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Stiller focks things up for Bridges

As expected, Christmas weekend was a busy one. What was unexpected was how busy it was for the Little Fockers. Skyrocketing to number one, this sequel proved that people want fun and laughter during the holidays rather than grit and tech. A pleased Jeff Bridges rode a horse and lightcycle to spots #2 and #3 in the box office with True Grit and TRON. Probably the highest anticipated film of the year, TRON Legacy has already become one of the biggest disappointments within 7 days of its opening. Falling to 3rd, the estimated budget of $170-230 million dollar reboot no doubt has some Disney Execs wondering if they should be expecting their Christmas bonus or  severance notice. Hopefully with the failure of Yogi Bear it will discourage future pirates from trying to make a quick buck off of a past children’s classic.   

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1   Little Fockers N/A $34,016,320 $48,302,320 1  
2   True Grit Paramount Pictures $25,600,000 $36,818,000 1  
3   TRON: Legacy N/A $20,107,000 $88,296,000 2  
4   The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Fox Walden $10,800,000 $63,928,571 3  
5   Yogi Bear N/A $8,800,000 $36,785,000 2  
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Johnny Knoxville Kicks Jackass in the box office



It’s kind of a sad world we live in where Jackass 3-D has a $50 million opening weekend. Not only does it perpetuate the silly antics of Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and boys, but the myth that 3-D makes for a good movie. Oh well, I guess there is no accounting for taste. It’s unfortunate since an infinitely more creative movie like Bruce Willis’ RED earned only $22 million- a far second from first. Budgeted at $40 million, The Social Network has brought in a modest $63 mil in it’s third week. Nothing of consequence opens next weekend, which means Knoxville and boys will probably kick jackass for one more weekend (*sigh).

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1   Jackass 3D Paramount Pictures $50,000,000 $50,000,000 1  
2   Red N/A $22,500,000 $22,500,000 1  
3   The Social Network Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group $11,000,000 $63,119,000 3  
4   Secretariat Walt Disney Studios Distribution $9,503,000 $27,517,000 2  
5   Life as We Know It Warner Bros. Pictures $9,200,000 $28,865,000 2  

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The Box Office never sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps ended up on top of the box office. The sequel to the 1987 Wall Street did a modest $19 million. The atypical Zack Snyder production Legend of the Guardians only brought in $16 million. The rest of the box office was filled with lackluster performers with The Town having the most critical acclaim with a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Opening this weekend, The Social Network (100% so far on RT) which is about the story of the start of a little known website called ‘Facebook’.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 20th Century Fox $19,000,000 $19,000,000 1
2 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $16,335,000 $16,335,000 1
3 The Town Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $16,030,000 $49,117,000 2
4 Easy A Sony Pictures Releasing $10,700,000 $32,814,000 2
5 You Again N/A $8,300,000 $8,300,000 1

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The summer of ‘meh’…

George Clooney’s The American rounded out the summer season with a modest take of $13 million for the weekend. It was followed by a long list of mediocre performances by mediocre movies. This has been an interesting summer with disappointing results. USA Today posted an insightful article to what happened and how the movie-going experience is changing.

By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

How you view Hollywood’s summer movies depends largely on how you measure success.If you’re a dollars-and-cents fan, summer 2010 marked a new record for revenues, with $4.35 billion in ticket sales in the USA and Canada, according to Hollywood.com.

But if you measure the health of the industry by how many people actually go see movies, things aren’t so rosy. Attendance this summer was 552 million, the lowest total since 1997.

Hollywood didn’t help itself much with its slate this weekend, which went to George Clooney’s thriller The American with $16.4 million over the four-day holiday.

Though the movie met its modest expectations, the weekend newcomers proved underwhelming to U.S. audiences, who have yawned at many summer selections.

Explaining the ticket sales record is easy. Movies are more expensive than ever, now hovering at $7.88 a ticket. And those 3-D and Imax shows routinely cost $15 a ticket.

Explaining the attendance swoon is trickier. The summer had plenty of films that impressed critics and moviegoers, like Toy Story 3 and Inception.

But there has been no juggernaut of 2010 yet. The highest-grossing film so far is Toy Story 3 at $408 million, the only movie to cross the $400 million mark. Other factors tripped up Tinsel Town’s summer break:

  • 3-D overhype? While it’s hailed as the usher of Hollywood’s new digital era, 3-D conversions and cheap films “caused people to lose their appetite” for the technology, says Hollywood.com’s Paul Dergarabedian. Of the summer’s top four films, only Toy Story was shot in 3-D.
  • The Twitter/Facebook effect. Some analysts believe that as much as Twitter can spread hype, it shut others down before they were out of the gate. The $100 million Green Zone opened to a respectable $14 million, but petered out at $36 million. “Big on Friday, dead by Sunday,” Dergarabedian says. “With many substandard offerings, this happened a lot.”

