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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides passes $1B

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides passes $1B

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Yesterday someone somewhere bought a ticket for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and pushed it past the $1 Billion mark in worldwide box-office earnings. It’s now the 8th film in history to gross over $1 Billion and the second film in the Pirate series to do so. It’s Walt Disney Studios’ 4 title to earn $1B, the 3rd Disney film in less than 18 months to gross $1B…

Tree of Life: Uniquely Visionary – No Refunds!

Tree of Life: Uniquely Visionary – No Refunds!

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“Comprehension is not a prerequisite of cooperation.” ~ The Matrix From the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, via @NextProjection on Twitter. Don’t let your mouth write checks your ass can’t cash Don’t take your ass to movies your head can’t process.

$37 mil weekend for Super 8

$37 mil weekend for Super 8

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Super 8 ticked up above most estimates to earn $37 million its opening weekend. Deadline notes that District 9 pulled in a nearly identical sum of 37.3 mil in 2009. Some may say, sure, but District 9 was rightly famous for the bang-for-the-buck Neill Blomkamp achieved with a modest $30 mil budget. But you may be surprised to learn JJ Abrams was equally frugal, delivering Super 8 for around $50…

Weak 'Film Pulse' sad symptom of blockbuster mentality

Weak 'Film Pulse' sad symptom of blockbuster mentality

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Very Small Array charts a steady 50-year decline in the quality of films moviegoers want to see most. Steepest nosedive occurs at the end of the 1970′s when the American New Wave suffered a backlash, studios pulled the plug on rebel directors, a decade of film-schooled artistry was ending, and the era of the modern marketing blockbuster began. If this graph looks like the EKG of a sick patient in…

The King’s Speech, True Grit and Black Swan – Box Office Stories of 2010

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The King’s Speech is making a boatload of cash at the box office. According to Pete Hammond, the film is so gangbusters in the UK it is as big as Avatar was last year. It is hitting big not just with the Brits but over here as well. It’s already up to $77 mil and shows no sign of slowing down. Meanwhile, True Grit is up to $150 million. Black…

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Best Picture Box-Office Update

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Adding up the weekend box-office estimates for the top Best Picture contenders, we find True Grit vaulting into 3rd place with a long trail ahead yet to ride. (Run, Little Blackie, run!) Wasn’t expecting too many surprises when I drew up a chart for the most successful BP hopefuls, but found a few anyway. Nice to see Shutter Island is Scorsese’s biggest worldwide box-office earner ever (and expect The Invention…

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True Grit gallops toward $100 mil

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Friday’s box-office numbers for True Grit tipped it into the #1 spot, and Deadline says the final tally for New Year’s Weekend has the Coen brothers’ biggest opener nearly tied for the top spot with Fockers 3.¬† Perhaps the most interesting stat is True Grit’s stamina. While Little Fockers fell 15% from last weekend, True Grit held fast with a minuscule dip of only 1.4% from its Christmas premiere. Also…

Oscar 2010′s Box Office Champs

Oscar 2010′s Box Office Champs

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It is time to once again take stock of the big money makers so far this year. Why does it matter? Because it does. Looking back through Oscar history and it’s clear that if there is one commonality, it’s that popular films that are also well-reviewed tend to do well in the Best Picture race, but particularly when there are ten nominees. The King’s Speech looks to be doing well…

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Box Office Finals – The Social Network Wins the Weekend

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Here are the studio grosses from Boxoffice.com. Poor Secretariat. I don’t know what happened there. To me it seemed like a no-brainer. We can put the stories about Social Network not doing well at the box office to bed, I think. It might lose out next weekend, but two weekends in a row for a talky drama with only one star? Great word of mouth working there. And talk about…

The Social Network status holds steady at #1

The Social Network status holds steady at #1

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If these numbers stick the estimates from late last night show The Social Network has edged ahead of Life As We Know It to win the weekend box-office race by a nose. Secretariat pulls a 3rd place. Updated figures from Deadline (subject to adjustment) – these are the same figures Phil Contrino at Boxoffice.com had up on Friday. We won’t know officially until later this afternoon. Most people are pulling…