Rock of Ages

Friday Box Office: “Brave” slays all competition

As expected, Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” was a far-and-away #1 at the Friday box office, beating its nearest competitor, fellow opener “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” by double-digits. With a $24.5m Friday in the books, the Scotland-set animated flick should post a weekend figure in line with Pixar’s best non-sequel openings ($71m seems reasonable). Meanwhile, last week’s releases …

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Review: “Rock of Ages”

Few Hollywood filmmakers have proven themselves to be as tone-deaf as Adam Shankman has during his recent foray into musicals. That Shankman has failed so miserably in the genre is surprising, given his background as a choreographer. But few films–let alone upbeat musicals– are as joyless and utterly lacking an understanding of cinematic kinetics as …

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Weekend Box Office: “Madagascar 3” continues reign; openers don’t pick up from Friday

After both “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy” tanked at the box office on Friday, the big question was whether either could rebound over the weekend. The answer: a resounding no. Fortunes continued to be bad for the Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler led pics, which barely even managed the customary Saturday increases. Both …

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Friday Box Office: “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy” bomb

The opening Friday grosses for Tom Cruise’s “Rock of Ages” and Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” were atrocious. Embarrassing. Disastrous. Dismal. You pick the catastrophic adjective and it applies. The former has some chance of garnering positive word-of-mouth and rebounding throughout the course of its run, but the latter will undoubtedly go down as one …

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Tom Cruise to be on the other side of the stake in Van Helsing reboot

Tom Cruise looks set to go from sucking blood to killing blood suckers. It has been announced that Cruise is set to star in Universal Pictures’ Van Helsing reboot. The last incarnation of that character was in Stephen Sommers’ 2004 film Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman as Count Dracula’s nemesis. Cruise famously played a …

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