American Dreamz tanks, opening in ninth place

The movie that pretends to parody American Idol crashed and burned at the box office this past weekend.

According to final numbers, American Dreamz brought in just $3,667,420, an average of $2,444 on each of 1,500 screens, according to Box Office Mojo. In international theatres, it earned $1,203,140, for a total of $4,870,560. The film’s budget was $17 million.

The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes does the math and says “it would appear that slightly fewer than 600,000 people went to see ‘American Dreamz’ in its opening weekend.” She also reports on Idol executive producer Ken Warwick’s thoughts about the movie, which he gave during a conference call with reporters. “‘What fascinated me is that every single person’ with a role in the film has gone on a talk show and said they’ve never seen ‘American Idol’ … He speculated that the actors were all told by the studio, ‘Whatever you do, don’t say you’d seen ['Idol']‘ or that it ‘influenced your performance in any way.’”

‘Idol’ Parody Hits Sour Note at the Box Office [Washington Post]
Weekend Box Office Results, April 21-23, 2006 and American Dreamz (2006) [Box Office Mojo]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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