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CONTRABAND: A LICENSE TO PRINT MONEY

January 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlburg, smuggled $24.5 million into the U.S. box office over the weekend and is expected to increase that amount to around $29 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Most box-office pundits had figured it would earn around $20 million. Disney’s 3D digital re-release of Beauty and the Beast […]

DEVIL DIES ON SUNDAY

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several of the weekend’s top films didn’t do quite so well as studios had estimated on Sunday, but they did far better than industry analysts had forecast on Friday — most notably the No. 1 film, The Devil Inside, which wound up with $33.7 million — twice as much as the most optimistic predictions. (It […]

MORE “FOUND FOOTAGE” MOVIES IN THE OFFING

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The surprising success of The Devil Inside is likely to trigger a plethora of “found footage” movies in 2012, the Los Angeles Times observed today (Tuesday). “There’s a freshness to it — the camera work gives you an intimacy, because you feel like you’re inside something that is real,” Lorenzo di Bonaventura, co-executive producer of […]

DEVIL‘S SUCCESS BEDEVILS PUNDITS (Updated)

January 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

According to the playbook of most Hollywood executives, the weekend after New Year’s is a time to let moviegoers take in some of the movies they may have missed during the bombardment of new releases in December. If new films are to be released at all at that time, they should be cheapos — usually […]

FIRST MOVIE OF 2012: A CHEAP HORROR FLICK (Updated)

January 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The first film to open wide in the new year is one that was not screened for critics, a horror movie titled The Devil Inside. (It has to do with exorcisms. “Inside,” get it?) Paramount’s Insurge unit, which reportedly acquired the R-rated film for less than $1 million, has reportedly spent far more than that […]