The Robert Rodriguez pulp film Machete was second with $14 million, followed by the crime thriller Takers with $13.5 million. The Last Exorcism was fourth with $8.8 million, followed by Drew Barrymore newcomer Going the Distance, which bowed to a weak $8.6 million.

Article from USA TODAY.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 The American Focus Features $12,968,000 $16,114,000 1
2 Takers Sony Pictures Releasing $11,450,000 $16,114,000 2
3 Machete 20th Century Fox Distribution $11,300,000 $11,300,000 1
4 The Last Exorcism Lionsgate $7,645,000 $32,477,000 2
5 Going the Distance Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $6,885,000 $6,885,000 1  

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The dependable Expendables

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 The Expendables Lionsgate $16,500,000 $64,890,000 2
2 Vampires Suck 20th Century Fox $12,200,000 $18,564,000 1
3 Eat Pray Love Sony Pictures Entertainment $12,000,000 $47,100,000 2
4 Lottery Ticket Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $11,125,000 $11,125,000 1
5 The Other Guys Sony Pictures Entertainment $10,100,000 $88,190,000 3

* The Babbler’s favorite Scott Pilgrim vs. The World brought in a measly $5 million in its second week. Pitiful since we thought it was one of the best movies of the summer. Go see it!

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Guys vs. Girls. vs. Nerds…

It was the ultimate ‘battle f the bands’ weekend between Expendables, Eat, Pray, Love, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The testosterone injected, über action romp, spear-headed by Sly Stallone KO’d the competition. Surprisingly, its appeal wasn’t just to guys either with 44% of viewers being females. The rest of the ladies went to see Julia Roberts Eat, Pray, Love. Even though it opened to poor reviews, America’s previous ‘sweetheart’ still seems to have enough appeal to bring in $24 million. The big disappointment of the weekend was the poor performance from Scott Pilgrim. Even though winning over critics, the graphic novel based movie barely had enough nerd support to cross the $10 million marker (budgeted at $60). It’s only hope is that positive word of mouth in the weeks to come will translate to more $. Inception comes back strong in its 5th week, proving that it is still one of the best movies of the year. Nothing big opening this weeks so it will be interesting to see how these movies do in week 2.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 The Expendables Lionsgate $35,030,000 $35,030,000 1
2 Eat Pray Love Sony Pictures Entertainment $23,700,000 $23,700,000 1
3 The Other Guys Sony Pictures Entertainment $18,000,000 $70,543,000 2
4 Inception Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $11,370,000 $248,554,000 5
5 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Universal Pictures $10,525,000 $10,525,000 1  

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The main guys were the Others guys

‘Will Ferrell with a gun’, that was the concept jokingly pitched at the San Diego Comic Con about The Other Guys. Sounds like the simple pitch worked on audiences this weekend. The buddy cop movie pairing Ferrell with Mark Walburg easily topped the box office ($35M) this weekend knocking off ‘the other guys’ with ease. Even the comedic giant Steve Carrell could not compete with his opening of Dinner with the Schmucks with a measly $10 million. Needing to bounce back from the disastrous Land of the Lost, Ferrell was well supported with positive reviews from critics and strong word of mouth. Christopher Nolan’s Inception continues its box office success and will probably round out the summer at $250 million making it one of the more profitable movies of the season. This weekend will be a real battle between testosterone filled Expendables, Estrogen laced Eat,Pray,Love, and quirky Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 The Other Guys Sony Pictures Entertainment $35,600,000 $35,600,000 1
2 Inception Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $18,600,000 $227,732,000 4
3 Step Up 3D Walt Disney Studios Distribution $15,500,000 $15,500,000 1
4 Salt Sony Pictures Releasing $11,100,000 $91,980,000 4
5 Dinner for Schmucks Paramount Pictures $10,500,000 $46,746,000 2

