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Home » SHUTTER ISLAND The #1 Destination At The Box Office

SHUTTER ISLAND The #1 Destination At The Box Office

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Shutter Island set a new personal best opening for director Martin Scorsese over the weekend, scaring up $41.1 million at the box office.

The latest collaboration between Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio bested The Departed’s $26.9 million opening, and set DiCaprio’s best opening weekend numbers as well. The horror-thriller was the lone new wide release at the box office this weekend, which definitely helped it reach the top spot, but it also got a boost from the predictable tanking of last weekend’s holdovers. Valentine’s Day bled over 70% to 2nd place with $16.7 million, while Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and The Wolfman fell to 4th and 5th place with $15.3 million and $9.9 million, respectively. Avatar, now in its 10th weekend of release, held on to 3rd place with $16.2 million, and its $688 million domestic total will almost certainly cross the $700 million mark in the coming weeks.

The most worrisome news if for Wolfman, one of Universal’s most prized icons and, with a low-ball budget of $150 million, its $50.4 million total gross isn’t very encouraging. The studio is still moving forward with reboots/re-imaginings of several of its classic horror icons, and as a fan, I certainly hope they fare better.

The Ghost Writer, Roman Polanski’s latest film starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Kim Cattrall, opened in limited release with $183,009 across 4 theaters, or a solid $45,752 per-theater average.

Next week, Kevin Smith’s cop comedy Cop Out and horror remake The Crazies will hit theaters. The latter has definitely been getting stronger reviews, but the star power of Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan, as well as the broad comedic appeal of the TV spots, should put Cop Out in front. The record remains at 10 for 16.

Check out the top 12 below, or head on over to Box Office Mojo for the full weekend chart:

New releases highlighted in yellow:

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Shutter Island Par. $41,062,440 - 2,991 - $13,729 $41,062,440 $80 1
2 1 Valentine’s Day WB $16,665,299 -70.4% 3,665 - $4,547 $86,927,385 $52 2
3 4 Avatar Fox $16,240,857 -31.2% 2,581 -104 $6,292 $687,962,011 - 10
4 3 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Fox $15,254,421 -51.2% 3,396 +40 $4,492 $58,714,813 $95 2
5 2 The Wolfman Uni. $9,895,105 -68.6% 3,223 +1 $3,070 $50,363,730 $150 2
6 5 Dear John SGem $7,130,552 -55.6% 3,062 +87 $2,329 $65,801,765 $25 3
7 6 Tooth Fairy Fox $4,354,280 -28.1% 2,523 -225 $1,726 $49,721,400 $48 5
8 9 Crazy Heart FoxS $2,964,586 -30.5% 1,089 +84 $2,722 $21,524,784 $7 10
9 7 From Paris with Love LGF $2,661,829 -51.6% 2,311 -411 $1,152 $21,361,504 $52 3
10 8 Edge of Darkness WB $2,243,311 -53.7% 2,118 -497 $1,059 $40,347,222 $80 4
11 11 The Book of Eli WB $1,888,305 -48.0% 1,455 -370 $1,298 $90,775,391 $80 6
12 10 When in Rome BV $1,737,917 -52.8% 1,627 -498 $1,068 $29,344,987 - 4
Home » VALENTINE’S DAY Is Huge At The President’s Day Weekend Box Office

VALENTINE’S DAY Is Huge At The President’s Day Weekend Box Office

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I guess a parade of famous actors and a timely holiday release is all you need to shatter records these days. Valentine’s Day became the biggest Presidents’ Day weekend release with its $56.3 million first place debut.

Including the Monday holiday, its four day total of $63.1 million led the charge as a trio of new releases helped make this the highest-grossing February weekend ever. The Wolfman narrowly edged out Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief with a $31.5 million 3-day total, just in front of Percy Jackson’s $31.2 million, but the four day totals put Percy Jackson well ahead of the horror icon revival. Chris Columbus’ latest hauled in $38.7 million against The Wolfman’s $35.6 million over the full holiday frame, thanks to a decidedly strong Monday for the kid-friendly pic. Meanwhile, Avatar may have fallen to 4th, but it certainly didn’t slow down as it hauled in another $28.8 million over the four days. Dear John rounded out the top 5 with $18.2 million.

