Home Celebrity Box Office: “Silver Linings” Finally Breaks Out; Arnold Rebuffed

The holiday weekend has produced a couple of winner and losers at the box office. “Silver Linings Playbook” has finally broken out and hit its stride. After 63 days in release, “SLP” at last went “wide” and made over $11 million from Friday to Sunday.

Yes, people really, really like it. “SLP” comes into Monday morning with $56 million in the till. The David O. Russell directed comedy finished third, behind “Mama” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” With continued good word of mouth and maybe some SAG Awards love next Saturday, “SLP” could hit Oscar weekend with $75 million.

On the other hand, Arnold Schwarzenegger may have made his last stand with “The Last Stand.” The action film comeback for the former Governator made only $6.3 million over the weekend–and that’s a high estimate.

The movie hasn’t been released internationally yet, and that’s where it will make its money–in places where English isn’t necessary but audiences will get a kick out of seeing Arnold. Still, “The Last Stand” shows that Americans aren’t interested in the man who lied to and deceived Maria Shriver and her family.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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