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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: February 16, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • Black Dynamite: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cabin Fever (Unrated Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever: DVD
  • Good Hair: DVD
  • Coco Before Chanel: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Contempt: Blu-ray
  • Goodfellas (20th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Halo Legends: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hunger: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Ladykillers (1955): Blu-ray
  • Law Abiding Citizen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lola Montes: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ran: Blu-ray
  • Revanche: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Women in Trouble: DVD, Blu-ray

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

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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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Box Office Breakdown: That Was It for Paranormal Activity

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Based on the numbers from the past week, it looks like This Is It should remain in theaters longer than two weeks. Oh wait - it will.

Since opening late Tuesday night, the concert film has generated a total of $34.4 million domestically - $23.2 million just over the weekend - and approximately $101 worldwide. Although Michael Jackson technically didn’t beat the opener for Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (that entry earned more over 5 days), had the best international debut ever for any concert film.

Sony’s win meant a short victory for . After a steady climb, and only 1 week at the top, the horror film slipped down to second place. Of course, the word-of-mouth hit has nothing to complain about. Not only has the movie grossed $84.6 million to date, it also had the best per screen average of any Top 10 charter.

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Box Office Breakdown: Saw Outdone by Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

Have audiences seen enough Saw?

Although Jigsaw is known for slaying his competition, the serial killer was no match for Katie Featherstone and Micah Sloat. This weekend, those two unknowns saw their small project, , finally top the box office charts. The movie, which was produced for approximately $15,000, reached that position after a steady climb up the ranks. (Aren’t films supposed to go down?) The horror flick also had a higher per screen average than any entry in the Top 10 despite fewer engagements.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Wild Things Are #1

Where the Wild Things Are

Who knew a 10-sentence long story could do so well?

It may have taken over three years for Where the Wild Things Are to officially debut, but the long journey was apparently worth the wait. The Spike Jonze project, which was once rumored to be too scary for children, finally unfolded over the weekend and soared to first place. The Maurice Sendak adaptation, which earned approximately $32.7 million, also gave Warner Bros. its best October open ever.

Even though Gerard Butler didn’t bother to promote during his recent Saturday Night Live stint, the film managed to survive on its own. The actioner, which also starred Jamie Foxx, raked in just over $21 million and won a close race for 2nd place. Meanwhile, word-of-mouth hit Paranormal Activity grossed another $19.6 million and moved up one rung to the third spot.

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Jamie Foxx Slams Roman Polanski

Jamie Foxx and daughterJamie Foxx says Roman Polanski would “be missing” if he had touched his daughter.

The Law Abiding Citizen actor has spoke out against the film director—who is currently facing extradition to the US after he fled the country in 1978 when he was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl—insisting that he wouldn’t hesitate to take the law into his own hands if his child was in danger.

“If it had been my daughter who was barely a teenager—my daughter is 15—Roman Polanski would be missing… period. It wouldn’t even get to the court case. But, that’s me and I wouldn’t want anyone else to follow that because you should let the justice system work it out. On the other hand, I don’t know Roman Polanski, but maybe if I had a relationship with him my answer would be different. I just think this whole issue is bigger than Roman Polanski.”

Jamie, 41, admits he has no idea how far he would go to seek retribution if someone hurt his loved ones: “Revenge is a tough thing. When it comes to someone bringing harm to your family, it’s hard to think about turning the other cheek. Some of things I’ve said I’d do to sexual perpetrators were pretty graphic. But I also read some stories of people taking the law into their own hands, which is bad too. So it’s tough to know how far you’d go.”

In Theaters This Weekend: October 16, 2009

The Stepfather

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Law Abiding Citizen (R): starring Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb (directed by F. Gary Gray)
  • The Stepfather (PG-13): starring Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley (directed by Nelson McCormick)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (PG): starring Catherine Keener, Max Records, James Gandolfini (directed by Spike Jonze)

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Gerard Butler Comfortable Being Nude on Film

Gerard Butler in Law Abiding Citizen

, who flashes his flesh in new movie Law Abiding Citizen, has no problem with stripping off for film roles. In fact, he thinks most cinema-goers like to see some nakedness.

“It’s always nice to show a bit of butt. I don’t think it was gratuitous here. I think there is a good reason for my nakedness in this movie,” the 39-year-old told Extra.

The new movie - about an everyday man who decides to administer his own justice when his family’s killers are freed - also stars , who found it hard working with the Scottish heartthrob. “He has to do his whole thing for the ladies, which is great. But that’s when we men go to the concession stand!” Jamie explained.

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Preview Clip: Law Abiding Citizen

Overture Films has released a preview clip (trailer can be seen after the jump) of its upcoming action thriller, Law Abiding Citizen, which hits theaters October 16.

The film stars Gerard Butler as a man who lost everything to the justice system and seeks revenge all from within his jail cell. The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, and Bruce McGill.

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