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Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 4' stays on top

31 December 2011 10:38 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The fourth "Mission: Impossible" movie starring Tom Cruise has held its grip on the domestic box office, earning $11 million Friday (Dec. 30), which pushes it past the $100 million mark for total earnings domestically.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" also had a strong Friday, earning $7.65 million to put it at $117.7 million total. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" was third at $7.1 million, which puts it over $80 million domestically so far.

In fourth place was "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" at $5.35 million, followed by "We Bought a Zoo" at $4.9 million and "War Horse" at $4.7 million. "The Adventures of TinTin" was seventh at $4.4 million. Rounding out the Top 10 are "New Year's Eve" ($2.3 M), "The Darkest Hour" ($1.7 M) and "The Descendants" ($1.1 M).

"The Iron Lady," the Margaret Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep that opened in limited release this weekend, earned $76,000 across four theaters. »

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Friday Box-Office: 'Mission 4' #1, 'War Horse' Limps into Sixth and 'Iron Lady' Opens Nicely

31 December 2011 8:47 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

By Monday, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will have surpassed Mission: Impossible III's $134 million domestic take. Ghost Protocol brought in $10.7 million on Friday and should land just shy of $30 million for the three-day and end up with something around $40 million for the four-day holiday weekend. It's also closing in quickly on the third film's $397 million worldwide take as it currently sits at $304 million. How will the success of this film be judged as it eyes the $180 million the first film brought in in 1996 ($325m adjusted for inlfation) and the $215 million the second film brought in in 2000 ($318m adjusted for inflation)? It's obviously a money earner, but it is the kind of success that will have Paramount rushing to get a fourth film in the making or will we be looking at four years or more before Jeremy Renner takes over for Ethan Hunt? In second, Sherlock Holmes: Game »

- Brad Brevet

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The Darkest Hour – The Review

29 December 2011 4:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Studying and researching movies over the years I’ve come across an expression, ” A monster movie is only as good as its monster”. Well, I’d add that the fear level you have while watching said flick really depends on how fearsome the monster is. Well the beasties in The Darkest Hour rank right up there with the walking carpet of the Grade- Z classic The Creeping Terror. And I do mean rank. They’re floating balls of yellow light. Yup. Hence the darkness in the title ( they’re easier to see at night ). These energy balls may be pretty, but they’re deadly. Get too close and they’ll shoot out a neon-like lasso, pull you close, and smash your atoms ( disintegrate you into a clod of powder ). They’re relentless all right, just not that visually interesting ( they’re certainly no competition for the Predator, and H.R. »

- Jim Batts

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Five Alien Invasion Movies That Make You Root for the Visitor

29 December 2011 4:02 PM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Five Alien Invasion Movies That Make You Root for the Visitor We really felt for the Faculty. by Carlos Cabrera Most alien invasion movies focus on a group of diverse survivors charged with saving the world, or civilization itself banding together (and thus revealing humanity’s best traits) to fight an invading horde. While it’s fun to watch the Hero lead a Hot Girl, a Smart Guy and a Sarcastic Loudmouth (or, in the worldwide version, America, Sweden, Japan, and England) through the fray, sometimes the main characters aren’t the best people. Or the most compassionate. Or the smartest. In fact, sometimes, they’re the kind of self-centered jerks who, by the end of the film, sort of deserve their fate. In honor of The Darkest Hour, here are five alien invasion movies that make you root for the visitor.  1.Cloverfield (2008) Cloverfield stars Rob, a short-sighted yuppie [...] »

- Carlos Cabrera

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Merlin Season 4 Sneak Peek

29 December 2011 3:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A five-minute clip has been released from the Season 4 premiere of Merlin, which debuts Friday, January 6 at 10 Pm Et on Syfy. Click on the photo below to watch this extended clip from Episode 4.01: The Darkest Hour, with a special introduction from series stars Colin Morgan and Bradley James.

