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Posted: Nov. 22, 2003 2:51 am/pm Quote

Haunted Mansion opens in wide-release in the U.S. Wednesday, November 26, 2003.  Let's compare it's opening day, first 5 days Wednesday-Sunday and first Friday-Saturday-Sunday at the US domestic box office with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl".  I'm copying and pasting this information from the "Pirates" thread and the source is Box Office Mojo:

Pirates opened on a Wednesday (July 9, 2003) on 3,023 movie screens in the U.S.  On opening day it grossed $13,509,262.  On Pirates' first Friday-Saturday-Sunday after opening it played on 3,269 screens and grossed $46,630,690.  It's production budget was $140,000,000 and marketing costs are estimated to be $40,000,000.  As of November 13, 2003 Pirates has grossed in the U.S. $302,977,271 (and yes it's still playing in US theatres somewhere! ) and has been in domestic theatres for 128 days.  It's rated PG-13.  After Pirates' opening weekend it was ranked #1 at the US domestic box office.  Pirates' first 5 days of wide release (Wednesday through Sunday July 9-13, 2003) it grossed $70,625,971.  It took just ten days after opening to wide US domestic release for Pirates to reach $100,000,000, that was reached and exceeded on July 18, 2003.

So, again, we're going to compare Pirates of the Caribbean at the box office it's first week or so with how Haunted Mansion does Wednesday through Sunday November 26-30, 2003.  Haunted Mansion is rated PG.  Both are based on Disney theme park attractions, but they do not share the same producer, director or production personnel or stars.

After you see the movie, post your thoughts, reviews, opinions here.  Disguise spoilers.  After all the hype, is Haunted Mansion worth it or not?  Do you plan to see it?  Or skip it?  What did you think after your saw it, what did others in your family or movie party think?  Would you see it again?  Would you rent or buy it on home video later on?  Does it inspire you to go on the Disney attraction again?   Does it appeal to non-Disney fans or those who've never been to a Disney theme park?  Are the theme park attraction references captured well and are they fun, or too few and far between, or too many and they're distracting or annoying?  Should kids see it?  If so at about what age or maturity or life experience level?  Were your kids scared, or did you notice any scared kids in the showing you attended?  How full was the theatre or how hard was it to get tickets?  Early online chit-chat was mixed on whether the combination of Disney and star Eddie Murphy could pull off having HM be a box office hit, citing Eddie Murphy's mixed recent past successes as a doubting point.  Now that you've seen the movie (when you do) how is Eddie Murphy in it, does he carry it off and is his career on an upswing now because he appeared in this movie?  Please post your thoughts, etc. here.

Oh one last little question here:  Do you think real estate agents would enjoy this movie (I'm seriously asking! ) ?


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Posted: Nov. 22, 2003 10:04 am/pm Quote

I forgot now where I saw this, either Ultimate Disney.com or WDW Magic.com.  Some members of whichever site wrote to say they'd just returned from sneak previews of HM.  They loved it.  Didn't post spoilers.  Said the "Iz U" Nelly song is definitely in the closing credits only, movie's music itself more along the lines of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" and the Disneyland Paris Haunted Manor attraction.  They won't say what it is or if it's worth it to stay through the entire closing credits but imply there is a final scene at the end of the credits.  There are posts a HM movie soundtrack won't be released to the market until Tuesday November 25.  The music CD out now is actually music "inspired" by the idea of the movie, sung by pop stars singing spooky kinds of pop music and none of that CD is in the actual movie.

Rotten Tomatoes doesn't have any early buzz or reviews posted yet.


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Posted: Nov. 23, 2003 8:04 am/pm Quote

Myself, my DH, DS (15) and DS friend (16) attended the pre-screening of The Haunted Mansion yesterday.  IMHO it was just okay. I would definitely NOT bring little ones to see this.  

The story line is dark (I know you have to get ghosts somehow, but I really didn't like the visuals of how), and I jumped out of my skin at least twice during the movie (I hate suspense and then something popping out)! My family laughed at me.

It was the consensus of the entire family that it was just okay, it was no Pirates of the Caribbean, on the other hand it's not the flop that the Cat In The Hat appears to be.

The scenes from the ride were fun to do a nudge, nudge, hey check it out! As always there is a scene after the credits, but the credits on this one are long, but if you truly like the ride, the scene might be worth your wait.

Your experiences and opinions may vary.

