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Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

True Grit

Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 22, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this holiday week:

  • Gulliver's Travels (PG): starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt (directed by Rob Letterman) **opens on Dec. 25**
  • Little Fockers (PG-13): starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson (directed by Paul Weitz)
  • True Grit (PG-13): starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin (directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 30, 2010

Knight and Day Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this week:

  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story: DVD
  • Cairo Time: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fantasia/Fantasia 2000: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Going the Distance: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Knight and Day: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Meet the Fockers: Blu-ray
  • Meet the Parents: Blu-ray
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: DVD, Blu-ray **releases 12/4**
  • Vampires Suck: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty: DVD

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

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Garry Marshall Planning a Star-Studded New Year’s Eve

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: New Line, Romance, Comedy, Casting, Celeb News,

Director Garry Marshall gathered some of Hollywood’s biggest names for Valentine’s Day, and now he’s taking on another holiday.

Marshall has cast Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele in his upcoming New Year’s Eve. Sounds like a party.

The movie focuses on a group of New Yorkers and how they spend the holiday. Kutcher’s character hates it, De Niro’s is dying, and Pfeiffer’s is an overworked secretary who’s ready to kick up her heels.

Hilary Swank will play the producer of the huge Times Square New Year’s Eve party, so we’ll be looking for a few notable cameos, too.

Shooting for the film begins next month in New York.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 8, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Life as We Know It (PG-13): starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas (directed by Greg Berlanti)
  • My Soul to Take (R): starring Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Emily Meade (directed by Wes Craven)
  • Secretariat (PG): starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh (directed by Randall Wallace)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 5, 2010

The Karate Kid on DVD/Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Beauty and the Beast (Diamond Edition): DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • The Exorcist (Extended Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Grindhouse (Special Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Human Centipede: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Karate Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last of the Mohicans (Director’s Definitive Cut): Blu-ray
  • Mad Max: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • The Maltese Falcon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Mission: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Robocop (Trilogy): Blu-ray

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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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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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