“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is waning at the box office but still has gotten off to a blockbuster start with $161 million in its first five days, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The third chapter in Summit Entertainment’s vampire romance fell off sharply after debuting last Wednesday with $68.5 million. That was the second-best opening-day haul ever, behind its predecessor, last year’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which opened with $72.7 million.
After that huge first day, “Eclipse” averaged about $23 million daily over the next four days. That includes an estimate for a slow Sunday as people turned their attention to Fourth of July activities.
“Weather has a lot to do with a Fourth of July opening. I’m not looking to make excuses, but between barbecues and fireworks, we have a lot of competition,” said Richie Fay, head of distribution for Summit. “I do think people will come back to the movie.”
Its total through Sunday came in well short of the $200 million mark set last year by “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” the record-holder for best five-day start for movies opening on Wednesday.
“Eclipse” easily held the No. 1 spot for the weekend, though its $69 million Friday-to-Sunday total was only a fraction more than what the movie took in just on opening day. “New Moon” took in $142.8 million in its first weekend last November, though the movie opened on Friday and the figure includes its record opening-day gross.
Summit estimates “Eclipse” will climb to around $181 million domestically by Monday. The movie also has added $100.2 million in 42 overseas markets.
“Eclipse” has found a wider fan base than “New Moon,” with a bigger percentage of males turning out for the latest installment. Female fans accounted for 80 percent of the audience on “New Moon” but only 65 percent of crowds for “Eclipse,” Summit reported.
The latest adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novels, “Eclipse” continues the love triangle involving a broody teen (Kristen Stewart), her vampire sweetheart (Robert Pattinson) and her werewolf pal (Taylor Lautner).
The weekend’s other new wide release, Paramount’s “The Last Airbender,” opened well with $40.7 million to finish at No. 2 for the three-day weekend. The movie took in $53.2 million since debuting Thursday.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”), “The Last Airbender” is based on the cartoon series about a youth with mythical powers who can unite four warring nations.
“The Last Airbender” found a solid audience despite dreadful reviews from critics, who found the plot muddled and the dialogue stilted.
Employers have to mix batteries of resumes, and they want candidates who know their specific needs. You must adjust your CV and cover letter. Skip two hours via the website of the company, the Executive LinkedIn profiles, blogs, articles and industry-before touching your resume or cover letter.
Watch your body language during a job interview.
If you do not have self-awareness and social skills, it shows. Even in the small critical discourse before the interview, make eye contact, smile, if any, and alert us. Above all, do not shake your knee, kick to the office, twirl your hair, check your phone, play with your pen, look into space, or nail biting.
Fill a large white patch CV volunteer work.
Many Americans have gaping holes in their resumes recession through no fault of their own work, but they wanted because they could not find it. One solution: volunteering part time. Volunteering tells potential employers that you are an energetic and compassion, even when faced with problems of your own finds ways to help others.
Do not be careless, watching the little things.
You forgot to set the date of your curriculum vitae. You whiffed on the name of the hiring manager, when you have demonstrated for the interview. Small things is not always a breeze agreement in real life, but it is often in a job search. When you are looking for a job, a small mistake can make a much greater than it would in most contexts.
Your resume should answer this question.
Most employers spend a lot of time looking through resumes, and most of their work experience “read [s] as a series of job descriptions. But this is not information to hiring managers need to make their decisions. Good resumes answer the question: “What have you done in this work that someone else would not?
Make sure you match the job description.
Resume Many candidates are totally unmatched in the advertised position. If you do not have a clear idea of what the job is done, your opinion of how well matched you will be established on a wrong basis.
Put your interlocutor feel comfortable.
Many investigators hatred interview. They know they are not good at it and deal with strangers and ask questions to fill a job that they do not know. “A job seeker to take advantage by remaining friendly, attentive listening, and emphasizing an understanding with his colleagues.
Plan before you proceed.
A recent study has shown that the development of a plan to start your job search can significantly affect the number of job offers you receive. Set goals “process” to stay on track to achieve career goals. Process objectives are. . . “Roll up your sleeves and spend” goals. Maybe you set a goal of making 10 phone calls a day.
Take the job less desirable.
Many job seekers try to enter a new industry. It is a difficult objective at all times and particularly difficult period of recession. Look for work that nobody wants. If a position is difficult to fill, they may be willing to hire you if you’re willing to learn how to do the work, rather than forcing you to already be an expert.
Far too many people quit their jobs in frustration, only to find similar (or worse) conditions in their next positions. If you find yourself tempted to quit your job, you’ll make a far better decision for yourself if you analyze your situation calmly and rationally.
1. Never quit in a moment of emotion. Most people have moments—plenty of them—where they want to quit their jobs. Most of the time, the feeling passes. Give yourself a couple of weeks—if the feeling doesn’t lift, then it’s something you can take seriously. But you don’t want to make a major decision in the heat of emotion that you can’t reverse later. And remember, it’s easy to reverse a decision not to quit. But it’s close to impossible to reverse a resignation once you’ve given it.
