Box Office Ramble

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By Peter Oberth

Tyler Perry bounces back, Fired up fails as expected

Tyler Perry continues to build on his enormous empire. Taken added quietly to it's unexpected gross.  Coraline rised in the rankings.  Friday the 13th predictably plummeted.  Fired Up couldn't light a match.  After a huge box office last week, this weekend's take was back on track.... Read more
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Record Breaking weekend leads Friday to the top

Friday the 13th scored big.  Confessions of a Shopaholic floundered.  The International sunk.  Another weekend at the box office, another treasure trove of surprises.  Liam Neeson's TAKEN continues to be an understated juggernaut, falling only 7.5% in the 3-day weekend compared to the previouw de... Read more
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Into Aniston and stop-motion but no love for the panther or Push

Generally speaking, ensemble comedies don't do well.  Add on top of that, DELAYED movies tend to not do that well.  He's Just Not That Into You had everything going against it with an enormous cast of who's who and  sitting on that it sat dusty on a shelf for over a year.  Further down the box of... Read more
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Taken fights to the top, New in Town fails miserably and the Oscars don't help

Normally, in a "news" type article, the writer is to stay biased.... Read more
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Paul Blart sticks, Underworld bites in and Inkheart fails

Paul Blart continued to surprise, falling a measily 32.5% to remain the top movie in the country.  Even the Underworld prequel couldn't muster enough to topple the big guy on a segway, coming in at number 2, but still healthy nearly equaling the opening weekend take of the first... Read more
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Paul Blart wipes the floors, 3D horror is back & Rapper's delight.

Well, what do we have here?  A collection of surprises over the weekend, capped off by Paul Blart: Mall Cop's astounding $30 mil+ trampling and Gran Torino's mear 25% drop off from number 1 last week.... Read more
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Eastwood shoots his way to the top, Marley finally falls

Finally!  I can have a new picture for the top movie.  My last 3 blogs were about Marley & Me coming out on top and, this weekend, it fell to number four amongst 2 new releases and an expanded wide release.... Read more
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By Peter Oberth

No new movies help Marley stay on top

Ok, it seems like I've been using the picture of Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston a lot lately.  Probably because I have used it for my last 3 blogs (Marley & Me debuting at number 1 on Christmas Day and the Christmas weekend and now holding at number one.)  Numbers 1-7 didn't change one iota... Read more
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Bedtime Stories comes from behind but can't topple Marley

Well, not much change since my after Christmas blog aside from Bedtime Stories leapfrogging The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to grab the number 2 spot.  Overall, six movies were able to snag 8-figure opening (4 new flicks, 2 holdovers) but, despite the strong showings, not ev... Read more
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Sandler can't hold off a dog!? Jennifer finally sticks it to Brad?

So, I didn't make them public but I will go ahead and say that my predictions for the slew of movies opening on Christmas Day made me look like a complete ass.  I assumed that, because Owen Wilson hasn't really done ANY publicity since, well, you know and the fact that his previous headliner, ... Read more
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