The box office receipts are in, and 'Where the Wild Things Are' is a hit. Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book, about a 9-year-old boy named Max (Max Records) who sails off to a gargantuan-creature-inhabited fantasy land, raked in a better than expected $32.5 million to be crowned king of the weekend box office. And it will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the story's journey from page to screen that it was adults and not families that accounted for the Wild Things' share of the audience. The box office receipts are in, and 'Where the Wild Things Are' is a hit. Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book, about a 9-year-old boy named Max (Max Records) who sails off to a gargantuan-creature-inhabited fantasy land, raked in a better than expected $32.5 million to be crowned king of the weekend box office. And it will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the story's journey from page to screen that it was adults and not families that accounted for the Wild Things' share of the audience.

According to Warner Bros., moviegoers aged 18 and older where responsible for 43% of ticket sales this weekend, while parents with children made up only 27%. In other words, score one for nostalgia-seeking hipsters!

The demographic breakdown may seem strange for a movie based on an illustrated kids' book, but it makes perfect sense if you consider the film's pedigree. It's directed by Spike Jonze, the man responsible for the cerebral, decidedly child-unfriendly hits 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation'; the soundtrack is by Karen O., the lead singer of indie-rock stalwarts the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs (not exactly a Barney-esque staple for the young-ins); and it's based on a book that most twenty- and thirtysomethings' parents read to them way back when they were children.


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In addition, while the film has been met with generally favorable reviews, many critics have expressed doubts as to whether the movie really appeals to younger crowds. But for their part Moviefone readers are decidedly split over whether the film is appropriate for children. Moviefone user Cindiesue42 says, "I saw this one with my 3 year old grandson, 20 year old son, and his girlfriend. We all loved it." And SCOAKES writes, "Best said by a little four year old sitting behind me: 'That was a really good movie.' The movie did connect with kids (and adults.)"

Somewhere in the middle is Prange Mantis, who praises the movie but cautions against bringing your little tyke to see it: "If you were a reader of this book as a child and are old enough to understand the symbolism and thought provoking world that they have created, this movie will blow your mind. If you want to take your young kids to see a movie with puppets, I recommend against it."

And, on the other end of the stick there's ACEdubs, who says that "Anyone under the age of 98 will be bored out of their mind. My wife and I took 6 children to see the movie and seriously considered asking for a refund."

See more Moviefone user reviews of 'Wild Things':

"Saw the movie and I think it's too boring and stupid for anyone to be scared of it. The kids I saw in there were as bored as I was and weren't even paying attention to it." -- Lisa

"I absolutely LOVED this movie! Yeah it was a little dark but it dealt with issues that adolescents and adults can relate to." --Hookstera

"My wife and I took two of our grandchildren to see this movie; they appeared only somewhat interested, showed little or no emotion (including any level of fear -- and they are generally very afraid of 'scary' movies and scenes) and we both fell asleep. I have to say it was one of the worst, most boring films I have ever seen. I strongly recommend not wasting money on this one." -- Ian

"I saw the movie and loved it. There are some intense parts, but that's what a parent's lap is for." -- Brian

"This movie was phenomenal. People should remember how little substance there is in the old children's book... it's almost entirely pictures, so for the expectation to be a happy movie mimicking the book exactly to make children smile just like it made you smile when you were little is unfair." -- Devil5231

"This movie was a huge waste of money. It displayed a little boy with anger issues and the animals the whole time being angry and desructive. 1 whole hour of his tantrums with the monsters was pointless. After 1 hour 5 minutes we walked out. No point to this stupid movie. Would not recommend it for anyone child, teen or adult. The directors should have there (sic) heads examined for wasting money to produce such garbage." --Sue

"I think the message was obvious, but not to children. It portrays how children feel sometimes, angry, happy, scared, and sad all within a few hours. Iit was very depressing. It kind of ruined my day." -- Kleomax88

"I love this movie. I took my niece to see this and despite some of its scarier scenes, she loved it as well. I think the problem most people have with this movie is that it isn't a typical 'kids' movie, which is what they were expecting. Sorry this didn't have cheesy dialogue, bad acting, bad computerized effects, and a bad Miley Cyrus pop theme song like so many of you are used to. Thank god real filmmakers took this project on and not the typical ones that give us those same old tired movies." -- JOEROBOTGEEK

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