2. Think carefully about the advantages of your job that you may not find somewhere else. Perhaps your employer gives you an enormous amount of flex time that you don’t think you’d easily find elsewhere. Maybe you have a fantastically short commute that you really value. Maybe you get to do work that you love in a way that’s hard to find. You need to figure out what’s important to you and weigh that against what’s frustrating you. Maybe quitting would be the right decision—but make sure that you’ve weighed all the pros and cons before you do.
3. If possible, talk to your boss about your frustrations. You may find that things can change.
4. Be realistic about what will happen after you quit. If you don’t have another job lined up, how long will your savings last you? In this market, some people are going unemployed for a year or more, so if you resign without another job offer, you need to have a long-term plan.
5. Never quit just to “show them.” Often a desire to quit in frustration really stems from feeling powerless. The employer-employee relationship has such a slanted power dynamic that when your job or manager is making you unhappy, sometimes it can feel like your only way to regain power is to quit—and then, that’ll show ’em. But this is rarely satisfying. Your employer may be surprised at first, but people leave jobs all the time—they’ll quickly get over it. And you don’t want to be jobless just to make a point.
If you do end up deciding to quit, you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you thought it through carefully and deliberately before you took the plunge.
She’s ditched Jake Sully, after going through all that they did together. Sigh. Avatar’s Zoe Saldana is engaged to Keith Britton her non-Na’avi boyfriend of TEN years. Yes, ten. That’s a lifetime in Hollywood years. A source reveals, “They’ve been together forever. They’re a great couple.”
Don’t expect her to be shouting the news from rooftops, though. She’s always kept her relationship with the actor/CEO of My Fashion Database completely on the down-low. Which she plans to translate into a no-stress wedding, much like Carrie Underwood. Another source commented, “She doesn’t even introduce him as her fiancé. She will just say, ‘This is Keith.’ She likes to keep her personal life to herself and wants people to focus on her as an actress. She hasn’t stopped working to plan anything.”
Congratulations, you two! Apart from all the true love-soulmate stuff, here’s something that should keep the motor running. Saldana loves her some sexy time, telling Essence, “Love it, love it, love it — can’t live without it! I love sex.”
Not since “Star Wars” has fandom been, well, so fanatical about a single movie, putting down stakes in the heart of L.A.’s asphalt jungle days ahead of a world premiere. But an ever-swelling coterie of vampire lovers, most of them female, have been braving the California sun for days now to get the best chance of seeing the stars of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” grace the red carpet at the Nokia Theatre on Thursday night.
Some 550 devotees among the thousand or so assembled downtown for this celebratory sleepover will be rewarded for their perseverance with guaranteed spots on the carpet. “It’s just worth seeing all the stars. They bring the characters that we love so much to life, so we want to see them in person and cheer them on,” Yolanda Rodriguez, a 36-year-old unemployed graphic designer who came from San Francisco for the event, told Reuters.
The fans have festooned themselves on the concrete plaza of the L.A. Live entertainment complex, surrounded by blankets, tents, umbrellas and cardboard cutouts of the film’s stars. Food vendors and trinket sellers are having a field day.
Cheap flattery will get you nowhere, but original praise can do wonders.
You’re face to face with a woman who has you dazzled… and tongue-tied. Learn the right way to flatter her from our pair of etiquette experts.
The statement, “Gee, Suzie, you look nice today,” used to arouse giggly tingles on the playground, but as a post-pubescent suitor, your compliments better be more focused. Warm praise can defrost those first icy moments of early dating, as well as subtly advertise your attraction. Later, compliments are standard daily fare for keeping a relationship fresh. How do you spice it up? Allow us to share nine secrets:
1. Offer praise that’s original, not stale.
A dating-scene veteran with luxuriant locks has heard dozens of times how lovely her hair is. Either craft a new quip (“Your red and gold highlights make me long for autumn”) or else bypass obvious compliments in favor of lesser-named qualities (“Your posture is flawless… do you take ballet?”).
2. Look for cues.
Where has your date invested her energies in preparing for your time together? A freshly-painted French manicure begs for recognition. Also, when someone has clearly invested their time or money in an area of interest, you’ve got a ready-made subject to compliment. “Wow… that’s quite a collection of snow globes.” This particular phrasing has the secondary advantage of making an observation without actually saying whether you like it or not.
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother Sokka to restore balance.
Starting in 2005, Nickelodeon began airing an original animated series called “Avatar: The Last Airbenderâ€ from co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The show struck a chord with a wide range of viewers. Soon, “Avatar’ fever had spread to become an international phenomenon (the show now airs in more than 120 countries). It soon came to the attention of one of Hollywood’s best storytellers—M. Night Shyamalan. The double-Oscar-nominated filmmaker comments, “Avatar: The Last Airbender’ fell into my lap. It hit me like an epiphany.”
