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Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

True Grit

Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 22, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this holiday week:

  • Gulliver's Travels (PG): starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt (directed by Rob Letterman) **opens on Dec. 25**
  • Little Fockers (PG-13): starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson (directed by Paul Weitz)
  • True Grit (PG-13): starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin (directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 29, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Saw 3D (R): starring Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor (directed by Kevin Greutert)
  • Eichmann* (NR): starring Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Garity, Franka Potente (directed by Robert Young)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest* (R): starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre (directed by Daniel Alfredson)
  • Inspector Bellamy* (NR): starring Gerard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin (directed by Claude Chabrol)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 1, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Alice in Wonderland DVD

  • Absolute Power: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Alice in Wonderland: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Any Which Way You Can: DVD
  • Bad Boys: Blu-ray
  • The Beguiled: DVD
  • The Bridges of Madison County: DVD
  • Crossing Over: Blu-ray
  • Every Which Way But Loose: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fierce Creatures: DVD
  • The Gauntlet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Gotcha!: DVD
  • Grace of My Heart: DVD
  • Hard to Hold: DVD
  • Havana: DVD
  • Heartbreak Ridge: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Kuffs: DVD
  • The Man with No Name (Trilogy): Blu-ray

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Scarlett Johansson’s Iron Man Fight

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson says she fought hard for her role in .

The 25-year-old actress - who plays sexy Russian spy Black Widow in the superhero movie - admitted she actively campaigned for the part after actress dropped out because of scheduling conflicts.

“I was a huge fan of the first movie and was quite ‘geek-ed’ out at being part of the second one. I just wanted to be a part of Iron Man so I really researched the comic books and came in with some ideas of my own about how to develop the character. I see her as being determined and ambitious,” she said.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 20, 2010

AvatarHere are some of the options today:

  • 44 Inch Chest: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Avatar: DVD, Blu-ray  **releases on April 22/Earth Day**
  • The Basketball Diaries: Blu-ray
  • Batman: Blu-ray
  • Batman Forever: Blu-ray
  • Batman Returns: Blu-ray
  • Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This!: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Crazy Heart: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fist of Legend: Blu-ray
  • Homecoming: DVD
  • The Horse Boy: DVD
  • The Lovely Bones: DVD, Blu-ray

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Ryan Phillippe Auditioning for Captain America

Ryan PhillippeMacGruber star recently confirmed to MTV News that he will be auditioning for the part of Steve Rogers, the lead role in The First Avenger: Captain America.

“I actually am going in to meet on Captain America, which is kind of cool. After Superman, he was kind of my favorite,” Phillippe said about the superhero.

Ryan, however, faces stiff competition for the role. (Fantastic Four), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) and Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe) are also believed to be in contention.

A shortlist for the female lead of Golden Girl reportedly includes Keira Knightley, Emily Blunt and Alice Eve. Meanwhile, Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) has been cast as Captain America’s adversary, the Red Skull.

The film - which is being directed by The Wolfman filmmaker Joe Johnston - is scheduled for release in July 2011.

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Box Office Breakdown: Cop Out Misses Out

Cop Out

When is a second place finish considered good news? When it’s the biggest debut you’ve had in your career.

Despite recently being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight and losing out to Shutter Island, Kevin Smith still has something to smile about. His latest directorial project, , opened to $18.2 million over the weekend. That figure surpasses his previous best of $11.1 million for 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

And while Bruce Willis has clearly seen better days, he hasn’t in some time. Fortunately, his comedic partnership with Tracy Morgan raised over $3 million more than his last major outing, Surrogates, did last September.

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Box Office Breakdown: Shutter Island the Weekend’s Top Destination

Shutter Island

Avatar may have finally bested Titanic, but Leonardo DiCaprio still has reason to smile.

, Leo’s latest collaboration with Martin Scorsese, earned $41 million over the past three days—more than twice what it’s nearest competitor pulled in. The gross was not only the actor’s personal best (2002’s Catch Me If You Can earned $30.1 million) but Scorsese’s as well. (The Academy Award winner rang in $26.9 million with 2006’s The Departed.)

Another Oscar-winning helmer, , also had a bit of success at the box office this weekend. The director, who has been at the center of legal drama recently, saw his film The Ghost Writer rake in $183,009 while in limited release. That amount equates to a $45,000 per screen average.

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