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 22, 2011 |
What passes for an epiphany in most movies is hardly profound — "The Hangover" guys remember where they lost somebody, or Green Lantern realizes that true power does not necessarily reside in his glowing ring. The transformations in "Machine Gun Preacher" and "Dolphin Tale," both opening Friday, aim to be more spiritually and personally profound, and the filmmakers behind both new titles hope to attract a large number of religious moviegoers. Two years ago, the inspirational football tale "The Blind Side" resonated with religious audiences and became a blockbuster, grossing more than $255 million in domestic release.
September 23, 2011 |
It will be a jungle out there at the box office this weekend, as one of Hollywood's leading lions faces off against a couple of formidable foes from the animal kingdom. Brad Pitt's new baseball drama, "Moneyball," will fight for the No. 1 spot against last weekend's surprise winner, the 3-D version of "The Lion King," and a new family film, "Dolphin Tale. " Each movie could launch with between $18 million and $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
December 20, 2011 |
"Midnight in Paris" Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 "Midnight in Paris" isn't as funny as Woody Allen's classic '70s comedies or as thoughtful as his '80s masterpieces, but there's a good reason why it's become the biggest hit of Allen's career. It's such an enchanting little movie, starring Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who visits Paris with his fiancée and finds himself transported through time to the '20s, where he rubs elbows with the likes of Fitzgerald, Picasso, Hemingway, Dalí and Stein.
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 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.