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FOUR CHRISTMASES gets early holiday PRESENT

fourchristmases_gallerypostWarner Bros holiday comedy FOUR CHRISTMASES, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, pulled in the masses. Although the film opened to mediocre reviews, it scored with $31.7 million over the weekend and $46.7 since its debut on Wednesday. I would expect this critic-proof film to perform well throughout December.

bolt3Disney’s animated, BOLT, has a great weekend at number 2 with a 101% increase in ticket-sales. Benefiting greatly from kiddie-matine showings, the film grossed $26.5 over the weekend to give it a solid ten day total of $86.2 mil.

TWILIGHT placed third, grossing $26.3 mil. The film proved to have a front-loaded audience, dropping off 61% in ticket-sales from its $70 mil opening. Still, with a 10 day total of $119.7 million, production company, Summit Entertainment, has to be mighty australia-1happy. Word has it that the sequel titled, “New Moon,” might start filming by March.

The newest James Bond film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, placed fourth, pulling in another $19.5 mil to give it a three week total of $142.3.

milk_galleryposter1Baz Lurmann’s epic, AUSTRALIA, placed fifth, grossing $14.8 mil over the weekend and $20 mil since it hit theaters on Wednesday. While reaction among critics is split, I believe the general public will like this film. Despite its flaws, I really enjoyed it and will probably watch it again. It achieved my number one criteria for liking a movie in that I found it to be very moving.  

A few other box-office items of interest: TRANSPORTER 3 opened in seventh place, grossing $12.3 over the weekend and $18.5 since Wednesday. Its star, Jason Statham, appears to stuck in a trading range when it comes to an audience. Whether he’ll ever break out and become a big time attraction is still suspect at this point.

Gus Van Sant’s, MILK, opened to very positive reviews and the film pulled in a terrific $1.4 mil on just 35 screens in 19 major cities. The film, which stars Sean Penn, should be a major player come award season. Here’s the weekend’s complete TOP TEN

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December 1, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News |

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