Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 24th, 2011

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:06 pm,

This week:

The Easter box office goes to the birds, elephants, and Madea; Bob and Harvey Weinstein find something to Crow about; Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin look to become members of the Gangster Squad; Emile Hirsch has joined the Savages; Relativity Media sets a date for House at the End of the Street; and Denis Villeneuve will take charge of Prisoners.

Box Office

Rio reigned triumphant for a second time over the Easter weekend, dropping only 32% to an estimated $26.6 million over the holiday frame, and upping its total cume to $81.1 million. Twentieth Century Fox is almost undoubtedly developing plans for a sequel to the kid-friendly toon, with the hopes that this will be the beginning of a new franchise that could match the popularity of Blue Sky Animation’s Ice Age series. More colorful, celebrity-voiced animal characters in 3D, anyone? Anyone?

Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying the box office powerhouse that is Tyler Perry. Whenever the man writes, directs, and appears in crazy grandma drag in a movie, there’s an audience – and his latest film, Madea’s Big Happy Family, proved just that. Despite playing in only 2,288 theaters, the comedic pic snagged second place with an estimated gross of $25.7 million. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Alex Cross.

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Water for Elephants exceeded Fox 2000′s expectations by bringing in around $17.5 million over the weekend, landing in third place overall. Those results aren’t really that shocking, though: it was based on a popular best-seller by Sara Gruen, offered appeal to the Twilight crowd by featuring Robert Pattinson in the lead, and was marketed as an old-fashioned tale of romance and wonder to draw in older moviegoers as well. All the same, props to Fox for its efforts.

Hop landed (excuse the pun) in fourth place, grossing close to $12.4 million for a $100.4 million total to date. The Easter Bunny tale was actually up over 10% from last weekend – not so surprising, given the holiday, right?

Scream 4 took in an estimated $7.1 million, which marked a 62% drop from last weekend’s less-than-stellar opening take. The total gross now stands at $31.1 million – which means studio heads’ plans for a new Scream trilogy may be as dead as… well, the latest incarnation of Ghostface.

African Cats is this year’s customary documentary from Disneynature, and the pic grossed around $6.4 million over the weekend. That’s pretty much in line with early expectations for the Samuel L. Jackson-narrated pic.

Soul Surfer continues to hold up well, dropping only about 25% for a $5.6 million gross for the weekend. The true-life inspirational drama has upped its cume to $28.6 million total.

Insidious brought on an estimated $5.3 million over the weekend, lifting its total gross to $44.1 million. It looks like the old-school scarefest is going to beat out Scream 4 in the battle for horror’s soul after all.

Hanna also grossed about $5.2 million over Easter weekend and has made some $31.7 million overall. It may soon surpass the U.S. gross of fellow girl-power flick Sucker Punch as well – who would’ve predicted that just a couple months back?

Source Code rounded out the top ten with an estimated take of $5 million for a $44.6 million total. The sci-fi flick has quietly done all right by itself at the box office. Could director Duncan Jones be on his way to bigger and better things – like helming Wolverine 2?

Source: Deadline

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Movie News

1. It turns out fans of Alex Proyas’ 1994 film adaptation of The Crow aren’t the only ones a bit miffed about the impending reboot from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The Weinstein Company is claiming that Relativity Media is illegally shopping around distribution rights to the pic – rights that the former says it holds because of an agreement reached in 2009.

the crow reboot Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 24th, 2011

Relativity Media has released a letter (read it HERE) that serves as a rebuttal to the Weinsteins’ assertion. Personally, I suspect too many fans are too busy thinking about the Bradley Cooper rumors to care about this bit of studio clashing right now.

Source: THR, Deadline

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2. Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer is trying his hand at the real-life crime drama genre with Gangster Squad (formerly known as Tales From the Gangster Squad). The project looks to star multiple Oscar-winner Sean Penn as infamous Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen – with Oscar-nominees Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin in talks to play a pair of cops charged with taking the violent criminal down.

Former LA cop Will Beall (Castle) penned the script for Gangster Squad – so chances are good this will play out as a gritty and authentic mob drama/thriller. Could this be the new Untouchables? We can only hope…

Source: Deadline

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3. Emile Hirsche (Speed Racer, Into the Wild) is the latest addition to Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling novel, Savages. He’ll join the likes of Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, and Salma Hayek in the drug cartel drama.

With a cast crammed full of notable talents, engaging source material, and timely subject matter, it seems like Savages has all the makings of a critical hit – and then some. Here’s to hoping that Stone delivers on all that promise.

Source: Variety

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4. I sure hope you’re a fan of Winter’s Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence; the Oscar-nominated starlet will be appearing in four films over the next year, including The Beaver, X-Men: First Class, The Hunger Games – and the dark tale House at the End of the Street, which Relativity Media has now scheduled for theatrical release on February 3rd, 2012.

House at the End of the Street stars Lawrence as a young woman who moves with her mom (Elisabeth Shue) to a town where a brutal double-murder took place. Matters get all the trickier when Lawrence’s character befriends the only person (Max Theriot) who survived the incident. Who’s willing to take bets that this turns out to not be a good idea?

