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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE IN LINE WITH RECENT YEARS

August 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The last weekend of August is generally a weak period at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, last year the gross for the top 12 movies came to $90.1 million. In 2009 it was $109.8 million; in 2008, just $74 million; in 2007, $97 million; and in 2006, $84.1 million — an average […]

APES SWINGS TO THE TOP AGAIN

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most of the top movies earned more at the box office on Sunday than their respective studios had estimated. <I>Rise of the Planet of the Apes </I>fell 49 percent in its second weekend to $27.8 million, crossing the $100 million mark after just ten days and bringing its domestic gross to $105.2 million. In second […]

TRIUMPH OF THE APES

August 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

That tight, five-way race at the box office that had been predicted between holdover Rise of the Planet of the Apes and four new entries failed to materialize, except — arguably — between the top two films. Apes rose to the top again with a solid $27.5 million, down about 50 percent from last week’s […]

APES RISES — AND SO DOES CHERNIN

August 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Peter Chernin, who was believed to be the likely successor to Rupert Murdoch until Murdoch made it clear that he wanted one of his sons to take over when he stepped down, must have been experiencing a profusion of schadenfreude Monday as final box office figures showed that the first film from Chernin Entertainment, Rise […]

MOVIEGOERS ON OTHER SIDE OF TRACKS

August 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forget all those expensive tracking studies and the forecasts of those know-it-all box-office gurus. Moviegoers simply didn’t behave the way they were supposed to over the weekend. Cowboys & Aliens, which was expected to be an easy winner with around $45 million, wound up instead with $36.4 million. On the other hand, The Smurfs, which […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.

July 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With a title like Crazy, Stupid, Love., the producers would appear to be making it easy for critics to bash it. The remarkable thing is that many are turning that title inside out. A. O. Scott in the New York Times, for example, begins his review by writing, “Crazy, Stupid, Love. is, on balance, remarkably […]