Entertainment behind the scenes
The summer movie season is officially over with the end of this weekend and — much like a hazy day in Hollywood – results were mixed. Box office was up based on higher average ticket prices, but attendance was down, which generally speaking has been the case for years as movies competed with other forms of entertainment.
The expected big hits, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” paid handsomely at box offices. Some movies flopped: “Land of the Lost,” “Year One.” Others were big surprises: “The Hangover.” And the indie market did well with “500 Days of Summer” and “The Hurt Locker.”
We were out on the streets in Las Vegas this past weekend, asking people what they they liked and didn’t this summer. Even Elvis gets a crack at our Flip camera. Click below for a quick view.
(video by Marc Price)
In its second weekend in U.S. theaters, action-packed “Transformers” knocked out its competition at box offices, raking in $42.3 million. It squeaked by animated family film “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which had a U.S. haul of $41.7 million, and the weekend’s other new entrant, 1930′s gangster movie “Public Enemies,” ($25 million) starring Johnny Depp as the legendary bad guy John Dillinger.
Critics were mixed on “Ice Age,” and many liked “Public Enemies,” but movie fans all know that critics and everyday moviegoers often disagree. So, we went out to Hollywood Boulevard again on Sunday to get a sampling of what was on people’s minds. Click on the video below.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” does not have most critics on its side, but with its $200 million-plus first five days in the U.S. and Canada, the movie starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox has box office watchers buzzing. Read the box office report here.
Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com Box Office, said “Transformers” is now No. 2 on the list of highest grossing, five-day debuts of all time. The top spot belongs to last summer’s “The Dark Knight” with $203.8 million.
Monday, we told you Hollywood is looking for big box office from the new movie “Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” when it begins playing in U.S. theaters on Wednesday. (Read about it here). And to give the studios hope, tickets for the movie have been hot items online.
As of late Tuesday, only hours ahead of midnight screenings, advance tickets remained highly sought. MovieTickets.com was reporting over 1,000 sellouts in theaters, including 600 midnight screenings. The movie was accounting for some 93 percent of all tickets sold at the website.
NASCAR, the U.S. auto racing association formed in 1948, has teamed up with Tinseltown Toons to produce an animated family film tentatively called “NASCAR: The Secret Life of Cars.”