BOX OFFICE RESUMES RETREAT
The box office resembled the stock market last weekend as its total gross fell 8.31 percent below the same weekend a year ago and 11 percent below the previous weekend, the first weekend in eight that the box office reported an improvement over last year's results. While total revenue for the year is down only 0.78 percent, attendance has fallen 4.66 percent. Only two films earned more than $10 million, Sony's Lakeview Terrace, which debuted with $15 million, and Focus Features' Burn After Reading, which took in $11 million in its second week. Lionsgate's My Best Friend's Girl opened with $8.3 million to place third, while MGM's animated Igor premiered with $7.8 million. Another newcomer, DreamWorks/Paramount's Ghost Town recorded $5 million to place eighth overall; however, on a per-theater basis, it ranked third.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Lakeview Terrace, Sony, $15,004,672, (New); 2. Burn After Reading, Focus, $11,028,257, 2 Wks. ($36,135,221); 3. My Best Friend's Girl, Lionsgate, $8,265,357, (New); 4. Igor, MGM, $7,803,347, (New); 5. Righteous Kill, Overture Films, $7,424,479, 2 Wks. ($28,534,233); 6. Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, Lionsgate, $7,271,899, 2 Wks. ($28,1281,59); 7. The Women, Picturehouse, $5,417,779, 2 Wks. ($19,321,011); 8. Ghost Town, DreamWorks/Paramount, $5,012,315, (New); 9. The Dark Knight, Warner Bros., $2,915,174, 10 Wks. ($521,890,027); 10. The House Bunny, Sony, $2,662,650, 5 Wks. ($45,587,131).
MAMMA MIA! THE TITANIC OF MUSICALS
Overseas, Universal's Mamma Mia! remained a sensation, taking in $14.5 million. Despite the fact that it is now in its eleventh week in the U.K., it remained in second place with a gross of $118.8 million. The musical continued to show strength in Asia as much as it did in Europe. It debuted in Singapore with that country's biggest opening gross ever. It remained at No 1 in Korea for the third consecutive weekend. Together with its domestic gross of $141.2 million, its worldwide total now stands at $476.1 million.
NEW GOOGLE PHONE UNVEILED -- BUT WILL IT DOWNLOAD VIDEO?
T-Mobile, HTC, and Google took the wraps off their new mobile phone that runs Google's Android system. As expected, the companies said that it would go head-to-head against Apple's iPhone/iTunes with an application that allows users to download music from Amazon's music store, offering tens of thousands of recordings. It was not immediately known whether users would be able to buy or rent videos from the store and load them directly into the phone. With the iPhone, movies must first be downloaded onto a computer and then transferred.
GODFATHER MOVIES RESTORED
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration is being released today (Tuesday) as a five-disc collection of all three Godfather films, as well as two discs of bonus features, on DVD ($73.00) and Blu-ray disc ($120.00). In an interview with USA Today Francis Ford Coppola, who directed the original '70s films, said that when he saw the 1972 classic on its 25th anniversary in 1997 he was disappointed in the quality and learned that the negative had deteriorated after being used to strike so many prints over the years. He said that he eventually appealed to Steven Spielberg, who had been instrumental in the restoration of Lawrence of Arabia, to seek funding for a Godfather restoration at Paramount, which had acquired Spielberg's DreamWorks studio. In the end, not only was the film restored to its original luster but problem scenes in the original footage were corrected. All of the work, incidentally, was performed not at Paramount but at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imagine in Burbank. Paramount post-production executive Marty Cohen told USA Today: "This is about rebuilding to some degree and putting new paint on the house."