Merlin returns with Episode 4.01: The Darkest Hour on Friday, January 6 at 10 Pm Et on Syfy. »

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Box-Office Oracle: 'Mission: Impossible' On Top Again Over 'Sherlock,' 'War Horse' and 'Dragon Tattoo'

29 December 2011 10:21 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This is a terrible weekend to predict box office. Problematic and conflicting trends abound, the box office feels sluggish, but the last weekend of the year generally holds strong, so the top twelve should at least sniff $132m, right? That was a long question with plenty of context, so you can tell where my head is at. Still, confused and all, let's break it down! Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 3 Weeks In A Row Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Yes, I have it gaining 15 percent. I base this solely on me telling people it's the only holiday film that's any fun. Remember fun? Does anyone remember fun?

But again, 2010 saw great holds and gains in the Dec. 31 - Jan. 2 timeframe. Will New Year's Eve falling on a Saturday night hurt the box office? Or will everyone's first Sunday in 2012 be filled with box office returns? It's a quandary.

Historically, this »

- Laremy Legel

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Year In Review: Harry Potter Takes the 2011 Reject Report Bowl

28 December 2011 12:58 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here’s how the Christmas weekend broke down: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – $29.5m (+130.7%) $61.9m total Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – $20.2m (-48.9%) $79m total The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – $12.7m New $21.1m since Tuesday release Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – $12.5m (-45.9%) $49.5m total The Adventures of Tintin – $9.7m New $17.7m since Wednesday release We Bought a Zoo – $9.3m New War Horse – $7.5m New released Christmas Day New Year’s Eve – $3.3m (-54.7%) $32.6m total The Darkest Hour – $3m New released Christmas Day The Muppets – $2.1m (-39.1%) $75.7m total Yes, we usually save this chart for the end of the recapping Reject Report, but this week is about the year, not the weekend. Here’s how 2011 broke down (top 11 films): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $381m domestic, $1.3b worldwide Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $352.3m domestic, $1.1b worldwide The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $271.1m domestic, $652.1m »

- Jeremy Kirk

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[2012 Horror Movie Preview] Summit Entertainment

28 December 2011 8:36 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Summit Entertainment is pushing hard to get their fingers into the horror genre. The effort is noted, even though they really don't have much of a track record yet. This past year they started off strong taking a big chance on Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer's Drive Angry 3D, a super fun movie that nobody saw (what's wrong with you!). Other than that they continually pushed The Darkest Hour to the brink of death and saw yet another Twilight film in theaters. Next year's lineup isn't all that impressive either, although who doesn't want to see more of Amanda Seyfried in a genre pic? I'm also quite curious to see what All the Boys Love Mandy Lane director Jonathan Levine can pull off with zombies. »

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Film: Movie Review: The Darkest Hour

27 December 2011 8:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

If nothing else, the egregiously awful new sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour adds a formidable new entry in the pantheon of hilariously unfrightening horror movie villains, a strange subset that includes such oddities as Death Bed, The Bed That Eats. Not since Mark Wahlberg trembled in fear beside a menacing houseplant in The Happening has a film tried to provoke terror with such an unlikely object of menace. The bad guys in The Darkest Hour are energy-based aliens who emerge as migratory clouds of gold dust. They’re essentially tinsel with an attitude, great gobs of glitter with a body »

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Review: 'Darkest Hour' Shows Just How Dimwitted Alien Prey Can Be

27 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Despite the fact that “The Darkest Hour” was smuggled into U.S. theaters on Christmas Day with no advance press screenings, I went in full of residual holiday good cheer, prepared to give this sci-fi movie the benefit of the doubt that all B-movies deserve. By the time the closing credits came up, however, I felt drained of my Yule joy, dispirited by this aggressively idiotic movie. It’s the sort of film where our plucky band of survivors learns ways to resist their invisible alien foes, but then never use that information. Case in »

- Alonso Duralde

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Updated Box Office Numbers for Christmas Weekend

27 December 2011 4:23 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Note: Weekend box office numbers are now included with Christmas Day figures. It also included the films “War Horse” and “The Darkest Hour,” which opened on Christmas Day. It’s still mission accomplished for Paramount Pictures’ “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” The updated weekend box office figures have the Mission Impossible movie earning $29.5 million over the weekend. The total gross for the film is $61.94 million since its previous release in IMAX theaters. Warner Brothers Pictures’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” grossed $20.2 million for second place. It was a 48.9 percent decrease from the previous weekend. Its total take is over $79 million in two weeks of release. Sony Pictures’ “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” took third place after its updated numbers with $12.75 million. Its total gross reached just over $21 million since its opening last Wednesday. However, these box office numbers look dismal for a possible sequel on a $90 million-budgeted film. In fourth place, »

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'M:i-4' Holds On Overseas

27 December 2011 2:50 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Along with claiming first place at the domestic box office, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol maintained its grip on the foreign charts as well over Christmas weekend. The fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise cashed out an estimated $45.8 million from 47 markets, which includes first place openings in Brazil ($2.75 million including previews) and Mexico ($2.5 million). Its top markets, though, were impressive holdovers South Korea (down 18 percent to $9.15 million) and Japan (off 15 percent to $6.2 million). Adding in Monday's figures, the movie has earned $156.7 million overseas, and appears well-positioned to ultimately pass Mission: Impossible III's $263.8 million. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows wound up in second place this weekend with $22 million from 25 markets. It opened in first place in Germany ($2.7 million) and Taiwan ($2.1 million), and also had a solid start in South Korea ($3.7 million). Through Monday, the sequel has earned $49 million overseas, and it's set to expand in to Russia and Mexico this weekend. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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You Rate the New Releases: 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Tintin,' 'War Horse' and More

27 December 2011 12:49 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Hollywood finished up the year by releasing a bunch of blockbuster movies into theaters over the long holiday weekend. Ticket sales were up with a four-day weekend total of around $200 million, a 10% gain on 2010's Christmas box office. Audiences turned up for the sudden resurgence of Tom Cruise, as his fourth Mission: Impossible movie took the top spot with $46.2 million. The other much-buzzed movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo managed to slip past Alvin and the Chipmunks for third with $12.7 million compared to Alvin's $12.6. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took second and brought its 11-day total to $90 million.   Christmas Day featured two movies opening to vastly different results. The Darkest Hour, which features Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, among others, trying to...

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Review: There's A Reason You Didn't Know Alien Invasion Pic 'The Darkest Hour' Was Already In Theaters

27 December 2011 11:35 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In post-apocalyptic movies, it’s tough to know whether concentrated ensembles, empty cities and unpopulated streets are a sign of terrific production design or low-budget shortcutting. In either case, there’s a distinct absence of both extras and ideas in “The Darkest Hour,” a mediocre bit of holiday counterprogramming whose novelty value is limited to its Russian locale and the idea that even a handful of genuinely talented young actors could inject some life into a derivative, uninspired, anemic alien-invasion movie. Emile Hirsch plays Sean, a wunderkind code jockey with a predictable lack of practical skills who flies with his business-minded best friend Ben (Max Minghella) to Russia to pitch a website that shows globe-trotting partygoers all of the best local spots. Arriving to discover that a Swedish competitor named Skyler (Joel Kinnaman) stole their idea, they use their own site to find a nightclub where they can drown their sorrows, »

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Tom Cruise 'Impossible' To Beat At Box Office

27 December 2011 6:42 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' easily wins #1 spot over long holiday weekend.

By Ryan J. Downey

Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

Photo: Paramount

This Christmas, Tom Cruise was "impossible" to beat at the box office.

"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was the #1 movie over the long holiday weekend, easily beating competition from two competing sequels with an additional $46.2 million as it expanded into wide release. The fourth entry in the Tom Cruise franchise, this one directed by Brad Bird ("The Incredibles"), has racked up $78.6 million in domestic receipts since it debuted in limited release 11 days ago.

