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Box Office Breakdown:  Yuma Ropes Up The Win

Audiences went old-school this weekend helping 3:10 to Yuma corral the box office crown.  The well-received film, starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, marked the second week in a row a classic movie remake landed at #1.  (Previous winner, Halloween slid down a notch this week). Question now is:  Will the success of Yuma spur an onslaught of Westerns?  Given the lack of any real competition this weekend, it still may be too soon to …

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Box Office Breakdown:  Holiday Comes Early For Halloween

Rob Zombie’s remake of the classic film, Halloween, scared up over $30 million this weekend smashing Transporter 2‘s 2005 achievement ($20 million).  Additionally, the horror film’s record gross capped off a successful summer for films overall.  With fifteen movies over the $100 million mark, the movie industry soared past $4 billion domestically. Unfortunately, Jason Statham’s War did very little to contribute to this landmark achievement.  While he may have been a record-setter two years ago, …

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Box Office Breakdown:  Geeks Fight Off Statham, Jet Li

No, you are correct.  Superbad is one of the few movies that has managed to stay at #1 for more than one week this summer.  The movie that only cost $20 million to make now shares the Two-Timers title with Spider-Man 3 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End.  (And I’m guessing those movies cost a bit more to produce). Not only did the high-schoolers hold back the action-packed War (starring Jason Statham and …

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Box Office Breakdown:  It’s Super To Be Bad

The Judd Apatow train is bound to hit a roadblock at some point—but for the time being, it’s full steam ahead.  Superbad opened impressively with over $30 million this weekend making it the third Apatow-related project in a row to accomplish this feat (the others being Talledega Nights and Knocked Up).  This is, of course, not taking into consideration the uber-sleeper hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Meanwhile, there was nothing super about Nicole Kidman’s latest outing.  …

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Box Office Breakdown:  Audiences Not Yet Tuckered Out

Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Pirates, Ocean’s, Bourne and now Rush Hour 3.  All six three-quels premiered directly at the top of the heap this summer. Unfortunately, a six-year gap between the second and third Rush installments may have led to what some would consider slightly disappointing receipts.  On any other occasion, a $50 weekend would be something to brag about.  But considering it pales to the $67.4 million brought in by the 2001 predecessor, …

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Box Office Breakdown:  A Homerun For Homer

Looks like Homer ain’t gonna be needing a deal on donuts anymore…. With a $74 million opening weekend, The Simpsons Movie debuted higher than most of the animated features released…ever.  Only the two Shrek sequels did better.  Quite a head-shaking number since we can still see the series for free on television.  But viewers from every single Springfield in the US—plus a thousand other cities out there—love the family so much, they were willing to …

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Box Office Breakdown:  Almighty Only Does Alrighty

Question: When is being the #1 movie just not enough? (Hint:  You have three chances to answer this question correctly). Answer(s): When the critics don’t really have anything good to say about you When you made less than 1/2 of what your predecessor did on opening weekend When it cost over $175 million just to create you Apparently having God on your side doesn’t guarantee you heavenly box office numbers.  Evan Almighty, the follow-up to …

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The Future is Blu for Blockbuster

Having offered both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs since 2006, Blockbuster has finally chosen their favorite high-definition child.  Okay to be fair—they just acknowledged what their customers have been preferring. Although Toshiba was the first to deliver its HD DVD baby, rentals of the Sony version have outpaced its competitor by 70%.  Exclusive partnerships with major movie studios—and therefore a wider range of film choices—has helped with Sony’s appeal. Both formats had been receiving equal promotion …

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FilmCrunch 055: Vacancy, Fracture, Little Children

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review the theatrical releases of Vacancy and Fracture, as well as the DVD release of Little Children in this episode of FilmCrunch. Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show. ...

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The Preview Review: Crazy Love, Rise: Blood Hunter, Evening, Bratz

Welcome back to another edition of The Preview Review, where we attempt to unmask beautiful previews hiding terrible films.  This week, we take a look at some upcoming movies through four newly released commercials trailers.  Within them we’ll see some present-day vampire action, truly demented unconditional love in documentary form, and two stories about the unbreakable friendship amongst a group of girls (guess which of the two won’t suck!). Get all the latest trailer reviews …

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