"The Princess and the Frog," Disney's return to hand-drawn animation, leaps to No. 1 with $25 million, beating previous weekend's champ, "The Blind Side."
The Sandra Bullock starrer fell to No. 2 with $15.5 million. So far, the inspiring film already made $150.2 million at the box office. Many insiders are saying that "The Blind Side" is on its way to a domestic total of $230 million.
Released by Warner Bros. and opened the same weekend as "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The Blind Side" continues its stronghold while the "Twilight" sequel fell to No. 4 with $8 million weekend, raising its domestic haul to $267.4 million.
The No. 3 spot belonged to Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" earning $9.1 million at the box office. The film stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela who uses rugby to help unite his apartheid-torn country. Matt Damon co-stars as the captain of the rugby team, Francoise Pienaar.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Dec. 11th:
1. "The Princess and the Frog," $25 million.
2. "The Blind Side," $15.5 million.
3. "Invictus," $9.1 million.
4. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $8 million.
5. "Disney's a Christmas Carol," $6.9 million.
6. "Brothers," $5 million.
7. "2012," $4.4 million.
8. "Old Dogs," $4.39 million.
9. "Armored," $3.5 million.
10. "Ninja Assassin," $2.7 million.
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“Avatar” is the kind of film that Hollywood does best and writer-director James Cameron is the perfect guy for the job. He called himself the king of the world when accepting the Best Picture Oscar trophy for 1997’s “Titanic” but since that Kate/Leo expedition, Cameron hasn’t made a full-feature film.
The director pretty much submerged himself in underwater projects such as “Aliens of the Deep” and “Ghosts of the Abyss.” With “Avatar,” I’m happy to report that yup, the king is back! Read More...
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So the Academy has released its list of 15 hopefuls for the Visual Effects Oscar. First, the films that did not make the cut are "The Lovely Bones," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and "Night at the Museum 2."
And which films are still in the running? Here they are:
"Angels & Demons"; "Avatar"; "Coraline"; "Disney's A Christmas Carol"; "District 9"; "G-Force"; "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"; "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"; "Sherlock Holmes"; "Star Trek"; "Terminator Salvation"; "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; "2012"; "Watchmen"; "Where the Wild Things Are."
What? "Angels & Demons" and no "The Lovely Bones?" I don't even remember a single special effect sequence in "Angels & Demons!"
But do you know which film I think will win? Um..."AVATAR!"
Let's see which films will make it into the finals when the Academy Award nominations are announced Feb. 2nd.
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We can pretend we didn't see this happening, but we are very happy that Natalie Portman is set to star and produce the big-screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."
Based on the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen, the novel is a mishmash of the Austen classic and the undead. It's about a woman's quest for love and independence while a deadly virus outbreak is happening around her. Of course, that deadly virus turns the victims into flesh-eating zombies.
Variety told us that "Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy."
Lionsgate is set to distribute.
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Here you go lovely readers, my movie reviews of “The Princess and the Frog,” “Invictus,” and “The Lovely Bones.” Are they all worth the price of admission? Take a look and have fun!
Here’s more info about the films from Yahoo:
“The Princess and the Frog”
Starring: Keith Anthony, Kwesi Boakye, Roger Aaron Brown, June Christopher, David Cowgill Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker Produced by: John Lasseter, Aghi Koh, Peter Del Vecho
Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperatelywants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
Genres: Kids/Family, Musical/Performing Arts, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Animation
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Release Date: November 25th, 2009 (limited); December 11 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution
U.S. Box Office: $2,410,810
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julilian Lewis Jones and Bonnie Henna
The true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country.
“The Lovely Bones”
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli Directed by: Peter Jackson Produced by: Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross, Steven Spielberg
Susie Salmon, a young girl who has been murdered, watches over her family -- and her killer -- from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Genres: Drama, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation
Release Date: December 11th, 2009 (limited); January 15th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
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