Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm,

This week:

Disney gets Tangled with Harry Potter; Twilight producers have a Game Theory; the truth is out there with Mulder and Scully; Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino say “no more” with Hands of Stone; the Empire doesn’t strike back but there is indeed love from Russia and Michael J. Bassett hears the bells of Saint Mary’s.

Box Office

Harry Potter remained box office champion over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The boy wizard and the Deathly Hallows: Part One should bank in the region of $80 million over the five-day weekend ($50 million for the three days). That gives the film a huge $220 million cumulative gross.

potter number one on second weekend Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

Disney’s Tangled in 3D had to settle for the runner-up position. The mouse house shouldn’t feel too bad, as the film banked an impressive $69 million over the five days.

Megamind was third after grossing approximately $19.7 million, for a total gross of $130 million.

Denzel Washington’s Unstoppable upped its total to $61 million after bringing in another $16.5 million over the weekend. It won’t hit $100 million, but it shows that Washington is a safe bet with older audiences.

Burlesque opened at number five. The Cher/Christina Aguilera musical should bring in about $17 million over the weekend. Expect the film to find more success on DVD – much like the maligned Showgirls.

Love and Other Drugs debuted at six after pulling in just under $14 million worth of coin. The Ed Zwick directed romantic comedy stars Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. It could do better as awards season looms, since there has been some talk of Hathaway getting an Oscar nod (amongst other nominations) for her performance.

It looks like nobody is interested in what “The Rock” is cooking. Faster should take $12 million over the Turkey weekend – making it a miserable under-achiever. You can read our review of the film here.

Due Date continues to hang in there. After bringing in another $9.6 million over the Thanksgiving weekend, the film’s total now stands at $85 million. It looks like the film will limp to $100 million after all.

Russell Crowe’s The Next Three Days scored $7.5 million over the last five days. The Paul Haggis directed film has now brought in a smidgen under $15 million.

Morning Glory rounded out the top ten. The TV-set comedy brought in $5.9 million over the weekend for a $27 million total.

Movie News

1. Twilight producers Temple Hill, Alex Goldstone, and Adam Shulman will produce Game Theory for Summit Entertainment.

Michael Alan Lerner’s penned action-thriller is “focused on a college professor and game theorist who gets sucked into a large-scale global incident.”

Might it be stocked with some Twilight alumni?

Source: Variety

2. Recent rumors that a third X-Files film was imminent have been shot down – and it appears that Mulder and Scully have been making fun of the recent speculation.

x files 3 rumors Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were at the launch of Duchovny’s latest play The Break of Noon and when quizzed by NY Mag the pair said the following:

How often do you see each other?

Duchovny: Not often. Twice a year?

Anderson: Yes, twice a year.

Duchovny: Depending on whether we’re doing an X-Files movie or not. If we’re doing an X-Files movie, we see a lot of each other.

Anderson: In France, apparently, there is going to be one in France.

With you guys?

Duchovny: No, no. Not at all. Apparently the script’s written.

Anderson: We’re not in it at all.

Duchovny: But we always would love to do another one. So we’ll see. We’re getting a little long in the tooth, but we’ll do it. Just me. Not her. Long in the tooth, I mean.

Would you do your same roles or become FBI mentors?

Duchovny: Well, I wouldn’t be doing her part.

Anderson: I’ll be on crutches. He’ll be in a wheelchair. But, yeah, it would be fun.

Duchovny: I would do it forever. I will always come back. By the end of the run, we were all good.

The truth is out there. Who do you trust?

Source: NY Mag

3. Gael Garcia Bernal is attached to play Roberto Duran in an upcoming movie called Hands of Stone.

hands of stone Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

Jonathan Jakubowicz will write, direct, and produce the film, while acting legend Al Pacino is being courted to portray boxing trainer Ray Arcel.

The film will chronicle the “inside story” of Duran’s “No Mas” fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. In the dying seconds of the match Duran turned his back to Leonard and quit the fight, saying “No mas” (“No more”).

Source: The Wrap

4. The iconic air pistol held by Sean Connery on the movie poster for the 1963 James Bond film From Russia With Love was sold for $439,000 at auction in London. That figure was more than fifteen times the estimated amount!

iconic bond image Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

Meanwhile, at the same Christies auction a Darth Vader costume from Empire Strikes Back failed to sell. The costume was expected to fetch somewhere in the region of $212,000 to $305,000.

