NEW MOON APPROACHES $200 MILLION IN ONE WEEK
The Twilight Saga: New Moon continued to pile up weekend-like ticket sales on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, it raked in $10.5 million; on Tuesday, $11.3 million, and on Wednesday -- even with many theaters featuring new films -- it added another $14.3 million. By the time Thanksgiving dawned, it had already earned $179 million -- in just six days. Of the Wednesday openers, Warner Bros.' Ninja Warriors proved to be the biggest money-maker, although its $3.3-million take was unimpressive. It edged out the John Travolta/Robin Williams/Seth Green comedy Old Dogs, which looked mighty shaggy with $3.1 million. And Wes Anderson's animated The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which went into wide release after two weeks in a handful of theaters, took in a far-from-fantastic $1.1 million.
STAR OF MOVIE BARRED FROM SEEING IT
Fifteen-year-old actor Aaron Wolff, who has a leading role in the Coen Brothers' latest film A Serious Man, was turned away from a Boston-area theater Tuesday night when he brought some of his friends to see it, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. After a ticket seller had told him that she could not sell tickets to an R-rated movie to a 15-year-old and his friends, Wolff phoned his mother, who arrived at the theater and attempted to buy tickets for the young group. However, she reportedly was told that while she could buy a ticket for her son, she could not buy them for the other teens. The mother, Judy Kogan, told the Globe that she was surprised by the theater's strict enforcement. "All of these kids' parents knew where they were going," she said.
MOVIE REVIEWS: THE ROAD
First came the apocalypse with 2012. Now comes the post apocalypse with The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, which arrives in theaters in limited release this weekend. It is enthralling several critics. A.O. Scott in the New York Times says that the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it movies have a similar theme. "These two films -- the cheesy action blockbuster and the earnest, literary Oscar aspirant -- converge on a serious, anxious question. In the wake of a planetary catastrophe, how will humanity survive? Not the species itself, but rather the repertory of behaviors and impulses that we like to think separate us from other animals." His verdict: "The Road is engrossing and at times impressive, a pretty good movie that is disappointing to the extent that it could have been great. Is this the way the world ends? With polite applause?" Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News writes that it "earns every minute that it rattles inside your head." Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer writes similarly: "I cannot think of another film this year that has stayed with me, its images of dread and fear - and yes, perhaps hope -- kicking around like such a terrible dream." Claudia Puig in USA Today calls it "stirring and life-affirming." Kyle Smith in the New York Post has just the opposite reaction, however. "File The Road under apocalypse porn," he writes. "Unlike Wall-E and Children of Men, though, this one offers no hope of renewal, no exit from the hell it so persuasively depicts." Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times shares that opinion, writing that The Road "turns out to be good at shocking and upsetting us, but it lacks the compensating emotional heft that would make absorbing those shocks worth our while." And Lisa Kennedy puts it more succinctly in the Denver Post, writingthat the movie "has brutality but not benevolence."