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Box Office Breakdown: New Moon Covers Its Blind Side

New Moon

What looked like a possible upset early in the game ended in another win for . Although the film pulled in another $42.9 million over the holiday weekend, the Twilight sequel dropped approximately 70% from its first frame and escaped second place by a mere $2.8 million.

The vampires were given a run for their box office dollars by The Blind Side, the sports drama starring Sandra Bullock. Unlike Moon, the heartwarming film actually saw improvement in its second week. The entry also managed to hold off the Chris Weitz-helmed project on Thanksgiving Day.

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Box Office Breakdown: A Bloody Good Debut for New Moon

New Moon

After months of endless promotion, finally opened this weekend to monster-sized numbers. But how exactly did the film compare to the other theatrical giants?

  1. Despite earning over $142 million since midnight Thursday, the adaptation’s debut still falls behind The Dark Knight ($158.4) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million).
  2. The sequel did, though, beat Knight for the best first day open ($72.7 compared to $67.2 million).
  3. It had the largest midnight opening ($26.3 million) to date. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $22.2 million.)
  4. Moon also topped Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s 2005 November debut ($102.7 million).

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Will Ferrell: Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Star

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celeb News, Celebrity Gossip, Lists,

Step Brothers

has topped a list of the Most Overpaid Stars. The actor and comedian topped the annual list by Forbes magazine, which calculated how much moviemakers earn per dollar paid to their lead actor.

After the last couple of funnyman Will’s films - Semi-Pro and - bombed at the box office, his rate of return has dropped to $3.29 for every dollar of Will’s fee. This contrasts greatly with the other end of the scale, which saw Shia LaBeouf named as the Best Actor for the Buck in August, earning studios an average of $160 for every dollar he was paid.

Behind Will on list was actor , while Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson all made the Top Ten. Only one female (Drew Barrymore) had the unfortunate luck of being included.

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Box Office Breakdown: Christmas Carol Wins, Precious Soars

Disney's A Christmas Carol

We’re still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but theatergoers already have Christmas on their minds.

, the umpteenth version of the Charles Dickens tale, brought the story back to life with a visual rendition. Robert Zemeckis’ latest holiday creation earned over $30 million, surpassing Polar Express’ open by $7 million. Although the Jim Carrey film didn’t come close to its reported $180 million budget, Carol still has weeks to go before Avatar takes over 3D screens.

Meanwhile, a film with no bells or whistles made an impact just outside the Top 10. , Sundance’s Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize winner, broke a record while in limited release. The 12th place entry averaged a whopping $104,025 this weekend over only 18 theaters. That’s the largest per screen average for any film opening in more than 10 locations.

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A Christmas Carol Comes to London

Jim Carrey at London's Christmas Carol premiere

wouldn’t want to travel through time.

The Hollywood funnyman - who was in London’s Leicester Square last night for the world premiere of his latest film , based on the Charles Dickens story - has revealed he wouldn’t want to revisit his past or see into the future even if he had the chance.

“There are some important physicists who now are telling us that all time is happening only once. So I think now is a good time,” he said.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 6, 2009

Precious

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Box (PG-13): starring James Marsden, Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella (directed by Richard Kelly)
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG): starring Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Gary Oldman (directed by Robert Zemeckis)
  • The Fourth Kind (PG-13): starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton (directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (R): starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges (directed by Grant Heslov)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 13, 2009

The Proposal on Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adoration: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Violet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Craft: Blu-ray
  • Drag Me to Hell: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Every Little Step: DVD
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Blu-ray
  • Happy Birthday to Me: DVD
  • Land of the Lost: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Proposal: DVD, Blu-ray
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Blu-ray
  • The Stepfather: DVD
  • Stop Making Sense: 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: October 6, 2009

Year OneHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Anvil: The Story of Anvil: DVD
  • Assassination of a High School President: DVD
  • Audition: Collector’s Edition: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Chinatown: DVD
  • Contact: Blu-ray
  • The Gate: Monstrous Special Edition: DVD
  • Ghost Ship: Blu-ray
  • A Hard Day’s Night: Blu-ray
  • Imagine That: Blu-ray
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Blu-ray
  • Miracle on 34th Street: Blu-ray
  • My Fair Lady: DVD

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Three Stooges Loses Sean Penn

Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro

Jim Carrey might have been willing to gain 50 pounds to play Curly Howard, but his film has lost an entire body. Sean Penn, who was scheduled to play Larry Fine in the Three Stooges, has just dropped out of the project.

The Farrelly brothers film would have joined the two-time Oscar winner with Carrey and Benicio Del Toro. (The Che star was picked to star as Moe Howard.) Unfortunately, Sean has reportedly decided to put family before work. (His rocky relationship with Robin Wright Penn is currently back on.) That choice means giving up a role in Cartel as well.

It’s not known at this point what Sean’s leave will mean for the long-awaited comedy. Stooges was slated to begin production sometime in August. If the studio opts to wait for his return, the film could be delayed for another year.

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Harrison Ford tops Highest Paid Actor List

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Paramount, Box Office, Celeb News, Lists,

Harrison Ford highest paid is Hollywood’s highest paid actor after earning $60.37 million over the last 12 months. The 66-year-old star made the staggering sum after starring in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - which took $701 million worldwide at the box office. Ford - who had only appeared in four movies since 2000 before agreeing to reprise the famous role for a fourth time - was paid the figure between June 2008 and June 2009 as part of a deal that saw studio Paramount give the veteran star, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas a percentage of the film’s earnings.

Other stars to make the list, compiled by business bible Forbes magazine, include , who came second after raking in $51.38 million, Will Smith, who finished third with $42 million, and fourth placed Eddie Murphy, who earned $37.3 million. Rounding off the top five was Nicolas Cage, who was paid $37 million in the last 12 months. Forbes compiled the list of top earning stars by speaking to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to find out what money stars received upfront for movies in development and earnings from released films.  Advertising and other earnings from the last 12 months were also taken into consideration.

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