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Michelle Hutton is an Alt Film Guide contributor and box office aficionada.


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'Eclipse' Movie: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Romantic Fantasy Shatters Records

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 […]


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'Eclipse' Movie: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Romantic Fantasy Shatters Records



'Knight and Day': Tom Cruise Not Responsible for Box Office Misfire?

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 […]


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'Knight and Day': Tom Cruise Not Responsible for Box Office Misfire?



Remake and Sequel Pass $100 Million: Box Office

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 […]


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Remake and Sequel Pass $100 Million: Box Office



'Iron Man 2' Tops 'Robin Hood' & Trails 'New Moon'?

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 […]


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'Iron Man 2' Tops 'Robin Hood' & Trails 'New Moon'?



Freddy Krueger Tops + Miley Cyrus Out

Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 (top); Mongolian child in Thomas Balmes' Babies May 8 update A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Jackie Earle Haley as creepy Freddy Krueger, collected $9.119 million at no. 2 this weekend at the U.S. and Canada box office, according to actuals released by Box Office Mojo. How to Train Your Dragon, featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, was no. 3 with $6.68 million. Steve Carell and Tina Fey's comedy Date Night landed at no. 4 with $5.448 million, followed by Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan, with $5.03 million (about 10 percent more than yesterday's estimates). At no. 6, Brendan Fraser's Furry […]


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Freddy Krueger Tops + Miley Cyrus Out



Most Influential People Robert Pattinson + Lady Gaga & Ashton Kutcher?

Emilie de Ravin, Robert Pattinson, Remember Me (top); James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Avatar (middle); Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche, Spread (bottom) April 29: Singer Lady Gaga, actor Robert Pattinson, artist Banksy, Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey, actor-tweeter Ashton Kutcher, talk show host Conan O'Brien, artist Zaha Hadid, filmmaker James Cameron, and Nelson Mandela's wife Graça Machel have all been included in Time magazine's 2010 list of the world's most influential people. The “Heroes” section – kept apart from the “Thinkers” section – is particularly eclectic: action film star Jet Li, former US president Bill Clinton, tennis player Serena Williams, World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador Liya Kebede, ChildCount+'s Matt Berg, and Night at the […]


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Most Influential People Robert Pattinson + Lady Gaga & Ashton Kutcher?



Jennifer Lopez & Alex O'Loughlin Tops + Zoe Saldana Flops

Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin star in Alan Poul's The Back-up Plan (top) April 29 update: Starring Alex O'Loughlin and Jennifer Lopez, Alan Poul's romantic comedy The Back-up Plan remained at the top of the North American box office chart on Wednesday, earning $832K (-18.7 percent) according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Gerard Butler, How to Train Your Dragon grossed $737,000 at #2. At #3, the Aaron Johnson adventure flick Kick-Ass drew $703,000, followed by the Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy of errors Date Night, up one spot, with $656,000. Down one spot, The Losers, starring Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Chris Evans, took in $617,000 at #5. Next […]


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Jennifer Lopez & Alex O'Loughlin Tops + Zoe Saldana Flops



Amitabh Bachchan: 2010 International Indian Film Academy Awards in Sri Lanka

Amitabh Bachchan, one of Bollywood's iconic figures, announced on Tuesday, April 20, that the International Indian Film Academy's film festival and awards ceremony will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 3-5, 2010. That's where Bollywood's superstars will be seen next, following IIFA festivals in places as diverse as Macao, the UK, and South Africa. Bachchan explained that the festival is held in different countries each year so as to promote both Indian cinema and cultural integration. IIFA events in Colombo will also include a business forum, fashion show and a cricket match featuring both Indian and Sri Lankan film and cricket stars. Sri Lanka is still suffering from the lingering effects of a 25-year civil war against the Tamil […]


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Amitabh Bachchan: 2010 International Indian Film Academy Awards in Sri Lanka





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