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Weekend Box Office: 'Fockers' Shows 'True Grit', Outduels Cowboys (But Not For Long)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 2, 2011 7:00 AM
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2010 ended with a whimper with most studio execs facing an uncertain 2011, as the year closed with eight consecutive weekends of box office earning lower than its 2009 counterpart despite five major 3D releases goosing prices. Of course, 3D is a gimmick, but it’s foolish to consider that each of those five films were relative underperformers due to disinterest in the format when even the most ardent fan must admit to subpar product. Of course, the industry is always looking for a scapegoat when the answer is clearly, “terrible movies are being made and should not be,” so the disappearance of 3D (not likely) will happen before a sudden spike in high quality entertainment.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Say 'Fock' Off To 'Little Fockers,' 'Gulliver's Travels'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 26, 2010 7:06 AM
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Every once in awhile, we look at the numbers and hope, pray that the weekend is emblematic of an attitude amongst the public. They’ve had enough, we predict, and moviegoers are no longer going to accept subpar product. This winter has led to that assumption being made repeatedly, as audiences have roundly rejected most of what the studios have served up.

Weekend Box Office: 2010 Ending With A Whimper As 'Narnia' Fades, 'Black Swan' Rises

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2010 6:07 AM
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The winter box office is proving to be a bummer for the major studios. A year after “Avatar” ran the table, allowing “The Blind Side,” "Sherlock Holmes" and “Alvin And The Chipmunks” to pick up the scraps on the way to $200 million domestic totals each, audiences have been rejecting the winter 2010 fare. What happened to the promising tent pole schedule that usually piques people's interest?

In Theaters: 'The Tourist,' 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' 'The Fighter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2010 4:02 AM
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After last week's huge post-holiday box office drop, Hollywood will attempt to steer the ship back on course with a couple of high-profile new releases this weekend. Two of the world's biggest movie stars, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, team up for the goofy international espionage thriller "The Tourist," which doesn't have too much competition for the adult dollar this weekend--at least at the multiplex. Fox reignites the 'Narnia' franchise without co-financing from Disney, after the disappointment of "Prince Caspian" with "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." The 3D inflation should help the film do decent numbers, but the quality of these films has turned many potential fans off of the series. On the limited front, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston get the David O. Russell/Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale contender "The Fighter." Ben Affleck stars in the John Wells-directed recession-drama "The Company Men" which gets an Oscar-qualifying run in NY/LA before rolling out wide next month. Also out, Julie Taymor returns to Shakespeare with "The Tempest," which boasts a great cast and not much else; Steven Soderbergh's portrait of Spalding Gray, "And Everything Is Going Fine"; and Ry Russo-Young's drama "You Won't Miss Me."

Review: 'Voyage Of The Dawn Treader' Is A Cruise Ship To Inanity

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 6, 2010 10:48 AM
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In “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader,” we return to the Pevensie siblings and their adventures across the mystic lands. However, because the last film, “Prince Caspian,” didn’t exactly set the world on fire, we get everything at a discount: hence, instead of four Pevensies, we get two. Sea serpents don’t just pay for themselves. What a world that would be.

Watch: Yet Another Trailer For 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2010 1:59 AM
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A Title So Long, We Couldn't Fit A Joke In The HeadlineWe've quite enjoyed some of the "Harry Potter" films. And yet, we're still fairly apathetic every time one rolls around -- maybe it's the sheer volume of the series. So you can imagine the giant collective shrug that comes from The Playlist team in the run-up to the release of a new film in "The Chronicles of Narnia" franchise.

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