April Movies: Date Night…Marriage…Nightmare…Clash…Funeral…After.Life (Is There A...)

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Which Of These Movies Interest You? (Vote For As Many As You Like)

  1. April 2nd – Clash Of The Titans (fantasy starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes)

    11 vote(s)
    29.7%
  2. April 2nd - Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too (comedy drama with Janet Jackson)

    3 vote(s)
    8.1%
  3. April 2nd – The Greatest (drama with Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan)

    4 vote(s)
    10.8%
  4. April 9th – Date Night (comedy with Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg and James Franco)

    21 vote(s)
    56.8%
  5. April 9th – After.Life (horror with Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long)

    3 vote(s)
    8.1%
  6. April 16th – Death At A Funeral (comedy with Chris Rock, James Marsden and Tracy Morgan)

    4 vote(s)
    10.8%
  7. April 16th – Kick Ass (action comedy with Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth McGovern)

    6 vote(s)
    16.2%
  8. April 23rd – The Back-Up Plan (comedy with Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin and Robert Klein)

    1 vote(s)
    2.7%
  9. April 23rd – In The Electric Mist (drama with Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Sarsgaard and John Goodman)

    3 vote(s)
    8.1%
  10. April 23rd – A Shine Of Rainbows (drama with Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen)

    1 vote(s)
    2.7%
  11. April 30th – A Nightmare On Elm Street (horror with Jackie Earle Haley)

    6 vote(s)
    16.2%
  12. April 30th – Please Give (comedy drama with Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt)

    1 vote(s)
    2.7%
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  1. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, $20 for one movie is just way over doing it. That used to be the price you expected to shell out for the ticket AND your popcorn and drink. Now it will be closer to $30 for the tickets and food if you still want both. I think this could backfire on theaters because theaters make the bulk of their profit from concessions. If people quit buying concessions because they spent all their money on tickets, it will hurt the bottom line. I don't think the higher ticket prices will be enough to cover losses at the concessions if those losses are big enough, and they will be if more and more movies come out in 3D.

    If I was running a theater I would raise 3D prices and offer a free drink with any purchase of a 3D ticket. This would encourage some people who were thinking of seeing the 2D movie and when they are getting their free drink they will be more likely to go ahead and get a popcorn or candy to go with it. Not to mention that drinks are the cheapest thing at concession stands, they give a HUGE profit but giving them away to some people costs very very little.
  2. orbitz

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    COTT: $64.1 mil

    Tyler Perry's WDIGM: $30 mil.
  3. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    Weekend top 10:

    1 (new) Clash of the Titans - $61,400,000
    2 (new) Why Did I Get Married Too? - $30,150,000
    3 (1) How to Train Your Dragon - $29,200,000
    4 (new) The Last Song - $16,203,000
    5 (2) Alice in Wonderland -$8,267,000
    6 (3) Hot Tub Time Machine - $8,000,000
    7 (4) The Bounty Hunter - $6,200,000
    8 (5) Diary of a Wimpy Kid - $5,525,000
    9 (6) She's Out of My League - $1,463,000
    10 (8) Shutter Island - $1,462,000

    Sixteen million for Miley Cyrus’ movie…is she the new Sandra Bullock? ;)

    Other movies debuting this week:

    24 (new) The Greatest - $57,472

    25 (new) Breaking Upwards - $16,300 (only one theatre, best per theatre average for all movies playing this week)

    27 (new) The Warlords - $10,000 (only three theatres)

    28 (new) The Thorn in the Heart (Documentary) - $6,135 (one theatre)

    I had not included a trailer for Breaking Upwards in my first post as I found the trailer to be all about a bunch of whiny, self-centred people I did not want to spend any time with. Apparently theatre-goers (in at least one theatre) disagreed with me! So here’s the trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEeDVtSPO_w

    And if anyone is curious about The Thorn In The Heart, it’s a French documentary about the director’s aunt (and her family) who is a teacher in rural France. Here’s the trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Hlj7ElSV24
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  4. Buzz

