Sunday, July 4, 2010

Box Office Results and Weekly Movie News

Movies coming out this week!

Predators - A group of elite warriors are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.

Despicable Me - A trio of orphan girls cause the normally deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon.

Movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
A Single Man
Brooklyn's Finest
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Jason and the Argonauts

Box Office results for the weekend!

1 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$69.0 M

2 The Last Airbender$40.6 M

3 Toy Story 3 $30.1 M

4 Grown Ups$18.5 M

5 Knight and Day$10.2 M

6 The Karate Kid $8.0 M

7 The A-Team $3.0 M

8 Get Him To The Greek $1.1 M

9 Shrek Forever After $0.8 M

10 Cyrus $0.7 M

Shockeing! “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the ongoing tale of teen angst and stupidity, won the weekend and drew an estimated $161 million out of North American theaters in its first five days of release.

Box office analysts said the gross was big enough to rank “Eclipse” third on Hollywood’s all-time list of Wednesday-opening movies, behind “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009) and “Spider-Man 2” (2004), when adjusted for inflation. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind “Eclipse,” projected that the movie would sell another $20 million on Monday for a six-day domestic total of about $181 million.

Exit polls indicate that the audience for "Eclipse" was 35 percent male. The turnout for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” was only about 20 percent male, and that was higher than the first. So does this mean more men or actually into "Twilight" or more men are dating women who are into "Twilight"?

“The Last Airbender” was greeted by an avalanche of critical hatred. Only 8 percent of the reviews gave “The Last Airbender” positive marks, according to Rotten Tomatoes (To compare, the much-maligned “Sex and the City 2” was given a score of 16 percent positive).

But “The Last Airbender” was a solid No. 2 for the weekend with about $40.7 million for a domestic total of about $53.2 million. Paramount projected that “The Last Airbender” would sell an additional $17.4 million on Monday for a five-day total of about $70.6 million.

For the weekend, “Toy Story 3” from Disney’s Pixar Animation was third with about $30.2 million for a new total of $289 million. It is projected to sell an additional $11 million on Monday.

The rest of the film slowly dripple down into DVD-land. Will "Eclipse" stand tall as Twi-tards revisit the film for the seventh time or will one of the new opening films take the weekend? We'll have to wait and see...

(NY Times)

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