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Box Office Breakdown: Hudson and McConaughey Strike Gold

Fool's Gold

, the latest joint venture for Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, debuted at the top of the charts this weekend with $21 million.  (When that total is worthy of a first place finish, you know times were slow.)  This marks the second time the pair opened in the $20 million dollar range; 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days started at $23.8 million.

was the only other new entry in this weekend’s Top Ten.  The Martin Lawrence comedy grossed $16 million over the three days pushing Hannah Montana into third place.  The 3-D concert, though, had the stronger per screen average ($14,987).

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Box Office Breakdown: Hannah Montana Humiliates Her Elders

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus

It’s now time for the entertainment industry to take notice:  a 15-year-old girl has officially become the hottest thing thing around.  already had a hit TV series () and a sold-out concert tour, but now she has a record-breaking movie as well.

The limited run of her 3-D film, , made waves on what is usually considered a slow weekend for movies.  (Audiences are usually plopped in front of the TV watching the .)  The pic earned over $31 million, surpassing the total set by 1998’s during the same football weekend.  (That weeper grossed $25.2 million.)  Miley also rocked a stellar $45,560 per screen average.  In comparison, this week’s #2 (), earned $40,000 less per theater.  Fortunately, those unable to snag a Montana ticket now have their chance.  The wildly successful film has been extended indefinitely.

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In Theaters This Weekend (2/1)

The Eye, Jessica Alba

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

2008 Razzie Award Nominations

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Awards, Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip,

I Know Who Killed Me/ Lindsay Lohan, which is sort of a tongue-in-cheek antithesis of the , recently released their nominations for the worst of the worst. Celebs who topped the list include recently wed - no wait, - Eddie Murphy and .

Alright. Lindsay has taken a lot of flak for her multiple roles in - the film which received a Razzie nom for - but let me say again that I liked the film. (But then, I’m a Lohan fan.)  Meanwhile, Murphy picked up several nominations (okay, eight) for his duplicity in , giving him a record-breaking number of Razzie nods for 2007. No one’s ever received that many before.

, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and also received nominations while was included in the Worst Actress category for three movies (though rumor has it Lohan will give her stiff competition for that particular ).

Winners will be announced February 23, a day before the .

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: January 15, 2008

The Ten HD DVDAlright, yes—this article should have been written yesterday. But despite my lack of punctuality, I’ve decided to go ahead and post it anyway as part of a New Year’s resolution to write more. And this is a slow time for film in general, so I think I deserve a reprieve.

To be perfectly honest, little jumps out at me this week. We have the hilarious, slightly esoteric The Ten, helmed by some The State alumni and starring, well, just about everyone. Is there anything else worth mentioning? Could Girls Gone Wild: Baby Bash—Live and Uncensored be the best Blu-ray title this week? That seems a bit sad, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, HD DVD patrons—if you were looking for some girl-on-girl action, hold out until February 12th when it releases in your format.

I can’t wait for these sluggish few weeks to pass.

Check out the full list of high-def releases after the jump.

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Jessica Alba Pregnant

Jessica AlbaI’m hoping this means we won’t be seeing her in any gratuitous bikini shots anytime soon…

People Magazine has learned that , 26, and boyfriend, Cash Warren, are expecting their first baby together sometime next year.  Although Alba, supposedly broke up with Warren, 28, at the end of July, they got back together a short time later.  Since they are reportedly due “late spring, early summer”, I’m guessing they had a happy reunion?

Jessica and Cash have been dating since late 2004.  They met when he was working on the set of .

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Box Office Breakdown: The Golden Compass Lacks Luster

Golden Compass

A Narnia-esque adaptation partnered with a holiday release date and an A-list cast should have conjured box office magic for .  Surprisingly, this weekend’s release from brought in barely enough money to cover the film’s catering budget.

Compass, based on Philip Pullman’s children’s series His Dark Materials, was and second disappointing collaboration this year (the first being ).  While it was enough for a first place finish, the $25 million debut was hardly impressive given the film’s $180 million price tag.

In other news, holiday flick remained in third place while the critically-panned bumped up two spaces from last week.  Meanwhile, and did well with their very limited releases.

Be looking for the highly-promoted (and ) to enter next week’s charts.

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Box Office Breakdown: Jessica Alba Can’t Keep Audiences Awake

Awake

There’s nothing like a good snub to restore your faith in moviegoers. 

Although was the only new wide release this past weekend, discerning audiences kept it from succeeding by default.  (NOTE: Cute squirrels will always trump .)  The movie, also co-starring Star Wars’ , opened with a dismal $6 million - less than half of what Alba’s last stellar film, Good Luck Chuck, did.  (The latter opened at $13.7 million.) I wonder if this currently makes the most successful Jessica out there.

Aside from Awake’s entry, the rest of the Top Ten changed very little from last week.  refused to budge from its perch and earned another $16 million over the past three days.  Meanwhile, surged back up a notch, trading spots with holiday flick, .

Although the box office numbers were unspectacular overall, we can expect big changes in just a few days; that’s when New Line’s makes its debut.

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In Theaters This Weekend (11/30)

Awake
  • Awake (R):  starring Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard (directed by Joby Harold)
  • Badland* (R):  starring Jamie Draven, Linda St. George, Linda Naney (directed by Francesco Lucente)
  • Chronicles of an Escape* (R):  starring Rodrigo De La Serna, Pablo Echarri (directed by Adrian Israel Caetano)
  • Divine Intervention* (R):  starring Wesley Jonathan, Jazsmin Lewis, James Avery (directed by Van Elder)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly* (PG-13):  starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner (directed by Julian Schnabel)
  • Oswald’s Ghost* (NR):  (directed by Robert Stone)
  • Protagonist* (R):  starring Hans-Joachim Klein, Mark Pierpont, Joe Loya (directed by Jessica Yu)
  • The Sasquatch Gang* (NR):  starring Jon Gries, Jeremy Sumpter, Justin Long (directed by Tim Skousen)
  • The Savages* (R):  starring Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco (directed by Tamara Jenkins)
  • Sex and Breakfast* (R):  starring Macaulay Culkin, Alexis Dziena, Eliza Dushku (directed by Miles Brandman)
  • Teeth* (R):  starring John Hensley, Jess Weixler, Hale Appleman (directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein)

*limited and/or gradual release


Box Office Breakdown: The Rock Upsets The Heartbreak Kid

The Heartbreak Kid

Despite what you may have learned in school, + The Farrelly Brothers does not necessarily equal box office gold.

The team behind There’s Something About Mary took a backseat to last weekend’s winner:  The Game PlanThe Heartbreak Kid, a remake of the 1972 Neil Simon comedy, raked in only $14 million.  While Mary did open with a smaller gross back in 1998 ($13.7M), it’s doubtful this critically-panned movie will become another sleeper hit for the trio.  Thankfully co-star will have the upcoming Gone Baby Gone to wash this disappointment away.

The only other new entries into the Top 10 included the fantasy flick, The Seeker ($3.7M), and the J.Lo-produced dance film, Feel the Noise ($3.1M).  Meanwhile, the well-reviewed Michael Clayton pulled impressive numbers in limited release ($46,000 per screen).  Expect the vehicle to open wide this weekend.

 

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