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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Elysium’ Faces Off Against ‘Millers,’ ‘Planes’


Despite falling in line with the sci-fi blockbuster theme this summer, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's Elysium - starring Matt Damon and Jodi Foster - barely pulled ahead of three other newcomers at the theaters this weekend.

Elysium secured the top spot with $30.4 million while the Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers placed second with $26.5 million. The latest Pixar flick Planes debuted at third place with $22.5 million while the teenage action film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters took in $14.6 million in its first week, taking number four at the box office. Last week's number one film, 2 Guns, fell four positions to number five this week with its $11.1 million take.

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Box Office Breakdown: Apes Fend Off Help

Andy Serkis in Rise of Planet of the Apes

Despite the great reviews of Viola Davis' performance and Emma Stone's general adorable-ness, The Help fell a little short at the box office this weekend behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which makes it top at the box office for its second consecutive week.

The sci-fi reboot took in $27.8 million while the sixties period piece came close behind at $26 million in its first week. The fifth installment of the Final Destination series, Final Destination 5, made third place at $18 million and The Smurfs fell down to fourth place from its second place spot last week with $13.7 million. Lastly, the pizza boy comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride, 30 Minutes or Less, managed to debut in fifth place at $13.3 million.

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First Look: The Smurfs Teaser Trailer

Not sure if Sony can successfully pull off a live-action/CG version of ? Well, neither am I. But I’m not the type of person who would make snap judgments about a film or anything…

The good thing about this teaser trailer? It features an intro by - wait for it - (human) actor . The bad thing? It ends with some funny-looking blue guys. (And where the heck is Smurfette?)

Like what you see? Then prepare to get Smurf’d on July 29, 2011.

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Getting Into Character: Hank Azaria in The Smurfs

Hank Azaria on the set of The Smurfs

If an animated princess and squirrel can land on the streets of New York in Enchanted, why can’t little blue guys with white hats and pants?

In the upcoming live-action/CG version of , the famous cartoon characters - along with Smurfette - find themselves in the big city after being pursued by Gargamel (Hank Azaria).

and Jayma Mays will play human characters in the 3D-film while Katy Perry (Smurfette), George Lopez (Grouchy Smurf), Alan Cumming (Gutsy Smurf), Fred Armisen (Brainy Smurf) and Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf) will handle just a small portion of the Smurf voicing duties.

The Sony production will open on August 3, 2011.

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Casting Corner: Liam Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver and More

Liam HemsworthSigourney Weaver

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

Sigourney Weaver: She’s already taken on ghosts, aliens and Saturday Night Live—so now it’s time for Weaver to tackle her latest challenge: vampires. In Amy Heckerling’s Vamps, Weaver will actually reign as the queen over two young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who, unfortunately, find love - and potential mortality - while enjoying New York’s nightlife. Shooting may begin next month.

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Tron Legacy vs. The Green Hornet

Tron Legacy

We’re still weeks away from Fall 2009, but the big screen battle for Winter 2010 has already begun.

As of today, there are at least four movies scheduled to open on December 17th of next year. Competing against will be a live-action adaptation of Yogi Bear. Meanwhile, Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet will now face off against a highly-anticipated sequel from Disney.

Just days after Hornet was moved to the December slot (it was previously set to premiere on July 9), the Mouse House announced that it intends to debut on that same date. The movie, which would once again feature Jeff Bridges, is a follow to the 1982 sci-fi adventure. (You can view the teaser trailer here.)

Which entry will eventually bail out first? Start placing your bets now!

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Natalie Portman Fears The Smurfs

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Natalie PortmanWhen The Smurfs hits theaters next year, there will be one person staying far away: Natalie Portman.

The 28-year-old actress recently admitted she has feared the miniature blue-skinned cartoon characters - first created by Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou in 1958 - since she saw the animated series as a child.

“I remember as a kid being really scared of The Smurfs. Because that bad guy, the wizard Gargamel, was so terrifying. I was scared of a lot of cartoons. I’m kind of wussy like that,” Portman said in Interview magazine.

Despite her fear of certain animated programs, Natalie does have some happier memories of her childhood. The star loves reminiscing about the toys she played with. “I was like a total cliched 80’s child. I had Barbies, obviously, as well as My Little Ponies and Cabbage Patch Kids, but I used to destroy them. I used to draw all over their faces and cut off their hair.”

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Remake News: Hong Kong Phooey, The Smurfs and More

Hong Kong Phooey: There’s nothing audiences love more than talking dogs, so why not have them fight crime as well? Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2) has been tapped to direct a live-action/animated version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon. In the original TV program, Scatman Crothers voiced the kung fu fighting title character. When Hong Kong Phooey wasn’t cleaning up a police station as a janitor, he was fighting crime on the streets. The series first debuted in 1974.

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