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The PBCS Movie Standings: Where Adam Sandler Is Put In His Proper Place

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    Adam Sandler's "Jack And Jill" is already being universally acknowledged as one of the worst movies of the year. The thing got a 3 on Rotten Tomatoes, people. A THREE. There are snuff films directed by Vincent Gallo that have scored better than a three. And yet, Sandler's remarkably lazy and unfunny effort still managed to scrounge up $26 million at the box office. You can see for yourself below (figures via Box Office Mojo). Be sure to make a sad clown face when you do.

    1. Immortals - $32.0M

    2. Jack and Jill - $26.0M

    3. Puss In Boots - $25.5M

    4. Tower Heist - $13.2M

    5. J. Edgar - $11.5M

    6. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas - $5.9M

    7. In Time - $4.2M

    8. Paranormal Activity 3 - $3.6M

    9. Footloose - $2.7M

    10. Real Steel - $2.0M

    It's less a box office chart than it is a damning indictment of our taste as American moviegoers. Thankfully, Sandler didn't capture the top spot this week, thanks to director Tarsem's nonsensical (but awful purty) swords-and-sandals epic "Immortals." But I feel like "J&J" still gets far too much credit in the above rankings, especially since the box office didn't factor in the critical drubbings or the movie's $79 million budget. Seriously, someone spent $79 million to dress Sandler up like a girl. That's lunacy. Let's plug everything into our PBCS formula and make these rankings come correct.

    1. Puss In Boots - 204

    2. Paranormal Activity 3 - 157

    3. Immortals - 81

    4. Harold & Kumar - 60

    5. Tower Heist - 55

    6. Courageous - 51

    7. J. Edgar - 47

    8. Footloose - 28

    9. Moneyball - 21

    10. In Time - 10

    Ahhhh. Isn't that better? For the record, "Jack & Jill" scored a 2 on the PBCS-O-meter this week. It doesn't even show up in our top ten, which is as it should be. It's almost as if it never existed, and that's comforting. Meanwhile, "Puss In Boots" has shown remarkable staying power, rising to the top of our rankings in its third week of release. And the huge budget for "Immortals" makes its opening salvo look underwhelming in retrospect.

    Two other things to note: "Like Crazy" would have scored a 575 if we hadn't instituted our "You gotta make $1 million" rule. And Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" had the weekend's best per-theater average. In wider release, you might see it show up here. Thankfully, "Jack and Jill" shall remain consigned to oblivion.