Next week, Shutter Island is all alone at the box office, at least for wide releases. Roman Polanski’s latest film The Ghost Writer hits in limited release. The record stands at 10 for 16.

Check out the top 12 for the 3-day weekend below, or head on over to Box Office Mojo for the full weekend chart:

New releases highlighted in yellow

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Valentine’s Day WB $56,260,707 - 3,665 - $15,351 $56,260,707 $52 1
2 N The Wolfman Uni. $31,479,235 - 3,222 - $9,770 $31,479,235 $150 1
3 N Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Fox $31,236,067 - 3,356 - $9,308 $31,236,067 $95 1
4 2 Avatar Fox $23,611,625 +3.3% 2,685 -315 $8,794 $661,217,278 - 9
5 1 Dear John SGem $16,071,526 -47.3% 2,975 +6 $5,402 $53,949,098 $25 2
6 5 Tooth Fairy Fox $6,054,257 -8.7% 2,748 -470 $2,203 $41,982,992 $48 4
7 3 From Paris with Love LGF $5,495,113 -32.6% 2,722 - $2,019 $16,607,903 $52 2
8 4 Edge of Darkness WB $4,841,295 -29.4% 2,615 -451 $1,851 $36,324,976 $80 3
9 8 Crazy Heart FoxS $4,265,989 +19.6% 1,005 +186 $4,245 $16,792,964 $7 9
10 6 When in Rome BV $3,682,881 -33.6% 2,125 -331 $1,733 $26,280,610 - 3
11 7 The Book of Eli WB $3,631,838 -23.0% 1,825 -995 $1,990 $87,586,069 $80 5
12 11 The Blind Side WB $2,261,787 -9.6% 1,175 -565 $1,925 $244,728,128 $29 13
Home » DEAR JOHN Topples AVATAR At The Box Office

DEAR JOHN Topples AVATAR At The Box Office

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Finally, in its 8th weekend of release, Avatar was knocked from its perch atop the box office by Dear John’s surprising $30.5 million opening.

Avatar came in second with a solid $22.9 million, but Dear John’s counter-programming on Super Bowl weekend worked wonders as its 84% female audience breakdown led it to become the second-highest grossing Super Bowl opening ever, behind only the Hannah Montana concert film. Meanwhile, James Cameron’s latest declined by a mere 27% to bring its domestic total to $629.3 million (its worldwide total is north of $2.2 billion, by the way), so I don’t think anyone’s worried about this particular coup.

From Paris with Love proved a little too crazy for most audiences, coming in 3rd with an underwhelming $8.2 million. Edge of Darkness plummeted 60% in its second weekend, falling to 4th place with $6.9 million and bringing its total to $28.9 million in 10 days. Tooth Fairy rounded out the top 5 with $6.6 million.

The ambitious British crime thriller Red Riding Trilogy opened in limited release with a decent $14,526 haul across 1 venue. Much-buzzed about indie horror film Frozen also bowed at 106 screens to the tune of $131,395, or a much more disappointing $1,240 per-theater average.

Next week, a trio of high-profile releases will jostle for position at the box office. Chris Columbus’ next children’s fantasy epic Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief will compete with an A-list ensemble in the timely Valentine’s Day, as well as with Universal’s much-anticipated horror icon relaunch, The Wolfman. Seeing how it’ll be Valentine’s Day weekend, Valentine’s Day will probably cruise to an obligatory win, followed by the broader Percy Jackson and trailed by the hard-R The Wolfman. That’s actually the reverse order of how much I want to see those movies. The record stands at 7 for 13.

Check out the rest of the top 12 below, or head on over to Box Office Mojo for the full weekend chart:

