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FROM FRONT PAGES....'The Dark Knight Rises' still has impressive box office weekend The numbers are in and, after a understandable delay in the box office numbers, "The Dark Knight Rises" rules the weekend as it sales to the best 2D opening ever. And a third best opening, domestically.
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Hollywood sits on box office news;
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...we tracked the BO here.
NOW OVER $200 MIL; IT TOOK SIX DAYS TO GET THERE...
Batman makes $30.6 million at midnight....
OK, here we go. "Modern Family" cast is back to work but still not making any deals on money. Sharon Osbourne leaving "AGT." Do we care. I say retire them all and let the talent pool regenerate, for lack of the correct word. "L.A. Complex" gets no press or attention because it deals with how Hollywood really works. They would rather ignore this one and pay attention to what the Bristol Palin's kid says. Come one. Oscar folk have adopted their rules. Well, it needs to be done every year.
Tim' Top Films So Far This Year
1. "The Dark Knight Rises"
2. "The Avengers"
3. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
4. "Moonrise Kingdom"
5. "To Rome With Love"
Note: It was this time of the year when I touted a movie called "The Artist" and was promptly laughed at by many. I said, "Is the American public ready for a silent, black and white film to win Best Picture?" It did. But, my No. 1 film at the end of the year rarely wins the top prize and it is not necessarily my pick to win. Those are and can be different, you know? I loved Jennifer Lawrence in a "Winters Bone," which was my favorite for that year. It did make the final cut, which made me happy. And so did she. Now, enter "Hunger Games" and everybody knows who she is. Hmmmm.
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"Polished Girlz" was founded two years ago by Alanna J. Walls, 12, a pre-teen with a big heart. Her team of volunteers travel to hospitals and polish the little patients' nails. Her non-profit organization was the perfect fit for Hollywood Baskets' gift bags.
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Spirit Hoods is gifting nominees and their children cool faux fur headpieces.
Nominees can boost energy with snacks from Justin's, Larabar, and Late July Organics. Sweet Revolution Caramels provide a sweet treat without corn syrup or cane sugar.
WOW Hangers are an innovative jewelry organizing system. They keep jewelry neat, especially their custom jewelry from BottleHood. BottleHood designs unique jewelry from recycled spirit bottles.
Let the inner cheerleader be unleashed with shirts from Varsity and magazines from American Cheerleader. Heaven's Makeup Bar is providing nominees with gift certificates to their new beauty bar. Post Cereal created Sugar Bear t-shirts, while Happy Socks will keep feet fashionable.
Nuvosa Skincare, FiaFini Skincare, and Neydharting Moor Skincare will ensure celebrity skin is youthful and glowing. Moodylicious Children's Spa has created bubblegum and pina colada lip-glosses. Makeup For Ever gifted a variety of lipstick colors from their famous line. John Masters Organics is adding their honey and hibiscus hair reconstructor for luscious locks. Kam N Co have designed their gorgeous hair ties in a variety of colors.
Cutting edge product Table-It gives an entire new spin on the traditional purse hanger. It keeps handbags safe and clean, and functions as a beautiful handbag adornment.
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After a few weeks of nice box office numbers and the surprising run of "Ted" one could say it was a disappointing turn for the latest "Ice Age" feature. So, let's do just that, At $46 million, it surely could have been much better but getting lectured by cartoon figures may have seen better days.
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" may remind many that paying A-listers to voice characters may have been a bit overdone. It is also time to to ask yourself if someone goes to a movie simply because a Ray Romano or anyone else is providing the voice for a character.
The studios may think so but the truth is simple - it doesn't matter. Now, let's get to the real box office story besides the fact that "Ted" continues to impress and is a nice diversion to the other films out. No, the real story await with "The Dark Knight Rises." As it opens on July 20 the midnight showings numbers will surely be impressive.
Video: Looking ahead to Batman Now a time out for the weekend numbers.
1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" - $46 million
2 . "The Amazing Spider-Man" - $35 million
3. "Ted" - $22.1 million
4. "Brave" - $10.6 million
5. "Magic Mike" - $9 million
Now, IMAX lovers have bought tickets by the bucket load for the latest Batman flick as, according to the Huffington Post, 46 of those theaters hosting the movie are sold out. They note the total number of IMAX theaters showing the film is 67, so be prepared to be disappointed if planning a midnight run.
Or better yet, call ahead. "The Dark Knight Rises" also opens with the high theater count with 4,375. More could be added as the week goes on. This also leads to the glut that is happening this summer as movies clamor the get screen space.
For example, "The Amazing Spider-Man" opened with whopping 4,318 and it still commands a presence. As the dust settles on the numbers for the weekend, "Ice Age: only had a 3,881 theater count, so perhaps the numbers reflect that.
The other list this week will deal with the all-time box office winners as ratings are concerned.
"Passion of the Christ" - Rated R - $370,782,930
"Avatar" - PG-13 - $760,507,625
"The Phantom Menace"- PG - $474,544,677
"Lion King" - G - $422,783,777
"Showgirls" NC-17 - $20,350,754
One final note, "The Hunger Games" has passed the $400 million mark, domestically.
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Spidey spins his way to the top It wasn't that "The Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't going to win the weekend, it was more of the super hero glut factor... in New Movies, From Hollywood to Indie by Tim O'Brien
Spidey easily spun his way to the top spot and did it quite impressively. Not only did the movie take in a solid $7.5 million at the Midnight showings, it held up nicely as the Holiday hump day progressed and then the weekend follow through. Now comes the tricky part. There will be numbers out there for the weekend take, which is an estimated $65 million for the webbed one, but the total take is needed here as well.
Spidey wins but 'Ted' stays strong It wasn't that "The Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't going to win the weekend, it was more of the super hero glut factor coming into play. Or did not, for that…Examiner, Tim O'Brien
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Oscar buzz starts with BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and MOONRISE KINGDOM; oh, and TO ROME WITH LOVE...TED, yes TED takes weekend title; wild weather
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BO report by Tim O'Brien
POSTED ON FRONT PAGE JULY 1..Going into the weekend, it wasn't easy to figure out which movie would come out of top. First off, the weather out east and the power outages had to hurt somewhat.
But, then again, when the power was on, the heat certainly made people seek shelter in the air and be entertained at the same time. However, that angle has been done in these reports, so it's time to find another one.
Here it is. One could say with the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday, there are two holiday weekends wrapped in the flag this year. And the need for escapism is here as well. With "Ted" and "Magic Mike," opening big on Friday, it proved that as well. "Ted," doesn't seem like a movie that would necessarily do great box office, but it did. It is from the creator of "Family Guy," which helped and it is seriously funny. Then there is "Magic Mike," a perfect outing for women, who make many decisions regarding what movies to watch on any weekend. Plus, the theaters are still packed full of other fare, including "The Avengers," "Brave," "Madagascar 3" and "MIB3." On that note, as reported here last week, "The Avengers" did indeed sail over the $600 million mark and sits comfortably in third all time, both domestically and worldwide.
1. "Ted" - $54.1 million
2. "Magic Mike" - $39.1 million
3. "Brave" - $34 million
The other list this time around features the top films over the past few years. Why? It is June and the half way point, so let's check those out now.
Top Films of the Year
2012 - "The Avengers" - so far, it has the title. Can it keep it?
2011 - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
2010 - "Toy Story 3"
2009 - "Avatar"
2008 - "The Dark Knight"
Now is also the time of year when Oscar buzz picks up after many film festivals have been completed. It looks like "Beast of the Southern Wild," which open June 27, is one of those films. So is "Moonrise Kingdom" and "To Rome With Love." More later on those as the year progresses.
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