BOX OFFICE: ‘Jackass Forever After’ surely a go

Posted by · 5:30 pm · October 17th, 2010

I’ve been at a friend’s house watching the games all afternoon, so, slow to get this up this weekend.  Anyway, we can bet on more poop shenanigans after this monster opening for “Jackass 3D.” I can’t remember what “Life As We Know It” is every time I look at the title, by the way. [Courtesy: […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Secretariat’ slow out of the gate

Posted by · 9:28 am · October 10th, 2010

For the second week in a row, “The Social Network” tops the U.S. box office charts in a photo finish with “Life As We Know It.” (I’m happy to say I offered up some money for the Fincher cause and saw it a second time yesterday.)  But the real story is the soft opening for […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Social Network’ confirms a ton of friends

Posted by · 11:11 am · October 3rd, 2010

A solid start and a big win for Sony marketing, I should think.  “The Town” pulled in a little more than I would have expected.  “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is fading away as it was leapfrogged by “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” And “Let Me In” had the life sucked out […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Money,’ baby

Posted by · 9:37 pm · September 26th, 2010

Dropped some dollars on “Devil” Friday night. I didn’t hate it. That’s at least going in the right direction, right? [Courtesy: Exhibitor Relations]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘The Town’ robs ‘Easy A,’ ‘Devil’ of the top spot

Posted by · 2:23 pm · September 19th, 2010

I figure I’ll offer up a chart and a space for you to discuss now that Chad has moved off the box office beat for us. And by the way, I’m just now realizing “Inception” is still in the top 10 (shows how much I pay attention). (Courtesy: Exhibitor Relations)

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SUNDAY CENTS: Photo finish!

Posted by · 1:31 pm · August 29th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. One last bit of excitement before the summer ends and Tapley starts posting random Redskins photos on Sundays. We have a dead heat race for the top spot at the box office, but estimates are handing the crown to “Exorcist: The Beginning” on this same weekend […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: End of the Road

Posted by · 4:58 pm · August 27th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. It’s the last full weekend of the summer, the last weekend of me being 27, and the last weekend for Friday Forecast on InContention. A time of introspection. A time of reflection. A time of paying another $20 to see those blue things in 3D again. […]

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The toys hit a billion

Posted by · 12:06 pm · August 27th, 2010

Anne and I discuss “Toy Story 3” as the Best Picture category’s best bet coming out of the summer movie months in today’s Oscar Talk.  Much of that has to do with critical approval, yes, but plenty has to do with the monstrous box office take the film has generated. I’ve already written about the […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Six Flags > Movies

Posted by · 10:38 pm · August 22nd, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Sorry this is checking in a little late today but I’ve been at Six Flags all day having the time of my life. I hadn’t been since they opened a crazy new ride called Tatsu and it kind of blew my mind, but the X will […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Stop giving Friedberg & Seltzer your money!

Posted by · 1:16 pm · August 20th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Alright guys. Enough is enough. The only thing less funny than a spoof movie made by Friedberg & Seltzer is the conceptual gag that America keeps playing where we ironically buy tickets to see them. Just to make fun of it, of course. Only problem is […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: AARP Action Squad!

Posted by · 3:15 pm · August 15th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The internet had been buzzing for weeks. Would the fact that he spent most of the decade in straight to video titles hurt his box office clout. Did Dolph Lundgren still have the box office muscle we all thought he had or did the lackluster performance […]

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‘Toy Story 3’ reaches box office milestone, MovieMaker remembers ‘Tin Toy’

Posted by · 11:12 am · August 14th, 2010

Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” is pretty much the only sure-thing contender for Oscar’s 10 at this stage, and with good reason.  It was the high mark of the summer movie season, a beautiful send-off to a beloved franchise that just got better and better.  Fitting, then, that the film has become not only Pixar’s reigning […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Nerdgasm!

Posted by · 4:37 pm · August 13th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. If you are a nerd, this is the weekend for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re an action movie nerd, video game nerd or self-help nerd, Hollywood has you covered. All in all, it’s an abnormally stacked August weekend with three films that all have breakout […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Cats’ is a dog

Posted by · 10:01 pm · August 1st, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Hey gang. Sorry this is late but I spent all morning at work and then all afternoon at the Home Depot Center watching the Galaxy get shellacked by the Chicago Fire and getting a sunburn on half my face. I’ll try to keep it short and […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Reigning ‘Cats & Dogs?’

Posted by · 2:36 pm · July 30th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Hey kids! How about that terrifying photo to the right? Make you want to see cats and dogs brutally fighting to the death voiced by Nick Nolte and Joe Pantoliano? While Chris O’Donnell looks on confused? Of course it does. We’ve got three new releases this […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Inception’ shakes ‘Salt’

Posted by · 4:15 pm · July 25th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Despite the collective nerd consciousness being zeroed in on the events happening in San Diego, there were enough nerds elsewhere to propel “Inception” to a second week at the top of the box office. Actually that’s unfair, it’s not just nerds who are seeing the movie […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Pass the ‘Salt’

Posted by · 3:36 pm · July 23rd, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Laziest headline ever? It’s that kind of Friday folks. Hey boys! Anything you can do, Angelina Jolie can make look sexier and she’s here to prove it with “Salt.” Originally a vehicle for Tom Cruise, Jolie stepped in and is literally the only woman in Hollywood […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: On closer ‘Inception’

Posted by · 12:56 pm · July 18th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Alright, let’s talk about “Inception.” People have been salivating over this thing since before it even went into production and the marketing campaign Warner Bros. put together was pretty top notch. The director was coming off the biggest film of the decade (at that time) and […]

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