over-performed. Last week, the third and likely final movie in the Expendables franchise tanked. This weekend, Expendables 3 dropped out of the top five entirely leaving a lot of aging action stars crying in their beers. The lone hold out from The Expendables 3, Bruce Willis, returned for Sin City 2, the long delayed sequel to the 2005 comic book noir hit. Even without the convenient excuse of an internet leak, Sin City 2 opened below The Expendables 3. That shredding sound you hear is everyone in Hollywood losing Frank Miller’s phone number.
The biggest new release this week was the adaptation of the YA novel, If I Stay. That movie, which starred Chloe Moretz, opened at #1 on Friday but fell behind during the remainder of the weekend. It will land at #3 for the weekend behind the massively popular holdovers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The space adventure from Marvel Studios reclaimed the #1 spot during its fourth week in theaters and will officially become the highest grossing film of the 2014 summer box office. Which is a dubious distinction considering how poorly the summer box office has performed, but appropriate for a movie about losers who come out on top.
As the lead of Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is now poised for big things. He’s launched a charm offensive by entertaining sick kids in costume and posting one of the more memorable ice bucket challenge videos. But has the Summer of Pratt earned the actor a spot on the A-list?