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Is "Hannah Montana" the Worst Hit Movie of 2009? If Not, What Is?

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I have already hammered Hannah Montana: The Movie in print, online, on video podcast and on Twitter. I now give up. I hereby accept that the Miley Cyrus exercise in tween star power pleased its audience.

Just who are those ticketbuyers? Variety reports that the audience on opening day was 79 percent female with 60 percent between the ages of 2 and 17. Two-year-old interest I can understand. But I have no respect for anyone past puberty who didn't pay for a ticket to Smiley Miley and then sneak into Seth Rogen's Observe and Report.

But, like I said, the fight is over. Hannah Montana: The Movie grossed a huge $34 million over the weekend even if it did drop a fat 40 percent from Friday to Saturday, suggesting the G-rated audience came out early. There's no arguing with money. Movies, up 12 percent over last year, are thriving in an economic recession. I only wish the public was turning out for the good ones. Instead, it's the crap that's selling. So here's my question: Is Hannah Montana: The Movie really the worst No. 1 movie to open so far in 2009?

Here are the other assaults on intelligence that rode the box-office to glory. I'd like to hear what you think is the absolute worst. The only qualification? Your movie choice must have raked in big bucks (Push and the Jonas Brothers 3D Concert actually tanked) and sucked like a retro rocket. Below are a dozen on my personal target list to get you started: "

  • BRIDE WARS
  • PAUL BLART MALL COP
  • KNOWING
  • HOTEL FOR DOGS
  • HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
  • TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL
  • UNINVITED
  • PINK PANTHER 2
  • THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT
  • RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
  • FAST AND FURIOUS
  • HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE
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