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Box Office Breakdown: Kung Fu Panda Fights Off Competition

Kung Fu Panda

Theatergoers in need of more family-friendly fare pushed to the top of the charts this past weekend. The comedy - and its $60.2 million take - was the third best animated opener for DreamWorks Animation (behind the first two Shrek films) and the 8th of all time (just ahead of Cars). Panda was also the first time a Jack Black film debuted at #1.

Meanwhile, another laugher was raking in impressive numbers of its own. - the latest production from Adam Sandler - grossed $38.5 million to take second place. Zohan‘s total falls in line with the rest of Sandler’s films from the past 10 years. Since 1998, the actor’s comedic projects have all seen $30+ million opens. (Last year’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry took in $34.2 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Raise Their Glasses to Sex and the City

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Thanks to a mob of high-heeled women, the big-screen adaptation of took in nearly $57 million over the past three days. Pretty impressive considering the film was expected to land somewhere in the $25-$35 million range. But Carrie and Company did just more than score first place, their hard work put them into the record books:

  • Sex and the City had the best opening weekend for an R-rated comedy.
  • The film’s debut topped any live-action adaptation of a TV show. (The original Mission Impossible raked in $45 million.)
  • SATC‘s premiere surpassed all romantic comedies including Hitch ($43.1 million) and ($30.7 million).
  • It was the fifth best showing for any R-rated movie ever.

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Box Office Breakdown: Indiana Jones Receives Warm Welcome From Fans

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Memorial Day weekend is for remembering, for bar-be-que, and for gigantic opening movies. Much-touted and highly successful in the past, the movies are staples of the action-adventure genre. Indiana Jones is even an amusement park attraction.

This Memorial Day weekend proved that Indy is still a huge box office attraction as well. The flick, starring Indy favorite Harrison Ford and franchise newcomer Shia LaBoeuf, racked up an impressive $126 from Friday to Monday. These huge numbers have made the second-biggest opening movie for all Memorial Day weekends past. The number-one box-office record-smashing Memorial record goes to the third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian raked in $23 million over the weekend, with coming in third at $20 million.

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Conan O’Brien Tests Harrison Ford’s Indy Knowledge

Yesterday on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the host tried quizzing his guest on his Indiana Jones knowledge.

See what happens when faces off with associate producer Jordan Schlansky:


In Theaters This Weekend (5/23)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Mixed Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The U.S. premiere of is still 3 days away, but an audience at Cannes got its first glimpse yesterday.  Here’s a sampling of the reviews being posted by critics today:

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Poster

Here it is, the official poster for the upcoming .  Doesn’t it just make you giddy?

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

If you haven’t yet seen the film’s trailer, you can watch it here.  The fourth Indy installment hits theaters on May 22nd.


‘Indiana Jones’ Trailer Coming to Theaters

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullIf you’ve lacking plans for your Valentine’s Day, consider taking your honey out to a showing of .  Not only will you catch Freddie Highmore in yet another high-profile child role, you’ll get an added bonus: a glimpse of the next Indiana Jones film.

The trailer for will be the first teaser we’ve seen for the series in approximately 19 years.  The Feb. 14th debut will kick off the three-month countdown to the film’s debut on May 22nd.

Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett and Shia LeBeouf will all join for the latest outing.

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New ‘Bond’ Title Announced

Daniel Craig, James BondUp until now, the 22nd installment in the franchise had simply been known as Bond 22.  Now the latest outing officially has a name: .

Solace, which is scheduled for a Nov. 7th release, will pick up where left off.  British actress Gemma Arterton joins Craig on this latest mission as Agent Fields while Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) will assume the role of the nemesis.  Meanwhile, has the honor of replacing as the latest Bond girl.

Now’s your time to vote.  Which 2008 sequel currently has the worst title:  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or ?

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