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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 24, 2010

The Back-Up PlanHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Abandoned: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Back-Up Plan: DVD, Blu-ray
  • City Island: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dorian Gray: DVD, Blu-ray
  • George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Long Good Friday: Blu-ray
  • Machine Gun McCain: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mona Lisa: Blu-ray
  • Over the Hedge (Full Screen Edition): DVD
  • Shogun Assassin (30th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Square: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Time Bandits: Blu-ray
  • Withnail and I: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Iron Man Fights Off Robin Hood

Robin Hood

‘s excellent aim couldn’t keep Robert Downey Jr. off target.

Despite increased competition in its second week of release, remained firm at the box office. Paramount’s sequel generated another $52 million between Friday-Sunday and vaulted over the $200 million mark domestically.

Meanwhile, ‘s arrow was sharp enough for a $36 million bounty, but a bit too dull for a first place finish. The film did, though, earn approximately $74 million in foreign dollars. That topped the $43.1 million overseas debut for 2000’s Gladiator - another Crowe/Ridley Scott production.

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Box Office Breakdown: Iron Man 2 Soars High Above the Competition

Iron Man 2

Only one movie earned over $10 million over this weekend…and only movie scored over $125 million as well.

Iron Man 2 - with help from Mickey Rourke’s powerful weapons - whipped up $128.1 million over the past three days, giving Paramount its biggest open in history. The sequel, which was produced for approximately $170 million, easily improved upon Iron Man‘s $98.6 million premiere in 2008 and nabbed the fifth-largest debut of all time. (The Dark Knight still tops that leader board with its $158.4 million outing.)

Focus Features’ also made news of its own despite coming nowhere near Iron Man 2‘s numbers. The documentary, which was only released in 534 theaters, delivered $2.2 million and a ninth-place finish over the Mother’s Day weekend.

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Box Office Breakdown: Freddy Krueger a Theatrical Nightmare

Nightmare on Elm Street

Even though it’s a recurring dream, can still still scare up a few dollars.

Warner Bros.’ reboot of the horror classic clawed its way up to the top of the charts this weekend with a bloody good $32.9 million. Director Samuel Bayer’s first feature film more than tripled its nearest competitor while just falling shy of Freddy vs. Jason‘s $36 million open in 2003. (This installment did, though, top all other Elm street debuts.)

Meanwhile, it appears Brendan Fraser’s latest entry may have actually scared away audiences. , also starring Brooke Shields, only grossed $6.6 million over the last three days. Sadly, that amount was still higher than what Fraser generated in his last film…with Harrison Ford. (Extraordinary Measures unfolded to $6 million back in January.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Jennifer Lopez Needs a Back-up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

Jennifer Lopez’s recent performance at the box office - like her number at the American Music Awards - wasn’t exactly flawless.

, Lopez’s first major release since 2005, was not what moviegoers had planned for their few days off. The romantic comedy, which co-stars Alex O’Loughlin, earned a lackluster $12.2 million in ticket sales and a seat behind the five-week-old How to Train Your Dragon.

CBS Films did have one thing to brag about though: it’s movie performed better than any new wide release this weekend. (Granted, that isn’t saying much.) - an actioner featuring a large ensemble of actors - wrangled up a disappointing $9.4 million for fourth place. While that was enough to surpass last week’s champ, Kick-Ass, the two films were only separated by about $400,000. Meanwhile, Oceans, Disney’s nature documentary, landed in 8th place with $6.1 million.

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Jennifer Lopez Says Her New Film Has No Message

The Back-Up PlanHere’s some shocking news: ‘s new film does not have a profound message.

The 40-year-old singer and actress admits The Back-Up Plan - which tells the tale of a single woman who becomes artificially inseminated the same day she finds the love of her life - says the movie is a romantic comedy many will be able to associate with:

“It’s not a message movie.  It’s a romantic comedy.  It definitely deals with modern issues, which I love.  When I read it, that’s one of the things I really liked about it, it had a very modern voice.  It seemed very up to date. I think that’s very important for romantic comedies - that they do deal with issues.  It doesn’t feel like it’s a story from 20 years ago, which some romantic comedies can be like.  So, that was one of the things that really attracted me to it.”

The mother-of-two also admits the movie imitated her own life because of her pregnancy with twins Max and Emme, two. “So many things in this movie were art imitating life for me because I had just gone through the pregnancy.  It was just fresh in my mind.  When Kate Angelo wrote the script, she had just gone through a pregnancy as well. She came up to me and I had just signed on to the movie.  I was really excited about it.”

The Back-Up Plan comes out tomorrow, April 23.


In Theaters This Weekend: April 23, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Back-Up Plan (PG-13): starring Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin, Eric Christian Olsen (directed by Alan Poul)
  • The Losers (PG-13): starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana (directed by Sylvain White)
  • Oceans (G): (directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud)  **opens April 22nd/Earth Day**

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