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Weekend Fix: Monsters vs. Aliens Is Huge, But Not Quite Out Of This World

March 29, 2009

Monsters Vs. Aliens had a $58 million weekend that the big wigs at Dreamworks have to be pleased with, but with just alright 69% positive reviews at RT, and animation that doesn’t look groundbreakingly amazing, this won’t be the blockbuster that everyone seemed to think it would be. It’s a slight victim of high expectations, but still, it should be a solid $200 million earner.

I might be more impressed by The Haunting In Connecticut, which came out of nowhere and earned $23 million this weekend. Whether we like it or not, horror is back, and it’s lucrative again! This kind of movie is Lionsgate’s bread and butter, and between this and Madea Goes To Jail ($88 million so far), the small studio is having a great Spring.

Here are the full results for the weekend:

Top 12 For March 27-29
# Movie Title 3-Day Gross % Change AVG. Total
1 Monsters Vs. Aliens $58,200,000 New $14,181 $58,200,000
2 The Haunting In Connecticut $23,010,000 New $8,422 $23,010,000
3 Knowing $14,705,000 -40% $4,407 $46,220,012
4 I Love You, Man $12,600,000 -29% $4,637 $37,007,000
5 Duplicity $7,556,470 -46% $2,930 $25,638,850
6 Race To Witch Mountain $5,637,000 -56% $1,725 $53,295,000
7 12 Rounds $5,300,000 New $2,274 $5,300,000
8 Watchmen $2,755,000 -59% $1,371 $103,296,000
9 Taken $2,700,000 -33% $1,377 $137,073,544
10 The Last House On The Left $2,611,160 -55% $1,160 $28,459,195
11 Sunshine Cleaning $1,344,000 100% $8,048 $2,547,697
12 Slumdog Millionaire $1,135,000 -58% $1,351 $139,311,581
All Numbers Provided By Exhibitor Relations Co.

Grading The Super Bowl Movie Trailers

February 2, 2009

Walt Disney 2009 Preview: Things Are Looking Up!

December 17, 2008

I’ve never shied away from my deep affinity for all things Disney, so I was understandably excited when I saw that Walt Disney Pictures has released their 2009 preview package to some major movie websites. (Maybe one day, The Box Office Junkie will be on that mailing list, but not just yet…) It includes the Mouse House’s full release schedule for 2009, as well as synopses and pictures for all of most of the films. Ropes Of Silicon has a great feature on the package. You should head over there and check it out. I’m personally most excited for Up, the upcoming Disney-Pixar film about an old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house, so he can float away, only to find that a cheery 9-year-old boy scout has tagged along for the ride. Like all other Pixar films, the characters look dynamic, the story hilarious, and the visuals incredible. After Wall-E, the Pixar team can truly do no wrong in my book. Anyway, check out the 2009 release schedule (and the Up trailer) below, and then head over to Ropes Of Silicon for the full preview.

February 13, 2009 – Confessions of a Shopaholic

February 27, 2009 – Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

March 13, 2009 – Race to Witch Mountain

April 10, 2009 – Hannah Montana The Movie

April 22, 2009 – Earth

May 29, 2009 – Up

June 12, 2009 – The Proposal

July 24, 2009 – G-Force

Summer 2009 – When in Rome

September 25, 2009 – Surrogates

October 2, 2009 – Toy Story

November 6, 2009 – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

November 25, 2009 – Old Dogs

Christmas 2009 – The Princess and the Frog

And here’s the whimsical, wonderful Up trailer: