'Dark Knight' Crosses $400 Million Mark

Add Comment on August 05, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino The records keep coming for the The Dark Knight. With a gross of $6.28 million yesterday, the film crossed the $400 million dollar mark and it was only the 18th day of its theatrical release. In order to understand how staggering this new record is, consider that Shrek 3 previously held the record as the fastest movie to hit $400 million and it did so in 43 days. In the weeks to come, The ...

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Exhibitor Profile: George Solomon

Add Comment on August 04, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Adam Clement For the latest installment of our Exhibitor Profile Series, we were able to get in touch with George Solomon, CEO of Southern Theatres, LLC. Having made several theatre acquisitions and even selling some of his own throughout his long career, Solomon is a true veteran of the exhibition industry. Over the years he has carried out his family’s name in his work and he currently owns theatres in eight states. Solomon took the time out of his day to answer our questions about the industry as well as his own personal taste in movies. How many years have you been in the exhibition industry?

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Stoner Mentality

Add Comment on August 04, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino When Pineapple Express hits theatres this Wednesday it will bring with it a little more pedigree than most "stoner comedies." Judd Apatow, who is now the most prolific and often the most successful comedy kingpin working in showbiz today, is not only serving as a producer on the film but he also has a "story by" credit. Adding to the drawing power of Express is star Seth Rogen, who has become a very bankable comedy actor over the last couple of years.

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'Spirit' Marketing Goes Back To School

Add Comment on July 31, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino In an inventive marketing turn, Lionsgate is allowing prestigious art schools across the country to design posters for their upcoming film, The Spirit. The Spirit is directed by Frank Miller, the creator of 300 and Sin City, and it is an adaptation of the popular comic by Will Eisner. Gabriel Macht, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes and Jaime King make up the ensemble cast. The following art colleges were invited to take part in the designing process:

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By Phil Contrino When The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporer opens this Friday, Brendan Fraser's Rick O'Connell will have to do battle with a new villain. Martial arts superstar Jet Li enters the picture this time around as Emporer Han and the actor joins a handful of newcomers to the franchise including director Rob Cohen, actresses Maria Bello and Michelle Yeoh and actor Luke Ford as a more grown-up Alex O'Connell. This is the second movie of 2008 for Li, who was seen earlier this year alongside Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom which was able to bring in $100 worldwide.

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First Trailer For 'W.' Available

Add Comment on July 28, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino A very controversial film is on the horizon, and it should come as no surprise that Oliver Stone is behind it. This October, when Stone's George W. Bush biopic hits theatres nationwide there is bound to be heated discussion. Political pundits on the left and the right will dissect every scene and they will view the film in radically different ways. Meanwhile, main-stream audiences across the country will either consider W. an essential look into our recent history or a joke project that was filmed too soon.

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'Dark Knight' Crosses $300 Million Mark

Add Comment on July 27, 2008 by Phil Contrino

According to weekend estimates, The Dark Knight has grossed another $75.6 million and now has a total haul of $314 million. By crossing the $300 million milestone in only 10 days, Knight becomes the fastest movie of all-time to do so. The previous record holder was 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which did it in 16 days. Once again, here is the list of records that The Dark Knight has claimed: #1 - Biggest seven-day gross with $238.6 million (which beat 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which had grossed $196 million during the same time frame).

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