Alt Film Guide's box-office journalist Franck Tabouring is a freelance film writer.

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'Family Movies' Among Biggest Fall Box Office Hits

'Where the Wild Things Are.' Oct. 18, '09, update: Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are easily defeated its competition at the North American box office this weekend with a solid $32.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved book scored […]

'The Final Destination' Movie Has Sensational Debut

'The Final Destination.' Sept. 6, '09, update: The Final Destination held on to the No. 1 spot at the North American box office for a second consecutive weekend with $12.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. New Line Cinema's David R. Ellis-directed horror sequel scored an average […]

'Transformers 2' Smashes Competition

June 29, 09, update: Though massacred by critics, Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen crushed the North American box office this week with an impressive $201.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel, the anticipated sequel to Transformers opened […]

'Obsessed' Beyoncé & '17 Again' Zac Efron Rule

April 26 update: Beyoncé Knowles' Obsessed defeated its competition at the North American box office with $28.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. In the Steve Shill-directed thriller, Idris Elba co-stars as a successful asset manager who gets into trouble with his wife (Knowles) when his new […]

Madea Tops Mall Cop & Jonas Brothers + Serial Killer Jason & Clint Eastwood

'Madea Goes to Jail.' March 2, '09, update: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail topped the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend with $16.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest installment in the popular Madea series regained momentum Saturday and Sunday after […]

Box Office: Canine Star Beats Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler & Tom Cruise + Reese Witherspoon Back at the Top

Marley & Me with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the dog Clyde. Directed by David Frankel, the canine comedy-drama has once again topped the domestic box office, beating big-name competitors such as Adam Sandler (Bedtime Stories), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Tom Cruise (Valkyrie). Weekend box […]

Zac Efron Musical & Vampire Romance Rule

Nov. 24 '08 update: Summit Entertainment's Twilight stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with a whopping $70 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Catherine Hardwicke's adaptation of the popular Stephenie Meyer novel started its path to box office glory early this […]

Vin Diesel Tattoo, Nicolas Cage Thriller & Channing Tatum Physique Fail to Attract Moviegoers

Sept. 28, '08, update: D.J. Caruso's action blockbuster Eagle Eye stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with US$29.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. DreamWorks' Shia LaBeouf vehicle easily knocked out its competition after opening in 3,510 theaters and securing the […]

'The Dark Knight' Trailing Only 'Star Wars' & 'Titanic'?

'The Dark Knight' with Heath Ledger as The Joker and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes: Latest Batman movie trailing only 'Star Wars' and 'Titanic'? 'The Dark Knight' has climbed to third spot on all-time domestic box office chart – or has it? Aug. 11, '08, update: The Dark Knight topped […]

Pixar Tops & Angelina Jolie Wanted

'WALL-E' movie: Pixar release enjoys impressive box office debut. 'WALL-E' tops U.S. and Canada box office, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy 'inspirational' thriller 'Wanted' a strong runner-up June 30, '08: Directed by Andrew Stanton, Pixar Animation's WALL-E was catapulted to the top of the North American box office this weekend […]

'Crystal Skull' Crushes 'Iron Man'

'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' with Cate Blanchett and Harrison Ford: Memorial Day blockbuster. 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' eviscerates box office competition May 26: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull dug up $126 million at the North American […]

'21' & 'Horton' Among Recent Top Hits

March 31, 08: 21 played its cards right this weekend, seizing the top spot at the North American box office with US$23.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Released by Sony Pictures and directed by Robert Luketic, the crime drama stars newcomer Jim Sturgess as a gifted MIT student whose […]

'Cloverfield' vs. '27 Dresses': J.J. Abrams-Produced Monster Movie Rips Through Competition

Cloverfield: Monster movie tops domestic box office. Produced by J.J. Abrams of TV's Lost and (the director of) the Tom Cruise sequel Mission: Impossible III, and directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay by Drew Goddard, Cloverfield is a sort of Godzilla meets The Host meets Independence Day meets Friday the 13th meets real-life terror […]

'Saw' Movie Sequel Scares Up Plenty of Moviegoers

Oct. 28 Saw IV stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$32.1 million. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, the fourth installment in the popular Saw series opened at 3,183 theaters on Friday, slightly surpassing the $31.7 million opening gross of Saw II. […]

Women Rule the World: Box Office

Sept. 23: Women rule the world – or at least the domestic box office – as Resident Evil: Extinction soared to the top of the U.S. and Canada box office this weekend with an estimated US$24 million. Helmed by Russell Mulcahy, the third installment in the series based on the […]

'Superbad' Does Good

Aug. 26 Superbad gloriously defended its No. 1 spot at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$18 million. The teen comedy directed by Greg Mottola, and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera defeated all new major releases, keeping the crown at the top of the chart […]

When Homer Beat Adam

July 30 update: The Simpsons Movie rose to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$71.9 million. David Silverman's big-screen adaptation of the famed TV series proved that after 18 years and more than 397 episodes, the Simpsons are as popular as ever. Opening […]

'28 Weeks Later' Movie Review

In 28 Weeks Later, the Rage virus turns British zombies into hip-hopping artists.   INFECTIOUS HORROR Darkness and suspense prevail in 28 Weeks Later, a terrifying sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 hit 28 Days Later. Six months after the outbreak of the Rage virus, which converts people into flesh-eating zombies, […]

'Spider-Man 3' Movie Review: Revenge or Forgiveness?

