Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

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This week:

Inception retains the number one position at the box office; there’s a killer at large  in Wes Craven’s Scream 4; Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama is stuck in a Rut; Shepherds watch their flock in Lore; the Weinstein’s get ready to Raise Hell and grow Corn; it looks like Timur Bekmambetov can do what Spielberg can’t and bring Abraham Lincoln to the screen; after The Spirit comes Will Eisner’s Contract With God and Shawn Levy has a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Box Office

Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic Inception was number one for the third weekend in a row. The Leonardo DiCaprio film grossed an estimated $26 million over the weekend, giving the film a highly impressive total of $191 million. It’s rare these days when an original (and good) film makes this sort of money. It kind of makes me go all soft and fuzzy inside thinking of a time when remakes, 3D movies and comic book adaptations didn’t rule the roost in Hollywood.

Inception production still 3 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

Dinner For Schmucks had to settle for second place after grossing $23 million from Friday. The Steve Carrell/ Paul Rudd comedy had to overcome some negative publicity in order to achieve this number. The opening was in line with Carrell’s last film Date Night, and that went to hit $100 million – Schmucks won’t be so lucky.

dinner for schmucks carrell rudd Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

Angelina Jolie’s Salt dropped just under 50% from last weekend’s debut, giving the film $70 million, after taking in $19 million from Friday. With $100 million in the bag in the next few weeks, and strong international grosses, it looks like there might be a sequel. What will they call it Added Salt, A Pinch of Salt?

Despicable Me continues to impress. The animated film banked another $15 million over the weekend, upping its total to $190 million. This represents Dreamworks’ biggest domestic success in a few years so expect a sequel.

Cats & Dogs 3D: Kitty Galore crashed and burned over the weekend after grossing a not so good $12.5 million. Factor in higher than normal 3D ticket prices and this pet franchise appears to be road kill.

Zac Efron’s Charlie St Cloud could also be classed as a failure after scoring in the $12 million range. These tween stars just can’t open movies that don’t have musical numbers or vampires. Chances are it was pretty cheap, and it might have legs – so it’ll turn a profit and Efron will continue to get work. I’m guessing that the Footloose remake doesn’t appear like such a bad thing to the High School Musical graduate.

Toy Story 3D continues its charge to $400 million. Another $5.5 saw the Tom Hanks voiced film up its cume to $390 million.

Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups continues to impress, with another $4.5 million. The comedy has now ratcheted up $150 million worth of coin.

Sorcerer’s Apprentice waved his magic wand and brought in another $4 million. A $51 million total means that this isn’t the total disaster that everyone predicted when it opened a few weeks ago. It’s shown some decent legs, but it has to be viewed as a disappointment considering its heavy price tag. International revenue and DVD sales should be okay, but I hope that Jerry Bruckheimer circles the wagons and decides that the Pirates of The Caribbean formula is wearing thin. Let’s hope that he goes and produces a few more macho action films like Top Gun and Crimson Tide. Heck, at this point I’d even settle for Armageddon 2.

Ramona and Beezus scored another $3.5 million, upping this book adaptation to $16 million. Remember this was a cheap movie, so profit participants are the winner here.

Movie News

1. Wes Craven has hit the Twitter zone and gone and spoiled who the killer is in Scream 4. Check it out below.

scream killer Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010


Anyone else remember when Craven went off horror and decided to direct Meryl Streep in Music of the Heart? What was that about?

Source: Wes Craven

2. Karyn Kusama has directed Megan Fox in Jennifer’s Body and Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux, so you could say that her bargaining chips in Hollywood are running out, so she’s trying to gain back some cred(it?)

kick ass chloe moretz Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

The director is set to direct The Rut with Kick Ass star Chloë Moretz is in negotiations to take the lead.

According to the LA Times:

“It concerns a father-daughter relationship and centers particularly on hunting, as a daughter must learn the tricks of hunting and archery taught to her by her father after said father goes missing.”

So, it’s Deliverance from a young girl’s perspective. What’s next – The Expendables remaking How to make an American Quilt?

Source: LA Times

3. Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance and Circle of Confusion have picked up the rights to husband-and-wife comic book team of Ashley Wood and T.P. Louise’s Lore.

lore book Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott have been hired to write the script, which apparently the producers hope to turn into a Men in Black style franchise.

