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"Hostel" Hoards the Mammon

More interesting by far than actual box-office numbers is the way in which they're sometimes reported. Take The Hollywood Reporter's lugubrious announcement that Eli Roth's "Hostel" walked away with the biggest slice of the pie over the weekend. I suppose it's good that horror films are still capable of frazzling the media, but take a look at this annoying snippet from THR's film page:

"While 'Hostel' did well in its opening weekend, it remains to be seen if the film can sustain a respectable run at the box office. The horror film scored dismally in exit polls, generating a 61% favorable grade, according to CinemaScore."

When's the last time you saw that kind of a qualifier attached to a headline about a box-office winner? I haven't seen "Hostel" yet, and I couldn't care less how much money any film makes in its first weekend. What interests me about the above comment is the condescension in the tone. It seems to me that someone's not as big a horror fan as they ought to be. Our work continues.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on January 9, 2006 10:59 PM
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