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Box Office Breakdown: Evil Takes Up Residence at Number One

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Who says the third time’s the charm?

—the fourth movie in that sci-fi series—topped the box office this weekend with franchise-breaking numbers. The movie, which was offered in 3D, had the best Evil debut to date. (Yes - higher ticket prices did play into this.) Afterlife‘s $26.7 million take surpassed the bar set by Resident Evil: Extinction in 2007. (That outing opened to $23.7 million.)

Since Resident was the only new wide release, the other notable events occurred outside the Top Ten. , starring Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel, opened in limited release with a $45,527 debut. More importantly, the movie averaged $22,764 per theater—the best number for all films over the weekend. In comparison, I’m Still Here—featuring a disheveled Joaquin Phoenix—only had a $5,087 per screen average.

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Box Office Breakdown: The American Defeats Machete

The American

Although it lacked Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro, did have two things Machete didn’t: George Clooney and a box office win.

Despite only grossing $13.2 million over the weekend ($16.3 million since Wednesday), the Focus Features entry hit its target. The movie - which was produced for approximately $20 million - managed to top the Robert Rodriguez-actioner by less than $2 million. The American also became Clooney’s best opener - outside of any Brad Pitt-related project - since The Perfect Storm in 2000.

, based on a trailer included in the film Grindhouse, came very close to matching the earlier movie. The Danny Trejo starrer debuted to a modest $11.4 million—about $200,000 short of Grindhouse‘s premiere in 2007.

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In Theaters This Weekend: September 3, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The American (R): starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli (directed by Anton Corbijn)  **open now**
  • Going the Distance (R): starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate (directed by Nanette Burstein)
  • Machete (R): starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba (directed by Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez)

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VIDEO: Cheesiest Movie Quotes Compilation

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Earlier, we presented to you the “The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time.” Now we’re going to add some NSFW cheese on top of that humor.

If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that a number of actors credited in the “The 100 Cheesiest Movie Quotes of All Time” - including Val Kilmer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg, and Tom Cruise - had the honor of making both compilations.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 23, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • The African Queen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Bigger Than Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Blind Side: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Brothers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Damage: DVD
  • Days of Heaven: Blu-ray
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Red Cliff: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The T.A.M.I. Show (Collector’s Edition): DVD
  • Toy Story (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Toy Story 2 (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Yojimbo & Sanjuro: Blu-ray

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

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 9, 2010

Up in the Air DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Capitalism: A Love Story: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Old Dogs: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paris: DVD, Blu-ray *releases March 10*
  • Planet 51: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Precious: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Stoning of Soraya M: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tapeheads: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Up in the Air: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Who: The Kids are Alright: Blu-ray

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

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The 2010 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statues

When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.

Although many believe the will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?

To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!

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2010 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Award nominations 2010

After the list of nominees were announced this morning, two movies rose to the top of the pack. Avatar and The Hurt Locker - helmed respectively by James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow - both lead the field with nine nominations each. Thankfully, the formerly married directors still get along.

Even though this will be the first time since 1943 (when Casablanca won) that ten films will go up for Best Film, this year’s list only revealed a handful of surprises. Those who have been following other ceremonies during this awards season saw very little changes in the acting categories.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions/omissions from today’s nominations:

  • Many had hoped The Hangover, Star Trek and/or (500) Days of Summer would go up for Best Picture. Many were left disappointed.
  • Is this the first time Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t nominated for simply breathing?
  • Acting queen is up now up for her sweet 16th nomination for her role in Julie & Julia. (I believe I will one day see her 20th.)
  • Speaking of leading women, there will be three newcomers going up against vets Streep and (The Last Station): Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)—someone who wasn’t even an actress to begin with!
  • Disney/Pixar’s will be double-dipping it this year. The feature has been nominated in both the Best Film and Best Animated Film categories.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Makes It a Five-Peat

Avatar's Michelle Rodriguez

The has slowly started to take on water.

Over the holiday weekend, added another $54.6 million to its domestic total ($505 million), bringing it that much closer to The Dark Knight‘s second-place spot. The Golden Globe-winning film, which now stands at approximately $1.6 billion internationally ($200 million shy of Titanic), also became the first film since The Sixth Sense to win five straight weeks in a row.

Meanwhile, - starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman - put up good numbers despite finishing in second place. Allen and Albert Hughes’ first movie since 2001’s From Hell raked in an impressive $38.4 million, giving Washington his second best debut ever. (American Gangster took in $43.6 million in 2007.) The receipts also made the film Warner Bros.’ best January opener to date.

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Leaps Further Up the Charts

Leap Year

Hear that sound? That’s knocking on Titanic‘s door.

Over the past three days, Fox’s sci-fi blockbuster padded another $50.3 million to its total, officially making it the top entry of 2009. (Sorry, !) The movie now stands directly behind Jim Cameron’s other film on the international charts ($1.34 billion compared to $1.84 billion) and is ranked 7th on the domestic charts. (The Dark Knight sits on that list at #2 with $533,345,358.)

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