Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 5th 2010

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 3:59 am,

This week:

Harry Potter waves his magic wand – but he can’t get un-Tangled; Magnolia Films has Good Neighbours; Ben Stiller and James Franco talk about being Young; Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi have Contraband and Michael Douglas returns!

Box Office

Disney’s Tangled duked it out with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 for the top spot over the weekend. The boy wizard lost with Tangled taking $21.5  million to Potter‘s $16.7 million. The Potter film has now banked a mighty $244 million, while the animated fairy tale has scored $96.5 million.

HarryPotterDeathlyHallows number one again Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 5th 2010

Burlesque danced up another $6.1 million – upping its domestic total to $27 million. The film stars Cher and Christina Aguilera.

The latest Denzel Washington and Tony Scott team-up Unstoppable banked another $6 million for a grand total of $68.9 million.

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal were third with Love and Other Drugs. The romantic comedy brought in another $5.7 million for a $23 million total.

The Robert Downey Jr. starrer, Due Date, inches closer to the $100 million mark after bringing its box office total to over $90 million after laughing up another $4 million this weekend.

Megamind dropped to seventh place after bringing in another $4.3 million. The Will Ferrell voiced ‘toon has now banked $135 million.

Dwayne Johnson’s Faster was in eighth place after scoring just under $3.5 million. Its total now stands at $18 million.

New entry The Warriors Way failed to impress audiences. The cowboy and ninja movie grossed only $2.6 million on its debut while Russell Crowe’s The Next Three Days also scored in the region of $2.6 million. The Paul Haggis directed film has now banked $18 million.

Movie News

1. Magnolia Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to director Jacob Tierney’s thriller, Good Neighbours.

According to THR:

“The movie stars Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman and Emily Hampshire in the tale of three residents of a small apartment building who are threatened by a serial killer.”

It sounds like it might be a nice little genre entry.

Source: THR

2. Writer/director Noah Baumbach is getting ready to direct Ben Stiller and James Franco in While We’re Young. Greta Gerwig and Cate Blanchett are circling the project.

According to Vulture:

“It’s about a free-spirited Brooklynite twentysomething couple who inspire an uptight documentarian and his wife to loosen up — with comedic consequences.”

Baumbach’s last effort with Stiller (and Gerwig)  was the excellent Greenberg - so this has potential.

Source: Vulture

3.Get ready for a slew of new release dates.

Director John Gulager’s Piranha 3DD, Johnny English Reborn and Rod Lurie’s remake of  Straw Dogs will all open on September 16th.

piranha3dd on the way Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 5th 2010

Meanwhile Andrew Niccol’s Now, with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, will open against Daniel Craig’s delayed Dream House on September 30th.

Place your box office bets now!

Source: Coming Soon

4. Ben Foster and Giovanni Ribisi are in talks to join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale in the Universal Pictures thriller, Contraband. Writer/director Baltasar Kormakur directs the film, a remake his own Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam.

Production begins in January, with a release set for March 16, 2012.

Source: Variety

5. Michael Douglas ia set to return to the screen in his first post-cancer film. The Hollywood legend will star in director Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace, which is set to start shooting in May or June.

Douglas tells THR:

“I’ve got a bunch of tapes of performances. I’m thinking; I’m a blank slate. Everything shows me he was a lovely man; I just want to reconfirm that.”

The actor also tells the trade paper that he’ll need “special prosthetic work” as well as musical training.

Source: THR

Just for laughs:

Voldemort Takes Manhattan!

Come on, even evil wizards need a vacation.

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

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TAGS: contraband, dream house, due date, faster, good neighbours, harry potter, johnny english 2, liberace, love and other drugs, megamind, now, piranha 3dd, straw dogs, tangled, the next, the warriors way, unstoppable

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  1. I can’t wait for Piranha 3DD (nice title lol). More blood, more boobs, more 3D, more fun.

    • Agreed

      • Didnt get to see piranha :(

        • Awwwweee. May be when you’re older 8)

          • He still shouldnt be allowed to watch it.

            • I saw parts of it on my break at work lol,i will see it when it comes out regardless 8-)

  2. Just got back from the Tron Legacy premiere, it was freezing cold, but I saw Jeff Bridges (he’s awesome) and Olivia Wilde (she’s hot!), and got myself a large poster for the film. Cool night!

    • Nice am very jealous plus Olivia wilde is such a hottie where was it

      • Leicester Square in London. Struggled home on the bus with my poster, well worth it though!

        • I woulda loved to have been there bet you were freezing by the time you got on the bus lol. Still can’t get the first tron for a good price but I did notice on play.com that it will be released with legacy on blu ray next year so I might just wait for that.

          • Yeah I can’t find it anywhere on DVD! On amazon it’s like 20 quid! I’d have thought they would release a special edition about now considering it’s Christmas and there’s a sequel out!

            • I think they’ve missed a trick there not paying £20 for a dvd when I can get both for maybe a fiver more in the new year I did see it for $120 on one site that is ridiculous imo

              • Yeah it’s mental.

                I really wanted to watch it before seeing the new film, well I’ll just download it, when I would have happily bought it!

                • yup me to and they say they want to stop downloads then RELEASE THE F****N FILMS SO WE CAN WATCH THEM end of rant lol

                  • Amen!

                    • :P

                • Saw it when it first came out the effects were amazing back then. Only now it would look really dated but still an awesome movie.

                  • It’s been that long I can’t even remember it that well if only I could pick up a copy even to rent it would be nice but no its rarer than a puffins fart

            • Who ever would have thought that the DVD special edition I bought some years ago would be so heavily in demand…. AND still out of print.

              If someone hasn’t seen it yet, probably little point in rushing out to see it now, especially if it means you have to put down so much money for it. It may seem quaint to today’s audiences.

              • DrSam

                woah thats awsome man!

  3. Just got back from watching FASTER and the Warrior’s Way. Faster was pretty good and I like the brutality of it. Warrior’s way was ok, it was better than Ninja Assassin except for the end boss fight. Also got participate in a viewing and reviewing of a rough cut of the X-Men First Class trailer. It looks very promising :D

    • I saw Warrior’s Way and was a bit disappointed. Like you said, it was better than Ninja Assassin, which isn’t saying much, but I thought Ninjas used more than just swords. If it were not for the fact that they were assassins, I would have thought they were Samurai. During the film, I kept thinking it was a Japanese version of the show Kung-Fu.

  4. Despite the decerasing weekend totals in the US, I still expect Deathy Hallows to gross over $1 billion worldwide and just edge ahead of Toy Story 3 overall..

    Looks like Dowyney Jnr is now the most bankable actor around for movies to gross $100 million in the US.

    From looking at Box Office Mojo – was Tangled’s budget really $260 million??

    Olivia Wilde is facially very pretty but a bit skinny for my liking.

    • Stood a few feet away from her tonight, she’s hot!

      • Did I mention I’m jealous lol will be checking out pics in the paper tommz lol

        • Oh there was one awful moment, they had a huge screen, and the camera was panning around the crowd.
          And tonight I decided to try wearing a new hat, something that I’m fairly certain looks a bit silly but I don’t really care.
          I did however care when me and my hat suddenly took centre stage on a fifty foot screen!

          • I will be looking for ya then when they show the premier on tv what kinda hat is it got all kinda images lol

  5. Sounds like some interesting movies coming up. Contraband sounds especially intriguing. I have not seen Harry Potter yet but hear it is very dark. Will be interesting to see how it pans out and compares to the others!

  6. Im hoping DH1 crosses 1 billion worldwide.

  7. SIN187UM, could you tell us a bit more info about that X-men trailer?

    did you see some interesting characters there? January Jones?