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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 […]

WARNER BROS. SETTLES TATTOO ARTIST’S LAWSUIT

June 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros. said on Monday that it had “amicably resolved” — i.e., settled — tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill’s lawsuit for using the tattoo he had created for Mike Tyson on Ed Helms’s face in The Hangover II. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The studio had recently announced that it had decided to […]

FIRST CLASS DEBUT FOR X-MEN SEQUEL

June 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

X-Men: First Class performed as studio 20th Century Fox had expected, earning an estimated $56 million over the weekend. That figure was slightly below the $60-65 million that many industry forecasters had predicted — but a solid debut nevertheless. It was also greeted relatively warmly by critics, and audiences polled by CinemaScore as they emerged […]

HANGOVER II: CURE FOR INDUSTRY’S HEADACHE?

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The principal complaint from many critics about The Hangover II was that it lacked the surprise element of the first film and amounted basically to a copy of the original. But the actual surprise came at the box office over the weekend as the movie set an all-time record for a comedy. As reported by […]

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE LIKELY TO SET A RECORD

May 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Memorial Day weekend, which for Hollywood officially starts today (Thursday) and concludes on Monday, is expected to be memorable, with Warner Bros.’ R-rated The Hangover II pulling in one camp of moviegoers and the family film Kung Fu Panda 2 pulling in another. Warner Bros. has high hopes for its latest Hangover, which it […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HANGOVER II

May 26, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Critics are suggesting that The Hangover 2 is not so much a sequel but rather a virtual copy of the original — only less funny. Indeed the critics are virtually copying themselves. Consider: Peter Howell in the Toronto Star: “It’s a stale rehash of the original, losing the element of surprise.” Manohla Dargis in the […]