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‘Iron Man 2’ Tops ‘Robin Hood’ But Topped by Bella Swan?

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Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr.

May 20 update: Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 grossed $3.145 million (down 12 percent) at no. 1 while Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood fell below the $3 million per day mark, earning $2.593 million (down 16 percent) at no. 2 at the U.S. and Canada box office on Wednesday, May 19, according to Box Office Mojo figures.

One more decrease like yesterday’s and Iron Man 2 will fall below the $3 million mark per day as well. For comparison’s sake, last Wed., Jon Favreau’s actioner took in $6.338 million. Yesterday’s take was less than half that amount.

May 19 update: Shrek Forever After will underperform at the box office, according to analysts – from Wall Street – as reported by David Frankel in TheWrap.

DreamWorks Animation stock went down on Tuesday as a result of that announcement, even though Shrek Forever After, directed by Mike Mitchell, is still going to do excellent business at the global box office when compared to other movies. Providing the characters’ voices are Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Jon Hamm, John Cleese and Jane Lynch.

The problem with this latest Shrek is that it’s expected to do much less business than its two predecessors, both on opening weekend and overall, both in North America and overseas.

While Shrek 2 and Shrek 3 each grossed more than $100 million on their debut weekends, Shrek Forever After is expected to gross (way?) less than that. (According to one analyst, between $75-$90m.)

Shrek Forever After is scheduled to open in the United States on May 21.


Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. the Black Widow, in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2

May 17 update: Final figures for both Paramount’s Iron Man 2 and Universal’s Robin Hood were off by $1 million each. Unsurprisingly, both movies ended up grossing less than their studios had predicted, according to Box Office Mojo. But $1 million is surely quite an improvement when compared to Paramount’s $5.5 million overestimation for Iron Man 2 a week ago.

After losing more than two-thirds of its gross on Friday – when compared to the previous week – Iron Man 2 performed better on Saturday before losing steam again on Sunday. Jon Favreau’s sci-fi/actioner starring Robert Downey Jr took in $52.04 million over the weekend. That’s nearly a 60 percent drop from a week ago. For comparison’s sake, the original Iron Man (2008) lost a bit less than 52 percent between weekends no. 1 and no. 2.

Another 60 percent drop and Iron Man 2 will be grossing $21 million next weekend. Shrek Forever After will be its chief competition. We’ll see what happens.

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood landed at #2 with $36.06 million. Luckily for Universal, the costly period adventure starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett did much better overseas, with about $74 million. Don’t be too shocked if figures plummet next weekend, at least domestically.

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Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2.

May 16 update: After losing more than two-thirds of its gross on Friday – when compared to the week before – Iron Man 2 apparently had a major surge on Saturday and Paramount is expecting solid attendance figures on Sunday, as the studio estimates Jon Favreau’s sci-fi/actioner starring Robert Downey Jr will gross $53 million over the weekend. That’s a 58 percent drop from a week ago. For comparison’s sake, the original Iron Man (2008) lost 51.9 percent between weekends no. 1 and no. 2.

If Paramount’s estimates aren’t inflated – last weekend, they were off by $5.5 million – then Iron Man 2 isn’t melting away as rapidly as it seemed after Friday estimates were released. Ton Stark should easily reach $250 million domestically by next weekend and may even cross the $300 million mark before it runs out of steam. Final figures will be released tomorrow.

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood landed at #2 with an estimated $37.1 million – lower than the $40 million some had predicted, higher than the $35 million others had been predicting following the movie’s underwhelming Friday debut. Starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, the period adventure is playing at 3,503 sites.

Gary Winick’s romantic comedy-drama Letters to Juliet, starring Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, and Gael Garcia Bernal, took in a passable $13.75 million at no. 3.

Dear John, which also involved letters, romance, and Amanda Seyfried, grossed nearly twice as much on its debut weekend about three months ago.

May 15 p.m. update: Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau, and starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke, topped the North American box office with $15.075 million on Friday, May 14, according to Box Office Mojo. That’s a huge 72 percent drop-off rate from a week ago.

Well, except that numbers for last Friday were inflated by special Thursday midnight screenings that brought in about $7.5 million. Taking that into account, Iron Man 2 was down a still steep though less dramatic 66 percent or so.

