Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 2, 2010

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

This week:

A Nightmare On Elm Street scares away Dragons; Mickey Rourke Talks KhanGlee star Dianna Agron is Number Four, we meet even more Smurfs and lots, lots more!

Box Office

A Nightmare On Elm Street scared away all the competition over the weekend. The Freddie Kruger horror re-imagining stole $34 million from cinemagoers giving the long-running franchise a record best opening. The Michael Bay produced reboot already has a sequel in the pipeline and it looks like this franchise still has a lot of scares left in it. Jackie Earle Haley wears the striped sweater originally worn by Robert Englund.

Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger close up Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 2, 2010

Freddie did something that Jennifer Lopez was unable to do last weekend – dethrone How To Train Your Dragon. The leggy animated tale brought in $10.5 million over the weekend, giving the film a total haul of $192 million.

Date Night is still doing well. The Steve Carell/ Tina Fey comedy brought in another $7.3 million, upping its total to just under $74 million.

J-Lo’s The Back-Up Plan dropped from two to four in its second week. The terribly conceived (there’s a joke in there) romantic comedy dipped a pretty decent 39% since last week. Another $7.3 million in Jennifer Lopez’s rather large back pocket gives the film a blush saving $23 million.

The real horror film that opened this weekend was Brendan Fraser’s Furry Vengeance. The horrific looking “comedy” did what any Fraser movie does when its star isn’t wearing a loin cloth, being chased by Mummies or journeying to the center of the earth – it bombed. Big Time!

The Fraser-toplined film managed a weak $6.5 million debut. It’ll be gone soon. Fraser has been holding off on committing to signing on to a sequel to Journey to the Center of The Earth. I expect that by Monday he’ll have changed his mind.

furry vengeance movie poster Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 2, 2010

BOMB!

Clash of The Titans upped its total box office to $154 million after grabbing another $6 million over the three days. The Losers were hot on its tale, giving the action film an $18 million total.

Kick-Ass banked another $4.5 million, and brought its cumulative box office take to $42 million.

Death At A Funeral managed to exhume another $4 million and upped its total bank to just under $38 million, while Oceans sank 60% from last weekend. The Pierce Brosnan narrated documentary has now crested to $13.4 million.

Movie News

1.  Everybody’s favorite comeback kid Mickey Rourke has been talking up his forthcoming Genghis Khan film with John Milius. The Iron Man 2 star spilled some beans to MTV’s Josh Horowitz:

“It is [an epic movie] but because Milius is a really terrific writer, it’s not your stereotypical blood and swords. It’s almost done on a– not quite a documentary historical background of the whole Mongol reign, but there’s a lot of humor in it that you wouldn’t expect.”

mickey rourke1 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 2, 2010

Dog loving Rourke went on to expand:

“I like the part where he has– they use dogs in battle, these big dogs. And then, on one particular battle, [Khan] didn’t think they were going to be doing too good. So he said ‘Leave the dogs behind.’ I like that.”

I can only imagine what the set of Genghis Khan will be like. Both Rourke and Milius have HUGE personalities – and both are quite eccentric (in a good way) so I’m expecting all sorts of crazy stories to unfold. Then I expect the film to be bloody brilliant!

Source: MTV

2. Glee star Dianna Agron has scored a lead role in I Am Number Four.

According to Heat Vision:

“Four revolves around a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, the title character, to be played by British actor Alex Pettyfer, disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he’s still being hunted by his planet’s enemy. Agron will play a girl dating a high school jock who falls for Number Four and becomes his confidante.”

Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar penned the script for the D.J. Caruso directed film which is being produced by two up and coming producers named Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. Expect their careers to be…er… transformed in the next year or so.

Sharlto Copley and Teresa Palmer have already been cast in the film.

Expect a lot of Glee stars to be jumping to the big screen soon. The teen phenomenon has generated huge ratings and a number one album – and if there’s one thing that Hollywood loves, it’s synergy.

Source: Heat Vision

3. The Smurfs continues to add vocal talent to its already bulging roster.

Joining the already announced cast of pop princess Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, George Lopez, and Alan Cumming will be… drum roll….

Daily Show’s John Oliver as Vanity Smurf; Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson and Fred Armisen as Greedy Smurf and Brainy Smurf; The Office’s B.J. Novak as Baker Smurf; comedian Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf; Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf; in-famous chef Wolfgang Puck as Chef Smurf and Gary Basaraba as Hefty Smurf.

smurfs poster2 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 2, 2010

Comeback kid and Pee-wee Herman star Paul Reubens has also been cast in the as Jokey Smurf.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua director Raja Gosnell directs the film which stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a couple who become involved with the little blue critters.

I predict that this will be the biggest film starring blue characters since Avatar!

