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All Seth Rogen Movies, Ranked By Tomatometer

One-season wonder Freaks and Geeks had a startling amount of its young alums go on to have successful Hollywood careers, Seth Rogen chief among them. He followed mentor Judd Apatow into the movie game with The 40 Year-Old Virgin, starring in a memorable supporting role. Rogen was then upgraded to lead status for Apatow’s follow-up Knocked Up, and the movie’s critical and box office success showed Virgin was no fluke, heralding a significant sea change in mainstream American comedy. Rogen has remained the face of this bong- and bro-tastic style of comedy, also featuring big rips of heartfelt emotion – like Animal House by way of James L. Brooks – in repeated movie hits like Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, Neighbors, and The Disaster Artist.

He’s been amassing an impressive résumé as producer (not just on his own starring films, but also the likes of Blockers and Good Boys) and director, helming This Is the End, The Interview, and episodes of Future Man and Preacher. His latest comedy was An American Pickle. And now we’re looking at all of Seth Rogen’s movies, ranked by Tomatometer!

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 14708%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Compson family struggles to adjust to the changes in society during the early 20th century in the Deep South.... [More]
Directed By: James Franco

#31

Zeroville (2019)
23%

#31
Adjusted Score: 23035%
Critics Consensus: Potentially an ironic favorite for cult film fans, Zeroville is a fundamentally misguided -- and descriptively titled -- passion project for its director and star.
Synopsis: With two tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his shaved head, Vikar rides a bus into Hollywood and... [More]
Directed By: James Franco

#30

The Guilt Trip (2012)
37%

#30
Adjusted Score: 41025%
Critics Consensus: Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand have enough chemistry to drive a solidly assembled comedy; unfortunately, The Guilt Trip has a lemon of a script and is perilously low on comedic fuel.
Synopsis: Before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, Andy Brewster pays a visit to his overbearing mother, Joyce. That proves to... [More]
Directed By: Anne Fletcher

#29

The Green Hornet (2011)
44%

#29
Adjusted Score: 53339%
Critics Consensus: It's sporadically entertaining, but The Green Hornet never approaches the surreal heights suggested by a Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen collaboration.
Synopsis: Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), the heir to the largest newspaper fortune in Los Angeles, is a spoiled playboy who has... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#28

The Interview (2014)
51%

#28
Adjusted Score: 55946%
Critics Consensus: Unfortunately overshadowed by controversy (and under-screened as a result), The Interview's screenplay offers middling laughs bolstered by its two likable leads.
Synopsis: Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) are the team behind the popular tabloid-TV show "Skylark... [More]
Directed By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 59740%
Critics Consensus: Though it has a mean streak, and does not cater to all tastes, Observe and Report has gut-busting laughs and a fully committed Seth Rogen in irresistible form.
Synopsis: As head of security at the Forest Ridge Mall, Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) takes his job very seriously, enforcing mall... [More]
Directed By: Jody Hill

#26

The Lion King (2019)
52%

#26
Adjusted Score: 78227%
Critics Consensus: While it can take pride in its visual achievements,The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.
Synopsis: Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 60128%
Critics Consensus: Brisk, funny, and sweetly raunchy, For a Good Time, Call... adds to the recent string of R-rated female comedies while serving as an overdue coming out party for the charming Ari Graynor.
Synopsis: Reserved Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and bubbly Katie (Ari Graynor) are polar opposites and past enemies. However, when both gals... [More]
Directed By: Jamie Travis

#24
Adjusted Score: 75833%
Critics Consensus: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising may not be strictly necessary, but it still wrings a surprising amount of humor from a recycled premise with a distaff twist.
Synopsis: Life is good for Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) and pregnant wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) until the unruly sisters of Kappa... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#23
Adjusted Score: 73012%
Critics Consensus: Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a modest success for Kevin Smith, due in large part to the charm of Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.
Synopsis: Lifelong friends and now roommates, Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are buried under a mountain of debt. When... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Smith

