question of the weekend: What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

I’m not talking about the fancy stuff: your boxes of Godiva, your Leonidas, your Lindt truffles. I’m talking about the kind of cheap sweets that get thrown into treat-or-treat goodie bags: What’s your favorite Halloween candy? I never liked anything that wasn’t chocolate. Candy corn? Disgusting. Bit-O-Honey? Yuck. I never liked all the chocolates either, … more…

North American box office: ‘Wild Things’ goes wild

Where does the week go? 1. Where the Wild Things Are: $32.7 million (NEW) 2. Law Abiding Citizen: $21 million (NEW) 3. Paranormal Activity: $19.6 million (NEW in wide release; up 148% over last week’s limited release) 4. Couples Retreat: $17.2 million (2nd week; drops 50%) 5. The Stepfather: $11.6 million (NEW) actual numbers, not … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Fame’ hangs strong

A quick look at last weekend’s numbers as we head into a new weekend: 1. Fame: £1.8 million (2nd week; drops 25%) 2. The Invention of Lying: £1.7 million (NEW) 3. Toy Story 3D: £1.4 million (NEW) 4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: £1.1 million (3rd week; drops 20%) 5. Surrogates: £.6 (2nd week; … more…

North American box office: zombies rule the land

And so do decade-old movies about playthings: 1. Zombieland: $24.7 million (NEW) 2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: $15.8 million (3rd week; drops 37%) 3. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D: $12.5 million (NEW) 4. Surrogates: $7.2 million (2nd week; drops 51%) 5. The Invention of Lying: $7 million (NEW) actual numbers, not estimates What … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Fame’ opens big

It might not live forever, but still, wow: 1. Fame: £2.4 million (NEW) 2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: £1.4 million (2nd week; drops 11%) 3. Surrogates: £.96 (NEW) 4. District 9: £.56 million (4th week; drops 31%) 5. The Soloist: £.37 million (NEW) (actual numbers, not estimates) Being here in the U.K. this … more…

North American box office: ‘Cloudy’ still sunny

The newcomers can’t beat the food-as-weather fantasy: 1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: $30.3 million (2nd week; drops 17%) 2. Surrogates: $14.9 million (NEW) 3. Fame: $10 million (NEW) 4. The Informant!: $6.6 million (2nd week; drops 37%) 5. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself: $4.8 million (3rd week; drops 52%) … more…

U.K. box office: ‘Cloudy’ partly sunny

Just a quick look at last weekend’s box office as we head into the new weekend: 1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: £1.6 million (NEW) 2. District 9: £.8 million (3rd week; drops 32%) 3. Gamer: £.6 million (NEW) 4. 500 Days of Summer: £.5 million (3rd week; drops 12%) 5. The Final Destination: … more…