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'Museum' tops holiday frame; 'Dreamgirls' hot

27 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum was the star exhibit during the four-day holiday weekend that spanned Friday through Christmas Day, winning the frame at the domestic boxoffice with $42.2 million. But Paramount Pictures' release of DreamWorks' Dreamgirls also was a star performer, with an astounding one-day gross of $8.7 million Monday as it entered its first day of wider release in 852 theaters.

Among the crowded field of year-end offerings, MGM's Rocky Balboa, which opened Dec. 20, continued its successful underdog saga, pulling in a surprisingly young audience for a third-place finish with $17 million. And Universal Pictures' spy drama The Good Shepherd enjoyed a solid opening, capturing fourth place with an estimated $14.1 million for the four-day period.

Another new wide release, Warner Bros. Pictures' We Are Marshall, wasn't as successful. The inspirational PG sports story starring Matthew McConaughey grossed an estimated $8.6 million for the frame.

Meanwhile, holdovers from the previous weekend held on well. Sony Pictures' The Pursuit of Happyness finished in second place, generating an estimated $23.1 million to cross the $60 million mark in its sophomore frame. And despite a less-than-stellar debut, Paramount's Charlotte's Web held strong in its second weekend, picking up an additional $9.6 million for a cume of $28.4 million, good for the fifth spot overall.

Fox's Eragon suffered the steepest fall. Although the film generated an additional $9.3 million to finish No. 6 for the four days, its three-day Friday-Sunday gross of $7.2 million represented a 70% drop from the previous weekend. The dragon fantasy has generated close to $40 million after two weekends.

The only other wide release to hit theaters during the weekend was MGM's bow of the Weinstein Co.'s Black Christmas. The R-rated horror film starring Michelle Trachtenberg, which bowed on Christmas Day, grossed $3.3 million for the day in 1,278 theaters, good for a $2,588 per-theater average.

For the three-day portion of the weekend, the boxoffice top 12 was up an estimated 8% compared with last year's frame. For the four days, however, the weekend's totals were off close to 2%. While Christmas Eve, which fell on a Sunday, was its typical no-show this year, Christmas Day also got off to a slow start, not catching fire with audiences until the early-evening shows. »

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Something for everyone at weekend boxoffice

22 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood is hanging out a number of stockings as Christmas weekend arrives. Among the new movies, broad appeal is the name of the game. Three of the five wide releases this frame carry a PG rating as studios look to lure nice audiences rather than naughty ones.

20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, looks most likely to dominate the weekend. Two sports-themed movies -- MGM's Rocky Balboa, which bowed Wednesday, and Warner Bros. Pictures' We Are Marshall, based on the 1970 Marshall football team tragedy -- also are looking to claim their share of the till. Rocky already won its first round, grossing an estimated $6.2 million Wednesday to easily claim the title of top-grossing film for the day.

Universal Pictures' Robert De Niro-directed spy movie The Good Shepherd is courting the adult audience.

With Christmas Eve falling on Sunday, that night will be a quiet one at the boxoffice, making prospective weekend totals difficult to predict. On Christmas Day, there are two other developments that will further complicate holiday weekend estimates.

On that day, MGM will target disaffected teens and holiday scrooges as it opens Black Christmas, a horror flick from the Weinstein Co. Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures will expand Dreamgirls, which it co-produced with DreamWorks, to 852 theaters. The Bill Condon-directed musical has performed strongly in special "roadshow" engagements that launched in Los Angeles and New York. The combined opening of Black Christmas and the wide expansion of Dreamgirls could affect the Monday grosses of the four wide releases bowing this week.

Still, it is shaping up to be a big weekend at the Museum. The Shawn Levy-directed film features a slew of young and veteran comedians. The film stars Stiller as a hapless night watchman at the Museum of Natural History who must combat the creatures that come alive at night. Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan also are cast, along with Owen Wilson in an uncredited cameo. Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke co-star as two old-time watchmen. The film has been generating positive buzz for some time, and insiders put Museum's four-day holiday in the $35 million-$40 million range. »

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Something for everyone at weekend boxoffice

21 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood is hanging out a number of stockings as Christmas weekend arrives. Among the new movies, broad appeal is the name of the game. Three of the five wide releases this frame carry a PG rating as studios look to lure nice audiences rather than naughty ones.

20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, looks most likely to dominate the weekend. Two sports-themed movies -- MGM's Rocky Balboa, which bowed Wednesday, and Warner Bros. Pictures' We Are Marshall, based on the 1970 Marshall football team tragedy -- also are looking to claim their share of the till. Rocky already won its first round, grossing an estimated $6.2 million Wednesday to easily claim the title of top-grossing film for the day.

Universal Pictures' Robert De Niro-directed spy movie The Good Shepherd is courting the adult audience.

With Christmas Eve falling on Sunday, that night will be a quiet one at the boxoffice, making prospective weekend totals difficult to predict. On Christmas Day, there are two other developments that will further complicate holiday weekend estimates.

On that day, MGM will target disaffected teens and holiday scrooges as it opens Black Christmas, a horror flick from the Weinstein Co. Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures will expand Dreamgirls, which it co-produced with DreamWorks, to 852 theaters. The Bill Condon-directed musical has performed strongly in special "roadshow" engagements that launched in Los Angeles and New York. The combined opening of Black Christmas and the wide expansion of Dreamgirls could affect the Monday grosses of the four wide releases bowing this week.

Still, it is shaping up to be a big weekend at the Museum. The Shawn Levy-directed film features a slew of young and veteran comedians. The film stars Stiller as a hapless night watchman at the Museum of Natural History who must combat the creatures that come alive at night. Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan also are cast, along with Owen Wilson in an uncredited cameo. Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke co-star as two old-time watchmen. The film has been generating positive buzz for some time, and insiders put Museum's four-day holiday in the $35 million-$40 million range. »

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Christian Groups Fume Over Christmas Horror Film

18 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Christian groups have slammed the remake of cult 1974 movie Black Christmas, because they find the horror movie "offensive." The Glen Morgan-directed film stars Oliver Hudson, Katie Cassidy, Lacey Chabert and Michelle Trachtenberg and centers on a group of US college students who battle a slasher over the Christmas holidays. The movie will be released on Christmas Day in US cinemas, much to the horror of Christian groups. Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, says, "To have a movie that emphasizes murder and mayhem at Christmas, a time of celebration and joy around the world seems to be ill founded." Jennifer Giroux, co-founder of Operation Just Say Merry Christmas, adds, "The use of religious music 'Silent Night' and the nativity set on the front porch in one scene are insensitive to Christians. It's not enough to ignore and omit Christmas, but now it has to be offended, insulted and desecrated. Our most sacred holiday, actually a holy day, is being assaulted." »

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