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Box Office Power Rankings: A 'Dog with Legs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Friday, 30 January 2009 13:48
slumdog-small.jpgSlumdog Millionaire has slipped in and out of the Box Office Power Rankings since the weekend starting December 19 — spending four of those weeks in the rankings and two weeks out.

It seems telling that this past weekend, Millionaire again came out on top of our rankings, five weeks after it initially won. In both cases, Slumdog’s victory accompanied a significant increase in the number of venues at which the movie was playing — 169 to 589 on December 19, and 582 to 1,411 on January 23.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Can't Be a Hater PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Friday, 23 January 2009 15:29
notorious-small.jpgA reliable rule for critical aggregators is that Rotten Tomatoes will almost always be a more extreme number than Metacritic. Put another way, the Metacritic number will generally sit between the Rotten Tomatoes number and 50. This is a function of the up-or-down Rotten Tomaotes system compared to the shadings allowed by Metacritic. (A three-star review is fully positive to Rotten Tomatoes, but only three-quarters positive to Metacritic.)

There are so few significant exceptions that it’s worth noting when they crop up. In this week’s Box Office Power Rankings (won, for a second consecutive week, by Gran Torino), there are two: Notorious and Defiance. They both scored 52 at Rotten Tomatoes and significantly higher (61 and 58, respectively) at Metacritic.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Rare Perfection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Friday, 16 January 2009 12:28
717_movies_of_2008_gran_torino.jpgIn 2008, only one movie got a perfect score in the Box Office Power Rankings: Iron Man, twice in May.

In the second weekend of January, we already have our first perfect score of 2009: for Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Bad Dog Marley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 18:12
marley-small.jpgIn last week's Box Office Power Rankings, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button finished two points ahead of Marley and Me. They were third and first, respectively, in overall box office, and one point apart in the per-theater standings.

This past weekend, they were again third and first in box office, and again one point apart in per-theater average. Nothing opened wide. So how did Marley and Me catch Button to create a tie for this week's crown?

 
Box Office Power Rankings: Neither Hale Nor Hardy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Friday, 02 January 2009 05:23
benjamin-button-small.jpgAs 2008 exited, withered and old and tired, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was birthed into theaters, fully formed as a Best Picture favorite. Among the major contenders, it's the only conventional Oscar bait to have been given a wide release at this point. (Ignore The Dark Knight and WALL•E, which are first and foremost popular movies that just happened to garner a lot of passionate praise, and hence Oscar potential after they were released.)

So how did David Fincher's latest fare in the final Box Office Power Rankings of the year? Well, it won, but not by much, challenged by the scrappy Marley and Me. That does not necessarily portend Oscar doom for Curious Case — it opened among some serious competition — but we might have expected more from a wide-release Academy hopeful that's eager to be a cultural flash point.

 
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