March 28, 2006
Check Out a Pair of "Meltdown" Clips
IGN Filmforce scored a pretty sweet scoop, provided you're any sort of animation fan, that is. Click over to FF to enjoy a pair of clips from the all-new "Ice Age" sequel, which used to have a "2" in the title, but is called "Ice Age: The Meltdown."
January 10, 2006
Online Film Critics Offer Their Annual Nominations
The OFCS, which is hosted right here at Rotten Tomatoes and (full disclosure) includes yours truly as a member, announced their year-end nominations yesterday ... and we hope you'll find a few solid surprises among the more familiar (yet obviously deserving) nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday the 16th.
December 9, 2005
33rd Annual Annie Nominations Are Out
OK, so they're not exactly the Oscars, but as a longtime animation aficionado, I thought it'd be fun to cover the 33rd Annie Awards, which celebrate excellence in (what else) the art of animation. "DreamWorks and Aardman garnered an amazing total of 25 nominations, more than any other studio, and with the two movies which received by far the most nominations..."
July 13, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
If you remember the goofy ol' teaser for "Ice Age," then you'll probably get a kick out of the all-new trailer for "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown." Yes, it's more acorn-lovin' lunacy from freaky little Scrat, and it's a great peek at the lovely animation from Blue Sky Studios.
April 11, 2005
"Sahara" Overtakes "Sin" at the Ticket Counter
Box Office Mojo shares this weekend's ticket sales, and it seems that Breck Eisner's "Sahara" was the hot new ticket. The Matthew McConaughey adventure flick grossed approximately $18.5 million in just over 3,100 theaters. Dropping to second place was Dimension's somewhat controversial "Sin City," which managed to pull in just over $14m in its second weekend. Debuting at third place was the Drew Barrymore rom-com "Fever Pitch," which made about $13m at 3,200 venues.
April 4, 2005
Miller & Rodriguez Sit Atop a "Sin"ful Weekend Jackpot
Box Office Mojo chimes in with the weekend's box office estimates, and let's just say it was a weekend full of "Sin." The all-star ultra-violent comic-noir "Sin City" hauled in an estimated $28 million in over 3,200 theaters. In second place was Queen Latifah's "Beauty Shop," which made just over $17 million since it opened last Wednesday. "Guess Who" came in 3rd with a $13m weekend haul, with "Robots" ($10m) in 4th and "Miss Congeniality 2" ($8.3m) in 5th.
March 26, 2005
Box Office: ?Guess Who? Topped The Box Office?
Two comedies battled for box office supremacy this Easter weekend and the interracial romantic comedy ?Guess Who,? starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac, handily defeated ?Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,? starring Sandra Bullock.
March 19, 2005
Box Office: ?Ring Two? 3rd Best March Opener
?The Ring Two,? may have scared off critics with 26% on the Tomatometer, but audiences still flocked to see the sequel to one of the most popular horror films in recent years. It topped the charts with an estimated $36M this weekend. That?s more than twice of what the original made ? ?The Ring? debuted in 2002 with $15M. ?The Ring Two? made about $15M on Friday alone.
March 17, 2005
Critical Consensus: ?Ring Two? Bores, ?Ice Princess? Charms
Sequels are not doing well this month as two weeks ago, critics gave a tepid response to "Be Cool," the sequel to "Get Shorty." This week, DreamWorks' "The Ring Two," the second sequel released this month, receives a similar response. As in the case with "The Pacifier" where it served as counter-programming to "Be Cool," Disney opens another family comedy, "Ice Princess," to compete with "Ring Two." However, unlike the week "Be Cool" was released, where it was not a matter of which film critics like more, but rather which they dislike the least, there is a fresh movie to choose from this week.
March 14, 2005
Box Office: "Robots" Follows "Ice Age" with Second Best March Opening Ever
20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which produced the critical and box office hit ?Ice Age,? score again with their second collaboration ?Robots.? It topped the box office with an estimated $36.5M over the weekend. It didn?t break the March opening record of $46.3M set by their previous film ?Ice Age,? but it did come in second best. It looks like this is the month for Fox and Blue Sky to launch their animated collaborations. This strong opening also establishes Blue Sky as the third successful animation studio, following Pixar (?The Incredibles?) and PDI (?Shrek?).
March 12, 2005
Friday Box Office: "Robots" $10M, "Hostage" $3.3M
According to Showbizdata, ?Robots? is off to a good start, topping the box office with an estimated $10M on Friday. It will probably gross between $35-$38M by the end of the weekend, a little bit below industry estimates. It looks like it will not break the March opening record of $46.3M set by ?Ice Age,? but it?s still an excellent figure.
March 10, 2005
Critical Consensus: ?Robots? to the Rescue
After a couple weeks of predominantly Rotten wide releases, it?s great to finally have a Fresh film this weekend. The makers of the critical and box office animated hit ?Ice Age,? which currently holds the record for best opening in March with $46.3M, will try to best that mark with the animated family comedy ?Robots.? For the more mature action crowd, Bruce Willis returns to the big screen with the actioner ?Hostage.? Mel Gibson will also try to add to the tally of his record-breaking box office hit ?The Passion of the Christ? with a tamer, re-cut version.