Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: October 3, 2010

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:45 pm,

This Week:

The Social Network clicks with audiences for the number one spot; Ron Howard and Jodie Foster have a Stroke of Insight; DiCaprio, Maguire and Seyfried eye The Great Gatsby; Keke Palmer is a Runaway; Ciaran Hinds and Violante Placido saddle up with Nic Cage for Ghost Rider 2 and ladies rejoice -  Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep unite for the ultimate chick flick.

Box Office

David Fincher’s Facebook drama The Social Network (read our review here) found a few friends over the weekend, enabling the $40 million drama to capture the top spot at the box office. The film should score about $23 million over the weekend, and could continue to do well due to strong reviews and positive word of mouth. The Aaron Sorkin-penned film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, and Rooney Mara who is set to star in Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, alongside Daniel Craig.

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Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps are fighting it out for second place – with both films grossing in the region of $10.5 million. The CGI film is holding up quite well and has now grossed $30 million since its debut last week, while the Michael Douglas/Shia LaBeouf film has banked $36 million.

Ben Affleck’s The Town has upped its cume to $64 million. The Oscar winner’s latest film banked just under $10 million over the weekend – there’s still a decent chance that it could hit the $100 million.

Easy A brought in another $7 million giving it a total of $42 million, while You Again scored another $5.6 million giving it an unimpressive $16.5 million.

Horror remake Let Me In only managed $5.2 million. The low gross isn’t a huge surprise considering the original Swedish film failed to set the box office ablaze – despite stellar reviews when it was released two years ago. Let Me In was probably reasonably inexpensive, but if you’re interested I’d recommend just catching the original (Let The Right One In) on DVD.

Case 39 is an interesting… er… case. The film (which stars Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper) was originally shot in 2006 and was already released internationally, grossing $17 million. The chiller grossed just over $5 million over the weekend, meaning that it should cover its $27 million budget when all is said and done.

M.Night Shyamalan’s Devil was in ninth place after scaring up a little under $4 million. The fright film has now grossed over $27 million – which is about $3 million less than its production budget. Expect it to find a larger audience on DVD.

Alpha and Omega rounded out the top ten after banking $3 million – which upped its cume to $19 million.

Movie News

1. Sony Pictures and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment plan to bring Jill Bolte Taylor’s memoir My Stroke of Insight to the screen.

Howard plans to direct the film, which charts Taylor’s recovery from a debilitating stroke. The Beautiful Mind director wants Jodie Foster to star in the film – ensuring a strong possibility for Oscar material.

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Howard is putting the finishing touches to The Dilemma starring Kevin James and Vince Vaughn, while Foster’s next film The Beaver is in release date limbo as Summit decides what to do with the film – following Mel Gibson’s personal woes.

Source: Deadline

2. No one markets their product quite like Disney. Well, maybe Marvel Entertainment – but that is Disney these days, so it’s the same thing.

The house with the mouse has already brought theme park rides Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion to the big screen, but that’s not big enough for Disney. Now the company plans to bring the entire Magic Kingdom to the big screen!

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Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald Moore wrote the first treatment which is set to feature a host of Disney characters in an Night at the Museum style scenario.

Source: Dealdine

3. The word on the street is Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Amanda Seyfried may star in a new film version of The Great Gatsby.

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Baz Luhrmann is currently deciding whether or not to direct the film which could potentially star DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as his confidante Nick Carraway, with Amanda Seyfried portraying Daisy Buchanan.

With regards to casting rumors Luhrmann said:

“You know I think of casting all the time, but I put that to the side and I complete the text. Obviously there are natural choices and there is a natural top of the list, but I really refuse to say anything until we have text right.”

Sources: Production Weekly & MTV

4. It appears that Keke Palmer is set to star in the big screen adaptation of Marvel’s Runaways, which could be directed by director Peter Sollet (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist).

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There are so many comic book adaptations en route it’s almost as if you don’t have to read anymore.

Source: The Playlist

5. Ciaran Hinds and Italian actress Violante Placido are currently in negotiations to join Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

According to THR:

“The story sees Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider (Cage), hiding out in remote Eastern Europe and struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil (Hinds), who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the boy’s birthday.”

The original film wasn’t a critical hit – but it did score over $200 million worth of bank, so a sequel was inevitable. Oh, and Sony would have lost the rights to the character if they didn’t make another film.

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Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor will call the shots on the film.

Source: THR

6. The pairing of Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep seems like a brilliant idea to score some money (and Oscar nods) from women of a certain age.

The duo are set to star in an adaptation of the Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning play August: Osage County for John Wells.

