Michelle Hutton is an Alt Film Guide contributor and box office aficionada.
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July 16 update: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the romantic fantasy-adventure starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Thursday, July 15 '10. Directed by David Slade, Eclipse took in $3.72 million on Thursday, totaling $251.37 million after 16 days out. According to Box Office Mojo, Eclipse is the 14th fastest movie to reach the $250 million milestone domestically (not adjusted for inflation), right behind Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which also starred Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner. It may thus look as if New Moon performed better than Eclipse, but that would be a misreading of the data. By its 16th day out (a Saturday), New Moon […]
Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day June 28 update: “Blame me, don't blame Tom Cruise. We did lots of focus groups for this film, and no one ever said there was a star problem. Never. Tom Cruise was not the issue. I take full responsibility. And if the movie ends up going to $100 million, I want full responsibility too.” That's Fox's co-president of marketing Tony Sella referring to James Mangold's spy caper Knight and Day, as quoted in Patrick Goldstein's lengthy article in his Los Angeles Times blog “The Big Picture.” According to Goldstein, after Knight and Day opened to disappointing figures on Wednesday, many in the media quickly blamed Tom Cruise for the film's (under)performance. Within Hollywood […]
June 20 update: Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 beat studio estimates, grossing $110 million at North American theaters this past weekend according to Box Office Mojo. Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Laurie Metcalf, and others, Toy Story 3 is still doing remarkably well, having earned another $15.6 million on Monday. Total to date after four days: $125.9 million. Clearly, Toy Story 3 has pushed aside Harald Zwart's The Karate Kid. Starring Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith,and Taraji P. Henson, the remake of the 1984 Ralph Macchio-Pat Morita movie was a distant no. 2 with $3.44 million on Monday – nearly half of what it earned a week ago […]
Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood May 21 update: On what surely was its last day at the top of the North American box office, Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man 2 grossed $3.03 million (down 3.4 percent) at no. 1 – barely staying above the $3 million per day mark – on Thursday, May 20, according to Box Office Mojo. Iron Man 2 dropped a passable 19.3 percent in the last four days; last week, it tumbled about 30 percent. Russell Crowe's Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Cate Blanchett, remained below the $3 million per day mark despite a 9.2 percent increase, earning $2.832 million at no. 2. Shrek Forever After will decimate the competition this […]