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Zac Efron Musical Is Sleeper Fall Hit

Zac Efron musical High School Musical 3: Senior Year Vanessa Hudgens
Zac Efron musical High School Musical 3: Senior Year with Vanessa Hudgens.

Nov. 24 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 weekend when it collected $7 million from midnight screenings. The vampire romance ended up beating studio expectations, prompting Summit to quickly green-light a sequel.

At No. 2, Marc Forster’s Quantum of Solace delivered another strong result, collecting $27.4 million to reach a total haul of $109.4 million after only two weeks in release. The 22nd official James Bond adventure is now $58 million away from topping the cumulative gross of its predecessor, Casino Royale.

Debuting in third place with $27 million was Walt Disney’s latest animated film, Bolt, which follows the story of a dog who believes he has superpowers until he realizes he’s just the star of a popular TV show. The movie’s voice cast includes John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa dropped to No. 4, earning another $16 million. The animated adventure tale of four New York Zoo animals that end up stranded somewhere in Africa lifted its domestic total to $137.4 million after a strong three-week run.

Meanwhile, David Wain’s surprise hit Role Models took home $7.2 million in fifth place, bringing its cumulative gross to $48 million. Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd star as two coworkers joining a program that encourages adults to befriend lonely children.

Clint Eastwood’s Changeling slipped to No. 6 with a weekend gross of $2.6 million and a total of $31.6 million, followed by Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year in seventh place with $2 million for a $86.8 million total.

Nov. 16 update: Quantum of Solace crushed its competition at the North American box office this weekend with a whopping $70.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Directed by Marc Forster, the 22nd official James Bond adventure scored the best opening for a Bond movie ever, beating the opening weekend gross of predecessor Casino Royale by $29.6 million. Quantum Solace is currently the worldwide box office leader.

Last week’s winner, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, slipped to No. 2, earning an impressive $36.1 million to reach a domestic total of $118 million after only two weeks in release. The sequel to the 2005 hit features the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, and David Schwimmer.

At No. 3, David Wain’s comedy Role Models picked up another $11.7 million, lifting its total haul to $38.1 million after a solid two-week run. Starring Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd, this R-rated comedy follows two co-workers who join a program that encourages adults to spend time with lonely kids.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year took home $5.8 million in fourth place, bringing its cumulative gross to $84.3 million after four weeks in release. Worldwide, the third installment in the popular series has collected $194.7 million so far.

Nov. 9 update: DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa dominated the North American box office this weekend with a stunning $63.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s sequel to the 2005 hit raced to the top spot early on, beating its predecessor’s opening weekend gross by $16.3 million. In Escape 2 Africa, New York zoo animals Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman try to fly back home, but accidentally end up somewhere else in Africa.

Debuting in second place with a surprising $19.2 million was the R-Rated comedy Role Models. Starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, the film focuses on two co-workers who are ordered to spend time with two lonely kids.

Directed by David Wain from a screenplay by Wain, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, and Timothy Dowling (story by Dowling and William Blake Herron), Role Models stars Rudd and Seann William Scott as two energy drink spokesmen sentenced to community service, which consists of mentoring a couple of brats.

Sure, bills have to paid, babies have to be fed, and the money must be good for Paul Rudd to keep showing up in those dreadful (and generally popular) comedies.

What’s more frightening, Role Models has a Family Friendly Message: “It’ll take a couple of boys to make [the two losers] men,” announces the trailer. Someone please call the National Guard.

Also in the Role Models cast: Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Zac Efron musical High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

At No. 3, Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year collected another $9.2 million, lifting its domestic total to $75.7 million after three weeks in release.

Following closely at No. 4 was Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie, which reached a total haul of $20.5 million after this weekend’s earnings of $7.2 million.

Meanwhile, Kevin Smith’s latest comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, dropped to fifth place, picking up $6.5 million and bringing its cumulative gross to $20.9 million after a solid two-week run. Starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, the film follows two lifelong friends who decide to make a porn flick in order to eradicate their growing debt.

New entry Soul Men only made to No. 6 this weekend, pulling in $5.6 million. The Malcolm D. Lee-directed comedy stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac as two soul legends embarking on a road trip to Tennessee.

Lionsgate’s latest horror sequel Saw V slipped to seventh place with $4.2 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $52 million. Following at No. 8 was The Haunting of Molly Hartley, which took home another $3.4 million to reach a total haul of $10.2 million.

Two films rounded out the top 10: The Secret Life of Bees pulled $3.1 million at No. 9 for a total of $29.9 million, while D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye reached $96.4 million thanks to a weekend gross of $2.5 million.

Nov. 2 update: Walt Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year clung to the No. 1 spot at the North American box office this weekend with US$15 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Kenny Ortega’s third installment in the popular series dropped a few spots on Friday, but regained momentum Saturday and Sunday to remain at the top of the chart, lifting its domestic total to $61.7 million after two weeks in theaters.

Debuting in second place with $10.6 million was Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The comedy starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks focuses on two life-long friends who decide to make a porn flick in order to get rid of their increasing debt.

After expanding to 1,850 theaters this weekend, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling jumped to fourth place with $9.4 million, reaching a total haul of 10 million after a two-week run. In this fact-inspired drama, Angelina Jolie plays a mother desperately looking for her missing son.

The Haunting of Molly Hartley
The Haunting of Molly Hartley.

Opening at No. 5 with $6 million was The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Mickey Liddell’s horror tale about a teenager who has been hearing creepy voices and seeing weird things ever since her mother tried to murder her.

