Would you pay one million dollars for a movie poster? With an original one-sheet from Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent masterpiece ‘Metropolis’ going to auction soon, that’s the big question. Commonly cited as the most valuable movie poster in the world, the iconic piece of art is expected to fetch huge piles of cash from a collector with very deep pockets.
Charlie Sheen, America’s second favorite psychotic madman (ranking behind Mel Gibson, of course), spoke to the New York Times about his new FX show ‘Anger Management‘ and slipped the details about what he plans to do once the show has run its coure. In short, he has no plans. In fact, Sheen made it pretty clear that retirement is on his mind.
Sometimes, you hear news that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Your rational mind denies it. You remind yourself that no one could possibly be that greedy. No one could possibly be that stupid. No film studio could loathe their audience that much. This is a Rumor with a capital “R,” so grab your fistful of salt, but Bloody Disgusting is reporting that the folks at Lionsgate (who recently acquired Summit Entertainment) are already discussing a reboot of the ‘Twilight‘ franchise.
It’s difficult to imagine two more different films going head-to-head at the box office. However, by appealing to completely different audiences, ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted‘ and ‘Prometheus‘ both managed to emerge from the weekend as big winners, making this the first weekend in months where two new major releases opened strong.
The box office can be a funny thing. Last weekend, ‘Men in Black 3‘ made $55 million and was considered a disappointment. This weekend, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘ pulled in $56 million and it’s considered a roaring success. As bizarre as that sounds, it all makes sense when you look at the details.
‘Battleship‘ was supposed to be the film that nudged ‘The Avengers‘ out of the number one spot at the box office, but instead you can just go ahead and insert your own “You sank my battleship!” joke here. ‘The Avengers’ didn’t cling to the top spot for the third week in a row, it dominated the top spot for the third week in a row, taking in another $55 million for a grand domestic total of $457 million.
Poor Barnabas Collins never stood a chance. Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows‘ found itself clobbered to death over the weekend courtesy of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, who rode a perfect cocktail of hype and stellar word-of-mouth to an unprecedented second weekend. It’s no longer a question of whether or not ‘The Avengers‘ will be one of the biggest movies of all time, mainly because it already is one of the biggest movies of all time: after only nineteen days, it’s crossed the $1 billion mark. The question we should be pondering now is whether or not it will become the biggest movie of all time.
We knew it was going to make a lot of money. We knew there was a possibility that it would break box office records. What we didn’t know was that ‘The Avengers’ wasn’t just going to break the record for biggest box office opening of all time — it was going to smash it. Obliterate it. Pulverize it. Treat it like the Hulk treats puny human architecture. In three days, ‘The Avengers‘ took in over $200 million at the domestic box office.
Normally, the Weekend Box Office Report tends to shy away from covering the international box office. However, we’re making an exception this week, mainly because the domestic box office was hopelessly anemic and ‘The Avengers‘ opened everywhere not called the United States and took in an absolutely absurd amount of cash. Between 39 territories, Marvel’s hotly anticipated Superhero Team-Up Extravaganza earned an astonishing $178.4 million, shattering opening records across the globe.
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