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Box Office News: Pixar Tops Box Office Again with Solid ‘Brave’ Opening

Brave

CHICAGO – Disney/Pixar topped the box office again with their 13th-straight first place debut for the adventure film “Brave” while “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” couldn’t find the public vein and had to settle for a disappointing 3rd place. With “Madagascar 3” dropping slowly to second place, kids movies dominated the box office. Meanwhile, no ONE wanted to find Steve Carell’s latest dramedy as its tenth place opening landed with a thud (and a remarkably low per-screen average).

Film News: Summit Releases ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2’ Teaser Trailer

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2

CHICAGO – Only a movie as big as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” could possibly have a teaser trailer for the trailer. Yes, kiddies, the full trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2012 comes out tomorrow but we have ten seconds of it right now for your viewing pleasure.

Box Office News: Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler Bomb With Horrible Openings

Rock of Ages (cropped)

CHICAGO – Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler proved to be fallible this weekend as their latest offerings — “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy,” respectively — delivered far below even their meager expectactions, finishing third and fifth for the frame and failing to crack $16 million for three days. The top two — “Madagascar 3” and “Prometheus” — remained unchanged although Ridley Scott’s controversial film took a notable plummet of over 60%.

Film News: ‘Madagascar 3’ Pummels ‘Prometheus’ at Weekend Box Office

Madagascar 3

CHICAGO – Though the box office race initially appeared to be neck-and-neck, the final tally was no contest. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” won the weekend with a grand haul of $60.4 million, beating its less family-friendly competitor, the sci-fi thriller, “Prometheus,” which still managed to garner one of the best second place debuts in history.

Film News: ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ Hits Box Office Target

Snow White and the Huntsman with Charlize Theron (small)

CHICAGO – Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron dominated at the box office this past weekend, as “Snow White and the Huntsman” made an estimated $56.3 million in three days, more than good enough for first place. The film is already close to crossing the $100 million mark internationally and is a definite hit, notching the second-highest three-day total of the season after “The Avengers.”

Box Office News: ‘Men in Black 3’ Dethrones ‘The Avengers’ From Top Spot

Men in Black III

CHICAGO – Perhaps to avoid the scorching heat, a lot of people went to the movies this Memorial Day weekend and two films dominated the marketplace. “Men in Black 3” finally dethroned the champ with an impressive $55 million over the three days (and $70 million over the holiday four-day weekend) compared to the $36.8 million brought in by “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Will Smith - Tommy Lee Jones flick is definitely a hit but it has a ways to go to approach the $1.3 billion worldwide already amassed by one of the biggest films of all time. (For the record, “Men in Black 3” has already made $203 million worldwide.)

Film News ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Retreats to March 29, 2013

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

CHICAGO – It looks like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s biggest smash this year might be the double axe handle he hit on John Cena at Wrestlemania. It’s been revealed that “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” has been pushed back to March of 2013 in order to convert the film into glorious, screen-darkening 3D after test audiences were understandably upset about a lack of 3D muscles.

Film News: Studio Movie Grill Opens In-Theater Dining in Wheaton, Ill.

Studio Movie Grill

WHEATON, Ill. – Studio Movie Grill opens its first Midwest in-theater dining venue in Wheaton, Ill. on June 8, 2012 at 301 Lake Square. This new breed of theater-going takes the guesswork out of planning a night of dinner and a movie by combining the two. Opening film titles include “Prometheus,” “Rock of Ages,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Safety Not Guaranteed”.

Film News: ‘Battleship’ Sinks as ‘The Avengers’ Continues to Dominate Box Office

Battleship from Peter Berg with Taylor Kitsch (teaser)

CHICAGO – “Marvel’s The Avengers” continued to completely dominate at the box office this weekend, grossing another $55.1 million domestically for a total of $457.1 million, good enough for 6th place all time after only 17 days in release. The massive hit has already grossed $1.2 BILLION worldwide, ranking 4th place all time.

Film News: ‘The Avengers’ Posts Best Second Weekend Ever, ‘Dark Shadows’ Disappoints

The Avengers

CHICAGO – “The Avengers” showed no sign of second weekend fatigue, beating the smash second frames of “The Dark Knight” and “Avatar” by collecting another $103.1 million. Dropping just over 50%, “The Avengers” has made $373 million domestically and over $1 billion internationally. This thing could challenge “Avatar” and “Titanic” for all-time grosses.

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