What's Next?

Add Comment on May 12, 2009 by Christian Toto

Star Trek will live longer, and undoubtedly prosper, now that the U.S.S. Enterprise is out of mothballs. The franchise reboot engineered not by Scotty but by Lost 's J.J. Abrams has grossed more than $80 million domestically since opening last Thursday, and it snagged the largest debut haul of any Trek feature. Jeremy Devine, vice president of marketing at Rave Motion Pictures, says the new Trek clicked with audiences because Abrams and Paramount “understood that a fresh but still reverent take was an absolute necessity.”

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Catholicism vs. Hollywood

Add Comment on May 11, 2009 by Gary Gentile

Catholics should fear no evil consequences from the release of Angels & Demons, the film adaptation of the Dan Brown novel of intrigue and conspiracy inside the Catholic Church. Even the Vatican, which strongly objected to the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code, has muted its criticism, calling the new film “two hours of harmless entertainment, which hardly affects the genius and mystery of Christianity." Sophisticated marketing on the part of studios and the enormous success of The Da Vinci Code, has helped dampen opposition this time around, say experts, who note that controversial films with religious themes hardly affect people’s faith.

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UPDATED: The History of 'Trek'

4 comments on May 10, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Star Trek has officially grossed $79.2 million since opening on Thursday night. UPDATED (10:00 a.m. PT, Sunday) : Paramount's estimate for Star Trek is $76.5 million since it began playing on Thursday. UPDATED (7:59 a.m. PT, Saturday) : According to B OXOFFICE.com's Early Weekend Estimates, Star Trek is on pace to gross $75 million by Sunday, which easily gives it the strongest opening the franchise has ever seen even when adjusting for inflation. For more weekend numbers analysis click here .

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UPDATED: 'Trek' Selling Fast

Add Comment on May 07, 2009 by Phil Contrino

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 6 a.m. PT, Star Trek is responsible for 91% of Fandango.com's sales. The film is still outpacing X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the same point in the sales cycle. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: As of 1 p.m. PT, MovieTickets.com is reporting that Star Trek is responsible for 83% of daily sales. TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. PT, MovieTickets.com is reporting that Star Trek is responsible for 75% of today's sales. In addition, the ticketing site has tallied 344 sold-out showings so far.

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Comedy Legend Does the Bible

Add Comment on May 04, 2009 by Amy Nicholson

Harold Ramis has written and directed many of this generation’s most formative comedies. Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day —his filmography is the bible for every comedy director of today. With Year One, Ramis takes on the Bible itself in a provocative, goofball comedy starring Jack Black, David Spade, Michael Cera, Bill Hader and Hank Azaria that recalls the sprawling star-studded romps of his ancestors, Monty Python and Mel Brooks. Ramis talks to B OXOFFICE about turning golden calves into comedy gold.

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April Box Office Recap

Add Comment on May 01, 2009 by Daniel Garris

For the third time in four months, a new monthly box office record was set this year. The overall box office for the month of April totaled $694 million. That topped the previous record of $683 million set in April of 2006 (which was led by Ice Age: The Meltdown and Scary Movie 4 ). However, April of 2009 fell below the $749 million mark of April 2006 when adjusting for inflation, as well as the $740 million mark of April 2004 when adjusting for inflation. April of 2009 was up a very impressive 40 percent over the $496 million gross of April 2008 and up 7 percent over the $646 million gross for the month of March.

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UPDATED: Here Comes the Summer

1 comment on April 29, 2009 by Phil Contrino

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: As of 10 a.m. PT, X-Men Origins: Wolverine represents 65% of sales on Fandango.com, while Star Trek represents 17%. MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. PT, 200 showings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine are sold out between MovieTickets.com and Fandango.com. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is currently responsible for 38% of sales at MovieTickets.com, and 32% at Fandango.com. Meanwhile, Star Trek boasts 23% of sales at Fandango.com, and 22% of sales at MovieTickets.com.

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