Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 27th, 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 3:20 pm,

This week:

The box office sees a Wimpy Kid knock out Zack Snyder with a Sucker Punch; Johnny Depp is a Thin Man; Dennis Quaid joins Gerard Butler in Playing the Field; Liv Tyler kicks The Hobbit; Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, and Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson are Freelancers, and more!

Box Office

Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch received a… sucker punch on its release by Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The family film should out gross Snyder’s latest fantasy flick by about $5 million. The $19 million debut of Sucker Punch is in line with Warner Bros’ (lowered) expectations. The film received mixed reviews (read ours here) and it looks like it might not connect with an audience for the long haul. Warner Bros. rolled a dice on this (much like they did with Chris Nolan’s Inception) and while it might not have paid off, it does show that the studio is willing to hedge its bets on a filmmaker’s vision – unlike 20th Century Fox.

How does all this impact on Snyder’s forthcoming Superman film? It’s anyone’s guess, but at least there should be a solid script and some guidance from Nolan.

Sucker Punch Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 27th, 2011

Limitless is Bradley Cooper’s first real headlining gig since the success of The Hangover, and it looks like he’ll have a few more films with his name above the title. A weekend take of $15 million (dipping less than 20% from last week) gives the film an impressive $41 million total gross.

Matthew McConaughey’s The Lincoln Lawyer also held up quite well, pulling in another $11 million. The courtroom thriller has now amassed over $28.9 million since it opened last week.

Rango crossed the hundred million barrier after racking up another $9.8 million. The Johnny Depp CGI-toon has now scored a healthy $106 million.

A pair of sci-fi movies were neck and neck over the weekend. Paul and Battle: Los Angeles both pulled in around $7.5 million over the three days. The Aaron Eckhart-led invasion movie has now banked almost $73 million, while the Frost/Pegg combo has a total of just under $25 million.

Red Riding Hood upped its (her?) cume to $32 million after grossing another $4.3 million, while Matt Damon’s The Adjustment Bureau continues to be a solid success after bringing in another $4.2 million. The Philip K. Dick adaptation has now grossed over $54 million.

Mars Needs Moms rounded out the top ten after pulling in another $2.1 million. The expensive under-achiever has now managed to gross a meek $19 million. Disney Needs Grosses!


Movie News

1. Last year we heard that Johnny Depp was interested in making another screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Thin Man. Things went quiet on the project, but now the film has snagged a screenwriter in Jerry Stahl.

thin man Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 27th, 2011

The book (and original film) follows former private detective (and booze hound) Nick Charles, his socialite wife Nora and their dog Asta as they solve the murder of an eccentric inventor.

The book and the film are both great, so Depp and company will have to step up to the plate to match the source material.

Source: THR


2. Dennis Quaid looks set to join Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, and Uma Thurman in the romantic comedy Playing the Field.

quaid1 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 27th, 2011

In the film Butler plays a school soccer coach, who is trying to reconnect with his son, whilst fending off the attentions from a selection of “soccer-moms.”

Quaid will play the coach from another team, who I assume is jealous of Butler’s charm.

Source: Black Film


3. Liv Tyler may not want to miss a thing, but it looks like she’ll be missing out on The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings prequel films are now shooting in New Zealand, but Tyler doesn’t know anything about the project saying: “I haven’t heard from anybody.”

liv tyler not in hobbit Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 27th, 2011

That’s not to say that she won’t get a call at a later date, but it doesn’t look good for fans of her character, Arwen. Having said that, Arwen doesn’t appear in The Hobbit novel, so it’s no big surprise.

Source: Collider


4. Robert De Niro will join Forest Whitaker and Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson in the cop drama Freelancers.

According to Deadline:

“Jackson plays the son of a slain NYPD officer who, with his two best friends, joins the Police Academy. After graduating, he’s taken under the wing of his father’s former partner Captain Vic Sarcone (De Niro) in the ranks of Sarcone’s Street Vice Crime Task Force and he becomes part of Scarcone’s rogue task force.”

The Jessy Terrero directed film starts shooting in New Orleans on April 18th.

Source: Deadline



  • It looks like Gosford Park and The Tourist scripter Julian Fellowes is going to tackle Agatha Christie. Read about it here.
  • Will we see a 24 movie in 2012? Maybe. Find out more here.
  • Matt Reeves says that there might be a Cloverfield 2 – just not yet. Read more here.

