Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 21st, 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2013 at 2:20 pm,

This week:

The Help cleans up at the box office and moves to the top spot. Meanwhile Conan laments and the Spy Kids may have all the time in the world – but they don’t have the cash, and Fright Night‘s box office sucks; Phillip Noyce gives up the Hunt; Bill Paxton saddles up and joins Kevin Costner in The Hatfields and McCoys; great Scott – it’s The Wild Bunch and Michael Fassbender takes Prisoners.

Box Office

A slew of new entries saw disappointing results as The Help took the top spot over the weekend. The drama grossed an additional $20 million and upped its gross to almost $72 million, making it one of the biggest sleeper hits of the summer.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes dropped to second place after grossing another $16.3 million. This latest instalment of the Planet of the Apes franchise is holding very well, and has now scored a total haul of $133.7 million.

rise of the apes drops to two Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 21st, 2011

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World was the highest-grossing new entry this weekend, banking $12 million. Robert Rodriguez’ family film brought in about a third less than the last instalment of the franchise, which came out in 2003. Rodriguez usually keeps the budget under control on his films, so it is likely that this will make a small profit at some point.

Conan the Barbarian (read our review) failed to attract an audience, grossing just $10 million from a $90 million budget. It looks like there’s a slim chance of a sequel – unless they go for the direct-to-DVD market. The original Conan the Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger debuted with $9.6 million in 1982, on its way to a total of almost $40 million. This new film will be lucky to hit such a figure.

The Smurfs brought in another $8 million worth of green. The blue-colored characters have now grossed $117 million at the domestic box office and about $300 million worldwide.

Horror remake Fright Night (read our review) was another non-starter. The Colin Farrell fang-flick grossed just $7.9 million – only $2 million more than the original started with way back in 1985! Still, it only cost $30 million, so it’s likely that it’ll turn a profit at some point.

Final Destination 5 took a 57% drop, and banked another $7.7 million for a $32 million total, while 30 Minutes or Less brought in $6.3 million for a total cume of $25 million.

Anne Hathaway’s One Day grossed just over $5 million from a moderate launch. The romantic drama has a low budget of $15 million and should see solid grosses overseas.

Crazy, Stupid, Love rounded out the top ten after grossing a smidgen under $5 million. The comedy has now scored $64 million in total box office receipts.

Source: Box Office Mojo

Movie News

1. Salt director Phillip Noyce has ditched directing duties on Hunter Killer. Apparently Noyce felt that the action/thriller was “too close to other films he had already made”.

Noyce specializes in thrillers  like Clear and Present Danger, The Saint and the often forgotten nautical (but nice) Dead Calm, so it must be a blow to Relativity, who will now need to find a new director for the project.

Don’t worry about Noyce – he has a few other irons in the fire.

Source: Movie Hole

2. Bill Paxton has signed to star opposite Kevin Costner in the The Hatfields and McCoys. Paxton will portray Randall McCoy in the History mini-series, which now has the subtitle of An American Vendetta.

bill paxton joins hatfields and mccoys Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 21st, 2011

Costner’s old friend Kevin Reynolds (The Count of Monte Cristo) will direct the western. The pair have had a long friendship, but they famously fell out when making Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Waterworld.

Looks like this is shaping up to be an interesting project.

Source: EW

3. Tony Scott is currently in talks with Warner Bros to direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch.

The time frame of the project is unknown, as Scott has is developing a slew of films including Potzdamer Platz, another Top Gun, Hell’s Angels (the director wants Jeff Bridges for the lead) and an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate.

Choices, choices.

Source: Deadline

4. Prisoners has been in development for what seems like an eternity, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale all attached to the project at one time or another. Now, it seems like it’s Michael Fassbender’s turn to sign to the project.

“The thriller is about a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and friend are kidnapped. The man starts his own investigation but has to contend with the big-city detective on the case.”

Will Fassbender be the lucky one who finally makes it in front of camera as director Denis Villeneuve calls “action”?

Time will tell.

Source: Coming Soon

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

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  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the greatest Conan of all time. Jason Momoa looks more like Tarzan than Conan.