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 76191%
Critics Consensus: Both funny and scattershot, this loose-knit action/buddy/stoner comedy bridges genres and keeps a steady tempo of low-ball laughs.
Synopsis: Stoner Dale Denton's (Seth Rogen) enjoyment of a rare strain of marijuana may prove fatal when he drops his roach... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#21

Funny People (2009)
69%

#21
Adjusted Score: 77832%
Critics Consensus: Funny People features the requisite humor, as well as considerable emotional depth, resulting in Judd Apatow's most mature film to date.
Synopsis: Recently learning that he has a fatal disease, comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler) spots a struggling performer named Ira (Seth... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#20

The Night Before (2015)
69%

#20
Adjusted Score: 74217%
Critics Consensus: The Night Before provokes enough belly laughs to qualify as a worthwhile addition to the list of Christmas comedies worth revisiting, even if it isn't quite as consistent as the classics.
Synopsis: For the last 10 years, lifelong buddies Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have gathered on... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#19

Paul (2011)
70%

#19
Adjusted Score: 77918%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't measure up to Pegg and Frost's best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining -- albeit uneven -- road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist.
Synopsis: For the past 60 years, a wisecracking alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has resided at a top-secret military base in... [More]
Directed By: Greg Mottola

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 83249%
Critics Consensus: An American Pickle lacks the tart snap viewers might expect given its creative premise, but Seth Rogen's dual performance makes this a low-key comedy to relish.
Synopsis: Preserved in pickle brine for 100 years, an Orthodox Jewish factory worker wakes up in New York City and tracks... [More]
Directed By: Brandon Trost

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 81922%
Critics Consensus: Though it doesn't approach the depth of the best animated films, Monsters Vs. Aliens has enough humor and special effects to entertain moviegoers of all ages.
Synopsis: When a meteor full of space gunk transforms Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) into a giant, the government renames her Ginormica... [More]

#16

Neighbors (2014)
73%

#16
Adjusted Score: 81526%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating -- and filmgoers' laughs.
Synopsis: New parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) move to the suburbs when they welcome an infant daughter into... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

#15

Take This Waltz (2011)
79%

#15
Adjusted Score: 83634%
Critics Consensus: Featuring excellent work from an outstanding cast, the bittersweet drama Waltz proves that in the right hands, a familiar tale can still ring true.
Synopsis: A young woman (Michelle Williams) is torn between the husband (Seth Rogen) that she loves and a new man (Luke... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Polley

#14
Adjusted Score: 84142%
Critics Consensus: Horton Hears A Who! is both whimsical and heartwarming, and is the rare Dr. Seuss adaptation that stays true to the spirit of the source material.
Synopsis: Animated elephant Horton (Jim Carrey) finds a speck of dust floating in the Jungle of Nool. Upon investigation of the... [More]

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 85664%
Critics Consensus: The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.
Synopsis: Of the three Grace children, Jared (Freddie Highmore) has always been thought of as the troublemaker. So when strange things... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#12

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
81%

#12
Adjusted Score: 86841%
Critics Consensus: The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.
Synopsis: Now known as the Dragon Warrior, Po (Jack Black) protects the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

#11

Long Shot (2019)
81%

#11
Adjusted Score: 99821%
Critics Consensus: A sharp and deceptively layered comedy that's further fueled by the odd couple chemistry of its leads, this Long Shot largely hits its marks.
Synopsis: Fred Flarsky is a gifted and free-spirited journalist who has a knack for getting into trouble. Charlotte Field is one... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

#10

Sausage Party (2016)
82%

#10
Adjusted Score: 95761%
Critics Consensus: Sausage Party is definitely offensive, but backs up its enthusiastic profanity with an impressively high laugh-to-gag ratio -- and a surprisingly thought-provoking storyline.
Synopsis: Life is good for all the food items that occupy the shelves at the local supermarket. Frank (Seth Rogen) the... [More]

#9

This Is the End (2013)
83%

#9
Adjusted Score: 91203%
Critics Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.
Synopsis: In Hollywood, actor James Franco is throwing a party with a slew of celebrity pals. Among those in attendance are... [More]
Directed By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 92444%
Critics Consensus: Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.
Synopsis: Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is an amiable single guy who works at a big-box store. Living alone, 40-year-old Andy spends... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#7

