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Weekend Box-Office: March 18-20, 2011

03.20.2011

Part of the 'Wolf Pack' gets #1...

A pretty boring weekend at the box-office. Despite LIMITLESS opening in 1st place with close to $20M, the other 2 new releases of the weekend, THE LINCOLN LAWYER and PAUL, opened in 4th and 5th place respectively while last weekend's #1 movie, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, dropped 60% of its audience from a week ago, and down-shifted into 3rd place, still ahead of the two newcomers. All three new movies were receiving solid CinemaScore feedback from viewers though, with LIMITLESS and PAUL scoring a B+, while THE LINCOLN LAWYER was being lapped up with a score of A-.

RANGO seems to be the film that many are talking about these days, maintaining its 2nd place spot from last weekend, while increasing its overall total to $93M in its third weekend of release. The other topic that seems to have Hollywood buzzing, is the lack of young people going to movies these days. Over 70% of the LIMITLESS audience was over the age of 25, according to Yahoo Movies. Over 94% of the audience for THE LINCOLN LAWYER was over the age of 25 (that's what you get when you put a non-shirtless McConaughey as the lead in a film), while even the fanboy-oriented PAUL featured an audience of 60% that was made up of 25-year-olds and over.

MARS NEEDS MOMS seems to be the "bomb" of the season, grossing only $15M domestically, and only another $23M internationally. I can't imagine that will pay the $150M bill that it cost to produce the film. Yipes!

THE KING'S SPEECH was finally removed from the top 10 this weekend, in only its 17th week of release...nice! The film ended up with about $133M, despite starting off slow and in limited release. Just goes to show what a stuttering king can do for the box-office! GNOMEO & JULIET was also knocked from the top 10 this weekend, with a very respectable $94M in grosses (although we don't really know how much it cost), while Adam Sandler's latest "comedy", JUST GO WITH IT, ended up with $98M, which was Sandler's lowest overall box-office comedy gross since 2000's LITTLE NICKY with $39M (although I suppose you can consider 2009's FUNNY PEOPLE a "comedy" as well -- that film only grossed $52M).

Next week sees the release of only 2 "big movies", the first of which is a sequel to last year's surprise-hit DIARY OF A WIMPY KID which cost $15M to make, while grossing $64M overall. This year's follow-up (wow, they wrote it up pretty fast, eh?) is entitled DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES and stars nobody we know or really care about. The other film being released is Zack Snyder's SUCKER PUNCH, which we're very excited about (we're giving away free swag HERE) since it comes from a great director, looks like a ton of fun and features hot chicks kicking ass. Yes, please! So how much $$$ do you think SUCKER PUNCH will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Limitless $19 M
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2. Rango $15.3 M $92.6 M
3. Battle: Los Angeles $14.6 M $60.6 M
4. The Lincoln Lawyer $13.4 M
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5. Paul $13.2 M
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6. Red Riding Hood $7.3 M $25.9 M
7. The Adjustment Bureau $5.9 M $48.8 M
8. Mars Needs Moms $5.3 M $15.4 M
9. Beastly $3.3 M $22.2 M
10. Hall Pass $2.6 M $39.6 M

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5:16PM on 03/21/2011

Balboa6 you took the words out of my mouth.

I was saddened too by the completely missed opportunities in "Limitless." It started out decent enough although a little slow, but the script was missing the cleverness that should have been in it. I've liked Cooper ever since "Alias" but he shouldn't be producing quite yet in his career. If he was serious about the film he should have some more script rewrites before this was filmed. At least he'll make some bank so he can try again.
I was saddened too by the completely missed opportunities in "Limitless." It started out decent enough although a little slow, but the script was missing the cleverness that should have been in it. I've liked Cooper ever since "Alias" but he shouldn't be producing quite yet in his career. If he was serious about the film he should have some more script rewrites before this was filmed. At least he'll make some bank so he can try again.
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7:25AM on 03/21/2011

