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Box Office Breakdown:  Star Trek Beams Its Way to #1

Zachary Quinto in Star Trek

Based on these numbers, a sequel would seem like the logical response.

After a five-month delay, the highly-anticipated J.J. Abrams feature finally unspooled to an eager crowd. And though it didn’t outearn last weekend’s office champ, the science fiction adventure appeared to be in a galaxy far, far away.

Since it’s debut late Thursday night, Trek grossed approximately $79.2 million. (That’s nearly $3 million more than was estimated a day ago, but still $6 million less than Wolverine‘s premiere.) Around $8 million of Paramount’s haul came from IMAX ticket sales alone. (That figure bests the $6.2 million raked in by The Dark Knight last year.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Wolverine Claws Its Way to the Top


Despite a growing list of hurdles (leaked footage, swine flu, mediocre reviews), proved it was a force to be reckoned with last weekend. Although it failed to surpass X-Men: The Last Stand (that 2006 entry debuted at $122.9 million), the Fox feature trounced the competition with an $85.1 million open. In other words, Wolverine earned over $20 million more than the other Top Ten entries…combined.

Sitting far back in second place was , Matthew McConaughey’s attempt to bring a little muscle into the box office. The romantic comedy, costarring Jennifer Garner, grossed $15.4 million on the weekend before Mother’s Day. (That’s less than a million more than what Made of Honor pulled in at this same time last year.) Meanwhile, last Friday’s only other wide release, Battle for Terra, raked in a disappointing $1.1 million for a 12th place finish.

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Movie Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Here’s the problem with - there is so much anticipation and expectation before the movie comes out that there is already a slim chance that the movie meets them.  How many times have you had high expectations for something that actually panned out?  Let’s see, The Empire Strikes Back, LeBron James coming into the NBA, and a second serving of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream… that’s it.  So, the question then is, does X-Men Origins: Wolverine make the grade?  Umm, no.

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Wolverine Premiere on Hold Due to Swine Flu

WolverineHe might be able to ride a helicopter, but not even Wolverine can bring down the swine flu.

Due to the current epidemic in Mexico, 20th Century Fox has chosen to postpone its plans. had been scheduled to attend the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in Mexico City this Wednesday.

“We were not only concerned about Hugh’s welfare – and we would never send anyone into harm’s way – but we also have an enormous office filled with people we care about,” a rep told People magazine.

Although health officials are still trying to get a handle on the situation, the studio is leaving open the possibility of a future screening. “Hugh is obviously beloved [there] so we’ll see what happens. We’ll monitor the situation,” the rep added.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 21, 2009

Frost/Nixon DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Arctic Tale: Blu-ray
  • Frost/Nixon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hellraiser: Blu-ray
  • Notorious: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sin City: Blu-ray
  • The Wrestler: DVD, Blu-ray
  • X-Men: Blu-ray
  • X2: X-Men United: Blu-ray
  • X-Men: The Last Stand: Blu-ray

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


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Bring Wolverine Premiere to Your City

Interested in seeing People’s Sexiest Man Alive in the flesh? Well, here’s your chance!

Effective immediately, fans of the X-Men series can vote to bring the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to their hometown. Submissions will be accepted until April 17 with the winning city announced on April 20.

The lucky city will get - and the whole red carpet treatment - on April 27, just days before the nationwide debut on May 1.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer

This is really turning out to be Hugh Jackman’s year.

In addition to starring in the visual spectacle, Australia, the actor was recently selected to be People’s Sexist Man Alive and the host for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Next up: Wolverine.

In this new trailer for , we see Jackman’s character 17 years before 2000’s X-Men took place. We also get glimpses of a younger William Stryker (Danny Huston), Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) and Gambit (Taylor Kitsch).

The prequel - also starring Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Monaghan and will.i.am - opens May 1, 2009.

Wolverine Shows Up Other Comic-Con Guests

WolverineSan Diego is filled with costumed readers who delight in adventure and get a thrill from the works of Stan Lee. Scheduled appearances by stars like Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connolly, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis made a big splash as Comic-Con, but it was the unscheduled appearance of that left everyone talking.

Jackman appeared in the crowd fresh off the Wolverine set and sporting stubble, but the audience ate it up. The actor bounded on stage to shake hands with Wolverine creator Len Wein to rousing applause, and even showed off a few clips from the upcoming prequel which will focus on his character’s story.  He thanked the 6,000 people in attendance for their devotion and is today the highlight of every paper.

In other words, look for the Wolverine movie to make a ton of money in the near future.

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Cast Additions for Wolverine

UPDATE:  Two more names have since been added to the bottom of the list.

Wolverine, Hugh JackmanBack in October, we reported that a spinoff of the X-Men series was in the works.  The prequel, , would explore the beginnings of Hugh Jackman’s storyline 17 years before the first movie took place.

Now four months later, we are getting a picture of how the rest of the cast is filling out.  It was originally rumored that would be playing a younger version of William Stryker (the role Brian Cox filled in X2).  That role actually belongs to (30 Days of Night).  But Schreiber will still have a presence in the film; he is now set to star as Victor Creed (a.k.a Sabretooth).

Here’s a list of the actors currently joining slated to join Jackman:

  • Lynn Collins (The Number 23):  Kayla Silverfox
  • Danny Huston (The Kingdom): William Stryker
  • Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) Gambit
  • Ryan Reynolds (Definitely, Maybe): Deadpool
  • Liev Schrieber (The Painted Veil)  : Victor Creed/Sabretooth
  • will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas singer):  Wraith
  • Dominic Monaghan (Lost):  Barnell
  • Daniel Henney (My Name Is Kim Sam-soon):  Agent Zero

The film is still scheduled for a May 1, 2009 release.

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