The comic follows secret society of “Shepherds”, who guard the world from mythical creatures and monsters. When this hereditary line of protectors is broken a heroine finds herself under threat when the creatures come back.

Sounds like Wanted meets The Da Vinci Code with monsters to me

Source: Heat Vision

4. Now that it’s clear that the Weinstein brothers won’t be regaining control of Miramax, it appears that they’re getting busy to bring The Weinstein Company back in business.

The company plans to have 4-6 wide releases a year, and at least six other limited releases. These films will either be Weinstein Company productions or acquisitions.

the weinstein company logo1 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

In development at the minute are the previously announced Scream 4, Spy Kids 4 as well as remakes of Hellraiser and Children of the Corn. Also on the way are sequels to Scary Movie (shudder!) and Halloween.

While theses sequel films will have a higher budget, Harvey Weinstein plans to produce most films in the $15 million-$25 million range. This is probably in the hope of regaining some of that Oscar glory that he had when he ran Miramax with his brother.

Source: THR

5. Deadline is reporting that Russian director for Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) could be directing the previously announced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

abraham lincoln vampire hunter 2 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

The director was originally down to produce the film alongside Tim Burton and Jim Lemley, but it now looks like it could be his first film since the above mentioned Angelina Jolie starrer.

I wonder if they could get Liam Neeson to star?

Source: Deadline

6. Need another Will Eisner adaptation after Frank Miller’s The Spirit?

No, I’m not fussed on that either, but apparently someone is, and that someone is writer-producer Darren Dean. Dean plans to bring A Contract With God to the big screen.

A Contract With God Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

According to THR:

God recounts Eisner’s memories of growing up in a New York City tenement, and four directors, who will each helm one chapter of the tale, have lined up to bring it to the screen.”

Who will these directors be? Alex Rivera, Tze Chun, Barry Jenkins, Sean Baker.

Good. No Frank Miller.

Source: THR

7. Four words that really terrify me are: “high-concept family comedy”.

When you throw the words Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox into a sentence with them, things go from bad to worse.

Such is the case with the news that Levy and Fox will bring children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to the screen.

According to Variety:

“Rob Lieber will pen the adapted screenplay, which revolves around family members collectively enduring the worst day of their lives. In the book, the central character, Alexander’s day goes from bad to worse after he wakes up with gum in his hair.”

AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 1st, 2010

Levy’s 21 Laps production company will produce, and he might not necessarily direct, but I can only imagine that this thing will make it to screens one way or the other as Judith Viorst’s book has sold over four million copies in 59 printings, with seven editions published abroad. Yikes!

Source: Variety

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

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  1. Yes inception!!!!! BTW love the color for the august calendar^^

  2. And im surprised at the results….i mean at my theater alot of ppl were buying tickets for Charlie st cloud and cats and dog more than dinner for shmucks….

    • ick….who the heck would wanna see those films?

  3. Still haven’t seen Inception

    • @ DrSamBeckett,

      You really have to. It’s great!


      • Nolan is a pure genius, there no doubting that, he seems to be getting better with each film he does.

        • Nolan is the most over-rated director, IMO. The only films of his I’ve actually loved were his Batman films. The others were Ok at best.

          I may see Inception next weekend, but haven’t had the time lately. It’s good because there’s nothing coming out next week that I want to see.

  4. Hopefully going to see it this week. :)

  5. DrSamBecket
    The film was good not great(not AS good as many ppl say IMHO) but its still worth viewing at the cinema^^

  6. Sorry i forgot a T at the end of your name lol!

  7. Nolan is a great director……hes done a superb job in his films,its just that ppl think he makes the best films and everything u know they over react. I was expecting a near perfect film,but it was just good. I love the score though it is AMAZING!!!!!

  8. The score was the best thing about Inception(and probably a major selling point cause of the trailer). It was decent, though I kept harking back to the matrix for some reason.

    • kinda reminded me of a certain older Dennis Quaid film…

  9. Just because YOU don’t think something is amazing doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t. Just because you type “imo” doesn’t mean you should crap on what other people think

  10. I’m going to see Inception this week. Possibly tomorrow.

    Btw! Who’s paying to see Scream 4?
    I would rather watch Salt, with salt in my eyes then the retarded horror franchise that is Scream…

    Oh and my sequel title for Salt is “Salt & Pepper”

    Co starring,,, yep you guessed it Mr Smith himself Brad Pitt,,, :-)

    • hahahaha. im not gonna see Scream 4, nossir, not gonna do it no one can make me either.i also wontbe seeing that remake of fright night.

