Sunday, January 24, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

When in Rome - Beth (Bell) is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, when she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love during a whirlwind trip to Rome, she finds herself aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.

Edge of Darkness - As homicide detective Thomas Craven (Gibson) investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent (Winstone) tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

This Is It
Whip It
Saw VI
Bright Star
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Avatar$36.0 M

2 Legion$18.2 M

3 The Book of Eli $17.0 M

4 The Tooth Fairy$14.5 M

5 The Lovely Bones $8.8 M

6 Sherlock Holmes $7.1 M

7 Extraordinary Measures$7.0 M

8 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $6.5 M

9 It's Complicated $6.1 M

10 The Spy Next Door $4.7 M

Leave it to James Cameron to sink the "Titanic."

His new film "Avatar" soared past "The Dark Knight" to become the second highest-grossing domestice film of all time and is bearing down on the 1997 epic "Titanic," which holds the title with $601 million.

Now it's no longer a question of whether "Avatar" surpasses "Titanic," but by how much.

The picture racked in $36 million this weekend, keeping it atop the box office for the sixth straight week and lifting its total to $552 million.

The haul puts "Avatar" on track to eclipse "Titanic" by early next week, defying analysts who said that increased studio competition would make it impossible for a movie to beat "Titanic."

But Cameron is churning up the box office the same way he did 12 years ago: by releasing his movie over Christmas and pounding the weaker films that tend to populate winter. It doesn't hurt when your movie faces middling competition week after week.

"Legion," a low-budget horror film, took second place while the Denzel Washington thriller "The Book of Eli" continued to hold its own, taking third place and lifting its total to $62 million.

"The Tooth Fairy," Dwayne Johnson's family comedy, debuted at fourth while Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" rounded out the top five with $8.8 million, bringing its total to $31.6 million.

The only other wide-release movie out this weekend, Harrison Ford's medical drama "Extraordinary Measures," took seventh place and might not make it into the Top 10 next weekend at all (much like how "The Spy Next Door" will disappear as well).

Will "Avatar" continue to hold off the other films and stay No. 1 for seven weeks or will another film take the top spot?
(USA Today)

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