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

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  1. How is 50 Cent landing all these roles? or maybe a better question, why are superior actors taking up projects with 50 Cent in a starring role? He’s not a good actor.

    RZA, Mos Def and Justin Timberlake are probably some of the only good/decent artists-turned-actors.

    • I admire 50 Cent’s dedication, but he just can’t act (or rap, but that’s another argument). And it’s just sad that Robert De Niro’s career has gone from classics like Goodfella and Casino to Little Fockers and Righteous Kill.

      Anyway, I’m a little surprised Sucker Punch got…..sucker-punched at the box-office. I figured it would have been number 1.

    • I agree with you about 50 Cent, he is awful. I think both Donnie and Mark Wahlberg are better actors than they were “musicians.” Donnie is excellent in Blue Bloods, and I have liked Mark in almost anything I have seen him in.

    • It’s typical Hollywood M.O.

      50 Cent has a fan base as a popular rapper, and obviously he has some connections through his rap career. He’s also a rather successful businessman outside of his rap albums, and if one has money, many doors can open for you.

      Hollywood is full of bad, yet popular, actors. I think they’ve made a mint on bad actors.

      Your second question is the much better one. Yes, why are actors with better acting skills (not really saying much since we’re comparing them to 50 Cent) AND long careers (Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis) signing up to be in a movie with 50 Cent? Expanding their base? Or that’s just what they’re being offered, and they’re doing it for the money?

  2. Why is it that Robert DeNiro keeps growing that darn beard? It makes him look like a homeless guy!!

    • Funnily enough it might be justified this time, Andy: he’s playing a homeless guy in Another Night. The beard certainly looked a bit better in Angel Heart, The Mission and Wag The Dog though!

  3. i bet u 10$ that next weekend suckpunch takes in more thean it did this weekend. word of mouth on this one will spread.

    • I hope so! I loved Sucker Punch.

    • You clearly don’t know much about the box office. So…

      I’ll take that 10$ bet.

      I’ll up it in fact and I’ll bet you 50$ that not only does it not take in more next weekend, but that it will drop 30% or more even.

    • “word of mouth on this one will spread.”

      Oh its already spread, look at how much decline the film saw from Friday to Saurday, then from Saturday to Sunday. Everyone I know who’s seen the movie is saying it sucks and are spreading that word. I’ll take that bet and say it drops 60% like Snyder’s last movie Watchmen

  4. I have a question about the X Factor US. If today were the auditions, how is it the we don’t know who the judges are yet?

  5. Jesus man
    50 cent is not bad…. common guys ambition and determinition are the first steps towards success …every movie actor has crap movies they do at the start

    • 50 is extremely bad. Regardless of if you like his music or not he is a horrid actor. No talent in acting what so ever.

    • Well, you can be dedicated and determined, but still bad at what you’re attempting. 50 Cent just can’t act or rap, but that’s just my opinion. Just like The Brothers Strause aren’t directors, but Special Effects artists.

  6. ok daniel f and jose i c u doubt the awsomness of suckerpunch. It was what 19mill this weeknd i say next weeknd it makes at leats 18.5 million. 50$ daniel u better be good for it.

    • Kantstandya,

      If Sucker Punch makes $15MM next weekend I’ll be surprised.


    • LOL…I highly doubt it’ll do 15 mil as well….

  7. I just think its funny how Sucker Punch was expected to make at least $30 million, if not $40 million. When the Friday numbers came in the box office predictions where adjusted to $20 million and yet the film couldn’t even make that.

  8. LMAO sucker punch flop. f you zack dont u ever disrespect my intelligence again. try to give us girls dressed as hookers fighting robots without no plot. and thought the world would fall for your ruse. am still a fan but pull that sh*t again. hats the type of stuff pimps do on the streets.

    • Someone translate that awful street slang for me. Thanks.

      • Translation : watching hot women in skimpy clothing doesn’t excite me at all. I might possibly be a fanboy and can’t stand anything that doesn’t stimulate my teenage angst.

        • hahah!! If anyone could translate ,I KNEW it’d be the Sullyman.

        • lmao!

          • That’s what I’m here for guys!!

