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Box Office: Animated Flick Gets Filmgoers Hopping

Hop (film)

Box office figures have been down lately (so much so that some have been predicting a filmmaking apocalypse), but one newcomer hopped into the top slot with this weekend’s opening. The animated film Hop managed to score the biggest opening weekend of the year, earning $38.1 million.

The Jake Gyllenhaal-led, big-budget action flick Source Code, which cost an estimated $32 million make, earned a modest second place with $15.1 million. Horror flick Insidious enjoyed a huge return on its $1.5 million budget, scoring third place and $13.5 million at the box office. Diary of a Wimpy Kid fell all the way to fourth to earn $10.2 million, and Limitless is hanging on at first place ($9.4 million).

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Box Office: Wimpy Kid Sucker Punches Shoo-In

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The big-budget action movie, Sucker Punch, cost a cool $80 million to make -- and everyone involved was hoping the flick would make a big box office splash. The gun-heavy, intense action movie looked like a shoo-in for the top box office slot, but nerd power ruled the weekend instead. Gun-toting babes, it seems, are worth less than $20 million to moviegoers. Diary of a Wimpy Kid overshadowed the girl-powered fighting flick, earning $24.4 million to take first place at the box office.

Sucker Punch had a dismal opening weekend, raking in a disappointing $19 million to score second place. Limitless is still going strong, though it’s fallen to number three, earning $15.2 million. Lincoln Lawyer ($11 million) and Rango ($9.8 million) finish off the top five earners of the weekend.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 3, 2010

Kick-Ass DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • After.Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Breakfast Club (25th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Bull Durham: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Charlie’s Angels: Blu-ray
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Escape from New York: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Fargo: i>DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • The Ghost Writer: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Humanoids from the Deep: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Kalifornia: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Titans Disappoints Date Night

Clash of the Titans

Looks like Sunday wasn’t a great day for a .

Despite early predictions that the Steve Carell/Tina Fey laugher would end the weekend with a $27.1 million take and a first place finish, the movie wound up falling slightly short. When the final numbers were turned in, the Shawn Levy-directed comedy had raked in just $25.2 million in ticket sales - positioning it right between and How to Train Your Dragon.

Although Date Night did not come close to surpassing Carell’s personal best (Get Smart opened to $38.7 million in 2008), it did top Fey’s previous high (Baby Mama‘s $17.4 million from 2008).

Meanwhile, the only other entry in this weekend’s Top 10 was a movie that only opened in 897 theaters. - which only grossed $1.1 million and a $1,228 per screen average - helped push Shutter Island and She’s Out of My League off the charts.

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Box Office Breakdown: Titans Rules Over Competition

Clash of the Titans

’ use of 3D may not have been favorably reviewed, but that didn’t keep the remake from conquering the box office.

The Warner Bros. film, which was delayed for a last-minute technology upgrade, officially became the biggest Easter weekend opener to date. Titans’ $61.2 million topped previous holiday champ Scary Movie 4 and bested 1999’s The Matrix to become the best April release ever. (That 1999 film debuted to $27.8 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: How to Train Your Dragon Soars to #1

How to Train Your Dragon

Jay Baruchel may be dating a girl out of his league, but he’s now got a dragon under his command.

Friday’s premiere of had both Baruchel and Gerard Butler pulling double-duty over the weekend. The animated feature easily surpassed both Out of My League, Bounty Hunter and - most importantly - the reigning champ (Alice in Wonderland) to take the win with a $43.7 million take.

Unfortunately, even higher ticket prices couldn’t lift the 3-D feature past a previous Dreamworks entry. Last March, Monsters vs. Aliens towered over the competition with a $59.3 million bow.

Meanwhile, - the weekend’s only other new wide release - warmed up to a $14 million debut and a third-place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Wimpy Kid Bests the Bounty Hunter

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Two out of three ain’t bad.

Although Hollywood has yet to present a real threat to Alice in Wonderland, two studios this weekend made strong attempts. , based on a series of Jeff Kinney books, proved there was more than enough room for kid-friendly fare at the box office. Fox’s adaptation unfolded to over $22 million in ticket sales - approximately $12 million shy of the three-time winner, but enough for second place.

- starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler - also managed to nab a decent bounty for itself during this frame. Sony’s critically-panned comedy grossed over $20 million, falling just short of Diary.

Meanwhile, , Friday’s only other wide release, came a distant fourth with $6.1 million.

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In Theaters This Weekend: March 19, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Bounty Hunter (PG-13): starring Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis (directed by Andy Tennant)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG): starring Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris (directed by Thor Freudenthal)
  • Repo Men (R): starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber (directed by Miguel Sapochnik)

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