This week:

Captain America is The First Avenger at the box office; Harrison Ford stays on the Cowboy trail for Black Hats; Pierce Brosnan picks up Stephen King’s Bag of Bones; Seth Rogen and Zac Efron team for an R-rated comedy and the men behind Horrible Bosses take a Vacation.

Box Office:

Captain America: The First Avenger (read our Captain America review here) topped the box office over the weekend and bested the latest Harry Potter film. The Marvel Comics adaptation banked an estimated $65.8 million – similar to Thor (Warner Bros. must be feeling a little bit peeved considering Green Lantern‘s gross). The WWII-era superhero pic had an impressive debut – but it will be interesting to see how it plays overseas. The film is leaning more on the First Avenger angle in order to maximise its appeal, although it’s action  and 3D should help grosses. Plus – everyone enjoys watching Nazis getting their butts kicked. The Avengers is already shooting – but will Steve Rogers and Co. get a proper sequel?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 dropped to second place from its record breaking debut last week. The final instalment of the Potter franchise banked an estimated $48 million from last weekend (down about 70%) but it has now upped its gross to $274 million.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis debuted in third place with Friends With Benefits – the R-rated comedy banked $18.5 million, which is around a million less than the similarly-themed No Strings Attached – again it appears to be the summer of R-rated laughs.

Michael Bay’s Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon dropped to four. Now, I wasn’t a fan of this latest CGI-3D fest, but that didn’t stop it scoring another $12 million and upping its cume two $325 million.

Horrible Bosses continues to show that people love to laugh. Audiences seem to love Colin Farrell playing a “Tool” and so-far they’ve spent over $82 million on that pleasure – $11.7 million of that coming from this weekend.

Zookeeper was sixth, the Kevin James comedy laughed up an additional $8.7 million for a $59 million total gross, meanwhile the Disney Pixar effort Cars 2 revved up $6.5 million for a $177 million total.

Winnie the Pooh brought $5.1 million home to the Mouse House and upped its total gross to a lacklustre $17.7 million.

The leggy Bad Teacher shows that grades are improving. The Cameron Diaz comedy chalked up another $2.6 million and raised its gross to over $94 million.

Woody Allen’s hit Midnight in Paris brought in $2 million for a grand total of $45 million. Mon Dieu!

Movie News

1. Harrison Ford is hitting the cowboy trail with Cowboys and Aliens this summer – but it appears that he’s holding on to the reins and getting ready to play one of the most famous cowboys of them all –Wyatt Earp.

Nothing is certain yet, but Ford is eyeing the lead in Black Hats. According to THR:

“Black Hats blends fact with fiction in its telling of the story involving an older Earp, the one who spent his last years as a private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles. The spin involves Earp learning that his friend and compatriot Doc Holliday had a son, now living in Prohibition-era New York City. While Holliday is long dead, the son has gotten himself in trouble with a rising mobster, Al Capone.

Earp teams up with Bat Masterson, one of his former deputies and now noted sportswriter for the New York Morning Telegraph, to take on the gang in what becomes a tale of six-shooters versus tommy guns.”

Kurt Johnstad (300: The Battle of Artemisia) is adapting the novel by Patrick Culhane (aka Max Allan Collins) for the screen.

This sounds great – come on Harry – do it for the fans!

Source: THR

2. Pierce Brosnan has signed on to the four-part Stephen King mini-series Bag of Bones for A&E.

THR states:

“Brosnan plays a man who is unable to stop grieving for his wife, who died suddenly. After returning to the lakeside retreat they shared, he inadvertently gets involved in a local custody battle – while having nightmares about his dead wife.”

Matt Venne wrote the script, while Mick Garris directs the mini-series which airs during the fourth quarter of 2011.

I like King’s work and I think that Brosnan has a great screen presence – so I’m rooting for this one!

Soure: THR

3. Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has closed a 7-figure deal for an untitled comedy which has Seth Rogen and Zac Efron attached to star.

“Rogen plays a regular guy who lives near an alpha male fraternity house. Efron is a member of the fraternity, whose raucous behavior wreaks havoc on the other guy’s family life. The scribes hatched the idea and brought it to Goldberg and it was packaged with Efron and Rogen.”

The script is R-rated and apparently in the style of Old School. It’s safe to assume that this summer’s success with R-rated comedy led to the pick-up.

Deadline also reports that Rogen will be paid $8 million with a separate low seven-figure producing fee. Take that how you will.

Source: Deadline

4. The LA Times reports that the National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot/sequel is moving forward.

The film centers on the grown-up character of Rusty Griswold (the son in the original films), and apparently the writers on the film- Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein – have completed a second draft of the script that studio New Line is eager to get moving.

Goldstein is quoted as saying:

“He’s a kind of an everyman, goodhearted, maybe a little bit of a doofus. The thing that made the first film so successful was Chevy Chase and just how likable Clark was, and Rusty will have a lot of similarities to him.”

He wasn’t particularly well-drawn in the original, just a kid, really, so we’re free to a develop the character.

There’s a trend to remake movies that shouldn’t be remade, at least not yet. If this were a straight remake, we’d be hesitant. But we think this is fair game. It’s characters people like. We’re just advancing the story.”

The film needs Chevy Chase as a co-star. It needs him!

Source: LA Times

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