Movie ticket sales are way up in this down economy. Seem counterintuitive Observers say struggling people are looking for a $10, two-hour escape. “The movies offer a way to go not only outside of your house, but to a whole different world — and that’s very appealing right now,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst at Hollywood.com
With $42.2 million, the biggest opening gross thus far in 2009, "Friday the 13th" easily won the record-breaking Presidents Day weekend box office race, beating out Valentine’s Day favorites "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "He’s Just Not That Into You," as well as solid holdovers "Taken" and "Coraline." (All totals listed here are according to early three-day estimates from Media by Numbers; rough figures for the four-day holiday weekend will be out tomorrow.) That $42.2 million sum is the top first-weekend figure for any movie in the nearly 30-year-old “Friday the 13th” series — including the 2003 mashup, Freddy vs. Jason, which premiered with $36.4 million. In fact, the original “Friday the 13th” movie, from 1980, grossed just $39.7 million during its entire run, not adjusted for inflation.
Face it, you’re screwed. Today is Friday the 13th the unluckiest day on the calendar so try not to crash your car, fall down a flight of stairs, set yourself on fire, or do anything else that might compromise your well-being
Actor Derek Mears has a big hockey mask to fill. Mears was cast as the iconic boogeyman Jason Voorhees in the new “Friday the 13th” movie. A remake of the original 1980 film, the new movie aims to breathe life into the former franchise about a psychopathic killer who preys on a group of young people at the fictitious Camp Crystal Lake
Yes, audiences were, in fact, just that into "He’s Just Not That Into You." The star-studded romantic comedy won its opening weekend by a wide margin, grossing $27.5 million, according to Sunday’s early estimates.