Bad Grandpa Finally Takes Gravity Down
While 'The Counselor' never even blasts off
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2013 2:03 PM CDT
Johnny Knoxville, left, as Irving Zisman and Jackson Nicoll as Billy in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Sean Cliver)

(Newser) Gravity finally came down to Earth this weekend, relinquishing its No. 1 place at the box office to Johnny Knoxville's prank-fueled Bad Grandpa. The Jackass genre flick fooled $32 million out of moviegoers, while the Sandra Bullock-starring space thriller earned another $20.3 million—bringing its overall gross to an out-of-this world $199.8 million, the LA Times reports.

Not even in the same orbit, widely-panned Ridley Scott star vehicle The Counselor debuted to a meager $8 million, putting it at No. 4. It was bested by Tom Hanks-fronted Somali pirate film Captain Phillips, which plundered $11.8 million in its third week, per the Hollywood Reporter. And at No. 5, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 grossed $6.1 million.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 10, 2013 6:32 PM CST
You have to understand the comedy of Johnny Knoxville. First of all, if you don't, then just stay away. Nobody's making you buy a ticket and attend the movie. Protest with your inaction. Next, his movies hit a vein in the Cinéma vérité style (sorry for proper spelling of that phrase, don't want professor deducting points). For Bad Grandpa, its a collection of his television vignettes as they are set up with non-informed participants who are then asked to sign releases when the scene is done. You might also call it guerrilla film as the crew and two principals are the only ones in the know. It had me rolling in the aisle most of the movie but then again so did the previous movies with the exception of any poop gags. I can handle the gag with the hardware store toilet but I can't handle most of them. I also love golf cart comedy having seen people lose brakes and watch contacts get stuck on electric carts. Seeing someone roll into a lake or hit a building still cracks me up especially if its an 90 year old golfer.
Oct 28, 2013 12:16 PM CDT
And we wonder why this country is at the bottom of so many lists...
Oct 27, 2013 11:45 PM CDT
I miss the classics like Fountain Head, today's movies are recycled, mind numbing garbage.