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Box Office Breakdown: Takers Takes the (Close) Win

Takers movie

Although early reports had in first place this weekend, the final numbers told a different story. When the dust finally settled on Monday, Lionsgate’s had squeaked out a slim lead. (Less than $200,000 separated the two films.)

Exorcism, though, did not walk away a loser. The movie “documenting” a priest’s final exorcism earned just over $20 million—and it only cost $1.8 million to produce. The PG-13 flick also surpassed The Unborn‘s 2009 debut ($19.8 million), though it did fall short of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (That 2005 release opened to $30 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: The Switch Fails to Light Up

The Switch

Maybe a quick trip to Cougar Town is something Jennifer Aniston could use right now.

Days after blurting out the R-word on television, Aniston is dealing with another ding in her career: the box office disappointment. The Switch, co-starring Jason Bateman, produced only $8.4 million over the past three days while narrowly escaping eighth place. The good news? The movie raised slightly more than Jen’s Love Happens did back in September. The bad news? The comedy earned about $4 million less than Jennifer Lopez’s baby movie, The Back-Up Plan, did in April.

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Box Office Breakdown: Expendables Team Up Against Julia Roberts

The Expendables

For some people, eating, praying and loving is the way to go. For others, shooting and fighting is the preferred course of action.

, directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, overpowered the competition this weekend with a $34.8 million finish. The combined star power of the cast – which included Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, and Jason Statham – helped land the actioner in first place while awarding Stallone his biggest debut to date.

Although fell in second with its $23.1 million take, the movie was by no means a disappointment. The Julia Roberts vehicle premiered on par with Julie & Julia’s $20 million kickoff last August. Meanwhile, Roberts earned her best opening numbers in 10 years (outside of the Oceans franchise).

Unfortunately for Michael Cera, it appears the world was simply working against The $60 million comic book adaptation only raked in $10.6 million over the past three days.

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In Theaters This Weekend: August 13, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Eat Pray Love (PG-13): starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup (directed by Ryan Murphy)
  • The Expendables (R): starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li (directed by Sylvester Stallone)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13): starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (directed by Edgar Wright)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: July 27, 2010

Clash of the Titans Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Art of the Steal: DVD
  • Clash of the Titans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Blu-ray
  • Dark City (1950): DVD
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fanboys: Blu-ray
  • Hannie Caulder: DVD
  • Ip Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lock Up: Blu-ray
  • Operation: Endgame: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Rambo (Complete Collector’s Set): Blu-ray
  • Rambo (Extended Cut): Blu-ray
  • Repo Men: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Quote of the Day: Sylvester Stallone on HIs Worst Movie Ever


“I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.”

-The Expendables crowning the 1992 comedy with Estelle Getty his most expendable film.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 22, 2010

Green Zone DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Blu-ray 3D
  • Death Race 2000: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fuel: DVD
  • The Good Guy: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Green Zone: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Station: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Maid: DVD
  • Red Desert: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Remember Me: DVD, Blu-ray
  • She’s Out of My League: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A Star is Born: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 12, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

The Hurt Locker DVD

  • 8 1/2: Blu-ray
  • Amreeka: DVD
  • Big Fan: DVD
  • Billy Jack: Blu-ray
  • Brothers at War: DVD
  • The Brothers Bloom: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Burning Plain: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cliffhanger: Blu-ray
  • Departures: DVD
  • Downloading Nancy: DVD
  • Fame: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Halloween II: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Hurt Locker: DVD, Blu-ray
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself: DVD, Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 3, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Aliens in the Attic: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Answer Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Dead: DVD
  • Food, Inc.: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Forrest Gump: Blu-ray
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Howards End: Blu-ray
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper: DVD, Blu-ray
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Love Actually: Blu-ray
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition): DVD, Blu-ray

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Sylvester Stallone Calls New Rambo Film a Feral Beast

Sylvester Stallone as RamboIn describing the upcoming Rambo movie, Sylvester Stallone called it “a feral beast.”

The Hollywood actor, who recently admitted to working on a fifth film in the high-action franchise, has revealed that the forthcoming final installment (titled Rambo V: The Savage Hunt) will be different from the previous movies and filled with “unadulterated rage.”

“It’s not a super-soldier, it’s a feral beast—a thing. It’s this amalgamation of fury and intelligence and pure unadulterated rage, from before men became human - it’s inhuman! It’s man’s “conscious” fighting his dark, uncontrollable unconscious. It has absolute cunning and intelligence and a will to survive that is only matched by Rambo’s.”

The movie will see the 63-year-old actor reprise his role as Vietnam veteran John Rambo next year as his character battles drug and people traffickers on the US-Mexico border.

Rambo, released in 2008, had initially been billed as the final installment in the series. It was recently revealed Sylvester, who first played John Rambo in 1982’s First Blood, was struggling to get into shape for the part.

A source revealed, “Sylvester really had to push himself to get in shape for the last film and knows he’ll have to do that again for the next movie. It doesn’t get any easier the older he gets.”


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