Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 25th, 2012 at 9:20 am,

This week:

It’s a stand-off at the box office as Cowboys & Aliens has a showdown with The Smurfs- but the Cowboys win; Simon Pegg has A Fantastic Fear of Everything; Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright are 21 and Over; Val Kilmer and Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt gets interactive; John Cusack and Nic Cage re-team for The Frozen Ground and Antoine Fuqua gets ready to Storm Las Vegas.

Box Office

A fierce battle was fought at the box office over the weekend, as Cowboys & Aliens faced off against The Smurfs (read our review). Cowboys won the weekend taking $36.4 million, while The Smurfs had to settle for second place with $35.6 million. This is good news for The Smurfs, but bad news for Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. The pricey sci-fi/western combo was expected to bank in the region of $40 million on its debut, but reviews have been disappointing (read ours Cowboys & Aliens review) so it will need strong legs if it wants to turn a profit. Everyone knew that it was a tricky concept to pull-off, but the star wattage between Bond‘s Craig, coupled with Ford, was expected to help matters. International should be strong and it could be that the older fans of Ford and Craig might turn up at multiplexes in the future. Hopefully.

cowboys and aliens vs the smurfs at the box office Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

Captain America: The First Avenger dropped to three from last week’s number one position with a weekend take of just under $25 million. The Chris Evans starring comic book adaptation has now scored $110 million in one week – about five million less than Green Lantern has in its entire run!

Harry Potter’s swansong The Deathly Hallows Part 2 scored another $22 million and upped its impressive take to $318 million. The film is now closing in on the magic billion dollar figure at the worldwide box office.

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling’s Crazy, Stupid, Love banked a little over $19.3 million on its debut. The comedy should hold well in the future and be a decent hit. Meanwhile, Friends With Benefits dropped down to six after scoring another $9.3 million. The Mila Kunis/ Justin Timberlake pairing has now grossed a smidgen over $38 million.

Another $7 million in the kitty saw Horrible Bosses inch closer to $100 million with a $96 million total take, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon upped its gross to $338 million – after banking just over $6 million.

Zookeeper laughed up another $4 million for a $68 million total, while Cars 2 rounded out the top ten with an estimated $2.3 million. The animated adventure has now grossed $182 million.

Movie News

1. Simon Pegg is currently filming A Fantastic Fear of Everything. The low-budget “psycho-comedy” is currently shooting at Shepperton Studios, England.

simon pegg has a fear of everything Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

According to Variety:

“Pegg plays a crime novelist, whose research into Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, in fear of being murdered.”

A Fantastic Fear of Everything is the first film to receive funding from Pinewood Shepperton Studios’ indie finance initiative, Pinewood Films. The initiative will invest up to 20% equity in as many as four films every year – with budgets set in the $3 million range.

Source: Variety


2. Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright will star in 21 and Over, a new comedy that will be directed by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

over 21s Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

“What is it about?” I hear you ask, well:

“Two childhood friends drag their straight-arrow buddy out to celebrate his twenty-first birthday the night before an all-important medical school interview. But when one beer leads to another, the evening spirals into a wild epic misadventure of debauchery and mayhem that none of them will ever forget.”

Shooting begins in August for a 2012 release.

Source: Coming Soon


3. Francis Ford Coppola is taking a new audience friendly approach with the editing of his latest film Twixt (formally Twixt Now and Sunrise). You can read all about Coppola’s editing plans here. It also appears that the public will be able to partake in the marketing of the horror film by voting for the film’s poster – you can do that here and you can also check out Twixt’s official site here.

twixt poster Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

Val Kilmer stars in this experimental new horror film from The Godfather director.

Source: Shock Till You Drop


4. Con Air co-stars John Cusack and Nicolas Cage are set to re-team for a new thriller The Frozen Ground.

According to The Wrap:

“It’s dark stuff, about the serial killer Robert Hansen, who murdered between 17 and 21 women near Anchorage. His crimes were especially grotesque: He abducted and raped women, flew them to a desolate area of Alaska, released them on sandbars and then hunted and killed them.

He was arrested after a 17-year-old victim got away while Hansen was loading supplies onto his airplane and went to police.

In the movie, Cage’s character finds the girl alive on the street.

Hansen ultimately was charged with four murders. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 461 years in prison.”

cusack and cage reteam Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

The Frozen Ground sees Scott Walker direct his own script, with Randall Emmett and George Furla, Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming producing.

Sounds like it has potential – let’s hope that everyone involved brings their A-game. Both Cusack and Cage have been known to do the odd gig for a paycheck and not the quality of the script!

