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Talk about going out with a whimper.
No film opens wide this weekend, the final frame of boxoffice year 2009. But most of the big new releases from last weekend -- which turned out to be a record session -- are likely to ring up impressive sums this frame.
Also this weekend, several prestige pics will attempt to maintain good market traction as they platform into ever-broader distribution amid the kudo-season publicity. Paramount intends to hold tight with current playdates on George Clooney starrer "Up in the Air" and expand beyond 2,000 on Jan. 8.
Par exec vp distribution Don Harris observes that the theatrical campaign for "Air" amounts to "a marathon, not a sprint." The dramedy attracted six Golden Globe nominations, and multiple wins when Globes are handed out on Jan. 17 surely could secure the well-reviewed film an even bigger rollout.
Other recent marketplace entrants in the specialty segment include Fox Searchlight's »
- By Carl DiOrio
Chicago – Reviewing games based on kids movies that are as clearly aimed at children as are the DS and Nintendo Wii tie-ins for “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” can be a tough assignment. What approach is appropriate? I generally think that I can only be honest about my personal experience with a game, but what if that game isn’t designed with my demographic in mind? Personally, I struggled with getting enjoyment out of either console version but I think some of my eight and nine-year-old relatives would love both.
Photo credit: Majesco Entertainment
The Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS versions of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” are relatively the same in that both titles work off the musical adventures of Alvin and his furry friends, trying to merge the popularity of games like “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” with one of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Christina Applegate struggles not to swear. The Us actress - who battled breast cancer in 2008 - said she had to make sure she never went off script at any point during voicing a character in 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel' - where she plays a member of the Chipettes, a singing group which gives the titular chipmunk gang serious competition. She said: "We're strictly PG all the way. When I improvise, foul things often come out of my mouth that aren't on the page. "So I really stuck to the script or there would have been some inappropriate words from my chipmunk. It was good to do something that was very wholesome. "I don't have any children, but »
Christina Applegate struggles not to swear. The Us actress - who battled breast cancer in 2008 - said she had to make sure she never went off script at any point during voicing a character in 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel' - where she plays a member of the Chipettes, a singing group which gives the titular chipmunk gang serious competition. She said: ''We're strictly PG all the way. When I improvise, foul things often come out of my mouth that aren't on the page. ''So I really stuck to the script or there would have been some inappropriate words from my .. »
News that "Poltergeist" actress Zelda Rubinstein has been taken off of life support didn't go unnoticed by horror movie fans in the Twitter-Wood community this week. The sad revelation caught the attention of both Richard Kelly and Jeff Katz (on his birthday, nonetheless), and I definitely echo those sentiments to her family.
In other posts, attempted underwear bomb from last week is still a trending topic among tweeters. Kevin Nealon was among those contemplating the ongoing investigation yesterday. Catch those thoughts after the jump along with Brian Lynch on Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner, Christina Applegate and Emmy Rossum on James Cameron's work in "Avatar" and more in the Twitter-Wood report for December 30, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@pennjillette http://twitpic.com/vwdsh - We posed for a picture with Corey from Slipknot. We had to tell him to put his thumb In for heavy Metal.
-Penn Jillette, »
- Brian Warmoth
James Cameron's Avatar held strong, dropping less than 2% in its second week and maintaining its status as the number one movie. Last week's three new releases didn't do too shabby either, with each doing its best to separate us from any money we might have left after the holidays. Up in the Air and Nine moved into wider release last week finishing in sixth and eighth respectively.
1. Avatar: $75.6 million
2. Sherlock Holmes: $62.4 million
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: $48.9 million ($75.6 million total)
4. It's Complicated: $22.1 million
5. The Blind Side: $11.5 million
No new releases for the New Years weekend but the Christmas week releases still have plenty of momentum. I dare say Avatar is going to have at least another weekend at the top, and I think the rest of the top five will stay put. Here's my prediction:
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: »
- Matt Bradshaw
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel has topped the UK box office over the Christmas weekend. The children's movie, which opened on Monday to get a head start on other new releases, takes in more than £5 million to send Avatar into second place. The chart also sees Sherlock Holmes, Bollywood film 3 Idiots and Nowhere Boy debut in the top ten. Jim Carrey's A Christmas Carol is the biggest faller, slipping five places to number eight. The UK box office top ten in full: (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Harry Potter's broom was turbo-charged this year, as the schoolboy wizard's latest film adventure helped Warner Bros. fly well north of $2 billion to repeat atop the annual domestic boxoffice rankings.
