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84th Annual Academy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards Continue reading

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2011: The Best Films Of The Year

The Best Films Of 2011 Continue reading

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2011: The Great Performances

Fifteen performances (or so) that you should not miss from 2011… Continue reading

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Box Office Report (7/15/11 – 7/17/11)

Box Office Report – July 15 – July 17, 2011 Continue reading

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Box Office Report: July 8-10, 2011

Box Office Report – July 8-10, 2011 Continue reading

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Box Office Report: July 24-26, 2011

Box Office Report: July 24-26, 2011 Continue reading

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Box Office Report: July 17-19, 2011

This article reprinted with kind permission of Awards Circuit, and originally linked at The Awards Circuit News Blog

Via Box Office Mojo, The Numbers, Deadline, and other sources:

Despite a strong start with higher than expected numbers from midnight showings and a well attended Friday night, Warner Bros. saw its “Green Lantern” flicker and dim by the end of the weekend. The third superhero film to arrive in 2011, following “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class”, “Green Lantern” was the least attended opening weekend of the three, starting at a $52.3 million clip. Most films would be thrilled to land that sum, but everything has perspective and Warner Bros. are hugely disappointed in the diminishing returns.

A strong midnight to strong Friday to lessening Saturday to dismal Sunday can be attributed to a lot of different factors. Initially, the film was ravaged by critics and although CinemaScore provided a B+ rating from audience members, the fact is that people stopped coming after the first eyes got a look at the final cut. That pesky word-of-mouth can be a helluva thing sometimes.

Nikki Finke at Deadline has reported that there was a great deal of behind-the-scenes consternation by the marketing department, as they were only able to see 70% of the final cut two weeks prior to release day. Constant tinkering and refining of visual effects were cited as a blaming factor, but after audiences responded dismally to the teasers as far back as the fall of 2010, a push-and-pull developed with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment on whether to focus on Ryan Reynolds solely in the marketing or draw in the supporting alien characters to define a new brand. What resulted was a bit of both strategies put into place which, it is speculated, led to confusion amongst those interested but not familiar with the source material.

Good marketing/bad marketing/late delivery of final product…ultimately, the film is just not good. Rotten Tomatoes assigns a 21% ranking for the film, which trails dozens of points behind “Thor” and “X-Men” earlier this year. Ultimately, all of the drafts and rewrites and rewrites again, along with the problematic post-production woes are what contributed to the film’s precipitous slide from Friday through Sunday. Typically, with this opening Warner Bros. could expect a film to gross $150-$175 million; however, tracking and trending may place this closer to the $120-$130 million range, which would require huge worldwide numbers to make the film profitable.

Chilly penguins freeze up the box office, there is no actual art in getting by it seems, and a Tree sprouts while Paris suffers a minor setback…after the cut! Read more on Box Office Report: July 17-19, 2011…

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Box Office Report: June 10-12, 2011

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Via Box Office Mojo, The Numbers, Deadline, and other sources:

With a year-long build and teasers regarding what secret lies within the film, “Super 8″ opened #1 at the box office with a less-than-estimated $35.5 million take. While critics had a largely favorable, if not somewhat tempered reaction to the film, audiences reportedly loved the film and reports show that the film could have strong word-of-mouth heading into its first full week and second weekend.

Estimates and expectations for the film were all over the board with “Super 8″. On the one hand, the start was a disappointment when compared to director J.J. Abrams’ two previous films, 2006′s “Mission: Impossible III” (opened at 47.7 million) and 2009′s “Star Trek” (opened at $75.2 million). “Super 8″ was not a franchise or relaunch and thus, served as Abrams’ first foray into wholly original content. And yet, even describing “Super 8″ has completely or wholly original will generate guffaws from those who claim the film is too much of a copy of co-producer Steven Spielberg’s own directorial and writing efforts of the past; namely, “E.T.”, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”, and “The Goonies”.

Confounding pundits further was the more muted viral efforts of Paramount in promoting the film. Previously, with Abrams’ TV creation “Lost” and the Abrams-produced feature “Cloverfield”, several curiously named websites appeared with clues, anecdotes, and labyrinthine games and paths for fans and those interested to follow, send around, discuss, and debate. Short of wondering if there was in fact a monster, or monsters, or what it or they looked like, the only real non-trailered promotion for the film came in the form of a short film, truncated in the finished product, which shows archived government footage of a scientist attempting to feed something in a darkened cage. Near the end of the footage, one giant arm of a creature swoops down and takes the scientist high into the air.

