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Box Office Breakdown: Monster-Sized Premiere for Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens

Even though it premiered in less 3-D theaters than previously hoped (so much for technology), still towered over the competition this weekend. The Dreamworks Animation/Paramount film is now the best opener of the year so far.

Monsters’ $59.3 million gross placed the comedy third behind 300 ($70.9 million) and Ice Age: The Meltdown ($68 million) on the list of all-time March entries. The animated feature also gave Reese Witherspoon her best debut since 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million).

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In Theaters This Weekend: March 27, 2009

The Haunting in Connecticut

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 20, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Max Payne

  • 13 Going on 30: Blu-ray
  • Center Stage: Turn It Up: DVD, Blu-ray
  • City of Ember: DVD
  • Domino: Blu-ray
  • Election: Blu-ray
  • El Norte: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Express: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ghost (Special Collector’s Edition): DVD
  • Henry Poole is Here: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Igor: DVD, Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Say Yes to Jim Carrey

Yes Man

How will remember Winter Solstice 2008? As the weekend he placed second.

Prior to Friday’s premieres, number crunchers were already predicting a close race between headliners Jim Carrey and Will Smith. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., ‘s ultimate victory felt slightly hollow. The comedy’s $18.2 million gross was nowhere near the figures Carrey used to generate. (Bruce Almighty‘s premiere earned $68 million in 2003; Liar Liar took in $31.4 million in 1997.) Yes did, though, do better than 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane. (That film raked in $14.1 million during its open.)

Will Smith didn’t have much to celebrate over the last three days either. His latest film, , only took in $14.8 million. That’s a number almost unheard of in Smith-land. The drama, directed by Pursuit of Happyness’ Gabriele Muccino, was the actor’s lowest grosser since Ali. (That film earned $14.7 million when it debuted in December 2001.)

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Casting Corner: Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler and More

Reese WitherspoonGerard Butler

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

Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones will be soon be revisiting comedy in a film co-produced by J.J. Abrams. The 66-year-old will star as a news anchor recruited to work on a low-rated morning talk show. Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) is in talks to play the producer who must handle Ford and his rival/cohost. No start date has been announced for Morning Glory.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Day The Earth Stood Still Stands Tall

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Mediocre reviews couldn’t keep from vaulting into first place this weekend.

The sci-fi remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly earned $30.5 million over the last three days, more than doubling the take of its nearest competitor. Although Earth had the smallest debut for a #1 film since October 17th (when Max Payne grossed $17.6 million), the Fox feature only cost a reported $80 million to make. It was also the studio’s best open since Horton Hears a Who unfolded in back in March.

The only other new entries in this week’s Top Ten were Nothing Like the Holidays and . Holidays took in $3.5 million and scored itself a 7th place finish. Meanwhile, Milk - which had actually reached #10 before - reentered the charts at #9.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Festive Weekend for Four Christmases

Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon

Faced with little competition, last week’s #1 lived to see another win. took in $16.8 million over the last three days - a 46% drop from its first outing - to bring its cumulative total to $69.8 million. The comedy was only one of two films to pass the $10 million mark this weekend.

The only new entries in the Top Ten were and Punisher: War Zone. Despite a relatively small opening (it only hit 687 theaters), Cadillac averaged $5,015 per theater for a 9th place finish. Meanwhile, Punisher took in a disappointing $4.3 million, less than 1/3 of what the first film did in 2004.

Despite premiering at #22, was actually this weekend’s top performer. Ron Howard’s film earned a whopping $60,236 per screen average from only 3 theaters.

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Box Office Breakdown: Number One for Four Christmases

Four Christmases

Theatergoers still recovering from Thanksgiving had no problem getting into the Christmas spirit this last weekend.

Despite horrible reviews, - a holiday feature starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn - managed to pull in over $31 million over the past three days. (The comedy’s five-day total was $46 million.) That was enough to tame some hungry vampires and give Reese her best opening since Sweet Home Alabama. (The 2002 film had a $35.6 million debut.)

But even with Witherspoon and Vaughn’s combined wattage, Christmases still wasn’t the brightest spot on the box office tree. This weekend’s top performer was actually a political drama with a very limited release. Although it was only seen in 35 theaters, , starring Sean Penn and James Franco, found itself sitting in 10th place. The Gus Van Sant film also averaged $40,385 per theater…nearly $31,000 more than the laugher did per screen.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week (11/26)

Sean Penn in Milk

Here are some possible suggestions for your Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Australia (PG-13): starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham (directed by Baz Luhrmann)
  • Four Christmases (PG-13): starring Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall (directed by Seth Gordon)
  • Transporter 3 (PG-13): starring Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Justin Rodgers Hall (directed by Olivier Megaton)
  • Milk* (R): starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin (directed by Gus Van Sant)
  • Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye!* (NR): starring Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra (directed by Dibakar Banerjee)
  • The Secrets* (R): starring Fanny Ardant, Ania Bokstein, Michal Shtamler (directed by Avi Nesher)

*limited and/or gradual release


Vaughn and Favreau Reunite on Couples Retreat

Vince Vaughn and Jon FavreauReal-life buds and Vince Vaughn are scheduled to reunite this fall in a comedy for Universal. Since hitting it big with their 1996 hit, Swingers, the two have collaborated on several projects (Made, The Break-Up) together.

In the Favreau-penned Couples Retreat, four couples will go on a supposedly romantic vacation to a tropical resort. Although only one pair arrives with the intent of fixing their marriage, the other husbands and wives are forced to participate in the island’s therapy sessions. and Faizon Love (Elf) are also lined up for the project.

Filming on Retreat begins this October. After production wraps, Jon will then being preparations for the next installment.

Favreau and Vaughn can also be seen this November 26 in Four Christmases, a festive film co-starring . A trailer for that comedy can be seen after the jump.

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