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2008-12-07 3:12:14 PM  
Not many did. Opening weekend it lost out to The Big Chill and Amityville 3-D (seriously?). Thanksgiving weekend it did hit #1, but then dropped to #2 and then to #6 in the next couple of weeks. Its total box office take ($19M) was less than Return of the Jedi's opening weekend ($23M). My source was Box Office Mojo (pops).

It's just one of those movies whose genius was realized later.
 
2008-12-07 3:26:30 PM  
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"Fra-jee-lay...that must be Italian."
 
2008-12-07 4:11:36 PM  
Scut Farkus! What a rotten name! There he stood, between us and the alley. Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!
 
2008-12-07 4:16:34 PM  
What's "A Christmas Story?"
 
2008-12-07 4:24:39 PM  
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2008-12-07 4:32:17 PM  
It's a little known fact that Siskel did not die of cancer as was reported, in reality he died of soap poisoning. The true nature of his death was suppressed to spare his family the shame.
 
2008-12-07 4:36:10 PM  
Goddammit I miss Gene Siskel.
 
2008-12-07 4:36:46 PM  

NuttierThanEver: The true nature of his death was suppressed to spare his family the shame.


Ooooohhh Ffffffuuuddddggge!
 
2008-12-07 6:11:08 PM  
Deck the halls with boughs of horry, ra ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.
 
2008-12-07 6:11:44 PM  
This reminds me, I need to go get some Ovaltine
 
2008-12-07 6:12:01 PM  

Ennuipoet: NuttierThanEver: The true nature of his death was suppressed to spare his family the shame.

Ooooohhh Ffffffuuuddddggge!


Only I didn't say fudge. I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
 
2008-12-07 6:12:02 PM  
You'll shoot your eye out, kid.
 
2008-12-07 6:12:13 PM  
Joins the list of movies like Shawshank Redemption and Office Space that were deemed classics on repeated viewing, but did poorly at te box office.
 
2008-12-07 6:12:27 PM  
Fa ra ra ra ra,
ra ra ra ra.
 
2008-12-07 6:13:16 PM  
Well, put em down when you get to school.
 
2008-12-07 6:13:41 PM  
I hate this movie...
 
2008-12-07 6:14:51 PM  

Walosi: I hate this movie...


well you are a clearly and idiot.
 
2008-12-07 6:15:37 PM  

Fano: Joins the list of movies like Shawshank Redemption and Office Space that were deemed classics on repeated viewing, but did poorly at te box office.


Wouldn't The Big Lebowski fall into that category as well ??
 
2008-12-07 6:16:18 PM  
I'm fairly sure the kid wearing the leather pilot's hat & goggles while in line to see Santa became a fairly successful serial killer when he grew up.

"I liiiiike the Wizard of Ozzzz"
 
2008-12-07 6:16:37 PM  

Walosi: I hate this movie...


NADDA-FINGA!!!!
 
2008-12-07 6:17:33 PM  

jnisme: You'll shoot your eye out, kid.


ho... ho... ho...
/NOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!
 
2008-12-07 6:18:08 PM  
Watching this movie is a lot like masturbation: damn near every one does it, and few will freely admit to it.
 
2008-12-07 6:19:24 PM  

ttc2301: Watching this movie is a lot like masturbation:


someone's going to get shot in the eye?
 
2008-12-07 6:19:49 PM  
I've never seen it.

I've seen parts of it, of course, and I know most of the pop culture references to it, but I've never actually watched it all the way through.

I've just never cared enough to seek it out. Or not change the channel.
 
2008-12-07 6:20:17 PM  

Beerguy: Fano: Joins the list of movies like Shawshank Redemption and Office Space that were deemed classics on repeated viewing, but did poorly at te box office.

Wouldn't The Big Lebowski fall into that category as well ??


No. That movie sucks no matter when you watch it.
 
2008-12-07 6:20:18 PM  
Porn star!!

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2008-12-07 6:20:42 PM  

lelio: ttc2301: Watching this movie is a lot like masturbation:

someone's going to get shot in the eye?


+1
 
2008-12-07 6:21:06 PM  

OrlandoTwo4: Walosi: I hate this movie...

well you are a clearly and idiot.


Ouch. Bad time to fail at putting together a coherent sentence.
 
2008-12-07 6:21:12 PM  

OrlandoTwo4: Walosi: I hate this movie...

well you are a clearly and idiot.


That showed him.
 
2008-12-07 6:21:35 PM  
One of my favorite movies of all time.

