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Dukes of Hazzard - US Box Office & reaction

Story by: Jack Foley

THE Dukes of Hazzard raced to the top of the US box office n its first weekend of release, taking a creditable $30.6 million in its first three days, according to distributor Warner Bros. Pictures.

The $53 million film is based on the popular 1980s TV show about two good' ol boys, their Dodge Charger, The General Lee, and the cops on their trail. Oh, and the presence of a buxom cousin (who also wears hot pants) might have helped.

Interestingly, about two-thirds of the audience was aged under 25, according to advance statistics, indicating that older fans of the show were not strongly inclined to go and see it, especially since a former star urged them to stay away.

The negative reviews may also have put off the more discerning viewer, although young men probably enjoyed the comedy pairing of Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville, as well as the sight of Jessica Simpson.

Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson co-star in a film that struggled to find many fans among critics.

US reaction

Word on the Dukes of Hazzard was not at all good, with many viewing it as facile and a sign that Hollywood was running out of ideas.

The Los Angeles Times, for instance, wrote: "With no plot, character or dialogue worth experiencing, let alone remembering, the film merely occupies space on the screen and hopes for the best."

While Rolling Stone lamented that 'there's a stink coming off the big-screen Dukes of Hazzard that even fans of the TV series (1979 to 1985) won't be able to shake out of their nostrils'.

And the New York Times opined: "The Dukes of Hazzard is the latest evidence that, for Hollywood studios at least, there can never be too much of a mediocre thing."

There were some positives, however, among those critics who took the film at face value.

Among these was Newsday, which wrote: "It's as dumb as a bag of hammers and as cheesy as, well, macaroni and cheese. But it's a movie that knows how inconsequential it is at the outset and doesn't care much whether you can party with it or not."

While the Washington Post declared that 'this is one unusual case in which aiming for a middling C grade turns out to be A-plus work'.

And Variety concludes this overview by stating: "Assuming that someone was determined to remake this mediocre but iconic TV show, this is probably as good as it's going to get."

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