Monthly Archives: March 2011

Box Office 4/3/2011

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” the second screen adaptation from the popular kids book series, earned $24.4 million at the weekend box office, preliminary industry figures showed Sunday.

The original film, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” was released just last March, opening to $22.1 million and ultimately grossing $64 million in the United States.

Box office tracker Exhibitor Relations reported that second place went to “Sucker Punch,” an action fantasy flick about a group of young vixens busting out of an insane asylum, which debuted at $19 million dollars.

Last week’s box office winner “Limitless,” a sci-fi film starring Bradley Cooper as an author who taps his brain’s full potential after sampling a revolutionary new drug, fell to third with $15 million in sales.

Fourth place went to the Matthew McConaughey-starring drama “The Lincoln Lawyer” which grossed $11 million.

Paramount’s eccentric animated film “Rango,” with the voice talent of Johnny Depp in a tale about a chameleon who becomes sheriff to clean up the town of Dirt, was fifth with $9.8 million in ticket sales.

“Battle: Los Angeles” about a unit of alien-fighting US Marines, took sixth place with $7.6 million in tickets sold across North America.

The gothic fairytale retelling “Red Riding Hood,” was eighth with $4.3 million in sales.

The ninth spot went “The Adjustment Bureau” with $4.2 million, while “Mars Needs Moms!” fell two places to take the number 10 spot, with $2.2 million.

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios has released the full new trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger .

Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on July 22, the Joe Johnston-directed action adventure stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough and Derek Luke.

Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.

Taylor was the most blessed and cursed of actresses, the toughest and the most vulnerable. She had extraordinary grace, wealth and voluptuous beauty, and won three Academy Awards, including a special one for her humanitarian work.

RIP Elizabeth Taylor

Box Office 3/20/2011

Bradley Cooper starrer Limitless opened to a better-than-expected $19 million at the North American box office in a boost for Relativity Media’s new foray into domestic distribution.

But business remained soft overall, with revenue down 10% from a year ago. The other new movies — Lionsgate’s Matthew McConaughey legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer and Universal’s sci-fi comedy Paul — grossed $13.4 million and $13.2 million, respectively.

Paramount’s sleeper hit Rango grossed an estimated $15.3 million in its third weekend to come in No. 2, according to Rentrak. The toon fell a respectable 32%, finishing the weekend with a cume of $92.6 million.

Sony’s Battle: L.A. fell 58% in its second weekend to an estimated $14.6 million for a cume of $60.6 million. The sci-fi action pic placed No. 3.

Relativity teamed with Universal in co-financing Paul, which cost $40 million to produce and was always intended for a worldwide audience. The raunchy comedy stars British actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, while Seth Rogen voices the role of the alien.

Paul has already earned $28 million overseas, with most of the bounty coming in the U.K.

Including its domestic debut, Paul’s worldwide cume is $41.3 million, positioning the film to become a solid performer for Universal. Paul has 53 more foreign territories in which to open.

Elsewhere on the top 10 chart, Warner Bros.’ Red Riding Hood fell 48% in its second weekend to an estimated $7.3 million for a cume of $26 million in its first 10 days. The film placed No. 6.

Disney’s ill-fated Mars Needs Mom continued to struggle, grossing an estimated $5.3 million in its second weekend for a 10-day domestic cume of $15.4 million. Overseas, the motion-capture toon grossed a soft $3.4 million for an international take of $7.8 million and a worldwide total of $23.2 million.

Back at the U.S. specialty box office, Anchor Bay’s mob drama Kill the Irishman grossed an estimated $143,700 from 21 theaters for a location average of $6,842 and a cume of $335,698.

Sony Pictures Classics’ Dutch war film Winter in Wartime opened to an estimated $16,157 from three theaters for a so-so location average of $5,386.

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Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg, whose near monotone crooning anchored some of rap’s most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West Coast hip-hop, has died at age 41.

Nate Dogg, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday of complications from multiple strokes, attorney Mark Geragos said.

He wasn’t a rapper, but he was an integral figure in the genre: His deep voice wasn’t particularly melodic, but its tone – at times menacing, at times playful, yet always charming – provided just the right touch on hits including Warren G’s “Regulate,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and countless others.

Nate Dogg, who had suffered at least two strokes since 2008, also put out his own solo projects but was best known for his collaborations with others.

After word of his death spread, tributes poured in on Twitter.

“We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met,” Snoop Dogg tweeted Tuesday.

RIP Nate Dogg

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