      • Yea I’m not seeing the dumb Fright Night film either.

    • I never cared for the Scream series, so I’ll be skipping the next.

      @”Oh and my sequel title for Salt is “Salt & Pepper””


      • 790, it should be “Salt & Pepa”

    • Yea no chance i’m seeing scream 4 lol I stopped after scream one.

    • Or Salt: High Cholesterol

      Salt: The Reckoning (Because every franchise has to have The Reckoning as one of it’s titles)

      Maybe Seasoning Salt or possibly Garlic Salt and it could be a vampire film.

  11. “Despicable Me” isn’t a Dreamworks movie, it’s from Universal pictures, they’re one and only hit so far this year!

  12. It prob will be Antman,,, ;-)
    Also gang if your looking for a real good dvd/horror film check out, “Midnight Meat Train” …

    Prob the best Clive Barker film since the original “Hellraiser”,,,
    Has one the most brutal endings I’ve seen in a long time.

    • Vinnie Jones..a man of NO words in that movie LOL. but a brutal disposition, dont piss him off

  13. Rofly midnight meat train I havnt seen that in awhile. Not a big fan of it but it was watchable. To be fair I’m not really a scary movie fan so the horror genre is not something I can give a very biased opinion on.

    I liked Halloween 1, 2 , 6 non of of the others especially the rob zombie crap.

    I liked Identity and 1408 that’s about it off the top of my head.

    So I can’t fairly review scary flicks it usuly has to be really smart and not have much Gore. Halloween won me over because it’s the only big horror film that actually scared me ever even as a kid others didn’t scare me.

    • try watching the omen when youre 7 years old daniel lol, tht scared the crap outta me.

  14. Mark Glave

    Im not talking crap of what others think u know,all im saying is wat i think and what i think is that ppl over react with how great inception is…..yeah its a good movie,one that will be in my movie collection buts its not a PERFECT movie which is what everyones practically saying,no movie is EVER going to be perfect….

  15. Daniel F

    The Rob Zombie remake is my fave remake thus far…..it was an EXCELLENT remake,my favorite Halloween film…..EVER. It was magnificent really i loved it…..Y dont U???

    • Sorry, are you being serious? I’d rather watch Season Of The Witch than any of Zombies Halloween films.

  16. Lol I don’t have. Enough time in an entire month to cover all the reasons Rob Zombie ruined the Halloween franchise. I’ll just cover a few quick ones.

    MTV sucks and the remake was clearly geared to the MTV crowd.

    Everything that made the original scary was gone from this one.

    The great ending was changed to a crappy one.

    The actors were awful.

    The backstory was not only poorly written but it destroyed everything that made Micheal Myers great and every thing that made him scary.

    The back story was clitche and lacked creativity.

    The characters were overly trash like all of Robs films. So much so that it made the entire experience annoying and unenjoyable.

    All the mystery and sci fi horror intrigue was removed and replaced with cheesy scare attempts, predictable plot points, and empty uninteresting characters.

    He changed everything that made the original great added alot of unnecessry crap and kept the worst parts of the original.

    That’s the short version. The original is the only straight up horror film to ever scare me. Also it had some interesting intreging aspects to it. The remake destroyed everything I loved about the original.

    • rob stripped the mystery of micheals childhood away…totally killing the remake in my opinion

  17. “Zac Efron’s Charlie St Cloud could also be classed as a failure after scoring in the $12 million range. These tween stars just can’t open movies that don’t have musical numbers or vampires. Chances are it was pretty cheap, and it might have legs – so it’ll turn a profit and Efron will continue to get work. I’m guessing that the Footloose remake doesn’t appear like such a bad thing to the High School Musical graduate.”

    Zac is a good actor who made the right choices in between High School Musical and this film (17 Again, Me and Orson Welles). He was wise in turning down Footloose.