Warners projects a $2.99 billion domestic tally and nearly 20% market share through Dec. 31. But as certain as the picture is at the pinnacle of year-end rankings, other top positions remain cloaked in uncertainty.
Headed into the final frame, Paramount sits second with $1.44 billion and a 14% share, while Sony is third with $1.43 billion and a similar share. But Fox, with $1.25 billion (12%), has holiday tentpoles "Avatar" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" still going strong enough to give the it a real shot at one of the medal positions.
Warners -- also ringing up lots of loot with recently released "Sherlock Homles" -- used the heftiest slate in Hollywood to nail down its repeat roost atop domestic rankings. Warners had 36 films in the market this year, »
- By Carl DiOrio
Weekend Top 5 Studio Estimates, December 25-27, 2009
Rank. Movie Title – Weekend Gross | Theaters | Total Gross | Week #
1. Avatar – $75.6 million | 3,456 | $212.7 million | 2
Bayer’s Tsr – 7/10
The Many Questions of ‘Avatar’
2. Sherlock Holmes – $65.4 million | 3,626 | $65.4 million | 1
Bayer’s Tsr – 7/10
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – $50.2 million | 3,700 | $77.1 million | 1
Lehar’s Tsr – 2/10
4. It’s Complicated – $22.1 million | 2,887 | $22.1 million | 1
Bayer’s Tsr – 4/10
5. Up in the Air – $11.8 million | 1,895 | $24.5 million | 4
Bayer’s Tsr – 9/10
Avatar has now beaten The Dark Knight. So far, this is just with second week figures. Avatar is now the highest-grossing second weekend ever. The Dark Knight was at $75.2 million. All told, its worldwide tally is now $623.6 million in less than two weeks.
Related posts:Box Office Review – Jan. 10 – ‘Avatar’ beats ‘Sherlock Holmes’ again Box Office Review – August 3, 2008 Box Office Review – July 20, 2008
- Jeff Bayer
It seems that moviegoers can't get enough of the magical world of Pandora at the box office these days. Box Office Mojo is reporting that James Cameron's Avatar has taken in an astonishing $19.4 million on Monday, its 11th day in theatrical release. The site is also reporting that the figure is the second-highest non-holiday Monday gross, behind The Dark Knight's $24.4 million last summer. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel took second place on Monday with just over $12 million and Sherlock Holmes came in third on Monday with $11.1 million.Avatar currently has a domestic gross of $232.1 million and a worldwide haul of over $600 million after just 11 days. Cameron's film could make a run for the box office record books if it keeps up with torrid pace, so be sure to stay tuned right here as we'll be filling you in with all the Avatar box office news as soon »
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel features Chipettes Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler http://ow.ly/Qyln # Who is interested in 'It's Complicated' http://ow.ly/Qykq Not sure what to think about it ~ Anyone have a Twitter-sized review? # ‘The Irishman’ Producer Bart Rosenblatt talks Green Screens & Car Explosions http://ow.ly/Qyo6 Cool example of green screen technique # How were »
I think the word we're looking for is... "Wow!" James Cameron's Avatar earned yet another $19.4 million domestically on Monday, its 11th day in theaters, which is almost $3 million more than last Monday, when it earned $16.38 million. That amount marks the seventh-biggest Monday of all-time and it pushes the film's domestic total to $232 million. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel came in at #2 for the day with $12 million, followed by Sherlock Holmes at #3 with $11 million. It's going to be interesting to see what number Avatar will be able to reach in North America and worldwide. It looks to have a chance at surpassing The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 's $1.1 billion worldwide to become the second-biggest movie of all-time, trailing only »
The final Christmas weekend box office numbers are in and Avatar picked up an additional $600k to bring its weekend haul to $75.6 million. Unfortunately, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel lost $1.2 million and dropped below $50 million thus squashing the incredible "three films above $50 million" mark estimates had predicted.
In our weekly Weekend Box Office Prophet game a winner has finally emerged after three consecutive rounds of the Prophet beating the average scores of all players. The Prophet played miserably for his worst performance yet, proof that rushing your picks without thinking them through can be the difference between a bottom and a top 10 finish (view final numbers).
The round goes to WeirdArchives who missed Avatar, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, Sherlock Holmes, It's Complicated and Up in the Air by a combined $30.4 million or $10 million less than the second-place finisher (see the results). A well deserved win that will net them »
On Christmas day, my mom and I hit the local mall multiplex to check out It's Complicated. Since the other movies showing were Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Avatar in 3D, and other big office fare, the place was packed with couples, families, and teens (including one in a leopard-print Snuggie, Uggs, and reindeer horns - you go, girl). As we were snacking on our popcorn and soda, the usher struck up a conversation with us, noting that the messiest crowds so far had been to see Sherlock Holmes, somewhat more adult fare compared to, say, Alvin or The Princess and the Frog, which was also playing there.
There are a lot of things to complain about when it comes to the theater-going experience these days, especially when it comes to audience members who aren't respectful of others. But what about being respectful of the people who »
- Jenni Miller
Spent the weekend with food, friends and a stack of DVDs. At the movie theater I tried to see Avatar a second time but failed (I'm holding out for the IMAX experience but it's eternally sold out... at least for people like me who don't plan things weeks in advance). We went to Sherlock Holmes since you have to see a movie with friends and family on Christmas day. It's tradition. And judging on the box office results (biggest Christmas weekend ever) I assume that's tradition for just about everyone.
Avatar $75 (for a $212 total)
It's already earned over $600 million worldwide so it looks like they won't lose their shirts, even with that unthinkably monstrous budget. The world's most important question [cough] right now is this: Will James Cameron make us wait 12 more years for his 9th film? And will it be a sequel to this one? He does like the number 2s. »
- NATHANIEL R
The combination of Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and other solid titles as well as Christmas landing on a Friday led to the highest-grossing weekend ever. Overall business came in at around $270 million, up 34 percent over the same timeframe last year and surpassing the previous high of $260.5 million set on July 18-20, 2008, when The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia! debuted.
Living up to its hype as the event picture of the season, Avatar was monolithic with $75.6 million, down a mere two percent from its opening. Though boosted by the Christmas holiday, it nonetheless broke the record for highest-grossing second weekend ever, edging out The Dark Knight's $75.2 million. The sci-fi adventure's 3D sites accounted for a 3D-record-setting $57.9 million of the weekend, and the picture posted another rousing performance in IMAX, which contributed an estimated $8.8 million of the weekend gross. In ten days, its tally stands at a whopping $212.7 million, »
- Brandon Gray
Movies were big business this Christmas -- in fact, the biggest they've ever been! This past weekend was the highest grossing weekend ever in the history of cinema, thanks to the three-way combination of Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, all of which accounted for over $190 million. James Cameron's Avatar did come out on top, however, dropping just 3% from its opening weekend and proving that positive reviews and strong word of mouth can go a long way. It's Complicated and Up in the Air rounded out the Top 5. With no major releases planned for next weekend, you can expect all of these films to bank even more cash as we ring in the New Year. Could Avatar actually challenge Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for the top grossing movie of 2009? If it can manage another $75 million weekend, I think it would be a strong possibility! »
Seems that film studios received plenty of holiday cheer this past holiday weekend. Audiences flocked to a myriad of movies, which resulted in the highest grossing domestic box office on record. When the dust had cleared, a massive $278 Million had been earned at the box office, which bested the previous record ($260.8 Million) set by The Dark Knight opening weekend in July 2008. The top three films alone grossed over $190 Million, an astonishing number.
Avatar has many prognosticators eating crow, as it dropped only a few percentage points from its opening total and made about $75 Million, earning a solid first place finish. Its 10 day total now stands at $212 Million, and worldwide, the film has made over $617 Million! At this point, there is little question it will earn its purported $300-$500 Million budget back. After months of speculation, Fox studio heads can finally exhale a sigh of relief.
- Shannon Hood
Box office sales have hit "unbelievable" heights over a three-day weekend in America, according to the Los Angeles Times. James Cameron's Avatar, which made $$75m (£46m) over the holiday weekend, leads the charts. Followed closely by Sherlock Holmes and Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, theatrical receipts are estimated to have reached $$278m (£173m). According to data from Hollywood.com, this beat the previous record of $$261m (£163m) over a weekend in July last year when The Dark Night made its debut. "It's amazing to see one weekend with so many (more) »
- By Paul Millar
When it opened on Friday, Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, found all the clues for success with $24.9million in the USA compared with Avatar's $23.5million on the same day. But the case wasn't closed and it didn't hold the No1 spot.
The weekend has ended with Avatar taking $75million in North America and $145million overseas, bringing its total earnings so far to $212million in North America and $403million overseas - a global total of a staggering $615million in just 10 days.
But Sherlock is still celebrating - the film took $65million on its weekend debut in North America, the biggest Christmas weekend opening of all time Stateside. The previous record-holder was Meet the Fockers at $46million.
Together, Avatar, »
- David Bentley
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