October 10, 2011
It had been a solid year at the box office for films with religious themes. But this past weekend, two pictures with spiritual motifs — "The Way" and "Machine Gun Preacher" — failed to resonate with moviegoers. "The Way," directed, written by and starring Emilio Estevez, opened in 33 theaters and grossed $132,411, according to an estimate from Producers Distribution Agency, which is releasing the film. That means the movie brought in an average of $4,012 per theater, a weak start for the picture about a father (Martin Sheen)
October 3, 2011 |
Four films debuted at the box office this weekend, but a trifecta of pictures already in theaters proved more alluring to moviegoers than any of the new offerings. The 3-D family film "Dolphin Tale," which came in third upon its opening last weekend, rose to No. 1 with $14.2 million and brought its domestic total to $37.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. It was followed by the baseball drama "Moneyball," also in its second week. The well-reviewed Brad Pitt film scored $12.5 million and has so far grossed $38.5 million.
September 30, 2011 |
The odds are slim that "50/50" — or any of the other three movies debuting this weekend — will take in more money than a few popular films already in theaters. Holdovers including the well-reviewed baseball drama "Moneyball," the family film "Dolphin Tale" and the 3-D version of "The Lion King" are each expected to bring in $13 million to $15 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be well ahead of the quartet of new pictures, which also includes the costly thriller "Dream House" starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, the Christian drama "Courageous" and the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"
September 29, 2011 |
The family drama " Dolphin Tale ," which opened last week, features Winter, a bottlenose dolphin that (ATTENTION: spoiler alert!) receives a prosthetic tail after being seriously injured when caught in fishing lines at the age of 3 months. It's a heartwarming, against-all-odds story that might inspire families to want to see the real Winter. The Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Fla., has fashioned a package that comes with two tickets to the aquarium where Winter lives, plus a $50 resort credit with prices starting at $199 a night.
September 26, 2011 |
Brad Pitt may be Hollywood royalty, but even he couldn't take down the king of the jungle at the box office. For the second consecutive weekend, a 3-D version of 1994's "The Lion King" sold more tickets than any other film in theaters, including the baseball drama "Moneyball," starring Pitt. Ticket sales for the re-release dropped only 27% to $22.1 million, bringing the movie's domestic tally to $61.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. "Moneyball" still had a good weekend, debuting with a respectable $20.6 million.
September 23, 2011 |
I'll be honest, in the spirit of the honestly shameless heartwarmer "Dolphin Tale. " I saw it in a somewhat distracted, agitated state. Forty-five seconds into the opening credits, I'm watching ocean-dwelling dolphins nosing around all sorts of potential dangers (a rusty fishing tackle box, a fateful metal crab trap), and the film's in 3-D, so the dangers loom with exceptional emphasis, and the picture's premise depends on putting the eventually tail-less protagonist — a real-life dolphin named Winter — through all sorts of adversity alongside its human protectors.