Source: The Wrap


5. Antoine Fuqua is set to direct John Huddy’s unwieldy titled non-fiction book Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars for Summit Entertainment.

The film is about a Cuban-born, Soviet-trained Commando who took down the Las Vegas strip to the tune of five world class hotels, three armored cars, and millions of dollars.

You really have to start paying attention. I can’t keep spoon-feeding you this information!

Las Vegas Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 31, 2011 [Updated]

However, Deadline has a more detailed account:

“The book told the rags-to-riches story of a modern-day Robin Hood. Jose Vigoa was a larger-than-life Cuban-born commando veteran of the Soviet army who found his way to Vegas in the 1990s at a time when casinos were trying to embrace a squeaky clean image. Vigoa and his crew embarked on a violent 16-month crime wave that targeted some of the town’s most prominent casinos. He was pitted against a 23-year vet of the Vegas police force, who was charged with tracking down Vigoa and his cohorts without letting the story make the papers and spoil Vegas’ image.”

Source: Deadline

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

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  1. I believe transformers is at 337 instead of 377. Just a heads up.

  2. the over 21 movie sound like an indirect sequel/spin off of the hangover.

    • There’s a reason for that…

  3. That Storming Las Vegas movie sounds like it could a great, dramatic, thriller action/heist movie.

    I just one request. Can Hollywood, please, cast a Latin-American actor to play Vigoa, the Cuban guy at the center of this all? I don’t want to see James Franco or Tom Cruise playing him, OK? I beg!!!


  5. “about five million less than Green Lantern has in its entire run!”

    Come on guys, MUST you continue this apparent Jihad?

    You are also incorrect. It’s gross is up to 154 mil with international revenues. Still poor by any standard but that’s also in part to it only being released in a handful of places world wide.

    Lets do some comparing shall we?

    Since you all at SR seem to love XMFC (the film with JUST as many grievous continuity problems)……..

    Domestic sales to date: 144 mil
    Foreign to date: 203 mil

    Hummmm, didn’t even make it’s estimated 160 mil production budget here in the states and it was ONLY international sales that saved the movie.

    Green Lantern…..

    Domestic sales to date: 114 mil
    Foreign to date: 40 mil

    As I said not good BUT by comparison Green Lantern was only released in a scant 16 countries as opposed to XMFC which was released in 61….SIXTY ONE. That’s nearly 4x as many. Considering foreign sales saved XMFC from being a flop that’s a fair point to consider. I admit to being bewildered as to why GL wasn’t distributed to more places but it is what it is.

    • Wow, there are still people defending GL? The movie was garbage, get over it. Screen Rant has every right to trash it.

      • Yea really, GL was such a bad movie. Cap is a million times better

      • lol, wait……they are allowed to trash it till the cows come home but I’m somehow NOT allowed to keep defending it? /rolls eyes

        All I’m saying is there does come a point where you are crossing a line of good taste leading into needlessly obsessive which is just sad. You know, beating a dead horse and all that?

        We get that SR hated GL but if they continue to dis it then I will continue to defend it simply because of the XMFC paradox.

    • I enjoyed GL quite a bit, and I had hoped it would be doing much better by this point. Sigh…

      Anyway, just know, mongoose, that there are others who wonder about all the hatred for the film.

      • I know man…./sheds a single tear

        It’s you and me, some guy in Michigan living in his parents basement with no life and some lone Japanese nut running around in a green spandex outfit as we speak :D

        • And me ;) (you’ve got my support mate) – A 16 year old kid with exceptional taste in music and movies :D

          I get WHY SR hates GL (see my theories for why GL wasn’t the best further down the discussion page), but I don’t understand the unnecessary bashing it’s getting.

          The funny thing is… a lot of people just go with what they are told: the other day me and a friend of mine were talking about the latest movies and the discussion led to GL – he was outright bashing the film as most people are doing… when I asked him which scene he thought was the WORST, guess what he said… “Well… I haven’t actually seen the movie, but EVERYONE says it was terrible”. POINT MADE ;).

  6. As BAD as GL was, it is STILL getting a sequel. Why that is, I will never understand. R.R is a better fit as the Flash and Deadpool than as Hal Jordan., Heck RR would have been a better fit as Kyle. Either way GL does not belong in the same sentence as Captain America. Just Saying…

    • Everyone deserves a second chance ;)

    • Don’t forget merchandising. I am willing to bet they cleaned up at the toy stores. Also don’t forget that WB has some very deep pockets. So for every GL they make they also have a Harry Potter, LotR, Batman, etc to keep them in the black.

