Looks like Prince of Persia will be coming in third at the box office this weekend in the United States. That puts it squarely behind an animated ogre whose target audience wasn't even born the first time DreamWorks trotted him onto the big screen and a television adaptation that's getting almost as many headlines for its implied racism as for its thin storyline.
What can I say? America likes its sequels. (So how unfortunate that Prince of Persia's chances for one just got a little slimmer...)
On the upside, despite what those of us who live here like to think, the United States isn't the only country in the world, and Prince of Persia dominated the international market this weekend, pulling in far more than those other two movies combined, and finishing first in at least 40 out of 47 markets.
And Prince of Persia is already the 11th highest grossing adventure movie set in the desert of all time. So that's gotta be good, right?
Alright, I'm trying too hard to make this sound better than it actually is. It's my fault. I didn't start my "Stand With Jake...Or Die!" campaign until far, far too late. I take complete and full responsibility for Prince of Persia's U.S. box office numbers this Memorial Day weekend.
I just hope Jake doesn't take any of this personally. After all, the movie is a success for him any way you look at it; regardless of how many people see it, he got a LEGO out of the deal.
Yeah. Still awesome.