Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 23, 2011

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

This week:

There are No Strings Attached for Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher at the box office; Will Gluck asks About Last Night; learn about Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho; Ben Affleck ponders his next film as director and Josh Lucas takes flight for Clint Eastwood.

Box Office

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s No Strings Attached topped the box office over the weekend with a decent $20.3 million debut. The R-rated comedy surpassed the start of recent adult-themed comedies, a major factor in this was more than likely Portman’s Black Swan publicity blitz.

no strings attached debuts at number one Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 23, 2011

The Green Hornet dropped to second place after grossing a smidgen over $18 million. The super hero film has now upped its cume to over $63 million.

Ron Howard’s The Dilemma was down to number three after bringing in another $9.7 million. $33 million in the till means that this will have to go a long way to meet its estimated $70 million production budget.

The King’s Speech was next after grossing another $9.2 million. The $15 million budgeted film has now grossed an impressive $58.5 million.

Jeff Bridges continued his presence in the top ten with True Grit. The Coen brothers’ film has now banked a mighty $138.5 million after scoring another $8 million this weekend.

Sixth place saw Natalie Portman again in Black Swan. The Oscar-tipped film brought in another $6.2 million, upping its total to over $83 million.

Five weeks on the chart sees Little Fockers drop to seven. The Ben Stiller comedy has now grossed $141 million after bringing in just under $5 million.

The Fighter is still in the ring with a $73 million total. The Christian Bale film punched up over $4.5 million through the weekend.

Yogi Bear upped its total to over $88 million. The Justin Timberlake voiced CGI/live action effort grossed an estimated $3.8 million from Friday to Sunday.

The top ten was rounded out by Jeff Bridges – again. TRON: Legacy banked another $3.7 million for a $163 million total. Word on the street is that a sequel might be announced soon!

Movie News

1. Will Gluck has signed on to produce the remake of About Last Night. The Easy A and Friends With Benefits director will help bring a writer and director to the project which is based on the 80s film starring Demi Moore and Rob Lowe.

Well, it’s not like there are too many remakes on the way.

Source: Variety

2. Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi is set to direct a film about legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.

hitchcock Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 23, 2011

According to The LA Times:

“Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures are in discussions with Gervasi to take the reins of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,  a long-gestating film based on Stephen Rebello’s 20-year-old book about, well, just what the title says. [It previously had drafts written by Rebello and Black Swan writer John McLaughlin.]“

Anthony Hopkins is apparently in the frame to take the lead role.

Source: LA Times

3. Ben Affleck is mulling over the opportunity to direct Eric Warren Singer’s script American Bull***t.

ben affleck directs Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 23, 2011

Apparently, the film is:

“The true story of Abscam, the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world’s greatest con man.”

Affleck is hot at the minute, following the success of The Town, so a lot of potential projects are being thrown at him. Will he take it? Who knows.

Source: Deadline

4. The Closer actress Kyra Sedgwick has signed on to star opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Dibbuk Box.

sedgewick Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 23, 2011

According to Deadline:

“Sedgwick will play a mom whose youngest child becomes strangely attached to an antique wooden box purchased at a yard sale. The girl’s behavior becomes erratic and her divorced parents get the carvings on the box deciphered and find the box contains a spirit bent on devouring its human host.”

Sam Raimi will produce the film.

Source: Deadline

5.  Josh Lucas will star as famed aviator Charles Lindbergh in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.

clint eastwood directs hoover biopic Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 23, 2011

The Poseidon actor will star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the biopic for Warner Bros.

Source: Deadline

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

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TAGS: about last night, alfred hitchcock, black swan, dibbuk box, green hornet, J Edgar, little fockers, no strings attached, The Dilemma, the fighter, the king's speech, tron legacy, yogi bear

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  1. Considering all the bad reviews,
    I expected the slide forGH to be Something closer to Ang Lees Hulk which had a 70%drop this is just around 50% which is about the best they could hope for, all things considered

    • Yeah, I’m surprised it didn’t drop more, too. Go figure.

      Vic

      • Vic,

        When I commented about Rogen in the Hornet film, I focused on my dislike of him and him in that role, but this weekend I decided to see the film to confirm (or not) my initial feelings. I don’t like to discuss something without having some idea of the topic :) (hence, my avoidance of discussing any other issues of the film). Well, in brief, here goes:

        Rogen was an ass…he DID have moments where I thought, “Hey, he might redeem himself in this role”. He had them; then, after each one, he immediately shot his redemption in the foot…HARD. Overall, however, I have to admit I was entertained. I understand VERY WELL why you gave the movie the review and score you did, but I would give it a 2.75…MAYBE even a 3.0! Maybe.

        Also, if a certain cameo was 127 days long, I see what you mean about how cool it was :)

        Furthermore, wasn’t it funny seeing John Connor as a crime overlord’s majordomo? Oh, how the mighty (and destiny-fraught) have fallen…

        • Yeah, it took me a couple of seconds before I realized that was the same guy who play John Connor in T2. That guy has really fallen of the map.

  2. Is there any movie movie in the Top 10 worth running out to see in theaters, any must-sees? Or would it be better just to wait to see them home? I’ve seen The Fighter, but haven’t seen the likes of Tron: Legacy, True Grit or Green Hornet. I’m hearing mixed opinions on them, so I don’t know if any of them are worth a trip to theater. Opinions??

    • I saw True Grit yesterday. It is very nice to be able to go into a theater and see a movie of this ilk. No glasses, No explosions, No gratuitous boobies, No Aliens Ghost Goblins Superheros etc.

      It was a very enjoyable movie.

    • Michael…..If you are a film fan then a “must see” is The King’s Speech, followed by True Grit in that order IMHO. Observe and Report II : The Green Hornet should be avoided at all costs if you are familer with the Hornet’s history, and if you are a fan of the orginal Tron….you will be dissapointed in it as well. The only way to see Tron is in Imax 3-D and of course Olvia Wilde.

  3. Bloodnaufsky!!!

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