What's happened to America's sense of humor? Owen Wilson's Drillbit Taylor became the second high-profile comedy to tank at the box office this month, peaking at #4 on the charts and taking in a mere $10 million in ticket sales. Audiences flocked once again to Jim Carrey's Horton Hears a Who, and—predictably—Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (co-starring Sofia Vergara) swooped into the #2 spot. Vantage Point, starring Zoe Saldana, is still hanging in the top 10, pulling in an additional $3.8 million bucks for a total gross of $65 million. Not bad for a cheap rip-off of an episode of 24.
The biggest news at the box office this weekend was the outstanding performance of La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon), which broke the record for the biggest opening of a Spanish-language film in the U.S., grossing a total of $3.5 million from 266 theaters. The film did well with both art-house and Latino audiences, according to distributor Fox Searchlight's head Peter Rice. Film also opened this weekend in Mexico as the #2 film, and the 6th biggest opening ever for that country.
BMI is honoring Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla in a ceremony in Beverly Hills this week. The man behind the scores for Babel and Brokeback Mountain will be named a BMI Icon.