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Underworld Comes Out On Top At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

To my surprise, Underworld: Awakening has taken the top spot at the box office this weekend, with an estimated total of $25.4 million. The 3D film, starring Kate Beckinsale hasn’t received the best reviews, with one reviewer saying “Put a stake in it already”. This is the fourth film in the series, but who knows if it will be the last.

Also opening this weekend and falling in second place was Red Tails, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The film, inspired by true events, tells the story of a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program (having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II) that are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. The inspiring story brought in $19.1 million this weekend.

I am surprised that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close only brought in $11.2 since it’s opening, and Haywire only did $9 million. Extremely Loud tells a story about 9/11 (with Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks), so you might think that many would want to see it, but I suppose it can sometimes be a sensitive topic. Haywire, on the other hand, just looks amazing in terms of a fierce chick kicking some serious butt (and lots of hot eye candy in the film). Check out where these films placed below, as well as what other movies made the top 10 at the box office this weekend.

Check out the top 10 after the jump…

Contraband Is A Hot Commodity At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend, the thriller Contraband which opened on Friday led the box office with an opening total of $24.1 million. The films stars the sexy Mark Wahlberg caught up in dangerous situation where in order to protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, he has to head to Panama to smuggle millions of dollars in counterfeit bills himself. I actually watched the film myself last week with Tyrell and I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I’m hoping word of mouth will help this film continue to do well in the weeks to come. I certainly recommend seeing it.

Also opening this weekend was a tale as old as time with the latest Disney classic to go 3D, Beauty and the Beast. The film came in second, bringing in $18.4 million. Is it just me, or did this come out of nowhere? Personally, I don’t recall seeing a lot of heavy promotion for this one.

Lastly, Joyful Noise also opened this weekend, with the not so loud debut of Joyful Noise. Dubbed by many as the new Sister Act sequel, the film brought in $11.3 million and ranked fourth this weekend. Although not as many people seemed to have gone out to see this Dolly Parton & Queen Latifah flick, rest assured that Donovan thoroughly enjoyed the film.

How did The Devil Inside do this weekend, after terrible word of mouth since it possessed the box office it’s opening weekend last weekend? Which films are on their way to cross the $200 million threshold? Find out below.

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To end 2011 and kick off 2012, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has taken the top spot at the box office for its second weekend in a row. The film brought in $31.2 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $134 million. It actually went up 6% over last weekend (Christmas) which of course is a very good sign. Personally, I’ve actually only heard good reviews about this film and look forward to checking it out myself.

Before I see Ghost Protocol, I’m going to check out Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, which actually took the second place spot at the box office this weekend. In fact, I’m going to see it in a couple of hours. The film brought in an additional $22 million this weekend, up 9% from last week, bringing its total to $132 million.

Next weekend, I plan on checking out The Devil Inside, which looks like it has potential to be one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. GULP. For now, check out how the films currently playing faired this weekend in the top 10 list below.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump…

I always find it interesting to see what will do well over Christmas, and this year, it looks like Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol led the pack. The fourth in the series of film has had some great reviews and brought in an impressive $46.2 million, and $78.6 million in total since it opened.

Santa brought so many new films to theatres. In addition to Ghost Protocol, films that also opened earlier this week include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought A Zoo, War Horse, and The Darkest Hour. What to see, what to see, right!? It seems like there are almost too many new options for films to see while many people relax in holiday mode.

The only new film I have seen from the ones that came out this week is Tintin, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The 3D film came in 5th this weekend at the box office. Find out how how all the films did below. Did you hit the theatres this weekend?

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

It’s the time of year when it’s less about the thrillers and horror films and it’s more about the feel good classics that you can watch with the family during the holidays. The stats for this weekend certainly reflect that and with Tintin opening this week, I’m sure it will be no different.

This weekend, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, with over $40 million. The sequel was directed by Guy Ritchie and has received good ratings from critics. Word of mouth will certainly help the film along in the weeks to come.

Also opening this weekend was the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, titled “Chipwrecked“. Although the film only brought in a little over half as much as the Holmes film, it did take the second place spot this weekend. Random flashback, but I remember one Christmas as a kid I got The Chipmunks tour van, which had a fold out stage so that Alvin, Simon, and Theodore could perform on the go. I used to love that cartoon!

As for the rest of the films in theatres, it was pretty weak. Well, what do they expect? It’s a busy time of year! Check out the list below to see how much they each brought in and where they placed in the top ten.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump…

It was a slow weekend at the box office this weekend and I can only assume people were preoccupied with getting their holiday shopping done and/or attending Christmas parties. On top of that, there were only a couple new offerings to hit theatres this weekend.

The star-studded ‘New Year’s Eve‘ flick hit the theatres this weekend, and as Donovan put it in his review, “Just like real-life New Year’s Eve parties, it didn’t live up to the hype.” The film knocked Twilight off of it’s three week reign over the leading spot at the box office with a mere $13.7 million. Quite an underwhelming number for a debut and especially for a film sitting in the top spot. Word of mouth for NYE isn’t good so things aren’t look up for the this film in the weeks ahead. SNL did a parody of the film last night called “The Apolcalypse.” Watch it here.

Also opening this weekend was ‘Sitter,’ taking the number two spot this week with a $10 million opening. Sitter stars Jonah Hill as a college student on suspension who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door. Little does he know the wild night that is take take place. The film was directed by David Gordon-Green and is the second dud movie for him this year, with ‘Your Highness’ also flopping.

Check out the top 10 list after the jump…

This weekend, it was Fur VS. Fang at the box office, as The Muppets hit the theatres, while Twilight was still out for blood. Twilight’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 added another whopping $42 million to their total, bringing them to over $221 million. Happy Fangsgiving to them – madness I tell you! Meanwhile, The Muppets were off to a solid start, winning the battle between the weekend’s three new family flicks with a total of $29.5 million. Tyrell and I watched The Muppets with my nephew yesterday afternoon and the three of us loved it! “Mahna Mahna!”

Even though Happy Feet Two came in third place among all of the family movie competition (in it’s second weekend in theatres), it was especially disappointing when you compare it to 2006′s Happy Feet which fell only 11 percent in its second weekend. Happy Feet Two has grossed $43.77 million in ten days, placing it an astounding 56 percent behind the pace of Happy Feet… making them more UnHappy Feet.

The other two new 3D family films that hit theatres this weekend were Arthur Christmas and Hugo. It was a tight race between the two, but Arthur Christmas came out ahead at $12.7 million. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo finished with $11.3 million. Check out where the rest of the films fell in the Top 10 below. Did you see any of the movies in theatres this weekend?

Check out the top 10 movies after the jump…

This weekend, ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)‘ opened in theaters with $139.5 million, almost beating the franchise record set by ‘New Moon‘ at $142.8 million. An insanely successful opening nonetheless, but critics expect the number to drastically decrease next weekend with word of mouth. I haven’t seen the film yet, but someone this morning even told me it was so beyond cheesy that she was laughing (and she said she can normally handle cheesy movies).

Also opening this weekend was ‘Happy Feet Two‘, debuting at $22 million. Despite what you may think, this is actually quite underwhelming when you compare it to what the first ‘Happy Feet’ did in 2006, which was almost double at $41.5 million. This film will also struggle next week when you consider the fact that The Muppets, Arthur Christmas and Hugo will be hitting theaters.

Sidenote: The Muppets joined Jason Segal on SNL last night and were pretty awesome. They even did a “Really!? With Seth Meyers & Kermit“. Loved it. Anyway, did you watch Twilight or Happy Feet Two this weekend? What’d YOU think?

Check out the Top 10 movies this weekend after the jump…

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