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Box Office Breakdown: Portman Scores with Kutcher and Kunis

No Strings Attached

Pair with a star from That 70’s Show and what do you get? A Top Ten film.

No Strings Attached – last weekend’s only new wide release – topped the box office with a $19.6 million bow. The film, which features Portman and Ashton Kutcher, gave Natalie – someone who has avoided romantic comedies -- her best debut since 2006’s V for Vendetta.

As for Black Swan, Portman’s film with 70’s Show actress – that film slipped one notch down to sixth place over the weekend. You can expect a possible boost for the thriller after Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning.

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Box Office Breakdown: No Dilemma for The Green Hornet

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, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, brought in a lot green for Sony this weekend. Although the film came nowhere near its $110 million budget, Hornet did earn enough ($33.5 million) to make it the second-best grosser ever during the MLK Jr. holiday frame. (Cloverfield earned $40.1 million over its first three days in 2008.)

Despite the combined comedic forces of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, turned out to be more of a non-issue. The Universal entry -- which cost $70 million to produce -- failed to even crack the $20 million mark. That's the worst debut for Vaughn since 2007's Fred Claus and the worst open for James ever (if you don't count the films he only voiced).

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Box Office Breakdown: Weak Showing for Country Strong

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Gwyneth Paltrow's appearances on Glee, the Country Music Awards and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon couldn't help her film's performance at the box office.

Country Strong's first week in wide release strummed up less than $10 million over the past three days. The good news? The film only cost approximately $12 million to produce. In comparison, True Grit -- another film in its third week -- finally rode past Little Fockers for a first-place finish.

Meanwhile, Season of the Witch, the only other new entry in the Top Ten, fired up $10.6 million. That was enough to give the Nicolas Cage feature a third place debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

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Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 22, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this holiday week:

  • Gulliver's Travels (PG): starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt (directed by Rob Letterman) **opens on Dec. 25**
  • Little Fockers (PG-13): starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson (directed by Paul Weitz)
  • True Grit (PG-13): starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin (directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

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First Look: Ben Stiller in Little Fockers Trailer


Question: In order to be a fan of the Fockers saga, does it really matter if you know what the f***ing movies are about?

Despite repeated viewings of this new trailer , I have to throw in the towel and admit that I have no idea what the sequel’s storyline is. Jessica Alba secretly has to give men pills to get them aroused? Ben Stiller is not capable of handling sharp instruments? Teri Polo has lost her ability to speak?

Warning: After watching the preview, you might be begging Robert De Niro to erase your memory as well.

If you actually found yourself amused by what you saw, you can make a holiday date with the rest of your family on December 22.


Casting Corner: Kat Dennings, Uma Thurman and More

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

Kat Dennings: The Nick and Norah actress is one of the latest additions to Thor, Kenneth Branagh’s feature about the mythological god of thunder. It’s believed Dennings will work alongside Natalie Portman as Jane Foster’s assistant. Meanwhile, Stuart Townsend (Fandral), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg the Valiant) and Tadanobu Asano (Hogun the Grim) have been tapped to fight with the title character (Chris Hemsworth). Filming will begin early next year.

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Casting Corner: Anthony Hopkins, January Jones and More

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

Anthony Hopkins: The Wolfman actor will soon play dad to another large character: Thor. Hopkins has been cast as Odin, father of the title character (Chris Hemsworth) who is sent down to Earth after reigniting an ancient war. The film - which also includes Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston - will open May 20, 2011.

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Jessica Alba May Join Little Fockers

Jessica Alba may be starring in the sequel to Meet the Fockers.

The 28-year-old actress is in negotiations to appear in Little Fockers, the third film in the popular Meet the Parents franchise. Producers want the Love Guru star to play a sexy pharmaceutical rep whose looks send the movie’s male characters crazy.

If she lands the role, Jessica will star alongside , Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Owen Wilson and Barbra Streisand.

The new film will see Stiller’s hapless character Gaylord Focker and his wife welcoming a child, or possibly twins, into the world. The storyline is close to Jessica’s heart - she gave birth to Honor Marie, her first daughter with husband Cash Warren, 15 months ago.

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