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The Great Gatsby, Another Great Work of Fiction Meets Box Office Success

Movie FilmThis Weekend the 2013 release of “The Great Gatsby” opened with $51.1 million in sales.   The film has its release pushed back a few months, and has received less than favorable reviews from movie critics.  This has not stopped it from opening at #2, behind “Iron 3 ” (which has captured the box 2 weeks in a row.)

Although this is the first time that younger audiences may have seen the movie in theaters, this is not the first time that it has made it to the big screen.   Several different movie adaptions have been made since the original book was published.   In 1924 the original book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was released.     A few years later a silent movie based on the book was released in 1926.   Another two films were released in 1949 and then in then in 1974.  A made for television version was released in 2000.

Like the current version, the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” movie received many negative reviews from the critic but was welcomed by audiences in tickets sales.    The 1974 version had a $6.5 million budget and grossed over $26.5 million.   This newer version has a $105 million budget and grossed over $51.1 million so far.  Time will tell if this current version will be the blockbuster success like its 1974 predecessor.

The Old is New Again at the Movies

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” won the box office with its opening weekend with 40.5 million in sales.   This is the sequel to the 2009 box office success “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”  Both films are based on the G.I Joe comic books and animated television program.   G.I. Joe has been around for decades and the story is being a told in a fresh way on the big screens.

We have seen that same with other movies.   Superman, and Batman have both created a media empire that tells it s story through comics, television shows, and movies.  This summer the next movie in the Superman franchise, “Man of Steel”, will be in the theaters.   These are just some of the classics that continue to have an audience eagerly hoping for another success.

It is not just the superheroes that continue to find and audience.  Classic like “Les Miserables ” have been able to take their share of the box office pie  and receive praise from critics.

Even as times change, the basic things that grab our attention seem to stay the same.  Even if it is an old tale, recreating the story in a way that modern audience will appreciate can bring success for movie makers.

Man of Steel Show Glimpse of Upcoming Superman Movie

Superman is a pop culture figure that is familiar to about every generation of people alive today.  The world was first introduced Superman throughout comics dating back to 1938.  From that time, his story has been told on radio, television, and in movies.    Now we get another big screen look at Superman in the upcoming movie “Man of Steel,” which will be in theaters summer 2013.      This is the first Superman movie since the 2006 release of “Superman Returns” that starred Brandon Routh as Superman.     Before that time the late Christopher Reeves starred in a series of Superman movies:   “Superman,” “Superman II,” “Superman III,” “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.”  Henry Cavill has become the latest one take on the role of Superman in  the upcoming movie.

The Trailer for “Man of Steel” has been released and it just makes everyone anxious for the summer 2013 to come now.  By just going by the previews, this movie looks like it will be a box office success in the United States and around the world.    Those that don’t regularly go to the movie theaters to watch a movie will be making that special trip just to see it on the big screen when it is initially released.    I may seem overly zealous, that may be true, but I am so excited about this movie.

The trailer for “Man of Steel” is below.

Universal Studios Releasing 100th Anniversary Commemorative Collection

This is probably going to be on many movie aficionados’ Christmas gift list.   Universal Studios Collection Universal is releasing a collection that includes several movies that it made over the last 100 years.  Also there are some  will be bonus clips, and music from of the top movies that audience members will remember from the blockbuster movies where they played.   You will also get some bonus shorts, and classic cartoons made before the days of computer generated animation.  There is even a book that will draw the interest of those that want to read about some of the actors, and movies that have be a part of Universal Studios’ history.  Some of the films featured in the collection includes: “Jaws”, “Sportacus”, “The Birds”, “Back to the Future”, “Do the Right Thing”, “Field of  Dreams”, “Schindler’s List” , “Despicable Me”,  and many more.

The Universal 100th Anniversary Collection Limited Edition will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on November 6,2012.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Continues Success

Without “Madagascar”, and” Madagascar: Return 2 Africa” we would not be seeing “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” in theaters now.    “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” is experiencing some of the same box office success of its predecessors.     The movie opened at number 1 its first week and remained there until its third week when it slipped to number #2 after another computer animated movie, “Brave.”   So the worldwide box office sale Madagascar 3 is over $270 million.     Worldwide box office sales totaled over $532 million for “Madagascar”, while “Madagascar: Return 2 Africa” had sales that were closer to $600 million.    With the amount the amount of money the current movie has made so far, it would be no surprise if it makes as much as the other previous two movies.

Couples Retreat Tops Blockbuster’s Rental and DVD Sales List

Couples retreat was a box office hit for Vince Vahn and the rest of the cast.  The romantic comedy opened last year at number with over $34 million in box office ticket sales.    In the United States it grossed $109 million and almost $169 million worldwide.   Couples retreat star Vince Vahn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman.

This past week it also scored some big numbers by being the number one rented and purchased DVD from Blockbuster.    

The complete List is Below:

Top 10 Renting DVD Titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week ending Feb. 14, 2010:

  1. Couples Retreat

  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife

  3. The Stepfather

  4. Zombieland

  5. Love Happens

  6. Surrogates

  7. The Hurt Locker

  8. The Collector

  9. Amelia

  10. A Serious Man

Top 10 Online Renting DVD Titles at Blockbuster.com for the week ending Feb. 14, 2010:

  1. Couples Retreat

  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife

  3. Zombieland

  4. The Stepfather

  5. Surrogates

  6. Amelia

  7. Love Happens

  8. The Hurt Locker

  9. Whip It

  10. Inglourious Basterds