New releases highlighted in yellow

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Dear John SGem $30,468,614 - 2,969 - $10,262 $30,468,614 $25 1
2 1 Avatar Fox $22,850,881 -26.9% 3,000 -74 $7,617 $629,344,204 - 8
3 N From Paris with Love LGF $8,158,860 - 2,722 - $2,997 $8,158,860 $52 1
4 2 Edge of Darkness WB $6,855,371 -60.2% 3,066 - $2,236 $28,947,851 $80 2
5 4 Tooth Fairy Fox $6,629,595 -33.7% 3,218 -127 $2,060 $34,462,568 $48 3
6 3 When in Rome BV $5,549,129 -55.1% 2,456 - $2,259 $20,944,734 - 2
7 5 The Book of Eli WB $4,717,335 -47.0% 2,820 -255 $1,673 $82,045,140 $80 4
8 14 Crazy Heart FoxS $3,567,671 +54.5% 819 +580 $4,356 $11,105,401 $7 8
9 6 Legion (2010) SGem $3,453,651 -51.9% 2,339 -137 $1,477 $34,731,934 $26 3
10 8 Sherlock Holmes WB $2,535,174 -43.9% 1,805 -445 $1,405 $201,484,470 $90 7
11 11 The Blind Side WB $2,503,224 -17.1% 1,740 -11 $1,439 $241,529,593 $29 12
12 12 Up in the Air Par. $2,283,113 -18.5% 1,547 +117 $1,476 $76,616,959 $25 10
Home » Red-Band Trailer For Kevin Smith’s COP OUT Restores Faith In The Film

Red-Band Trailer For Kevin Smith’s COP OUT Restores Faith In The Film

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The first (green-band) trailer for Kevin Smith’s Cop Out was a huge letdown. I’ve been a fan of Smith over the years but his recent fare hasn’t especially impressed me, and it looked like Cop Out wasn’t going to be bucking any trends. But now MySpace has released the red-band trailer for the film and you know what? It’s pretty damn funny. It’s not breaking any new comedy ground and relies almost entirely on penis-related jokes, but the oddball chemistry between Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis plays great, and even Sean William Scott elicits a good laugh.

I still don’t know if this is going to be the movie that completely restores my faith in Smith, but it finally has my attention now. I’m genuinely looking forward to it, and I’m hoping the final product will more closely reflect the red-band trailer rather than that boring green-band one.

Hit the jump to see the trailer.

Cop Out is in theaters on February 26, 2010.

Home » A Promising Super Bowl Ad For THE LAST AIRBENDER Is Out

A Promising Super Bowl Ad For THE LAST AIRBENDER Is Out

M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most divisive directors we’ve had in recent years. While he proved that he’s a talented filmmaker with movies like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, his other works have either been mixed bags (I loved Signs and really enjoyed The Village, but I know plenty who hated both) or outright disasters (Lady in the Water wasn’t good; The Happening was just an utterly puzzling experience). Still, that kind of talent doesn’t just suddenly disappear, right? Everyone can fall into a slump — it doesn’t mean they’re incapable of returning to form.

So when Shyamalan signed on to adapt Nickelodeon’s extremely well-regarded series Avatar: The Last Airbender for the big-screen, fans were understandably worried. On the one hand, Shyamalan’s a big name and bound to get the kind of budget and studio support other directors can’t. He has the potential to deliver a truly great film. On the other hand, this was the guy who just put out The Happening. The early teaser seemed to earn some excitement, but, for the most part, didn’t sway anyone one way or the other. Now we get a second and better look at the film via UGO’s premiere of its Super Bowl Ad. The result? Pretty impressive.

Check it out, plus our thoughts and some posters, after the jump.

The effects look spectacular here, and it really appears that Shyamalan has crafted a vibrant and cohesive world to do justice to the one fans of the cartoon series fell in love with (also see if you can spot Appa the Sky Bison in the top left corner of the frame during the first shot of the North Pole battle scene. UGO points him out if you can’t). The action set pieces look like they’re going to be stunning and even Noah Ringer looks legitimately bad-ass as Aang in the Avatar State. So why am I still worried?

Part of what made the series so successful was its uniquely hilarious sense of humor and a balanced mix of lighthearted fun with heavier drama. Shyamalan can do drama, this we know. But can he do humor (The Happening makes a strong case that he can, but how much of that was intentional)? Can Shyamalan adequately capture the fun of the series, or is the whole thing going to be a dour experience peppered with a few sparse and largely ineffective jokes? And for a story that excelled so much because of its brilliant cast of characters, I have yet to see enough of the acting to know if Ringer and co. can carry their weight. First time actor who already has to overcome the fact that he looks kind of goofy? They’ve got an uphill battle to fight.

For the record, I do want and hope the movie to be good. My doubts are probably just a means of protecting myself from disappointment, but believe you me, if this movie is as good as this ad suggests it can be, I’ll be amongst its happiest and most vocal of supporters.