Steve Jobs (2015)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98210%
Critics Consensus: Like the tech giant co-founded by its subject, Steve Jobs gathers brilliant people to deliver a product whose elegance belies the intricate complexities at its core.
Synopsis: With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve "Woz" Wozniak get ready to unveil... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#6

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
87%

#6
Adjusted Score: 96905%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 3 boasts the requisite visual splendor, but like its rotund protagonist, this sequel's narrative is also surprisingly nimble, adding up to animated fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to... [More]

#5

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
87%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94519%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda has a familiar message, but the pleasing mix of humor, swift martial arts action, and colorful animation makes for winning Summer entertainment.
Synopsis: Po the panda (Jack Black) works in his family's noodle shop and dreams of becoming a kung-fu master. His dream... [More]

#4

Superbad (2007)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 96006%
Critics Consensus: Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.
Synopsis: High-school seniors Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) have high hopes for a graduation party: The co-dependent teens plan... [More]
Directed By: Greg Mottola

#3

Knocked Up (2007)
89%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100064%
Critics Consensus: Knocked Up is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of courtship and child-rearing, with a sometimes raunchy, yet savvy script that is ably acted and directed.
Synopsis: Rising journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) hits a serious bump in the road after a one-night stand with irresponsible slacker... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 116562%
Critics Consensus: Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy.
Synopsis: The incredible true story of aspiring filmmaker and Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau as he and his best friend defiantly pursue... [More]
Directed By: James Franco

#1

50/50 (2011)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100616%
Critics Consensus: A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.
Synopsis: Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always tried to take good care of his health, so it comes as a cruel... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Levine

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Roughly 75 years after she made her comics debut, Wonder Woman’s finally getting her shot at solo big-screen glory — and if the early reviews are any indication, the Amazonian’s self-titled debut is not only a much-needed shot in the arm for the DC Extended Universe, but a whooping good time for action fans of all ages. Of course, decades before the Wonder Woman movie, the character had her own TV series, which got us thinking about all the other superheroes who started out in live action on the small screen before making the jump into theaters. Grab your decoder rings, true believers… it’s time for Total Recall!


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This week on home video, we unfortunately have several Rotten new releases, though at least for one of them, the Rotten Tomatometer was somewhat of a surprise. Who would have thought that pairing up Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen would be a bad idea? Okay, maybe some did; we’ll give you that. But beyond that film, we’ve also got a Vince Vaughn/Kevin James film that came and went pretty quietly, a modern interpretation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility set in East LA, and a quirky rom-com that turned out creepier than anyone imagined. Then we’ve got a Robert Rodriguez fan-favorite on Blu-Ray for the first time, and Criterion’s hi-def version of an Ingmar Bergman classic. Pickings are slim, but we know you RT readers are a varied lot, so some of these will appeal to at least some of you. Check out the full list below.



The Green Hornet

44%

French director Michel Gondry has never quite been able to recapture the lightning he harnessed when, together with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, he made the 2004 hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This isn’t to say he hasn’t done well; almost all of his subsequent films have been Fresh… and that brings us to The Green Hornet. It can’t be denied that there were some expectations for the film, seeing as how Gondry’s unique and imaginative visual style seemed appropriate for a superhero film, and with hot comedy commodity Seth Rogen in the lead and just-off-his-Oscar-win Christoph Waltz as the villain, everything seemed to point to a rollicking good time. Not quite, according to the critics, who said that while the film is entertaining in spots, it doesn’t quite live up to the potential of a Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen collaboration. For those interested anyway, the film is based on the radio series (and subsequent productions) of the same name, and follows the exploits of a young heir (Rogen) to a media empire who decides to put his father’s money to good use by fighting crime with one of his father’s empoloyees (Jay Chou as Kato). The Green Hornet only garnered a 45% on the Tomatometer, but it might offer some cheap thrills and gags for fans of those involved.



