Box Office Barometer 11-29-11: A New Hope?

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Another weekend means more analysis lamenting the decline in movie ticket sales.  For every movie that does well like The Muppets, there’s a Happy Feet Two (leading to layoffs), Immortals (successful, but the budget’s too high to make money), and Tower Heist (just didn’t meet expectations).  Instead of finishing the year on a sour note, … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 8-1-11: Somebody Got Left Behind

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Cowboys & Aliens won the weekend (or tied for #1!), just barely beating out The Smurfs.  It made much less than the $45 million weekend that was predicted ($36.2 million, to be exact).  Why did it underperform? Was it the leads?  The concept? The quality?  The answer became apparent while watching the previews before it … Continue reading

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Darren Aronofsky, So Hot Right Now

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For years, Darren Aronofsky has held on to his wish to direct a big-budget adaptation of Noah’s Ark.  Over the years, Aronofsky has established himself as an art house director, directing critical successes like Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan.  Any moviegoer should be thrilled that he wants to do something on a … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 6-13-11: Is Original Content What We Really Want?

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Super 8 debuted at #1 this weekend, scoring $38 million.  As this summer’s Inception, bloggers everywhere are touting it’s results as proof that original ideas can be profitable (it cost $50 million and was marketed $25 million more).  Indeed, it is a beacon of hope, but the same praise is usually followed by the same … Continue reading

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Protect the Children?

The MPAA upheld its ‘R’ rating for Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s Holocaust documentary A Film Unfinished.  The filmmakers argued that the film should be judged similarly to Steven Spielberg’s documentary The Last Days.  That movie drew a PG-13 rating while exhibiting mass execution and nudity.  It was judged differently. The MPAA is not governed by … Continue reading

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