“Jackass 3-D”

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In 2000 MTV launched the hit TV series “Jackass”. It starred professional daredevils Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England, Preston Lacy and Jason “Wee-Man” Acuña. The show didn’t really have much of a plot, but consisted of these men performing dangerous, crude, ridiculous, and self-injuring stunts and pranks. Audiences loved the show, and made it one of MTV’s most popular programs.

After the show was cancelled in 2002, the cast reunited to film “Jackass the Movie”, as a farewell to their fans. However, to everyone’s surprise the movie was a big success at the box-office, grossing $79 million, which prompted MTV studios to green light a sequel. “Jackass Number 2” was released in summer of 2006 and was an even bigger box-office success, grossing $84 million.

Three weeks ago MTV studios released the third entry in the series entitled “Jackass 3-D”, trying to capture the recent success of most 3-D films. The film grossed $50 million its opening weekend setting the record for the biggest opening weekend for a movie released in the fall, and the highest grossing opening weekend for an R-rated comedy. So far “Jackass 3-D” has grossed $115 million at the box-office and is still bringing in impressive numbers.

How can a movie with no story, full of disgusting gross scenes and self-mutilation make so much money? It’s simple. Things like acting, story, and direction are all important factors for a successful movie, but not for “Jackass.” All “Jackass” has to do is show somebody doing something dangerous or disgusting and people roar with laughter. Audiences don’t want to think too hard when they go see a movie, especially a movie like “Jackass”. They want to be entertained – and for Jackass fans, there is plenty of entertainment!