Hollywood, CA-After a weak fall season, the latest numbers reveal that things may finally be looking up for the movie industry in 2008, with the top 12 movies taking in $123.9 million, up 18.5 percent from the first weekend of 2007.
The biggest suprise of the new year is the continued success of "Juno", an independent film sensation that is delighting critics and moviegoers, and the growing recognition of the career defining performance of Ellen Page as a sassy and pregnant teen. "It's the coolest little success story coming out of 2007," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers, explained. "It's playing like a mini-blockbuster right now."
If the trend continues, 2008 may be a year to remember for the industry as well as the public. "The movies coming out right now are amazing," movie buff Tim Cordes revealed. "What I will never understand though is how they know to set the cameras up before all that cool stuff happens."