David Cross Gets His Wish: "Chipmunks 3" Chipwrecked at Box Office; No Fourth Film?

Posted 12:05 AM December 29th, 2011 by Senh Duong

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
My siblings and I liked “Alvin and the Chipmunks” when we were little. I had no problem with a movie version of it when it was announced. Well, except when it turned out to be not very good. Actually, "good" shouldn’t even be used in that sentence. It’s pretty bad, scoring 26% on the Tomatometer. That’s bad enough that David Cross, who played the villain in the film, dissed the first film saying he did it to pay his mortgage. The only problem is it not only became a big hit, it became a mega big hit, grossing over $217M at the box office when it was released during the Christmas holidays in 2007. Cross was contractually obligated to do two more films.

Two years later, the sequel “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” repeated the same feat: scoring an awful 21% on the Tomatometer, taking over $219M at the box office, and Cross describing the experience of working on the sequel “the most unpleasant experience I've ever had in my professional life.” That's too bad because he has one more to go.

A third film, “Alvin and Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” was released a couple weeks ago. This time the Tomatometer was even worst: 13%, only half of the first film! Fortunately, the box office experienced the same percentage drop too. The first two films opened to $44.3M and $48.9M respectively. The latest installment opened to just $23M. It’ll still gross over $100M at the end of its run, but will go nowhere close to the first two films' $218M average. With a budget of $75M, it’ll still make a decent profit for Fox. The question is will it be enough for them to greenlight a fourth film? Critics are hoping not.

I’m sure Cross is happy it’s kinda crapping out at the box office compared to the first two films. He’s completed his contract for the three films, so it probably doesn’t matter. At least now he won’t get bugged by the studio to do a fourth film.

To its credit, the franchise did make it to a third film. “Scooby-Doo” only made it to two. I’m betting that’s as far as “Smurfs” will get too. Yes, all these were favorites when I was little. I’m surprised people still know what they are. So far, as the source material, they make terrible movies.

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