inceptionnews2.pngAccording to Warner Bros., Inception was able to rake in $3 million from midnight shows. That puts Inception in the same ballpark as Avatar, which brought in $3.53 million back in December 2009. Avatar debuted to $77 million, but it's looking highly unlikely that Inception will hit that. Then again, predictions range from $40 million to $80 million.

Christopher Nolan's mind-bender has a 79% approval rating from nearly 195,000 users on Flixster. That's a great sign for a film that needs to convince moviegoers to take a chance on it. Debates over Inception are already raging and that will help it build a must-see aura real quick. is reporting that Inception represents 66% of daily sales as of 10 a.m. PT. A survey of more than 1,000 ticket buyers revealed the following:

Q: Which elements of Inception appeal to you?

• 72% noted "the fresh concept."
• 71% picked "the cast."
• 62% selected "the director."
• 55% said "the special effects."
• 51% chose "the action"
• 48% picked "the genre."

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Friday Update: Disney is estimating $3,214,000 for Thursday, for a two-day cume of a little more than $7 million.

Official opening day gross is $3,873,997.

The early estimate from Disney for The Sorcerer's Apprentice's opening day is $3,715,000. That's a disappointing haul for a film with the kind of pedigree that comes with a Jerry Bruckheimer/Nicolas Cage collaboration. An updated number will be released later today.

While it has a shot at rebounding slightly over the weekend, things are not looking good for Sorcerer's Apprentice.

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Nicolas Cage confirmed on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson that he has signed on to star in a sequel to the Ghost Rider that will be written by the team of Neveldine/Taylor (the Crank films).

Cage can currently be seen in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is not shaping up to be one of the actor's biggest hits.

The first Ghost Rider raked in nearly $116 million domestically.

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One of Hollywood's most famous writers will soon be sitting in the director's chair for the first time.

Aaron Sorkin will tackle the tale of John Edwards' disastrous 2008 run for the Democratic presidential nomination. The campaign was derailed after it was revealed that Edwards fathered an illegitimate child. Sorkin is no stranger to politics having written The American President, The West Wing and Charlie Wilson's War.

The prolific scribe is at the top of his game these days. He recently completely scripts for David Fincher's The Social Network and Bennett Miller's Moneyball.


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London -- At today's UK Gala Premiere of Sony Pictures' The Karate Kid , guests will take pleasure in watching the highly anticipated film using Sony Professional's state-of-the-art Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection system. Featuring more than four times the resolution of traditional Full-HD systems, the 4K system has been installed at the famous Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square.

The film centres on the story of Dre Parker, a 12-year old who moves with his mother from Detroit to China. After making a connection with his new classmate Mei Ying, Dre makes enemies with the class bully, Cheng. Dre knows only a little karate, and in the land of kung fu, Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre turns to the maintenance man Mr. Han, a secret master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realises that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

As the world's only manufacturer of commercially available 4K resolution digital cinema projectors, Sony Professional was selected by the studio to supply an end-to-end solution capable of providing viewers with a superior visual experience. The Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection system used for the screening comprised of Sony Professional's SRX-R320 Digital Cinema Projector, LMT-300 Media Block and LSM-100 Screen Management System software.

In addition to the premiere, The Karate Kid will also be released to theatres worldwide as a 4K Digital Cinema Package.

Oliver Pasch, Head of Digital Cinema Europe at Sony Professional says, "Karate Kid is the latest title which reinforces Sony's position as being at the forefront of innovative cinematic experiences. It's been our absolute pleasure to support this premiere screening at such a famous cinema in the heart of London with our 4K projection equipment, delivering the movie to the audience as it was meant to be seen."

Rory Bruer, President of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, added, "The story of The Karate Kid is a timeless classic and one which we wanted to bring up to date by using the best projection technology available. Sony's fantastic projection system means viewers get incredible detail and clarity, something which is absolutely essential for a fast action packed film."

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