Bandslam opened this weekend and it hasn’t had a Twilight landslide at the box office. In honesty, we don’t know that anyone quite expected that, but our poll earlier in the week indicated that about 20% of those participating in the poll had not initially intended to see Bandslam, but were because the New Moon trailer was running in front of it and/or because of all the additional PR had sparked their interest.
Various reviewers talk about the film. Most seem to think that critically(not that it’s about to win an academy award), it was a much better script than they anticipated for something billed as a teen summer movie:
Hit Fix: “Another film hoping to generate some buzz was Summit Entertainment’s “Bandslam.” The universally well-reviewed teen rock band flick found only $880,000 at the box office Friday. That was even more disappointing for the mini-major taking into account “Twilight” fans were forced to see the picture to get a sneak peek at “The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s” new trailer. It’s clear many of the passionate fans were willing to wait until it debuts online next week or even longer (it may have been in Summit’s best interest to insist the trailer would never be available outside of theaters). In any event, the Vanessa Hudgens picture is hoping to inch toward $3 million for the weekend.”
On The Flix: “Summit Entertainment’s new Bandslam flick finally hit the the theaters this weekend,and after watching it, I must say, I felt good. It was a feel good type of movie that brought a good mixture of comedy,drama, and inspiration.”
Stephenie Meyer: “And finally movies. Mostly when I get out to a movie, it’s a kid’s movie. So Pixar’s Up was the highlight of my summer. And then this Saturday I went to see an actual grown-up people movie, yay! Admittedly, I went to see the New Moon trailer on the big screen (yes, I’m a total dork. Who cares? It was worth it). But then I stayed to see Bandslam because the reviews were so good, and I was glad I did. With my hopeless love of music coupled with my total lack of musical ability, I really dug Will. He’s my hero right now. It had a good soundtrack, as one might expect, a lot of very quotable one-liners, and it turned upside down some of those lame female-interaction stereotypes. It’s a good time.”
So, did you go to bandslam? If you did, what did you think of the specialty trailer? And do you think it has appeal for Twilight audiences?