5 items from 2010
Disney animation snatches top spot from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, while Burlesque is music to audiences' ears
Disney's fine animation Tangled usurped Harry Potter to preside over a dreary weekend at the Us box office. Tangled added an estimated $21.5m (£13.7m) to stand at $96.5m. It will have little trouble crossing the $100m mark this week and is looking good for Disney, especially when you consider it is one of the contenders to win the Oscar for best animated feature. A nomination can bring in as much as one quarter of a movie's final box office so this is nothing to be sniffed at – especially when the film reportedly cost $260m to make.
The fact that Tangled plunged some 56% from its Thanksgiving weekend debut shows how weak the chart is this weekend. Deathly Hallows itself tumbled 66% for $16.7m and has amassed $244.2m after three weekends. It's dropped off »
- Jeremy Kay
In a rare occurrence, the No. 2 movie last week became the No. 1 champion this week, and it's all about hair.
"Tangled," starring Mandy Moore as the voice of Rapunzel, unseated "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" from the No. 1 spot with $21.5 million. So far, the sweet and charming Walt Disney Pictures release has raised its domestic total to $96.5 million ("Tangled" movie review)
But don't feel sorry for our favorite young wizard. Even though the film slipped to No. 2 with $16.7 million, part one of the last "Harry Potter" chapter has earned $244.2 million domestically, and is still the reigning king overseas.
The seventh title in the "Harry Potter" franchise grossed $54.4 million last weekend, and has raised its overseas box-office total to $469.1 million. Not too shabby for an unfinished film right? ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" movie review)
Renner for Raven and Perhaps Battleship: Jeremy Renner will star in James McTeigue's (V for Vendetta) next film The Raven with Ewan McGregor also in talks to join the cast. The period thriller is described as a fictionalized account of the final five "mysterious" days of Edgar Allan Poe's life. The story will follow the famous writer as he joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories. I expect Renner is in line to play Poe. The Hurt Locker actor is also in talks to play the lead role in Peter Berg's Battleship as well as having "no fewer than five meetings to star in another project, which he declines to reveal." He will need to decide between the two as both shoot this summer, whatever the mystery film may be at least that much is known. [New York Times]
Waltz Drinks Penn's »
- Brad Brevet
Avatar makes it four in a row; Willem Dafoe heads to Mars next week; Maggie Grace and Billy Bob Thornton move Faster with Dwayne Johnson; The Sitter makes it to the big screen; Polanski’s The Ghost Writer gets a release date and James Franco finds that there isn’t a mountain high enough to stop him working with Danny Boyle in 127 Hours.
James Cameron’s Avatar was number one for the fourth weekend in a row with a mighty take of $48.5 million. With a huge $429 million in the bank domestically, the film is now the highest grossing film of 2009 and is already on its way to being the second biggest of all time (domestic) after Cameron’s own Titanic. On a worldwide level the film has now banked $1.3 billion and it looks like it might just beat Titanic’s final gross of $1.8 billion.
Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr »
- Niall Browne
Ewan McGregor will star in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming Knockout, along with Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas - MTV Movies Blog Omg! Disney is working on a Lost ride? - Movieline Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas get to play along with Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami - PopSugar Showtime has greenlit Laura Linney's cancer series The Big C - TV Squad Salma Hayek and Maggie Grace to play opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Dwayne Johnson in Faster - Coming Soon See what creator Alan Ball has to say about the Sookie/Alcide romance on True Blood - The Ausiello Files The Director's Guild Association announces its nominees - Rotten Tomatoes Neil Patrick Harris wins the title of Gay Man of the Decade - TV.com Fox has pulled game show Our Little Genius prior to its air date due to a scandal - The Av Club I dare »
5 items from 2010
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