What Audiences Want

Are they booing, or just cheering on the terror birds?Not surprising: Roland Emmerich’s “10,000 B.C.” topped the box-office this weekend, taking in an estimated $35.7 million despite being liked by, well, no one.

Of course, first-weekend grosses are never indicative of a movie’s quality; they just reflect the level of interest in a given title. When toxic word-of-mouth sends next weekend’s numbers through the floor, that’s how you gauge the audience’s feelings. And it’ll totally happen.

Somewhat more surprising is the revelation that “The Golden Compass” has turned into quite the juggernaut overseas: As Variety reports, it’s on track to become the first feature to crack $300 million in international revenue without breaking $100 million domestically. Which means we might end up getting those sequels after all.