Final Box-Office Numbers Are In! "How to Train Your Dragon" Destroys Competition! See the Top 20 Films! 


The fantastic animated flick "How to Train Your Dragon" flew back to the top of the box-office heap! In its fifth week of release, the DreamWorks Animation film earned $15.4 million to grab the No. 1 spot. (Check out my movie review right here, and my interviews with Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and writers/director Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois)

Previous weekend's box-office winner, "Kick-Ass," fell down to No. 5 with $9.3 million. Meanwhile, new films entering the box-office race didn't do as good, translation: flopped!

"The Back-Up Plan" starring Jennifer Lopez only managed a $12.2 million opening to debut at No. 2, while Warner Bros.' "The Losers" lost at the box-office earning $9.4 million and debuting at No. 5. That's bad for a film with a DC Comics brand behind it.

Meanwhile, "Date Night" starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell held on to the No. 3 spot with $10.4 million with a box-office total of $63.3 million in three weeks.

Here's the Top 20 films for weekend of April 23 as compiled by Hollywood.com:

1. "How to Train Your Dragon," Paramount-DreamWorks Animation, $15,350,213, 3,665 locations, $4,188 average, $178,345,927, five weeks.

2. "The Back-up Plan," CBS Films, $12,201,710, 3,280 locations, $3,720 average, $12,201,710, one week.

3. "Date Night," Fox, $10,461,223, 3,294 locations, $3,176 average, $63,332,819, three weeks.

4. "The Losers," Warner Bros., $9,406,348, 2,936 locations, $3,204 average, $9,406,348, one week.

5. "Kick-Ass," Lionsgate, $9,342,398, 3,065 locations, $3,048 average, $34,708,222, two weeks.

6. "Clash of the Titans," Warner Bros., $8,924,180, 3,271 locations, $2,728 average, $145,563,557, four weeks.

7. "Death at a Funeral," Sony Screen Gems, $8,022,762, 2,459 locations, $3,263 average, $28,471,939, two weeks.

8. "Oceans," Disneynature, $6,058,958, 1,206 locations, $5,024 average, $8,525,488, one week.

9. "The Last Song," Disney, $3,760,816, 2,794 locations, $1,346 average, $55,459,487, four weeks.

10. "Alice in Wonderland," Disney, $2,264,097, 1,385 locations, $1,635 average, $327,537,023, eight weeks.

11. "Hot Tub Time Machine," MGM, $2,007,125, 1,787 locations, $1,123 average, $45,730,500, five weeks.

12. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," Fox, $1,886,464, 1,605 locations, $1,175 average, $59,628,408, six weeks.

13. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?," Lionsgate, $1,727,505, 1,251 locations, $1,381 average, $57,484,421, four weeks.

14. "The Bounty Hunter," Sony, $1,570,695, 1,581 locations, $993 average, $62,742,023, six weeks.

15. "Avatar," Fox, $920,204, 438 locations, $2,101 average, $746,365,137, 19 weeks.

16. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Music Box Films , $621,749, 181 locations, $3,435 average, $3,886,128, six weeks.

17. "The Ghost Writer," Summit, $497,257, 445 locations, $1,117 average, $13,984,486, 10 weeks.

18. "Hubble 3D," Warner Bros., $394,977, 47 locations, $8,404 average, $3,928,045, six weeks.

19. "The Secret in Their Eyes" Sony Pictures Classics, $360,056, 33 locations, $10,911 average, $592,864, two weeks.

20. "City Island," Anchor Bay, $314,007, 77 locations, $4,078 average, $1,240,311, six weeks.

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Summer 2010 Movie Preview! Remakes! Sequels! Blockbusters! Well, Good Golly Gee, it Must be Summer! 


Remakes and sequels will once again dominate our summer movie watching. Beginning with “Iron Man 2” in May and ending with “Piranha 3D” in August, Hollywood is promising a bigger and better summer. So get your calendars ready and save the dates.

(To see the complete list month-by-month, and to watch my fun 2010 Summer Movie Preview video, Read More...

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"The Crazies" Director to Helm "Escape From New York" Remake! 


Breck Eisner, the guy who gave us "The Crazies" is in talks to remake "Escape From New York" for New Line according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Once upon a time, Gerard Butler was attached to star as, gasp, Snake Plissken (How could they!), but he dropped out. Then the remake went through development hell, replacing writers and directors.

Now, THR is saying that Eisner's entrance into the project should bring "Escape" back on track and New Line is sticking to the script written by Allan Loeb.

Loeb's draft ambitiously tries to mix an origin story for Plissken and the story we know from the 1981 version directed by John Carpenter.

I enjoyed "The Crazies," so hiring Eisner may be a good sign, but then, he also directed the much-maligned "Sahara."

Personally, I'd rather see Kurt Russell in another Plissken role, where he's escaping from somewhere else, maybe "Escape From Earth" or "Escape From Indiana" or anything as long as the film involves Russell as Plissken again.

I'm sure he's Plissken to millions of "Escape" fans!

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"Green Hornet" Pushed AGAIN! Film Gets January Dumping Ground Date! 


Uh-oh...this is not a good sign. The much beleaguered "The Green Hornet" has its release date pushed again! Now, you can see Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet on January 14, 2011 -- Just FYI, January is considered THE dumping ground for bad films!

But Sony is saying that the Michel Gondry directed film co-starring Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, and Jay Chou as the sidekick Kato, has been pushed back so they can have more time to improve its 3D quality.

Should we believe the studio?

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"Monsters, Inc." Scares Up A Sequel! 


The new Disney film big poppa, Rich Ross, announced that "Monsters, Inc." is getting a sequel and an opening release date of Nov. 16, 2012!

Here are other notable announcements:

1) "The Bear and the Bow" gets a name change, it's now called "Brave" and will be release on June 15, 2012. Reese Witherspoon and Billy Connolly are among the voice talents.

2) According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross also unveiled the first three movies he's greenlighting namely "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" and "The Muppets" (both coming in 2011) and the teen-flick "Prom" in 2012.

3) Ross' favorite film is "Tootsie!" GREAT CHOICE!

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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