The unofficial midnight gross for Marvel’s The Avengers is $18.7 million. That’s the eighth-biggest midnight haul on record. The seven ahead of it are The Hunger Games ($19.7 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($22 million), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I ($24 million), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($26 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30 million), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I ($30 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($43 million). Obviously The Avengers was never going to top the midnight-grossers list, and its worth noting that the film earned more on its midnight debut that pretty much every prior Marvel Studios movie combined (Offhand, Thor earned $3.5 million, Captain America earned $4 million, and Iron Man 2 earned $7.5 million in their respective midnight debuts). It’s a larger midnight, just barely and likely due to inflation and the 3D-price bump, then The Dark Knight, which broke a midnight record four years ago with $18.5 million on its way to a $67 million opening day and a $158 million opening weekend (both records at the time).
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If I took one thing away from my interview in Toronto last month with Bryce Dallas Howard (which you can hear for yourself below), it’s that the 30-year-old actress/producer is absolutely lovely — smart, funny, and remarkably humble and down-to-earth. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me, based on everything that I’d previously heard about her and the fact that her father is Ron Howard, one of the most liked and respected men in Hollywood… but I must confess that it sort of did, primarily because she was so convincing on screen this year playing not one but two — forgive me — irredeemable bitches, a southern racist and a philandering girlfriend, in Tate Taylor’s The Help and Jonathan Levine’s 50/50, respectively.
- Roger Ebert’s Journal: Roger Ebert, the esteemed film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has revealed his annual top 10 list, a spot on which is widely considered to be just as — if not more — valuable to a film’s awards propsects than acknowledgment from many awards groups! His picks this year: (1) “The Social Network,” (2) “The King’s Speech,” (3) “Black Swan,” (4) “I Am Love,” (5) “Winter’s Bone,” (6) “Inception,” (7) “The Secret in Their Eyes,” (8) “The American,” (9) “The Kids Are All Right,” and (10) “The Ghost Writer.”
- Box Office Magazine: Phil Contrino reports that the domestic box-office haul for 2010 will cross the $10 billion mark this week, making it only the second year in history in which that fiscal marker has been crossed. (The only other was last year, when “Avatar” propelled record ticket sales.) The biggest grossers of the year, thus far, are “Toy Story 3” ($415 million), “Alice in Wonderland” ($334.2 million), “Iron Man 2” ($312.1 million), “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” ($300.5), and “Inception” ($292.5 million).
- BBC: Stephen Mulvey reports that the BBC Archive has posted the audio of the real king’s speech that is at the center of the best picture hopeful “The King’s Speech,” namely the one in which England’s King George VI (Colin Firth) rallied the British people at the outset of World War II. Mulvey observes, “The address is almost six minutes long. As it progresses, it becomes clear that the King’s frequent pauses are not just rhetorical, but the result of his stammer – overcome to a degree, thanks to the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue, but always threatening to gain control.
- The Huffington Post: An unattributed report indicates that film critics weren’t the only ones laughing out loud at the three Golden Globe nods that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed upon the abysmally-reviewed but star-studded action-thriller “The Tourist” — the film for best picture (musical or comedy), Johnny Depp for best actor (musical or comedy), and Angelina Jolie for best actress (musical or comedy). Jolie says that the people responsible for the film couldn’t help but chuckle, too: “We were laughing because it’s the first time that I’ve been in the comedic category, so it’s new for me.”
- The Hollywood Reporter: Tim Appelo recounts the high number of 2010 best actress contenders who received oral sex in their performances this year, a bizarre phenomenon first observed by Jeff Wells, who is always attentive to these sorts of matters. Indeed, no fewer than three top contenders in the category — perhaps the top three — do so: Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” (a “scary” encounter, courtesy of Mila Kunis); Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (a “lighthearted” encounter, courtesy of Julianne Moore); and Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (an “intensely romantic” encounter, courtesy of Ryan Gosling). Appelo humorously notes that one oral sex receiever who has yet to be recognized is the “Chateau Marmont girl du jour” who derived little pleasure from her somnambulant experience with Stephen Dorff in “Somewhere.”
- The Hollywood Reporter: Gregg Kilday reports that film legend Robert Duvall, a best actor Oscar winner for “Tender Mercies” (1983) and a best actor hopeful this year for “Get Low,” will join the select group of movie stars whose handprints and feetprints have been immortalized in cement outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood at a special ceremony on January 5.
