Friday Box Office – MADAGASCAR 3 Still on Top as ROCK OF AGES and THAT’S MY BOY Fall Flat

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After one week of positive box office performance with the debuts of Madagascar 3 and Prometheus, things have gone back to bleak. That’s because each of this weekend’s new titles stumbled badly on their first day in theatres. Neither Rock of Ages, the PG-13 musical starring Tom Cruise, nor That’s My Boy, the R-rated comedy starring Adam Sandler, managed to shine: Rock of Ages earned an estimated $5.3 million from 3,470 locations while That’s My Boy took in just $4.6 million from 3,030. To illustrate how bad those numbers are for a summer movie, The Three Stooges earned more ($5.6 million) on its first Friday… in April. Granted, mid-June is not exactly a box office hot spot but even Mr. Popper’s Penguins managed a $6.3 million debut at this time last year. So, instead of the $25 to $30 million that these titles were aiming for, they will now be lucky to see their weekend totals rise above the mid-teens. Of course, this is great news for Madagascar 3, which will continue to hold the top spot on the weekend chart for a second week in a row.  Full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Madagascar 3 $10,025,000 $94.9
2 Prometheus $5,825,000 $74.4
3 Rock of Ages $5,350,000 $5.35
4 That’s My Boy $4,600,000 $4.6
5 Snow White & the Huntsman $4,000,000 $112.7

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS Blu-ray Review

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I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when my 4-year old daughter and I “popped” in Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have kids now so I see a pretty full spectrum of movies for children.  Popper’s stars Jim Carrey, which could be a make-it-or-break-it for many decision makers.  I myself am a fan of Carrey, especially of older work like Fire Marshall Bill (In Living Color), Ace Ventura, and Me, Myself and Irene.

It is pretty well known that Carrey has tried his hand at several other types of roles like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, The Number 23, etc.  Some people have different perspectives on how successful he has been at these but I mention it because I would say that Popper’s is a return to form for him.  My review of the Blu-ray after the jump:

Worst 5 Films of 2011

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Every year, I wonder why I feel the need to call out five films that were the worst of the worst.  No studio exec is going to read this article think, “Matt Goldberg, that voice of sage wisdom, has spoken, and now we must cease production on all of our banal romantic comedies.”  But I make myself sit through a lot of junk every year because I have the idiotic policy of finishing every movie I start.  And these movies were not only a trial, but they managed to waste a potentially good aspect and be shockingly offensive at the same time.  Don’t look for The Zookeeper or Jack and Jill on this list; I prefer not to shove toxic waste into my eye sockets.  The five movies on this list had at least one enticing aspect: the talent involved, the premise, the success of previous entries in the franchise.  And then that lure brought me into a grueling slog where my only solace was knowing the film’s running time and having a wristwatch.  These films punched me for no reason.  This is me hitting back with good cause.

Hit the jump to check out my picks for the worst five films of 2011.

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

Weekend Box Office – TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Tops $250 Million to Become 2011′s Biggest Hit

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As expected, neither of this week’s new comedies came close to catching Transformers 3 on its second weekend.  While Horrible Bosses became the latest R-rated comedy to top expectations this summer, Zookeeper became the latest potential tentpole to fall flat.  Meanwhile, both films combined barely topped this weekend’s estimate for Dark of the Moon, which became the US’s highest-grossing release of 2011 as of Sunday.

Title Weekend Total
1 Transformers 3 $47,000,000 $261
2 Horrible Bosses $28,100,000 $28.1
3 Zookeeper $21,000,000 $21
4 Cars 2 $15,209,000 $148.8
5 Bad Teacher $9,000,000 $78.7
6 Larry Crowne $6,264,000 $26.5
7 Super 8 $4,825,000 $118
8 Monte Carlo $3,800,000 $16.1
9 Green lantern $3,125,000 $109.7
10 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $2,850,000 $57.7

Weekend Box Office – GREEN LANTERN Dims with $52.6 Million Domestic Opening

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It looks like negative word of mouth was indeed a factor for this weekend’s highest-profile debut.  After earning decent midnight and Friday numbers, Green Lantern fell off by an estimated 22% on Saturday – giving it a three day opening of just $52.6 million.

Title Weekend Total
1 Green Lantern $52,685,000 $52.6
2 Super 8 $21,250,000 $72.7
3 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $18,200,000 $18.2
4 X-Men: First Class $11,500,000 $119.9
5 The Hangover Part II $9,635,000 $232.6
6 Kung Fu Panda 2 $8,700,000 $143.3
7 Bridesmaids $7,487,000 $136.8
8 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $6,236,000 $220.3
9 Midnight in Paris $5,237,000 $21.8
10 Judy Moody $2,241,000 $11.1

Friday Box Office – GREEN LANTERN Lights Up with $21.6 Million Debut

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After earning $3.35 million from its midnight screenings, Green Lantern brought in an estimated $21.6 million from 3,816 venues – 70% of which were 3D equipped.  The third comic book property to hit the screen since Memorial Day, the Lantern seems headed for a weekend in the $60 million range: about where mid-week tracking placed it.  That would put the DC Comics title just under Thor’s $65.7 million May debut and just over the $55.1 million launch of X-Men: First Class.  Considering that both of those films had Rotten Tomato scores significantly higher than the current 23% rating for Lantern, I’m thinking that Warner Brothers has, so far, dodged a shiny, green bullet.  Of course, word of mouth is going to be a factor with GL and, with international estimates unavailable, it is hard to draw an accurate picture of the film’s prospects.  The weekend’s second new release, Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, managed a second place finish on Friday and will probably be lucky to get to $20 million by Sunday.  We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Green Lantern $21,605,000 $21.6
2 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $6,400,000 $6.4
3 Super 8 $6,005,000 $57.5
4 X-Men: First Class $3,350,000 $111.7
5 The Hangover Part II $3,180,000 $226.2