Source: THR

5. Michael J. Basset will write and direct the supernatural horror film Saint Mary’s, working alongside creator and co-writer Matthew Kingshott.

michael j. bassett directs saint marys Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

According to THR:

“Billed as a psychological horror story about an evil presence in a disused mental asylum, Saint Mary’s details the story of a group of young people who are deliberately trapped inside a labyrinthine building where they find their deepest nightmares manifest themselves.”

Before then, Bassett has to call the shots on Silent Hill 2.

Source: THR

Just For fun:

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your favorite movie franchises got Disney-fied?

Disneys Casino Royale Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

Disneys Twilight Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 28, 2010

Go here to see more Disney-fication of your fave franchises.

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

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  1. That Bond poster is hilarious, let’s hope MGM can stay out of bankruptcy so Disney won’t be able to get the rights to 007 LOL :D I do wish they’d get a move on with another installment of the 007 franchise!!!

    • Yeah, the Casino Royale poster looks cool, but I wouldn’t mind if they never made another Bond film. IMO, the series is dead. I haven’t enjoyed a Bond film since the ‘Die Another Day’. The films are pretty much all the same anyways.

      • Ok. Quantum Of Solace was horrendous, but Bond ain’t dead, the character has endured for 60 years, once Craig is gone Bond will be back on track.
        There is a new Bond novel out next year, with Bond having been to Afghanistan, but also has gadgets and supervillains, that should be interesting.

        • To me its dead. The only film I can even watch now is ‘Goldeneye’. I didn’t even bother with QOS.

          • Casino Royale was awesome. I like Daniel Craig as James Bond and I would love to see him in another film.

  2. I assume I’m in a severe minority, but the more I’ve watched the second X-Files the more I enjoy it, not sure why. Maybe I’ve finally snapped. Or maybe I just love those characters and the actors.

    I want another film.

    • Who can deny Mulder and Scully?

  3. Man, I wish I had $212,000 to blow….

  4. Yes! Go POTTER!!! :D

    • im with ya =)


  5. Not real sure where to post this… so….

    R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen. :(

    Leslie Nielsen, who had a complete career as a dramatic actor (appearing in such films as “Forbidden Planet”) before shifting gears completely and carving out an entire second career in comedy, died Sunday at the age of 84.

    “Airplane!,” of course, was the movie that changed it all for Nielsen. Writer directors Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker had the brainstorm of casting serious actors in all the major roles, and Nielsen – play dedicated Dr. Rumack – stole the show with classic lines like “I am serious – and don’t call me Shirley!” and “Yes, I remember. I had the lasagna.” Silly lines, sure, but Nielsen sold them perfectly by taking them completely seriously. It’s a technique he used to great effect in the TV series “Police Squad” and the “Naked Gun” movies, which spun off that six-episode show. He kept up the comedy in lesser films like “Spy Hard” and one of the “Scary Movie” sequels, but I’d argue he was at his best play someone so serious he didn’t react to the craziness around him.

    That deadpan style will be dearly missed, and comedy fans can be grateful Nielsen found his true calling so late in his career. Here’s a sample of his work from an episode of “Police Squad” – a show cancelled because the American public was too dumb to get the joke.

  6. I would be down for one more X-Files movie for sure. Love the show and the previous two movies were not bad.

  7. Damn.
    I will miss him.

  8. Yeah, word to the wise on future X-Files rumors,
    Always be suspicious of gossip that comes from a translated interview.
    This is the second year in a row where an interview translated from a french magazine spread bogus rumors about the X-files,
    for all we know it was the SAME maganzine .

  9. that Twighlight poster sticks in my head – I can totally see a Disney channel or CN version of that. I can even picture the voices immitating the movie actors.

    Maybe when the movies are done we’ll see that one on Fox Kids

  10. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised Faster didn’t score that high, with all the family movies out. The movie is better than what the numbers say.

    • It’s The Rocks best since The Rundown. I’m gonna have to get one of those Ruger Alaskans now.

      • Loved The Rundown!