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Box-Office Holiday Season Heads Up, Part 1
by Christopher Stone

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Match-Flickers broke FOOTLOSE.

Match-Flickers broke FOOTLOSE.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 scared up an astounding $54 million, last weekend (October 21-23), marking a record for the biggest ever Fall opening. Yours truly predicts that its days as a record-holder are numbered. I'm looking for it to fall next month when THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 debuts.

REAL STEEL was a sinewy second over last weekend, adding an additional $11.3 million to its cum. FOOTLOSE boogeyed on, tapping another$10.9 million from the nation's box-offices in its second frame.

REAL STEEL retained the Box-Office crown over the lackluster October 14-16 weekend, but the well-reviewed FOOTLOOSE remake was nipping at its metallic heels. REAL STEEL dropped 40 percent from its first frame, holding onto the Number 1 position by a slender thread, and by mining $16.3 million, the second time around. FOOTLOOSE was a very close second, snatching $15.6 million for its debut. Third place THE THING fizzled, scoring a scant $8.5 million, for the opening weekend of its third incarnation.

Next to the Summer
But THE THING wasn't their THING.

But THE THING wasn't their THING.
Box-Office Season, the U.S. Winter Holiday Box-Office Season is the time that Hollywood covets most. This year, I'm giving you a two-part Holiday Heads Up, pointing out a few of the flicks that most Match-Flickers will want to see between mid-November and January 1. Part One will feature November releases.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART ONE (November 18): Because it is one of the most eagerly-anticipated motion pictures of 2011, this fresh installment of the enormously popular TWILIGHT SAGA, is included here, despite the fact that its theme is definitely not "holiday festive." PART 2 is scheduled for release on November 16, 2012.

What to expect: The long and chaste courtship finally ends when Bella and Edward wed - leaving Jacob alone and broken-hearted. So, what else is new? The newlyweds honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro, where they finally succumb to their passions. But if you think that the newly-minted Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cullen's problems end with marriage, then you don't really know this franchise,
TWILIGHT's DAWN will BREAK twice: this November and next.

TWILIGHT's DAWN will BREAK twice: this November and next.

When Bella becomes pregnant, Jacob's Quileute wolf pack, believing the unborn child might pose a danger to them, plot to destroy the fetus and kill Bella. Not surpringly, Jacob protests the plan; he leaves the pack and forms a new pack of his very own.

And that's just for openers!

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (November 4): launches the "Holiday Festive" Box-Office Season. And this flick will be big!
Match-Flickers need a good laugh about now.

What to expect: This latest saga begins six years after their ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY misadventure. The guys have grown apart, even if they haven't grown up. They have new buds and are preparing for their respective Christmases. On Christmas Eve, a mysterious package is mistakenly delivered to Kumar's house. In his efforts to redirect the package to Harold, 3D hilarity ensues.

In addition to the title stars, Neil Patrick Harris also returns for the 3 dimensional, R-rated Yuletide escapades.

Interestingly, Kal Penn, KUMAR in
Are you ready for some CHRISTMAS with HAROLD and KUMAR?

Are you ready for some CHRISTMAS with HAROLD and KUMAR?
this series, temporarily left acting, in 2009, to join the Obama administration as an associate director in the Office of Public Liason. His job was to connect Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islanders communities. But the acting bug is hard to kick. By the summer of 2011, he'd not only filmed the Christmas HAROLD and KUMAR, but he'd signed for a recurring role on his buddy's HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER television series.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (November 23): I'll already be busy prepping my Thanksgiving dinner when this seasonal flick hits theatres on the day before Turkey Day. In 3D, and animated, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is a family comedy that reveals the awesome, never-before-seen answer to every child's Christmas question. Namely, "How does Santa deliver all of those presents in one night?"

James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Jim Broadbent are among those giving voice to this holiday flick's comedic characters.

Next time, we'll preview December's holiday flicks.

As Halloween looms, I'm hoping that all of your "Tricks" will be Treats.

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Other columns by Christopher Stone:

The Cautionary Box-Office

Box-Office Holiday Season Heads Up. Part Two

Quality Is Independent

Oh, the Horror!

Summer: The Biggest Winners and the Biggest Losers

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Christopher Stone
Christopher Stone is the author of the international best seller Re-Creating Your Self. With Mary Sheldon, he co-authored three highly successful hardcover books of guided meditations.

He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.

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