A few weeks ago it seemed like a no brainer. “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” would beat out “Step Brothers”. Roger Ebert even gave The X-Files a 4 ½ out of 5 approval score. He had nothing really good to say about Step Brothers, focusing on the over-the-top language. On opening weekend I noticed that “The X-Files” pulled a mere $10 million and Step Brothers brought in a substantial $30M. I was blown away.
I really liked the title “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.” I though, here is a film that would connect with a lot of people, because so many struggle with their faith. Remembering Will Farrell’s unfunny comedy Semi-Pro opening weekend –a $15M flop– earlier this year, I was not looking forward to Step Brothers.
So, I admit that I do not get it. The only saving grace this past weekend was “The Dark Knight” which held the #1 position with an amazing $75M! Did anyone else find the low box-office for the once popular X-Files perplexing?