And that’s what happens when studios inflate their film’s opening-day figures to make them look more grandiose: second-weekend figures look terrible by comparison.

Anyhow, another drop-off rate such as this one (the more modest 66 percent) and Iron Man 2 will be earning a non-blockbusterish $5 million next Friday. For comparison’s sake: the original – and critically well-received — Iron Man (2008) lost a perfectly acceptable 51.9 percent between weekends no. 1 and no. 2.

Perhaps iron just ain’t as durable as it used to be, but thanks to a solid marketing blitz and brand recognition Paramount/Marvel do have a hit in their hands.

To date, Iron Man 2 has taken in $174.2 million in North America and will surely cross the $200 million mark this evening. Overseas, the sci-fi/actioner has collected $216 million, for a worldwide grand total of $390.2 million.

Now, Iron Man 2 is not in the black, yet. It officially cost $200 million – Universal’s Robin Hood officially cost $155 million (actual price tag: around $235m) – but since studios get only about half the money generated at the box office, that means Iron Man 2 has to earn at least $400-$420 million or whereabouts worldwide to cover its production costs. It’ll surely reach that mark by Sunday.

And then it’ll need to earn only another $200 million or so to cover marketing expenses. But no worries. When all is added up – domestic and foreign box office, DVD sales, VOD, TV, cable, toys, games, crossword puzzles, etc. etc. – Iron Man 2 will end up in the black.

Moral of the story: Without the overseas market, Hollywood movies such as Iron Man 2 – or Robin Hood, for that matter – could never have gotten made. At least not on that $200m+ scale.

Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 topped new entry Robin Hood on Friday in North America. According to Box Office Mojo figures, the Ridley Scott-directed period epic starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett landed in second place with $13.135 million at 3,503 sites.

Robin Hood‘s per theater average, $3,750, was higher than that for Iron Man 2‘s $3,434 – but not that much higher, especially considering that Robin Hood is playing at 900 fewer theaters (all things being equal, the wider the exposure the lower the per-theater average) and that Iron Man 2 is beginning its second week out.

Early predictions had Robin Hood reaching $40 million for the weekend. At this stage, with luck it’ll get to $35-$36 million.

On the positive side, to date Robin Hood, which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the week, has already amassed $75.7 million overseas – it’s been out for two-three days in dozens of countries.

Universal, in fact, will need all the foreign support it can get as Robin Hood cost about $235 million (not including marketing/distribution expenses) and the studio has recently had its share of costly flops, e.g., Matt Damon’s Iraq War thriller Green Zone, the Jude Law-Forest Whitaker sci-fier/actioner Repo Men.

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Russell Crowe in Robin Hood.

May 15 update: As expected, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 topped new entry Robin Hood on Friday in North America, according to early, rough estimates provided by Nikki Finke at Deadline.com.

Iron Man 2 earned an estimated $16 million at 4,390 theaters (only about a third of its gross last Friday) while the widely panned Ridley Scott-directed period epic starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett took in $13-14 million at 3,503 sites.

As per Finke’s article, early, rough weekend estimates currently stand at $53 million for Iron Man 2 and $35-40 million for Robin Hood, which is expected to gross about twice as much overseas. Universal will need foreign support, as Robin Hood cost about $235 million and the studio has had its share of recent flops, e.g., Green Zone, Repo Men.

But don’t be too surprised if weekend estimates for both films become more modest by Sunday – and if final figures turn out to be even lower on Monday. Last weekend, Iron Man 2 grossed $5.5 million less domestically than Paramount had estimated.

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Robert Downey Jr is Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2

May 9 update: Starring Academy Award nominees Annette Bening and Naomi Watts, the psychological family drama Mother and Child opened on Mother’s Day weekend to $44,500 in four theaters as per estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

The film’s $11,100 per theater average isn’t bad, but it’s not all that fantastic for a movie playing at only four locations. For comparison’s sake, when Roman Polanski’s thriller The Ghost Writer opened in four theaters in February, its per-theater average was $45,752.

Also debuting this weekend was Brooks Branch’s relationship drama Multiple Sarcasms, which grossed a weak $17.8,000 at 15 sites. Average per screen: a meager $1,187. In the cast: Oscar winners Timothy Hutton and Mira Sorvino, in addition to Dana Delany, Stockard Channing, and Mario Van Peebles.

