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Box Office Breakdown: Freddy Krueger a Theatrical Nightmare

Nightmare on Elm Street

Even though it’s a recurring dream, can still still scare up a few dollars.

Warner Bros.’ reboot of the horror classic clawed its way up to the top of the charts this weekend with a bloody good $32.9 million. Director Samuel Bayer’s first feature film more than tripled its nearest competitor while just falling shy of Freddy vs. Jason‘s $36 million open in 2003. (This installment did, though, top all other Elm street debuts.)

Meanwhile, it appears Brendan Fraser’s latest entry may have actually scared away audiences. , also starring Brooke Shields, only grossed $6.6 million over the last three days. Sadly, that amount was still higher than what Fraser generated in his last film…with Harrison Ford. (Extraordinary Measures unfolded to $6 million back in January.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Jennifer Lopez Needs a Back-up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

Jennifer Lopez’s recent performance at the box office - like her number at the American Music Awards - wasn’t exactly flawless.

, Lopez’s first major release since 2005, was not what moviegoers had planned for their few days off. The romantic comedy, which co-stars Alex O’Loughlin, earned a lackluster $12.2 million in ticket sales and a seat behind the five-week-old How to Train Your Dragon.

CBS Films did have one thing to brag about though: it’s movie performed better than any new wide release this weekend. (Granted, that isn’t saying much.) - an actioner featuring a large ensemble of actors - wrangled up a disappointing $9.4 million for fourth place. While that was enough to surpass last week’s champ, Kick-Ass, the two films were only separated by about $400,000. Meanwhile, Oceans, Disney’s nature documentary, landed in 8th place with $6.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Kick-Ass Saves Its 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

Clash of the Titans

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

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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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Will Ferrell Replaces Downey

Will Ferrell to replace Robert Downey Jr. in OobermindWill Ferrell has replaced Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. in Oobermind.

Father of six Brad Pitt and Superbad‘s Jonah Hill have also joined the voice cast of the forthcoming DreamWorks movie, which follows the titular character, an evil criminal mastermind—played by Will—who finds his life becomes dull when he defeats his rival, Brad’s Metro Man.

Jonah will voice Titan, a new superhero created by Oobermind while Tina Fey voices a reporter tracking the crime fighters.

Sherlock Holmes star Robert cited “scheduling conflicts” for his departure from the project, adding fuel to speculation he is to play the role of Lestat—made famous by Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire—in a new retelling of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles novels.

Oobermind is scheduled for release in November 2010.

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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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 14, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

The Spirit DVD

  • 8 Mile: Blu-ray
  • Anna Karenina (1961): DVD
  • Dark Matter: DVD
  • Hiding Out: DVD
  • Imax: Deep Sea: Blu-ray
  • Irreconcilable Differences: DVD
  • The Last Kiss: Blu-ray
  • Mean Girls: Blu-ray
  • Pillow Talk: DVD
  • The Reader: DVD
  • The Spirit: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Strange Wilderness: Blu-ray
  • The Thirteenth Floor: Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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