And the number two Christmas movie behind It's A Wonderful Life.
 
2008-12-07 6:23:06 PM  

oldebayer: What's "A Christmas Story?"


Seconded
 
2008-12-07 6:23:26 PM  
A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 
2008-12-07 6:23:31 PM  
Later on in life, Flick would receive the best gift of all:

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2008-12-07 6:24:29 PM  

michaeld5: Porn star!!


WTF? That thought just damaged my psyche.
 
2008-12-07 6:25:22 PM  

Kevin5280: It's just one of those movies whose genius was realized later.


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agree...
 
2008-12-07 6:25:23 PM  
One of the greatest nostalgic films of all time. (America 1940s)

Woody Allen's "Radio Days" is very similar.

Only those who are utterly ignorant of American culture would have contempt for either of these magnificent films.
 
2008-12-07 6:25:39 PM  
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2008-12-07 6:25:53 PM  
My dad says this movie is so entertaining for him because the writer nailed it.

On an aside, the EXACT thing happened to me the Christmas morning my dad gave me a pellet/bb gun. I shot across the yard at a metal box and the bb came right back and hit me in the glasses. Yes, I can confirm the icicle excuse is a viable one.
 
2008-12-07 6:26:37 PM  
BUMPASSES! SONSOFbiatchES!!!!
 
2008-12-07 6:26:45 PM  
Love it as well. And "The Bishop's Wife". Not "The Preacher's Wife", the original. They never show it. Finally bought the DVD, but there's something special about catching an old movie on TV.
 
2008-12-07 6:26:50 PM  

Beerguy: Fano: Joins the list of movies like Shawshank Redemption and Office Space that were deemed classics on repeated viewing, but did poorly at te box office.

Wouldn't The Big Lebowski fall into that category as well ??


I saw The Big Lebowski opening weekend with my parents (I was in high school at the time). We made up half of the audience. I don't think I've heard my parents laugh that much ever before or since. I wanted to see it again, but my friends wouldn't go, they thought it'd be lame.
 
2008-12-07 6:27:36 PM  

D-Liver: OrlandoTwo4: Walosi: I hate this movie...

well you are a clearly and idiot.

Ouch. Bad time to fail at putting together a coherent sentence.


Don't worry, this is the internet. We mock morons in their own language now.
 
2008-12-07 6:27:49 PM  

michaeld5: Porn star!!


According to Wiki 'He re-emerged in the early-mid 1990s in adult films doing heterosexual oriented movies, mostly in a "non-sex" (acting only) capacity. In 1997, he won an AVN Award for Best Non-Sex Performance in Silver Screen Confidential.'

Thank god...

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2008-12-07 6:29:00 PM  
I like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation better... still a good movie though.

My wife has never seen either, believe it or not... of course she has seen Elf about 100 times.
 
2008-12-07 6:29:06 PM  

WFern: michaeld5: Porn star!!

According to Wiki 'He re-emerged in the early-mid 1990s in adult films doing heterosexual oriented movies, mostly in a "non-sex" (acting only) capacity. In 1997, he won an AVN Award for Best Non-Sex Performance in Silver Screen Confidential.'

Thank god...


So he didn't get to play with The Toy?
 
2008-12-07 6:31:36 PM  

I Like Bread: D-Liver: OrlandoTwo4: Walosi: I hate this movie...

well you are a clearly and idiot.

Ouch. Bad time to fail at putting together a coherent sentence.

Don't worry, this is the internet. We mock moronsmorans in their own language now.


FTFY

And yea, that movie sucked donkey balls.
 
2008-12-07 6:32:40 PM  
NOT a hater and it would be on my Top 15/20 list of Christmas movies.

I just wish it was a little tighter, it drags in places.

And the stories that Shepard wrote are even funnier than the movie.

Kinda wish Siskel was still around too, he might balance out some of Ebert's more biased tentencies of late.
 
2008-12-07 6:33:02 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: Beerguy: Fano: Joins the list of movies like Shawshank Redemption and Office Space that were deemed classics on repeated viewing, but did poorly at te box office.

Wouldn't The Big Lebowski fall into that category as well ??

No. That movie sucks no matter when you watch it.


Yeah, well, that's just like... your opinion, man.
 
2008-12-07 6:34:20 PM  
What's not to love...
The Bumpuses had at least 785 smelly hound dogs.
 
2008-12-07 6:37:19 PM  
Now, I had heard that word at least ten times a day from my old man. He worked in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium; a master.
 
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