Elections and Movies

Add Comment on November 03, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Most people remember which presidential candidates they voted for over the last four elections, but do they remember what movie they went to see the weekend after they placed their vote? In honor of the 2008 presidential election, B OXOFFICE takes a look back at which five films topped the box office just days after Americans cast their ballots. 2004 George W. Bush defeated John Kerry 11/5/04 to 11/07/04 Box Office:

Read more

Tales From the Cutting Edge

Add Comment on November 03, 2008 by Steve Simels

One final note on my trip to Paris last week: My one regret is that I didn't get a chance to check out the former location -- on the Rue Chaptal in the famous Pigalle district -- of Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol . For those of you who aren't scholars of obscure sadistic cultural arcana, the Grand Guignol was a theater company that, for decades (beginning in the 1890s) offered up the stage equivalent of what in the 60s came to be called Gore Films, which is to say little playlets with lurid plots and highly realistic special effects featuring people being dismembered in all sorts of interesting ways.

Read more

'Changeling' vs. 'Torino'

Add Comment on November 03, 2008 by Phil Contrino

I made to sure check out Clint Eastwood's masterful new film Changeling with a relatively packed house at my local theatre this weekend. I would say that the general audience reaction was very strong and that this is a film that will go pretty far on positive word of mouth. In addition to gauging the reaction to Changeling, it was interesting to see the way that the audience reacted to the trailer for Eastwood's other new release this fall, Gran Torino. While Changeling earns a respectful response from its viewers, it looks like Torino is going to earn a more tangible level of excitement.

Read more

'Solace' Delivers Overseas

Add Comment on November 02, 2008 by BOXOFFICE Staff

According to Sony's weekend estimates, Quantum of Solace, which opened in the UK, France and Sweden this weekend, grabbed the equivalent of $38.6 million on 2,123 prints, generating more than $18,000 per print. Here are statistics from those three locations: U.K.'s Opening Numbers: The weekend estimate now sits at 15.4 million pounds, which is the biggest standard 3-day opening of all time, passing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 's 14.934 million. This is 35% bigger than the 11.427 million pounds launch of Casino Royale. Quantum captured a massive 70% of the U.K. box office this weekend.

Read more

'Potter' Tops Most Anticipated List

Add Comment on October 30, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Movietickets.com conducted a survey from August 8 to October 5, in which they asked nearly 4,000 moviegoers which new films they were looking forward to seeing the most. The results of the survey have been released today. The MovieTickets.com Top-10 Most Anticipated Films 1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine 3. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 4. Public Enemies 5. Angels & Demons 6. Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Read more

Riding Shotgun

Add Comment on October 30, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

To promote their latest endeavor, Hell Ride, the artistic talent behind the film recently sat down to talk about filmmaking and some of the obstacles of working on a biker movie. The biker genre has been a longtime passion for director Larry Bishop (also starring in the film) who got his first break at the age of 19 making low-budget biker movies nobody seemed to care about. That is until several years later when he was startled to find a fan in the form of maverick director Quentin Tarantino, who later came on board to produce Hell Ride. “It was one of those things where I feel I must’ve done something good in another lifetime for this to have worked out so perfect.

Read more

Mainstream 'Porno'

Add Comment on October 30, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Once again, two radically different films are competing against each other for the #1 spot at the box office this weekend. Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen have teamed up for the raunchy Zack and Miri Make a Porno and they will try to topple the G-rated High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The Weinstein Co. has faced its share of marketing problems with Zack and Miri, considering that the film's original poster was rejected by the MPAA and the marketing team then chose to use one that featured stick figures instead of the faces of Rogen and co-star Elizabeth Banks.

Read more

Subscribe to Articles Feed