Its weekly take might not be the highest it's had since its debut, but the tale of romance between lawn ornaments finally took the top spot at the box office this past weekend. Gnomeo & Juliet made $14.2 million, staking the #1 claim above the Farrelly Brothers' new film Hall Pass. The R-rated comedy made $13.4 million and finished in second place in its debut weekend. Unknown dropped to 3rd with $12.4 million, but Liam Neeson is likely to come back to a role like this … in only two weeks the movie has shown a profit, despite mixed reviews.
The middle of the board appears to be relatively stable, with three of the next four movies hovering in the same positions as last week (if not in overall earnings). Just Go with It stayed in 4th with $11.1 million, ahead of a major tumble from I Am Number Four, which fell from 2nd to 5th with $11 million. Both Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and The King's Speech retained their previous spots of 6th and 7th, making $9.2 million and $7.6 million respectively. The King's Speech still reigns as the sole movie on the list to break the $100 million barrier.
The bottom of the list belongs to the current "darlings" of the critical eye, which may be making money, but not a lot of praise. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son brought in $7.5 million, bringing it close to a profit in its second week, but the film in the 8th spot has certainly come close to Season of the Witch levels of scorn … which can also be said of 10th place finisher The Roommate, though with $2 million this weekend and an overall gross of $35 million, it has actually crossed...Read More
While I'm not sure it's something to hang my hat on, but the Farrelly Brothers are in a select group of directors that I can say I've seen every movie they've made (even Osmosis Jones). Think of me what you will, but everyone needs a good mindless comedy with a few gross-out gags sprinkled in for good measure from time to time; especially...Read More
Drive Angry 3D is a strange, strange ride. Minutes into the movie I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. Terrible acting and dialogue; physics-defying stunts and Nicolas Cage mimicking Clint Eastwood's minimalist delivery had me expecting the worst. However, I found that once I suspended my disbelief and went along for the supernatural ride, Drive Angry 3D was far more...Read More
Building on the notable commercial success of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (2003) and Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006) and Mother (2009), South Korea has risen in stature as the country to beat for a brand of innovative, stylish thriller that was once the province of the ailing Japanese film industry. The rare foreign country in which homegrown movies out-gross the Hollywood juggernauts on a...Read More
"Everything that matters in cinema since 1940," François Truffaut has suggested, "has been influenced by Citizen Kane." It is not surprising, then, that Citizen Kane should be one of the most written about films in cinema history; nearly every major critic since André Bazin has felt compelled to discuss it, among them Andrew Sarris, Peter Cowie, David Bordwell, Joseph McBride, and Bruce Kawin....Read More
This year, Shorts International continues to promote the Academy-Award® nominated short films, which are available for screening in several cities across the country, as well as in the UK and Canada. But if you can't make a screening, they are also available on iTunes and On Demand. The shorts are original, thought provoking, funny and fresh, so don't miss them – it's quite...Read More
Mario Puzo has said that one of the reasons he wrote his novel, The Godfather, was to get out of debt. He was aiming for a best-seller, and he achieved his goal. Published in 1969, the novel sold 500,000 copies in hardcover and more than ten million copies in paperback by the time the film version was released.
"I have discovered the secret of successful filmmaking," says Claude Chabrol sarcastically, "Timing!" Casablanca belongs in the vanguard of films created by the era they so flawlessly reflect. Assured and expert, it is not in either substance or style superior to its director Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce or Young Man With a Horn. Bogart, Bergman, Rains, and Henreid all gave better performances; of...Read More
Gone with the Wind, based on Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel about the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, made producer David O. Selznick's name a box-office draw, made the relatively unknown Vivien Leigh an international star, and became the most popular motion picture of all time.
Soon after Selznick bought the movie rights to Mitchell's novel in July 1936, thousands...Read More
Liam Neeson doesn't need to keep shouting for everyone to know what movie he's in: Unknown debuted in the top spot with $21.7 million this weekend. Meanwhile, the sci-fi/romance/action film I Am Number Four made it to 2nd with $19.5 million, narrowly beating out the animated Gnomeo & Juliet. The 3-D family film earned $19.4 million, and remains in 3rd place for the...Read More