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Disneyjohn carter of marsMovies

Andrew Stanton is the new big man guiding the mother ship that will become John Carter of Mars. The movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels has been on again and off again for what seems like forever, and each time the pitfalls have caused the production to collapse.  It looks like the film is finally going to get made, as The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Disney/PIXAR crew will descend on the state from November to July 2010. According to a GOED executive summary, the filmmakers are committed to spend $27.7 million in the state and employ 398 Utahns

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MoviesParamount PicturesStar Trek

The box office estimates are in and Star Trek beamed to the number one spot, bringing in an estimated $76.5 million over the weekend.  I had a chance to check the movie out on Saturday, and I liked it quite a bit.  I think it did a good job of bridging the old Star Trek universe with the new one (I wore my F’Continuity T-Shirt just in case), and I like how they were able to tell an origin story without getting too over the top. I did have a few concerns and problems with the feature, but there were

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20th Century FoxMoviesWarner Bros.Watchmen

Details are beginning to emerge on the settlement between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox over the Watchmen movie. The film will still open on March 6 Warner Bros. will pay between $5 million and $10 million in the $1.4 development fees Fox claims it invested in the movie when it had the rights. The rest of that load will cover the legal fees. Fox gets a percentage of gross sales – somewhere between 5% and 8.5%. Fox also gets a percentage of gross for any sequels or spinoffs. I don’t know if that includes video game revenu or not.

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BatmanDCDVDMoviesThe Dark KnightWarner Bros.

According to those who know more than me, The Dark Knight movie has sold more that 13.5 million copies world-wide since its release a week ago. Even better, Warner Bros. is reporting that 1.7 million of those copies happen to be in the Blu-Ray format. In 1989 Michael Keaton’s Batman movie hit stores just in time for the holiday season, and became the biggest seller on the VHS format for that year.  The Batman movie is unique in that it was one of the first movies released on VHS only a few months after its theatrical run.  Almost 20 years

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BatmanMoviesParamount PicturesRobert Downey Jr.

It’s unfortunate it wasn’t RDJ’s Iron Man that trumped The Dark Knight this weekend, but rather Downey Jr. in blackface in Paramount’s Tropic Thunder.  The R-rated flick brought in an estimated $26 million over the weekend, while Christian Bale’s Dark Knight bringing in $16.8 million.  Coming in third was George Lucas’ Clone Wars animated flick with $15.5 million. Don’t feel too bad about the Dark Knight, the cumulated box office is now over $470 million. via THR

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BatmanChristian BaleChristopher NolanDCMoviesWarner Bros.

Even with the opening weekend of the Olympics, fans still flocked to theaters to see Warner Bros. Dark Knight.  While Pineapple Express came in a close second, the Chris Nolan flick brought in an additional $26 million over the weekend.  This brings the grand total to $441.5 million, meaning the Batman film has passed Shrek 2 to become the third highest domestic grosser of all time. If that has you sitting up and taking notice, get ready for a major head trip – by this time next week, The Dark Knight should bring in enough money to pass Star Wars

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HulkIncredible HulkMarvelMovies

While it wasn’t Indiana Jones, or even an Iron Man level take at the box office, the Incredible Hulk did walk away with the top movie this past weekend, taking home an estimated $54.5 million domestically.  That’s a lot of green for the big fellow, and has many believing Marvel has gone two for two in its company owned movie franchise.  Even thought the movie is number one, remember, Hulk did not bring in as much as last year’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($58 million) or as much as Ang Lee’s take on the Hulk that brought

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Iron ManJon FavreauMarvelMovies

We live in a different movie world than we did a few years ago, when a 51% drop in box office revenues would have spelled death for a film (Jurassic Park II anyone…). Today, with movie studios eager to nab as much as they can opening weekend, the drop is probably expected, especially as the summer box office heats up with a major motion picture hitting theaters each weekend. Regardless, Iron Man took the top spot once again bringing in an estimated $50.5 million for its second weekend, racking up up an estimated $177.1 million in domestic box office sales.

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