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BOX OFFICE FALLS TO LOWEST LEVEL IN 4 YEARS

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The fourth iteration of Sony/Screen Gems’s Resident Evil franchise wound up with $26.68 million over the weekend, according to final box office figures released on Monday. The figure was about $1 million lower than the studio’s $27.7 million estimate on Sunday. After opening with $10.74 million on Friday, then raking in another $9.81 million on […]

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE RESIDES AT NO. 1

September 13, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Aided by 3D surcharges and the fact that it was the only film opening in wide release this weekend, Resident Evil: Afterlife opened at No. 1 at the box office with $27.7 million, according to studio estimates. The film surpassed analysts’ expectations and eclipsed the $23.1 million hauled in by the third installment of the […]

AUDIENCES GIVE THE AMERICAN A ONE-FINGER SALUTE

September 7, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Suggesting that word-of-mouth may be highly overrated when it comes to predicting a movie’s success, the George Clooney movie The American performed well above expectations over the four-day Labor Day weekend despite polls indicating that audiences loathed it. The film ranked No. 1 at the box office (after opening on Wednesday), earning an estimated $16.4 […]

THE AMERICAN CLAIMS VICTORY ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

September 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although Fox’s Machete took an early lead at the box office on Friday, Focus Features’s The American cut it down on Saturday and Sunday to wind up as the weekend winner, according to studio estimates. The results for The American were nothing to hoist a flag over, however. The film earned just about $12.3 million […]

TAKERS TAKES FIRST

August 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Fewer moviegoers turned up at theaters on Sunday than the studios had expected — and far fewer decided to take in The Last Exorcism. While the movie opened strongly on Friday, well ahead of the pack, it lost steam on Saturday, and by the time Sunday’s returns were counted, it had fallen to second place […]

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 […]

AVATAR RETURNS FROM THE BLUE YONDER

August 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A slightly longer Avatar returns to 811 3D and IMAX theaters this weekend, and some box-office forecasters are predicting that it will outperform two new movies that are opening on nearly three times as many screens. Other movie gurus aren’t so sure, making the case that everyone who has wanted to see the movie already […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TAKERS

August 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Takers clearly has aspirations of rising above its B movie labeling, and critics are split over whether it succeeds in doing so. On the one hand, Claudia Puig in USA Today writes, “The dialogue is clichéd and laughable. It’s a film far more concerned with style — architectural, vehicular and wardrobe-related — than substance.” Betsy […]