Shyamalan’s daughters had fallen in love with the series, particularly the character of the young female waterbender Katara. Intrigued by their unprecedented fan loyalty, Shyamalan decided to watch the television show alongside them, and then he too was hooked.
Clearly, there was cinematic potential in the series. Yet to adapt the 30-some hours of stories into a feature film would not be a task without significant challenge— including the filmmaker’s entry into a genre he had yet to explore in his previous work. “I knew from the moment I put the first words on the page, that to do a movie of this complexity, you have to put work into it. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who created the ˜Avatar’ series, spent six years constructing the mythology.
“It has been a real eye-opener and interesting learning curve for me to do something of this scale, while still wanting to maintain a level of perfection,’ continues Shyamalan. “I was scared to death every day of shooting, as it could be so overwhelming, and there were so many unknowns. This movie is two-and-a-half times bigger than anything I have ever done.”
Since the filmmakers of “The Last Airbenderâ€ are devoted fans of the original series, they have one ultimate goal that they hope to achieve. “We want to create a film that will not only live up to the fans’ expectations, but also expand it to a worldwide audience in ways that only a full length live-action motion picture can offer,” says Shyamalan.
“Avatarâ€ creators DiMartino and Konietzko were extremely helpful with the development of the screenplay for Shyamalan, helping to scale down the many stories to feature film size. “I can’t tell you how comforting it was to have them only a phone call or email away when I got in a jam. Their â€˜Avatar’ mythology is so well thought out that they had an answer and a back story for all my questions.”
Shyamalan had toyed with the idea of doing a franchise type of movie for many years, but never connected with any material. But “The Last Airbender” seemed to have all of the elements that fascinated the filmmaker since he was young, when he first saw “Star Warsâ€—epic fantasy, fueled by an inherent spirituality, and featuring martial arts at its core.
Says producer Frank Marshall, who collaborated with Shyamalan previously on “The Sixth Senseâ’ and “Signs,” “Night has such a signature filmmaking style and a unique way of telling a story. He has the ability to touch an audience in a way that is very broad. In this film he is expanding his talent and range, which is an incredibly exciting prospect.”
Adds producer Sam Mercer, “Night had been interested in and offered other franchise pictures before in his career, but until â€˜The Last Airbender,’ he did not find one that he could make his own—organically, from the first words he put on the page.”
Related Link: The Last Airbender Movie Full Production Notes
June Havens was just an unassuming, wholesome Midwestern gal. Then she got on the same plane as Roy Milner, international super-spy. There’s a shootout on board, and the plane has to make a crash landing. Then things really get out of control.
Agents from the government tell June that Roy has had a mental breakdown and is dangerous. His behavior makes it seem like they’re telling the truth. But as the two of them are hunted around the world, June is going to have to trust Roy if they’re going to make it out alive.
Three Good Reasons
It’s the first time that Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz have starred together on-screen since “Vanilla Sky” in 2001, but this time it’s in the sort of action-comedy-romance they’re both so great at playing…
It’s from James Mangold, the director of such acclaimed films as “Cop Land,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Walk the Line,” and “3:10 to Yuma.”
Cruise passed up several other movies (including this summer’s “Salt”) for this one because he liked that it blended humor with action. After his gut-busting role in “Tropic Thunder,” we know he can still bring the laughs.
Related Link: Knight and Day Movie Full Production Notes
Apple Inc. said Tuesday it has sold 3 million since the iPad Touch Screen Tablet PCs hit store shelves less than three months, while demand for the device continues to steam ahead.
Company Shares of electronics giant, which has surpassed Microsoft Corp. to become the world’s leading technology more valuable, rose 1.7 percent after several brokerages raised their price targets on the stock, including UBS and Kaufman Bros.
UBS raised its estimate Tuesday on unit sales for 2010 iPad 42 percent to 6.8 million against 4.8 million. “Improving the supply and international development has helped Apple to accelerate the speed at which it sells the unit, UBS analyst Maynard Um wrote in a note Tuesday.
He estimated that about 100,000 sold iPad add a penny to earnings per share. Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu raised his fiscal 2010 earnings and revenue estimates for Apple and raised its price target of $ 2 to $ 342. In the operations of the afternoon, the stock rose $ 4.63 to $ 274.80.
“We and the street continues to underestimate the demand for IPAD. Part of the reason is that the IPAD tablet form, is a relatively new product category that lies somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop, “has written.
It now expects Apple to sell 9.7 million iPad for calendar 2010. Apple has sold 1 million iPad in the first month after the launch of the United States on April 3 and has sold 2 million iPad May 31.
It has reached the 3 million on June 21, he said in a statement. In addition to the United States, IPAD is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, among other countries. It will be deployed in nine more markets in July.