The Dilemma

24%

Ron Howard’s got plenty of good stuff on his resume, from ’80s classics like Cocoon and Parenthood to award-winners like A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon. But every once in a while, he’ll put out a movie that leaves critics scratching their heads. The Dilemma, which opened earlier this year in January, bears the dubious honor of being the lowest Tomatometer-rated film of Howard’s career at 21%. The story revolves around two best pals, Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James), who run an auto design company. Nick is married to Geneva (Winona Ryder), but when Ronny catches her cozying up to another man at lunch one day, he’s faced with the titular dilemma: how does he tell his best friend, and when is the best time? Despite a few bankable stars (the supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Queen Latifah, and Channing Tatum) and Ron Howard’s directorial prowess, The Dilemma confused critics, who found it difficult to figure out what tone the movie was going for; on one hand, there’s some cheesy slapstick, and on the other, there’s also some surprisingly dark comedy. Whatever the case, the film still made close to $50 million at the box office, so it couldn’t have been all that bad. Right?



From Prada to Nada

20%

I hate to say it, but if you thought The Dilemma was going to be the lowest-rated movie in this week’s home video roundup, you’d be wrong. This modern reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Sense and Sensibility stars Camilla Belle (10,000 BC, Push) and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) as Nora and Mary Dominguez, two spoiled coeds whose father?s death leaves them penniless and in the care of their Aunt Aurelia (Adriana Barraza). Unfortunately for the sisters, Aunt Aurelia lives in the decidedly “less prosperous” neighborhood of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, and the pair must learn to cope not only with their new environment, but also their new, luxury-free lifestyles. Updated, tween-friendly interpretations of classic literature are seldom met with critical praise because they’re typically watered down for a more mainstream audience, which often compromises much of what made the source material classic to begin with, and the same can be said for From Prada to Nada. Critics largely felt that the broad, sitcom-style humor worked against the film, and while there was some charm to be found in the actresses, there just wasn’t enough to overcome the predictable script and spotty acting. For better or for worse, it’s one DVD and Blu-Ray this week, so you’re free to see for yourself.



Waiting for Forever

5%

So now that we’ve gotten all the Rotten films out of the… Oh, wait… Oh, goodness; we may have spoken too soon. So what was it about Waiting for Forever that gave critics such an intense bitter beer face? Rachel Bilson plays Emma, a failing TV actress who returns to her hometown when her father falls ill, and Tom Sturridge plays Will, Emma’s quirky, juggling childhood friend who’s harbored a crush for Emma since way back when… and has secretly followed her around everywhere since. Will Emma be swayed by Will’s offbeat charms, or will she return to her complicated love life in the big city? What the writers and director of the film failed to consider, according to critics, was how creepy Will’s character is, and how the story almost seems to encourage stalker-ish behavior. It’s been tough going for Rachel Bilson on the big screen since her breakout role on the popular television show The O.C., and Waiting for Forever apparently wasn’t the vehicle to propel her to higher visibility in Hollywood. Then again, at least one critic called the film “fascinatingly bad,” so maybe there’s some watchability in that.



From Dusk Till Dawn – Blu-Ray

62%

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, with a script from Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn is an expertly-made mash-up of 1970s road movies and grindhouse horror flicks. Tarantino and George Clooney star as a pair of siblings on a crime spree who kidnap a preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his family, using their RV to as a cover. However, when they stop at a wild biker bar just across the border, the brothers discover they’re in for way more than they bargained for ? the clientele is comprised mostly of vampires. Dusk works as both a B-movie homage and as a gruesome gore fest, and cultists should be excited by a brand new Blu-Ray release, but be warned ? it has no bonus features.



Smiles of A Summer Night – Criterion Blu-Ray

100%

When you hear Ingmar Bergman’s name, you probably don’t think “romantic comedy.” However, before he made such classics as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, and Cries and Whispers and cemented his reputation as a poet of existential gloom, Bergman showed a light touch with Smiles of a Summer Night, which helped bring the director to international prominence. Starring Bergman regulars Harriet Andersson and Gunnar Björnstrand, Smiles is a delightful upstairs/downstairs comedy about four couples enjoying a weekend at a manor house in the country — that is, until secrets, insecurities, and subsumed passions bubble to the surface. Wits are matched, zingers are tossed, romantic bonds are stretched, and the result is a Bergman screwball comedy — it sounds weird, but it works beautifully. Criterion has a fresh new Blu-Ray out, with a digital restoration, an introduction to the film by Bergman, and a conversation about the great Swede.

