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'Alice' leads box office, as 'Green Zone' flops
Reuters ^ | 03/14/10 | John O'Callaghan

Posted on 03/14/2010 1:23:27 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

"Alice in Wonderland" tops worldwide box office

* "Green Zone" opens to weak $14.5 mln in North America

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (Reuters) - "Alice in Wonderland" raced to a $430 million haul at the worldwide box office on Sunday, while Matt Damon's new Iraq war conspiracy thriller "Green Zone" was one of the year's first big flops.

Director Tim Burton's 3D remake of "Alice" led the field for a second weekend after earning $138 million during the three days beginning on Friday, said distributor Walt Disney Co

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; damon; greengrass; hollywood; leftist
"Green Zone" had a $100 million budget (plus whatever marketing and distribution costs it accrued), made only $14 million in its first weekend. It will probably make roughly double that in its international debut, so it's got some ground to make-up if it's not going to be a total loser for the studio, GE (NBCUniversal). Frankly, it couldn't happen to a better company.
1 posted on 03/14/2010 1:23:27 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Most Americans are not going to pay to see something in the theater they can see free on the news. Also, we get enough anti American tripe on tv without having to go pay $20 for a pair of tickets to watch it again.

Good riddance.


2 posted on 03/14/2010 1:25:31 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: OldDeckHand

IMHO, only a total idiot would actually pay to watch anti-American propaganda.


3 posted on 03/14/2010 1:26:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (A proud American-American since 1949.)
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To: OldDeckHand

How sweet it is.


4 posted on 03/14/2010 1:27:00 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: OldDeckHand
With the way Hollywood works, Matt Damon will appear in the sequel called “Bush's Fault”.
5 posted on 03/14/2010 1:29:29 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: OldDeckHand

Bush’s fault!


6 posted on 03/14/2010 1:33:52 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: OldDeckHand

Instead of Green Zone, they should have done a remake of Soylent Green. Either that or Logan’s Run.

Everything is a remake these days, so it would be competitive.

And prepared us for the coming passage (unwritten, no votes needed) of the National TAXING for HEALTH CARE bill.


7 posted on 03/14/2010 1:34:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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“Rocco noted “Green Zone” did better than most other entries in the Iraq war genre, including Oscar best picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” which has earned about $16 million since June.”

Only in Hollywood can they think that they sucked a little less.


8 posted on 03/14/2010 1:35:08 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: FlingWingFlyer
IMHO, only a total idiot would actually pay to watch anti-American propaganda.

0bama, Attorney General “Al Qaeda 7” Holden, ex-Green Czar Van Jones, Bill Ayers, Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, Louis Farrakhan, the Daily Koskids, Moveon.org crazies, etc, say “Hello”. To those vermin, “ Green Zone” represents what America is really like.

9 posted on 03/14/2010 1:37:45 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: OldDeckHand

I was going to see thje Green Zone until I heard it has an anti-American message. I hear that crap all the time. I don’t go to the movies to hear it again.


10 posted on 03/14/2010 1:38:21 PM PDT by Brilliant
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"Only in Hollywood can they think that they sucked a little less."

Simple accounting seems to be out of the grasp of Hollywood-types as well. I read during Oscar week that the Hurt Locker had a production budget of $15 million, whereas "The Green Zone"'s production budget was over $100 million.

11 posted on 03/14/2010 1:40:14 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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Rocco noted “Green Zone” did better than most other entries in the Iraq war genre

That's like one homeless guy telling another that he at least has a card box to sleep on in the freezing night. What matters here is that the movie may never recover it's costs, and they could end up taking a big loss on this vile piece of anti-American propaganda.

12 posted on 03/14/2010 1:42:58 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: OldDeckHand

Damon’s HGH use maybe clouding his judgement?


13 posted on 03/14/2010 1:47:46 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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Did I read that Damon is to be cast in a remake of True Grit? In what role I wonder? Mattie maybe?....Nah - Matie was much tougher than Matt Damon.


14 posted on 03/14/2010 1:50:25 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/03/disney-to-close-bob-zemeckis-digital-film-studio-laying-off-hundreds.html
Disney to close Bob Zemeckis’ digital film studio, laying off hundreds


15 posted on 03/14/2010 1:50:35 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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So the left continues to pump out those anti-American, anti-war pieces of PC tripe and it’s costing our Marxist friends a TON!!!! The BEST PICTURE of 2009 was a disaster at the box??!! Those stupid, ignorant Americans...they just don’t know what’s GOOD!!!


16 posted on 03/14/2010 1:55:32 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: OldDeckHand

No doubt Damon played his role with all his heart and conviction.


17 posted on 03/14/2010 2:09:09 PM PDT by citizencon
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"The BEST PICTURE of 2009 was a disaster at the box??!! Those stupid, ignorant Americans...they just don’t know what’s GOOD!!!"

In the interest of accuracy, I would point out that "The Hurt Locker" was more even handed than was Avatar, which will become one of the highest-grossing films of all time. I broke down and saw Hurt Locker this week. It wasn't bad, and the political undertones - to the extent that there were any - were very muted. Avatar, OTOH, is nothing but a leftist, anti-American, anti-Free Market, anti-Marine Corps love fest.

I'm afraid that they'll only lesson Hollywood will learn from these box-office debacles is that they must better disguise their movie's anti-American slant - or at least make the anti-American protagonist either a 10-foot tall aborigine, a vampire or a pirate as those are the only kinds of movies that seem to sell today.

18 posted on 03/14/2010 2:10:33 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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19 posted on 03/14/2010 2:18:44 PM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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FWIW .. I fell asleep during Alice in Wonderland.


20 posted on 03/14/2010 2:21:55 PM PDT by Hildy (sband)
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Except that The Hurt Locker actually bucked the trend.

It was one of the rare contemporary war films where the good guys were courageous American soldiers and the bad guys were barbaric Muslim jihadis. There were no scenes of U.S. soldiers committing war crimes, rapes or torture thrown in or a bunch of political dialog equating Bush with Hitler. It was just a simple, action-packed, nail-biting film showing America's best doing brave work while the Muslims were booby-trapping children.

It's a shame it flopped at the box office. We could use more Hurt Lockers.

21 posted on 03/14/2010 2:29:27 PM PDT by Drew68
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Yeah, but you what what the dirty little secret is? Lefties really don’t go to movies as a rule. They just don’t. The reason being simply that Lefties are cheap. They wouldn’t waste the money. Hollywood doesn’t get this. This and the fact that the great majority of Americans ARE NOT anti-military and anti-US. and they(we) won’t waste the money or time either.


22 posted on 03/14/2010 2:29:32 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: OldDeckHand

I whole heartedly agree with your assessment of “The Hurt Locker”. I watched it 2 months ago on Blu-Ray. I enjoyed it as there wasn’t much politics involved. Just good old fashioned intense entertainment. I liked it even more after what Katheryn Bigelow said with respect to the troops (twice)after she accepted the oscar for best director then best picture. Barbra Streisand had a real sourpuss look on her face when Bigelow mentioned the troops.


23 posted on 03/14/2010 2:32:10 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: FlJoePa

With him and Brolin in it, guaranteed it will be nothing remotely worthy to the original.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1403865/


24 posted on 03/14/2010 2:36:09 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Iraq war conspiracy thriller “Green Zone” was one of the year’s first big flops.


“Green Zone” is like charging a viewing fee to watch a typical MSNBC show of Keith Olbermann or Ed Schultz or Rachael Madcow.


25 posted on 03/14/2010 3:11:30 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (The bigger the government = The smaller the people)
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and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

26 posted on 03/14/2010 5:19:55 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: OldDeckHand

Matt Damon made some unpopular comments a few months ago, didn’t he? Probably hurt his appeal at the box office. With the film’s liberal viewpoint also, no wonder it flopped.


27 posted on 03/14/2010 7:20:07 PM PDT by Cedar
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Will their be anyone crazy enough or ugly enough to play Cindy Sheehan?? in the sequal???


28 posted on 03/14/2010 9:44:52 PM PDT by jakerobins
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