How do more people see

The Lincoln Lawyer over Paul? I dont get why a movie like that, off the alien alone, didnt make more money.
The Lincoln Lawyer over Paul? I dont get why a movie like that, off the alien alone, didnt make more money.
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2:36PM on 03/21/2011
The R rating
The R rating
3:28AM on 03/21/2011
Went to see PAUL at an advance screening and would absolutely pay to see it again. It is definitely in the Pegg/Frost fanboy wheelhouse, but that's a good thing. Go see it immediately. Hilarious stuff.
Went to see PAUL at an advance screening and would absolutely pay to see it again. It is definitely in the Pegg/Frost fanboy wheelhouse, but that's a good thing. Go see it immediately. Hilarious stuff.
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2:41AM on 03/21/2011
I'm really glad that I'm not The Soloist right now.
I'm really glad that I'm not The Soloist right now.
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9:44AM on 03/21/2011
No one can handle all of my swag. It's okay it's not me. it's you.
No one can handle all of my swag. It's okay it's not me. it's you.
7:02AM on 03/22/2011
Soloist, you pick the fights you are going to win and chuckle silently at those who have made fools of themselves all by themselves and are blissfully unaware.
Soloist, you pick the fights you are going to win and chuckle silently at those who have made fools of themselves all by themselves and are blissfully unaware.
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2:24AM on 03/21/2011
I was sorely disappointed in "Limitless." I had a feeling, way before any reviews had been posted, that it was going to be another original and unique concept executed poorly and sure enough, that's exactly what it was. It wasn't absolutely horrible, but definitely a wasted opportunity. I have yet to see Paul and The Lincoln Lawyer, but I think those are on the docket for next weekend.
I was sorely disappointed in "Limitless." I had a feeling, way before any reviews had been posted, that it was going to be another original and unique concept executed poorly and sure enough, that's exactly what it was. It wasn't absolutely horrible, but definitely a wasted opportunity. I have yet to see Paul and The Lincoln Lawyer, but I think those are on the docket for next weekend.
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2:22AM on 03/21/2011

Battle: L.A.

Saw Battle: L.A. the other night and thought it was a fairly good movie. It was a leave your brain at the door kind of experience. The only draw back was the fucking shaky cam. yeah It was supposed to make you feel like you are there. It's alright at times but too much can fuck a film. (Yes GREEN ZONE I'm looking at you).
Saw Battle: L.A. the other night and thought it was a fairly good movie. It was a leave your brain at the door kind of experience. The only draw back was the fucking shaky cam. yeah It was supposed to make you feel like you are there. It's alright at times but too much can fuck a film. (Yes GREEN ZONE I'm looking at you).
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1:05AM on 03/21/2011

I may not be a professional writer...

but I do teach writing from time to time. I just read Joblo's comment to Soloist and while, technically, this may be me correcting a mistake, it may be that other people were confused.

"THE KING'S SPEECH was finally removed from the top 10 this weekend, in only its 17th week of release...nice!" is vague.

Consider if joblo had said "THE KING'S SPEECH was removed from the top 10 this weekend, in its 17th week of release...nice!"

Without "finally" and "only" it sounds as though "nice" is
but I do teach writing from time to time. I just read Joblo's comment to Soloist and while, technically, this may be me correcting a mistake, it may be that other people were confused.

"THE KING'S SPEECH was finally removed from the top 10 this weekend, in only its 17th week of release...nice!" is vague.

Consider if joblo had said "THE KING'S SPEECH was removed from the top 10 this weekend, in its 17th week of release...nice!"

Without "finally" and "only" it sounds as though "nice" is referring to the fact that it was in the top ten for a long time (17 weeks). Now if you put in "finally" and "only" the reader is then wondering if "finally" and "only" is joblo being sarcastic.

I'm only saying that when a good movie is in the top ten for a long time then that's a good thing. On the other hand, if Big Momma's House IV had been in the top ten for 17 weeks and joblo said "nice" I think a lot of people would have been confused and asking why joblo would have been happy about a POS movie like that being in the top ten for so long.
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2:09AM on 03/21/2011
Yeah Some people Carnt spoke or right very good England do thay. Lol

A simple word or a full stop can make a world of difference to a sentence. I hate it when people use the words THEN and THAN in the wrong context. But I guess it's the net and no one really gives a rats. :-)
Yeah Some people Carnt spoke or right very good England do thay. Lol

A simple word or a full stop can make a world of difference to a sentence. I hate it when people use the words THEN and THAN in the wrong context. But I guess it's the net and no one really gives a rats. :-)
12:10AM on 03/21/2011
Finally got out to see Rango. What a terrific homage, inspired voice-cast, and unique animation style. If I hadn't known going in I wouldn't have guessed that was Bill Nighy as Rattlesnake Jake.
Finally got out to see Rango. What a terrific homage, inspired voice-cast, and unique animation style. If I hadn't known going in I wouldn't have guessed that was Bill Nighy as Rattlesnake Jake.
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12:06AM on 03/21/2011

Joblo 1......The_Soloist 0

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11:54PM on 03/20/2011
bummer about Paul, but good for Rango !
bummer about Paul, but good for Rango !
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11:43PM on 03/20/2011
I've seen Rango in the theaters twice now, and I'd gladly pay to see it again. Limitless and Paul I'm waiting until the dvd rentals come out. Saw Battle of LA in the theater, and while it had a lot of shaky-cam action, the dialog was pretty bad and provided lots of unintentional laughs.
I've seen Rango in the theaters twice now, and I'd gladly pay to see it again. Limitless and Paul I'm waiting until the dvd rentals come out. Saw Battle of LA in the theater, and while it had a lot of shaky-cam action, the dialog was pretty bad and provided lots of unintentional laughs.
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11:35PM on 03/20/2011
"THE KING'S SPEECH was finally removed from the top 10 this weekend, in only its 17th week of release...nice!"

This is such a bullshit comment. If it were Inception, you would be saying the complete opposite.

All of this bashing for no good reason.
"THE KING'S SPEECH was finally removed from the top 10 this weekend, in only its 17th week of release...nice!"

This is such a bullshit comment. If it were Inception, you would be saying the complete opposite.

All of this bashing for no good reason.
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11:50PM on 03/20/2011
Yeah, cause God forbid someone has an opinion that differs from your own...

Dude...relax. It's one comment. If you wanted KING'S SPEECH to remain in the top 10 for the next 30 weeks, more power to you. I disagree. How that's a "bullshit comment" is beyond me. It's called a "difference of opinion".
Yeah, cause God forbid someone has an opinion that differs from your own...

Dude...relax. It's one comment. If you wanted KING'S SPEECH to remain in the top 10 for the next 30 weeks, more power to you. I disagree. How that's a "bullshit comment" is beyond me. It's called a "difference of opinion".
12:05AM on 03/21/2011
OOOOH burned! by Joblo himself! Quit bitching Soloist, you have the WORST taste in movies on this whole site. You comment on every piece of shit comic movie/sequel and like movies like TWILIGHT! You have NO room to criticize a comment made by these people. You think Megan Fox has talent WTF is wrong with you!!!!!!! Wow man, seriously, I know this is something cliche to say on the internet, but honestly, YOU FAIL!
OOOOH burned! by Joblo himself! Quit bitching Soloist, you have the WORST taste in movies on this whole site. You comment on every piece of shit comic movie/sequel and like movies like TWILIGHT! You have NO room to criticize a comment made by these people. You think Megan Fox has talent WTF is wrong with you!!!!!!! Wow man, seriously, I know this is something cliche to say on the internet, but honestly, YOU FAIL!
12:46AM on 03/21/2011
where are we?
where are we?
1:12AM on 03/21/2011
I kinda have to agree also. I come to this site multiple times each day but rarely post. I've seen you, many times, complaining more than you should. i wont comment on your taste (which i do typically disagree with) but sometimes you come off as a troll or just a little bitch.
I kinda have to agree also. I come to this site multiple times each day but rarely post. I've seen you, many times, complaining more than you should. i wont comment on your taste (which i do typically disagree with) but sometimes you come off as a troll or just a little bitch.
1:19AM on 03/21/2011
"where are we?"

Kindergarten, apparently.
"where are we?"

Kindergarten, apparently.
1:53AM on 03/21/2011
Oh geez.
Oh geez.
2:40AM on 03/21/2011
I really want to see you get sucker punched
I really want to see you get sucker punched
9:46AM on 03/21/2011
oh i see what you did there.....very inspiring.

you should write a book with the talent you have.
oh i see what you did there.....very inspiring.

you should write a book with the talent you have.
11:33PM on 03/20/2011
Glad to see Limitless at number 1 (Good for Bradley Cooper). Hopefully it'll have legs along with Paul. I'm glad that all or the majority of the audiences have been 25 and older. I hate going to the movies and having little pricks ruin my movie going experience at the movies.

Really want to see Sucker Punch.
Glad to see Limitless at number 1 (Good for Bradley Cooper). Hopefully it'll have legs along with Paul. I'm glad that all or the majority of the audiences have been 25 and older. I hate going to the movies and having little pricks ruin my movie going experience at the movies.

Really want to see Sucker Punch.
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12:07AM on 03/21/2011
what don't you want to see? Honestly, you'd watch anything with pretty colors.
what don't you want to see? Honestly, you'd watch anything with pretty colors.
9:55PM on 03/20/2011
Saw The Lincoln Lawyer earlier today and loved it. Solid courtroom thriller with a great cast and performances. I still really need to see Paul. (ps Im only 21 so i guess im a demographic breaker?)
Saw The Lincoln Lawyer earlier today and loved it. Solid courtroom thriller with a great cast and performances. I still really need to see Paul. (ps Im only 21 so i guess im a demographic breaker?)
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8:41PM on 03/20/2011
I can't help but feel bad for Mars needs Mom. It didn't look like a great movie, but it looked decent and better than kid films like Yogi Bear or The Smurfs. To bad they spent so much on the Motion Capture, it really seems unnecessary. But I'm sure a lot of people worked really hard on the film. Seems like they shouldn't have released it around the same time as other animated films like Gnomeo or Rango.
I can't help but feel bad for Mars needs Mom. It didn't look like a great movie, but it looked decent and better than kid films like Yogi Bear or The Smurfs. To bad they spent so much on the Motion Capture, it really seems unnecessary. But I'm sure a lot of people worked really hard on the film. Seems like they shouldn't have released it around the same time as other animated films like Gnomeo or Rango.
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8:20PM on 03/20/2011

How much can I learn from an ass?

Paul was a good movie. Lorenzo Zoil has kept me laughing for days. Limitless was a great surprise as well.
Paul was a good movie. Lorenzo Zoil has kept me laughing for days. Limitless was a great surprise as well.
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7:38PM on 03/20/2011

One Simple Question

What did I miss when I attempted to go see "Rango"? Seriously, I had to have missed something.
What did I miss when I attempted to go see "Rango"? Seriously, I had to have missed something.
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7:33PM on 03/20/2011
Though it's probably a par for the course Box-Office take for a Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film-it's way too weak. I wish it was in the $20+Mil range.
Though it's probably a par for the course Box-Office take for a Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film-it's way too weak. I wish it was in the $20+Mil range.
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7:30PM on 03/20/2011
I think it makes sense that Paul fanboys are over the age of 25.
I think it makes sense that Paul fanboys are over the age of 25.
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7:25PM on 03/20/2011

wimpy kid II....starring.....

we know steve zahn.....and hes care-worthy. right?
we know steve zahn.....and hes care-worthy. right?
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7:22PM on 03/20/2011
Just came back from seeing Lincoln Lawyer, what a good movie! It was kind of predictable, but definitely strong for a court room flick. And Wimpy Kid 2 was probably able to come out quick, because it was based on a short kids novel
Just came back from seeing Lincoln Lawyer, what a good movie! It was kind of predictable, but definitely strong for a court room flick. And Wimpy Kid 2 was probably able to come out quick, because it was based on a short kids novel
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