Friday Box Office – BREAKING DAWN PART 1 Still On Top; THE MUPPETS in Second

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If Black Friday’s estimates are any gauge, this year’s Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a bit of a downer.  Traditionally one of the biggest movie days of the year, 2011’s post-holiday Friday saw drops in both gross and attendance over a year ago.  To give you one example, this year’s 3D-animated Arthur Christmas performed about as well on its first Friday as last year’s 2D musical Burlesque. Up at the top, Breaking Dawn Part 1 continued to shine with an estimated $16.9 million.  That’s a decline of 75% from the film’s opening day, though the drop was expected given the front-heavy nature of The Twilight Saga series.  Last year’s big ‘Part 1’, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, managed to make about 20% more on its second Friday, putting 2011 at a bit of a disadvantage.  At number two with an estimated $12.2 million, The Muppets came in almost 35% behind 2010’s Tangled, though the latter did have 3D-pricing on its side.  The only film to buck the downward trend was HugoMartin Scorsese’s 3D family-film earned $4.5 million on Friday – more than what it was projected to make just a few days ago.  More analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $16,900,000
2 The Muppets $12,275,000
3 Happy Feet Two $5,130,000
4 Arthur Christmas $4,550,000
5 Hugo $4,530,000

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Wins 4 Golden Globe Awards Including Best Motion Picture (Drama)

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I have just endured three painful hours of the Golden Globes.  Thankfully, folks who deserved awards got them (except for Community, which wasn’t even nominated, so way to screw that up, Hollywood Foreign Press Association).  You can click here to check out my live blog of the entire ceremony, but if you just want a listing of who won what, then hit the jump.  The Social Network took home four Golden Globes including Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Motion Picture (Drama).

Matt Live-Blogs the 2011 Golden Globe Awards

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Tonight I’ll be live-blogging the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.  The Golden Globes continue to receive attention because they used to be seen as a reliable indicator of what films would be receiving Orscar love.  However, due to shifting deadlines, Oscar ballots are already due and there’s no way that the Globes can affect the Oscar nominees.  Also, the Globes, which are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for being delightfully carefree with their integrity and will nominate you if you show them enough love.  They’re basically like the MTV Movie Awards except they serve food and there aren’t any sketches.

However, I think host Ricky Gervais will do a fine job tonight and I’m curious to see if the Globes will follow through on their clearly bought-and-paid-for-love of films like Burlesque and The TouristClick here for a list of the nominees and hit the jump for my on-going live-blog and be sure to keep refreshing the page for my comments.  The 2011 Golden Globe Awards air at 8pm (EST) on NBC.

2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; THE KING’S SPEECH Leads with 7 Nominations

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Oh, the Golden Globes: the most popular awards show where nominations and victories are bought and paid for.  While the Globes have a modest reputation as a good indicator of what will be getting Oscar nominations, this year’s list of nominees features a solid, respectable Best Drama category and a laughably terrible Comedy/Musical category.  Nominated for Best Drama, you have likely Oscar contenders Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network.  But fighting for Best Comedy/Musical you have the critically panned Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, and The Tourist.  You also have Red and then the only film that deserves to win, The Kids Are All Right.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees including my thoughts on the TV shows which received nominations.

Weekend Box Office – TANGLED Takes in $21.5 Million; HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 Falls to Second

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The kids are back in school, the leftovers are congealing in the fridge and you’ve already run through all the releases at your local multiplex. Such is life on the weekend after the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The upshot is that there isn’t much to talk about in terms of box office.  We’ve got holdovers as far as the eye can see – and they’re not holding very well at that.  In fact, overall box office is down 13% this weekend from 2009 levels when The Blind Side claimed first place.

