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FRIDAY APR 8 NUMBERS: Other Than Hop, Ouch

> Based on Friday’s numbers, Hop will continue to be the #1 movie playing, while none of the openers this weekend will make much of an impact.  Hop’s expected decline of 44% is good but not as solid as for...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

YOUR HIGHNESS: Ye Olde Disaster

> Not Even For Free Let’s give a little love to the devious people at Universal who cut the trailers.  The masterminds behind the red-band for YOUR HIGHNESS managed to find, in its 102 dull minutes, roughly 3 and a h...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

HANNA: Children’s Hour

> Worth a Ticket. HANNA may be the first movie not based on a graphic novel to feel like it is.  Written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr (the first film for both) and directed by Joe Wright, it has the feel of a film conce...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

NOW PLAYING: SHOWBUZZDAILY

> Today is the first day of operations for ShowbuzzDaily, and we are its humble proprietors, Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem.  We’ve been in the entertainment business for a long time (you can find out more by clicking...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

ARTHUR: 12-Step Programmer

> Watch It At Home. Were the executives at Warner Bros so desperate to be in business with Russell Brand that they huddled together in a conference room one day, frantically going through their library titles in search of alcoh...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

SOUL SURFER: Charlie Don’t Surf

> Not Even For Free. There’s a key scene in the new SOUL SURFER where the one-armed teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who’s had her other arm chewed off by a shark and who despairs of her career in competition, is in Th...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

WEEKDAY UPDATE MON-TUE APR 4-5: Hop Similar to Rango

> Over the combined Monday through Tuesday period (April 4-5), Hop leads the way with $4.9 million.  Source Code ($2.6 million) and Insidious ($2.2 million) follow in the same order they did in their collective opening wee...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

ZOOM IN: Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright’s “Atonement”

> Saoirse Ronan stars in Joe Wright’s HANNA, opening April 8. See It On Any Screen Saoirse Ronan only appears in the first 50 minutes or so of Joe Wright’s film of the Ian McEwan novel ATONEMENT, playing the young B...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

TRUST: Tangled Interweb

> Worth A Ticket. Of all the “Friends” who kept America company in its collective living room for a decade, David Schwimmer has taken the most concerted step away from the work that made him famous.  While Cour...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

WEEKEND STUDIO ESTIMATES APR 1-3: Hop Shines But Weekend Sags

> Based on actual box office numbers Friday and Saturday (and studio projections for Sunday), Hop is now looking like a $38 million weekend, far exceeding the ShowbuzzDaily forecast.  Source Code now exactly...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

Box Office Footnotes – 4/1/11

> Hop will be–by far–Russell Brand’s biggest opening as a featured performer:  both Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Me To the Greek opened to around $17M.  All of which makes this week’s open...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

FRIDAY APR 1 NUMBERS: Hop Surprisingly Strong

> Based on Friday’s numbers, Hop is blowing past the ShowbuzzDaily Forecast, according to preliminary weekend estimates.  While not quite the $56 million opening for Despicable Me and certainly no...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEWS: “In A Better World,” “Rubber” & “Super”

In recent years, the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film has come to stand for not much more than a fair level of craftsmanship and a comfortable pitch of moral predicament (The Secret In Their Eyes, Departures, and The Counte...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

MOVIE SCHEDULING: Method to the Madness

> So how do certain movies end up on certain weekends?  There is an art and a science to the scheduling of approximately 150 wide-releases each year.  This is the first in an occasional look at the scheduling of movie...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

HOP: Easter Egg Over Easy

> Watch It At Home People complain that Hollywood doesn’t take risks, but Universal went and hired the director of Alvin and the Chipmunks to make a movie about a musical-minded, free-spirit digitally animated character w...
by Mitch Salem