Bad weather hurt both Yes Man and Seven Pounds during a very competitive fall season.

Disappointing Opening Weekends

on December 21, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Both Jim Carrey and Will Smith were hurt by the weather this weekend.

Snow storms in the Northeast and the Northwest prevented moviegoers from seeing both Yes Man and Seven Pounds during their opening frames.

According to studio estimates, both films failed to cross the $20 million mark at the box office. Considering that Carrey and Smith are two of the strongest box office draws working today, that's a huge disappointment.

Yes Man and Seven Pounds needed to make a lot of cash this weekend since Christmas Day is going to be so competitive. Normally, both films would be able to slowly gain more of an audience in the weeks and months to come, but that may not be possible now.

Smith had a strong box office hit this past summer with Hancock, so he didn't necessary need Seven Pounds to be a huge financial winner. Although, the fact that it has been ignored by the Golden Globes and critics groups is what really hurts.

At the box office, Seven Pounds will run into direct competition from other adult-themed films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Valkyrie and Frost/Nixon, which expands on Christmas Day.

Carrey, on the other hand, needed Yes Man to be more successful. His reputation took a considerable hit last year when The Number 23 was a critical and commercial dud. His next performance is in I Love You, Phillip Morris. The film focuses on a man who breaks out of jail because of his love for another man. While gay-themed dramas often find mainstream success, Carrey will have a very tough time convincing his conservative fans to see Morris.

Yes Man will see a decent chunk of its audience depart for Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, which opens on Christmas Day.

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