Movie movement: The King won't shut up



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Some tidbits for the upcoming film week*:

• Do you realize that The King's Speech has been released since Nov. 26? That's 138 days, or more than four months. Of course, that's no record, as theaters used to keep movies out for a lot longer — E.T. was out for over a year. But it's different and more impressive now; the long tail of film economics has become DVD sales, on-demand subscriptions and cable rights.

In any case, the King still lives, though it's lost its place at Kimball's Peak Three, and has been replaced with Win Win. Look for it — and its $15 million production budget and $392.8 million worldwide gross — at Cinemark 16 and Tinseltown.

• Coming soon, but not this upcoming week, to Picture Show: Battle: Los Angeles, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Red Riding Hood, which our reviewer Justin Strout called "cynical, calculated and typically unoriginal" but "not an altogether bad idea."

• Coming to Picture Show this week: Gnomeo & Juliet, Hall Pass and Just Go With It.

• Leaving Picture Show and coming soon to a DVD rack near you: Black Swan and Little Fockers, the latter of which our reviewer MaryAnn Johanson called "both baffling and pointless."

The Adjustment Bureau enjoyed widely positive reviews — with a 72 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — but it's performed fairly poorly at the box office, grossing just $10 million more domestically than its $50 million budget. It's down to just showings at Chapel Hills 15 locally.

• Individual-theater wise, Tinseltown cut down Limitless, The Lincoln Lawyer and Sucker Punch to just one showtime to make room for extensive screenings of Rio and Scream 4. It's also going bigger on Soul Surfer — expanding its screenings from five per day to nine — likely in response to a public demand that Box Office Mojo calls "solid considering that surfing movies tend to wipeout."

As well, Cinemark 16 is blowing up Scream 4 with 14 showtimes.

*Please note that the film week begins Friday; in other words, if I write that a movie's dropping out of multiple theaters, you can probably still catch it today or tomorrow.

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