Source: Hollywood Insider

Also this week:

  • Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella adapts children’s novel Heck for the big screen. Read about it here.
  • Flash Forward showrunner Marc Guggenheim develops two films for the big screen: Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever and Thieves of Baghdad.

The former is being pitched as a mixture of National Treasure, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Clash of the Titans, while the latter is being billed as Ocean’s 11 meets Arabian Nights.

The details are here.

  • James Patterson’s book Maximum Ride looks like it’s going to be produced by Universal with Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct. These are the details.
  • Ever see a Hobo With A Shotgun? If not check this out.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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TAGS: clash of the titans, date night, death at a funeral, final destination 5, furry vengeance, Hobo With A Shotgun, i am number four, kick ass, nightmare on elm street, oceans, the smurfs

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  1. Khan… another Hollywood yellowface film. Pathetic. Pass.

  2. When can we expect Screen Rant's review of A Nightmare On Elm Street?

  3. I've been wondering that, too. Personally, I loved it.

  4. Night on Elm Street remake was ok, but nothing to hoot and holler about. I felt myself being a bit bored, and the scares were predictable, and the end was LOL due to shoddy CGI. I hope the dvd will be an unrated directors cut with more than 3 minutes of footage that amounts to something.

  5. I have to agree. While it wasn't horrible, I felt they could have done a better job with the makeup and less predictability. Also, I'm more used to the old Freddy that joked with you while he slashes you up. I also found myself dozing off, until my 31 year old daughter screamed (for like the 10th time).

  6. there's so much negative talk going on about the movie i cant decide to watch it or to wait for the dvd release.
    i havent read a legit review, most people are either with it or against it, i would like to see a mutual review explain everything clearly.

    that being said i knew from the beginning that this was going to be a rip off rather then a remake like friday the 13th. the re-used scenes from the original movie in the trailer gave this away. though people say this is the dark elm street people have always wanted :S

  7. I wasn't originally going to see it. I hate remakes. HATE them. But this was… okay. =)
    Was it perfect? Hell no. The acting alternate between watchable to cheesy. But it was otherwise a solid film.

  8. finally a decent review/take on the movie.
    i heard the only decent thing in the movie was haley.

    how many kills where there and how graphic where they ?
    sorry but i have to know, i dont want ot be sitting there watching a remake that has no action in it… so to speak.

  9. they should have made it more darker, gone deeper into his history as a pedo/serial killer.
    that would have made the movie really good, as it is the movie sucked, i havent seen it yet but reading some more reviews, it seems the movie tried to much to be like the original rather then being a stand alone like friday the 13th (which wasnt half bad)

  10. I have to admit this: the Smurfs movie tagline made me laugh.

  11. 5 or 6 kills on screen, a solid 15 total on and off. The kills presented were pretty graphic. Plenty of action, lots of thrills.

    The best way to explain it is that they sort of took Wes Craven's goal- a visceral, intense dream murderer- and sort of purified it to the base elements of what has actually worked in the original series. There's one-liners here and there, but Freddy's not being a total clown. Plenty of gore, but it works nicely without seeming toonish or weak.

    It's good. =)

  12. Saw Freddy, wasn’t really that great, just jump scare after jump scare…

    Glad How To Train Your Dragon is doing well, that was a great movie. :-)

  13. nice
    are they as graphic as the friday 13th remake ones ?
    thanks for the honest opinion.

  14. I think around the same. Perhaps slightly less.

  15. I really don't understand Brendan Fraser.Believe it or not,the guy can actually act,but his movie choices over the years has just been flat out dreadful.

    The best movie that I've seen him in recently,was The Air That I Breath.I think that if he did more movies like that,then he would be more respected as an actor,instead of constantly taking these kid friendly roles.

    But then again,what the hell do I know?He's filthy rich and doing what he loves to do.

  16. the only movies i liked him in where the mummy duo (jet li's one doesnt count imo)
    he's not a bad actor, but like you said his 'kid friendly' roles detract me from watching his movies.
    hehhe imagine him in the expendables :P

  17. wow so they are graphic, people make it sound like a pg14 dialogue fest.
    i heard the overall CG stuff looks bad, whats your take on them in general ?

  18. Okay- can't reply to your comment- it won't let me. The CG is… eh, give and take, but some is okay. There's a fair bit of dialogue, but there's plenty of things going on- never slows down to badly.

  19. lols yes I also got to bare witness to my aunt jumping in her seat and repeated icks ugghs. GOOD TIMES :D.

  20. Anyone think Jackie Earle Haley would make a good Wolverine?

  21. @Goldspire

    The only person in my mind to date who i would have loved to see be the savage beast that is the wolverine would have been Clint Eastwood in his prime. Everytime i see “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” i think to myself…” If we only had a time machine to bring him in to do the flick real quick”.

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