And finally, the “specialized” sensation of the weekend was the restored version of an 83-year-old movie, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis – in terms of metallic fashion, a sort of Iron Man 2 of 1927 – which grossed an excellent $20,000 at New York City’s Film Forum. According to indieWIRE, Metropolis earned an additional $2,000 at a theater in Huntington, Long Island.

And this makes one wonder: how many of today’s blockbusters will be remembered 10 years from now, let alone eight decades into the future?

Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 broke no box office records on its debut weekend in North America. We’re all aware of that. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon still holds the title for best one-day box office ever, while Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger and Christian Bale, has retained the opening-weekend record.

Even so, Iron Man 2 had the fifth best opening weekend ever, after The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, New Moon, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Now, Iron Man 2 may have broken another type of box office record: for most overestimated weekend earnings in box office history. I’m joking, of course. But then again, if Jon Favreau’s action flick didn’t break that record it must have gotten awful close. (Admittedly, I could be way off here. Surely there must have been grossly exaggerated studio estimates in the past.)

In any case, instead of Paramount’s estimated $133.6 million, Iron Man 2 grossed $128.1 million over the weekend (including Thursday midnight screenings) at (a record) 4,380 theaters, according to final figures released by Box Office Mojo. Doing the math: that’s $5.5 million less than yesterday’s studio estimates. Chief reason for it: A marked – and possibly worrisome – Sunday drop-off rate of 32 percent from the day before.

I should add that Iron Man 2, even minus the $5.5 million, still has the fifth biggest box office weekend in history. Just remember that none of those “all-time records” are based on attendance figures; instead, chart-makers rely on revenues not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices for, say, IMAX/3D venues. Iron Man 2, for instance, took in approximately $10 million at IMAX theaters; a – non-inflation-adjusted – record for a 2D film.

We’ll find out next weekend whether Iron Man 2‘s legs have been made out of solid iron, plastic, or paper.

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Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2

May 8 udpate: Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 2 broke no box-office records on its opening weekend in North America. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon still holds the record for best one-day ever, while Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has retained the debut-weekend record.

In fact, Iron Man 2 had to settle in fifth place, after The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, New Moon, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

(Remember, none of those “all-time records” are based on attendance figures; instead, they’re based on revenues not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices for, say, IMAX/3D venues. Iron Man 2, for instance, earned $10.2 million at IMAX theaters; a – non-adjusted – record for a 2D film.)

Though hardly record-breaking, Tony Stark acquitted himself remarkably well with an estimated $133.6 million at 4,380 theaters (now, that was a record) for its long three-day weekend, as per figures found at Box Office Mojo.

I say “long” because Iron Man 2‘s three-day weekend began at 12:01 a.m. Friday – midnight screenings that added $7.5 million to the film’s total. Not every movie on the all-time debut-weekend chart had that revenue “plus.”

It’s also worth noting that on Saturday, the Jon Favreau-directed actioner lost 11 percent of its box office take – not exactly a great sign. Figures usually go way up on Saturday.

Even if you take out the $7.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings, Iron Man 2‘s Saturday take was only about 4 percent higher – by far the smallest Friday-to-Saturday increase among this weekend’s top twelve films.

We’ll see what word-of-mouth and Paramount’s multimillion publicity blitz ($75–$85 million, according to reports) can do to sustain their $170–$200 million production in the coming weeks.

The film’s current worldwide total stands at $397 million.


Previous post: Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark; Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 soared to the top of the North American box office on Friday, although Paramount/Marvel’s $170 million production (plus $75-$85 million in marketing expenses) didn’t exactly match record-breaking expectations.

Starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man, Jon Favreau’s actioner, which has generally been labeled inferior to the 2008 original, earned an estimated $52.4 million – average: $11,963 per theater – on Friday according to Box Office Mojo. (The Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart romantic fantasy The Twilight Saga: New Moon holds the first-day box office record with $72.7m.)

Still, that’s not bad at all for Iron Man 2, even though the Friday figure includes about $7.5 million from Thursday midnight screenings. (Should Thursday midnight screenings be included in weekend totals?)

Some had been expecting that Iron Man 2 was going to shatter The Dark Knight‘s $158 million debut-weekend record. It won’t get even close. Expectations now are that Iron Man 2 will end up collecting somewhere between $125 million and $135 million.

