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Box Office Breakdown: MacGruber IS a Bomb

MacGruber

Disappointment can come in all shapes and box office sizes.

may have earned nearly three times as much than its nearest competitor, but it wasn’t exactly a winner for Paramount or Dreamworks. The film, which grossed $70.8 million in ticket sales, become the first sequel in the Shrek franchise to open below the $100 million mark (and that’s with the help of higher 3-D prices). The comedy did, though, place fourth on the all-time animated debuts list behind Shrek the Third ($121.6 million), Shrek 2 ($108 million)  and The Simpsons Movie ($74 million).

Meanwhile, it appears will last just as long in theaters as he does in Will Forte’s sketches. Although the character is (supposedly) known for diffusing bombs, he actually helped deliver one this weekend. The latest Saturday Night Live-based comedy - also starring Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe - generated a mere $4 million this weekend. While that number seems (understandably) dismal, there is one positive thing to note: the film only cost approximately $10 million to make.

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Box Office Breakdown: Iron Man Fights Off Robin Hood

Robin Hood

‘s excellent aim couldn’t keep Robert Downey Jr. off target.

Despite increased competition in its second week of release, remained firm at the box office. Paramount’s sequel generated another $52 million between Friday-Sunday and vaulted over the $200 million mark domestically.

Meanwhile, ‘s arrow was sharp enough for a $36 million bounty, but a bit too dull for a first place finish. The film did, though, earn approximately $74 million in foreign dollars. That topped the $43.1 million overseas debut for 2000’s Gladiator - another Crowe/Ridley Scott production.

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In Theaters This Weekend: May 14, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Just Wright (PG): starring Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton (directed by Sanaa Hamri)
  • Letters to Juliet (PG): starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael Garcia Bernal (directed by Gary Winick)
  • Robin Hood (PG-13): starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong (directed by Ridley Scott)

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

Here are some of the options today:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus DVD

  • Armageddon: Blu-ray
  • Cold Turkey: DVD
  • The Descent: Part 2: DVD
  • Disgrace: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dune: Blu-ray
  • Elizabeth: Blu-ray
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Blu-ray
  • Five Minutes of Heaven: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Gallant Hours: DVD
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: DVD, Blu-ray
  • It’s Complicated: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Jackal: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Out of Africa (25th Anniversary): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Ride with the Devil: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tombstone: Blu-ray
  • Traffic: DVD/Blu-ray combo

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Robin Hood to Open 2010 Cannes Film Festival


Once again, the will begin with a non-French film. Last year, Up became the first animated feature to receive the international spotlight. This year, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood will be the selection opening the prestigious event.

The film - which tells the early years of the legend - stars as the titular character - and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian. The story was written by Brian Helgeland, the man behind L.A Confidential (another Crowe film).

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Madonna Wants Blanchett for Musical

Madonna wants Cate Blanchett to star in her musicalMadonna wants Cate Blanchett to star in her new musical—when the Queen of Pop wants you, is there even a chance of declining?

The “4 Minutes” singer is set to direct and produce Wallis, which follows the life of American socialite Wallis Simpson, who Britain’s King Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry, and wants the Notes On A Scandal actress to take on the lead role opposite Doctor Who actor David Tennant after opting against casting Keira Knightley.

A source told Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “The final script is now written and the locations have been scouted. Madonna is now trying to assemble the cast and put the finances in place. The first scene of the film is an old woman in her 90s living on her own in a Parisian flat. She starts to tell her life story to her housekeeper. It turns out the old woman is Wallis Simpson. There will be a song for each decade of her life.”

Madonna, whose last acting role in a movie was in 2002 flop Swept Away, had been planning to start work on the film last year, but it was put on hold while she finalized her divorce from Guy Ritchie.

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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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In Theaters This Weekend: August 14, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Bandslam (PG): starring Gaelan Connell, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Aly Michalka (directed by Todd Graff)
  • District 9 (R): starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James (directed by Neill Blomkamp)
  • The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R): starring Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner (directed by Neal Brennan)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13): starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston (directed by Robert Schwentke)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 5, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Enchanted April: DVD
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Blu-ray
  • Grease: Blu-ray
  • It Could Happen to You: Blu-ray
  • Last Chance Harvey: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Roxanne: Blu-ray
  • Saturday Night Fever: Blu-ray
  • Twilight: Blu-ray
  • Wendy and Lucy: DVD


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Getting Into Character: Russell Crowe as Robin Hood

Russell Crowe as Robin Hood

Robin of Loxley has shed his locks.

If you were one of the many who watched State of Play this weekend, this image of might throw you for a loop. Not only has the actor already cut his hair (thank goodness), he’s let go of a few pounds as well.

In Robin Hood, the 45-year-old resurrects a Gladiator-esque coif for his turn at the iconic character. The film, which is being directed by American Gangster‘s Ridley Scott, costars Cate Blancett as Maid Marian.

The Universal Pictures feature is scheduled for release on May 14, 2010.

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