Source: Relativity Media

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5. French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve earned much in the way of praise for last year’s Foreign Language Oscar-nominated flick Incendies – and now he’s prepped to make his English-language debut by helming Prisoners, working from Aaron Guzikowski’s Black List script.

Here is how 24 Frames describes Prisoners:

“Prisoners” tells of a working-class Boston father whose young daughter is kidnapped, along with her friend. Frustrated by a local detective’s handling of the case, the father takes as a hostage the man he believes committed the crimes.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been attached to star for a while now, but it looks like he won’t be involved with the project after all. All the same, Guzikowski’s screenplay is said to be an excellent one – and by the sound of it, this could be quite the serious and intense thriller. Sound promising?

Source: LA Times

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

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TAGS: african cats, gangster squad, hanna, hop, house at the end of the street, Insidious, madea's big happy family, prisoners, rio, savages, scream 4, soul surfer, source code, tales from the gangster squad, the crow, water for elephants

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  1. I’m dissapointed at how bad Scream 4 is doing. Sure it wasn’t a perfect movie but it was a lot of fun and I don’t understand why no one (including fans of the series) are watching it.

    • Same here. I didn’t expect it to break any records but I thought the 1st two weeks would be pretty big. It’s a bummer because I was one of the people hoping for a part 5 but unless this goes big on DVD I think we have seen the last Scream…

    • The reason I’m not going to see it is because the first in my eyes has earned itself a position under the title “classic”. It has this role because it managed to mix up the genre a little and be a refreshing film overall. Saw has a similar position for being a brilliant film that was more suspense than horror. Saw 2 comes close.

      Screams 2 and 3 (as well as Saws 3-5) are things I am a little disgusted with. It leaves me nothing but dubious of Scream 4 (and anything Saw).

  2. The answer is piratebay

  3. Great news I hope this is the last scream movie I have to see taking up theater space.
    Scream should have bombed yet there were enough “fans” of this garbage to pump out 3 more garbage films.

    Let’s hope those fans grew up and moved on. For now it appears so.

    • I for one enjoyed the first- everything after that was little more than a rehash of more of the same.

    • I agree on the “hope this is the last Scream”. Scream 4 was just horrible in every way possible, such a disappointment. But I do love all 3 Scream films.

  4. saw thor last night, give it a 2.5/5. the special effects, cameos, acting and asgardian scenes where really cool/well done…everything else, not so much. to much melodramatic garbage and jumping from one world to another, plus the really short action segments where what killed a decent origin movie.

    the cameo was nicely done and the after credit scene was pretty cool (nice build up to the avengers or thor 2). i’m sure there are a couple of easter eggs in regards to marvel universe weapons etc (no infinity gauntlet though).

    the one thing that really pissed me off though was that i was forced to watch it in 3-d. the 3-d wasn’t bad but i would have preferred standard (i had a free ticket so it didn’t really bother me). that being said the 3d was pretty good (not great but not as bad as clash of the titans)

  5. “I was forced to watch it in 3-d.”

    How does that happen, I’ve never been forced to watch anything?

    • almost every major cinema around my area has it in 3d only, and i really wanted to watch it (being a marvel fan and all). this will hopefully be the last time i watch something in 3d b/c the glare on those glasses gave me sore eyes and the blurry 3d gave me a really big headache :(

      i hate how they pretty much force people to watch something in 3d, its gotten so bad that most cinemas dont even give people the option to watch it in standard view (yet some people ask if you want to).

  6. Scream 4 was good. Don’t get the negativity. We get a quality R rated movie and this is how you treat it?!

  7. scream 4.

    well at my theater we had many ppl trying to buy R rated tickets for this movie. so if every theater was less strict it would make a bit more haha..

  8. I just read that Sean Penn Josh brolin and Ryan gosling will be in a gangster/cop movie and u guys are discussing scream 4? Not to sure about Ruben Fleischer but this will be a good shot for him to show off his directing chops

  9. Scream 4 was great yes I agree we get a good solid R rated slasher flcik and this is how ppl treat it? but then they flock to the movies to go see Saw part 29 that has lost all its appeal has managed to even loose its own way in the story its telling and ppl crap on Ghostface? Listen as a fan of the horror/slasher genre ill have to say Scream brought everything new to the table part 2 was good but got away from the darkness of part one and part 3 even though ALOT of ppl hated it i felt the reveal saved that movie and part 4 was the best since 1 we got the darkness back as well as a very vicious Ghostface the most vicious since Billy and Stu I loved it even if i was the only one….

  10. So it seems there is hope that the Crow remake won’t happen. Thatis the best news I have heard all weekend.

  11. Yeah jwalka I was telling everyone this would happen YEARS AGO and they all laughed and told me there will always be a 2D option.

    • I only laugh at you because you’re nothing but a big head. :-)

  12. 790! Whats up man. I liked Scream 4!!