Sunday, December 20, 2009

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

It's Complicated - During his son's college graduation, Jane (Streep) hooks up with her ex-husband, Jake (Baldwin), who's married to a younger woman. As if being your ex's mistress isn't tough enough, Jane also finds herself drawn to Adam (Martin), a smitten architect.

Sherlock Holmes - Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - A story-telling doctor's deal with the devil sends him scrambling to save his daughter on the eve of her 16th birthday.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
- Alvin, Simon and Theodore must put aside music superstardom and return to school, where they look to win a $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands contest in order to save their school's music program. But the Chipmunks unexpectedly meet their match in three singing chipmunks known as The Chipettes -- Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

District 9
(500) Days of Summer
It Might Get Loud
All About Steve

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Avatar$73.0 M

2 The Princess and the Frog $12.2 M

3 The Blind Side $10.0 M

4 Did You Hear About the Morgans?$7.0 M

5 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $4.3 M

6 Invictus $4.1 M

7 Disney's A Christmas Carol $3.4 M

8 Up in the Air$3.1 M

9 Brothers $2.6 M

10 Old Dogs $2.2 M

James Cameron's "Avatar" cost somewhere around $300 million to make and market. There were big expectations from Fox about how it would do its opening weekend. And how did it do? Not so great.

$73 million domestically isn't exactly something to high five each over but it did make a killing at $159 million overseas. So far it has earned $232 million dollars worldwide. And with the east coast having been snowed in, expect numbers to be strong next weekend when the East Coast finally gets to check it out and others enjoy a repeat viewing.

"The Princess and the Frog" dropped over 50 percent, which is bad news for people who wish to see another hand-drawn 2D film in the future. Yes, it will rebound a little over Christmas… but the film needs more good word of mouth to stay strong over its $105 M budget.

"The Blind Side" fell the least of the wide releases and has made nearly $165 M domestically. It only needs another $13 M to crack the top ten of 2009 (domestically) — seems like a sure thing.

"Did You Hear About the Morgans" is another formulaic rom-com that most likely came out while better films are in theaters. And "New Moon" is only $3 M away from passing "The Hangover" for fourth place in domestic gross for this year.

Other films are petering out into the world of DVD/Blu-ray land. But what can we expect of Christmas weekend? Will "Avatar" remain on top or will "Sherlock Holmes" knock it down? Or will the kids win out the holiday weekend with "Chipmunks 2"?
(Latino Review, Rope of Silicon)

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