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Box Office Breakdown: The Golden Compass Lacks Luster

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A Narnia-esque adaptation partnered with a holiday release date and an A-list cast should have conjured box office magic for .  Surprisingly, this weekend’s release from brought in barely enough money to cover the film’s catering budget.

Compass, based on Philip Pullman’s children’s series His Dark Materials, was and second disappointing collaboration this year (the first being ).  While it was enough for a first place finish, the $25 million debut was hardly impressive given the film’s $180 million price tag.

In other news, holiday flick remained in third place while the critically-panned bumped up two spaces from last week.  Meanwhile, and did well with their very limited releases.

Be looking for the highly-promoted (and ) to enter next week’s charts.

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Box Office Breakdown: Jessica Alba Can’t Keep Audiences Awake

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There’s nothing like a good snub to restore your faith in moviegoers. 

Although was the only new wide release this past weekend, discerning audiences kept it from succeeding by default.  (NOTE: Cute squirrels will always trump .)  The movie, also co-starring Star Wars’ , opened with a dismal $6 million - less than half of what Alba’s last stellar film, Good Luck Chuck, did.  (The latter opened at $13.7 million.) I wonder if this currently makes the most successful Jessica out there.

Aside from Awake’s entry, the rest of the Top Ten changed very little from last week.  refused to budge from its perch and earned another $16 million over the past three days.  Meanwhile, surged back up a notch, trading spots with holiday flick, .

Although the box office numbers were unspectacular overall, we can expect big changes in just a few days; that’s when New Line’s makes its debut.

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The Preview Review: Special Coen Edition

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Let’s be honest: The Coen Brothers have had a string of slightly innocuous endeavors beginning in 2003 with Intolerable Cruelty and following with 2004’s The Lady Killers.  Beyond that, Joel and Ethan also made a small contribution to the 2006 cooperative film Paris, je t’aime, a movie asking directors to make five minute shorts about love.  But we haven’t really seen the Coens in true form since 2001’s The Man Who Wasn’t There — a slow moving, but thrilling black-and-white piece starring Billy Bob Thornton.

That having been said, as I sat in a near-empty theater yesterday, charged with watching the new Herzog film Rescue Dawn, the trailer for No Country for Old Men ran, renewing my faith in those two brothers from Minnesota and the amazing stories they tell.

Get more info and watch the trailer after the jump.

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