Sure, the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn starrer "The Break Up" toppled "X-Men" its opening weekend, but can Aniston's die-hard fans save the film once word of mouth gets out? Because when 89 out of 132 reviewers give the film a rotten rating on the "Rotten Tomatoes" website, you know it wasn't advance buzz that brought out the crowds.
Now, it must be determined how much of that opening weekend pie was split between the former "Friends" star's fans to whom she can do no wrong, the looky-loos who turned out to see if they might be able to detect on-screen the point in the film the couple actually started falling for one another off-screen, and those just honestly wishing for the first decent romantic comedy of the year.
JenniVince and "The Break Up" obviously fared much better than the gargantuan Bennifer flop "Gigli" that starred that other Jennifer, as in Lopez -- y'all remember, Jenny from the Block? -- and her then-fiancé, Ben Affleck. Was that because "Gigli" was an inferior product to "The Break Up," or because by the time "Gigli" came out, the public had grown oh-so-tired of the entity of Bennifer that seemed to be everywhere?
Of course, thanks to tabloid tenacity, Aniston and Vaughn have been overexposed as well, but not because they've been as open with the PDAs (public displays of affection) that Lopez and Affleck had no problem showing. Aniston and Vaughn's reluctance to even acknowledge the relationship between them certainly added to the curiosity factor that upped the opening weekend box-office tally.