Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

This week:

The Expendables edges out five new releases at the weekend box office; Underworld 4 will rise in January of 2012; Mark Strong talks Green Lantern; creepy elevator images from Devil; Ryan Reynolds is one hard-working guy; Google is getting its own movie; the production schedule and shooting location for Super 8 has been revealed; and lots more.

Box Office

Sly Stallone and his brigade of manly men retained the box office crown for a second weekend as The Expendables was top dog yet again.  The ultra-explosive action flick grossed an estimated $16.5 million, raising its 10-day total to just under $65 million in the U.S.  Does this mean Expendables 2 will happen after all?  If it does, then Chuck Norris had better join the party the next time around.

Vampires Suck managed to overcome being slaughtered by critics and grossed $12.2 million, raising its total to $18.6 million since its Wednesday release last week.  The film was written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer of Meet the Spartans/Epic Movie/etc. “fame,” whose careers tragically look to be far from dead since Suck is close to already recouping its $20 million production budget.  Sigh…

Eat, Pray, Love fell to third place with $12 million and a total of $47 million so far.  Word of mouth for Julia Robert’s latest has been decent, but it doesn’t look to be the leggy hit that Julie & Julia was around this time last year.  It should still turn a profit, having cost $60 million to make – and that’s including Mrs. Robert’s acting fees.

Lottery Ticket opened in fourth with just over $11.1 million.  The comedy about a young man who wins big bucks in the lottery, only to be harassed to no end by his neighbors stars Terry Crews, Ice Cube, Mike Epps, and Keith David – among others.  The film was a cheap production at $17 million and did decently at the BO, all things considered.  Look for it to be on DVD/Blu-ray sooner than later.

The Other Guys and Piranha 3D both grossed around $10.1 million, though current estimates put the Will Ferrell comedy ahead of the flesh-eating fish tale.  Piranha only cost $24 million to make and was generally regarded as a “good” B-movie (read our Piranha 3D review here), while Other Guys is close to recouping its $100 million budget (current gross is at $88 million).

Piranha 3D First Pic Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

The two other new releases this weekend – Nanny McPhee Returns and The Switch – grossed $8.3 and $8.1. million, respectively.  The kiddie-friendly sequel Nanny McPhee stars Emma Thompson and was generally well-received by critics, while the Jennifer Aniston pregnancy comedy The Switch was not – still, don’t be surprised if both sell about the same number of tickets in theaters.

Inception grossed another $7.66 million and raised its total to $261.8 million – not a bad sum.  Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World rounded out the top 10 with a $5 million take and a $20.7 million total to date.  While the drop from opening weekend was only in the 50% range (indicating good word of mouth), no doubt the studio is disappointed at the weak box office for a film that while niche, they must have thought would do better. Oh well – there’s always DVD…

Source: Box Office Mojo

Movie News

1. The war between vampires and werewolves will continue in Underworld 4, which is set for release on January 20th, 2012.  Kate Beckinsale is set to reprise her role as the catsuit-wearing vamp Seline, with her husband Len Wiseman back in the director’s chair for the sequel – which will be in 3D.

kate beckinsale underworld 4 3d Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Previous entries in the Underworld franchise were also released in January and were – financially, at least – moderate successes in their own right.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I suppose.

Source: Bloody Disgusting


2. Mark Strong will play Sinestro in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, though he has warned fans to be patient in regards to seeing the character onscreen, saying that “[Most of my scenes are in space], indeed, which is why I’ve come in at the end of shooting [on the Green Lantern movie].”

While Strong gave brief but enthusiastic description of Tomar-Re and Kilowog in his interview with MTV, he was mum on which other classic Green Lantern characters would appear in the film.  It’s going to a long wait for next summer to finally arrive, I suspect.

Source: MTV


3. Being trapped in an elevator was never more terrifying than it will be in Devil, the supernatural horror film *cough* “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan” *cough* that arrives this September.  Fortunately, the Last Airbender director is only responsible for the screen story behind this one, so it may turn out okay after all.

devil the night chronicles Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Collider has posted a new photo gallery for the movie, which you can check out HERE.  Beware, though – the terrifying image of Shyamalan giving directorial notes may be too much for some of you to handle.

