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Box Office Breakdown: Dear John Brings Down Avatar

Amanda Seyfried in Dear John

Dear John—And they didn’t think we could do it. Take that, blue people! XOXO, Savannah

After an exhausting seven weeks at #1, found itself in entirely new territory: sitting back at #2. Although the film had broken nearly every record in the history books (and padded another $22.9 million to its domestic total), the 20th Century Fox feature ended its win streak nine weeks shy of E.T.‘s mark.

Taking the lead from James Cameron was the latest weeper from author Nicholas Sparks. - starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried - was the counterprogramming winner during Super Bowl weekend. The romantic drama earned an impressive $30.5 million and came narrowly close to besting the record set during the same sports frame in 2008. (That was when Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour generated $31.1 million.)

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In Theaters This Weekend (2/5)

Dear John

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Dear John (PG-13): starring Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins (directed by Lasse Halstrom)
  • From Paris with Love (R): starring John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak (directed by Pierre Morel)
  • Ajami* (NR): starring Fouad Habash, Nisrine Rihan, Elias Saba (directed by Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani)
  • District 13: Ultimatum* (R): starring David Belle, Cyril Raffaelli, Daniel Duval (directed by Patrick Alessandrin)
  • Frozen* (R): starring Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers (directed by Adam Green)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 29, 2009

9 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 9: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Carriers: DVD
  • Facing Ali: DVD
  • Home Front: Blu-ray
  • Jennifer’s Body: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Marine 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paranormal Activity: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A Perfect Getaway: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Princess of Mars: DVD
  • Vampire Killers: DVD
  • Weather Girl: DVD

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

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Mamma Mia Sequel? Here We Go Again

Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

Mamma Mia! star recently confirmed that a sequel to the successful flick is in the works. So what’s the bad news? It, too, will feature ABBA music. Well, we can’t have it all.

“I will do it,” Seyfried reported. “And I know Meryl’s [Streep] game as well, so bring it on.”

Get ready for the .

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First Look: Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfriend in Dear John

Dear John -

While you were gone serving our country, I was busy filming this box office bomb called . Who knew a lesbian kiss with Megan Fox wouldn’t sell?

Anyway, I have a feeling our upcoming movie will do a thousand times better. I mean—who isn’t a sucker for Nicholas Sparks adaptations? And all women love a good cry around Valentine’s Day…especially when a hunk like you is involved.

So do your best to hurry home. Until then, I’ll continue sending you as many letters as a I can.


- starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum - opens in theaters on February 5.

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Box Office Breakdown: Meatballs Rolls to Another Victory

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

was no substitute for meatballs.

Despite competition from a Bruce Willis film, a music-based remake and a sci-fi horror entry, remained the theatergoers’ order of choice for the second week in a row. The children’s book adaptation had Sony dining to the tune of $25 million—over $10 million more than the second place finisher.

Many thought Willis, who hasn’t had a major role since 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard, was on track to take first this weekend. Unfortunately, his


movie was considered a big letdown given its $15 million gross and $80 million budget. Meanwhile, , a remake of the 1980 hit, had no one feeling like they wanted to live forever. The MGM feature only rung up $10 million for third place.

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Amanda Seyfried Felt Uncomfortable With the Kiss

Amanda Seyfriend and Megan Fox go in for the kiss in Jennifer's Body

Amanda Seyfried said it was “uncomfortable” kissing Megan Fox. Hrm, that’s just about the complete opposite of what Megan felt when asked about it.

The 23-year-old actress locks lips with the Hollywood beauty for their new horror film Jennifer’s Body, but insists that it was an awkward scene to film because she knows it will “turn on” the audience.

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Box Office Breakdown: Chance of Meatballs is Winning Recipe

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

While it may not have had a Damon, an Aniston or a Fox, had something no other film did this weekend: a win. The animated adaptation raked in $30.3 million over the weekend easily pushing it to the top of the charts. The PG-rated entry towered over the box office and nearly tripled its nearest competitor (The Informant). The 3-D film also gave Sony Pictures Animation its biggest debut to date.

Elsewhere, two Hollywood beauties were struggling to make a respectable showing. Despite (or because of) a number of notable quotes, Megan Fox failed to muster any interest in her first starring vehicle. Jennifer’s Body, a horror film penned by Diablo Cody, raised a whopping $6.9 million for a fifth-place finish. (I’m not even sure that would be enough to fund one day of a Transformers production.) Megan Fox might not be a fan of Michael Bay, but she better be grateful she met him.

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In Theaters This Weekend: September 18, 2009

Matt Damon in The Informant

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG): starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg (directed by Chris Miller, Phil Lord)
  • The Informant! (R): starring Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale (directed by Steven Soderbergh)
  • Jennifer’s Body (R): starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody (directed by Karyn Kusama)
  • Love Happens (PG-13): starring Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler (directed by Brandon Camp)

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The 2009 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

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The Oscars

After a year away from live Oscars coverage, I’m thrilled to be back for the 2009 Academy Awards.

Even though Dark Knight‘s snub will probably keep a number of viewers away (how many can honestly say they’ve seen The Reader?), I’m eagerly anticipating several moments from this evening’s broadcast.

Will Heath Ledger’s family bring the house to tears? Is Mickey Rourke going to make the producers wince? Will the cameras pan to Brangelina after Jennifer Aniston’s presentation? Are Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron really (really?) going to do a song and dance number?

To find out if this will be the year of the Slumdog or the underdog, stay tuned here for the live results!

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