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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

So How's 'Burlesque' Doing At The Box Office?

If, like me, you've been morbidly curious to watch how Christina Aguilera/Cher flick Burlesque performs at the box office, then you're probably just as surprised to find that, after an avalanche of bad reviews (and a 35% rating on RottenTomatoes.com), the movie has grossed nearly $20 million since its release last Wednesday.

In fact, while attendance for both Harry Potter and Tangled dropped off from Monday to Tuesday, it shot up for Burlesque. Likewise, the soundtrack, which debuts on the new Billboard Top 200 chart this week at #18 with 63,000 copies sold, has been hovering in the Top 10 on iTunes since the weekend.

(I should mention that, yes, I saw the movie—on Thanksgiving, no less! Knocking back several cocktails at dinner beforehand is definitely the way to go, though, c'mon—Burlesque is not as bad as some are making it out to be. Oh, sorry—that might be the alcohol talking?)

It's probably safe to say that the film's $55 million budget won't be recouped in U.S. ticket sales alone. In fact, it's probably more likely that Cher will have her original tits screwed back on. But once overseas box office numbers are factored in, Burlesque will escape being a Glitter-like flop.

Or, for that matter, even a Bionic-like flop.

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