Title Weekend Total
1 Tangled $21,500,000 $96.5
2 Harry Potter 7A $16,700,000 $244.2
3 Burlesque $6,100,000 $26.9
4 Unstoppable $6,100,000 $68.8
5 Love & Other Drugs $5,700,000 $22.6
6 Megamind $5,030,000 $136.7
7 Due Date $4,215,000 $90.9
8 Faster $3,829,000 $18.1
9 The Warrior’s Way $3,051,000 $3.1
10 The Next Three Days $2,650,000 $18.3

Weekend Box Office – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 Holds Off TANGLED For First Place Over Five Day Holiday

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For the second weekend in a row Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 heads the weekend box office, taking in an estimated $76.3 million over five days and bringing its ten day domestic total to $220.4 million.  Potter was not the only family film that enchanted over the Thanksgiving holiday: Disney’s Tangled pulled in an estimated $69 million in its five day start, besting many predictions.  Meanwhile, debuts aimed at the adult audience gave new meaning to the term ‘turkey trot.’ Burlesque, Love & Other Drugs and Faster all failed to pass $20 million after five days. Nevertheless, this was the second-highest grossing Thanksgiving on record after Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Blind Side took 2009.

Title Weekend 5-day Total
1 Harry Potter 7A $50.4 $76.3 $220.4
2 Tangled $49 $69 $69
3 Megamind $12.8 $17.3 $130.4
4 Burlesque $11.8 $17.2 $17.2
5 Unstoppable $11.7 $16 $60.7
6 Love & Other Drugs $9.8 $14 $14
7 Faster $8.7 $12.2 $12.2
8 Due Date $7.3 $10.2 $85
9 The Next Three Days $4.8 $7.8 $14.5
10 Morning Glory $4 $5.9 $26.4

Thanksgiving Box Office – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 Tops TANGLED

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Four new releases made up this year’s traditional Thanksgiving movie-smorgasbord, though none came close to unseating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.  After six days in theatres, Potter’s penultimate chapter has already racked up a domestic estimate of $158.5 million.  When added to its foreign haul, the film’s worldwide total stands at $363 million.  As expected, Potter’s closest competitor on the day before Thanksgiving was Disney’s Tangled.  The animated take on Rapunzel opened with $11.6 million from its 3,603 runs and is expected to bring in $65 million by the end of the holiday weekend.  Sony/Screen Gem’s Burlesque beat out Fox’s Love and Other Drugs – a surprise which can be partially explained by the musical’s higher screen count. Neither title is expected to earn over $18 million by Sunday.  Finally, CBS’s Faster fell outside the top five in seventh place. The R-rated action flick brought in an estimated $1.6 million from its 2,454 runs.  We’ll have Thanksgiving box office updates later this weekend.

Title Wednesday Total
1 Harry Potter 7A $14,000,000 $158.5
2 Tangled $11,600,000 $11.6
3 Burlesque $2,800,000 $2.8
4 Megamind $2,700,000 $115.6
5 Love & Other Drugs $2,500,000 $2.5

Writer/Director Steven Antin Exclusive Interview BURLESQUE

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The new musical Burlesque, about a small-town girl looking to make it big, has been a passion project for writer/director Steven Antin. Wanting to remain true to the spirit of the art form that he loves so much, he gave the film’s Burlesque Lounge a rich personality and history of its own, with a playfulness and sexiness befitting of the era it became famous.

To bring Burlesque to life on the big screen, with all of its songs, performances and flash, the filmmaker knew it would take megastar Cher and someone with the talent of Christina Aguilera. In this exclusive interview with Collider, Steven Antin talked about collaborating with both women on the development of their roles, being involved with designing everything from the costumes to the look of the club to the song-and-dance numbers, and his plans for extended and deleted scenes on the DVD. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Weekend Box Office – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 Scores a Franchise-Best Opening with $125.1 Million

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1 is the Hagrid-sized hit everyone expected it to be; although its three day estimate – at this point – won’t put it into the top five All-Time releases as was previously projected. They really missed the mark and came in sixth instead. Warner Brothers will have to be content in the knowledge that they have topped their previous Harry Potter record and bide their time until Part 2 comes out in July.

Title Weekend Total
1 Harry Potter 7A $125,100,000 $125.1
2 Megamind $16,175,000 $109.4
3 Unstoppable $13,100,000 $41.9
4 Due Date $9,150,000 $72.6
5 The Next Three Days $6,750,000 $6.7
6 Morning Glory $5,430,000 $19.8
7 Skyline $3,430,000 $17.6
8 Red $2,467,000 $83.5
9 For Colored Girls $2,400,000 $34.5
10 Fair Game $1,470,000 $3.7

Cam Gigandet Interview BURLESQUE

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In the new musical Burlesque, opening over the Thanksgiving holiday, Cam Gigandet portrays Jack, the confidante of small-town girl Ali Rose (Christina Aguilera), who has come to the big city in the pursuit of her dream to be a singing star. A fellow musician, Jack is shy about his own songwriting as he encourages Ali to take her rightful place on the stage.

