“The Croods,” the first major animation film of the year, opened as No. 1 in U.S. and Canadian theaters, with $43.6 million in sales for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and its distributor, Twentieth Century Fox.
The masterly cinematographer Caleb Deschanel gives “Jack Reacher” something of a grainy look, which is just right. Expensive production values weren’t a hallmark of the 1940s noir this thriller efficiently emulates.
The Berlin Film Festival ends this weekend, with the winners of bear awards to be announced tomorrow. A jury led by the Chinese film director Wong Kar Wai will select winners from 19 movies in competition.
“The Hobbit,” the first of director Peter Jackson’s three movies based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, was the top-grossing film at U.S. and Canadian theaters for a second weekend with $36.7 million in sales.