    It is unfortunate that 5 Days of War, an important film about the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict, only got a limited release in the U.S. and has already gone straight to DVD here in the UK. It has Renny Harlin directing and a stellar cast which was the best of any of the new releases this week – Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Heather Graham, Antje Traue, Rade Serbedzija. It would have been interesting to see how it would have done commercially if released nationwide.

    • While I have been somewhat vocal here about not thinking that Jason Momoa worked for the character, I do think he was MUCH closer to the original Conan look than Arnold Schwarzenegger ever was. I wouldn’t say he resembles Tarzan more.

    • SInce when do any of the people you mentioned constitute a stellar cast? God awful cast maybe.

  2. Going to see Conan this week for a daytime matinée. Saw Fright Night Saturday morning and it did the original justice while making this a lot darker film. I liked it. But got tell ya I keep getting invited to see Planet of the Apes and Ive gone 3 times and this movie doesnt get old. My opinion is this film is the best Ive seen all year.

    • I agree. Rise is the best movie of the summer, at least, for me.

      • Those monkeys scare me… :( 😉

  3. After the Sarah Connor Chronicles and Conan tanking, maybe Hollywood will see that non Swartzengger remake projects and sequels don’t seem to do too well. Then again, we still have Total Recall so I guess we’ll wait and see.

  4. There were barely any times for Conan at my theater and at the time I went it was empty.

    Not a single sign in the place for it either.

    The promotion for this movie, at least in the two theaters in town, was terrible.

  5. They should’ve done the third Conan movie with Arnold instead of this remake.

    • agreed the remake is pointless

    • Arnold was NOT a good Conan…fun to watch, in a cheesy way, but not good. Two with him was MORE than enough.

      • @Archaeon

        Agreed, he was fun and campy, but terrible or not, this Conan is far closer to the books than Arnie’s ever was.

  6. Does anyone know why Fright Night came out now and not in October? It’s possible it could have made more money with Halloween around the corner.

  7. I am going to see Conan and Fright Night sometime this week. I am hoping they both do well.

    • Oh, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a fantastic film. One of my favorite movies of the year so far.

    • I agree the people who have never read the books and simply know Conan from the Arnold movie or comic books are the ones making all the noise about it being bad.

  8. good to see paxton back in some films havent seen him around for awhile. would love to see him in a twister sequel, and as the lead in the creature from the black lagoon remake.

  9. Rise of the Apes was good, Fright Night is good, the new Conan the Barbarian.

  10. the new conan the barbarian sucks :)

  11. I have been reading all the other sites and it seems that something is up with the release of Conan. With all the other new releases having three and 4 theaters assigned to them and Conan having one severly limits the amount of show times for people to see it. I myself went twice but with it showing in one theater there were only 5 showings the whole day. How does a film expect to make a good return when the other top grossing movies are sitting in 4 theaters with numerous times to choose from and tis movie gets 5 showings a day.

    Someone acrewed up somewhere or it was locked out on purpose.

    • I bet it was locked out on purpose. Something shady coming from the bowels of Hollywood, only give it slim support at the theaters. It was doomed to fail.

      They believed it would only make a little money at the theater, and so they made it happen. A self-fulfilling prophecy.

      I don’t trust Hollywood executives any further or farther than I could throw them.

      • Similar things happen in the music industry (the shunning and railroading of certain artists), and industry execs try to hide those goings-on as well.

        They’ll even undermine artists on their own label, just so they don’t step on the toes of the person they choose to make a mega-star. Just recently, there was a very good pop album by an American artist with a couple hits under her belt, and moderately successful (famous in pop/R&B circles), and her album was released everywhere, except for America. Since the music was in the same style as the label’s reigning queen bee, it was as if they marooned it on an island, far away from American shores, where it sold relatively very few copies.

        They didn’t care that it was a much better album than the queen bee’s recent output. She was a threat to the “star” they had rallied behind and they didn’t want some smaller artist upstaging her.

        • I noticed that leading up to the released date they had a couple of big standing displays for Conan, and the poster was in the coming soon section. Release day and all of that is gone and the movie is on the smaller theaters in the back of the cineplex.

    • I know, I tried to find a good time to go this weekend, but there were none, and severely less showings than the other movies.