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DAILY NEWS for
Monday January 5 2009

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What is the BEST Comic Book FILM ever made?

Batman Begins - 20%
The Dark Knight - 19%
Sin City - 18%
Superman (original) - 14%
Superman (new) - 9%
Batman (Tim Burton) - 7%
X-Men - 6%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 3%
Men in Black - 3%
Hulk - 2%
OTHER - 4%

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Who was the MOVIE TOP PERFORMER of 2008?
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Heath Ledger, (The Dark Knight)
Kate Winslet, (The Reader/Revolutionary Road)
Philip Seymour HOffman (Synecedoche New York, Doubt)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Angelina Jolie (Wanted, Changeling)
Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Get Smart)
Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button)
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RECORD BREAKING YEAR AT BOX OFFICE

The record-breaking 2008 domestic box office proves Hollywood isn't as dependent on by-the-book franchises as everyone feared.

It will also be remembered for prospering even as the economy collapsed.

Ticket sales for the year -- Jan. 2, 2008, through Jan. 1, 2009 -- clocked in at $9.63 billion, ahead of the $9.62 billion earned in 2007. Admissions were down roughly 4%, far less than declines in other sectors of the economy.

Warner Bros. led the pack, posting B.O. revs of $1.77 billion, the best ever for any studio. Paramount followed at 1.58 billion.

Heading into 2008, studios were worried they wouldn't be able to replicate the success enjoyed in 2007, when franchises ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "Shrek," "Harry Potter," "Spider-Man") dominated the marquee.

The range and breadth of 2008 titles that ended up working -- including the most successful crop of female pics in history -- impressed even the most cynical studio execs.

No one imagined that Warner's Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" would become the most successful superhero title of all time hands down, or that Paramount and Marvel Entertainment's Robert Downey Jr. starrer "Iron Man" would turn into an instant franchise.

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'MARLEY' TOP DOG OF WEEKEND

Twentieth Century Fox's Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston starrer "Marley and Me" remained best in show at the weekend box office, fetching a winning gross of $24 million from 3,505 runs for a cume of $106.5 million in only 11 days.

"Marley" led an unusually robust holiday sesh at the box office. Four of the five films opening nationwide on Dec. 25 did great business -- "Marley," Disney's "Bedtime Stories," Paramount's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and United Artists/MGM's "Valkyrie."

The specialty side also made strong gains, with Miramax's "Doubt" and Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire" coming in at Nos. 8 and 10, respectively, according to Rentrak. "Defiance" scored the best per-location average over the entire weekend, followed by "Gran Torino" and "Revolutionary Road."

B.O. revs for the week between Christmas and New Year's were up nearly 20% over the same stretch in 2007.

"It's a very atypical Christmas to have this many movies succeed," Disney prexy of domestic distribution Chuck Viane said.

Holiday films should continue to prosper well into January.

"Bedtime Stories" remained at No. 2 over the weekend, grossing an estimated $20.3 million from 3,684 locations for a cume of $85.3 million.

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DOUBTDoubt
dir. John Patrick Shanley
Starring
Meryl Streep
Philip Seymour Hoffman
GRAN TORINOGran Torino
dir. Clint Eastwood
Starring
Clint Eastwood
Bee Vang
THE WRESTLERThe Wrestler
dir. Darren Aronofsky
Starring
Mickey Rourke
Marisa Tomei

The ReaderThe Reader
dir. Stephen Daldry
Starring
Ralph Fiennes
Kate Winslet
Benjamin ButtonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
dir. David Fincher
Starring
Brad Pitt
Kate Blanchett
ValkyrieValkyrie
dir. Bryan Singer
Starring
Tom Cruise
Tom Wilkinson

Bedtime StoriesBedtime Stories
dir. Adam Shankman
Starring
Adam Sandler
Keri Russell
Marley and MeMarley and Me
dir. David Frankel
Starring
Owen Wilson
Jennifer Aniston
Milk MovieMilk
dir. Gus Van Sant
Starring
Sean Penn
Emile Hirsch
Josh Brolin

Slumdog MillionaireSlumdog Millionaire
dir. Danny Boyle
Starring
Dev Patel
Freida Pinto
Frost/NixonFrost/Nixon
dir. Ron Howard
Starring
Frank Langella
Michael Sheen
The Day the Earth Stood StillThe Day the Earth Stood Still
dir. Scott Derrickson
Starring
Keanu Reeves
Jennifer Connelly

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