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APES RISE AGAIN ON DVD, BLU-RAY

January 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rise of the Planet of the Apes rose again to the top of the DVD sales charts last week, according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert. Disney/DreamWorks’ The Help placed second on the list, followed by Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. None of these had any significant competition from Final […]

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD UNVEILS NOMINEES

December 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Screen Actors Guild has announced its nominees for its 18th annual awards contest, with The Help, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, The Descendants and The Artist receiving nods in the outstanding cast performance category — SAG’s equivalent to the best picture selections. The Help received the most nominations — four. Besides the award for best […]

BOX OFFICE TUMBLES TO YEAR’S LOW

September 13, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

It turned out that last weekend’s total box office, already acknowledged as the year’s lowest, was actually even lower, as several films were overestimated by their studios on Sunday. Contagion led the list, opening with $22.4 million, down from an estimated $23.1 million. Another new film, the critically praised Warrior, wound up with just $5.2 […]

MOVIEGOERS CATCH CONTAGION (Updated)

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office needed some help this past weekend. For that matter, so did The Help, which fell to second place after holding on to the top position three weeks in a row. It is a measure of how poorly the box office behaved as a whole — it produced the lowest total of the […]

THE HELP WORKS ON LABOR DAY (UPDATED)

September 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even without the benefit of 3D surcharges, DreamWorks/Paramount’s’ The Help easily managed to stay at the top of the box office for the third week in a row, beating a slew of films that did have 3D going for them during the summer, including debuting Shark Night 3D, which pretty much only played 3D venues. […]

THE HELP WORKS ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

September 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even without the benefit of 3D surcharges, DreamWorks/Paramounts’ The Help easily managed to stay at the top of the box office for the third week in a row, beating a slew of films that did have 3D going for them during the summer, including debuting Shark Night 3D, which pretty much only played 3D venues. […]

BOX OFFICE WILL LABOR TO BREAK SUMMER RECORD

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For the box office, the Labor Day weekend is traditionally the bleakest holiday of the year, and this year is not likely to become an exception. (It also marks the official end of the summer movie season.) Of three new films that are opening wide, only one has been screened for critics. The three are […]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE IN LINE WITH RECENT YEARS

August 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The last weekend of August is generally a weak period at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, last year the gross for the top 12 movies came to $90.1 million. In 2009 it was $109.8 million; in 2008, just $74 million; in 2007, $97 million; and in 2006, $84.1 million — an average […]

BOX OFFICE: A VICTIM OF IRENE

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With Hurricane — now Tropical Storm — Irene shutting down around 1,000 theaters on the East Coast and many moviegoers steering clear of the theaters that remained open, the box office tumbled to its lowest point of the year. Analysts estimated that revenue was down nearly 25 percent from the same weekend a year ago. […]

AT THEATERS: STORM OUTSIDE, DOLDRUMS INSIDE

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For three weeks, box-office pundits have been writing that The Help has “exceeded expectations.” Now it’s expected to top the box office again, and the question is: is that expectation too high? Analysts have been searching record books to find another example of a movie that did not open in first place but then moved […]

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