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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 15, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Wolverine Blu-ray

  • The 13th Warrior: DVD
  • Amadeus (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition): Blu-ray
  • Child’s Play: Blu-ray
  • Deadgirl: DVD
  • Deep Impact: Blu-ray
  • Easy Virtue: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fame: DVD
  • Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood: DVD
  • Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: DVD
  • Grace: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hero: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Disney/Pixar Flying High with Up

Up

The word “Pixar” always seems to generate smiles, and that’s exactly what did for Disney.

Over the weekend, the Cannes Film Festival opener generated $68.1 million, over $40 million more than its nearest competitor. The movie - which was also offered in 3D - also bested last year’s Wall-E (by $5 million) and had Pixar’s 3rd-best debut. (The Incredibles opened to $70.5 million in 2004; Finding Nemo grossed $70.3 million in 2003.)

Friday’s other new wide release, , scared up only $15.8 million for a 4th place finish. Although it originally looked as if the horror film would surpass Terminator Salvation, the final numbers were $8 million below Sunday’s projections.

Another noteworthy mention: officially crossed the $200 million mark after only four weeks in release. The Paramount feature is now the first movie of the year to reach that achievement.

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Box Office Breakdown: Ben Stiller Defeats Christian Bale

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Was it a result of Christian Bale’s rant? The presence of that other science fiction movie? Or the lack of family-friendly fare?

When the dust from the weekend settled, a surprising entry emerged as the winner. Despite the country’s current love for action sequels/prequels, a much calmer feature - - was the choice for entertainment this holiday. Ben Stiller’s comedy follow-up raked in $70 million giving the actor his best live-action debut ever. Smithsonian also became the best PG-rated opener for Memorial Day.

Museum‘s victory meant a disappointing 2nd place finish for . Although the saga’s fourth installment earned more than T3‘s debut, its $51.9 million gross ($65.3 million since Thursday) put it nowhere near the estimated $200 million budget. The numbers did give director McG, though, his best premiere since 2000’s Charlie’s Angels.

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Box Office Breakdown: Narrow Victory for Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons

was never as popular as The Da Vinci Code...and its big screen numbers reflected that.

Despite huge success with the overseas box office this weekend (the movie had the 10th best international open ever), the latest Ron Howard/Tom Hanks collaboration barely struck gold domestically. Over the last three days, Angels grossed $46.2 million—just enough for first place. Unfortunately, the Dan Brown adaptation only earned $3 million more than last week’s champ and over $30 million less than the previous installment.

, in the meantime, continued on its warp speed pace. The second place finisher pulled in another $43 million and put itself within $3 million of Wolverine‘s overall total. (The Hugh Jackman film, this week’s #3, had a 7-day head start on the sci fi adventure.)

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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

Wolverine

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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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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