February 21, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Shutter Island Takes the Weekend
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio scored the biggest openings of their careers with the psychological thriller "Shutter Island," the fourth teaming between the two men, which easily led the North American box office. With no other films debuting in wide release, the rest of the top ten was filled with holdovers, most of which dropped by more than 50% from last weekend's record holiday session. The top ten films beat out year-ago levels, however the Top 20 fell behind last year's performance due to the current marketplace's lack of depth.
February 14, 2010
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Big Love for Valentine's Day
Proving how starpower can trump reviews at the box office, the romantic comedy Valentine's Day led a wave of three debuting hit films that breathed new life into the marketplace over a record Presidents' Day holiday weekend. Taking home the silver and bronze medals respectively were the fantasy pic Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and the monster flick The Wolfman which finished the three-day race just $473,000 apart. Powered by these three big hits, the Top 20 surged to $190M, a new all-time high for this holiday. Moviegoers looking for love lifted the star-studded ensemble comedy Valentine's Day to number one with an astonishing estimate of $52.4M resulting in the third largest opening ever in the month of February. Warner Bros. launched the PG-13 film ultrawide in 3,665 theaters and averaged a sensational $14,300. Very few live-action comedies have ever debuted north of $50M making Day's performance remarkable. Those that have included star vehicles (Bruce Almighty's $68M), sequels (Austin Powers in Goldmember's $76.6M) and franchise pics (Sex and the City's $56.8M).
February 11, 2010
Critics Consensus: Valentine's Day Gets Massacred
This week at the movies, we've got modern love (Valentine's Day, starring Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher); a teenage demigod (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, starring Logan Lerman and Uma Thurman); and some hair-raising horror (The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins). What do the critics have to say? Looking for a tasty cinematic bon-bon for Valentine's Day? One that explores modern romance and features a staggering array of stars? Well, tough luck. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is unabashedly attempting to become a teen fantasy franchise along the lines of Harry Potter. And critics say that although this opening installment is a few notches below its Hogwarts rival, it's a largely diverting, occasionally electrifying family adventure. The Wolfman is one of horror cinema's most iconic -- and tortured -- anti-heroes. Unfortunately, The Wolfman is a mostly tepid update of the famed lycanthrope.
February 8, 2010
From Valentine's Day to New Year's Eve
New Line must feel like it has a hit on its hands with "Valentine's Day," because the studio is already working with director Garry Marshall and screenwriter Katherine Fugate on a spinoff, to be titled "New Year's Eve."
January 12, 2010
Whither Julia Roberts?
Sandra Bullock's huge '09 left some people wondering if she'd walked off with Julia Roberts' career -- so what's next for Roberts?
December 19, 2009
Trailer Bulletin: Valentine's Day
It's got a huge cast and it's named after a holiday. Will you be in line for "Valentine's Day" next year? Get an inkling via the just-released trailer.