Fresh Box Office Faces

Are we ready for a change? The holidays are over, winter has taken the stage and the box office landscape is putting on a fresh face, with new films winning the top three spots. This week, the box office spoke louder than Oscar, as Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden assassination drama, Zero Dark Thirty, which expanded from 60 to 2, 937 theaters on Friday, finished first with $24 million. Despite poor reviews, moviegoers were not disturbed in the least by Haunted House, placing the horror spoof at #2 with $18.8 million. Hot on their haunted heels, the long-awaited crime drama Gangster Squad took no prisoners, coming in at # 3 with $16.7 million. Welcoming the newbies and rounding out the Top 5 were the two films released on Christmas Day currently basking in the Oscar love, Django Unchained, freely wandering at the #4 spot with $11 million and Les Miserable, happily residing at #5 with $10.1 million. 

Can’t decide between Gangsters and gangs of the miserable, musical kind?

Bin Laden or a brother Wayan? Don’t worry, there’s time during this season of accolades and awards to see them all!

From seaside days to starry nights, may your week offer as much variety as our latest films…

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New Films Fill an Otherwise Empty Month

French novelist Sidonie Gabrielle once said, “January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.” Okay, so January is predictably a slow “theatrical” month, a time when Oscar hopefuls and holiday blockbusters have long since had their day. In spite of this, there are a few brave souls venturing into the movie arena this weekend worth checking out. Music continues to fill the air as a Quartet of films and their stars have come out to play. The long-awaited Gangster Squad plans on taking no prisoners (who aren’t moviegoers) while A Haunted House and Struck by Lightening are aiming at scaring up their own enthusiastic audience. How will they measure up to last week’s competition, you may ask?

Can the musically-inspired Quartet stand in harmony alongside Les Miserable? Is the Gangster Squad tougher than Jack Reacher? Can Bilbo Baggins journey father than the Texas-loving Leatherface?

These compelling questions rest in those empty pockets to be revealed in due (movie) time.

Until then, wishing you your fill of big screen entertainment from seaside days to starry movie nights!

Maintaining Movie Resolutions

Mark Twain once said, “New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

Last week, I (and I like to think many others) made a first-rate resolution to watch more movies, convinced it would make me a better, happier person and pave the way to the most entertaining form of Heaven. My intention? To find inspiration in the music and the misery of Les Miserable, to reach for more action and adventure in honor of brave Jack Reacher while taking a fantastical journey of the imagination alongside The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I resolved to value the freedom found in the world of movies in appreciation of Django Unchained, who for a whopping 2hrs and 45 minutes freed his audience from oppressive holiday return lines. Parental Guidance, meanwhile, reminded me of the importance of family time (and competent babysitters).

With 2013 off to such an engaging start, I happily stand by my resolution and wonder in excitement about all the fantastic films to come from seaside days to starry movie nights!

Feelin’ 2013 at the Movies

How’s 2013 treating you so far? Are you feeling miserable (but musically inclined)? Perhaps you’re exhausted after a long (but profitable) unexpected journey. Or frustrated by the need for parental guidance to watch any of our R-rated films. Whatever your mood; there was a movie this weekend determined to match it (despite the fact that the first week in January is typically a slow one at the movies). For those with anger issues, Leatherface returned in Texas Massacre 3D, literally slaying those in his path and landing at the #1 spot at the box office with $23 million. Django (was relieved to be) Unchained once again at #2 with $20.8 million. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey fell from its fantasy-driven perch to the #3 spot with $17.5 million. Les Miserable sang a tune to the downtrodden, coming in at #4 with $16 million. Finally, Parental Guidance spoke to the child within us all from the #5 position with $10.1 million.

Much like that innocent child searching for seashells along the seashore, movies create memories and the feelings they inspire are often bigger than what appears on that widescreen wonder.

From seaside days to starry movie nights, hope you’re feelin’ the love at the local Cineplex!

A Movie-Making 2013

An anonymous but positive thinker once said, “Here’s to the bright new year and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.”

The bright new year begins memorably in movieland as we say a fond farewell to a fallen president, fairy tale guardians, a crude but cuddly Ted and a long list of characters created for 2012’s big screen as a Hobbit and a miserable, musical crew, among others, take center-box-office stage. Following an over $10 billion record-setting movie year, what is to come in 2013? Will The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey surprise no one as he continues to bounce as the box office’s Numero Uno or will Les Miserable make a post-Christmas cheer comeback? Lest we forget, Django Unchained freely took hold of the #2 spot the last week of 2012 while Parental Guidance and Jack Reacher held on at #4 and #5, respectively.

With the new year, naturally, comes new movies, although only one this weekend has box office killings at its cold, cinematic heart. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D has entered the (show) ring, hoping to slay its formidable competition. Who will survive and who will be eliminated this weekend?

From seaside days to starry movie nights, hope the new year tells the best tales!

Happy 2013 at the movies!

A Movie Resolution

What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? More time spent with loved ones and becoming happier and healthier rank at the top of many resolutions’ lists. We vow to work less, help others more, quit smoking, etc. while becoming the greatest all-around human beings possible. Strangely, I rarely see a resolution to watch more movies. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all did? Don’t we value life more after witnessing the destitute or just plain Les Miserable? We’d certainly be better citizens if we had Lincoln’s fighting spirit or Rise of the Guardians protective nature. A brief preview of Django Unchained made me appreciate the chains that don’t bind me. Sure, The Hobbit (loves) An Unexpected Journey (and over $200 million box office bucks) while globetrotting Jack Reacher seems to have the world at his fingertips, but who needs the constant traveling headaches? Isn’t life more comfortable from a cushy theater seat?

This year, I resolve to find inspiration in the world of never-ending stories, to take journeys of the imaginative kind and to spend a little more time with larger-than-life characters (all while becoming a pleasant, physically fit and loving humanitarian).

How ‘bout you?

From seaside days to starry, resolute nights, hope your resolutions tell the best story!

Movies for Every Mood

Studio executives gave (and got) a present Christmas Day when Les Miserable received the cheeriest (and most profitable) of welcomes domestically, coming in at #1 at the box office with $18.2 million. Fast forward to a post-Santa weekend and The Miserable lot is slightly less happy at #3 with a respectable $28 million as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey traveled back to its familiar #1 spot with $32.9 million (bringing its grand domestic total to over $227 million and topping off a record-breaking $10.8 billion movie-going year).

Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece, Django Unchained, was cheery and at large, retaining his #2 Christmas Day territory throughout the weekend with $30.7 million. Also released on Santa’s PG-rated day was Parental Guidance, which required no permission to take and remain at #4 with $14.8 million. Jack Reacher traveled down several notches this weekend, reaching the #5 locale with $14 million.

The last movie weekend of 2012 found us reaching for the stars as it unchained the movie addict in us all, filling us with misery and music, a Hobbit on the go and a PG family-friendly show!

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2013 from seaside days to starry movie nights!