Entries in Water for Elephants (5)


'Fast Five' Outruns Box Office Competition

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Fast Five proved too fast for the rest of the competition at the box office over the weekend. The fifth installment of the Fast and Furious movie series pulled in $83.6 million in its opening weekend to top box office sales.

Coming in a distant second was the animated film Rio, which garnered $14.4 million from movie patrons.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family ($10.1 million), Water for Elephants ($9.1 million) and Prom ($5 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Rio' Tops Box Office for Second Straight Week

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fox animated film, Rio, has run away with the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row.

According to the latest box office figures, Rio pulled in $26.8 million over the weekend, trailed by Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, which raked in $25.8 million in its first week.

Water for Elephants ($17.5 million), Hop ($12.5 million) and Scream 4 ($7.2 million) rounded out the top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Water for Elephants,' Latest 'Madea' Film, 'African Cats' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Water for Elephants: Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Robert Pattinson plays a veterinary student in the 1930s who falls in love with a circus performer, played by Reese Witherspoon.  Christoph Waltz also stars.  Rated PG-13.

-- Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family: Tyler Perry reprises his signature character -- the elderly, no-nonsense Madea -- who tries to reunite her niece Shirley with Shirley's three adult children, all of whom are dealing with personal problems.  Rated PG-13.

-- African Cats: The Disneynature documentary, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, follows a lion cub named Mara, a lion named Fang, and a cheetah named Sita in Africa.  The film's release coincides with Earth Day.  Rated G.

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Movie Review: 'Water for Elephants'

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- In 1931, Robert Pattinson's Jacob drops out of Cornell, where he was on the verge of earning his degree in veterinary sciences. Down on his luck and feeling sorry for himself, he hops the rails and winds up on a circus train.

Immediately, he is introduced to the conniving circus owner, August, played by Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz. Waltz has something Jacob wants -- his wife, Marlena, played by Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon. August makes Jacob the circus veterinarian and entrusts him to train his new acquisition -- an elephant named Rosie.

The survival of the circus depends on whether or not August's new elephant can become the show's star attraction -- and if Jacob and Marlena can keep their hands off of each other. Jacob is full of depth and wears his heart on his sleeve -- that is, when Hal Holbrook is portraying him as an old man. When Robert Pattinson plays Jacob, he is average at best and has better chemistry with the elephant then he has with Witherspoon.

Water for Elephants at times is gorgeous and satisfying but, in places, lacks the dramatic tension to make it a great movie.

Three and a half out of five stars.

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Reese Witherspoon 'Disappointed' in Her Love Scenes with Robert Pattinson?

Rick Diamond/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM(LOS ANGELES) -- Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon have some steamy scenes in their new film, Water for Elephants, but the newly-married Witherspoon told In Touch magazine that shooting the intimate moments wasn't sexy at all.

She admitted, "I'm going to say it's a little bit of a downer. I was a little disappointed." 

It has nothing to do with Pattinson himself, though -- Witherspoon noted that there's truly nothing less fun than trying to film a love scene with a congested co-star. 

She explained, "Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I've ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life." She added, "He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it, and it was not appealing.  I'm talking green, infectious, disgusting. I'm not kidding!"

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