On Wednesday, three Senate leaders condemned Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" for its "grossly inaccurate" portrayal of the events leading to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
But the controversy only seemed to make the well-reviewed picture even more appealing to moviegoers, who showed up in droves at theaters in New York and Los Angeles on the same day Sens.
The film, considered a frontrunner for a best picture win at the Academy Awards, will expand nationwide on Jan. 11, a day after Oscar nominations are announced and two days before the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. According to data from pre-release tracking surveys, interest across the country is already strong, particularly among men.
Apatow also has something to prove with "This is 40," the fourth film he's directed. His last movie "Funny People" -- also a comedy with serious undertones -- was a box office disappointment, collecting just $51.8 million.
If "This is 40," which stars Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann, and Paul Rudd, doesn't beat industry projections, the filmmaker will have the worst opening of his career. His directorial debut, 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," currently holds that record with its $21.4-million launch -- though it went on to gross more than $100 million.
Apatow seems to be feeling the pressure.
"So nervous about the release of the movie. Sleep? Ha!" he wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday evening.
Unfortunately for Disney, it doesn't seem the 3-D re-release of "Monsters, Inc." will make nearly as much money as the 3-D version of "The Lion's King" did last year. After the studio added 3-D technology to the jungle tale, the movie ended up raking in $94.2 million.
But none of Disney's subsequent 3-D re-releases -- "Beauty and the Beast" and
"The Guilt Trip" marks Streisand's first starring role in 16 years, when she appeared in 1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces." The 70-year-old's new movie -- about a mother and a son who embark on a cross-country trip -- has earned dismal reviews. Those who do show up to see the film, which cost $40 million to produce, are expected to be women.
As for the "Cirque" film, the movie was produced by 3-D aficionado