We can officially add ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the animated list

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 8th, 2009

Yesterday we covered the animated feature film race and the potential for the category to have five nominees this year, largely dependent on Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” being submitted as animation (a decision completely in his hands).  As it turns out, the film will indeed be submitted for consideration. That, along with “Tinker Bell […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Holy hit

Posted by · 12:19 pm · May 18th, 2009

God is so 2006. “Angels & Demons” was the number one movie at the box office this weekend but the $48 million it raked in is barely more than half of the $84.5 million registered by “The Da Vinci Code” in its opening frame. What happened? Three things. First, the free publicity generated by the […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Obsessed’ impressed

Posted by · 6:09 pm · April 26th, 2009

America liked it and they put a ring on it. Beyonce’s new thriller “Obsessed” topped the domestic box office this weekend with $28.5 million, adding another impressive performance to the budding actress’s career. Impressive box office performance that is. Whether or not Beyonce truly and gracefully inhabits the character of a woman forced to kick […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Fast’ cash

Posted by · 2:29 pm · April 5th, 2009

I have recently unearthed an internal industry memo.  It reads: Dear Studios, If you’d like us to pay to see your franchises, you must bring back all the cast members that starred in the original.  Do not worry about changing the plot too much, we liked what we saw that first time.  You don’t even […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Monsters’ ball

Posted by · 2:39 pm · March 29th, 2009

“Monsters vs. Aliens” came storming out of the gate with a $58.2 million opening this weekend. That comes from an ultra-wide 4,104 theaters, the fourth-widest release ever for a non-sequel, and that’s enough to top the debuts of “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and every other DreamWorks animated non-sequel aside from “Kung Fu Panda.” It also handily beats […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Strong showing for “Knowing”

Posted by · 6:20 pm · March 22nd, 2009

I guess I should listen to the murmurs. Nicolas Cage’s sci-fi extravaganza “Knowing” took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $24.8 million. In terms of Cage’s career, it’s no “National Treasure” and can’t compete with the holy trifecta of Cage action — “The Rock,” “Face/Off” and “Con Air” — but it […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Witch Mountain’ takes the crown, ‘Watchmen’ falls hard

Posted by · 5:49 pm · March 15th, 2009

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the first installment in what will be a weekly column looking at box office here at In Contention.  Chad Hartigan and I attended film school together in another life.  But for the last three years he’s been a box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations.  He’s also tried his hand at making […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Handicapping 2009 a year in advance!?

Posted by · 10:51 am · February 23rd, 2009

Ahh.  The dust is settling.  And on the horizon, just visible through the mist and waiting to drive us all up the wall once again: the 2009 Oscar season. I’ve been writing this year-in-advance column for probably six years now, and I always look forward to gazing ahead.  No one dives in so pathetically deep […]

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