      I have to say though that GL2 has some HIGH potential. If we can dismiss the yellow ring origins and concentrate on the battles of just Sinestro vs Hal it could be epic.

    • Has that been confirmed? The last I heard (read) was that WB was THINKING about doing a sequel but because of the low returns of the movie that will not be named, they may not. I hope they do a sequel because even though the first outing had some problems, I did enjoy it.

  7. I’m very disappointed that Cap dropped to #3… how is it possible that a movie like the Smurfs could knock off a Super Soldier with an indestructible shield?

    I expected that Cowboys and Aliens would get the #1 spot, but “The Smurfs”? SERIOUSLY PEOPLE? You would rather watch THAT then Captain America: The First Avenger? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO? :( ;)

    • Eh, I’m not surprised. If people weren’t going to see Captain America the first weekend, they weren’t going to at all. And it’s not really one of these movies you want to re-watch again at the theater unless you’re a big fan.

      I’m happy with how Cap did considering all the hubbub about there being some sort of “superhero movie fatigue.”

      • But the SMURFS! SERIOUSLY! Cap lost to the Smurfs! :( I have no problem with Cap being knocked off by Cowboys & Aliens (or any other more deserving movie for that matter), but the Smurfs was a terrible film (IMO and in the opinion of ALL the people over 12 that walked out of that theater).

        • I have no doubt that the people who worked on “The Smurfs” are even more shocked at the results than anyone else… ;)

          • Betcha COWBOYS AND ALIENS has stronger legs than THE SMURFS. Whatcha think?

          • Hahaha! So true… so true…

        • Well if it makes you feel better it was really more of a combination between the Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens. Think about it this way, Captain America probably WOULD have been #1 again if it was just Smurfs they went up against.

          Instead, everybody who enjoyed Captain America went to see Cowboys & Aliens, and who knows what the other half were thinking.

          • Thanks Phil (*sobs a bit and smiles*) ;) that does make me feel better… and what you say does make sense…

    • You bet on a long-shot and when it comes in you look like a big winner. The Smurfs probably benefited from parents who grew up with the property taking their kids who are too young for all the other movies out this summer to see the film.

      Don’t know what happened with Cowboys and Aliens but, the massive amount of these type of movies might be burning people out at this point.

  8. lol, when I read “about five million less than Green Lantern has in its entire run!” I thought: cue the people who take offense and say SR is still bashing the movie, blah blah blah…

    Sure enough.

    • But they ARE bashing GL. I’m not the biggest DC fan (and even less a GL fan), but I still liked the movie (it was entertaining – albeit, not that good), but this constant bashing is really disrespectful. People have to remember all the hard work that went into the film (people spent MONTHS of their life to try and make it a success) – their biggest problems was that the production was rushed, they didn’t do enough research on the comics, and IMO they catered to the wrong “age-group”/general audience (little kids). If they made the movie a bit more serious (like Iron Man or Batman Begins) it would have been a rousing success.

      So in short, the point I’m trying to make is that they only made one or two problems (big problems) which can easily be fixed in their next run – they deserve a second chance and people should really stop using GL as the scapegoat for bad superhero movies (they can rather bash Catwoman or Elektra if they must).

      • “they deserve a second chance”

        Look, I enjoyed GL for the fun factor, but saying it deserves a second chance after losing SO MUCH money is a stretch. I doubt the sequel EVER sees the production stage, let alone gets made.

      • I’m pretty sure there has never been a commercially successful sequel to a critical and financial bomb. GL is finished.

        • Not true, look up Uwe Boll, he made a movie off of the video game BloodRayne, and there are three of them. Most of his movies don’t even hit the theaters here and most of his are critical failures. But he’s still making movies! Irony!

          • His movies didn’t cost $300 million and only make $140.

            • Yeah, 140 dollars, not million. :-D

            • GL has made over 200 million. That’s not counting the DVD/Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D sales or the merchandising. A sequel still has a chance.

  9. Would of liked to have seen a review of crazy stupid love.

  10. First, cowboys and aliens…looked kinda out there, but definitely has potential. Has an all-star cast. So, I may just have to go and see it… who knows. Anyone have thoughts?
    Second, A Fear of Everything I would like to see solely for the main character. Loved him in Shaun of the Dead.
    Lastly, The Frozen Ground I will see. Two of my favorite actors. Even if it gets crappy reviews I WILL BE THERE!

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