Also in the Iron Man 2 cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Garry Shandling, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, and Scarlett Johansson.

Previous post: Iron suit or not, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, starring Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, wasn’t strong enough to surpass the first day opening of, gasp, a “chick flick”: Chris Weitz’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Robert Pattinson’s lovestruck vampire and Kristen Stewart’s troubled human easily kicked iron ass. How ironic (awful pun intended), considering that Hollywood studios make movies geared to 12-year-old boys and tend to relegate women to the sides, both in front and behind the camera.

According to Box Office Mojo, Iron Man 2‘s $52.4 million opening, which includes approximately $7.5 million it earned at Thursday midnight screenings, is no. 7 on the all-time list for first-day box office grosses.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon is no. 1 with $72.7 million, followed by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (the record-holder for a three-day weekend, with $158 million), Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man 3, Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

The original Iron Man opened with $35.2 million in 2008.

Figures on the Box Office Mojo chart haven’t been adjusted for inflation, of course, though the difference wouldn’t have been too glaring since most of the movies found on their list are mid-to-late 2000s releases. Exception to this rule: movies that made most (or even a good chunk) of their money at 3D/IMAX venues, e.g., The Dark Knight, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland.

Previous post: Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr, opened to the tune of $47.5 million on Friday, according to a Deadline.com report. Add to that the $7.5 million the sci-fi/adventure flick earned at Thursday midnight screenings, and its total rises to $55 million. In other words, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight will not have its record shattered.

Iron Man 2 is expected to gross between $125-135 million over the three-day weekend – not much higher than Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (though tickets for that 3D feature were more expensive) and considerably less than early estimates that reached as high as $160 million or whereabouts.

The original Iron Man opened with $98.6 million.

Depending on how good (or bad) word-of-mouth is, Iron Man 2 figures could either go even lower or shoot up somewhat higher. Critics certainly haven’t been all that impressed with the sequel.

Either way, Iron Man 2 has broken one record already as per Deadline.com: it’s the movie with the widest release ever: 4,380 North American theaters.

Previous post: Starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man and directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man 2 grossed approximately $7.5 million at 2,500 theaters in North America at midnight screenings this morning (last night?), according to distributor Paramount Pictures.

That’s more than twice the amount James Cameron’s Avatar earned at its midnight-screening debut at 2,000 theaters last December, but nearly $11 million less than what Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight grossed at midnight showings at 3,000 theaters on July 18, 2008 – when movies tickets, by the way, cost less than they do now.

Some are expecting that Iron Man 2, which many reviewers found quite rusty, will earn more the $140 million over the three-day weekend.

Also in the Iron Man 2 cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man 2 images: Merrick Morton / François Duhamel / Industrial Light & Magic / Marvel.

Russel Crowe Robin Hood images: Universal Pictures.

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Tuli -

Robinhood was Brilliant…
Russel Crowe as usual gives 100% to his character in the film…
Looking forward to more Adventures of Robinhood in Future..

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Quintina -

I’ve heard off me mate that there will be an iron man 3?

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Jenn -

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz

All actors that were lucky to still be working. Please stop making these films just so they get a paycheck every year. Even the kids are sick of it.

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Film-Book dot Com -

The film looks horrible. Is this prediction really out of left field?

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rublequeen -

I was lucky enough to see The Runaways and TGWTDT and only because I live in NYC where almost every film shows. App. handling of TR was awful. Hollywood is remaking TGWTDT for an American audience, even though the original is excellent. Those two films contain the greatest female roles I’ve seen all year. I would love to see Kristen Stewart take home a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Joan Jett. I hear her other indie WTTR also has early Oscar buzz. This is really her year. The DVD sales will be huge. It’s already being pre-ordered and there’s no official release date, but trust that Sony will get the DVD’s on shelves.

I doubt the conspiracy theory by filmgirl. Robert Pattinson was out of the country filming when TR premiers happened. Also Summit International is distributing the movie overseas so I don’t think they have a problem with it. They will undoubtedly do a much better job at promotion and marketing than App. The movie should do well in Europe, Asia, and Australia. It will be profitable in the end.

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Donald Ward -

I was disappointed in Iron Man 2 thought it was going to be more action and a better plot. The characters were good but could have made it a lot more interesting and added twists to the plot. Oh well if they make an Iron Man 3 hopefully they make up for this one and it doesn’t suck like X-Men 3 and Spiderman 3.