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    I just came back from seeing Clash Of The Titans and loved it. I do not remember much of the original movie which is probably for the best. LOL The only thing I did not like was;
    Zeus bring back Perseus's love interest Io at the end. It was kinda nice that the movie ended this way but of all the people Perseus lost why her?Plus it is kinda icky that she watched him grow up and now becomes his girlfriend. I think I would have preferred him sailing off into the sunset by himself to continue the life of a fisherman or something like that. But that is just my opinion. LOL
  5. PeterG

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    Just got back from seeing Clash of the Titans. I give it a thumbs up. It was close to being a "see it on DVD" recommendation, but because it's so much about the visuals, it's one to see in the theatre. But don't pay extra for the 3-D version! It barely has ANYTHING that made it stand out as a 3-D movie. I'm not sure if I paid extra for the 3-D version because when I bought my ticket, I was told that the movie came with a free popcorn and drink. I should have known something was up, because after she made this statement, she waited for a response. I remember thinking, "you told me that's the deal, why are you waiting for me to say something?" But it was some weird scam, because later when I looked at my ticket, I saw that I got charged for a ticket as well as for the drink and popcorn (which I NEVER buy on their own). Inside the theatre, my friend said I could have said no to the combo and saved myself five bucks... :( And I don't even like popcorn! :lol:

    Anyway, the best part of the movie was either Sam Worthington or the effects (which would have been just as good in the 2-D version). Worthington is a great leading man, who oozes sincerity (and sexiness...you got to see some of his backside during some sequences as his mini-skirt was very mini!!). :lol:

    Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson were great, but I was drawn more to Worthington, which is saying a lot because Neeson and especially Fiennes are great actors. But the script wasn't brilliant, so maybe Worthington's elders were trying a little too hard. Gemma Arterton, as Worthington's love interest is luminescent...but I'll still take Sammy. :D I just checked imdb.com and Arterton played opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace. Thought she looked familiar!

    So if you wanna see this one, do so on the big screen, but save yourself a few bucks and see the 2-D version. If you're wavering at all, wait for it to come out on DVD in four months (I saw at HMV that Avatar is coming out on DVD this month) and watch it at home. (Hopefully you've got a big screen, though.) :)
  6. KelleyK

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    So on the list and in release on April 23 is Jennifer Lopez's new movie, The Back-up Plan. In it she plays a woman who has found Mr. Right yet so she decides to have a baby on her own only to meet THE one, played by Alex O'Loughlin, while pregnant. It's funny and charming and well...Alex is nice on the eyes. I'm working with the film so check them out in the behind the scenes clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHpsCCcXLJk and trailer http://www.theback-upplan.com

    Cheers,
    Kelley
  7. PeterG

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    Weekend top 10:

    In today's newspapers, they were talking all about the top two movies battling it out for the number one spot as if this was some world security matter. I guess everybody wants bragging rights, especially if your movie is debuting ("Date Night" can't say it's America's #1 movie now...unless it moves up next week - which rarely happens).

    Here's the trailer for Letters to God...I didn't include it in my original post because nobody famous was in it and I had never heard of it. Who knew it'd debut in the top 10?? :confused:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBDK2LGn4p0

    Anybody think they reached out to the Christian community in the marketing of this one? :lol: (P.S. It does not star Kirk Cameron) ;)

    After.Life debuted at #42, bringing in just under $60,000 at 41 theatres. La Mission debuted at #45 and brought in about the same amount of money, but it's playing at only 15 theatres. I have no idea what the marketing strategy for After.Life is... :confused: I'm guessing they are hoping for good word of mouth for both movies and are releasing them in limited release to begin?? After.Life did not get good reviews on "At The Movies" this weekend. But "The Square" (an Australian movie, debuting at #59) got two thumbs up (the clips used on At the Movies were better than this trailer):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvKlAA-zYRk

    So any dirt on happenings during filming? This one will be worth seeing for Alex alone...who was a true hottie in "Moonlight" and under-appreciated in "Three Rivers". Maybe the movies will treat him better than TV has... :)
  8. Buzz

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    Clash Of The Titans made more overseas than it did in the North American market. I had a feeling it would. So nice to see it do well because I love these sort of movie and want to see more!!!!! hehehe :cheer2:
  9. BigB08822

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    I have noticed that comedies don't care so much if they aren't #1 because they found a loop hole. I have seen many a commercial that says "The #1 COMEDY in America." Date Night can just use that tag line and still get their #1, haha.
  10. Buzz