Anyway, while we’re here, here are a few of the posters for the film. The first two come from Yahoo! and the last one comes from Empire.

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The Last Airbender is in theaters on July 2, 2010.

Home » The 2010 Oscar Noms Are In!

The 2010 Oscar Noms Are In!

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The West Coast is just waking up, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has already finished announcing their nominations for this year’s Oscars. It’s the first year since 1943 that there are 10 nominations for Best Picture, and it’s refreshing to see some films that might usually get overlooked receive some much-deserved kudos.

Most of the list is nothing surprising though, as the usual suspects that have been picking up noms and wins throughout the awards season are the ones filling out the categories for the Academy Awards. Leading the pack are James Cameron’s Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, with 9 nominations apiece. There are still a few surprises here and there, though, so be sure to check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

Here are your nominees…

BEST PICTURE
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

BEST DIRECTOR
James Cameron, Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTRESS
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino
The Messenger, Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
A Serious Man, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Up, Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, and Tom McCarthy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
An Education, Nick Hornby
In the Loop, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, Geoffrey Fletcher
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coraline, Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog, John Musker and Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells, Tomm Moore
Up, Pete Docter

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
The Door
Instead of Abracadabra
Kavi
Miracle Fish
The New Tenants

BEST ART DIRECTION
Avatar, Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, and Kim Sinclair
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Dave Warren, Anastasia Masaro, and Caroline Smith
Nine, John Myhre & Gordon Sim
Sherlock Holmes, Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer
The Young Victoria, Patrice Vermette & Maggie Gray

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Avatar, Mauro Fiore
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bruno Delbonnel
The Hurt Locker, Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds, Robert Richardson
The White Ribbon, Christian Berger

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Bright Star, Janet Patterson
Coco before Chanel, Catherine Leterrier
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monique Prudhomme
Nine, Colleen Atwood
The Young Victoria, Sandy Powell

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Burma VJ
The Cove
Food, Inc.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Which Way Home

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Music by Prudence
Rabbit a la Berlin

BEST EDITING
Avatar, Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
District 9, Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker, Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Inglourious Basterds, Sally Menke
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, Joe Klotz

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Ajami, Israel
El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow, Peru
Un Proph├Ęte, France
The White Ribbon, Germany

BEST MAKEUP
Il Divo, Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Star Trek, Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
The Young Victoria, Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Avatar, James Horner
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
Sherlock Holmes, Hans Zimmer
Up, Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog, Randy Newman
“Loin de Paname” from Paris 36, Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas
“Take It All” from Nine, Maury Yeston
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

BEST SOUND EDITING
Avatar, Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
The Hurt Locker, Paul N.J. Ottosson
Inglourious Basterds, Wylie Stateman
Star Trek, Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
Up, Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

BEST SOUND MIXING
Avatar, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
The Hurt Locker, Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
Inglourious Basterds, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
Star Trek, Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avatar, Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
District 9, Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
Star Trek, Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Home » AVATAR Continues To Steamroll At The Box Office

AVATAR Continues To Steamroll At The Box Office

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To utterly no one’s surprise, Avatar won the weekend yet again in its 7th week of release. Pulling in $31.3 million, the sci fi epic’s total reached $595.8 million and is mere days away from surpassing Titanic’s $600.8 million mark to claim the title of highest domestic gross of all time.

James Cameron’s box office juggernaut brought its foreign total to $1.45 billion and crossed the $2 billion worldwide mark, where it already has claim to to highest worldwide gross (though not the highest attendance – remember, a large part of Avatar’s box office receipts come from inflated 3D ticket pricing). Meanwhile, Mel Gibson’s return to acting Edge of Darkness made a very average debut at the box office, pulling in $17.2 million for 2nd place. When in Rome, the other new wide release, came in 3rd with a similarly unremarkable $12.4 million. The Tooth Fairy showed an above-average resiliency, falling 28.6% in its second weekend to take 4th place with $10 million. The Book of Eli rounded out the top 5 with a $8.9 million gross, bringing its total to $74.5 million.

Next week, two wildly different newcomers will inevitably vie for second place. Taken director Pierre Morel’s zany action-comedy From Paris with Love will compete with Nicholas Sparks’ latest romance Dear John. From Paris with Love will definitely play broader, and Morel’s Taken cred may be enough to trump some lukewarm early reviews, so I expect it to finish ahead of Dear John. The record stands at 7 for 11.

