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CONTRABAND LAUNDERS $28.5 MILLION

January 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Final box-office figures came in slightly below studio estimates for the 3-day and 4-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Nevertheless, Universal’s Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg, performed far better than pundits had forecast, earning $24.3 million for the three-day period and $28.5 million for the four-. The 3D re-release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast […]

DICAPRIO NAMED HIGHEST-PAID ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD

August 2, 2011 by · 12 Comments 

Two actors who began their careers playing mostly androgynous characters in low-budget art films but who went on to star in huge blockbusters are now the highest-earning actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine. Leonardo DiCaprio tops the list with an estimated $77 million earned between May 2010 and May 2011, while Johnny Depp, who […]

THE FIGHTER A KNOCKOUT ON HOME VIDEO

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Scoring a rare trifecta win, Paramount Home Entertainment’s The Fighter debuted on top of both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts and Home Media magazine’s rental chart. The film, which stars Mark Wahlberg and received supporting actor wins for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, accounted for two-thirds of all disc sales last week. Some […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE FIGHTER

December 17, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

The Fighter is a terrific movie about a boxer in the tradition of other terrific movies about boxers, critics suggest. That they all seem to follow a similar plotline is almost beside the point, they say. As A.O. Scott sums it up in the New York Times: “This is yet another tale of an underdog […]

SOFT LAUNCH FOR DAWN TREADER

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Twentieth Century Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader foundered upon launch this weekend as it earned just $24.5 million domestically, according to studio estimates — a figure well below analysts’ predictions. Overseas ticket sales saved the day, however, as Narnia raked in $81 million abroad. With Disney’s Tangled holding on to […]

DATE NIGHT TOPS HOME VIDEO CHARTS

August 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Steve Carell-Tina Fey-Mark Wahlberg comedy Date Night grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert DVD and Blu-ray sales charts and Home Media magazine’s rental chart for last week. Another comedy, Death at a Funeral, came in at No. 2. But appearing to reflect consumers’ lack of interest in paying premium […]

THE OTHER GUYS GIVES INCEPTION A WAKE-UP CALL

August 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office woke up laughing this weekend as the straight-up silliness of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Sony’s The Other Guys out-performed the dream convolutions of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception. According to studio estimates, The Other Guys came in at the high end of industry forecasts with about $35.6 million. The result no […]

WILL THE OTHER GUYS SHAKE UP INCEPTION

August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

What do Will Ferrell and Edith Piaf have in common? They’re the only two who can interrupt Inception‘s dreamy run — at least so it appears to box-office analysts. They’re predicting that The Other Guys, in which Ferrell is teamed with Mark Wahlberg as mismatched cops, will open with about $25-30 million, while Inception, in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE OTHER GUYS

August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s The Other Guys is described in many of the publicity blurbs about it as a “satire” of cop buddy movies. But many critics refuse to go along with that highfalutin description, preferring the word “silliness” instead. Not that that’s necessarily a pejorative. As a whole, A.O. Scott suggests in the […]