  18. Ricky also I would like to add that in general unlike most I have no problems with people doing remakes or reboots. I think it’s absolutely fine. I enjoying seeing a fresh take on an old franchise and sometimes a reboot in my opinion is needed. The 90s bat franchise was awful. I would of hated WB if they allowed that to be the end of Batman on film but they instead gave us a reboot and it was amazing Batman Begins. I’m not a hulk fan so I wasn’t to concerned about Hulk movies. We got Ang Lees film and is was awful. I thought “Poor Hulk fans” all of a sudden we get a Hulk reboot with Ed Norton and suddenly a non Hulk fan like me becomes a fan. It was a great film and even got me to read the occasional Hulk film. As far as remakes I hated the original 310 to Yuma but the Crowe and Bake remake was amazing it’s among my top 20 films. I’ll give reboots and remakes a chance as long as good people are attached. Some people can’t enjoy the originals due to bad acting or whatever and a remake brings something new to it that helps others get what makes it great. For example I hate The Matrix. Not because of the concept or the writing but because of the star. Surfer duuudddes acting is so god awful that I can’t enjoy any movie he stares. I always give them a chance but his performance ruined every film for me. In my opinion he is the worst A list actor of our time. I makes day time soap actors look good. Say ten or fifteen years from now they do a Matrix remake. If they cast a good lead I’ll pay to see it because it might be enjoyable with a good actor. Sadly bad acting ruins a film for me. I’ve seen people say they can ignore it for a good director and writer but I can’t. The actor can make or break a film for me and usually does.

    • You’re absolutely right, bad acting can ruin a film, hence one of the reasons I don’t like TDK. Bale, in my opinion, drags the whole film down. :)

  19. Hate to break this to you Anthony but it’s impossible for me to do that until a de aging machine is MADD I can’t choose to be 7 lol.

    If it was scary for a 7 year old Most things are not impressive lol. I watched it at 12 and it wasn’t at all scary or smart.

  20. Wow I can’t believe anyone in the world would ever associate the phrase bad acting with Bale I’m wow. WTF movie were you watching. Bales performance was exceptional as always. I can’t even believe anyone would say that. TDK had problems but bad acting ? Wow just wow.

    • Have you not seen Terminator Salvation?

      • i never cared for bale either, the only thing that bothered me about the batman movies with regards to him was his voice as batman, totally annoying in my opinion

  21. Oh wait I forgot I’m not so shocked any more I forgot Bale is popular to hate now. I’m sure in 2007 and 06 you were a fan. Probably really liked his non Batman work as well. Sadly though he had an on set outburst (like 99% of actors) but his got released to the public. Also like anything with sky rocketting popularity the backlash has to start. The same people that praised him in 2006 call him an awful actor now because of a little out burst and a 500million dollar film. I couldn’t of found more than 5 people tops insulting Bale back then. Suddenly it’s 50/50… Wonder what changed? Oh that’s right.

    • You want to know the honest truth? You’re half right, his outburst certainly does have an effect on the way I view him as an actor, but I genuinely didnt like his performance in TDK. I’m being serious. I thought he captured Bruce Wayne brilliantly in Begins, and he is great in The Prestige.

      He was rubbish in Public Enemies too.

  22. I saw Salvation Bale was good in it. MCG sucked and Common gave an awful performance but Bale was good like always.

  23. He was the only part worth watching in that poorly made Public Enemies much better than Depp.

    How could you think less of an actor based on an incident that has nothing to do with what shows on screen?

    Also Bales incident isn’t at all uncommon actors have outbursts every day. Sadly Bales got leaked. Alot of people in the buisness even came to his defense admitting it’s common.

    I must be a strange one but I think actors should be judged on acting and performance not on personal issues or public incidents. Mel Gibson is a piece of crap but a good actor despite that. I’ll still watch him in a film he’s to talented to miss.

  24. I can’t believe anyone really thought Season of the Witch was a good idea lol.

  25. OMFG!!! How can u guys hate the halloween remake?!?!??? It was amazing to me!!! But yeah the actors werent that good…..but still i love the story and the blood and it was scary to me……like when he kills the nurse and when he kills that guy that took care of him…..that was shocking. And the ending was alright. The second one sucked though ill give u that one….

    • Two words….Rob Zombie. The man is a great musician, but he can’t direct worth a damn.

      • ricky18, you just have no real appreciation for the classics is all, i understand youre younger than most here too, that might be a factor, some movies, just really shouldnt be remade at all.

        and hollywood really needs to leave john carpenter films alone as well

  26. Christian Bale is a great actor though…..i loved TDK it was amazing!!!

  27. Come on!!! Is no one with me?!? Rob Zombie is bad a$$……

    • lol, you might be alone there my friend


    • Ricky18,

      Not a big fan of Rob Zombie, sorry.


  29. slow monday lol..