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Box Office Breakdown: Dinner for Schmucks Comes Up Short

Dinner for Schmucks

Fans aren’t quite ready to wake up from the dream just yet.

Despite competition from Steve Carell, Zac Efron and cute animals, managed to continue its reign over the box office. The Christopher Nolan film - which is nearing the $200 million mark - added another $27.5 million to its total and became the third entry of the year to three-peat. (Alice in Wonderland and Shrek Forever After also had three wins under their belts.)

Warner Bros.’ win meant leftovers for . The Paramount comedy, which cost in the neighborhood of $60 million to produce, only brought $23.5 million to the table.

Meanwhile, narrowly beat out Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore for fifth place. The two entries were separated by approximately $100,000.

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 30, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Box Office Breakdown: Toy Story Still Has Game

Toy Story 3

The number “11” appears to be a good one for .

Although it’s been almost 11 years since we had fun with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, those classic characters were apparently anything but forgotten. This weekend’s long-anticipated debut of rang up $110 million, giving Pixar its 11th chart topper in a row. The sequel also surpassed all previous Pixar debuts (including The Incredibles’ $70.5 million from 2004) and became the second best animated opener of all time (right behind Shrek the Third‘s $121.6 million from 2007).

, on the other hand, was unfortunately cursed from the start. The comic book adaptation - starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox - fired up a underwhelming $5.4 million. That performance was even more dismal than the debut of Megan Fox’s last film, Jennifer’s Body, which opened to $6.9 million in September 2009.

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Sing-A-Long to Grease at Your Local Theater


It’s time to turn in your teasin’ comb and go back to high school.

If watching Olivia Newton-John on Glee got you thinking about the kids of Rydell High, you’re in luck. Paramount is giving you the opportunity to don your Pink Ladies and T-Birds jackets once again.

On July 8, one of the movie industry’s biggest musicals will strike “Greased Lightening” once again. That’s when select cities across the country will show a sing-a-long version of the movie Grease. The film’s re-release follows the previous special editions of Mamma Mia! and Hairspray.

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Cinema Scene: Blues Brothers’ Vatican Approval, Darth Vader’s Personality Disorder

The Blues Brothers-The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, was just recommended by the Vatican’s official newspaper. Other films suggested to Catholics include It’s a Wonderful Life and The Passion of the Christ.

-A new agreement will allow Paramount’s movies to be available to Redbox customers without delay. The studio’s films can be rented via the kiosks on their actual day of release through 2011.

-According to a paper published by French psychiatrists and psychologists, Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader may have been a result of a borderline personality disorder.

-One of two 1964 Aston Martin DB5s seen in Goldfinger and Thunderball will go up for auction this October. Some fully-operational James Bond gadgets will come included.


Leonard Nimoy Bids Good-Bye to Acting

recently made an appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival, where he confirmed what many people were hoping wasn’t true: he’s retiring from the acting game. From now on, the man best known as Mr. Spock will concentrate on photography, collecting art and spending time with his family. In the video above, you can hear some of Nimoy’s comments from the event.

Well, I hope Paramount is happy with their poorly-penned relaunch. After decades of donning the Vulcan ears, Nimoy’s been driven out of the franchise - likely because he was so disappointed with the terrible, terrible plot of Trek 11. How do you define cop-out? Being unable to come up with a continuous, sensible storyline for a forty-four year franchise - and &%!!ing all over it instead.

It’s no wonder Spock has decided to wash his hands of the whole Hollywood business.

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Box Office Breakdown: A-Team’s Face Kicked by Karate Kid’s Foot

Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid

The battle of the ‘80s remakes was won by an actor born in 1998.

Despite featuring no actual karate and a Smith named Jaden, had no problem kicking up Will Smith-esque dollars this weekend. (I’m sure it had something to do with that Justin Bieber song.).  Sony’s remake of the 1984 classic surpassed early projections by rallying to a $55.7 million finish. The film’s debut means the 11-year-old star has already managed to outperform most of his father’s films. (I Am Legend opened to $77.2 million in 2007; Hancock premiered to $62.6 million in 2008.)

Meanwhile, Fox’s reboot of cranked out what could be considered a B-grade performance. The movie, which cost over $95 million to make (compared to Karate‘s $40 million), only rang up $25.7 million in its first three days. That’s barely above the figure Liam Neeson’s Taken earned in 2009 ($24.7 million) and nowhere near the debut Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel had with Valentine’s Day ($56.2 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Get to the Greek…and Shrek

Get Him to the Greek

Ashton Kutcher may have more Twitter followers than Diddy and Russell Brand combined - but that achievement wasn’t reflected at the box office this weekend.

Despite pirating the first 13 minutes of Killers, Kutcher was unable to generate enough interest to earn more than third place. The film - Katherine Heigl’s first since leaving Grey’s Anatomy - only rounded up a mere $15.8 million. (In other words, Ashton got about $3 from each of his Tweeps.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Choose Shrek Over Sex

Sex and the City 2

Shrek - not cosmopolitans - was what fans were buying this weekend.

Despite competition from two heavily-promoted features, an aging green ogre was able to hang on to his title for two weeks in a row. raised an additional $57 million during the Memorial Day frame to bring its domestic total to $146.8 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. proved that people can get tired of sex. Sex and the City 2 - which featured the return of Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) - couldn’t get past the bad reviews to even match the first film’s numbers. (Sex and the City opened to $56.8 million in May 2008.) The lovely ladies also couldn’t overpower Jake Gyllenhaal’s four-day haul. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wound up snagging second place with a $37.8 million debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: MacGruber IS a Bomb

MacGruber

Disappointment can come in all shapes and box office sizes.

may have earned nearly three times as much than its nearest competitor, but it wasn’t exactly a winner for Paramount or Dreamworks. The film, which grossed $70.8 million in ticket sales, become the first sequel in the Shrek franchise to open below the $100 million mark (and that’s with the help of higher 3-D prices). The comedy did, though, place fourth on the all-time animated debuts list behind Shrek the Third ($121.6 million), Shrek 2 ($108 million)  and The Simpsons Movie ($74 million).

Meanwhile, it appears will last just as long in theaters as he does in Will Forte’s sketches. Although the character is (supposedly) known for diffusing bombs, he actually helped deliver one this weekend. The latest Saturday Night Live-based comedy - also starring Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe - generated a mere $4 million this weekend. While that number seems (understandably) dismal, there is one positive thing to note: the film only cost approximately $10 million to make.

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