Source: Collider


4. If Ryan Reynolds keeps to his ultra-busy schedule for the next two years, he is going to be one tired fellow.  The actor is currently set to star in the comedy The Change-Up with Jason Bateman; the thriller Safe House with Denzel Washington; the Deadpool movie; R.I.P.D; and Green Lantern 2 – not to mention he has a whole slew of promotional work to do.

ryan reynolds hal jordan green lantern ring 570x504 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Can Reynolds pull it off?  One only hopes moviegoers don’t tire of seeing his face up on the big screen anytime soon.

Source: The Playlist


5. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page will see their story given the Hollywood treatment in a new film based off Ken Auletta’s non-fiction book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.

Google movie Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Unlike the upcoming Facebook movie, The Social Network, the tale of how Google became the world’s first $100 billion media company is expected to be portrayed in a less controversial light in this new movie – otherwise, Brin and Page would be forced to unleash their legion of blood-sucking demons on the filmmaking crew. icon wink Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Source: Deadline


6. Principal photography on the J.J. Abrams project Super 8 will begin near the end of September this year, in the town of Weirton, West Virginia – primarily on Main Street.

super 8 movie trailer Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 23rd, 2010

Per usual, details on the Abrams project are being kept under wraps, although the plot of Super 8 apparently revolves around a 14-year-old boy living back in 1979 who captures footage of strange creatures around his hometown – insert joke about West Virginia locals of your choice here.

Source: Production Weekly (via Ace Showbiz)


In addition:

  • Eureka to get a 5th season on SyFy.  Go HERE for more details.
  • More images of zombies werecking havoc on Atlanta in AMC’s new show The Walking Dead can be seen HERE.
  • The Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist will be released in theaters on December 10th, 2010.  For more detail, go HERE.
  • Bruce Willis and Danny Trejo may sign on for Violet & Daisy, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious).  For more information, go HERE.

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

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  1. I’m already tired of seeing Ryan Reynolds but I will never be tired of seeing Kate Beckinsale in leather. ;)

  2. good to see Wiseman back on board for U4, lets just hope he desnt sell out this franchise and make it PG-13

  3. Yeah! on Eureka; but I wish they would get the original actor for sheriff/deputy Andy back.

    I am surprised to see Pilgrim drop soo far; I would have expected word-of-mouth to give it some kind of a boost. Oh well, like you said, let’s hope DvD sales give it the money they need for a sequel.

    Collider also had reviews from a test screening of Deathly Hollows Part 1. Be warned though, one review does mention the death of a character. The reviews were positive but 1 did mention that Part 1 suffered a bit from some problems the actually book had with drama between the trio and camping being overused. Also, is it me or does anyone else feel the woman who is bitten on the elevator is the actual devil? They keep showing her being in trouble all the time and you know how M. Night Shaggydog likes to through in twists.

    • Eureka is a damn good show, as well as Haven too, hope that gets picked up

  4. “insert joke told by a typical person who has never visited WV here.”


  5. Talking about the Expendables 2 makes me think of other inevitable sequels…

    Nanny McPhee: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
    Werewolves Bite
    Avatar 12D
    Saw XL
    Predator Resurrection
    Twilight Saga: Full Moon

    …the list probably goes on and on. (Let the record show that I like the Predator and Saw movies and liked Avatar)

    • Don’t forget Piranha 3D-2: The Legend od Curly’s Gold. :D

    • Well I actually have hopes for Devil. His stories are good, it’s his direction that sucks. So since he isn’t directing, it might actually be decent.

    • I’m with you Andy Devil looks retarded.

  6. Ha here in Mexico Predators (It opened this Friday August 20 here) it’s at #1 in the box office defeating Despicable me (that was in the first position for 4 weeks) and The Expendables (that was on second place). As I say before in Mexico Inception wasn’t a big success.