Check out this week’s top 12 below, or head on over to Box Office Mojo for the full weekend chart:

New releases highlighted in yellow

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Avatar Fox $31,280,029 -10.5% 3,074 -67 $10,176 $595,752,416 - 7
2 N Edge of Darkness WB $17,214,384 - 3,066 - $5,615 $17,214,384 $80 1
3 N When in Rome BV $12,350,041 - 2,456 - $5,029 $12,350,041 - 1
4 4 The Tooth Fairy Fox $9,998,109 -28.6% 3,345 +1 $2,989 $26,104,387 $48 2
5 3 The Book of Eli WB $8,908,286 -43.4% 3,075 -36 $2,897 $74,511,765 $80 3
6 2 Legion (2010) SGem $7,176,375 -59.0% 2,476 - $2,898 $29,022,786 $26 2
7 5 The Lovely Bones P/DW $4,726,828 -43.8% 2,638 +67 $1,792 $38,005,738 $65 8
8 6 Sherlock Holmes WB $4,515,344 -31.9% 2,250 -420 $2,007 $197,601,522 $90 6
9 7 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Fox $3,997,136 -37.6% 2,526 -447 $1,582 $209,294,997 $75 6
10 9 It’s Complicated Uni. $3,804,215 -34.5% 2,096 -205 $1,815 $104,111,035 $85 6
11 11 The Blind Side WB $3,021,317 -27.5% 1,751 -181 $1,725 $237,914,805 $29 11
12 12 Up in the Air Par. $2,801,141 -28.2% 1,430 -277 $1,959 $73,273,311 $25 9
Home » THE LOSERS Trailer Unleashes Some Bad-Assery

THE LOSERS Trailer Unleashes Some Bad-Assery

A new trailer has hit the nets for The Losers, the big screen adaptation of the Vertigo comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock, and boy does it look like all kinds of fun.

We were pretty excited when news about the fantastic casting first started rolling out for The Losers, being big fans of the comic, but the involvement of heretofore unproven director Sylvain White (whose most notable movies are Stomp the Yard and the direct-to-video sequel I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer) kept us from getting our hopes too high. Well, judging by the footage from this first trailer, it looks like we may have had nothing to worry about all along. The trailer is snarky, fun, and action-packed, exactly the sort of genre cocktail that we hoped would carry over from the comics.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Idris Elba play pretty wonderfully off each other, and is there any actress whose geek heat-meter is rising faster than Zoe Saldana’s? After a year that included roles in Star Trek and Avatar, it looks like the talented actress is in for another hell of a year. And for the borderline campiness that is Jensen, Chris Evans pulls off some of his more ridiculous lines with a solid amount of aplomb. He continues to be one of my favorite young actors working today.

MSN has the trailer, which you can check out after the jump:

The Losers get let loose in theaters on April 9, 2010.

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Home » AVATAR Smashes More Records In Its 6th Weekend Atop The Box Office

AVATAR Smashes More Records In Its 6th Weekend Atop The Box Office

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Avatar won the weekend yet again, pulling in $34.9 million for its sixth consecutive first-place finish at the box office and bringing its domestic total to $551.7 million.

Avatar has now passed The Dark Knight’s $533.3 million domestic total to become the second-highest grossing movie of all time. However, with James Cameron’s latest still chugging along healthily at the theaters, Avatar should exceed Titanic’s $600.8 million total in a matter of weeks. Overseas, Avatar has already accomplished that, its foreign total of $1.29 billion over $50 million more than Titanic’s previous biggest foreign gross record of $1.24 billion. With its worldwide gross now at $1.838 billion, Avatar is only a hair’s breadth away from Titanic’s all-time worldwide record of $1.843 bilion. So, expect history to be made soon.

Meanwhile, the rest of the domestic field had a so-so outing. The angel-themed apocalyptic thriller Legion bowed in the number 2 spot with a healthy but average $17.5 million, while The Book of Eli held on to 3rd place with $15.7 million in its second weekend. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s family comedy The Tooth Fairy opened in 4th place with $14 million, considerably less than the debut of his other family fare. Extraordinary Measures, the other new wide release, fell flat as it opened in 8th place with a disappointing $6 million. The Lovely Bones rounded out the top 5 with an $8.4 million weekend.

