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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 […]

BOX OFFICE: A VICTIM OF IRENE

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With Hurricane — now Tropical Storm — Irene shutting down around 1,000 theaters on the East Coast and many moviegoers steering clear of the theaters that remained open, the box office tumbled to its lowest point of the year. Analysts estimated that revenue was down nearly 25 percent from the same weekend a year ago. […]

AT THEATERS: STORM OUTSIDE, DOLDRUMS INSIDE

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For three weeks, box-office pundits have been writing that The Help has “exceeded expectations.” Now it’s expected to top the box office again, and the question is: is that expectation too high? Analysts have been searching record books to find another example of a movie that did not open in first place but then moved […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics seem to agree that Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie, is more creepy than frightening, but then critics are notoriously unfrightenable. Indeed Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune comments on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s remark that the scariest movie ever made for TV was the original […]