This weekend audiences looking for super hero fun powered The Green Hornet to number one over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday frame but the overall marketplace remained sluggish with ticket sales dropping by double digits when compared to each of the last three years. The comedy The Dilemma anchored by a different dynamic duo — Vince Vaughn and Kevin James — debuted in second place with not-so-impressive numbers. Awards contenders rounded out the top five with each posting solid results.

Driving into the number one spot with an estimated $40M over the Friday-to-Monday holiday weekend was The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen as the crime-fighting anti-hero with a supercharged sense of humor. The 3D action flick opened very wide in 3,584 theaters and averaged a commendable $11,161 per site over four days with 3D surcharges helping along the way. If estimates hold for the PG-13 pic, that would be the second best MLK debut ever trailing the $46.1M four-day tally of Cloverfield from 2008. Should the estimate prove to be too aggressive, it may fall to third behind the studio’s own Paul Blart: Mall Cop which bowed to $39.2M two years ago.

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Regardless of where it ends up ranking, Hornet successfully connected with its target audience of young males. According to studio research, 61% of the crowd was male. Appeal was broad across different age groups with 50% being under 25. Reviews were mixed and the CinemaScore grades were a good B+ overall and an encouraging A- for under 25 patrons.

Hornet‘s opening was still below the numbers posted by other expensive super hero films released in the early part of the year. 2007’s Ghost Rider bowed to $52M over four days while 2003’s Daredevil debuted to $45M across four days as well. Both were February titles launched over Presidents Day weekend and had lower ticket prices and no 3D surcharges. However, they also came from the pages of Marvel comic books and had larger built-in audiences. Studios often use the first quarter of the year to launch super hero films that are not strong enough to compete with the big boys of summer.

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A whopping 69% of the weekend gross came from 3D screens which were offered in 2,704 playdates including 174 IMAX 3D sites. Outside of TRON: Legacy, there have been no major action movies for teens and young adults to be excited about over the past month so Hornet took advantage of an audience that was underserved. Super hero films usually burn out fast at the box office so Sony is trying to take in as much cash as it can upfront for the pricey movie which carries a production cost of at least $100M. With French director Michel Gondry at the helm and Asian star Jay Chou in the sidekick role, Hornet hopes to earn significant amounts around the world where action movies sell very well.

Vince Vaughn and Kevin James saw a mediocre start to their new comedy The Dilemma which debuted in second with an estimated four-day take of $20.7M from 2,940 theaters for a moderate $7,041 average. The PG-13 film about a man who learns of his best friend’s wife’s infidelity also starred Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum, and Queen Latifah and was directed by Ron Howard who has been away from the comedy genre for over a decade. Over the Friday-to-Sunday period, Universal’s gross was estimated to be $17.4M. The debut was well below the opening weekend figures of Vaughn’s recent efforts like Four Christmases ($31.1M), Couples Retreat ($34.3M), and The Break-Up ($39.2M). It also did not come close to the $32.5M four-day gross of 2004’s Along Came Polly starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston which was another relationship comedy launching over MLK weekend.

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Budgeted at a hefty $70M with big paychecks for all the actors, The Dilemma played as expected to an adult crowd that skewed more towards women. Studio research showed that 60% of the audience was female and 58% was 30 and older. Reviews were bad and moviegoers felt mostly the same way as the CinemaScore grade was a disappointing B. Trailers and TV spots were unfunny leading many fans of the stars to skip this one. Vaughn has been able to sell tickets despite being slammed by critics before, but the magic didn’t work this time. Plus an abundance of critically-acclaimed awards contenders playing to adults provided plenty of stronger alternatives.

The hit Western True Grit dropped from the top spot but still held up well slipping to an estimated $13.1M over four days boosting the total to $128.3M. Paramount’s acclaimed drama has now entered the Top 20 list of 2010’s highest-grossing releases and should have much more to collect in the weeks ahead.