Oct. 27 update: Walt Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year took center stage at the North American box office this weekend with an impressive US$42 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The third installment in the popular series opened at 3,623 locations Friday, easily dominating its competition all weekend long. Starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, the musical follows Troy and his gang as they gear up to graduate from high school and prep for college.

Debuting in second place with $30.5 million was David Hackl’s horror sequel Saw V, which almost matched its predecessor’s opening weekend gross of $31.7 million. The blood-laden film follows a detective who tries to uncover the identity of the late Jigsaw’s ruthless successor.

At No. 3, John Moore’s video game adaptation Max Payne collected $7.6 million, lifting its domestic total to $29.6 million. Starring Mark Wahlberg, the film follows a grieving detective who struggles to hunt down those responsible for the murder of his family.

Meanwhile, new entry Pride and Glory opened at No. 5 with $6.3 million. The Gavin O’Connor-directed crime drama stars Edward Norton as NYPD detective who discover his brother-in-law (Colin Farrell) uses the power of the law to engage in illegal activities.

Josh Zuckerman Sex Drive
Josh Zuckerman in Sex Drive.

Oct. 20 update: Max Payne topped the North American box office this weekend with US$18 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Directed by John Moore, the film version of the popular video game easily dominated its competition by gaining an early lead Friday. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Max Payne follows a grieving detective who has made it his mission to avenge those responsible for his family’s murder.

Still going strong at No. 2 was last week’s box office champion Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which collected $11.2 million to bring its domestic total to $69 million after three weeks in theaters. Walt Disney’s adventure tale directed by Raja Gosnell centers on a spoiled dog that ends up astray in the middle of Mexico.

Debuting in third place with $11 million was Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, the story of a young white girl who finds hope and love inside the house of an African-American family of beekeepers. Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys star.

Meanwhile, Oliver Stone’s W. opened at No. 4, taking home $10.5 million. Starring Josh Brolin, the biopic chronicles the life and career of the current president of the United States, focusing on what motivated the man to enter the race for the White House.

Sean Anders’ comedy Sex Drive, starring Josh Zuckerman, debuted in ninth place with $3.5 million.

Oct. 13 update: Beverly Hills Chihuahua clung to the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, with US$17.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Walt Disney’s adventure tale outran its competition by gaining momentum Saturday, lifting its domestic total to $52.5 million after two weeks in release. Directed by Raja Gosnell, the story centers on a spoiled chihuahua ending up astray in Mexico.

Debuting in second place with $14.2 million was Screen Gems’ horror remake Quarantine, which follows a group of people struggling to survive in a quarantined building infested with murderously rabid tenants.

Following closely at No. 3 was Ridley Scott’s political thriller Body of Lies, which collected $13.1 million at 2,710 locations. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, the film follows two CIA agents attempting to hunt down an international terrorist.

This weekend’s remaining two wide releases failed to jump to the top half of the box office chart. Gary Fleder’s sports drama The Express ranked sixth with $4.7 million, while Gil Kenan’s City of Ember opened at No. 10 with only $3.2 million.

Oct. 5: Walt Disney Pictures’ adventure comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua took an easy lead at the North American box office this weekend with US$29 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Raja Gosnell’s film about a spoiled chihuahua ending up astray in Mexico had no problems taking over the No. 1 spot from last week’s box office winner Eagle Eye, which finished in second place.

D.J. Caruso’s action thriller starring Shia LaBeouf took home another $17.7 million, reaching a domestic total of $54.6 million after only two weeks in release. Released by DreamWorks, the film follows a slacker and a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) who are framed as terrorists and forced to participate in a political assassination.

Debuting in third place with $12 million was Peter Sollett’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which stars Michael Cera and Kat Dennings as two young adults who spend an incredibly chaotic night together in New York City.

The remaining four wide releases this weekend failed to make it to the top of the chart. David Zucker’s satire An American Carol finished in ninth place with $3.8 million, followed by Bill Maher’s Religulous (above, in only 502 theaters) with $3.5 million at No. 10.

Universal’s drama Flash of Genius, about Robert Kearns’ battle to receive recognition for the invention of the intermittent windshield wiper, opened at No. 11 with only $2.3 million. Meanwhile, Fernando Meirelles’ drama Blindness, starring Julianne Moore (above), ranked twelfth with a weekend gross of $2 million.

Simon Pegg’s latest comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People suffered the worst opening, scoring only $1.4 million at No. 19. Directed by Robert B. Weide, the film follows a British journalist’s journey to New York, where he’s offered a job at a respected magazine.

Source: Box Office Mojo (www.boxofficemojo.com)

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Beekeeping -

Well, Max Payne is well-chosen for that movie, but I was even more surprise by the fact that Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees comes to third. She’s great!

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Sharon H -

Je trouve que Twilight est un excellent film, il y a de bons acteurs!!! L’histoire en elle-même est superbe car tomber amoureuse d’un vampire disons que ce n’est pas courant!! En tout cas, j’ai hate de voir la suite et pendant ce temps là, je vais me consentrer sur les livres!!!
Bonne continuiation à tous, c’est du trés bon travail!!

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The Hot Chick! -

Mila is so damn sexy.

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movie fan -

i suspect the storyline for Max Payne is a lot more exciting when it’s happening in the form of a video game. except for those few exciting parts that i already saw in the preview, it was a snoozefest; better luck next time, Mark

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