SUNDAY CENTS: That ‘Avatar’ thing is doing well, eh?

Posted by · 12:01 pm · January 10th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Have you guys heard of this movie “Avatar?” Apparently, seeing as it’s the number one movie for the fourth week in a row and dropped a ridiculous 29% to $48.5 million. First off, it’s the biggest fourth weekend for a film ever, narrowly eclipsing the $45 […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: January blues

Posted by · 5:20 pm · January 8th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Barring a catastrophe, “Avatar” should spend a comfortable fourth weekend at the top and cross $400 million in the process. That would make 2009 the first year since 2004 to have two films cross that milestone. It would also make “Avatar” the second-fastest film to hit […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Happy Blue Year

Posted by · 10:49 am · January 3rd, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Okay. What kind of fairy dust is James Cameron sprinkling in his films? Subliminal messages perhaps? There’s no other explanation. “Avatar” is the number one movie again this weekend, raking in $68.3 million, off 10% from last week. It becomes the first film to spend three […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Box office is a Festivus miracle!

Posted by · 2:18 pm · December 27th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Holy shit. There’s no other way to describe the box office this weekend, which may well go down as the most attended three days on record. Nearly 35 million tickets were sold and three films grossed more than $50 million each. The number one movie for […]

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Holiday film thoughts

Posted by · 8:25 pm · December 26th, 2009

It struck me that I should probably offer up some space for you all to discuss the latest releases since it’s obviously been a slow-moving week, so if you want to speak up on “It’s Complicated,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Up in the Air,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Nine” or, God bless you, “The Squeakquel,” have […]

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Strike that, make it 20 — AMPAS announces list of animated feature contenders

Posted by · 10:07 am · November 11th, 2009

Just moments after I posted about the animated feature Oscar race pushing 18 entrants, the Academy goes and corrects me by releasing the full slate, including Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (I have to think way too hard about how to spell that damn title) and “The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer,” bringing […]

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Animated feature looking like five all over again

Posted by · 11:03 am · November 2nd, 2009

Two weeks ago we told you about the animated feature film category’s state of flux and how a little film no one has heard of called “The Missing Lynx: Paws on the Run” could be its saving grace. With “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone” and “A Town Called Panic” currently off the qualification list, […]

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