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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Agree on The Proposal

The Proposal's Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock

It seems a little skin might just go a long way.

After weeks of talking to the media about their joint nude scene, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds saw their movie take the top spot. Was it a coincidence? Maybe. Whatever the reason, became the actress’ biggest opener ever. Prior to this weekend, 2007’s Premonition - a horrible film, btw - had Bullock’s largest debut. (That movie grossed $17.6 million, almost 1/2 less than the romantic comedy.)

Meanwhile, Reynolds is this week’s Bradley Cooper. Sandra’s leading man, like The Hangover star, has just had his second #1 film of the year. (The first being Wolverine.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Hangover Hangs on for Another Win

The Hangover's Ed Helms and Heather Graham

This is one hangover that’s taking a while to recover from.

For the second week in a row, the must-see comedy of the summer has taken the top spot at the charts. The Hangover, which already had a greenlighted sequel prior to its debut, raked in another $32.7 million over the weekend. The film has now earned over $100 million and given Bradley Cooper his second #1 entry of the year. (His first was February’s He’s Just Not That Into You.)

Sitting in third place this week (right behind Up), was , a remake of a 1974 version starring starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. The action thriller, which had Denzel Washington working with director Tony Scott for the fourth time, pulled in a respectable $23.3 million. Meanwhile, Imagine That, Eddie Murphy’s latest stinker, earned $5.5 million in wide release. That gross bests the premiere of Meet Dave by approximately $200,000.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Hangover Rises Above Up

The Hangover

Unlike most Mike Tyson fights, ‘s win was no knockout.

After a back-and-forth battle with Up, Todd Phillips’ film about an eventful bachelor party edged out the animated pic by less than $1 million. Hangover - which features no major stars (unless you count the boxer) - grossed nearly $45 million on its opening weekend. That’s the third best debut for an R-rated comedy ever. (Only Sex and the City and American Pie 2 have done better.)

Meanwhile, a project actually featuring an A-lister became the summer’s first stinker. , starring Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride, earned a sad $18.8 million over the past three days. Although that amount was good enough for third place, the film cost an estimated $100 million to make.

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Box Office Breakdown: Disney/Pixar Flying High with Up


The word “Pixar” always seems to generate smiles, and that’s exactly what did for Disney.

Over the weekend, the Cannes Film Festival opener generated $68.1 million, over $40 million more than its nearest competitor. The movie - which was also offered in 3D - also bested last year’s Wall-E (by $5 million) and had Pixar’s 3rd-best debut. (The Incredibles opened to $70.5 million in 2004; Finding Nemo grossed $70.3 million in 2003.)

Friday’s other new wide release, , scared up only $15.8 million for a 4th place finish. Although it originally looked as if the horror film would surpass Terminator Salvation, the final numbers were $8 million below Sunday’s projections.

Another noteworthy mention: officially crossed the $200 million mark after only four weeks in release. The Paramount feature is now the first movie of the year to reach that achievement.

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Box Office Breakdown: Ben Stiller Defeats Christian Bale

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Was it a result of Christian Bale’s rant? The presence of that other science fiction movie? Or the lack of family-friendly fare?

When the dust from the weekend settled, a surprising entry emerged as the winner. Despite the country’s current love for action sequels/prequels, a much calmer feature - - was the choice for entertainment this holiday. Ben Stiller’s comedy follow-up raked in $70 million giving the actor his best live-action debut ever. Smithsonian also became the best PG-rated opener for Memorial Day.

Museum‘s victory meant a disappointing 2nd place finish for . Although the saga’s fourth installment earned more than T3‘s debut, its $51.9 million gross ($65.3 million since Thursday) put it nowhere near the estimated $200 million budget. The numbers did give director McG, though, his best premiere since 2000’s Charlie’s Angels.

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In Theaters This Weekend: May 22, 2009

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

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Schwarzenegger Makes Digital Cameo in Terminator Salvation

Arnold Schwarzenegger as the TerminatorAlthough Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed unsure about the future of the Terminator franchise, California’s govenor knows one thing for sure: a paycheck is a paycheck.

After months of speculation, it turns out the former action star will be included in the upcoming sequel after all. But unlike his recent work for The Expendables, this gig will not require any time away from his day job. According to Variety, all that he needed to do was put a thumb up. Director McG has incorporated Schwarzenegger’s image using a body mold that was cast in a previous installment. The final digital result will appear as a live actor.

Arnold won’t be the only veteran included in next month’s blockbuster. It was previously announced that Linda Hamilton will provide a short voice over as well.

premieres on May 21.

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Check Out the New Trailer for Terminator Salvation

Remember when 2018 seemed so far away? Well - if you’d like to see what we’ll have to face just 10 years from now, here’s your chance.

In this new trailer for , Christian Bale proves he can make any movie look good…even those directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels).

Salvation storms into theaters on May 22, 2009.

Christian Bale to Play John Connor in Terminator 4

Black and white Bale According to Ain’t it Cool News, The Dark Knight himself has landed the role of grown-up John Connor in the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins.

As I glanced over the film’s imdb page, the seemingly random advert for the Rescue Dawn DVD flashing across the screen felt auspiciously ironic.

I never saw the third installment of the Terminator franchise, though the recently announced trilogy and Fox’s Sarah Connor Chronicles lead me to believe there’s still a growing fan base; bringing Bale on board will only strengthen T4‘s chances of success. With director McG (Charlie’s Angels, We Are Marshall) at the helm, and as long as a decent script surfaces and the aging Governator keeps his small cameo small, this casting news may bring a glint of hope to the future of the Terminator series.

Look for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins in theaters sometime in June of 2009.

UPDATE: Devin Faraci over at CHUD is now reporting that his source pegged Bale as the Terminator, and other buzz regarding the issue may point to another character entirely. Stayed


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‘The Terminator’ Returns In 2009

The Terminator is back!The Terminator said he’d be back, and by golly, he wasn’t kidding. has acquired the distribution rights to Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, the fourth film in the series. Set to begin production in 2008 and hit theaters in the summer of 2009, Salvation is being touted as a franchise jumpstart which will be told over a three-movie span.

It has been nearly 5 years since the last Terminator film, Rise of the Machines, hit theaters and Salvation is planned to be a movie of equal size and budget. With the script completed, producers are hinting at a general plot – set in the future during a full-scale war between man and machines. The new trilogy will involve characters from the first films but will be presented in a fresh setting beyond the world fans were introduced to in the original trilogy.

Glorified music video director has been tapped to direct while the door has been left open for Governator to make a cameo.  Next year will mark another big event for the Terminator franchise as the long-awaited makes its television debut on . The series picks up where T2 left off and stars 300’s Lena Headey as the kick-ass Connor. Whether sci-fi fans will take to the series is yet to be seen, but there is little doubt in my mind that this franchise still has legs.

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