All of this to say that Paramount reportedly was very satisfied with the opening weekend and feel the film is positioned to withstand the oncoming “Green Lantern” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” this weekend, and then will have a strong foothold in the market to hold off an expected huge opening for Pixar’s “Cars 2″. Then, with the arrival of “Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon” on Wednesday, June 29, Paramount feels that both “Transformers” and “Super 8″ will have cemented themselves as huge hits with legs to carry the studio and audiences through to July 22, when “Captain America” arrives.

A children’s adaptation of a popular book series whimpers into theaters, Woody Allen makes history again, and huge attendance continued for “The Tree Of Life”. Plus, a handful of indies look to make their mark. All of this and the Weekend Breakdown after the cut!

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Box Office Report: June 3-5, 2011

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Despite landing the weakest opening attendance-wise in the “X-Men” film series to date, “X-Men: First Class” ruled the top of the box office weekend with an opening weekend tallied at $55.1 million. While this does exceed the opening of the first film in the franchise speaking strictly in a dollars-and-cents capacity (2000′s “X-Men” started with $54.5 million), simple inflation would tell you that a lot more people saw that film in its first 3 days then this one. Was it the absence of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine (save a hilarious and winning cameo by Jackman), the fact that James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and a 2011 Kevin Bacon are not bankable box office commodities, or simply attrition with moviegoers on this series?

Eyes turned to the success that another fifth film in a series experienced when “Fast Five” conjured up $568 million worldwide. Fox was optimistic that they would deliver a healthier number than they did, hoping in the mid $60-low $70 million range. Executives were saying all the right things regarding the opening, indicating that this “X-Men” is a starting over or relaunch of a series and pointed to the opening of “Batman Begins” ($54.5 million) as more of a reasonable comparison. Regardless, the film may have opened to strong reviews, but will struggle to make back its $160 production budget on the domestic side of the ledger, especially with the eagerly anticipated “Super 8″ looming in a few short days.

“X-Men” proved to be the only major opening of the weekend, but how did other independent films fare? Did Woody Allen deliver a third impressive return with “Midnight In Paris”? How did Terrence Malick’s “Tree Of Life” expand? Details and the Top 40 after the cut!

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Box Office Report: May 27-29, 2011

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The supposed box office slump plaguing Hollywood has vanished as this past weekend may ultimately become the biggest Memorial Day weekend of all time, paced by the 1-2 punch of “The Hangover Part II” and “Kung Fu Panda 2″.

THE HANGOVER PART II

First and foremost, the conversation starts with “The Hangover Part II” which delivered the third largest Thursday opening of all time ($31.6 million) and followed it up with the largest R-rated live action comedy opening ever. With a staggering 4-day take of $118.1 million, the film crushed the first film’s 4-day start of $52.6 million. Now granted, things are much different this time around as the first film finished up with $467 million worldwide and one of the most popular comedies of the last several years. Additionally, “The Hangover Part II” was arguably the most anticipated mainstream release of the first half of 2011.

Surviving a tepid critical response, “The Hangover Part II” seemed made of teflon and reviews of a positive or negative vibe would not and did not matter at all. With “Part II” not as fresh or as original as “Part One” and largely a retread of the story and plot from the first film, industry analysts were wondering if word-of-mouth would lead to audiences diminishing as the weekend went on. Clearly, that was and is not the case and this “Hangover” is a certifiable smash.

KUNG FU PANDA 2

Receiving smaller than expected numbers, “Kung Fu Panda 2″ nonetheless brought in an estimated $53.8 million in its opening four days. This effort at counterprogramming was expected to match or exceed the opening weekend of 2008′s “Kung Fu Panda”, as that film began with $60.2 million in 3 days domestically, before earning a massive $631.7 million worldwide haul.

Interestingly, audiences overseas bested the North American box office totals, as “Panda 2″ earned $57 million across the water. The reaction internally is apparently mixed with some analysts saying that when the 5-day count concludes, the film will be precisely where they expected (approximately $65 stateside), while others reportedly felt the film would finish with a bigger figure. Budgeted at $150 million, the film will be profitable worldwide by next weekend, but may struggle to match the domestic take of the first film’s $215 million.

More updates to come through the rest of the Memorial Day weekend, but two films, released on a much smaller scale, turned heads in a big way after the cut!

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