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)
Vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” took the top spot at North American box offices for the second straight weekend, sinking its fangs into ticket sales and drawing out $66 million over the 5-day U.S. Thanksgiving holiday ($42.5 million for the three days). It’s two-week total in the U.S. and Canada now stands at just under $231 million. Add to that an international haul of $243, and global sales hit $474 million.
Perhaps in this season of swine flu we have a new virus, “New Moon Flu,” which mostly women seem to get. It turns them into zombies (no disrespect, but it seemed appropriate when talking about movies with monsters) who then march into theaters.
It’s been a wild year at the box office for Sandra Bullock, whose report card this decade has been middling at best.
The actress, 45, returned to theaters for the first time in more than two years in June with the romantic comedy “The Proposal,” which went on to become the biggest film of her career (before accounting for inflation), with $164 million in domestic ticket sales. But then came her September stinker, “All About Steve,” which was one of her weakest entries with $34 million in ticket sales. She is pictured at the premiere of the latter film, looking happier than she should have been.