August 22nd, 2011
04:53 PM ET
"Fright Night," "One Day," "Conan the Barbarian" and "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" were the new movies at the theater this weekend, but it was actually the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's "The Help" which won the box office.
The movie pushed past the well-received "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" to earn an estimated $20.5 million this weekend, leaving the four newbies with more paltry openings.
Although "Spy Kids" did the best out of the foursome with $12 million, we're going to start with "Fright Night," since apparently none of you went to go see Jessica Alba's kid movie with Aromascope.
"Fright Night," a remake of the 1985 horror-comedy starring Colin Farrell as the monster-next-door Jerry, Anton Yelchin as Charley Brewster and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as his friend Ed, was a win for both moviegoers and critics.
The Washington Post said it "stands apart" from other Hollywood remakes by "accomplishing something rival remakes rarely do: It improves on the premise it has been handed, producing a modernized version of a decades-old story that's superior to its predecessor in virtually every aspect."
Rolling Stone voted that "menace and mirth" clicked in the original, and it does it again in the Craig Gillespie-directed version. For both Rolling Stone and moviegoer TwixleBucket, Farrell gave the perfect combination of scares and giggles.
"Conan the Barbarian," meanwhile, didn't manage to improve upon its 1982 predecessor starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. "'Conan' may slay foes, but he can't entertain to save his swarthy hide," USA Today critiques.
While some of you agree - see the scathing 140-and-under reviews above - E! Online and iReporter Brett Martin tried to look on the bright side. "It may be ridiculous as all get-out, but the fact that the exaggeration is so irony free is charming in its own way," says E!, which gave the film a grade of B-.
iReporter Martin offered a three out of five stars, adding that "mystical Kingdoms, prophets, and soothsayers seem to be popular subjects these days……and with a bloodthirsty barbarian like Conan on the hunt, this film has a built in audience."
Do you agree or disagree with the critical consensus? Next week, "Our Idiot Brother," "Colombiana" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will be up - tweet us your reviews @CNNShowbiz!
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