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October 12, 2008

Beverly Hills Chihuahua still #1 with $17.5M

Ay, "Chihuahua!"

Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" was top dog in the domestic boxoffice for a second straight weekend, making a mutt out of the pre-frame favorite for No. 1 -- Warner Bros.' star-studded Middle East thriller "Body of Lies."

"Chihuahua" fetched an estimated $17.5 million this session, as a miniature weekend-over-weekend drop of just 40% groomed a 10-day cumulative boxoffice of $52.5 million. "Lies" truly underperformed expectations with a shocking $13.1 million bow good only for a third-place showing. (The Hollywood Reporter)

*Update* - Hollywood, The Economy, and Signs of the Apocalypse? hah, ouch.
"But out there at the box office, it is still morning in America. Four major movies opened on Friday, and they came on the heels of seven movies the week before, most of which did quite nicely, thank you. The fact that “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” has topped the box office for two weeks running and has taken in over $52 million may be one of the signs of the apocalypse, but not the kind that has anything to do with credit default swaps." (nytimes.com)

Posted by dschnee at 6:50 PM

October 11, 2008

Anyone Remember Cloverfield?

Well Cloverfield is up for numerous Spike Scream Awards including:

THE ULTIMATE SCREAM
Cloverfield
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Iron Man
LOST
The Mist

BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE
Cloverfield
I Am Legend
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Southland Tales
WALL-E

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE
Anna Friel; “Pushing Daises”
Jessica Lucas; “Cloverfield”
T.J. Miller; “Cloverfield”
WALL-E; “WALL-E”
Anna Walton; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
Odette Yustman; “Cloverfield”

THE HOLY SHIT! SCENE OF THE YEAR
The Batmobile/Batpod Chase; “The Dark Knight”
The Big Rig Flips Over; “The Dark Knight”
Escape From Ten Rings Hideout; “Iron Man”
Iron Man’s First Flight; “Iron Man”
The Reverse Kill Shot; “Wanted”
The Statue Of Liberty/Empire State Building Attack; “Cloverfield”

BEST SCREAMPLAY
“Cloverfield;” Drew Goddard
“The Mist;” Frank Darabont
“The Orphanage;” Sergio G. Sanchez
“WALL-E;” Andrew Stanton, Peter Docter & Jim Reardon
“The Dark Knight;” Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan & David S. Goyer
“Iron Man;” Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Arthur Marcum & Matthew Hollaway

BEST ACTRESS IN A SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE OR TV SHOW
Summer Glau; “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
Tricia Helfer; “Battlestar Galactica”
Lena Headey; “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
Milla Jovovich; “Resident Evil: Extinction”
Gwyneth Paltrow; “Iron Man”
Odette Yustman; “Cloverfield”

BEST F/X
Beowulf
Cloverfield
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Iron Man
Wanted

Speaking of Best F/X...
Here is some actual footage from Tippett's Cloverfield panel on the VFX at Siggraph 2008, your listening to VFX Supervisor Eric Leven, Compositing Supervisor Chris Morley, and Matchmove Supervisor Devin Brees. Crappy footage, but awesome stuff.

Posted by dschnee at 9:01 AM

October 9, 2008

Bedtime Stories the Poster

Posted by dschnee at 8:19 PM

October 6, 2008

Beverly Hills Chihuahua opens #1 with $29.3M

Disney's CG-heavy Chihuahua film Beverly Hills Chihuahua placed first in its opening weekend with $29.3M. Per VARIETY, it's the biggest opening for Disney in October ever. The film's vfx work was done by Tippett Studio, Cinesite, Image Engine Design, K.N.B. Effects Group, Kerner Optical, Proof, Realscan 3D and Svengali Visual Effects.

On the VFX:
"With years of experience in the field, visual effects crews have aced the task of manipulating doggie jowls so they convincingly appear to be speaking, although they do seem to have gone overboard with the eyebrows. Instead of striking a familiar expression and holding it, the way real dogs do, these characters digitally-enhanced faces appear to be in constant motion. Two completely CG characters a rat and an iguana (Paul Rodriguez) blend right in, though a mountain lion confrontation seems to have been rendered on the cheap." -Variety.com

VFXWorld Featured Article:
Beverly Hills Chihuahua: Tippett's Chattering Class of Pooches
Ellen Wolff discovers how Tippett refines its Furrocious tool and throws in a few other advancements for Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua ended up 41% Fresh (or Rotten, depending how you look at it) and a Metacritic score of 42.

Posted by dschnee at 5:53 AM

October 3, 2008

Beverly Hills Chihuahua is Released!

in the USA 3 October 2008

visit Beverly Hills Chihuahua @ imdb.com

Box Office Results October 3-5, 2008
Number: 1
Weekend Gross: $29,300,465
Theatres: 3,215
Theatre Average: $9,114
Weeks in Release: 1
Total Gross: $30,657,030
Budget: $?
Running Time: 1 hrs. 25 min.
Distributor: Buena Vista
MPAA Rating: PG

BoxOfficeMojo.com's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" Statistics

Posted by dschnee at 6:44 AM