Angela Lansbury Video Interview MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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With director Mark Waters new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, opening today, I was recently able to speak with Angela Lansbury.  In the film, she plays the owner of Tavern on the Green in New York City and Jim Carrey plays a divorced New York real estate developer who wants to purchase the property.

During the interview, we talked about how she got involved in the film, how much of herself did she bring to her character, did she get a lifetime pass for Disneyland after the success of  Beauty and the Beast, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.  Mr. Popper’s Penguins also stars Carla Gugino, Clark Gregg and Madeline Carroll.

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS Review

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Your kids are probably going to love Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  I saw it an audience filled with kids and their parents, and the kids laughed throughout.  They laughed when the penguins farted.  They laughed when the penguins pooped.  They laughed when the penguins fell down.  They laughed when Jim Carrey made a funny face.  The movie easily walks beneath the low bar set by what passes for family films and if you want to keep your kids amused for two hours and can’t find a shiny object, then Mr. Popper’s Penguins fits the bill.  There’s nothing I can say against this film that makes it any less of a joy to kids who ask nothing more than funny faces, fart jokes, and slapstick.  Instead, I’m fascinated by the film’s unsettling subtext..

Carla Gugino Talks CASINO, GOODFELLAS, Jim Carrey and MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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As I said yesterday when I posted my interview with Jim Carrey, I’ve learned that if I wear my Goodfellas t-shirt during an on camera interview, I should expect whoever I’m speaking with to talk about the movie.  This happened when I wore the shirt for my The Adjustment Bureau interview with Matt Damon, where he ended up talking about Scorsese’s gangster classic, and again when I spoke with Carrey.

Anyway, the reason I’m talking about my Goodfellas t-shirt is that I recently interviewed Carla Gugino for her new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Based on the 1938 children’s novel, Gugino plays Carrey’s ex-wife and  she watches as her former husband starts to change after  he inherits some penguins from his kooky father.  During the interview, Gugino talks about her love for Martin Scorsese’s Casino and Goodfellas, what it was like to work with Carrey, and how she got involved with Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Hit the jump to watch.  And you can watch the trailer here.

Jim Carrey Talks GOODFELLAS, Don Knotts and MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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I’ve learned a valuable lesson: if I wear my Goodfellas t-shirt during an on camera interview, I should expect whoever I’m speaking with to talk about the movie.  The last time I wore it was for The Adjustment Bureau, and I spent most of my time with Matt Damon discussing Martin Scorsese and his gangster masterpiece.  Actually, if you missed that interview, it’s one of my favorites.  Make sure to watch to the very end as Damon tells an awesome Godfather story.

Anyway, the reason I’m talking about my Goodfellas t-shirt is that I wore it when I interviewed Jim Carrey for his new family film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and like last time, we spent a lot of time talked about the film.  Of course, we also talked about how he got involved with Mr. Popper’s Penguins (he admits to loving the animals) and the conversation even moved to the late/great Don Knotts at one point.  Hit the jump to watch.

8 Clips from MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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20th Century Fox has released 8 new clips from their upcoming family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Based on the children’s book of the same name, the film centers on a divorced New York real estate developer who inherits some penguins from his kooky father. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) the film stars Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Clark Gregg and Madeline Carroll.  Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Mr. Popper’s Penguins hits theaters on June 17th.

New Trailer for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for the family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Jim Carrey stars as divorced New York real estate developer: “for years he has been out of contact with his ‘kooky’ father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin.”  Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll also star.  Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs from a script by Jared Stern (The Princess and the Frog) and screenwriting team Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), based on the 1938 children’s novel.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens June 17.  Watch the trailer after the break.

First Poster for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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The first poster for Mr. Popper’s Penguins has been released. Based on the children’s book of the same name, the film centers on a New York real estate developer who inherits some penguins, naturally. Jim Carrey stars in the film which was directed by Mark Waters. I quite enjoyed Waters’ Mean Girls, and thought the premise had some potential with Carrey attached, but the first trailer didn’t really impress anything upon me other than “look how kooky it is to have penguins in a high-rise apartment!” Though I did find it cool that the film used actual penguins most of the time rather than relying on CGI.

Hit the jump to check out the poster. Carrey stars alongside Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll. Mr. Popper’s Penguins hits theaters June 17th.

First Trailer for MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS Starring Jim Carrey and Dancing Penguins

by     Posted 3 years, 274 days ago

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the family film Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Jim Carrey stars as divorced New York real estate developer: “for years he has been out of contact with his “kooky” father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin.”  Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, and Madeline Carroll also star.  Mark Waters (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) directs from a script by Jared Stern (The Princess and the Frog) and screenwriting team Sean Anders and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine), based on the 1938 children’s novel.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opens on June 17. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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