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Yogi Bear: Live-Action Movie Debuts in Second Place with Poor Reviews

Yogi Bear movieThe “long-awaited” Yogi Bear movie arrived in theaters this weekend. Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, this live action movie stars Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Nathan Corddry, Andrew Daly, and Josh Robert Thompson.

The picture opened in second place and an estimated $16.7 million over the weekend. It was handily beaten by the Walt Disney Company’s Tron: Legacy which is based on the 1982 Tron film. The new Tron opened to $44 million in ticket sales across the U.S. and Canada. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, which opened last weekend, was in third place with $12.4 million. This marked the sixth straight weekend in which ticket sales fell.

Yogi Bear has received largely negative notices from reviewers. It’s averaged a “C-”, based on grades from critics at The Boston Globe, E! Online, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and FilmCritic.com.

The combination of poor reviews and a weak opening box office means that Yogi Bear’s time in the theaters will likely be a short one. Will there be a sequel, even a direct-to-DVD one? Time will tell.

Did you see the movie? What did you think of Yogi Bear? Do you recommend it or are you sorry you wasted your time?

 

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Rodney Newton January 4, 2011 at 7:30 am

My four year old wanted to leave halfway through this movie…It was that bad! I was willing to take one for the family and sit through but he insisted on leaving after not finding anything funny or entertaining in the first 45 minutes. I was disappointed to say the least.

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Clarice January 3, 2011 at 12:49 am

My family and I loved the movie! We did not see it in 3D but my sister’s family did and they were afraid Yogi’s picanic basket grabber was headed right for them….reviewers can say what they want but it’s the movie going public that has the final say…..all generations still love that bear and his pal!

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Greg December 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

This movie was a joke at best. It’s targeted to kids, but the colors are all dark and gloomy. Who wants their kids to be depressed?

Also, the comments section of the website here is messed up. I have to use TAB to get this field typeable. It’s been that way for a few months now.

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admin December 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

@Greg: Not sure why you’re having a hard time commenting. What browser and operating system are you using? It’s been tested on several.

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