"Ghost Protocol" is the best-reviewed entry in the franchise, which kicked off in 1996 with an inaugural film (based on the popular late '60s TV series) directed by Brian De Palma ("Scarface"). Action maestro John Woo ("The Killer") helmed "M:i 2" four years later. The J.J. Abrams-directed "Mission: Impossible III »

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Christmas Box-Office Proves Decent

27 December 2011 4:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of films hit at Christmas this year and for once the reviews were generally pretty strong for many of them. Some performed admirably, others not so much. Yet considering the general lack of attendance at cinemas over the past few months it looks like for once the 4-day holiday weekend will be slightly up on last year despite a slow Christmas Eve.

Faring the best in the top spot was "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" which looks set to take $46.2 million for the four day holiday - holding strong in its wide opening on Wednesday after a five day IMAX exclusive bow. The movie has already racked up a total of $78.6 million domestically and $140 million overseas.

The sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" took in $31.8 million at #2 for a total of $90 million so far. A worldwide launch is being held back until January so it will be a »

- Garth Franklin

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Christmas Box-Office Proves Decent

27 December 2011 4:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of films hit at Christmas this year and for once the reviews were generally pretty strong for many of them. Some performed admirably, others not so much. Yet considering the general lack of attendance at cinemas over the past few months it looks like for once the 4-day holiday weekend will be slightly up on last year despite a slow Christmas Eve.

Faring the best in the top spot was "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" which looks set to take $46.2 million for the four day holiday - holding strong in its wide opening on Wednesday after a five day IMAX exclusive bow. The movie has already racked up a total of $78.6 million domestically and $140 million overseas.

The sequel "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" took in $31.8 million at #2 for a total of $90 million so far. A worldwide launch is being held back until January so it will be a »

- Garth Franklin

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Steven Spielberg/War Horse Opens Strongly; Cameron Crowe/Matt Damon/We Bought A Zoo Opens Weakly: Box Office

27 December 2011 12:32 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jeremy Irvine, Steven Spielberg on the set of War Horse Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible 4, Robert Downey Jr/A Game Of Shadows Have Estimates Revised Upwards: Box Office Despite the presence of Matt Damon and former Woody Allen muse Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo brought in a revised $9.5m — nearly $2m more than originally estimated — at no. 6 as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even so, the film's per-theater average was a mere $3,032 at 3,117 locations ($15.6m for the four-day weekend; average $5,005). As mentioned in a previous post, although figures will almost inevitably go up next weekend thanks to the New Year's holiday, We Bought a Zoo will have quite a bit of trouble matching — let alone recovering — its $50m budget domestically. Perhaps it's time for Cameron Crowe to pair up with Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky) once again. We Bought a Zoo, Crowe's first »

- Zac Gille

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Review: The Darkest Hour

27 December 2011 12:05 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Two young American software developers (Emile Hirsch & Max Minghella), in Moscow on business, find themselves among the few survivors of an alien invasion. Along with three other survivors (Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor & Joel Kinnaman), they scour the city looking for a way to save themselves from the invaders, who feed off human energy like fuel. Review: The Darkest Hour could have really been something. All the ingredients were there. The premise, while hardly new, »

- Chris Bumbray

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Movie Review: 'The Darkest Hour'

26 December 2011 6:03 PM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

The Darkest Hour

Starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby

Directed by Chris Gorak

Rated PG-13

Try sitting down and writing out a 500 word document about a blank concrete wall and you'll pretty much understand what I'm going through when writing this review.  The Darkest Hour is a bad movie, but that's not its biggest problem.  Its biggest problem is that it's a boring movie.  Oh, god, is it a boring movie.  It's like having to listen to a lecture by Ben Stein about how to file your taxes.

The film starts out with two American business entrepreneurs, Ben and Sean, trying to sell a Gps system to Russian investors.  The former is played by The Social Network's Max Minghella, and the latter by Emile Hirsch.  Man, Emile Hirsch, remember him in Into the Wild?  Wasn't that a great movie?  Who ever thought that Sean Penn would be able to direct so. »

- David Hoffman

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