Entertainment behind the scenes
Family films are in at box offices. There’s no doubt about it. Not only did football film “The Blind Side” make the unusual move of climbing up box office charts to No. 1 this past weekend (making its star Sandra Bullock happy), but “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” also rose one notch to No. 4. You can read our box office report at Reuters.com
But is it any wonder? It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time for families to hit theaters together. One knock on Hollywood’s holiday movie season is that there are few family films in theaters right now. That should bode well for Disney’s upcoming expansion of “The Princess and the Frog” as well as Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” But it could be bad news for adult-oriented dramas such as “The Lovely Bones” and musical “Nine”.
We’ll see what happens in the weeks to come. But for now, we were out at theaters again, talking about new releases, including “Everybody’s Fine,” “Brothers” (No. 3) and the highly-touted George Clooney movie “Up In the Air.” For a peak at what moviegoers had to say, click below.
(Reporting and video by Marc Price)
When Disney’s animated “A Christmas Carol” debuted over the weekend in U.S. movie theaters, it marked the beginning of Hollywood’s holiday season — the second most-trafficked period at theaters after the summer. But the movie failed to generate a huge amount of excitement with fans judging by its box office tally of $31 million. By contrast, last year’s animated film that opened on roughly the same weekend, Dreamworks’ “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” took in $63 million.
But does that spell “humbug” for “A Christmas Carol”? Maybe not.
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Christmas is coming early this year, courtesy of a 40-city train tour of the United States to promote the upcoming 3-D animated movie “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.”
With a snowy backdrop complete with carolers, decorations and all the sights and sounds of Christmas, the four vintage rail cars will offer Americans a sneak peek of the new movie as well as artwork, costumes from the film and artifacts from the Charles Dickens museum in London.