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NOT SO FUNNY RESULT FOR FUNNY STORY

October 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s Kind of a Funny Story had an unhappy ending at the box office this weekend. The Focus Features “dramedy,” which opened in only 742 theaters, was not expected to be a big draw at the box office; forecasters predicted that it would earn about $4 million, but some analysts suggested that if the movie received good reviews it had a chance of earning more. By and large, it received excellent reviews. A.O. Scott in the New York Times called it “disarmingly gentle, sweet and whimsical;” Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal said that he “enjoyed every moment of its beguiling saga,” and Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times remarked that the filmmakers set “a brisk pace, balancing light and dark moments, keeping the dialogue crackling and the humor intelligent and indulging in inventive flights of fancy along the way.” Nevertheless, it ended up earning just $2.1 million, to finish twelfth at the box office. “We’re disappointed it didn’t do more business because it’s such an enjoyable and entertaining film,” Focus’s distribution chief, Jack Foley, told the Los Angeles Times.