  7. When the expendables is number 1 again, you know the world is going to crap…sad really :)

  8. Meanwhile, Toy Story 3 is $16 million away from $1 billion worldwide!

  9. 790,

    I deleted that Inception-related comment. What the hell, dude.


    • damn, i missed it, musta been a doozy for you to have deleted it lol

  10. Thank you very much Vic, that says a lot of you as a person and another reason to love this site. 790 comment was very offensive buy well I really don’t care because everyone understand the movie here but Inception wasn’t a big success in Mexico for 3 reasons:
    1)People here like more action, bloody and horror films. I watch the film, I understand it and I watched again the next week because it was a good film, but anyway I think it’s not as good as everyone says.

    2)There was a problem with the distribution of the film and while the film opened in July 23 in Cinemark, it opened 1 or 2 weeks later in another cinemas with a limited release.

    3)Everyone has a different opinion, so respect them man, I have seen your other comments and you really have a great problem with respecting different opinions.

    I’m really dissapointed with this incident because although I’m mexican, I love all the stuff from the United States of America, since I’m a kid I have seen all your movies, comicbooks, tv series and I love them. I’m 16 and I learn to speak and write english since I was 10, and I would like to work in the USA, I have friends in the USA and this is the first time that I see an act of racism, I thought people was exagerating about the racism to the mexican people but now I see that it’s true. This is a shame.

    • Kique,

      I’m the farthest thing from politically correct but that comment was out of line. And don’t let one random comment sour you on everyone. :)


      • You are absolutely right Vic, thanks.

  11. Any story lines about U-4? Prequel, sequel, reboot? I would like to see the Speedman/Beckinsale storyline brought out. I think they were great together. Maybe resurrect Lucien which would be great. Ah, just dreaming, I suppose.

    • all i care about the U4 film is that Wiseman gets back to what made the first one so damn awesome, he second was ok, but ehh…havent seen the thris, and probably wont

    • It’s supposed to be a sequel, unless he changed the script recenlty. I have actually wish it was prequel though. I though “Rise of the Lycans” was the best in the trilogy. IDK, I guess I prefer a film about Vamps vs. Wolves to fough with swords, not guns.

      • Did you like the Blade series? Since he fought, mostly, with a sword.

        • The first two, but the third was just a huge mess from the very beginning.

          • agree, the best one was blade 2

            • Really I thought Blade two was the worst of the franchise. The story was really lame and the special effects were awful parts of it looked like PLaystation one graphics and the people were incredibly fake.

              • haha you are absolutely right about the special effects in some parts, then your favorite is the first one?

  12. I think scott pillgrim will do really well in Britian
    advance screenings start tomorow in Glasgow definitly seeig it first showing I get

    • Fadge,

      It will be interesting to see how it does overseas overall.


  13. I can’t believe Underworld is still going. What is wrong with people seriously ? They are not great films. I think it’s just a bunch of overly excited guys trying to see Kate in skin tight cloths. Because I can’t let my self believe anyone is watching these films because they are good. The first one was ok at best deserving of one watch with only a moderate feeling of being ripped off. The second sucked and the third was really horrible worst of the franchise.

  14. So that part about Deadpool means he’s more or less likely to do the Deadpool film either way? Cuz I very much hope so.

    • Well I think it’s more than obvious that you really want the movie MercWadeWilson haha, I love Deadpool too, but I think even without Reynolds they must make a Deadpool movie, but I have no idea who else would fit in the role, any idea?

  15. Here comes the hate but the first and third are a tie for. I actually enjoyed most of Third and Ryan Reynolds made up for all the negatives for me. In fact the third would be my number one if not for Jessica Biel I hate her cuts and she looks like a man. She’s not that talented and in Trinity or performance is like watching a wall act.

    • haha there’s no hate, I respect everyone’s opinion and I think I was wrong, I also like Blade Trinity, it’s my second favorite afer Blade 2 now that I think it better and I agree about Jessica Biel, she might be beatiful but she’s not a really good actress, by the way Daniel, I love your Batman image, it`s cool, how can I put an image?

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