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filmgirl -

Lolly is right and I agree. The Runaways was awesome if you were lucky enough to get access to see it AND it was awesomely hobbled by anemic marketing and distribution.

That handling by Apparition is reportedas a contentious mystery. The story is undereported and barely researched in favor of laying the film at the feet of Stewart/Fanning, crossover demographics or the film itself which is totally base and premature. The question is why was an R rated Stewart/Fanning held back from wider release and audiences? What are the terms of Pohlad’s closed book deals with Summit (Twilight)? What happens to Welcome to the Rileys? Why didn’t Pattinson attend The Runaways premiere during his stint with Summit (Twilight, Remember Me). What happens to actresses who go off the Twi franchise map, cut Bella’s hair and get sexually assertive to Cherry Bomb, smooch girls or take movie drugs?

This story is the bra burner of the century, but the reporters are missing it.

I predict that profits and awards for The Runaways is still pending, so stories of the old dinosaur box office sucess or failure are entirely premature. I also think a whopping under reported steamy sum will be made on it as it goes to DVD and TV licensing.

Oh yeah, women won the vote some years ago too.

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Lolly derrickson -

give there movies a change the right way or put them out on DVD so we can get them our self. don.t let there hard work go unnoticed.
thank You

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Lolly derrickson -

Who is running these movies….they are great but no body is getting a changes to see them,, WHY..
you put them in small towns that most cant get to.
they say nationwide and then your lucky if you get 10 movies in a state. that’s not right. it looks like someone wants to see them FAIL. I had to Drive 2 hours just to see the Runaways. and the other2 are not even in my state. I had to go to another state to see them. be fair there are some really bad movies out there that get a hole lot more time and houses to play in.

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Angela -

According to Box Office Mojo, it’s definitely over for “Green Zone”. So, I wouldn’t be surprised that Summit stops reporting on “Remember Me”. They opened on the same weekend after all. And I would imagine that Summit wants to put its energy towards “Letters to Juliet” and “Eclipse”.

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Lucilla -

I just saw Robin Hood last night. I think it was brilliant! Russell Crowe did a magnificent job playing Robin Longstride. The kissing in this film was entrancing. Cate Blanchett was brilliant as well. I really don’t see why everyone is doing this “competition” between all these 2010 films. Why can’t they just say, “this is the movie with the leading amount of viewers, and is making the most money”? Personally, i think both Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood were good. (I liked Robin Hood better) Only because I’m a girl and like that sense of romance in my movies. But don’t get me wrong, i like those action packed- explosion movies too! Iron Man 2 really was good, i just think Robin Hood was better. But thats my opinion. I’m a huge fan of Russell Crowe movies, so I kind of like anything with him in it. I have to say, Russell Crowe is my favorite actor, and Robert Downey Jr is a one of a kind actor himself. His movies are always fun to watch. I never did care which of the films were at the top, or made more money, because thats just not the movie goer i am. I went and saw both, and i say that both films were a success! Though, like i said in the beginning, i liked Robin Hood more.

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kamaya dejohnette -

And i really wish that i could meet Him also

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kamaya dejohnette -

I really do hope that he contines with he’s work because i really do like what he does it’s just so incredible and So Amazing Just love it

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kamaya dejohnette -

This Movie IronMan 2 And IronMan 1 Were And Are My favorite Movie Esepeccially With Robert Downey Jr. My favorite Actor Singer ,And Person I really Do Look up to Him Alot!

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pc -

Thanks for the info on Avatar. I still think Titanic is the #1 Movie of all time and Avatar is the #1 IMax/3D movie of all time. At least for Now. (I’m really not into the whole “adjusted for iflation thing.” There are way too many variables)

All the hate on Twilight is bc of it’s success. Once something becomes too popular people try to make themselve appear cool or important by trashing it. It makes them feel good about themselves. They don’t fool me for a second though. a hater is a hater is a hater.

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sfjillian -

The times they are a changing. This summer will be the year of the woman at the box office. Fanboys can keep their hate. Transformers was definitely not better than New Moon. We’ve had to listen to them gloat about their films for years, now it’s our turn. The message being sent to Hollywood is loud and clear. Women are here to stay and have movie dollars. Studios that jump on it first, like Summit, are going to win.

