Mamma Mia! sing-alongs were offered up in 299 theaters across the nation this Labor Day weekend, resulting in a two percent bump in ticket sales on Mamma's seventh weekend of release. The pic earned $5.8 million in toll this weekend for eighth place on the Box Office charts.
New Line tried a similar approach last summer with Hairspray, but the results weren't nearly as successful.
Never underestimate the karaoke power of Abba. Perhaps the success will lead to some midnight competition for long-running sing-along success The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Source: Variety Posted 09.02.08 by reelz
"In a world..."
It's a phrase you've no doubt heard hundreds -- ifnot thousands -- of times at the start of movie trailers, and no one said itbetter than Don LaFontaine. The nearly ubiquitous voiceover narrator, blessedwith a gravely, ominous-sounding voice that even the most casual movie fans instantlyrecognize, died yesterday of complications from a collapsed lung. He was 68.
Labor Day has passed and, in case there's any doubt, the studios have shuttered up their blockbuster stands. So how did fans fare? Which movies had them lining up? And which ones made hanging from the side of a cliff seem the better option?
Our Top 10 Best, Worst, and Most Surprising Things About the 2008 Summer Movie Season goes beyond the box office stats -- really, you'd need your head buried in beach sand to not know that Batman waged an assault on the Titanic. Rather, we grab the chance to bestow some honors, including Most Likely to Induce Seizures and Best Unintentional Comedy.
And if you're looking to do a little summer dreaming and hold off the fall movie doldrums, check out our Summer 2009 Preview: 15 Movies We'll All Be Talking About Next Year. You'll find a sneak peek at the movies on deck for next year's blockbuster treatment.
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Tropic Thunder ||$11.5M ||$83.8M ||Tropic races towards the $100 million mark with its third weekend atop the charts. |
|Babylon A.D. |
|$9.5M ||$9.5M ||Dismal reviews and director comments don't help Vin too much. |
|The Dark Knight ||$8.6M ||$502.2M ||Knight's crusade keeps chugging along to the tune of $500 million. |
|The House Bunny ||$8.3M ||$27.8M ||Bunny has legs with only a 42.9 % drop-off from last weekend. |
|Traitor ||$7.8M ||$9.3M ||A respectable opening for the Don Cheadle thriller. |
Source: BOX OFFICE MOJO
No, Hollywoodisn't actually planning a follow-up to Deliverance, JohnBoorman's classic tale an Appalachian camping trip gone horribly awry. But whatwould it look like if they did? Inspired by Hamlet 2, we decidedto explore the possibilities for (needlessly) revisiting some of our best-lovedmovies, like Midnight Cowboy, Fargo and Reservoir Dogs.Check out our feature Proposed Sequels to Various Classic Films -- and praythat Hollywooddoesn't get any ideas... Posted 08.30.08 by reelz
John Lennon's life story is headed to the big screen in Nowhere Man, a biopic being directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. The story is being scripted by Matt Greenhalgh, whose 2007 film Control about the oft-depressed lead singer of Joy Division, Ian Curtis, received strong critical acclaim.
The Lennon biopic will track the early years of the musical icon growing up with his aunt and forming his friendship with Paul McCartney.
No word, yet, on who will be cast as Lennon. But it's safe to say, the role will be intensely scrutinized by the legions of Beatles aficionados for years to come. Posted 08.29.08 by reelz
If none of this weekend's major releases float your boat, the indie comedy Hamlet 2 might be just what the doctor ordered. Night at the Museum's Steve Coogan stars as a hapless high school drama teacher who mounts a hilariously ill-advised sequel to Shakespeare's most-famous play. Check out our Hamlet 2 review to see if this Sundance sensation has the cure for the dog days of summer. Posted 08.29.08 by reelz
Harry Potter's date shift is shaking up all the releases this holiday season.
The latest change is Baz Luhrmann's Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Fox has shifted the date 12 days -- from November 14 to November 26, which puts the release alongside Jason Statham's Transporter 3 and Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter Posted 08.29.08 by reelz