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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 14, 2010

Despicable MeHere are some of the options available this week:

  • The A-Team: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cyrus: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Despicable Me: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Gasland: DVD
  • Harsh Times: Blu-ray
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole: DVD, Blu-ray **avail. Dec. 17
  • Mother and Child: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Nanny McPhee Returns: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Other Guys: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Town: DVD, Blu-ray **avail. Dec. 17**
  • True Grit: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 10, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Mark Wahlberg Not a Fan of The Happening

Mark Wahlberg, who stars along side Amy Adams in The Fighter, revealed that he almost teamed with the actress for another film.

“We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before, to talk about another movie,” Wahlberg revealed. “And, it was a bad movie that I did.”

Gee, that doesn’t narrow the list at all. Finally, Wahlberg revealed that the film was M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. (It was Zooey Deschanel who starred with Wahlberg and John Leguizamo.)

“It is what it is,” he said of the flick.

And yet, he has never issued an apology for Planet of the Apes.

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Family Guy Creator to Direct Mark Wahlberg … and a Teddy Bear

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane, best known for doing almost all of the voices on (and being the creator of) Family Guy, will make his directorial debut in an upcoming film named Ted.

Here’s the rub: he’ll be directing Mark Wahlberg and a man-sized teddy bear. (And no, Ted isn’t a sequel to The Other Guys.)

Ted follows a Bostonian (Wahlberg) who wishes his teddy bear could come to life while still a young boy. The wish actually comes true, and the two stay pals as the years roll by -- but adult teddy bears, apparently, don’t make such great roommates.

MacFarlane, of course, will voice the implausible character (and we’re talking about the teddy bear).

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 12, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Arn: The Knight Templar: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion Collection): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Hangover (Extreme Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • How to Train Your Dragon: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • I Am Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Jonah Hex: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • Leaves of Grass: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Magician (Criterion Collection): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Red Dragon: Blu-ray
  • Sex and Lucia: Blu-ray
  • Three Kings: Blu-ray

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

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Box Office Breakdown: The Town Takes the Crown

The Town

, Ben Affleck’s second directorial feature, surprised analysts this weekend with a win at the box office. The film, which far surpassed Gone Baby Gone’s $5.5 million debut in 2007, earned $23.8 million—a September-best for Warner Bros. The drama, co-starring Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, also gave actor Affleck his first #1 film—outside of He’s Just Not that Into You—since Daredevil.

Although many had topping the charts, the film came in a very respectable second place. The Emma Stone-starrer – which only cost $8 million to produce – generated good reviews and a $17.7 million take.

The weekend’s other two new wide releases also landed in the Top 5. The PG-13 horror film raised $12.3 million while Alpha and Omega, a more family-friendly entry, rang up $9.1 million in ticket sales.

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First Look: Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter


Last summer, Christian Bale went to extreme measures (again) to physically prepare for a role. Now, we get to see the film he was so passionate about.

In The Fighter, Bale plays a Dicky Eklund, a former boxer turned drug addict who later helps his brother (Mark Wahlberg) with his own career. The biopic about real-life boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward () also stars Amy Adams Mickey’s love interest.

The movie, directed by Three Kings’ David O. Russell, opens on December 10—just in time for Oscar season.


Box Office Breakdown: Evil Takes Up Residence at Number One

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Who says the third time’s the charm?

—the fourth movie in that sci-fi series—topped the box office this weekend with franchise-breaking numbers. The movie, which was offered in 3D, had the best Evil debut to date. (Yes - higher ticket prices did play into this.) Afterlife‘s $26.7 million take surpassed the bar set by Resident Evil: Extinction in 2007. (That outing opened to $23.7 million.)

Since Resident was the only new wide release, the other notable events occurred outside the Top Ten. , starring Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel, opened in limited release with a $45,527 debut. More importantly, the movie averaged $22,764 per theater—the best number for all films over the weekend. In comparison, I’m Still Here—featuring a disheveled Joaquin Phoenix—only had a $5,087 per screen average.

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Box Office Breakdown: The American Defeats Machete

The American

Although it lacked Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro, did have two things Machete didn’t: George Clooney and a box office win.

Despite only grossing $13.2 million over the weekend ($16.3 million since Wednesday), the Focus Features entry hit its target. The movie - which was produced for approximately $20 million - managed to top the Robert Rodriguez-actioner by less than $2 million. The American also became Clooney’s best opener - outside of any Brad Pitt-related project - since The Perfect Storm in 2000.

, based on a trailer included in the film Grindhouse, came very close to matching the earlier movie. The Danny Trejo starrer debuted to a modest $11.4 million—about $200,000 short of Grindhouse‘s premiere in 2007.

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Box Office Breakdown: Takers Takes the (Close) Win

Takers movie

Although early reports had in first place this weekend, the final numbers told a different story. When the dust finally settled on Monday, Lionsgate’s had squeaked out a slim lead. (Less than $200,000 separated the two films.)

Exorcism, though, did not walk away a loser. The movie “documenting” a priest’s final exorcism earned just over $20 million—and it only cost $1.8 million to produce. The PG-13 flick also surpassed The Unborn‘s 2009 debut ($19.8 million), though it did fall short of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (That 2005 release opened to $30 million.)

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