        • Strange. You don’t look like the mother from “Leave it to Beaver”. :-)

  9. i think once SP is released internationally it will make more, certainly not over 100 mill but i would say something around 30-50 mill.

    not just that, but the film has had limited marketing (on my end of the world anyways) and the fact that there are women that look like teens dressed in skimpy school girl outfits further detracts older viewers form the movie b/c it seems ‘childish’ and ‘crude’. imo people should stop trying to make themselves seem ‘sophisticated’ by only going to watch movie that rely on people paying constant attention to understand the plot *cough*inception*cough* and low on everything else.
    what happened to the good old days where you’d go and watch a movie with a group of mates just to have a good time and enjoy the evening ?

    • Those days stopped as soon as the influx of remakes/reboots, and general stupidity of films these days.

    • jwalka,

      There are plenty of films that I can “just enjoy” – I’ve reviewed many of them here on the site. But I just didn’t enjoy Sucker Punch at all (other than the soundtrack). I sat there, almost falling asleep (at a midday show) thinking “How can so much creativity and hard work have gone into this – with so many fantastic visuals – and yet in the end it turns out dead boring?”


      • Vic, I miss the days of “less is more” type of film making :(

        • @Anthony, I think part of the problem is the bloated budgets.

          It seems lower budgets (and even “low-budget” budgets) force a filmmaker to be more creative.

          But with huge budgets, it seems filmmakers run amok, cramming to much into their movies because they can. So, too many studios and filmmakers are replacing “less is more” with “The more the better!”

          It reminds me of people’s wealth and greed. There comes a point where you don’t really need any more money to live comfortably, or even lavishly.

          Just as having tons of money doesn’t necessarily make one happier, a huge budget doesn’t automatically make a movie better.

          It’s sad to see how far American moviemaking has sunk. They have things twisted because of the huge leaps in special effects and the ability to do them almost all on computers.

          Because of the limitations of special effects more than 15 or so years ago, filmmakers had to be more creative to get action scenes done. I still find the early Star Wars movies with their model-based special effects more impressive than all the whiz-bang, big budget CGI spectacle in the prequels. All that money, all the big, shiny new computer graphics, and yet there’s virtually no heart behind any of it.

          That’s the biggest problem of all with today’s American film scene.

    • @Jwalka,

      You asked: “what happened to the good old days where you’d go and watch a movie with a group of mates just to have a good time and enjoy the evening ?”

      Well, nothing really. It’s pretty much the same as it ever was. And, what constitutes a fun time at the movies isn’t the same for everyone.

      What has changed things, though, is the Internet. You’re more aware of what others think because just about everywhere, at any given second, there are people on the Internet posting things.

      And, what really bothers me about this Internet world we live in is that so many people who like such movies as Sucker Punch can’t seem to deal with the fact that not everyone feels the same way they do about those movies.

      And, not everyone has to. In fact, no one has to if they so choose.

      I’ll go out to a movie with friends, have a good time, enjoy the evening, but the movie won’t be Sucker Punch.

  10. Sucker Punch is one of THE WORST films of 2011 next to Mars Needs Moms.

  11. Sucker Punch is a garbage. The box office has spoken. Visual style was garbage as well. With that said, I sincerely hope the VFX Supervisor for Superman is not the one from Sucker Punch and Watchmen.

  12. I guess im odd man out cause I liked Sucker Punch, Thought it was pretty darn entertaining, and can see what he wanted to do with the movie, he iddnt quiet make it there but it was still fun for me , And boy am I glad im not a sheepole, or lemming, if that helps, I personally put no stock into critics reviews and less into the rantings of trolls, I dont beleive a movie is great due to the box office or the amounts of awards they are nominated for. If I can goto a movie and leave with a smile on my face im good, I went to be entertained and I was. Good enough for me.

    • thank you, Loco !! for this entire past week I, too, felt like I was the odd man out. I saw the movie last weekend and was very happy with my movie going experience. but then reading the reviews and hearing the critics lambaste the movie all week long had me wondering how we could have seen the same movie. personally, I thought the visual effects were stunning and out of this world !! and I’m not one to praise a movie just for visual effects alone. Watchmen did absolutely nothing for me because the story just dragged and I couldn’t wait for the end credits to finally roll. in contrast I think the tempo in Sucker Punch was crisp and engaging (how could anyone be bored watching this flick) and I don’t recall any blatant guffaws by any of the actors that made me cringe inside or reminded me that I was just watching an actor trying to earn a living (like while watching Battlefield Earth or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). I plan on taking in a second viewing this weekend with my girlfriend and my son and I will very happily contribute my few bucks towards this weekend’s lofty goal of $15 million !!

  13. MAN, Deniro Looks rough in that shot