My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
The Last Airbender – M. Night Shyamalan was supposed to come back with a vengeance directing a big budget adaptation of a popular cartoon series. The fan base is pretty big and it would be a hard feat for the struggling director. But critics panned it on a consistent basis and the majority of the fans were disappointed (not including Phil).
My Theater Pick
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – the long awaited conclusion to the Harry Potter series is finally upon us. But unfortunately for the impatient, it is broken up into 2 Parts with the second one coming out in Summer 2011. But fortunately for the lovers of the series, it will most likely be better put together with this much time concentrated on it. Since I never read the books and have no idea how it ends, I couldn’t be more excited.
Box Office Results
Megamind was the big winner yet again at the box office raking in another $30 Million to bring the total to just under $90 Million. I can’t help but think it was #1 again all because of the 3D price hike. Unstoppable did pretty well but couldn’t stop the 3D animation train for Dreamworks. Skyline apparently cost $10 Million to make and made close to $12 Million on opening weekend so its already a success. More directors might start trying low budget features focused all on special effects if they continue to be profitable.
Also coming out in stores this week is a really entertaining dysfunctional family dramedy called The Kids Are All Right, the Bow Wow crapfest called Lottery Ticket, the Robert Zemeckis motion capture holiday tale A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey and Avatar Extended Collection Edition to further fill James Cameron’s pockets.
Also hitting theaters this weekend is The Next Three Days which has the Crash director Paul Haggis getting Russell Crowe to break his wife Elizabeth Banks out of prison.