Holiday Box Office – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Leads; WAR HORSE Opens Stronger Than Expected

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Because of the unique release pattern of this year’s holiday offerings, we are posting the weekend box office numbers one day later than usual.  Yesterday’s estimates for the three-day period did not include War Horse, which needed only one day in theatres to earn almost as much as We Bought a Zoo did in three.  Please note that the chart below includes separate estimates for Friday-Monday that are NOT in the same order.  I just couldn’t come up with a better way to present what has turned out to be a very confusing Christmas at the box office.

Title Weekend 4-Day Total
1 Mission: Impossible 4 $26,535,000 $46.2 $78.6
2 Sherlock Holmes 2 $17,800,000 $31.8 $90.6
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $13,325,000 $20 $56.9
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $13,000,000 $19.4 $27.7
5 Adventures of Tintin $9,125,000 $16.1 $24.1
6 We Bought a Zoo $7,800,000 $15.6 $
7 War Horse $7,500,000 $15 $15
8 New Year’s Eve $3,005,000 $5 $34.2
9 Arthur Christmas $2,600,000 $2.7 $44.1
10 The Darkest Hour $2,500,000 $5.5 $5.5

Box Office – GHOST PROTOCOL Climbs to First; GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a Distant Second

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‘Twas the Wednesday before Christmas, but before I get going, I’ll end this rhyme so it doesn’t start blowing.  That’s right, we have arrived at that fabled time of year when Hollywood finally unwraps some of its most-anticipated titles.  After its IMAX triumph last weekend, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol went wide on Wednesday and quickly vaulted over both Sherlock Holmes 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 to claim first place with $8.6 million.  M:I 4 also topped David Fincher’s much-hyped version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which snuck into theatres a day ahead of its official December 21st release date.  From 2,914 locations, Dragon Tattoo has earned an estimated $5.1 million so far – just slightly behind what True Grit saw on its pre-Christmas debut one year ago.  Rounding out yesterday’s top five was Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin.  One of Spielberg’s two end-of-year offerings (War Horse arrives on December 25th), Tintin earned a relatively-soft $2.3 million from 3,087 domestic theatres, but a giant $240 million internationally.  With Christmas falling on a Sunday, this weekend’s totals are not expected to equal 2010 (when Little Fockers reigned), but we’ll keep you updated either way.

Title Wednesday Total
1 Mission Impossible 4 $8,600,000 $25.7
2 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $3,500,000 $5.1
3 Sherlock Holmes 2 $4,284,000 $54
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $3,510,000 $32.9
5 Adventures of Tintin $2,300,000 $2.3

Amazing Posters from David O’Daniel for JAWS, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, CHARADE, and More

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We’ve showcased some of the amazing screenprints by artist David O’Daniel in the past and now he’s released a whole new batch to drain your wallet.  There’s a King Kong 3-poster set that’s limited to an edition of 300 and costs $60.  Each poster in the set measures 18 x 24 inches. There are 250 posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The posters for True Grit (2010), Jaws, Bullitt, and Vertigo are each limited to an edition of 200.  The posters for Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Searchers, Il Fuoco, and North by Northwest are limited to an edition of 150.  There are only 75 posters for The Great White Silence. All of the posters measure 18 x 24 inches except for Il Fuoco (19 x 25) and The Searchers (26 x 17).  Except for King Kong, the posters cost $35 each plus $9 shipping U.S. and $15 shipping international (it’s a flat shipping cost no matter how many posters you buy).

Once again, I can vouch for these.  I’ve bought four posters in the past from Mr. O’Daniel and I’m about purchase the one for North by Northwest.  Hit the jump to check out all the posters.

TRUE GRIT Blu-ray Review

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True Grit – the 2010 remake of the John Wayne western – came out at the tail end of the year. Like many Coen Brothers pictures, it was expected to be an Academy front runner, and a modest box office success. That was wrong on both counts, as the film never got that much Oscar traction (there was hope Roger Deakins would finally win an academy award, but no luck), and the film was a huge hit – grossing within a million of the hugely publicized franchise relaunch Tron Legacy. Jeff Bridges stars as Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn, who is hired by Mattie Ross (Haliee Steinfeld) to find Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who killed her father. Texas Ranger LaBeouf (Matt Damon) is also on the hunt for Chaney as well. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Guild Awards: THE SOCIAL NETWORK, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TOY STORY 3 Win for Editing; TRUE GRIT Wins for Sound Mixing

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Two subsets of Hollywood’s production crews chimed in last night on the best film and television of 2010.  The American Cinema Editors handed out their adorably named Eddie Awards with a respectable degree of specialization.  The Social Network was named the best edited feature-length drama — Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Exit Through the Gift Shop won in the comedy/musical, animated, and documentary categories respectively.  Modern Family, The Walking Dead, Treme, and Temple Grandin were deemed the best edited programs on television last year.

