Dawn Addams was a pretty leading lady of several romantic films of the 1950s, very much in the Audrey Hepburn-Shirley MacLaine gamine vein of that era (as opposed to the Marilyn Monroe-Jane Russell-Ja...
This weekend Dark Shadows came in second at the box office, making only $28.8 million. That could have something to do with a little movie called The Avengers smashing records once again, taking in $103.2 million in its second weekend. However, Dark Shadows was still expected to earn $35 million to $40 million in its opening. So, what went wrong?
Though Johnny Depp and Tim Burton usually make a winning combination, the film suffered from mediocre reviews, earning only a B- CinemaScore. Depp has scored big in the past by taking risks with oddball characters like Willy Wonka and Jack Sparrow, but it seems unlikely that kids will be dressing up as Barnabas Collins next Halloween.
Another factor is that the comedy/horror genre has always been a hard sell. A look back at the highest-grossing vampire movies in recent years shows that if Warner Bros. wanted to ensure Dark Shadows would be a hit, it should have demanded on more scenes involving lovelorn, sexy teen vampires. Of course, the Twilight franchise has produced the most profitable vampire flicks of all-time. New Moon tops the list with a domestic gross of $296,623,634, followed by Breaking Dawn, Part I ($281,275,991) and Twilight ($191,465,414).
Van Helsing was the most popular of the traditional horror-themed vampire films, earning $120,073,130 domestic gross. (Though, since the film stars heartthrob Hugh Jackman, one could make the argument that sexiness was a factor.) The films rounding out the list of the 15 most popular vampire films mainly fall into the horror genre:
Underworld Awakening 3-D ($62,321,039)
Blade: Trinity ($52,397,389)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans ($45,802,315)
30 Days of Night ($39,568,996)
The exceptions are the Twilight parody Vampires Suck, which earned slightly more than Daybreakers with $36,661,504, and Fright Night, which came in last with $18,298,649. The latter film, which starred Colin Farrell, is actually the most similar to Dark Shadows. Rather than declaring Dark Shadows a disappointment, perhaps we should say performed amazingly well — for a comedy/horror remake that stars an A-lister who doesn't usually do scary movies.
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Began playing supporting roles around the time of "Come Fly with Me"
First leading roles in film included her work in the Italian-made "Mizar"
Played Clara, Head of the Supreme Council of Medusa, on the syndicated sci-fi series, "Star Maidens"
Educated in England, India and the USA
Was a regular for a time on the CBS variety program, "The Alan Young Show" in the early 1950s
First female lead in an American film, "Return to Treasure Island"
First came to Hollywood
Last feature credits include "The Vault of Horror" (1973)
Can be spotted in a bit part in the classic musical, "Singin' in the Rain"
Replaced Sally Bazley in the role of Georgie Thompson, the protagonist's agent, in the syndicated British sitcom, "Father, Dear Father"
Made feature film debut in "Night into Morning"
Dawn Addams was a pretty leading lady of several romantic films of the 1950s, very much in the Audrey Hepburn-Shirley MacLaine gamine vein of that era (as opposed to the Marilyn Monroe-Jane Russell-Jayne Mansfield school). Educated in several countries, she moved to Hollywood in 1950, played several supporting role in films toplining the likes of Spencer Tracy and Gene Tierney ("Plymouth Adventure" 1952) and David Niven and William Holden ("The Moon Is Blue" 1953) before attaining leading lady status. Probably her best known lead was opposite Charlie Chaplin in his satire "A King in New York" (1957), but she also acted in Fritz Lang's "The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse" (1960), in which the director revisited the character he had immortalized on film four decades earlier. Addams also decorated a number of comedies and adventures made in France and Italy (e.g. "Secrets d'Alcove" 1954), but by the early 60s slipped to occasional supporting roles and later did British TV work.
Italian prince; married in 1954; divorced in 1971 after a stormy and fairly well-publicized marriage