Next week, Mel Gibson returns to theaters in his first starring role since 2002’s Signs with Edge of Darkness, which may actually have a chance at unseating Avatar. Gibson will contend with Kristen Bell’s new romantic comedy When in Rome, and I think he’ll come out on top. He’s done enough movie star rehab for audiences to have forgiven him for his past misconduct, and plus Edge of Darkness just looks pretty damn good. The record stands at 5 for 9.

Check out the top 12 below, or head on over to Box Office Mojo for the full weekend chart:

New releases highlighted in yellow

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Avatar Fox $34,944,081 -18.3% 3,141 -144 $11,125 $551,741,499 - 6
2 N Legion (2010) SGem $17,501,625 - 2,476 - $7,069 $17,501,625 $26 1
3 2 The Book of Eli WB $15,732,493 -52.0% 3,111 - $5,057 $60,735,686 $80 2
4 N The Tooth Fairy Fox $14,010,409 - 3,344 - $4,190 $14,010,409 $48 1
5 3 The Lovely Bones P/DW $8,418,192 -50.5% 2,571 +8 $3,274 $31,242,633 $65 7
6 5 Sherlock Holmes WB $6,628,069 -33.0% 2,670 -503 $2,482 $191,076,852 $90 5
7 4 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Fox $6,403,504 -44.9% 2,973 -323 $2,154 $204,140,348 $75 5
8 N Extraordinary Measures CBS $6,012,594 - 2,549 - $2,359 $6,012,594 $31 1
9 7 It’s Complicated Uni. $5,810,025 -28.4% 2,301 -369 $2,525 $98,270,085 $85 5
10 6 The Spy Next Door LGF $4,584,524 -52.9% 2,924 - $1,568 $18,544,619 - 2
11 9 The Blind Side WB $4,166,136 -25.0% 1,932 -476 $2,156 $233,678,402 $29 10
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Home » Who Wants Some Free Stuff From THE BOOK OF ELI?!?!?

Who Wants Some Free Stuff From THE BOOK OF ELI?!?!?

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If you caught The Book of Eli this past weekend, you were treated to Denzel Washington unleashing some righteous ass-whoopings. Good times all around.

But The Book of Eli was a lot more than your run-of-the-mill action flick. It had atmosphere and heart, and pulsated with grimness and hope. Part of what made it such a potent vision of faith in a post-apocalyptic future was Atticus Ross’ haunting and powerful score. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you can get a taste of Ross’ music here.

We’re excited to host another giveaway here at c, vt, this time centering around the amazing film that is The Book of Eli. Hit the jump to see what’s up for grabs, and how you can win!

We’re giving away a The Book of Eli prize pack that includes:

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  1. One copy of The Book of Eli Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring the music of Atticus Ross.
  2. One The Book of Eli T-Shirt.

Entering the contest is simple, but you MUST be living in the U.S. to participate. There are two ways to win:

1. Leave a comment below (include your e-mail address; it will not be viewable to the public, we just need it to contact you if you win).

2. Follow us on Twitter and Retweet the following:

Please RT! Win THE BOOK OF ELI prizes from @cinemaverytasty ! Details here: http://bit.ly/7k3pXI

It’s as simple as that. Each method of entry is good for a chance to win, but you can only enter once per method. This means that you can enter the contest twice by both commenting and RTing, but commenting twice or RTing us twice will not improve your chances of winning. Enter before 11:59 PM PST on January 31st. A random drawing will determine the winner, who will then be contacted via e-mail or Twitter shortly thereafter.

If you don’t win, don’t sweat it. You can still order the soundtrack from http://www.bookofelimusic.com/. And as a special incentive, while supplies last, those who order directly from the soundtrack’s site will receive a FREE booklet autographed by Atticus Ross and the film’s directors, The Hughes Brothers. A pretty sweet deal, if you ask me. The soundtrack is out now on Reprise Records.

So that’s that. We’d like to thank FILTER Magazine for sponsoring this awesome giveaway. Those interested in The Book of Eli can find out more at the film’s official site. The movie is in theaters now, and well worth watching.

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