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Box Office Breakdown: Dinner for Schmucks Comes Up Short

Dinner for Schmucks

Fans aren’t quite ready to wake up from the dream just yet.

Despite competition from Steve Carell, Zac Efron and cute animals, managed to continue its reign over the box office. The Christopher Nolan film - which is nearing the $200 million mark - added another $27.5 million to its total and became the third entry of the year to three-peat. (Alice in Wonderland and Shrek Forever After also had three wins under their belts.)

Warner Bros.’ win meant leftovers for . The Paramount comedy, which cost in the neighborhood of $60 million to produce, only brought $23.5 million to the table.

Meanwhile, narrowly beat out Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore for fifth place. The two entries were separated by approximately $100,000.

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Box Office Breakdown: Inception Holds (Off) the Salt

Salt

So remind me again - why exactly did Tom Cruise drop out of ?

The thriller Cruise was once attached to fired up $36 million over the past three days - nearly $15 million more than Knight and Day did just four weeks ago. (That movie, by the way, just fell out of the Top 10 after only four weeks.) Salt‘s numbers, though, did not match Angelina Jolie’s previous actioners (e.g. Wanted, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Tomb Raider). The Sony film also failed to boot Inception out of first place.

Meanwhile, , the weekend’s only other new wide release, failed to even cross the $10 million mark. But Beverly Cleary lovers shouldn’t feel bad - the adaptation only cost about $15 million to produce.

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Box Office Breakdown: Dreamy Numbers for Inception

Inception

Warner Bros. might have had difficulty marketing , but strong word of mouth, stunning visuals and Christopher Nolan’s reputation were enough to sell the film. The $160 million thriller opened to $62.8 million in weekend receipts, placing the film on top of all original projects out so far this summer. Inception also bested Leonardo DiCaprio’s previous debuts (including Shutter Island‘s $41.1 million) and Nolan’s earlier titles (outside of The Dark Knight).

, on the other hand, had a harder time conjuring up interest. The Disney remake grossed only $17.6 million since Friday ($24.7 million since Wednesday). That’s a considerable disappointment given the $150 million price tag, but overseas dollars will likely help the studio.

Meanwhile, a film that placed #12 on this week’s chart actually outperformed both Inception and Apprentice. , starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, had the best per screen average ($28,009) of any movie currently in theaters.

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Box Office Breakdown: Despicable Weekend for Eclipse

Despicable Me

It looks like Steve Carell will do just fine when he finally leaves Dunder Mifflin.

Neither vampires nor predators could keep Gru (Carell) and his minions from ruling the box office this weekend. - also featuring the voices of Miranda Cosgrove, Jason Segel and Russell Brand - overcame it’s title and delighted audiences to the tune of $56.4 million. Universal’s feature earned nearly enough to cover the film’s production cost ($69 million) and more than enough to push last week’s champ, Eclipse, down to second place.

Meanwhile, Fox’s , set its laser sights on the alien creature lovers out there. The sci-fi thriller, starring Adrien Brody and Topher Grace, fired up $24.8 million in ticket sales and a third place finish.

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 9, 2010


Need a way to cool off from the high temperatures? Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Despicable Me (PG): starring Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove (directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Sergio Pablos)
  • Predators (R): starring Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace (directed by Nimrod Antel)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire* (R): starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Annika Hallin (directed by Daniel Alfredson)
  • Grease Sing-A-Long* (PG-13): starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing (directed by Randal Kleiser)

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Sequel News: Austin Powers, Final Destination and More


Austin Powers: The Shrek films may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean Mike Myers can’t tread into familiar territory. According to director Jay Roach, it’s quite possible we’ll be seeing another Austin Powers film. “You know, I hope so,” Roach said when asked about a sequel. “Mike’s working on ideas for it, people are definitely talking about it and I’m always good for it. I love those characters.”

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Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz Reunite….for New Movie

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz

This may be too awkward to not watch.

Three years after breaking up, and Cameron Diaz are reuniting once again. The one-time couple of nearly four years are both set to star in Bad Teacher, a comedy from Walk Hard‘s Jake Kasdan.

Although the two technically worked on Shrek the Third together (and will both be heard on Shrek Forever After), this film will bring their working relationship to a different level. In Teacher, Cameron will play a gold-digging teacher who competes with a colleague for the affections of a well-off substitute teacher (Timberlake). I can just see the two of them - and Jessica Biel - on the red carpet together now…

Filming on is scheduled to start this month. Jason Segel, Molly Shannon, Eric Stonestreet and John Michael Higgins will all co-star.

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Casting Corner: Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and More

Jonah Hill and Jason Segel

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jason Segel: The Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor will be working alongside Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, a film from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, two writers on The Office. In the comedy, Diaz will compete against a fellow middle-school employee for another co-worker. Walk Hard‘s Jake Kasdan will direct.

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Sequel News: Muppets, Chronicles of Riddick, Underworld and More


The Muppets: If you enjoyed Jim Henson’s characters in their popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” video, you’ll probably love them in their new Muppet movie. James Bobin, a co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, has been tasked with helming the family-friendly project written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 11, 2009

I Love You, Man DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 17 Again: DVD, Blu-ray
  • About Last Night: Blu-ray
  • Alien Trespass: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Blue Thunder: Blu-ray
  • Chaos: Blu-ray
  • The Class: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cutthroat Island: Blu-ray
  • Gigantic: DVD
  • I Love You, Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Ninth Gate: Blu-ray
  • Replicant: Blu-ray

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