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Colin Firth’s The King’s Speech finally expanded into wide national play with its expansion this weekend from 700 to 1,543 locations which resulted in an estimated $11.2M over the extended Friday-to-Monday span. Ranking fourth for the frame, the Weinstein Co. release averaged a solid $7,247 in its eighth frame and has banked $46.7M to date. The distributor patiently waited out the holidays and chose Golden Globes weekend to expand fully in hopes of capitalizing on awards buzz. Plus it will be a newer film in many markets when Oscar nominations are announced next week. Another expanding awards contender followed as Black Swan grossed an estimated $10.4M over four days with its $8.4M three-day score inching ahead of its Friday-to-Sunday gross from last weekend. Fox Searchlight widened the ballet thriller from 1,584 to 2,328 sites and has taken in an impressive $75.2M so far.

Universal’s comedy threequel Little Fockers took in an estimated $8.4M in its fourth round for a $135.5M cume. Holding up well over the school holiday was Yogi Bear which grabbed an estimated $7.4M raising the sum for Warner Bros. to $84.2M. The kidpic has now grossed over five times its opening weekend take and may finish just below the $100M mark. The sci-fi reboot TRON: Legacy followed with an estimated $6.8M boosting the tally to $158.1M.

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Dropping slightly was the acclaimed boxing drama
The Fighter
with an estimated $6.2M giving Paramount $66.8M thus far. Disney’s Tangled charmed up an estimated $5.5M and has taken in $182.5M to date. Nicolas Cage’s latest action offering Season of the Witch tumbled in its second weekend grossing an estimated $5.3M for a 11-day tally of just $18.8M. Luckily for Relativity, the production cost was just $40M. A final domestic gross of about $25M seems likely.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $129.6M over four days which was down a sharp 29% from last year when Avatar stayed in the top spot with $54.4M; and down 30% from 2009 when Paul Blart: Mall Cop opened at number one with $39.2M.

This week at the movies, we’ve got an unlikely crime fighter (The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou) and some shaky relationships (The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James). What do the critics have to say?



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The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet, who began life as the star of a 1930s radio serial, is a little late to the gritty superhero reboot club. And the critics say despite the direction of the oft-whimsical Michel Gondry and the presence of likeable everyman Seth Rogen in the title role, The Green Hornet doesn’t quite succeed as a superhero flick or as a subversive send-up of the genre. Rogen plays the famed vigilante, who teams up with Kato (Jay Chou) to take on the mob after the death of a friend. The pundits say The Green Hornet has moments of inspiration, and that Chou is excellent, but that Gondry’s typical good humor is mostly missing here, resulting in a strange mix of wisecracking and ultra-violence that never quite gels.



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The Dilemma

There’s nothing wrong with a comedy that explores the dark side of modern romance – as long as it can make us laugh. Critics say that’s the main problem with Ron Howard’s The Dilemma: it’s not particularly insightful or funny, mucking around in dispiriting territory before bailing out with shopworn slapstick. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James star as a pair of old buds and business partners whose friendship is about to be tested by a big business deal — and the fact that Vaughn has inadvertently learned that James’s wife (played by Winona Ryder) may be having an affair. The pundits say it’s a decent setup, and the cast (particularly Vaughn) is game, but what transpires is more sour than satisfying; The Dilemma‘s pacing problems and tonal shifts undermine both the comedic and dramatic elements of the script. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Ryder’s best-reviewed movies.)


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Petition, a documentary about Chinese citizens patiently seeking justice for government abuses, is at 100 percent.
  • Barney’s Version, a dramedy starring Paul Giamatti as a boorish TV producer, is at 77 percent.
  • A Somewhat Gentle Man, a dark comedy about a gangster who reluctantly takes on a new job, is at 71 percent.
  • Plastic Planet, a doc about the environmental impact of plastic, is at 60 percent.
  • Every Day, starring Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt in the tale of a family that’s upended when a woman’s father moves in with her, is at 44 percent.

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