Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weekend Box Office

Mars needs numbers!

Three movies opened in the top ten this week. No news: Red Riding Hood debuted at #3 with $14 million. Vampires are more popular than wolves. Big news: Battle: Los Angeles takes #1 with $35 million. That's good money.

But the biggest news is about failure: Mars Needs Moms, a 3D CGI extravaganza from producer Bob Zemeckis, pulled down only $7 million. It reportedly cost $150 million to make, so this is bad news. So bad that Disney has pulled out of the Zemeckis-helmed remake of Yellow Submarine, which was to use the same uncanny-valley prone CGI company. As of today the project is being shopped around to other studios.

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