I wanted the movie to succeed for the sake of the FEMALE DRIVEN COMEDY and it did, surpassing expectations. From the LA Times:
“Bridesmaids,” the Judd Apatow-produced comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kristen Wiig, had a better-than-expected debut with $24.4 million.
No, $24 million isn’t the stuff of blockbusters, but it’s more impressive than the anemic showing of recent romantic comedies. Here’s more:
Because there have been few R-rated female-driven comedies at the box office, Universal Pictures was unsure of how well “Bridesmaids” would perform. The studio had estimated the film would gross only about $15 million this weekend despite overwhelmingly positive reviews. (The movie currently has a 91% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)
“Bridesmaids,” about a comical group of women helping their friend prepare for her wedding, appealed mostly to females. The audience was made up of 67% women, and 63% of the crowd was over 30. Those who saw the film seemed to like it, giving it an average grade of B-plus, according to market research firm CinemaScore. The movie was produced by Universal Pictures and Relativity Media for $32.5 million, meaning it is off to a decent start at the box office.
The film’s opening is good news for star Wiig. Best known for her eclectic “SNL” characters, the actress had never before had a leading role in a film, although she’d put in memorable cameos in movies, including Apatow’s “Knocked Up.” “Bridesmaids” is also one of the better recent openings for the filmmaker.
Maybe there’s hope for my “Confessions of a She-Fan” script now. As currently written, it’s an R-type romantic comedy and if Kristin Wiig wants to play the heroine, it would be more than okay with me.