Monday, May 10, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Robin Hood - The story of an expert archer (Crowe) who travels to the town of Nottingham toward the end of the 12th century, where the acts of a despotic sheriff (Macfadyen) and the presence of a beautiful widow (Blanchett) inspire him to assemble a gang of mercenaries bent on raiding the upper class as a way to correct the sheriff's injustices.

Letters to Juliet - A young woman (Seyfried) on vacation in Verona, Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard. Inspired by the volunteers who respond to the notes, she goes on an adventure to unite the author of letter (Redgrave) with her beloved.

Just Wright - A physical therapist (Latifah) falls for the basketball player (Common) she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury, though he's drawn to her best friend (Patton), who has her sights set on being an NBA trophy wife

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

Edge of Darkness
Toy Story: Special Edition
The Karate Kid/The Karate Kid Part II: Box Set
M: Criterion Collection

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 Iron Man 2 $134M

2 A Nightmare on Elm Street $9.17M

3 How to Train Your Dragon $6.76M

4 Date Night $5.3M

5 The Back-up Plan $4.34M

6 Furry Vengeance $4M

7 Clash of the Titans $2.31M

8 Death at a Funeral $2.1M

9 The Losers $1.8M

10 Babies $1.58M

Despite a number of so-so reviews, "Iron Man 2" earned $133.6 million in domestic gross its opening weekend, a 35 percent rise over the first film.

It added a further $57.2 million from overseas markets and now has a worldwide total of $327.6million.

The film has had the fifth-highest three-day opening weekend in the US, leaping above "Shrek The Third" to sit below "The Dark Knight" (in top place), "Spider-Man 3," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

"Iron Man 2" has also beaten last year's "Star Trek" to claim the 2D IMAX opening weekend record and is already this year's fourth highest-grossing film, according to Box Office Mojo.

The remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" proved no match for Robert Downey Jr's metal-clad crimefighter and plunged by 72 percent. That doesn't bode well for the future of horror, or at the very least expectations are now set.

Other films on the list also made some money, with the documentary "Babies" even making the Top Ten though it only opened in 534 theaters (as compared to "Iron Man 2" in 4,380 theaters).

Will Iron Man take next weekend as well or will men in tights steal the victory and give it to the audience? We'll have to wait and see.

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