UPDATED: 'Christmases' Set to Top 'Twilight'

Add Comment on November 29, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Considering that it’s on pace to gross around $38 million this weekend, Four Christmases has a shot at topping the $39.2 million opening weekend haul ($42.4 million when adjusted for inflation) of 2006’s The Break-Up, which is currently Vince Vaughn’s best opening weekend in a starring role. Chances are that Christmases will also represent a personal best for Vaughn’s co-star, Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon’s top opening weekend haul to date is Sweet Home Alabama, which grossed $35.6 million during its opening frame in September 2002 (which equals around $43.6 million when adjusted for inflation).

Read more

Weekends with Vaughn

Add Comment on November 26, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Vince Vaughn has come a long way since his breakout role in 1996's Swingers. This Thanksgiving, Vaughn will try to cement his reputation as one of the most successful comedic actors of our time with Four Christmases. It was Vaughn's supporting turn in 2003's Old School that helped catapult his career. The film grossed $17.4 million during its opening weekend before reaching $75.2 domestically by the end of its theatrical run. As far as films that he's headlined go, Vaughn's most successful opening weekend gross to date is the $39.2 million that The Break-Up made in June 2006.

Read more

Mainstream 'Milk'

Add Comment on November 25, 2008 by Phil Contrino

As Milk slowly opens in theatres across the country, it will try to present the challenges that a legendary homosexual man faced to a mass audience. Considering that many gay-themed films are forced to settle for limited theatrical runs and the mediocre grosses that often come with the territory, this goal is certainly no small task for the film's distributor, Focus. From a mainstream perspective it helps that Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn inhabited the role of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and that Academy Award-nominated director Gus Van Sant sat behind the camera.

Read more

Thanksgiving Rush

Add Comment on November 25, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Once they've had their turkey-induced naps, moviegoers won't find any shortage of choices at the local cinema this Thanksgiving. In addition to strong holdovers such as Twilight, Bolt and Quantum of Solace, audiences will have to choose from Australia, Four Christmases, Transporter 3 and Milk, which are all opening on Wednesday. Still, as strong as those new films may be, Twilight has a very solid chance of staying in first place during its second frame.

Read more

'Twilight' Snags $69.6 Million Gross

Add Comment on November 24, 2008 by Phil Contrino

According to weekend actuals, Twilight grossed a staggering $69.6 million in its debut frame. The vampire flick boasts the fourth highest November opening weekend of all-time as well as the fourth largest opening this year. It also set the record for the highest grossing opening weekend for a film directed solely by a woman. The previous record holder was Mimi Leder, whose Deep Impact made $41.2 million during its opening frame. According to a poll by Fandango.com, 63% of several thousand respondents said that they planned on seeing Twilight again.

Read more

Megaton Talks 'Transporter 3'

Add Comment on November 22, 2008 by Phil Contrino

While they are not nearly as successful as any film in the Bond series or the Bourne trilogy, the Transporter films have gained a strong following of their own. In addition, they've helped launch the career of action star Jason Statham. For the third installment in the series, French director Olivier Megaton has stepped up to provide his take on the exploits of wheelman Frank Martin. Megaton has known Luc Besson, the producer/co-writer of the series, for about 12 years. When Besson approached Megaton about the project they both knew right away that they wanted to provide a fresh take and not repeat anything that was done in the other two films.

Read more

'Twilight' Starts Out Strong

Add Comment on November 21, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Early estimates from around the web are predicting that Twilight brought in as much as $7 million from midnight screenings and that it could have grossed more than $30 million on Friday. In addition, Fandango is reporting that they've been selling a staggering five Twilight tickets per second since early Friday morning. The film finished in the #5 spot on MovieTickets.com's Top 5 Pre-Sellers of All-Time list. As of 12 p.m. EST on Friday, the site is reporting that 848 upcoming shows are sold out. On a MovieTickets.com poll, a whopping 94% out of 6,944 respondents answered that they would like to see a sequel. Stay tuned...

Read more

Subscribe to Articles Feed