The two have an undeniable and playful chemistry, that allowed them to have fun both on screen and off, even for their more intimate moments. During a recent interview at the film’s press day, the Twilight star talked about meeting and working with Cher and Christina Aguilera, doing on screen nudity and surviving L.A. when he first moved to town. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Julianne Hough Interview BURLESQUE; Plus an Update on FOOTLOOSE

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Julianne Hough first became known to millions of fans as the two-time professional dance champion on the ABC hit series Dancing with the Stars. After leaving the show, her self-titled debut country music album hit the Billboard Country charts at #1. Now, she is making a name for herself in the world of acting, with a supporting role in Burlesque, which she will then be following with one of the lead roles in the remake of Footloose.

During a roundtable at the film’s press day, the rising star talked about focusing on the performance aspect of Burlesque and working with a group of dancers instead of just a partner, being starstruck by Cher, and the similarities and differences in her version of Footloose. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

BURLESQUE Premiere Celebrity Images

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The stars came out to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on November 15th to celebrate Academy Award-winning superstar Cher’s return to the big screen with the highly anticipated Thanksgiving release Burlesque. Joining the music icon on the red carpet was Christina Aguilera, fresh from receiving her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that morning, and making her feature film acting debut as the small-town girl who moves to the big city to follow her dream of becoming a star singer. The leading ladies were joined by co-stars Julianne Hough, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Eric Dane and Peter Gallagher, along with writer/director Steven Antin, Will Ferrell, Ryan Seacrest, James Marsden, AnnaLynne McCord and Rebecca Gayheart. Check out all of the photos after the jump:

Cher Interview BURLESQUE

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For the big screen musical Burlesque, Academy Award-winning megastar Cher ended a seven-year hiatus to take on the role of Tess, the glamorous proprietor of the dazzling Burlesque Lounge. When Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small-town girl pursuing her dreams to be a star, stumbles across the inspired musical revue, she becomes determined to prove she’s meant to be on that stage. As Ali comes into her own as a performer, Tess sees an opportunity to make use of her spectacular voice and showmanship in a way that will benefit not only both women, but the club itself.

At the film’s press day, Cher talked about maintaining a successful 45-year career in the entertainment business, working with someone as talented as Christina Aguilera and revealed that she enjoyed making Burlesque so much that she would like to do another film in the future. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Christina Aguilera Interview BURLESQUE

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She has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, won five Grammy Awards, had three top five albums in the United States and is the only artist under 30 to make Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest singers of all time. Now, superstar singer Christina Aguilera is making her feature film debut in the big screen musical Burlesque, starring opposite musical icon Cher.

Ali Rose (Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice and big dreams. When she leaves her life behind and moves to Los Angeles, the wide-eyed young woman stumbles upon The Burlesque Lounge and immediately becomes determined to bring her own singing and dancing talents to its musical revue. Clearly meant to be on a stage, Ali quickly makes friends and enemies among the other girls at the club, wins the affection of the bartender (Cam Gigandet), comes to the attention of a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) and is taken under the wing of the club’s glamorous owner, Tess (Cher), changing her life forever.

At the film’s press day, Christina Aguilera talked about how heavily involved she was with everything from developing the character and approving the revealing wardrobe to writing the songs and performing the musical numbers. She also spoke of the priceless advice she got from Cher and revealed how much she’s looking forward to the next chapter of her life, now that she’s turning 30 in December. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Eight Clips from BURLESQUE Starring Christina Aguilera, Cher, Cam Gigandet, and Kristen Bell

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Sony has sent us eight clips from their upcoming film Burlesque.  Directed by Steve Antin, the film stars Christina Aguilera as an aspiring performer whose vocal talents help revive an ailing Burlesque theater.  The movie also stars Cher, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, and Stanley Tucci.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for interviews with the cast soon.  Burlesque opens November 24th.

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