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    Saw "Girl Wit Te Dragon Tattoo" today and did not realise it was subtitled and had so much images of graphic violence against women. A little jarring but still an ok movie.
  11. orbitz

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    Did you see COTT and did you like it? I wanted to see it but stayed away because of the reviews. The director also directed Hulk, which I didn't think was really that good of a film. Sometimes I wonder how directors who directed badly received films get the go ahead to direct other big budget - high profiled pictures. If I was the studio behind COTT I would want to make sure that only "quality" people are involved with it.
  12. Buzz

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    I LOVED COTT! But I saw it on the regular 2D format. Overall I absolutely loved it and not sure why all the complaints since it is a retelling of the old movie which I did not mind at all. Sam Worthington is great too. :) There was just one verrry tiny 30 second bit at the very end I did not like but other than that I have no complaints. Two tumbs up from me. :)
  13. BigB08822

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    The studios could care less how well a film is received, especially by critics, they care about how much $$ it pulls in. I don't have the numbers but I am pretty sure Hulk (2008 version) pulled in a good bit, probably over 100 million in the US (I think it opened with about 55 million the first weekend). Those movies aren't made for critics or serious movie goers, anyway. The only films focused on reviews and critics are the low budget and independent films because that is the only way they will ever make money or get a wide release.
  14. Buzz

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    Never thought I would ever say this but.... there is this upcoming Jennifer Lopez that I rrrreally want to see LOL "Backup Plan" looks GOOD! I could sooo easily see this happening to actually people I know. hehehehehe I can hardly wait to see it. Hope it does not turn into a disappointment like the last comedy I saw.
  15. PeterG

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    Well, as long as this remains just between you and I...I've enjoyed every single movie I've seen of hers. I just watched "Bordertown" recently and thought it was a REALLY good movie. I highly recommend it. (And Antonio Banderas looks GREAT at 45.) :D
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  16. orbitz

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    That's not necessilary true. Yes at the end of the day it's the bottom $$$ that's important. If the movie's a success inspite of the mass critical drubbing then the studio can claim that they made the film for the audience and that the critics are out of touch, etc., but no major studios and directors want to put out works that are called craps either. There are egos involved too.

    The Incredible Hulk made some money, but it was not a runaway success at the b.o. It only made slightly more than the Ang Lee's version. That's why there hasn't been any plan of a 3rd installment.
  17. PeterG

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    This weekend's top 10 movies:

    http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/thisweek.php

    1 (new) Kick-Ass - $19,828,687
    2 (3) How to Train Your Dragon - $19,633,320
    3 (new) Death at a Funeral - $17,000,000
    5 (1) Clash of the Titans - $15,385,491
    6 (5) The Last Song - $5,788,000
    7 (4) Why Did I Get Married Too? - $4,098,898
    8 (6) Hot Tub Time Machine - $3,545,000
    9 (7) Alice in Wonderland - $3,540,000
    10 (8) The Bounty Hunter - $3,200,000


    Quite interesting that "How To Train Your Dragon" (HTTYD) almost took the top spot in it's FOURTH week of release AND it moved up a spot even with a new comedy opening all while battling it out for the top spot against another kid's movie. HTTYD has now grossed over $150 million (and that's the U.S. only...or is it U.S. and Canada)?

    Other movies debuting this week:

    #16 - The Joneses (just over half a million)

    #17 - The Perfect Games (just under half a million)

    #25 - The Secret In Their Eyes (Argentian film - police drama/thriller...love story??)
    TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CUj7kdW7IQ

    #27 - Exit Through The Gift Shop (UK comedy...I think...)
    TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTlm6dU2xHk

    #41 - The City Of Your Final Destination

    #45 - Handsome Harry

    The Joneses stars Demi Moore and David Duchovny. I'm curious as to what Demi Moore's career plan is. Before she took a few years off, she was only interested in big budget movies that made (her) a lot of money. Since coming out of semi-retirement, she seems to be taking only independent movies which cater to small audiences. I'm not sure if that's all she's being offered, or if she is specifically choosing only movies that mean something to her... :confused:
  18. orbitz

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    I highly doubt that Demi Moore is that much wanted in Hollywood anymore, certainly not for high profile, big budget films. She's no longer the box office draw that she once was during her Ghost years, and her facial features look very different now. Her contemporaries like Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts are still very popular and will have first dips of the prime parts.
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    Well, Kickass seems really good...
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    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't mind seeing KickAss. I also wouldn't mind seeing How To Train Your Dragon now that it is doing well and word of mouth is so amazing. Probably will wait to rent both, however.
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    :kickass: Saw my first Iron Man 2 preview last night. Looks awesome. I predict enormous BO.
  22. KelleyK

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    Hey!

    The Back-up Plan with Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin opens this Friday, April 23. It's a funny and cute film that really allows JLo to shine. I work for the film and here are a couple of links to some interviews, photos and video clips so you can check out the film before it opens.

    http://video.msn.com/dw.aspx?mkt=en...n:ns:MSNVideo_Top_Cat:ps:10:sd:-1:ind:1:ff:8A

    And

    http://www.ivillage.com/back-plan-exclusive-clip-cant-i-just-wear-sweats/1-h-142567

    Enjoy and I'll see you at the movies!
    Kelley
  23. Buzz

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    Saw the "Back Up Plan" today and it is a very cute little movie. I highly recommend it. ANd that is saying something especially coming from someone who's favourite movie so far this year is Clash Of The Titans. :lol:
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    I finally saw Date Night. Nothing amazing obviously, but it was definitely good for a laugh. The pole dancing part where he was carrying her had me :rofl:
  25. Kasey

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    Saw "Death at a funeral" with friend today. It was not bad, a couple of laugh out loud moments for me and friend, and quite a few more chuckles. Strange seeing Chris Rock play straight man....
  26. PeterG

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    Weekend's top 10 movies (the three new entries in bold):

    1 (2) How to Train Your Dragon - $15,350,213
    2 (new) The Back-up Plan - $12,250,000
    3 (3) Date Night - $10,461,223
    4 (1) Kick-Ass - $9,500,000
    5 (new) The Losers - $9,406,348
    6 (5) Clash of the Titans - $8,924,180
    7 (4) Death at a Funeral - $8,000,000
    8 (new) Oceans - $6,000,000
    9 (6) The Last Song - $3,705,000
    10 (8) Alice in Wonderland - $2,242,000

    How To Train Your Dragon is closing in on 200 million, looks like it's a mightier movie than Clash of the Titans (which has been around only one week longer and has a total of almost 150 million).

    JLo wasn't able to take the #1 spot, but 12 million is pretty good considering there are some who thought she was past her prime. Just saw a clip of The Back-Up Plan on "At The Movies" (spoilers for anyone who's going to go see it...)
    where she's going through a food craving spell and is stuffing bread dipped into a cooking stew into her mouth. Her co-star walks in and asks, "would you like a plate?" She sheepishly shakes her head "no". Very cute! :lol:

    The clips on At the Movies for "The Losers" were awful. No interest in this except for a few of the actors are nice to look at... :D

    Glad to see "Oceans" debuted in the top 10. It looks good! I hadn't provided a trailer for this one. So here ya go:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUU-q5GXTU4

    At #15 is Avatar, which comes out on DVD this week. I have no idea why they are releasing this movie when it's still making money at the box office. Mind you, this week's take was just under a million, but it still seems strange to me... Maybe a DVD release will make people think, "hey we should go see it on the big screen while we still can!"

    Rock has played a heterosexual a couple of times before... ;)
  27. LilJen

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    "Date Night" was fun, because Tina Fey and Steve Carell are both terrific. We knew it wouldn't be a masterpiece, but it was fun, and the characterization of a marriage between two very tired people who nevertheless love each other was spot on.

    Enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon for the most part. dh and dd loved it. Visually wonderful. My beef was in the unoriginal writing--too many overdone personality bits, storylines, that appear in just about every other Hollywood movie, and I'm really, really tired of it. Still, I'd recommend it.
  28. Buzz

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    Saw Death At A Funeral and it was better than I expected. :) How To Train Your Dragon has a total of $355 million but Clash Of The Titans made $385 million total. LOL So the grown up movie is doing a bit better worldwide and the family movie. hehehehe