Sunday, February 21, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

The Crazies - As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife (Mitchell), and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.

Cop Out - A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop (Willis) whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner (Morgan) to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Movies coming out on Blu-ray and DVD!

The Informant!
Sorority Row
The Box
Everybody's Fine
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Shutter Island$40.2 M

2 Valentine's Day $17.1 M

3 Avatar $16.1 M

4 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief $15.3 M

5 The Wolfman $9.8 M

6 Dear John $7.3 M

7 The Tooth Fairy $4.5 M

8 Crazy Heart$3.0 M

9 From Paris With Love $2.5 M

10 Edge of Darkness $2.2 M

"Shutter Island" had a great debut despite it being delayed from its original October release. The studio says it delayed the film for more opportunity to display advertising for the film during the Super Bowl and Olympics. Looked like that extra time paid off.

"Valentine's Day" continues to steal money from hard working individuals as it fell one notch to 2nd place. Some might say this film is doing fine since it only fell one spot. Indeed, that's an accurate statement for monetary reasons as the film's reported worldwide earnings are now up to $122 million. However, if I made a film that hit the $122 million mark and held a 17 percent rating at RottenTomatoes - I'm not sure how high I would hold my head.

James Cameron's sci-fi epic lost out to "Percy Jackson" last weekend, but came back with some extra blue aliens and 3D technology to put the fantasy film in its place - which is beneath "Avatar." And a lot has been said about "Avatar" already… so I really have nothing more to add other than to point out it is now over $2.4 billion worldwide… which is a lot of money.

"The Wolfman" dropped to 5th with $9.8 million. It has earned $97 million so far worldwide and probably won't be getting a sequel (though if you saw the film, you would understand how a sequel would be very...different).

The rest of the films continue to peter out.

Next week we start getting nuts as "The Crazies" makes its horror debut. It's going up against Kevin Smith's police comedy "Cop Out."

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Latino Review, Rope of Silicon, USA Today

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