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TRANSFORMERS 3: BIGGEST MOVIE OF 2011

July 12, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon officially became the top movie at the box office this year when it earned an additional $47.1 million in its second weekend to bring its domestic total to $261.1 million. It thereby replaced The Hangover: Part II in the top spot. Two other new — and relatively low-cost — films […]

TWO COMEDIES CHALLENGE TRANSFORMERS AT BOX OFFICE

July 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s clear that no major studio was going to take on the latest Transformers movie on its second weekend by putting up any costly production against it. (That will come next weekend with the opening the finale of the Harry Potter movies.) But two low-budget comedies being released this weekend are expected to do OK. […]

CARS 2 DRIVES OVERALL BOX OFFICE TO VICTORY

June 28, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

With the top two films raking in far more than even the most optimistic forecasters had envisaged, the box office resumed its summer march forward, erasing a little more of the shortfall from 2010. After two weeks of coming in behind year-ago revenue, last weekend’s total take of $176.2 million came in at 6.8 percent […]

CARS 2 WINS BOX-OFFICE RACE

June 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 sped past analysts’ forecasts to take in an estimated $68 million over the weekend. The film, which opened to mostly terrible reviews — unheard of for a Pixar production — had been expected to earn $55-60 million. Overseas, it added another $42.9 million in 18 countries. Reporting on the victory, Daily Variety […]

BOX OFFICE GREENER THAN EXPECTED

June 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie theaters sold more tickets on Father’s Day than studios had expected. Green Lantern, for example, raked in $53.17 million — about $500,000 more than Warner Bros. had estimated on Sunday. Super 8, which came in at No. 2, earned $21.47 million — about $250,000 more than Paramount figured it had made. Same for Fox’s […]

GREEN LANTERN SHINES — BUT NOT BRIGHTLY

June 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern entered the crowded field of summer superhero blockbusters and busted no blocks. The film starring Ryan Reynolds debuted at the low end of analysts’ predictions with an estimated $52.7 million, good enough for No. 1, but a pyrrhic victory nonetheless, given its estimated budget of $150-200 million. The reviews were mostly […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

June 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

It has been 47 years since Dick Van Dyke danced with four animated penguins in Mary Poppins. There are six penguins, live and computer-enhanced, dancing with Jim Carrey in Mr. Popper’s Penguins. (The 85-year-old Van Dyke said at the movie’s premiere that he thought he recognized some of them, although, he quipped, “They’re older.”) But […]