Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 30, 2010

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

It’s Sunday again and that can mean only one thing – it’s Wrap Up time!

This week:

Sex and The City sells tickets at the box office but Shrek sees green; Nina Dobrev and James Remar play Deathgames; ABC is set to bring back Alias; get ready for The Fight Before Christmas; Dilbert comes to the big screen, Warner Brothers has a Grudge and will Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone reunite for Tango and Cash 2? Oh, and there’s more!

Box Office

Shrek 4 should finish the four day weekend with another $50 million – edging out debutant Sex and The City for the top spot. This would give the ogre comedy around $150 million worth of green.

Shrek The Final Chapter Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 30, 2010

Sex and The City 2 captured $53 million from  its Thursday debut to Monday morning. Throw in the extended weekend and the Sarah Jessica Parker led film should bank an impressive $67 million by the time Tuesday rolls in. Sex really does sell! The film hasn’t had great reviews, but there’s a built in fanbase who would watch the series even if Carrie and company went to the moon. Now there’s an idea, Sex and the City 3: The Search For Manolo Blahnik! I can see the tagline already: “Shoes, Sex and Space –get ready to be carried away into a shopping adventure that is out of this world!” It would get the men into the theater at least.

sex and the city 2 poster carrie on Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 30, 2010

The Prince of Persia was third after a disappointing debut. Jake Gyllenhaal’s big budget adventure should grab around $42 million over the four days, but it’ll need pretty strong legs if it wants to see a sequel. That’s doubtful as the film has received mixed reviews. Maybe it wasn’t the Pirates of the Caribbean style franchise starter that was hoped for. Is Jerry Bruckheimer losing his magic touch?

Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man sequel was in fourth place with another $18.5 million. The comic book adventure has now blasted up $277 million.

The Russell Crowe/ Ridley Scott team-up Robin Hood was fifth with another $12.5 million. The film should shoot over $100 million, but it won’t get much further. It’s big on the international circuit, so it’ll turn a profit.

Letters to Juliet upped its total to $38 million after grossing another $7.5 million, while Just Wright managed $2.7 million.

MacGruber banked $2 million this weekend giving it a total of $7. 5 million. That’s gotta hurt!

Date Night brought in just under $2 million, its total now stands at $93 million. It’s so close to the century mark. So close.

A Nightmare on Elm Street rounded out the top ten after banking another $1 million. With $62 million in the cash register already a sequel is a sure thing.

On the international front Alice In Wonderland has now become the sixth film in history to gross a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Kerching!

Movie News

1. Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev and Dexter’s James Remar will join Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson in Deathgames.

“The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses in games orchestrated by Jackson.”

Dobrev will play Lutz’s wife, while Remar plays “a mysterious character named Tall Man”.

Deathgames is directed by former visual effects supervisor Jonah Loop.

Source: Heat Vision

2. According to E Online ABC is toying with the idea of rebooting J.J Abrams’ Alias.

It’s in the early stages, but ABC wants to hold on to some of that Abrams audience love now that Flashforward and Lost are gone. One idea which is being bandied about in order to achieve this goal is to introduce a new version of the spy show that starred Jennifer Garner.

alias Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 30, 2010

This is far from a sure thing – but if it does go ahead then expect a more streamlined version of the show which ditches some of the more complex pieces of plot and mythology. There will also be a new cast.

Source: E Online

3. 20th Century Fox has bought The Fight Before Christmas from Due Date writer Adam Sztykiel.

Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy will produce the family comedy. The plot is being kept secret, so it must be good (right?)!

I’d imagine that the studio will be calling the usual suspects to star in the film: Black, Carell, Carrey, Ferrell, Stiller and Vaughn. Who will get it?

Source: Variety

4. Phoenix Entertainment has snapped up the rights to Dilbert in the hopes of bringing him to the big screen.

dilbert Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 30, 2010

Ken Kwapis has been signed to direct the office based comedy. It’s not surprising since the director has helmed many episodes of The Office for NBC.

Do we really need this after The Office and Office Space? You tell me.

Source: Pajiba

5. Warner Brothers is setting up a Grudge Match, with Billy Gerber and Mark Steven Johnson producing.

According to THR:

“Grudge, which seeks to evoke the tone of the 2000 Warners movie Space Cowboys, revolves around retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match — 50 years after their last title fight.”

It should be a good way of teaming up a couple of aging action heroes!

I’ll just throw a few names out there – Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford.

Source: THR

6. Speaking of Stallone and Russell, there are rumblings that the duo may be re-teaming for a Tango and Cash sequel.

Music Rooms has a “source” who states that Stallone is trying to get a sequel to the 1989 original up and running. Stallone had tried to get Russell onboard The Expendables, but apparently the Big Trouble in Little China star wasn’t interested in “ensemble acting”.

In the original film Stallone and Russell played mismatched cops Lieutenant Raymond Tango and Lieutenant Gabriel Cash, who are framed for a crime they didn’t commit.