- National Public Radio: Terry Gross chats with Melissa Leo about the role for which she is a best supporting actress hopeful this year, Alice Ward — “a gruff, bleach-blond Massachusetts native who tosses four-letter words around with ease and manages her sons’ [Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, played by Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, respectively] boxing careers like a stage mother on steroids” — in “The Fighter.” Leo, 50, is only a decade older than her castmates, and tells Gross that when director David O. Russell first approached her about playing the part, she asked incredulously, “Aren’t I too young to play Mark and Christian’s mother?”
- Frame Crawler: Wendy M. passes along an exchange that Amy Adams, a best supporting actress for “The Fighter,” and comedian Conan O’Brien, the host of the late-night show “Conan,” had during one of last week’s episodes, during which it came to light — in all seriousness — that O’Brien’s sister Kate O’Brien plays “Beaver,” one of Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) colorful sisters, in “The Fighter.” The role marks Kate’s big screen debut.
- [Assorted]: David O. Russell’s highly-anticipated boxing/brotherhood drama “The Fighter” was unveiled on Tuesday night at Grauman’s Chinese Theater as part of the AFI Fest, and shortly after it ended numerous west coast Oscar bloggers began posting reactions. Pete Hammond writes that all four of the film’s principal cast members — best actor hopeful Mark Wahlberg, best supporting actor hopeful Christian Bale, and best supporting actress hopefuls Amy Adams and Melissa Leo — “have real shots for this vivid and colorful crowd pleaser.” Greg Ellwood believes the film “proved it has the chance to be a big crowd pleaser and substantial box office hit… [as well as] a legitimate Oscar player,” and adds that Adams’ high-quality performance was “the biggest surprise of the film.” Anne Thompson feels that “The actors shine in this and should be rewarded,” particular Bale, who “risks going too far with his druggie extrovert, but slowly wins us over,” and Adams, who “wins points for authenticity over Leo’s bigger-than-life mother hen.” Kris Tapley, meanwhile, senses that the film has real commercial prospects, noting that it “played well to a largely public audience… and by ‘well’ I mean they were kind of swinging from the rafters.” (He, too, describes Adams’s perf as “my favorite of the two supporting actress portrayals.”)
- The Huffington Post: Dan Lybarger manages to get longtime Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert to reveal a few of the films that will ultimately appear on his year-end top 10 list. Lybarger was interviewing the 68-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner about his new cook book “The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker,” but snuck in a question at the end in which he asked Ebert if he felt that any 2010 films “need more attention,” to which Ebert replied, “You mean like on ‘Best 10 Lists?’ Sneaky. Well, I suppose my list will include ‘The Social Network,’ ‘Inception,’ and ‘I Am Love.'”
- indieWIRE: Nigel Smith summarizes Tuesday night’s Gotham Independent Film Awards “nominee reception,” which was held at the Dunhill store on Madison Avenue and highlighted by actor Oliver Platt’s announcement of the five films nominated for GIFA’s first-ever “Festival Genius Award.” Chosen from “audience award winners from the top 50 North American festivals,” this year’s nominees are Doug Dearth’s “9000 Needles,” Will Canon’s “Brotherhood,” Davis Guggenheim’s “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” John Gray’s “White Irish Drinkers,” and Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone.” The winner, like the nominees, will be determined by online voting.
- People’s Choice: Nominations have also been announced for the 37th annual People’s Choice Awards, and while a few Oscar hopefuls earned nods — “The Social Network” for favorite drama movie and “Toy Story 3” for favorite movie and favorite family movie — the public’s selections were, by and large, decidedly more populist and less high-brow than those of most other awards groups. Among them: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” for favorite movie; “Dear John” for favorite drama movie; Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) and Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) for favorite actor; and Angelina Jolie (“Salt”) and Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) for best actress.
- MTV News: Eric Ditzian notes that Jim Carrey has joined the “growing chorus of high-profile voices” who have been chiming in on the recent string of suicides by gay teens who were bullied by their peers. The beloved funnyman, who will next been seen in the comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” playing a closeted homosexual who abruptly comes out of the closet to his wife and kids after meeting his soulmate (Ewan McGregor) in prison, told Ditzian that he often felt like an outsider while growing up, and feels strongly that “anybody who bullies anybody for any reason is no friend of mine.”
- The New York Review of Books: Zadie Smith, a Harvard contemporary of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO and subject of the best picture hopeful “The Social Network,” offers a unique look at how digital media has changed the face of her generation and those to come. Smith, who is now a professor, writes, “The more time I spend with the tail end of Generation Facebook (in the shape of my students), the more convinced I become that some of the software currently shaping their generation is unworthy of them.”
Photo: Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey in “I Love You Phillip Morris.” Credit: Roadside Attractions.