tronlegacy.pngDisney is now reporting that TRON: Legacy was able to rake in $3.6 million from midnight shows, about $1 million of which came from 228 IMAX engagements.

That's a very healthy debut, and it definitely indicates an opening north of $40 million. $50 million is even possible. Boxoffice.com's weekend prediction is $44 million.

Inception made $3 million from midnight shows in July before opening to $62.8 million.

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1217predictions.pngYogi Bear: 3,515 (NEW)
TRON: Legacy: 3,451 (NEW)
The Fighter: 2,503 (+2,499)
How Do You Know: 2,483 (NEW)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: 3,555 (+0)
Tangled: 3,210 (-364)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: 2,860 (-717)
The Tourist: 2,756 (+0)
Unstoppable: 1,874 (-1,093)
Burlesque: 1,510 (-1,366)
Due Date: 1,157 (-833)
Love and Other Drugs: 1,093 (-1,147)
Megamind: 1,025 (1,400)
Black Swan: 959 (-869)
Faster: 660 (-1,446)

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Source: THR

George Clooney will take over the leading male role in Gravity, director Alfonso Cuaron's new 3D sci-fi project. Sandra Bullock will co-star. Warner Bros. is housing the project, which follows two astronauts who survive a space station disaster.

Clooney is next scheduled to sit in the directors on chair on Ides of March, a new political thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Paul Giamatti. As for Bullock, she recently signed on to star in Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with Tom Hanks.

 

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SANTA MONICA and LOS ANGELES - Miramax and The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax's best-known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment products.

The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love. The other potential sequels and TV projects are Bridget Jones's Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror. This partnership augments an existing relationship between the companies on such franchises as Scream 4 (to be released April 15, 2011), Spy Kids 4 (to be released August 19, 2011) and Scary Movie 5.

In addition, Miramax will handle digital distribution on select sequel projects. Miramax and TWC have also agreed to develop new, special edition materials for Blu-ray releases, such as roundtables featuring cast and directors.

"We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right," stated TWC's Harvey and Bob Weinstein. "We look forward to working with Mike and his team on getting these films into production as soon as possible, and extending our partnership in the years ahead."

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, stated: "We are thrilled and honored to work with Harvey and Bob Weinstein. There is no better partner to build on these great films and turn them into franchises, while also creating exciting new TV properties. This agreement will extend the Miramax library while also enabling us to create new content without committing near-term capital."

"This is the perfect addition to our ongoing slate, giving us the ability to work on already existing franchises that have had such lucrative success at the box office, as well as a great starting ground to our newfound relationship," stated TWC COO David Glasser. "We clearly believe it will be mutually beneficial for both companies."

 

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