Money really doesn’t sleep. Sometimes at 2 a.m., I think I hear the sound of laughter and music from my billfold, as my tiny collection of George Washingtons boogies down until dawn. If my money is lonely—as it often is—I’ll sometimes find it sitting on the couch watching television, working the remote with its dog-eared corners.
This weekend, an estimated $19 million worth of excitable cash leapt from its owners’ pockets and into the coffers of Twentieth Century Fox, where it held a massive block party to celebrate Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps‘ top-of-the-box-office tally. The computer-animated flick Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, flapped its way into second place with an estimated $16.3 million, followed closely by holdover The Town. Another new release, You Again, managed only a fifth-place finish despite my very nice review.
But frankly, all the movies earned some accolades from the Plugged In staff this week. Adam R. Holz noted that the PG-13 Wall Street, while far from being family fare, was less problematic than its predecessor and boasted some pretty interesting messages. Bob Hoose thought The Owls of Ga’Hoole was pretty perilous in places, but it also had some nice lessons on heroism to pass along. You Again might’ve been a little silly, but it was remarkably free of content: You’ll hear worse language at the typical church potluck.
What does this mean? Nothing, most likely. The culture didn’t change this weekend. Still, it’s always nice when we can look at the slate of new films and smile—if only a little bit.