Spider-Man punches the Sandman with such violence, that the digested spaghetti in the villain's stomach is splattered all over the place. Spidey seems a little tired after five years serving your neighborhood movie theater. Although the third installment of the ultra-popular Spider-Man franchise offers a solid amount of fast-paced action […]

'The Condemned' Movie: Revolting & Gratuitous Violence Aplenty

In The Condemned, wrestler Steve Austin is one of several clumsy death row inmates who spend their free time taking ballet lessons. Only a few months after World Wide Entertainment gave pro wrestlers Kane and John Cena a chance at showing off their fighting skills in See No Evil and […]

'Vacancy' Movie Review: Kate Beckinsale Horror Film Offers 'Different Experience'

'Vacancy' movie review: 'Quite a different experience' from 'Saw,' 'Hostel' (image: Kate Beckinsale in 'Vacancy') Be sure to double-check the amenities before checking into Vacancy, because what may sound like your average gory thriller in which psychopaths butcher helpless victims is in fact quite a different experience. Vacancy first introduces […]

'Hot Fuzz' Movie: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright

Hot Fuzz (2007) Dir.: Edgar Wright. Scr.: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost If you are seeking an uproarious and explosive action comedy, Hot Fuzz is your pick of the week. Directed by Edgar Wright, and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, who brought us the […]

'Pathfinder': Too Gruesome & Too Many 'Idiotic' Action Sequences

One man with a big sword challenges a horde of ruthless butchers in Pathfinder, a movie undermined by an excessive amount of gruesome slaughter and idiotic action sequences. For most of its 98 minutes, this lackluster adventure looks like your typical video game in which a heroic figure must mow […]

'Slow Burn': Ray Liotta

Slow Burn (2007) Dir.: Wayne Beach. Scr.: Wayne Beach, from a story by Beach and Anthony Walton. Cast: Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Chiwetel Ejiofor Filmed in 2003 but kept on the shelf until now, Slow Burn smells a lot like a flimsy version of The […]

'Are We Done Yet?' Ice Cube

Are We Done Yet? (2007) Dir.: Steve Carr. Scr.: Hank Nelken, from Melvin Frank and Norman Panama's screenplay for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, which was based on a novel by Eric Hodgins. Cast: Ice Cube, Nia Long, John C. McGinley, Aleisha Allen, Philip Bolden   Desperate to save […]

'Meet the Robinsons' Review: Eccentric Characters in 'Enthralling Adventure'

'Meet the Robinsons': Characters remind you to 'keep moving forward.' 'Visually enthralling' adventure 'Meet the Robinsons' features cast of eccentric characters The second 3D animated feature released by the non-Pixar unit of Walt Disney Pictures – the first was Chicken Run – Meet the Robinsons combines humor with inventive storytelling […]

'The Hills Have Eyes II' Review: Martin Weisz

  Last year, the new version of The Hills Have Eyes failed to capture the terror of Wes Craven's original 1977 classic, but it performed well enough at the box office to convince the producers at Fox Atomic (a sub-division of 20th Century Fox) to speed up the production of […]

'The Last Mimzy' Movie Review

The Last Mimzy may fail to qualify as the best family adventure film of the year, even though its flaws are occasionally forgotten while we're pulled into the film's dazzling, magical world. This latest entry in the fantasy genre was directed by Robert Shaye, who happens to be the founder […]

'I Think I Love My Wife' Chris Rock

I Think I Love My Wife (2007) Dir.: Chris Rock. Scr.: Chris Rock, Louis C.K. Cast: Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, Steve Buscemi   In case you've just wrapped up your wedding rehearsal and you plan on taking your future spouse to a movie, make sure to avoid Chris […]

'300' Movie Review: Gerard Butler

300 may not be the most sophisticated war epic to hit the big screen, but with its series of mesmerizing tableaux and extreme graphic violence the film unquestionably succeeds in dazzling its audience. In other words: Watching 300 is like watching a video game that plays itself. Set in 480 […]

'The Ultimate Gift' Movie Review: Uninspired Package with Drew Fuller, Abigail Breslin

The Ultimate Gift spends two hours delivering a message that a recent Coca-Cola ad conveys in 30 seconds: “You give a little love and it all comes back to you.” But while the commercial passes this message on to its viewers effectively and at full tilt, the movie makes the […]

'Wild Hogs' Review: John Travolta, Tim Allen

Wild Hogs is a true insult of a movie – it is both a predictable, empty-headed buddy comedy and a radically shoddy example of Hollywood filmmaking. Truth be told, despite the conspicuous absence of even a semblance of intelligent humor, this unfunny comedy will undoubtedly appeal to a large audience. […]

'The Number 23' Movie Review: Tattoo-Covered Jim Carrey Cast Against Type

In 23 words: The Number 23 is a thriller that serves as an example of inept filmmaking characterized by the total absence of logic and suspense. Believers of the so-called 23 Enigma – the idea that all events are connected to the number 23 – might get a thrill out […]

'The Astronaut Farmer' Review: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen

Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer The Astronaut Farmer is considerably more than the story of a guy who builds a rocket. In truth, writer/director Michael Polish and co-screenwriter Mark Polish have concocted a tale about devotion; one in which a man pursues his far-fetched dream at any cost, […]

'Breach' Movie Review: Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper

Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper in Breach A sophisticated spy thriller directed by Billy Ray, Breach creates suspense through intense dialogue exchanges and strong character development, thus avoiding big explosions, repetitive gunfights, and wild car chases. The film is based on the true story of FBI agent Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), […]