The source said:

“Sly thinks there is still a story to be told with Tango and Cash and the chemistry between the two characters would be even more interesting now they are older. Sly is still good friends with Kurt and, like Sly, he is interested in making an old-fashioned detective/buddy movie. There’s a very good chance it will happen.”

tango and cash Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 30, 2010

I hope there’s at least some truth to this as the original is one of my all time guilty pleasures.

If there’s more news, then we’ll keep you posted

Source: Music Rooms

Also this week:

George Romero can’t get enough of zombies. The director has two more Dead movies planned – read about them here

Focus Features has a whole host of new releases on the way. Find out about them here

That’s if for now. See you at the movies!

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  1. According to an AP article, Shrek beat out Sex in the City 2 this weekend (Fri-Sun). I’d rather watch Shrek than SITC any day of the week. How that horrible horrible show ever lasted as long as it did, much less for TWO films, is mind numbing. Here’s the link to the AP article…

    http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.ap.org/shrek-better-than-sex-with-43m-box-office-ap

    • Yeah, we were using a different metric, including the fact that SATC2 opened on Thursday. We’ve updated the post.

  2. Oh and Grudge Match sounds REALLLLY lame. Like 70 year old guys are going to out in a ring and box. Gimme a break.

    I’m also disappointed that ABC isn’t bringing back FlashForward for at least a mini-series to close out the story. I thought it got stronger as the season went on. Here’s hoping that FX, TNT or SyFy pick it up and do it some justice.

  3. Too bad about MacGruber. I went to it expecting something terrible and end up laughing almost the whole time. My guess is it ends up like Napoleon Dynamite and becomes a DVD classic.

  4. Any chance of changing the title to,,,?
    ^
    “The Weekend Movie News Remake and Reboot Report”
    ^

  5. I thought prince of persia was going to be #1 or at least 2 cuz of SATC2! Its because of disney and its PG-13 rating! It wouldve been way better if it was rated r and not with disney. Hope they make god of war rated r and the first good video game adaption

    • I was really surprised as well. My box office prediction skills are nil, apparently.

      Vic

      • Something that I have been feared off is materialized!! Don;t worry, you are not the only with the prediction skills way off =)

      • yeah i really like the movie’s that are cuming oout this year.

        Vic Holtreman so you work in movie intustry than? get back to me in email s1_Dsr@hotmail.co.uk

      • so you work in the movie industy

  6. i dont see how they could make an elm street sequel with <62 million. i hope it doesnt, i couldnt stand to see krueger get raped a second time ;)

  7. According to an AP article, Shrek beat out Sex in the City 2 this weekend (Fri-Sun). I’d rather watch Shrek than SITC any day of the week. How that horrible horrible show ever lasted as long as it did, much less for TWO films, is mind numbing. Here’s the link to the AP article…

    http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.ap.org/shrek-better-than-sex-with-43m-box-office-ap

    • Thanks, Emily – we’ve updated our post. We were using different criteria, including the Thursday opening of SATC2.

      Vic

    • Why is this the exact same post as Andy S?

  8. Wow Ive had a great year at box office pedictikns I’m usually very good at it though. Last time I was wrong was back in 08 I screwed up twice with IM one and TDK I predicted 200m for IM and 325 for TDK and most people thought I was predicting high on both lol. Looks like IM2 will end up about the same as the first just a coupple mil less it should limp beyond 300 just barely. Yay for what will be the lowest grossing Shrek hopefully. I want to see Sex ITC 3 Carrie in space lol. Can someone just stap these girls ?( the characters not the actresses. Murder is wrong…)I wish I was wrong about PoP alot of game movies were depending on it but it’s not only bad but a failure. It will be lucky to make a profit with international doubtful though. Man i can’t stop laughing about Mcgruber… No it wasn’t a funny movie but it’s boxoffice is hilarious.

    Kind of dissapointed with Sly he has been working hard to make movies with strong story and to give up on that and go to Tango and Cash 2 is sad. He wad on a role lately.

  9. Sex And The City 3 – I hear Vivienne Westwood’s already designing the spacesuits.

  10. And think of all the shopping you could carry in low gravity.

  11. these reboots really need to stop, seriously, has hollywood really ran the well THAT dry that writers, producers ect. cant come up with original material? one a good note, it would be funny to see another tango and cash movie..just not a scarled down PG13 sequel if it were to happen at all. and im STILL waiting for another big trouble in little china movie too!

  12. Regarding the various news items: As much of an ALIAS fan as I was, it seems too soon for a plausible reboot – especially if they don’t include some original cast members. Tango & Cash, on the other hand, would be awesome. Still a classic rival/buddy cop movie and one of Teri Hatcher’s earlier roles, as I recall. It’s also nice seeing James Remar cranking out projects. Seem to remember his health took a serious turn many years ago.

  13. i think a sequel to tango and cash will be good as well as another rambo and another cop land.