Harry’s Goblet Fires Up Box Office

As most of you may already know, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire opened at number one at this weekend’s box office.

And unlike the million+ people who went to see the fourth installment of Harry Potter, I did not go because of stupid sisterly bonding and traditions. It makes me bitter when all anyone could talk about at school today was Harry Potter and I, the undisputed Queen of movie knowledge at my school, did not go. Needless to say, people were shocked. But, enough about me, more about Harry Potter dominating the box office.
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From eonline.com

Conjuring up a franchise-best $102.3 million from Friday through Sunday, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ended Hollywood’s long-running slump and recorded the fourth-best opening of all time, according to the ticket counters at Exhibitor Relations.

Despite a PG-13 rating for scary content, which includes the usual assortment of scary creatures along with a character’s death and the first cinematic appearance of Lord Voldemort (spookily essayed by a noseless barely recognizable Ralph Fiennes), the fourth installment in the Potter saga accounted for 60 percent of the weekend ticket sales. The film opened in 3,858 sites, where it averaged a magical $26,525 per screen.

Worldwide, Goblet gobbled up $181.4 million in 19 foreign countries, with England, not surprisingly, contributing the highest portion of the overseas money–$24.6 million.

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All I have to say is … go Harry Potter! I’m going Thursday night in case anyone was wondering. My sister and I are ditching our family on Thanksgiving for this movie. What can I say, I love my HP.

Gearing Up for the New Harry Potter. Who’s With Me?

My name is Joanna and I am a Harry Potter addict.

I’ve begun my countdown to the opening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Friday November 18. There are six days to go!

Gone are those frivolous early days at Hogwarts where all you had to worry about was accidentally letting a troll into the building or commandeering a flying car. The fourth installment will be darker and grittier than the previous three films as Harry Potter inches closer to his face off with Voldemort.

Unlike most Harry Potter diehards, I will not attend the first showing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.This is because I have to wait for my sister to come home for Thanksgiving. It is our tradition to see the latest Harry Potter movie together, on Thanksgiving, in order to bail on our wacko family.

Who’s pumped?



The 10 Movies I Plan on Seeing This Fall

Here’s the list I came up with….

10. ElizabethtownThe latest from Cameron Crowe, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Bloom plays not only an American but a character set in the modern world. (I don’t really care if this a bad movie, because I could stare at Orlando Bloom forever.)

9. Brokeback MountainSome of you may have already heard of this, as it is being called the “gay cowboy” movie. But it is much more than that. It is a touching story about two men who deeply care for each other as they try to hide from themselves in lives that are accepted as normal. Directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Heath Ledger gives an oscar-worthy performance.

8. Jarhead A movie about the first Persian Gulf War, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. It follows Swoff, a marine sniper, (Gyllenhaal) from boot camp to active duty as the film questions the meaning of war. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty). And maybe Sarsgaard will finally get that oscar nomination he’s deserved for so long.

7. Capote – Read my preview here.

6. Match PointThe annual Woody Allen film (actually the second of this year) but for a change this one is supposed to be good. (Like in the good old days of Annie Hall and Manhatten , I hope). Only this one has no Woody and no New York. It is set in London and mixes tennis and sexual intrigue. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathon Rhys-Meyers.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – just because it is Harry Potter.

4. King Kong The remake, I mean, the updating of the original. Could be good, may be bad. But it will definitely dominate the seasons box office.

3. Good Night and Good LuckThis film premiered Friday, Septmeber 22 at the New York Film Festival to huge amounts of critical acclaim. George Clooney directs and costars as CBS producer Fred Friendly, in the tale of broadcast legend Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn). Its all about 1954 and Murrow’s battle against Sen. Joe McCarthy. Shot in black and white and a triumph for Clooney.

2. Walk the LineThe biopic about legendary singer Johnny Cash, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Already generating Oscar buzz and neing hailed as better-then Ray. I’ll probably see this when it comes out because my dad LOVES Johnny Cash (How a boy from the Bronx favorite singer is Johnny Cash I’ll never understand)

1. MunichThe Speilberg directed true-story about the 1972 Munich olympics when Palestinian terrorists captured and killed Israeli athletes. This is about Israel’s hunt to for the terrorists. Its in the running for Best Picture, this is if Speilberg can finish by it’s release date. (The last I checked it’s still shooting, but I could be wrong about that).

The other films I’m looking foward to include: The Producers (loved the broadway musical), Rent, All the King’s Men, (another remake starring Sean Penn) Memoirs of a Geisha, Transamerica (starring Felicity Huffman), The New World, Syriana, North Country…. plus many others that will pop out of no where.

Fall 2005 is definitely shaping out to be one of the best movie seasons in a long time.