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ON SUPER BOWL WEEKEND WARM BODIES HAS BIG KICKOFF

February 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On Super Bowl weekend, Warm Bodies showed a bit of life; everything else was sluggish as a zombie. While it is difficult to estimate ticket sales on Super Bowl Sunday, Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment figured that the zombie movie would earn about $19.51 million over the weekend, largely (about 60 percent) from teenage girls. Last week’s winner, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BULLET TO THE HEAD

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Sylvester Stallone is probably used to pummeling reviews, but with Bullet to the Head, critics are trying to do to him what Apollo Creed failed to do to Rocky Balboa — finish him off. Writes Scott Bowles in USA Today: “This marks a new low for Sly. Gratuitously violent and brimming with slurs against Asians, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: DREDD 3D

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are assuring their readers that it’s OK to enter theaters showing Dredd 3D with low expectations — particularly if they already have seen the flop that Sylvester Stallone created out of the graphic-novel character. Indeed, comments Sean O’Connell in the Washington Post, the new Dredd “proves far superior to the corny misfire attempted by […]

THE EXPENDABLES HOLDS BACK THE YOUNGER CROWD

August 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Expendables was not — expendable, that is — but most of its rivals were. In its second week, Stallone, Schwarzenegger and company topped the box office with an estimated $13.5 million, bringing their movie’s domestic gross to $52.3 million. But no other film managed to break $10 million, and three newcomers debuted far down […]

STALLONE AND CO. LIKELY TO REMAIN NO. 1

August 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The old guys in The Expendables 2 are likely to clobber the fresh-faced contenders in three low-budget features opening this weekend. Box office pundits say that only the action flick Premium Rush has any chance of effectively challenging last week’s winner, but none is expected to earn more than $8-12 million. The other two are […]

STALLONE & CO. RETURN, GUNS BLAZING

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Expendables 2 arrives in theaters this weekend and is expected to make expendable three other new arrivals, two family films, ParaNorman and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and the musical drama Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston. According to box-office pundits The Expendables 2 is expected to debut with $35-40 […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE EXPENDABLES 2

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Given the surprising success of the original The Expendables, Lionsgate quickly ordered a sequel, and voilá, just two years later, here it is — and it’s nabbing more favorable reviews than its predecessor. Mind you, most of those reviews appear to be written reluctantly. Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times, for example, remarks that […]

BESIDES SEQUELS, GET SET FOR PLENTY OF REMAKES, REBOOTS

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Fans attending the Comic-Con gathering in San Diego this week are being entertained with preview showings of a plethora of remakes, reboots, and even remakes of remakes, the Wall Street Journal reported today. The newspaper noted that Hollywood is even taking superhero movies that bombed the first time around and repurposing them in hopes of […]

QUESTIONS ARISE OVER DEATH OF EXPENDABLES STUNTMAN

November 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Conflicting reports in the Bulgarian press about what actually occurred during second-unit filming for The Expendables 2 when one stuntman was killed and another seriously injured have yet to be sorted out by officials, and spokespersons for NuImage/Millennium Films, which is producing the film, have shed little light on the tragedy. The company has expressed […]

LOW-BUDGET FLICKS MAKE IMPRESSIVE DEBUTS

August 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Far exceeding analysts’ expectations, Lionsgate’s The Last Exorcism topped the weekend box office with $21.3 million, according to studio estimates. The film, which cost just $2 million to produce (the studio reportedly acquired it for half that amount), marks the second hit of the month for Lionsgate, whose corporate parent, Lions Gate Entertainment, has been […]

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