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WITH LIGHT OPPOSITION, ALIENS CAPTURE BOX OFFICE

March 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t much of a battle at all at the box office — as Battle: Los Angeles obliterated its rivals in its debut. Coming in at the top end of forecasts, the movie earned an estimated $36 million in ticket sales. On the other hand, the werewolf flick Red Riding Hood didn’t take much of […]

IN 15TH WEEK, KING’S SPEECH REMAINS NO.1 ABROAD

March 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After 15 weeks in theaters, Oscar winner The King’s Speech remained the top overseas attraction last week, according to media measurement company Rentrak Corp. The film added $18.02 million to its international gross, which now stands at $309.85 million. Disney’s Rango debuted in second place abroad with $14.76 million. Black Swan, which had its premiere […]

ANTI-SMOKING GROUPS SCORE RANGO

March 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Three anti-smoking groups are fuming over scenes in the animated Rango in which the characters are seen with cigarettes and cigars. In a statement, Legacy, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and the American Academy of Pediatrics particularly objected to a scene in which “the hero, a chameleon, swallows a cigar and breathes fire in the face […]

BOX OFFICE REMAINS IN DOLDRUMS

March 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The domestic box office remained sluggish as it entered March with only a single weekend of the year performing better than last year — and that was the Presidents Day weekend, which occurred one week later than Presidents Day weekend in 2010. Last weekend, the top 12 movies earned a combined $121.14 million — only […]

WILL RANGO BE A HIT OR A COSTLY MISS?

March 7, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Critics, by and large, may have loved Rango, and their positive reviews may have helped boost ticket sales for the quirky animated film, but word-of-mouth may prove iffy. Animated movies ordinarily have the longest legs of any film genre, showing the smallest week-to-week drop. But according to Las Vegas-based CinemaScore, which polls rank-and-file moviegoers over […]

RANGO WRANGLES THE MOST MOVIEGOERS

March 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rango outgunned all of its rivals at the box office over the weekend, hauling in an estimated $38 million. But Paramount’s animated feature pulled in far less than what box office forecasters had predicted, and it didn’t even begin to approach the $116.1 in ticket sales that Disney’s Alice in Wonderland earned over the comparable […]

HIGH NOON FOR RANGO

March 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

True Grit is no longer the only Western at the box office. Paramount this weekend is debuting Rango, a Western with a difference. First of all, it’s the first one in memory to be animated. Second, the hero is a chameleon. Third, he’s voiced by Johnny Depp. Fourth, it cost $150 million to make, making […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: RANGO

March 4, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

The New York Times critic A.O. Scott makes the convincing point that — the output of Pixar excepted — animated features have become “overscaled, noisy genre pastiches crammed with yammering movie-star voice work, eye-straining action sequences and tacked-on sermons about the importance of being yourself, following your dream or sticking by your friends and family.” […]

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