During the preshow screenings something to note is that UNIVERSAL STUDIOS is releasing a version of Peter Pan, that looked great. I was shocked that it is a Universal film, complete with Tinkerbell.


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Posted: Nov. 23, 2003 9:56 am/pm Quote

As of Sunday morning November 23 the "Iz U" Nelly music video was UNavailable to view on the official movie WWW site.  It had been under "Previews and Clips", then choosing "Clips".  

I wonder if Disney got complaints about it?  Oh well, as it gets closer to wide release time or when the movie's soundtrack CD comes out then Disney might put it back.  But parents should perhaps be cautioned to preview the clip to determine if it's suitable for all the family to see.


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Posted: Nov. 23, 2003 10:00 am/pm Quote

Carol:

  I agree, no one knows a child like their parent.  Several people who also attended the preview yesterday, thought it was just fine for their small children ages 3-7.   My son is much older, and thankfully, I no longer need to make these judgement calls on PG and PG-13 movies only on R rated.  

 My opinion is based solely on how my son would have reacted to this movie when he was younger.  For him it would not have been received well at ages 3- oooohh maybe 10.

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Posted: Nov. 23, 2003 10:32 am/pm Quote

Quote (Kimski182 @ Nov. 23, 2003 10:00 am/pm)
  I agree, no one knows a child like their parent.  Several people who also attended the preview yesterday, thought it was just fine for their small children ages 3-7.   My son is much older, and thankfully, I no longer need to make these judgement calls on PG and PG-13 movies only on R rated.  

 My opinion is based solely on how my son would have reacted to this movie when he was younger.  For him it would not have been received well at ages 3- oooohh maybe 10.

Kimski, your comments and advice were "right on."  My comment about the clips, however, were specifically about the "Iz U" Nelly music video which had been on the official Haunted Mansion site.  If anyone missed the music video, think of a typical hip-hop video on MTV or BET.  The HM "Iz U" Nelly video featured people arriving at the Mansion for a party, a man and a woman are seen on top of a bed, then the bed starts bouncing inexplicably (ahem! ) .  It's suggestive.  I'm glad the video is removed (I told Rich about this change and he was glad, too. )  But definitely:  Parents, you have the chance here to see the previews, trailers, teasers and a bit of "Making of" online at the official movie site and determine for yourselves if this movie is suitable for everyone in your family to view.  "Iz U" Nelly's music is in the closing credits, according to what those on another site reported after they saw a preview of HM.   Just because Disney's name is on this and it's about a Disney theme park attraction don't assume it's appropriate for everyone to see it.  The special effects and sound that accompanies special effects can be very intense.  Explore the official movie site, take the HM "tour" by clicking on the logo medallion on the top of the frame, and see what you think.  

Our son will be age 8 in January, but he's very sensitive to "scary" stuff.  He can get through "Star Wars Episodes I and II" just fine.  He was actually OK with "Pirates of the Caribbean" even though that was PG-13 and had the skeletons in it.  But 99% of the time the PG rating represents very intense, sophisticated, more adult/mature material, so it's not an "automatic" that PG films are family films.  Our son shuts his eyes at WDW during the Haunted Mansion.  He liked the idea of going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party but once there he was kinda scared of it when night came.  He was too scared to go Trick or Treating this year.  He wants to see the WWW site for the movie, but runs out of the room in the middle of the Mansion tour.  When TV commercials for the movie come on his cable cartoon channels he runs out of the room.  So Rich and I agreed to "tag team" going to see HM.  One of us will flip a coin to see who goes first and who stays home to babysit Michael, then we swap.  This is kinda like "the baby swap" on some rides at Disneyland and WDW.  Other families/individuals mileages may vary.

BTW, Kimski, you mentioned seeing the "Peter Pan" live action movie preview when your family went to see HM.  Parents might want to be a bit forewarned about that, too.  I started a thread with a link to the official "Peter Pan" movie WWW site at Universal Studios.  Parents sensitive even about the preview clips may want to take a look before heading to the theatre to see HM.  The thread is over at the Off-Topic area of the Disney Echo.

Anyone who sees HM:  If you decide to post here after you see the movie, would you also be so kind as to list the movie previews if you can remember them?  It's fun to know what they are anyway, and parents who decide to bring their kids to the movie might want to know which of the previews seem intense or unsuitable ahead of time.  Movies all have official WWW sites, and if you knew ahead of time which previews you can visit their sites, see the previews at home before you leave for the theatre and make decisions about suitability for your whole family (for those families and individuals concerned their values be respected) .

