February 24, 2011 |
Several years ago I participated in a public "debate" about the exigent matter of whether Los Angeles was better than New York or vice versa. I put "debate" in quotes because it was more like a reading followed by 20 minutes of lethargic sparring. The event was called something like "New York vs. L.A.: Which Is Better," and people had actually shown up to watch as if they might learn something. My opponent was a fortysomething writer/artist/DJ, or something along those lines. I won't attempt to re-create his oration, but these were his major talking points.
February 14, 2011 |
The Beliebers were right after all. While some had questioned the box office clout of diminutive pop star Justin Bieber, his rabid teenybopper fan base came out in full force this past weekend and spent $30.3 million on movie tickets for the 16-year-old's 3-D biopic, "Never Say Never," according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. As is shown in the film, Bieber can sell out Madison Square Garden, but it was unclear if he had enough fans to fill more than 3,000 movie theaters nationwide.
February 7, 2011 |
The king of the box office was no match for a teen soap opera queen bee this weekend. The 3-D underwater adventure "Sanctum," which was executive produced and heavily promoted by "Avatar" director James Cameron, opened to $9.2 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. That was well short of the weekend's other new film, "The Roommate," a thriller starring Leighton Meester from the TV show "Gossip Girl. " It debuted to a better but not great $15.6 million.
January 24, 2011 |
With football playoffs dominating the pop culture landscape this weekend, Paramount Pictures' hope with "No Strings Attached" was to get a good number of women out to movie theaters. It succeeded, as the friends-with-benefits comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher opened to a solid $20.3 million, according to studio estimates, to win the weekend; 70% of attendees were women, exit polling showed. It was the only new picture to open nationwide, continuing what has been a slow January at the box office.
January 10, 2011 |
On the first box-office weekend of 2011, it was all about which holiday movie had the most staying power. That turned out to be the Coen brothers' western "True Grit," which after two weeks of nipping at the heels of "Little Fockers," surpassed it to become the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada with a studio-estimated $15 million in ticket sales. "Fockers" was close behind with $13.8 million, down 47% on its third weekend. Two additional movies, the Nicolas Cage historical action tale "Season of the Witch" and the Gwyneth Paltrow music drama "Country Strong," failed to make much of an impact, with just $10.7 million and $7.3 million, respectively.
December 27, 2010 |
Considering that Christmas Eve ? traditionally one of the slowest days for moviegoing all year ? fell on a Friday, it would have taken a holiday miracle to keep box-office receipts from tumbling from what they were a year ago. "Little Fockers" was not that holiday miracle. The costly third installment in the comedy series starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro failed to live up to big expectations, opening to $48.3 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures.