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01.05.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Every screening I saw over the holidays�and I went to many in a desperate scramble to keep up with year-end Oscar bait�was packed. And big box office wasn�t just happening in Milwaukee. Over the four-day holiday weekend alone, American moviegoers spent $236 million on the top 10 movies. A nice flick about a friendly dog, Marley & Me, was number one with $50.7 million in sales. A good old-fash...
12.20.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
It�s a time of upheaval and uncertainty: the values of recent years have been exposed as without value, debt is no longer cool and consequence free, our captains of finance are crooks, our polished philanthropists are arrogant chiselers. Headlines are dire. In this climate, when America goes to the movies, it doesn�t want the glum depression favored by some film festival programmers or ev...
07.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Heath Ledger proved bigger in death than he was in life during the opening weekend of The Dark Knight, with three-day ticket sales breaking record at $155.3 million. It was especially tragic because, with the strength of Ledger's unforgettable performance as the Joker coupled with the ordinary hype associated a summer blockbuster sequel, Dark Knight would have done almost as well if he had lived ...