It was yet another sad weekend at the box office. Nobody went to the movies, again, and The Expendables ended up winning for the second weekend in a row, even though it lost a whopping 62 percent of its audience from last weekend!
I thought Piranha 3D would play well with the college crowd, but then again, what do I know? People are now pointing the finger at the excessive 3D prices and saying those put a lot of people off. I wouldn't be surprised -- a lot of movie fans feel the 3D prices are a cash grab. The subject matter also didn't attract an audience. This was no "four-quadrant" movie to begin with, but the horror crowd, normally reliable for at least a $20 million haul, didn't show up -- possibly because they were turned off by the idea of a movie that played less for frights and more for laughs. I'm sure there were other reasons people passed on Piranha 3D.
As I see it, this movie basically was the second coming, in style and tone, of 2006's Snakes on a Plane. That was another campy animals-eating-humans movie, and had a huge Internet buzz going for it that Piranha 3D did not have to the same extent. Nobody went to Snakes on a Plane either, so really, what did you expect? It's too bad for Piranha 3D, but when a movie is made to attract cult audiences, you shouldn't be too surprised if the only people who show up are members of cults. Period.