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Box Office Breakdown: The Rite Exorcises a Win

The Rite

may not currently be up for an Oscar, but it does have an Oscar winner – and a box office win.

Anthony Hopkins’ first wide release since The Wolfman cut from its top spot this past weekend. The film, which debuted during (another) East Coast weather event, managed to shovel up $14.8 million in ticket sales.

, featuring action star Jason Statham, also found a place in the Top Ten. The film – a remake of a Charles Bronson movie – opened in third place with $11.4 million.

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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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Natalie Portman Thinks Her Face Bores You

Natalie Portman in Your Highness

Natalie Portman is worried people will get bored of her face because she is in so many new movies.

The Golden Globe winner is worried people will feel they have seen too much of her by the end of 2011 because she will be in a number of films.

"I did Your Highness and then Black Swan and then Thor and then No Strings. So it was really interesting. I feel bad for boring people with my face for a while."

However, the 29-year-old actress has a reason for doing it - she is concerned the end of the world is coming in 2012:

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 21, 2011


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • No Strings Attached (R): starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes (directed by Ivan Reitman)
  • The Company Men* (R): starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner (directed by John Wells)
  • The Housemaid* (NR): starring Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jeong-jae, Youn Yuh-jung (directed by Im Sang-soo)
  • Mumbai Diaries* (NR): starring Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra (directed by Kiran Rao)
  • The Way Back* (PG-13): starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan (directed by Peter Weir)

*limited release


Quote of the Day: Natalie Portman on Romantic Comedies

Natalie Portmand and Ashton Kutcher

“I’ve always wanted to do one. But the girls are always in fashion, and it’s always about their clothes. They always want to get married at the end. There’s some kind of makeover scene. That stuff offends me. . . . My character is a woman who’s working, who’s trying to create her own construct for relationships, who’s funny herself — and isn’t just the girlfriend of a funny guy.”

-No Strings Attached star Natalie Portman on why she's stayed away from the romantic comedy genre.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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