Kimski, thanks for the post.  You provided some valuable information.  Thanks.

Anyone else see any previews, see the movie yet?  What did you think?


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Posted: Nov. 23, 2003 8:21 am/pm Quote

Kim & Carol.... thanks for the info.... I am 48 years old, and am easily scared... I also hate suspense and things jumping out at me... But I want to see this movie.... I will eventually be taking my 10 year old granddaughter.... (she made fun of me being afraid of Dinosaur! the ride..)  I hate that Carnotaur!
Kim,  if you wouldn't mind emailing me (Mick Mail) and letting me know the jumping parts... I am going alone the first time to this movie....I would appreciate it.... I am not, and never have been afraid of the ride... I saw the Disney show on how they did the special effects and for some reason, that worked for me, for this one ride...Rick Baker is the best in the business so I know his zombies and all will be scary looking... I just want to be prepared.... Don't want to be breaking out in hives if it's that scary.... (that happened to me at a thriller movie one time...it was embarressing...)


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Posted: Nov. 24, 2003 7:10 am/pm Quote

Good morning Marsha:

    Please bear in mind I love the ride, but when it comes to suspense I am the biggest wimp.  The last time I was conned into seeing a thriller movie, I spent the entire movie in the ladies room and ended up waiting in the lobby so I didn't have to watch.  

That being said, this is a Disney PG rated film, and in no way has the suspense or scare factor that a thriller or horror movie would have.  The couple of scenes where I jumped where typical for me, you believe the character is alone, and then they turn around and someone is standing there.  This gets me everytime - even when I know it's coming.  

    By all means go see the movie.  Others have loved it, we thought it was okay, but we were hoping for great like we thought Pirates was.  The special effects are great in Haunted Mansion!  I probably should have put that in my first post.  There is alot of comedic relief throughout the film as well.  

    Bear and in mind as well, this is only my families opinion, please go see for yourself, you may very well love it as I have seen many posts of Disney fans that do.  

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Posted: Nov. 24, 2003 1:39 am/pm Quote

Some negative buzz about the film is on Laughing Place's Disneyland discussion boards.  The originator put the thread there in order to compare movie to theme park attraction better and tie-into that relationship, as well as the originator felt more people read the Disneyland section than the Live Action Film discussion section.  Apparently in Los Angeles recently there were free tickets given out by Radio Disney for a preview, and  there may have been other previews as well.  People reporting back on that particular site were not happy.  If it's something you're curious about go to Laughing Place, click on Discussions, click on Disneyland, and the thread will be appropriately titled.  The on topic place for discussion is in Live Action Movies over there.

So I'm bracing myself, really, for mixed reviews.  That's OK.  I'm still curious to see this movie.  I mean, in the trailers and TV ads and online at the official WWW site's HM Tour, the barbershop quartet-like singing busts doing "Grim Grinning Ghosts" and the music from Phantom Manor attraction at Disneyland Paris has me looking forward to seeing it.  I already know and accept Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer have nothing to do with this movie so I can get past the fact and the emotion of "wanting" HM to be just like Pirates of the Caribbean.

As of Monday, 11/23/03 reviews are now starting to be posted on Rotten Tomatoes.  HM has a couple of positive reviews so far (red tomatoes) and a couple of negative reviews (green splats).  To be considered majority favorably reviewed a film has to amass 60% or higher positive reviews and then will be considered "Fresh" vs. "Rotten".  Parents concerned whether HM is appropriate for their children may want to sample the reviews:  Just find one of the thumbnail summaries and click it, the link will take you to the full review.  Enter in "Haunted Mansion" into the site's search engine or click, on the homepage, on the left column where you see the movie's title in Opening or Coming Attractions, something like that.


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Posted: Nov. 24, 2003 10:37 am/pm Quote

KIm, thanks for the warnings so to speak...  I will definately go on Wednesday when it hits Richmond....
Carol,  I have high hopes for this film too... Pirates would be hard to live up to...But, I definately want to see it... I think the box office will be different though.... It will be judged on a five day holiday weekend.... Cat In the Hat was # 1.... hard tobelieve with the press it got.... But, there is the Mike Myers draw.... We shall see....
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