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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…

trailer break: ‘Surrogates’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… A supercreepy world of perfect-looking robots? How would it be any different from, say, Beverly Hills? No risk or danger? Where’s the fun in that? So, this is like the idea that “If you die while dreaming, you die in real life” done up all science fiction-y? … more…