We’ve all done it. We’re watching a movie and an image flashes by in an instant. Did we really just see that? So we patiently wait, remote in hand, until the precise second. You click the pause button like the whole remote just suddenly lit on fire and there it is….most likely one of these moments. A subscription based British movie site called LOVEFiLM (basically a European version of Netflix) took votes from their 1.6 million subscribers and came up with the top ten scenes in movies that people pause. And, though Kevin Williamson wrote about it in Scream, Tom Cruise’s penis in All the Right Moves did not make the list. Read More »
The weekend box office estimates are in, and we have some good news and some bad news:
- The bad news: Word of mouth did not help Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass, the comic book adaptation dropped an estimated 52% in its second weekend at theaters. In fact, it will place #5 on the Box office results listing this weekend with only $9.5 million in 3,065 theaters.
- The good news: The word of mouth buzz on How To Train Your Dragon continues to draw more and more people to the theater. In its fifth weekend of release, the film took over the #1 spot with an estimated $15 million, overtaking new releases like The Back-Up Plan ($12.25 million), The Losers ($.6 million) and Disney’s Oceans ($6 million).
In limited releases, one of my favorite films of the year thus far, Exit Through The Gift Shop, packed $13,545 per screen, for a total of $149,000 — not bad for a movie playing in only 11 theaters. To give you a comparison, Kick-Ass made $3,100 per screen this week — but yes, A LOT more screens.
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The holiday trailer flood continues today with three new clips for one film that has a large, eager audience and two that, to be fair, probably don’t. Sex and the City 2 was inevitable, given the success of the first film, and this is the first footage from the second theatrical reunion of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon.
Michael Patrick King once again writes and directs; he produced the show and wrote, produced and directed the first film. The trailer is a lot of glitz and promise and some shots of Morocco, which was the production’s second location choice after Dubai refused to allow filming. I didn’t see the first film, though I often got a kick out of the show. Unless I’m told that there’s some of the harder-edged comedy of sexual politics that made the show interesting, I expect I’ll skip this one, too. Not that it’ll have any trouble attracting a massive audience.
After the break, some depressing stuff from J-Lo in The Back-up Plan and Brendan Fraser in Furry Vengeance. Read More »