The Cinema Audio Society gave their top film award to True Grit, and became the first voting body to recognize the straight-to-DVD greatness of 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.  TV nods went to Boardwalk Empire, Temple Grandin, and Deadliest Catch.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Cool Artwork For This Year’s BAFTA Nominees for Best Picture

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The Oscars are mere weeks away, and as such, award season is just about over. However, that doesn’t mean we’re bereft of award-inspired artwork just yet. The BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) were held last week, where The King’s Speech all but swept most of the categories. Included in the brochure for the ceremony was some outstanding original artwork by Adam Simpson depicting each of the five nominees for Best Picture: Black Swan, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and True Grit. Hit the jump to check out the individual illustrations for yourself.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins Interview; Talks TRUE GRIT, Coen Brothers, Digital vs. Film, Says He’s Probably Shooting BOND 23

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One of my favorite cinematographers is Roger Deakins.  If you look over his amazing resume, you’ll see he’s shot so many memorable films, you’d be hard pressed to have not seen at least a few of them.  Some of the standouts include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, The Shawshank Redemption, and True Grit. As you may have noticed by the titles I just listed, Deakins has a very close relationship with the Coen Brothers, as he shoots most of their movies.

The other day I got to do an exclusive phone interview with Deakins and we talked about a wide range of subjects: what kinds of cameras and lenses he likes to use, his relationship with the Coen brothers and how they work together, making True Grit, digital vs. film, his next movie Now which he shot digitally with the Arriflex Alexa (his first time using digital), his relationship with DreamWorks and his involvement on How to Train Your Dragon and the upcoming sequel, 3D, and when I asked him about what’s coming up next, he said, “I’ll probably do a film with Sam Mendes next.”  When I asked him if that meant he was shooting Bond 23, he said, “it might, yeah.”

If you’re interested in cinematography, or just a fan of Deakins work, hit the jump to either read or listen to our conversation:

Weekend Box Office – THE ROOMMATE At Home in First Place with $15.6 Million; SANCTUM in Second with $9.2 Million

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Super Bowl weekend is not known for its huge debuts – 2010 being the notable exception.  And with much of the country still dealing with their endless winter nightmares and the rest transfixed by the game, this weekend has a good excuse for its low numbers.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Roommate $15,600,000 $15.6
2 Sanctum $9,225,000 $9.2
3 No Strings Attached $8,400,000 $51.7
4 The King’s Speech $8,310,000 $84.1
5 The Green Hornet $6,100,000 $87.2
6 The Rite $5,565,000 $23.6
7 The Mechanic $5,370,000 $20
8 True Grit $4,750,000 $155
9 The Dilemma $3,448,000 $35.7
10 Black Swan $3,400,000 $95.8

A Closer Look at Roger Deakins’ Cinematography for TRUE GRIT

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Cinematographer Roger Deakins received his ninth Oscar nomination this year, this time for his stunning work on the Coen Brother’s True Grit.  Naturally, the Academy has never given him the award because that would make too much sense.  No offense to the other nominees this year, but it’s time for Deakins to get his due.  After the jump you can check out a video that highlights his incredible work on True Grit and see why Deakins (yet again) deserves to win Best Cinematography.  The 83rd Academy Awards will be held on February 27th.

TRUE GRIT Blu-ray Review Starring John Wayne

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Watching 1969’s much heralded epic True Grit, starring John Wayne, Glenn Campbell and Kim Darby, I felt the filmmakers missed a golden opportunity to create a true western masterpiece – in the vein of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven and John Ford’s The Searchers.

Wayne and co. deliver the goods, sure, and for the most part much of Henry Hathaway’s film feels alive, sometimes even sensational (“Fill your hand you son of a bitch!”), but otherwise does little to differentiate itself from Wayne’s other cowboy ventures, particularly Big Jake and, to some extent, Rio Lobo. Those films also followed a man in pursuit of justice/revenge, told with an eye towards adventure; unlike, say, the darker, more stylized western tales of Sam Peckinpah.  For more, hit the jump to check out my True Grit Blu-ray review.

