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Box Office Breakdown: Kick-Ass Saves Its Ass

Kick-Ass

had a hard time living up to its name this weekend.

Despite high expectations for the R-rated superhero entry, Matthew Vaughn’s film barely won the box office battle. In fact, it looked on Sunday like Lionsgate’s actioner would place second overall. Fortunately, the final numbers worked in Kick-Ass’ favor…but not by much. Less than $200,000 separated from this week’s chart topper.

Meanwhile, attendance at ‘s services was good enough to get the comedy a fourth place debut. Neil LaBute’s remake of the 2007 British film recovered most of its budget - it cost approximately $21 million to make - with its $16.2 million gross.

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Box Office Breakdown: Titans Disappoints Date Night

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Looks like Sunday wasn’t a great day for a .

Despite early predictions that the Steve Carell/Tina Fey laugher would end the weekend with a $27.1 million take and a first place finish, the movie wound up falling slightly short. When the final numbers were turned in, the Shawn Levy-directed comedy had raked in just $25.2 million in ticket sales - positioning it right between and How to Train Your Dragon.

Although Date Night did not come close to surpassing Carell’s personal best (Get Smart opened to $38.7 million in 2008), it did top Fey’s previous high (Baby Mama‘s $17.4 million from 2008).

Meanwhile, the only other entry in this weekend’s Top 10 was a movie that only opened in 897 theaters. - which only grossed $1.1 million and a $1,228 per screen average - helped push Shutter Island and She’s Out of My League off the charts.

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 9, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Date Night (PG-13): starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg (directed by Shawn Levy)
  • After.Life* (R): starring Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long (directed by Agnieszka Vosloo)
  • The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond* (R): starring Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Sean Lawlor (directed by Gabriel Bologna)
  • Everyone Else* (NR): starring Birgit Minichmayr, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Lars Eidinger (directed by Maren Ade)
  • It Came from Kuchar* (NR): starring George Kuchar, Mike Kuchar (directed by Jennifer M. Kroot)
  • La Mission* (R): starring Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez (directed by Peter Bratt)

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The 2010 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statues

When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.

Although many believe the will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?

To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!

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First Look: Tina Fey and Steve Carell Have a Date Night


What would happen if you lined up NBC’s funniest Thursday night stars and pretended they were married? The evening would end in disaster.

In , The Office‘s Steve Carell and 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey play a couple trying to enjoy some time alone. When Carell’s character pulls a Michael Scott to get them a restaurant table, their night takes a not-so-routine turn.

The Fox comedy - also starring , Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Common, Kristen Wiig and Leighton Meester - opens April 9.

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Casting Corner: Anthony Hopkins, January Jones and More

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

Anthony Hopkins: The Wolfman actor will soon play dad to another large character: Thor. Hopkins has been cast as Odin, father of the title character (Chris Hemsworth) who is sent down to Earth after reigniting an ancient war. The film - which also includes Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston - will open May 20, 2011.

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Casting Corner: Zach Galifianakis, Connor Cruise and More

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

Zach Galifianakis: The Hangover scene stealer has been invited to have Dinner for Schmucks. The comedy focuses on the “most pathetic” person to ever be included in a weekly dinner. Galifianakis will sit alongside Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in this Jay Roach-directed film.

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Ron Burgundy’s Return

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Sequels, Comedy, Casting, Upcoming Releases,


Will Ferrell has been hinting around for months that he might reprise his role as Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s 70s-era news anchor, in another flick. While on location, the funnyman told reporters that he’ll soon meet with Anchorman co-stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell to talk about ideas.

But don’t get excited just yet. Rudd and Carell’s careers have changed quite a bit since Anchorman hit the big screen in 2004. Carell was once just another correspondent on The Daily Show, a lot of people didn’t recognize Rudd and Will Ferrell has become one of the biggest box office stars in the biz. Will the budget stretch enough to hold them all…and the other supporting cast members?

Rumor has it that the Anchorman sequel, if it ever comes into existence, will propel polyester-clad Burgundy into the 80s.

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Stars Crowd Fey, Carrell on Date Night

James FrancoA feature already including Tina Fey and Steve Carell has just upped the comic ante.

In Date Night, the two NBC actors will pool their talents a married couple who get more than they had planned for during their night out. A case of mistaken identity eventually brings a long list of characters into the mix. James Franco (Pineapple Express) will play an idiotic con man, Mark Wahlberg will star as private security expert, Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button) will be armed as good cop while Common has been assigned the shady detective role.

Other supporting players in the all-star ensemble include SNL‘s and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl). Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) will direct.

Filming on the comedy begins next week.

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Casting Corner: Liam Neeson, Amy Adams, Michael Chiklis and More

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

Liam Neeson: The Batman Begins actor has signed on to star with Christina Ricci in a psychological thriller. In After.Life, Ricci - who replaced Kate Bosworth -  will play a woman who is caught between life and death. Neeson is slated for the role of the funeral director, a man who mysteriously posseses a “gift of transitioning the dead.” Production on the film begins in November.

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