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phenomena22 -

The Runaways would have never been seen in one theater without Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Michael Shannon got his chance to shine so I know he’s thankful too. The movie was awesome. I hope it does well overseas and is a hit on DVD. I didn’t see Remember Me yet because I’m not a fan of Rob or Pierce B. but my friend said it was good so I’ll check it out on DVD. The Runaways was a great filler until Eclipse.

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Satine -

Everyone has the right to go and watch a movie that appeals to them. I am certain Ironmen 2 will be a good movie to watch but I don’t understand why there is so much negativity toward the Twilight Saga. There seems to be two sides, you either hate it or love it. I am in the middle. I enjoyed the books, however the movies have not lived up to the adaptation of the novel to screen. Although I love looking at Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, the tone, acting, and storytelling has not fulfilled my expectations I was hoping for in Twilight and especially New Moon. Yet poorly made films aimed toward the male population or fanboys have never been this vocal as the Twilight Saga has been in other articles and blogs. I will see Eclipse and hope that this film will be better than New Moon. This franchise has changed what girls and women want to watch on screen and the film industry should take notes and deliver films that will turn a profit for the studios and yet have a feminine perspective instead of the male dominated films that we have had to endure, although some have been good I believe times are a changing.

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nola -

This success of The Runnaways is because Kristen and Dakota, indie movie would never earn that much.
:)

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Britfan -

The Runaways is about to open in the UK this summer. I am so excited! I already saw and enjoyed Remember Me. Even though neither film was a huge hit at the American box office, I’ve seen loads of good reviews for Kristen and Robert.

I’ll probably see TR in London, maybe even before Eclipse. I’m glad my favorite couple and movie stars are branching out and getting some critical love. The critics are too harsh on Twilight. It’s just romance. I will be waiting with bated breath for Bel Ami and On the Road.

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mh -

>>>>>>>>>>>I have a question shouldn’t they have a seperate chart for IMax/3D films.

Absolutely. I’ve tried doing that with AVATAR — to calculate # of tickets sold (in terms of ranking), with the assistance of Box Office Mojo’s all-time (domestic) inflation-adjusted chart.

Much to the irritation of AVATAR fans, I might add…

altfg.com/film/matt-damon-robert-pattinson/

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pc -

I have a question shouldn’t they have a seperate chart for IMax/3D films. I mean the last Imax I went to see I paid $17 compared to 11.50 for regular theatres. So obviously the Imax film has a box office advantage over the films that are not in Imax. Just sayin’.

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pc -

everything the article point out is correct. Hollywood gears most of their movies toward fanboys. Girls are second class citizens. They don’t think we’re important. Well we’re making them take notice aren’t we.? Now I’m not going to see Iron Man bc it’s just not my cup of tea. For those who enjoy it more power to you.

as for Twilight I enjoyed the books more than the films I’ve seen so far. I just have to wait and see what Eclipse looks like.

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Teciba -

fair enough for the both of movies, and i did not think there is any short of need to achieve one and other in numbers. because most of the times movie are impressive with good use of drama and both are tuning with own identities. one is romantic and other is factional.

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vanpat -

I agree with you nola. I’ve never read Twilight book, I just enjoyed the film so much and Twilight movie is so much better than any other film nowsaday that only emphasize on violence.

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bree -

hi my bday is may8 jest wanted to piont that out ok cool

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nola -

I like Twilight because of actors Rukia! A lot od people I know never read the books but they have enjoyed movies.

I am huge fan of Kristen Stewart, she is excellent actress.

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Anjana -

Just Because New Moon Was better than Iron Man in terms of figures does’nt mean New moon is better than Iron Man.Iron Man is Very long way better than New Moon.IRON MAN Rocks

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sakshi -

Rukia
i agree you on that i also enjoy harry potter far more than twilight books and movies but i have crush on Robert Pattinson

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Rukia -

I like Iron Man way better than Twilight, due to the fact that the actors suck; people only see Twilight because of the books, which aren’t that good anyway, but okay, I have to say. Who cares if Twilight did better in the box office and Iron Man is addressed to men more than women? That doesn’t make Twilight a better movie; but whatever, people have their opinions; I like the guy movies, even if I am a girl. Chick flicks bore me and I need the action, which is part of the reason I enjoy Harry Potter far more than the Twilight books and movies; and also Twilight is pretty sexist anyway, as Bella is a mary sue, none of the girls do anything, but girl stuff, e.g, cooking and cleaning.

