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Box Office Breakdown: Number 1 for District 9

District 9

may not have have any big name stars and it may not be based on a story everyone knows, but it does have something no other film has this Monday: a first place finish.

Over the weekend, the R-rated actioner landed on Earth safely with over $37 million in ticket sales. The sci-fi entry also raked in one of the best per screen averages ($12,251) of any film currently in in theaters. (Sony Pictures Classics’ averaged $13,240 while in limited release.)

In the non-alien department, cornered the romantic genre with an $18.6 million total. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens proved she’s nothing without her better half. The Disney star’s new film, Bandslam, failed to even crack the Top Ten. The teen comedy barely managed to gross over $2 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Drawn to Funny People

Funny People

When you combine the talents of , Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, a 1st place finish shouldn’t shock you. A $22.7 million haul? That is surprising.

Despite earning enough to displace G-Force for the weekend’s top spot, failed to bring the movie house down. The 144-minute length dramedy pulled in the lowest gross for any #1 entry this summer. While the film did better than any of Sandler’s dramatic efforts, it didn’t fall line with his comedic outings.

On the other hand, Rogen and Apatow had more reason to be pleased with the box office results. The Universal pic gave Seth his best debut since 2007’s Superbad. Meanwhile, Funny fell right in between The 40-Year-Old Virgin ($21.4 million) and ($30.7 million) for Judd.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 4, 2009

The Soloist DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • August: DVD
  • Big Trouble in Little China: Blu-ray
  • Fragments: DVD
  • Mutant Chronicles: DVD, Blu-ray
  • My Cousin Vinny: Blu-ray
  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Obsessed: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Race to Witch Mountain: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sling Blade: Blu-ray
  • The Soloist: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Tigger Movie: DVD

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 31, 2009

Funny People

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Aliens in the Attic (PG): starring Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler (directed by John Schultz)
  • The Collector (R): starring Josh Stewart, Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke (directed by Marcus Dunstan)
  • Funny People (R): starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann (directed by Judd Apatow)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: July 21, 2009

Coraline DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 300: The Complete Experience: Blu-ray
  • Coraline: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Echelon Conspiracy: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Great Buck Howard: DVD, Blu-ray
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry: Blu-ray
  • Made in U.S.A.: DVD
  • Midnight Express: Blu-ray
  • Sherman’s Way: DVD
  • Visioneers: DVD
  • Watchmen: DVD, Blu-ray

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Casting Corner: Jason Sudeikis, Mark Ruffalo and More

Jason SudeikisMark Ruffalo

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jason Sudeikis: The Saturday Night Live star may be on board for Going the Distance, a romantic comedy starring (exes?) Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Sudeikis is in talks to play Box, a friend who thinks Justin’s long-distance relationship with Drew is a mistake. (Don’t we all?) Nanette Burstein (American Teen) has been tapped to direct the New Line movie.

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Harrison Ford tops Highest Paid Actor List

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Paramount, Box Office, Celeb News, Lists,

Harrison Ford highest paid is Hollywood’s highest paid actor after earning $60.37 million over the last 12 months. The 66-year-old star made the staggering sum after starring in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - which took $701 million worldwide at the box office. Ford - who had only appeared in four movies since 2000 before agreeing to reprise the famous role for a fourth time - was paid the figure between June 2008 and June 2009 as part of a deal that saw studio Paramount give the veteran star, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas a percentage of the film’s earnings.

Other stars to make the list, compiled by business bible Forbes magazine, include , who came second after raking in $51.38 million, Will Smith, who finished third with $42 million, and fourth placed Eddie Murphy, who earned $37.3 million. Rounding off the top five was Nicolas Cage, who was paid $37 million in the last 12 months. Forbes compiled the list of top earning stars by speaking to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to find out what money stars received upfront for movies in development and earnings from released films.  Advertising and other earnings from the last 12 months were also taken into consideration.

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Casting Corner: Jennifer Garner, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Eckhart and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jennifer Garner: The former Alias star will be replacing mad fighting skills with carving skills in Butter. The political satire will feature Garner as a butter sculpture phenom in a Midwestern town. No director has officially been assigned to the project.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 7, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Doubt DVD

  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact: Blu-ray
  • Above the Law: Blu-ray
  • American History X: Blu-ray
  • Bedtime Stories: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Collateral Damage: Blu-ray
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Donkey Punch: DVD
  • Doubt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Final Destination: Blu-ray
  • Fly Away Home: Blu-ray
  • I.O.U.S.A.: DVD
  • John Q: Blu-ray
  • Not Easily Broken: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Point of No Return: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Gran Torino Expands to a Win

Gran Torino

He may have lost out to Bruce Springsteen last night, but Clint Eastwood was still a big winner this weekend. After 4 weeks in limited theaters, the 78-year-old’s film became the top movie in wide release.

Eastwood’s directorial project not only pulled in $29.4 million over the last three days ($40.5 million to date), it outranked the vehicles from Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Will Smith. also earned the best per screen average of any charter in the Top Ten.

Despite opening on approximately 600 more screens than the first place finisher, #2’s grossed nearly $4000 less per theater. The Kate Hudson-Anne Hathaway comedy also averaged less than #3’s The Unborn.

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