Score one for the icky.
Jacka– 3D, a cinematic collection of bizarre, dangerous and often really, really disgusting stunts, catapulted to the top of the box office like a Porta Potty slingshot this weekend, cresting at an estimated $50 million and becoming the highest-grossing October film in history. And we don’t use the word “gross,” in this instance, lightly.
Johnny Knoxville and Co. more than doubled the take of RED, the number two film, which scored a still-solid $22.5 million. Holdovers The Social Network and Secretariat nailed down the third and fourth spots, respectively.
I reviewed Jacka– 3D, the third film in the series (which, in turn, spun off from a popular MTV show). I am sincerely hoping I won’t review a fourth—though, from the weekend take, I’m almost positive they’ll make one. I know there are folks who love this sort of thing, but I just don’t quite grasp the appeal of watching people vomit and defecate on screen. In 3-D, no less. I’m sure if someone ever invents smell-o-vision, Knoxville and crew will be the first to leverage the new technology to its greatest and grossest potential, earning them even bigger dollars.
I can’t say that Jacka–is my cup of tea, but I’m not really surprised it did so well. I mean, really, the film helped pave the way for much of what we see on YouTube, so it’s fitting that it should benefit from the culture it helped create.
That said, I’m looking forward to getting back to reviewing films that have more plot and theme and less pain and scat.