Lost in News: Holiday extended weekend wrap up 12.28.09

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Welcome back, we took an extended vacation from Lost in News last week due to pretty much a complete lack of news. All that was coming out were trailers some of which will get covered in Lost in Previews. This week may be similar as Hollywood goes on a holiday vacation and the news stream slows to a trickle. Keep an eye on twitter updates for any additional news.

With out further delay here is what is included in this Monday edition of Lost in News. First up is a recap of the holiday box office. Some news on David Cronenberg’s Talking Cure, Some new Alice artwork, a really cool year end recap video, a Spike Lee directed video for This is it, Kevin Smith’s Cop Out, HD Toy Story 3, and a Hood Poster

1. Avatar 75mil
2. Sherlock Holmes 65.3 mil
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 50 mil
4. It’s Complicated 22.1 mil
5. Up in the Air 11.75mil
6. The Blind Side 11.73 mil
7. The Princess and the Frog 8.6 mil
8. Nine 5.5 mil
9. Did you Hear About the Morgans? 5 mil
10. Invictus 4.3 mil

With one pretty solid entry, Holmes, and several films going wide, Nine, Up in the Air, The box office race was pretty much wide open. I personally thought the only real contender for Avatar was Sherlock Holmes and it seems I was right. While Holmes eked out a 1.2 million dollar advantage over Avatar on Christmas day bringing in 24 mil to Avatar‘s 23.5 it didn’t have the momentum, and I have a hunch word of mouth, to sustain the extended holiday weekend and take first. Much to my dismay, but not surprising is The Squeakquel‘s strong showing at number 3. With a pretty quiet first weekend in January it will be interesting to see how long Avatar continues to rake in buckets of cash for Fox and see how much things change if any in the coming weeks.

First Showing.net by way of MovieTickets.com held a poll of it’s users to see what what they would be most interested in seeing a sequel for from a non franchise film released in 2009. Not surprisingly The Hangover, which incidentally is also now the highest grossing ‘R’ Rated comedy of all time was the most often selected choice. Warner Brothers is already working, not surprisingly on a sequel for The Hangover. The rest of the films in the list are pretty disappointing, save for one District 9 if you ask me.

2. District 9
3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
4. Watchmen
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop

HeyuGuys got the first look at the international poster for the Russell Crowe starring Ridley Scott directed, both of Gladiator fame as the poster points out, Robin Hood. Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor May 14, 2010

Social media status updates create news yet again. This time a Facebook update from Hopscotch films claims that they have picked up distribution rights to The Talking Cure directed by David Cronerberg. The film is set to star Keira Knightly, Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) and Christoph Waltz (Basterds). This is news as prior to now this project seemed to have been stuck at some point in development and wasn’t moving forward. That is now no longer the case.

Last week we had that new Toy Story 3 first look in crappy stream o vision. Today /Film has a vastly superior HD version available.

Kevin Smith, director of the upcoming Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan starring Cop Out explains in a couple of places how the new title was decided on. Cop Out bust some bad guys in theaters February 26.

An additional piece of promotional art work has turned up for Alice in Wonderland, which is out March 5.

Closing out with a couple of videos for this Monday edition of Lost in News. First up is a Spike Lee directed video for Michael Jackson’s song released with the documentary of the same name This is It

And finally, this was sent my way by Lost in Reviews writer Sarah. Having a friend that has directed and edited a couple of documentaries and films and knowing the amount of work that goes into it I have to give a huge amount of respect to Kees van Dijkhuizen. He has put together this video that features a scene from every film released this year synced to a pretty excellent soundtrack. It’s seven minutes long but if you’re a film fan well worth the watch.

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