2011 Oscar Nominations Announced; THE KING’S SPEECH Leads with 12 Nominations

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The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced.  The King’s Speech led the pack with 12 nominations.  True Grit followed with 10 nominations while early favorite The Social Network racked up eight.  Most of the nominees were easy to predict.  While I’m not surprised that John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) nabbed acting nominations, I’m happy they were recognized for their work.  I’m also ridiculously happy that Exit Through the Gift Shop picked up a nod for Best Documentary.

As far as snubs go, the biggest one has to be Christopher Nolan for Inception.  While he picked up the DGA nomination, the Academy chose to go with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit.  As someone who loved the hell out of True Grit, it’s hard for me to complain.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees along with my commentary.  Winners will be announced on February 27th.  James Franco and Anne Hathaway are set to host the awards ceremony.

Weekend Box Office – NO STRINGS ATTACHED Stays On Top with $20.3 Million

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After just one weekend of excitement surrounding the release of The Green Hornet, the box office reverted to more modest numbers this weekend.  As the week’s sole new release the romantic comedy No Strings Attached came out on top, bringing in a higher than expected total estimated at $20.3 million from its 3,018 locations.

Title Weekend Total
1 No Strings Attached $20,300,000 $20.3
2 The Green Hornet $18,100,000 $63.4
3 The Dilemma $9,720,000 $33.3
4 The King’s Speech $9,100,000 $58.6
5 True Grit $8,000,000 $138.6
6 Black Swan $6,200,000 $83.5
7 The Fighter $4,515,000 $73
8 Little Fockers $4,390,000 $141.1
9 Yogi Bear $4,060,000 $88.8
10 Tron Legacy $3,700,000 $163.2

BAFTA Nominations Announced; THE KING’S SPEECH Leads with 14 Nominations

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced their nominations for the 2011 BAFTA Awards (the British equivalent of the Oscars).  While The Social Network is busy dominating awards circles on this side of the Atlantic, it looks like (unsurprisingly) The King’s Speech is going to clean up at the BAFTAs.  The film received 14 nominations including Best Picture and Outstanding British Film.  The Social Network still managed to pick up 6 nominations including Best Picture.   Also in the Best Picture race: Black Swan (12 nominations), True Grit (8 nominations), and Inception (9 nominations).  Other great films getting some love from the BAFTAs included Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (1 nomination) and Chris Morris’ Four Lions (2 nominations).

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominations.  Winners will be announced on February 13th.

Weekend Box Office – THE GREEN HORNET Stings With $34 Million; THE DILEMMA Frets Over $17.4 Million

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January generally isn’t the time for the studios’ best and brightest, but that changes for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.  This year, Sony successfully pitched the superhero comedy The Green Hornet, which won the weekend with $34 million.  Universal didn’t do quite as well with their high profile release The Dilemma, which came in second with $17.4   million.  Details after the jump:

Title Weekend Total
1 The Green Hornet $34,000,000 $34.0
2 The Dilemma $17,418,765 $17.4
3 True Grit $11,200,000 $127.4
4 The King’s Speech $9,070,000 $44.6
5 Black Swan $8,125,000 $73.0
6 Little Fockers $7,137,582 $134.2
7 Tron Legacy $5,674,000 $156.9
8 Yogi Bear $5,125,000 $82.1
9 The Fighter $5,125,000 $65.8
10 Season of the Witch $4,500,000 $18.0
Title Friday Total
1 The Green Hornet $11,100,000 $11.1
2 The Dilemma $6,100,000 $6.1
3 True Grit $3,200,000 $118.4
4 The King’s Speech $2,500,000 $38.0
5 Black Swan $2,400,000 $67.3

Friday Box Office – THE GREEN HORNET Defeats THE DILEMMA With $11.1 Million

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Around Christmastime, we heard The Green Hornet was tracking surprisingly high for a January release.  Could the superhero film really do big business in a desolate box office winter?  The answer is… well, kind of.  The Green Hornet won’t break the record for opening weekend in January nor the Martin Luther King holiday record set by Cloverfield in 2008.  But the film sits comfortably atop the box office charts with a solid $11.1 million on Friday.  The Dilemma had a harder time finding an audience despite its marketable pedigree.  Vince Vaughn.  Kevin James.  Ron Howard directing.  How can you lose?  Still, The Dilemma scored just $6.1 million on Friday, which should make for a moderate opening weekend.  True Grit, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan round out the top five in demonstration of what January is truly good for: catching up on Oscar contenders.  Check back tomorrow for full details.

Title Friday Total
1 The Green Hornet $11,100,000 $11.1
2 The Dilemma $6,100,000 $6.1
3 True Grit $3,200,000 $118.4
4 The King’s Speech $2,500,000 $38.0
5 Black Swan $2,400,000 $67.3
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