“Streep will play Violet, the drug-addicted matriarch of the working class Weston clan. Roberts will play Barbara Fordham, the oldest daughter in the family. While mom’s problems and her penchant for revealing family secrets is a big issue, Barbara is melting because her husband is cheating with a college student. They are brought together when Violet’s husband goes missing and all three of their daughters come home to rally around mom. In the process, a lot of family secrets get revealed.”

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It won’t get heat from the comic book crowd – but never underestimate the box office power of Streep and Roberts.

Wells’ next release is The Company Men starring comeback kid Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper . It opens on October 22.

Source: Deadline

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

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  1. Social Network….i want to see it badly.

    • you wanna see everything badly :)

      • True but i can never :(

        • Neflix rickopolis netflix.

          • Yes i know im getting closer to convincing my dad lol

            • Here’s what you tell him Rickopolis: you say “dad shut your mouth and do it!” just kidding :).

              You go: “Look pops, if I rent 13 redbox movies a month at a dollar each, I can steam as many as I want on netflix and have up to three in my hand at any time.”

              So with that being said, if you did 3 a week via netflix and streamed one you would be paying the same price.

              Note my Gravatar comes up on a cpu. Wierd

              Word, Peace

              • I think ill tell him what you first said lol ive told him that red box is a rob he dont understand!!!

                • They never do rick…I tried telling my dad I needed a subscription to Hustler when I was 15 and he just didn’t get it…

                  • Hahaha well im glad you understand there sully ;) when im old and responsible enough im getting netflix to see all those wonderful films you guys recommend :D

  2. I’ll rent ‘The Social Network’ when it comes to DVD. I just keep looking at the film as ‘The Facebook Movie’, and that turns me off to it.

    • Yes but David Fincher directed it!!

  3. Bad enough that I had to read The Great Gatsby (and watch the movie) in high school, why in the world would I waste any more of my life watching another movie based on that boring book?? Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s a literary classic, but it’s still boring. NO THANKS!!

  4. The Social Network was a great piece of filmaking with great fast paced dialogue and enough intrigue to keep you completely interested in the story.The leads brought a lot to the table especially Andrew Garfield I think I might actually enjoy the next Spiderman franchise.I also saw the town this weekend which was a good Heist film and featured a great performance from Jeremy Renner.I think these two movies plus Inception and Toy Story Three could all be up for Best Picture.

  5. I had pre screening tickets to the social network but got called into work. Gonna have to wait till i get a day off.

    The great gatsby is not a good idea, book was sooo boring, i can’t belive they make us read that in high school.

    Another Marvel movie, seriously slow your roll.

  6. I’ll watch The Social Network when someone decides the want to pay me to waste two hours of my life an a pointless film about a sociopathic thief who over dramatucly…. Creates a web site dun dun dun!!!

    Sad to see Inception fall out of the top ten but it had to happen eventually.

    So Ben Affleck is going to follow up Starring and directing what might be the film of the year with doing a movie along side Costner? I don’t hate Costner but seriously he’s made like two good films and neither was in this last decade.

    Sad to see inception

    • Daniel, do you take pay pal lol? Just kidding mayn. I never thought of it that way, but I still wanna see it only cause it’s Fincher and I like all his movies except Benji Button cause I haven’t seen it.

      • mayn? dont you mean mang?

        • No Ants, I mean like mayn (like ma-yen). Stoner slang, I know…like when I say dope Lol!

          • mang, meng, mayn…its all the same to me mang :)

      • Sully I know what you mean. I’m a fincher fan as well in my top 4 of all time currently but you probably like him more. I loved Zodiac and while I think Fight Club is a little overrated it’s still fantastic. I also think Seven is a little over hyped but still good. Unlike you I don’t dislike but again it is overrated and while it was a pretty decent film it wasn’t great. However I hated Panic Room and never cared for the Alien films. His good films outweigh his bad which Is nice. That’s one reason I’m so pissed about this film that and I consider Facebook to be idiotic and it’s a lesser website that has less than it’s competition and is mostly only successful because it’s the new kid on the block and was an underdog so it quickly became trendy and despite offering less than other site like Myspace it took off.

        I’m starting to like Fincher less now though with him taking on a bad concept that is utterly pointless like this and as I’ve expressed I hated Girl with the dragon tattoo and I’m not looking forward to his take on it. I just hope he quickly turns it around after Dragon tat. I’ve noticed he does alot of adaptations.

