Here's proof of what I say: the numbers!
Talk about a sucker punch! The golden age of Zach Snyer may be over. His Sucker Punch, a $75 million epic based on yet another graphic novel, premiered at #2 with $19 million. Depressingly, it was beaten by a presold property, a sequel to Diary of A Wimpy Kid (subtitled Rodrick Rules!) that took the weekend with $24 million. It reportedly cost $18 million to make. I don't want to think about what this means.
This weekend I took in Of Gods and Men, a contemplative true story of French monks in Algeria, coming to terms with terrorism in their community. I have no idea what it cost, but considering the subject matter, the fact that it made $333,000 is the stuff of prayer. It's pretty good by the way, a combination essay/thriller. Worth seeing, if you can find it.