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Inception is no deception

The much anticipated film, Inception, hit the box office. Director Christopher Nolan and much of the same talent that made The Dark Knight, came together for this cerebral thriller starring Leo Decaprio. Scoring an $84 on Rotten Tomatoes and a cool $60 million, it looks like Inception was no deception. As a result, many of the big blockbusters played musical chairs as they got bumped down the box office ladder. Eclipse will probably end it’s run close to $300 million while Toy Story 3 will probably land near the $400 million marker. The next big film to release this weekend is rogue spy thriller SALT, starring Angelina Jolie.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 Inception N/A $60,400,000 $60,400,000 1
2 Despicable Me Universal Pictures $32,734,000 $118,365,000 2
3 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Walt Disney Pictures $17,373,000 $24,461,000 1
4 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Summit Entertainment, LLC $13,500,000 $264,900,000 3
5 Toy Story 3 Walt Disney Studios Distribution $11,742,000 $362,709,000 5

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Despicable but good

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 Despicable Me Universal Pictures $60,117,000 $60,117,000 1
2 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Summit Entertainment, LLC $33,400,000 $237,000,000 2
3 Predators 20th Century Fox $25,300,000 $25,300,000 1
4 Toy Story 3 Walt Disney Studios Distribution $22,000,000 $340,200,000 4
5 The Last Airbender Paramount Pictures $17,150,000 $100,227,000 2

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The Toys are back in town

As anticipated, Toy Story 3 completely dominated the box office this past weekend. Not only did it easily dominate the box office, but made $109 million, making it Pixar’s highest grossing launch ever, is a triumph that the people at CGI-animation headquarters are undoubtedly celebrating in their ultra-colorful, creativity-fostering pseudo-cubicles. Its success also meant that ticket revenues were up 29 percent over the same time period last year. Karate Kid got kicked back in to second but was still able to cross over into 100 million dollar land. Everything else lost a lot of momentum as a result of Pixar’s cash magnet. The DC Jonah Hex got shot square between the eyes landing in 7th place with a measly $5 million. With nothing major opening soon, Toy Story will surely continue it’s domination till Twilight (July 16th).

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1   Toy Story 3 Walt Disney Studios Distribution $109,000,000 $109,000,000 1  
2   The Karate Kid Sony Pictures Releasing $29,000,000 $106,254,000 2  
3   The A-Team 20th Century Fox Distribution $13,775,000 $49,797,000 2  
4   Get Him to the Greek Universal Pictures $6,117,000 $47,857,000 3  
5   Shrek Forever After Paramount Pictures $5,520,000 $222,977,000 5  

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Shrek Forever wins a lackluster weekend

Shrek is forever, at least for now. It’s another example of how a kids vehicle can drive profits and maintain box office superiority. However, Shrek will surely meet its match when Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is released (June 18th) for the hordes of kids to consume all summer long. New releases Get into the Greek and Killers do modestly well. BabbleOn watched Splice and while fairly interesting, finished in 8th place with just over $7 million. It will be very interesting to see what happens next week when 80’s favorites, the A-Team and The Karate Kid opens.

This Wk Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1 Shrek Forever After Paramount Pictures $25,300,000 $183,043,000 3
2 Get Him to the Greek Universal Pictures $17,423,000 $17,423,000 1
3 Killers Lionsgate $16,100,000 $16,100,000 1
4 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Walt Disney Studios Distribution $13,900,000 $59,452,000 2
5 Sex and the City 2 Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $12,650,000 $73,434,000 2

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A lot of sex this weekend…

Congratulations to Hollywood for the worst Memorial Day weekend in over 15 years due to a lack of originality and predictable storytelling. Looks like 4 princesses beat a prince in a battle in the desert for the 2nd place spot at the box office. The over-hyped and over-effected Prince of Persia: Sands of Time came in at a disappointing third right behind the ‘girl-power’ Sex in the City 2. Female legions were out in full support even though ‘Sex’ was universally panned by critics. Shrek 4 managed to remain on top for a 2nd straight week but has performed well under Shrek 3 show clear evidence that the franchise should come to a close. Iron Man also stays within the top 5 in it’s 4th week. It looks to end its run just over $300 million. Splice opens next week, let’s hope some fresh blood will rejuvenate this mess of a weekend.

This Wk   Title Dist. Weekend Gross Cumulative
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1   Shrek Forever After Paramount Pictures $43,345,000 $133,095,000 2  
2   Sex and the City 2 Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $32,125,000 $32,125,000 1  
3   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Walt Disney Studios Distribution $30,170,000 $30,170,000 1  
4   Iron Man 2 Paramount Pictures $16,035,000 $274,612,000 4  
5   Robin Hood Universal Pictures $10,305,000 $83,024,000 3  

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