        • Actually Daniel I agree with you on Fincher doing less quality stuff, well at least with remaking Dragon Tat, that is kinda weird for him to wanna do that seeing how it just came out. I just really hope Social Network is like Zodiac in way he isn’t afraid to use exposition. Zodiac and Se7en are my personal favorites, Panic Room being my least, I try to forget he made that. Not that it was horrible, just not a noteworthy movie.

          • Sully I would say Panic Room was horrible lol. I watched before I knew he made it and thought what a god awful film. When I saw his name in the credits I was shocked that was horrible lol.

            Zodiac and Fight club are my top two of his Zodiac is easily number one though. I would say bottom two are Panic room and probably The Game. I don’t like Alien3 but I don’t think it’s a bad film just not at all my style.

            • You know what’s weird Daniel, is that Aliens is my favorite film ever (sorta, I’m to finicky with film to lick a favorite) bug Alien 3 – assembly cut – I watch the most. Cause I like all the religious themes e en though I’m atheist. But zodiac was definitely his best, RDJ and Gyllenhall and Cloe S. were all great. That baby/mom scene still bugs me though (even for my taste! WTF!?).

              • Vic,

                Edit feature please. And why doesn’t my gravatar come up on mobile and I’m not getting email notifications when I subscribe to them :(. Am I on comment monitoring ;)?

                • Sully I’ve been seeing your gravatar on mobile just fine.

                  Odd about notifications. Have you tried not selecting subscribe? I know that sounds odd but I havnt selected subscribe for months and I get auto subscibed I love it.

                  • I always subscribe to notifications D-real/ also irish decent, and for some reason i don’t get em.

                • sully,

                  Mobile version completely different animal – I don’t have as much control over it.

                  As to email subs, maybe they’re getting flagged as spam? Have you checked your spam folder or tried whitelisting the Screen Rant email address? Do you get the confirmation email directly after you subscribe to a thread?

                  Vic

    • *Marginal Spoilers* Ok… In the Town(agree with you one of the top movies od the year) someone steals 3 million dollars and people die. In the Social Network someone basicly screws someone out of several billion dollars and you dont think that would cause some drama especially since it Really happend?How is that over dramatic?Ive had people steal 200 bucks from me and it was a big deal *end Spoilers*

      Also Fincher,Sorkin,Reznor why wouldnt everyone want to see this movie? at least catch it on DVD people.

      • I wanna see the trailer for the movie about the $200 bucks since it was in the spoiler section lol! It wasn’t a meth head was it?

        • Dope lol lets not give our old pal Daniel a headache right now ;)

          • Anthony is the one who laughs at me when I say dope Rick lol! It’s cool though, not trying to give Daniel one either.

            • They both do Sully…

              • I almost do it so they comment on it. It sparks amusing threads!

                • is it dope when i laugh when you say dope sully?

                  • Yes its dope lol

      • Zturk. First of all it’s loosely based on reality alot of it was made up or exagerated from what really happened. The reality of it was alot less dramatic. Second he didn’t litterally steal money from the guy. The town was about much more than the theft there were so many layers to the film and it also offered excitment and adrinaline. Social Network is about the making of an inferior crap website and the basis of a lawsuit. It added things to attempt to make it more dramatic than reality and it’s overdramatized on things that are not really as intensly dramatic as they want them to be. It’s like someone accidently broke your pencile so you cry for a month and hang your self in the basement.

        • The guy who is portrayed by Jesse E-can’t remember even said it was nothing like the film conveyed. I haven’t seen the Town yet but I want to. Probably wait till it hits the $3 cinema just cause it’s a hop, skip and a jump from my house.

  7. I’m interested in the Stroke Of Insight movie. I have a customer who comes in once in a while who had a stroke, and I feel real bad cause I can never understand what he’s asking or saying to me.

  8. Great Gatsby was an over rated book that was boring as hell.

    Didn’t they already make that movie with Vince Chase? Lol jk

  9. I loved The Great Gatsby (oh, for an underline or italics option…sigh) and look forward to seeing what they do with this film…I thought the story was fascinating and think elements of it apply in today’s world. In short, they have at least one probable audience member…

  10. Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books ever and I’m looking forward to this film. Might I suggest a different cast though?

    Daniel, I too was turned off by The Social Network because its a movie about facebook (I don’t even have a facebook page, that’s how much I hate the site) but after all of the critical praise its been receiving I just feel like I need to see it to confirm if it really it as good as they’re claiming it is.

    Also, glad I’m not the only one who thinks that the Lisbeth Salander books are overrated, and the film flat out sucked so I’m hoping Fincher improves it a lot!

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