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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 10, 2009

Up on Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Accidental Husband: DVD
  • Ballast: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Echo: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The General: Blu-ray
  • Godzilla: Blu-ray
  • Heat: Blu-ray
  • Ink: DVD
  • The Line: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Logan’s Run: Blu-ray
  • The Merry Gentleman: DVD
  • Monsters, Inc.: Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: July 21, 2009

Coraline DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 300: The Complete Experience: Blu-ray
  • Coraline: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Echelon Conspiracy: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Great Buck Howard: DVD, Blu-ray
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry: Blu-ray
  • Made in U.S.A.: DVD
  • Midnight Express: Blu-ray
  • Sherman’s Way: DVD
  • Visioneers: DVD
  • Watchmen: DVD, Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Monster-Sized Premiere for Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens

Even though it premiered in less 3-D theaters than previously hoped (so much for technology), still towered over the competition this weekend. The Dreamworks Animation/Paramount film is now the best opener of the year so far.

Monsters’ $59.3 million gross placed the comedy third behind 300 ($70.9 million) and Ice Age: The Meltdown ($68 million) on the list of all-time March entries. The animated feature also gave Reese Witherspoon her best debut since 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Nicolas Cage Bests Julia Roberts

Knowing

It was a battle between two Oscar winners this past weekend - one in (Julia Roberts) a well-received drama and the other (Nicolas Cage) in a critically panned thriller.

You can guess how this ended.

, a film about a bunch of seemingly random numbers, found itself hitting all the right ones over the past three days. The Summit Entertainment project earned $24.6 million and a first place finish. The debut - a nice rebound from Cage’s showing with Bangkok Dangerous - also gave the actor his sixth best premiere ever.

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Box Office Breakdown: Watchmen Loses to Race

Race to Witch Mountain

Win or lose, this weekend’s box office race was a success for at least one person: .

Last week, the actress saw her movie, , sitting at the top of the pack with a hefty $55 million. Unfortunately, the film’s strong start quickly turned into a disappointing ride. In just seven days, the comic book adaptation fell a whopping 67%. Nevertheless, a $17.8 million gross was still good enough for a 2nd place finish.

Meanwhile, another Gugino feature, , was having a nice time on Earth. The Disney remake’s $24 million surprised many industry watchers for its solid lead over Watchmen.

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Box Office Breakdown: Watchmen Finally Gets Its Time to Shine

Watchmen's Rorschach

When is a $55.7 million weekend considered a slight disappointment?

  • When the film is the only new major release that weekend.
  • The movie involves superheroes.
  • The story is based on a popular graphic novel.
  • The project has received a significant amount of attention due to a lengthy court battle.
  • The director earned more for his last film. (300 grossed $70.9 million over its first three days back in 2007.)
  • The R-rated film features plenty of gore and nudity.
  • It cost between $120-$150 million to make.

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In Theaters This Weekend: March 6, 2009

Watchmen

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • Watchmen (R): starring Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley (directed by Zack Snyder)
  • 12* (PG-13): starring Sergey Makovetsky, Valentin Gaft, Alexey Petrenko (directed by Nikita Mikhalkov)
  • Dhoondte Reh Jaoge* (NR): starring Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Paresh Kumar (directed by Umesh Shukla)
  • Everlasting Moments* (PG): starring Maria Heiskanen, Jesper Christensen, Mikael Persbrandt (directed by Jan Troell)
  • Explicit Ills* (R): starring Paul Dano, Noamie Harris, Rosario Dawson (directed by Mark Webber)

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Watchmen Lawsuit Settled

Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Watchmen

Watchmen fanboys - you can now take a collective sigh of relief. The fight between Mommy and Daddy is now over.

Although it looked as if March 6th would be scratched off the calendar, and Warner Bros. agreed to play nice and settled their differences. The last-minute negotiations kept the film in the theaters and the parties out of the courtroom.

For its part, Fox will get a upfront cash settlement to cover its original investment fees and its legal costs. (According to sources, that check amount is somewhere in the $5-$10 million range.) The studio will also will also get 5-8.5% gross participation in the first film and a percentage in any possible sequels. In turn, Warner will get to continue as planned with only their logo on the project.

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Watchmen’s Fate Handled in Federal Court

Watchmen Cast

UPDATE: Warner Bros. and FOX have settled the lawsuit.

Time hasn’t been kind to fans of Watchmen. Although we’ve already hit the New Year, the battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox has just grown nastier. So what will this mean for the March 6 premiere?

Late last month, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess ruled that Fox did have rights to the graphic novel adaptation. Although the studio had the opportunity to launch the film back in the late ‘80s (and had spent over a $1 million developing the project), the movie never came to fruition. Producer Larry Gordon allegedly agreed to check back with Fox first on any future plans, but later took over to Legendary Pictures and Warner. Fox filed then filed a lawsuit back in February claiming Gordon neglected to properly acquire their interest before making the move.

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New Watchmen and Star Trek Trailers


Did ‘s mixed reviews keep you from the theaters this weekend? If so, here are two trailers you might have missed.

First up, Watchmen. This clip for the Zack Snyder film gives us what the earlier teaser had been missing: a sampling of the characters’ voices. After watching the video, tell us what you think. Are the actors living up to your expectations? Or do you find the casting choices a bit disappointing?

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