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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 21, 2010

SaltHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Angel: DVD
  • Devil: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Easy A: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Matador: Blu-ray
  • Orlando: Blu-ray
  • Salt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Soul Kitchen: DVD
  • Step Up 3: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Social Network Liked by Audiences

The Social Network

Theatergoers took time away from their personal Facebook accounts this weekend to enjoy some actual entertainment this weekend.

—David Fincher’s film about the creation of that social media site—raised enough friends over the last three days to land the biopic in first place. Network’s $22.4 million outing also gave screenwriter Aaron Sorkin his best opening to date.

’s long-awaited debut barely went noticed. The Renee Zellweger/Bradley Cooper movie, which had been waiting for a release date for over two years, was produced for an estimated $27 million. Unfortunately, it only earned back $5.4 million of that from domestic audiences.

Meanwhile, also struggled to find a warm welcome. The vampire thriller – a remake of Sweden’s Let the Right One In—took in only $5.1 million, enough for an 8th place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Wall Street Rises to a Win

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Twenty-three years after we were first introduced to Gordon Gekko, Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone have both seen their stock go up. , which earned $19 million over the past three days, gave the Oscar-winning actor his first #1 film since 2001’s Don’t Say a Word and Stone his best debut to date. (That total is, of course, considered chump change to Shia LaBeouf.)

The weekend didn’t look quite so rosy for . Although the Zack Snyder-directed adaptation landed in second place, the movie only grossed $16.1 million. (Keep in mind that the movie cost $79 million to produce.)

Meanwhile, Disney proved Betty White’s mere presence doesn’t necessarily mean comedy gold. You Again – also starring Kristen Bell and Sigourney Weaver – debuted in fifth place with $10.6 million. (Somehow I doubt this will help Bell’s chances of ever getting a Veronica Mars movie off the ground.)

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Box Office Breakdown: The Town Takes the Crown

The Town

, Ben Affleck’s second directorial feature, surprised analysts this weekend with a win at the box office. The film, which far surpassed Gone Baby Gone’s $5.5 million debut in 2007, earned $23.8 million—a September-best for Warner Bros. The drama, co-starring Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, also gave actor Affleck his first #1 film—outside of He’s Just Not that Into You—since Daredevil.

Although many had topping the charts, the film came in a very respectable second place. The Emma Stone-starrer – which only cost $8 million to produce – generated good reviews and a $17.7 million take.

The weekend’s other two new wide releases also landed in the Top 5. The PG-13 horror film raised $12.3 million while Alpha and Omega, a more family-friendly entry, rang up $9.1 million in ticket sales.

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In Theaters This Weekend: September 17, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Alpha and Omega (PG): starring Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci (directed by Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck)
  • Devil (PG-13): starring Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara (directed by John Erick Dowdle)
  • Easy A (PG-13): starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgely, Thomas Haden Church (directed by Will Gluck)
  • The Town (R): starring Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm (directed by Ben Affleck)

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Movie Remakes: Killer Tomatoes, Rosemary’s Baby

Attack of the Killer TomatoesAlthough I have a hard time believing there are people out there born after the ‘70s, I understand there are many who’ve never even heard of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.  Fortunately for them, there will soon be a remake.

Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine - the creators behind the “Ask A Ninja” web shorts -  have taken on the challenge of retooling the cult classic.  Although the update’s budget will undoubtedly be larger than the original’s (the first film reportedly cost less than $100,000), it’s unclear how far the writers will deviate from the 1978 storyline.

The movie about murderous fruit spawned three sequels including Return of the Killer Tomatoes and Killer Tomatoes Strike Back.  (‘s career managed to survive an appearance in the former.)  No target date for the redo has been announced.

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