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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    • he just really needs to stick to music

      • ricky, check ouy zombies other movies, house of 1,000 corpses, and the devils reject, they arent remakes, both very disturbing.

  1. Haha ive tried believe me,just havent had the chance,u see i dont randomly waist money on movies i HAVE to know for sure if its worth it….

    • well, since youre such FAN it should be a no brainer, plus Best By has them for 10 dollars or something lol

  2. Ricky that’s why no matter how much people hate me for it I download. I have about 6 or so safe places to dl from. I’m the rare type that usually does it to test a film to see if I want to buy it. I still buy alot of DVDs and go to the theaters alot but I can’t see everything and Iike to so I DL to test. It’s especially good for hard to find films that played in like two theaters and doesn’t get released to DVD for like two years.

    • i rarely download any movies. i used to download music A LOT. but its been years actually, that was back when i had dial up YEARS ago.

  3. Anthony
    $10 is alot to me lol!!!
    Daniel F
    Man i wanna know how to do that SO bad…..i mean,ive asked many ppl they say they dont know how…..

  4. Will do Daniel^^perhaps tomorrow afternoon i gotta sleep now,i work 9 hours tomorrow!!! Well goodnight guys nice Ranting with u;)


    I sent a message,let me know if u got it!!!

  6. Ricky if you’ve seen “Devil’s Rejects” I hope you were accompanied by an adult. For the love of all that’s pure, that film was rated R and you won’t be able to handle it until your well your 18, I guess its ok,,,

    Very sick film but a good grindhouse style feature.

    • it was a disturbing film 790, i saw it in the theater, and i saw a couple of parents with their kids in tow…i cannot fathom the reasoning behind that. the kids were probably between 10-12 years old, no reasoning for bringing them to a film like that. it was dark, brutal, and at times was unpleasant to watch. of all Zombies movies though even though im not a fan, its the one i reccomend to friends

  7. 790
    i can handle practically anything. I did for hostel and saw i think id handle devils rejects;)

    • Ricky18, your next assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to watch that movie this coming weekend. :)

  8. Anthony
    Really?!? Wow i wanna see it sooo bad now. Wats it about?!?

  9. Anthony
    I dont have devils rejects…..i would see it if i could.

  10. Ah come on Ricky I’m just joking with ya,,,, ;-)

    Devils Rejects is the only Zombie film I think I’ve seen. The guy is waaaay heeyy heyyy, to into death and torture for my tastes. But every once in a while after a stressful day at the dynamite factory (my job), its not bad,,,

  11. So u havent seen Halloween?!? OMG u Have to!!!

    • 790, stray away from the crappy remake.. lol

  12. 790
    Dont listen to Anthony,see the THEATRICAL version the other one sucks….

    • 790 hates remakes anyways, its futile to ask him to watch one…

  13. Anthony
    Really?!? Oh yeah he does…..
    Any good remakes u classify as acceptable?!?

  14. Ya know that’s the thing Antman,,,

    “Parents’ allow their kids (10 , 12 year olds) into these R rated totally adult subject matter films and they get scarred forever…

    I mean come on at what age should your child be exposed to cinematic adult rape and murder? 10, 12,,, ? They might as well finish off the night with some anal porn dvds.
    I would never actually take a child to see Devils Rejects. If I had a teenage kid and he sneaked in to see it that would be different but I would never actually by a 10-13 year old a ticket,,, that’s insane!!!

  15. 790
    LMAO at your comment WOW so true…..
    I will never take my kids to see these movies…

  16. Lol Antman,,,

    My friends Dave31 and Stan25 haven’t talked me into seeing the rebooted Halloween, Ricky18′s not going to tip the scales. I mean come on,,,

    No offense Rickster, I’m going for laughs at this point,,,

  17. You know honestly I’m usually the type who thinks parents are way to over protective and keep their kids from to much. I think most things that we desperately keep are kids from won’t harm them in any way. Truth be told if your a good parent you can show your kids a little violence here and there sex jokes won’t kill them and hearing the F word won’t make their ears bleed. The truth is with a good parent most films have no effect on your child.

    Of course mostly that’s refering to action flicks and comedys. Horror films are a differant story. Kids tend to scare easy so unless you won’t your kid fixated on their closet wide awake for 5 hours try skipping the horror flicks. I have no problem with a 12 year old seeing films like Die Hard or Super Bad or things r rated like that but I don’t agree with kids seeing really scary creepy stuff or loads of gore. Any day of the week I got no problems with a kid seeing John Mcclain in action but i’ll be keeping my kid away from the horror and gore flicks. Partly because u think that leaves a bigger scare and partly because I can’t get some if the kid is in bed with us crying about a killer clown jk sort of

    • Daniel f,

      I’m quite discerning about what I’ve let my daughter watch as she’s grown up but am I bit looser than my wife when it comes to what I allow. As of th age of about 12-13 I wasn’t so concerned with language as long as it wasn’t an f-bomb every two minutes and it worked within the context of the film/characters (marines swear, that’s just how they talk).

      You have to judge your child’s comfort zone – I think kids can deal with fantasy violence (aliens and such) much more easily than with more real world violence in films. Gore is out for my daughter, and I’m sketchy when it comes to sexual stuff on screen both because I don’t think kids need to be exposed to that AND because I could tell my daughter was uncomfortable with some if without and prompting from me.


  18. Rofl @ Dave31 and Stan35

    shhh I like ricky don’t scare him away lol no matter how funny it was

  19. Rickey,,,
    Well I have to admit I liked the Death Race 2000 remake.
    Hmmm. I also liked the Time Machine remake… (But it wasn’t as good as the original, but it was good!)
    Those two stand out as good remakes. I’m sure if I could see a overall list I could choose more.

    Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and King Kong were good reboots.

  20. Totally agree Daniel big fan of the Rickster,,,!


  21. I agree Vic I don’t think you should force a kid to watch something they themselves are not comfortable with. If my kid was watching something and was obviously uncomfortable I’d turn it off or leave the theater. I agree gore should always be out of the question.

  22. Yeap. Agreed,but still some parents take there kids see the saw films WTF is that?!?

  23. Ricky, the word parent is thrown around pretty loosely these days.
    Just because immature young adults have unprotected woophee and then choose to have a child doesn’t mean they’re qualified to raise them…

    Showing a young child a SAW film is abuse IMO and disqualifies said person as a parent.