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Val -

You forgot to mention that New Moon did so much box office without Imax or a two hundred million dollar budget. Iron Man 2 needs around $350 million just to break even after costs and marketing. I didn’t think the article was biased. It was the writer’s opinion. To call someone a lesbian because you don’t agree with their opinion is juvenile. Please grow up, Tina. I can’t wait to see Eclipse break all the records this summer. I love Rob, Kristen, and Taylor. They helped make the movies fun again for millions of females around the world.

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bettyel -

Monique,
I agree with you entirely. Thank you for the Mother’s Day good wishes. It is so nice to read a series of books, and see the movies, where there is no cursing, smoking, liquor, and nudity. I love the romance part of The Twilight Saga, and while many people like action pictures like Iron Man, there are also many people of all ages and both sexes, who like love stories. I am hoping there is lots of Edward and Bella in Eclipse along with all the action and fighting. Enjoy you Mother’s Day too.

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TwiFangirl28 -

Good. Men are always putting women/girls down for loving Twilight. I’m glad Iron Man 2 isn’t breaking records. Twifans had a celebration on Twitter that the one day is still in our hands. Twifans are also planning Eclipse Friday and Saturday to make sure that the movie breaks record. It will beat TDK and the fanboys will be up in arms. I’m so happy that us girls finally have some power at the summer box office. Get ready for a summer of handsome sparkly vampires and half naked wolfboys, stiletto heels, and romance. It’s about time.

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monique -

bettyel,sorryl you really have a crush on rpattz amen i am25 and i have a huge crush on him also in fact i lov him with godly love B if i may call you that rob is going to reach so far in his career all those critic who spoke ill about his work will eat there words in the not to distance future i do not know you personally but i believe you know what you’re talking about irespect you and by the wat happy mothers day rob is a darling isn’t he

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bettyel -

I believe and hope that Eclipse will shatter even New Moon’s opening day record. Can hardly wait to see it and I am a 74 year old happily married grandmother with a huge crush on Robert Pattinson. I think he is the hottest guy on the planet (except for my husband), a very good actor and a seemingly decent person.

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Satine -

What the heck was that all about? Tina stop being so spiteful. If you read the article there is no mention of men being bad and women being good. She is stating a fact that for the first time a franchise geared toward women is leaving a big mark in Hollywood and that maybe more movies need to be aimed toward women than 12 year old boys. You notice the previous summers have had Batman, Spiderman, Superman, The Dark Knight, all martial-arts related movies, etc., etc., are aimed towards young men and males longing for nostalgia. I admit the Twilight movies are not masterpieces of filmwork but they have served their purpose for young and older women to enjoy. Also why do women resort to men’s ways. You may not agree with the article but you should have never let it get personal, it is most unattractive for men, boys, women, and girls.
So little class in social networking.

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mh -

>>>>>>>>>>>>People like you who are so biased should not be allowed to have an opinion.
This opinion was so men are bad and women are good. Keep your lesbian feelings to yourself.

Good thing I read this before anyone else, or your hilarious comment would have been trashed right away.

I just wanted to say you’re absolutely right. You clearly read my piece very carefully. I do say in there that Men are Bad, Women Are Good, don’t I?

So, I fully agree with you. Only thoughtful, well-balanced, well-informed, non-biased people such as yourself should be allowed to have opinions.

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nola -

why are you insulting? what lesbian? get yourself tina!

For example I am Twilight fan and I have seen Irona man. I love both movies.

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Tina -

What’s your point? It’s still a good movie. People like you who are so biased should not be allowed to have an opinion.
This opinion was so men are bad and women are good. Keep your lesbian feelings to yourself.

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Billie B -

I don’t believe Alice opened on Thursday or it might have earned more on opening weekend.
Glad Ironman is doing well.

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Piotr Pijosky -

In my opinion the first Iron Man was a great movie. Its only flaw was its action, or lack there of. You could tell that director (Jon Favreau) wasn’t quite sure what he could or couldn’t do with the character. With the sequel he tries to compensate for that tenfold by filling the screen with explosive fight sequences featuring both human and metal casualties.

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