The movie, which features Jenn Proske and Matt Lanter as Becca Crane and Edward Sullen, has shot to the top of the film charts, scoring more than $4 million (£2.6 million) from first-day receipts on Wednesday (18Aug10).
The film will compete with new releases Lottery Ticket, The Switch, Piranha 3D and the Nanny McPhee sequel, which all launch on Friday (20Aug10).
However, early indications suggest Stallone's The Expendables will stay at the top of the box office charts for a second week.
Wednesday Daily Box Office Rally
First Place - Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg's latest pop culture parody fest Vampires Suck took aim at the beloved Twilight franchise and came away with over $4 million at the box office Wednesday night. The comedy opened yesterday in almost 3,000 theaters nationwide.
Second Place - Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables may have fallen to second place, but the old school actioner still had legs yesterday, raking in just over $3 million at the box office for a cumulative $45.66 million gross since it opened last Friday with star power from the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Jet Li.
Third Place - Julia Roberts' romantic travelogue Eat Pray Love was third at the box office Wednesday, garnering $2.9 million. The film is playing in over 3,000 theaters and has grossed $32.43 million since it opened opposite The Expendables last Friday.
Daily Box Office Top 12 Movies for Wednesday, August 18, 2010:
Domestic Total1. Vampires Suck
$4.02M2. The Expendables
$45.66M3. Eat Pray Love
$32.43M4. The Other Guys
$252.9M6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
$14.65M7. Despicable Me
$225.5M8. Step Up 3D
$32.94M9. Dinner for Schmucks
$61.53M10. Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
$105.8M12. Toy Story 3
*Wednesday daily box office numbers provided by Hollywood.com Box Office.
Check back Friday for the Thursday Daily Box Office Rally results!
The pointlessness of mocking that which is already inherently funny or which has already been parodied incessantly by others is pretty much self-evident but don’t tell that to filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer who’ve been ignoring that axiom rather lucratively for the better part of a decade. Their particular brand of generic plain-wrap satire seen in such films as Date Movie Epic Movie and Disaster Movie (I’m still waiting for them to parody themselves with Movie Movie but that might be a bit too meta) still holds a firm foothold over the shrinking yet nonetheless significant segment of the movie-watching audience that lacks broadband access to the internet where better parodies can be found in abundance on such sites as funnyordie.com or colleghumor.com or even among the amateur offerings on YouTube.
Their latest effort Vampires Suck has them taking on the current vampire-obsessed zeitgeist with a special emphasis placed on the Twilight franchise. Stephenie Meyers’ teen vampire saga is the Jenna Jameson of parody targets already ravaged every which way and from every angle and yet always ripe for another impaling.
And so it’s time for Friedberg and Seltzer’s ride on Twilight’s community bicycle ragged and worn as its seat may be and they predictably skewer its chaste melodrama with their trademark blend of lowbrow slapstick and obvious puns many of which involve little more than the switching of a few letters in a word: Twilight’s setting of Forks Washington is re-christened Sporks; its heroine Bella Swan becomes Becca Crane (newcomer Jenn Proske impressively mimicing Kristen Stewart's famously twitchy demeanor); her vampiric boyfriend Edward Cullen becomes Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter) Jacob Black becomes Jacob White (Christopher N. Riggi) and the Volturi become the Zolturi. Scattered about are similarly uninspired pokes at other pop-culture phenomena including Gossip Girl The Jersey Shore and Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Vampires Suck’s hit-to-miss joke ratio averages around one in five just below the Mendoza Line but still better than the average re-run of King of Queens. Which I fear is more than enough for some lazy studio exec to greenlight still more stale Friedberg and Seltzer collaborations. I can only assume 3D Movie is already in the pipeline.