This week:

The Expendables Eat Pray and Love while Scott Pilgrim versus bad BO; when it rain man it pours for Barry Levinson as the veteran has two new films on the way; Christoph won’t Waltz away with a role in Spider-Man; David Fincher exists a Black Hole; Hawaii Five-O has a new Hero; it’s confirmed that Judge Dredd is an Urban cowboy and lots more.

Box Office

Stallone managed it. The ageing action icon managed to grab the top spot at the box office and solidify his title as king of old school action with The Expendables. With a little help from his friends, the Rambo and Rocky star managed to shoot up an estimated $36 million in green. The film, which also stars Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Terry Crews with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in cameos, had pretty mixed reviews (read Vic’s), and its legs shouldn’t be that great, probably playing out like a sequel with a huge dip next week. It’ll be profitable though and we might just get to see The Expendables 2, maybe with added Schwarzenegger!

Julia Roberts’ comeback movie Eat Pray Love opened in second place with a strong $24 million. It is the Pretty Woman stars first real headlining of a movie since Erin Brockovich in 2000, so it looks like she’s now in Meryl Streep territory. If Eat Pray Love plays out like Streep’s It’s Complicated or Julie & Julia and it could end up in the region on $100 million.

Last week’s champion The Other Guys dropped to third, but another $18 million ups its cume to $70 million. $100 million in now in range, it’s the hit that Will Ferrell needed after last year’s pricey bomb Land of the Lost.

Inception brought in just under $12 million, bringing its grand total to $250 million. While it won’t break any records – it’s highly profitable and will solidify Christopher Nolan’s reputation as Warner Bros. golden boy. Maybe an Oscar nomination or two might help. It could also lead to Hollywood green lighting some films that have brains. Possibly.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World played out the way that everyone knew it would. The Edgar Wright directed comic book adaptation couldn’t break out of its own niche box, and it managed to bring in $11 million. Old Scott tried to take on the world, he had to settle for Stallone, his Expendables and Julia Roberts and they opened a can of whoop ass on him. Sorry Scott, better luck next time.  At least it’ll have a long life on DVD and develop a huge cult following. I want to be first to coin the phrase “A Scott Pilgrim Pilgrimage”!

Despicable Me continues to impress after bringing in $7 million for a $222 million total. Step Up 3D also danced off with $7 million, giving the 3D dance pic a total of just under $30 million.

Angelina Jolie’s Salt crossed the century barrier after bringing in $6.5 million. $103 million in the bank means that we might just get to see a sequel. Dinner for Schmucks also banked $6.5 million, giving the poorly reviewed comedy a total of just under $60 million. It might scrape to $70 million, meaning that it’s not a total embarrassment.

Cats and Dogs 2 managed to bring another $4 million into the kitty. The family film has now scored $35 million in total. It’ll top out at just over $40 million.

Movie News

1. It’s been all quiet on the Barry Levinson front for quite a while now, but the director now has to new projects in the pipeline.

Production Weekly states that the Rain Man director will start shooting an indie sci-fi thriller called Isopod next month. Details are scarce at the moment.

Levinson is also circling Old Timers, which “follows a 60-year-old hitman assigned to kill his partner and best friend after he botched up a hit. However, the two friends decide to have one last great night together doing things they’ve always wanted to do before the hit.”

Levinson could really pull it out of the bag in the casting of this one. Anybody else love to see Sean Connery and Michael Caine in this?

Sources: Pajiba & Production Weekly

2. A rumor has been circulating that Inglourious Basterds’ breakout star Christoph Waltz was going to play the bad guy in new Spider-Man film.

According to Superhero Hype it’s not true. Andrew Garfield is the only confirmed actor for the 3D film opens on July 3, 2012.

Source: SuperHeroHype

3. David Fincher has extracted himself from the adaptation of Charles Burns’ Black Hole. It would appear that someone else will have to call the shots on the Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman scripted feature.

Fincher is currently working on the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which is set to star current (former?) James Bond star Daniel Craig.

Source: Pajiba

4. Heroes‘  Masi Oka has signed onto the 21st Century update of Hawaii Five-O.

According to TV Guide:

“He’ll debut in the fourth episode as the coroner and be billed as a guest star. But with the body count expected to spike considerably in Oahu, this coroner could potentially be busy for several seasons.”

Alex O’Loughlin takes over the role of Steve McGarrett. Book ‘em Dano!

Source: TV Guide

5, We told you that it was going to happen and now it’s official. Karl Urban IS Judge Dredd.

Producer Andrew Macdonald confirmed the news by saying:

“The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago. Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real.

There’s been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they’re treated seriously. We’ve cast a guy called Karl Urban to play Dredd. We’ll be shooting in Johannesburg, it’s being directed by Pete Travis, we’re shooting with the people who did District 9 – and if we get it right, Alex has a couple of ideas for other stories as well. It’s not based on any one comic, and John Wagner is involved in every decision.”

Am I the only one who is excited by this?

Source: Empire

Also:

  • Word on the street is that a Lord of the Rings theme park could be on the way. You can read about it here. Better watch for the queues though – they could be Mordor!
  • Are you interested in seeing some not very exciting behind the scenes images from the forthcoming Hugh Jackman starrer Real Steel? If you are –  go here
  • The MGM bankruptcy rumbles on and The Hobbit and James Bond are still sitting in limbo. Hey there’s an interesting mental image for you to ponder!

Go here to learn the latest news on the troubled studio.

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