Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 9, 2009

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:16 am,

screenrant1 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 9, 2009 This week:

G.I. Joe shoots up the top spot at the box office; Jennifer Aniston goes to prison; Gunsmoke rides again; The Losers begin and Renny Harlin goes to Russia.

Box Office

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra shot up the top spot with an estimated $56 million over the weekend. The film had a lot of bad buzz surrounding its release so this is seen as something of a coup. The $175 million price budget means that the film will need to do well abroad and sell a lot of toys before we see a sequel.

Meryl Streep shows that age isn’t a factor in her popularity as she scored her third $20 million-plus opener in three years with Julie and Julia. The film took $21.5 million over the weekend. If the film has the same legs as The Devil Wears Prada and Mama Mia then it could hit the $100 million mark.

Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-Force was third with a weekend take of $8.5 million giving the family film a strong $84 million total.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince banked more than $8 million giving the mega franchise film a huge $273 million total.

People just don’t seem to be finding Funny People funny. The Judd Apatow/ Adam Sandler film took just under $8 million this weekend. It’ll never see it’s $75 million production budget back on US screens.

The Ugly Truth banked another $7 million giving the R-rated comedy $69 million so far.

The Perfect Getaway failed to find an audience this weekend and made $6 million. It was cheap to make and should find an audience on DVD.

(500) Days Of Summer earned $4.3 million on just over 800 screens.

Orphan and Aliens in the Attic both took just under $4 million.

Movie News

1.  Jennifer Aniston will star in Goree Girls. The film is a true story of a female country band in a Texas prison in the 1940s

John Lee Hancock recently completed a draft of the script by Margaret Nagle.

Aniston will also produce.

I’m pretty sure that I’m not in the target demographic for this film.

Source: Variety

2. Hollywood is moving ahead on a new film version of long running western series Gunsmoke.

CBS Films has hired National Treasure: Book of Secrets writer Gregory Poirier to write the script for the film.

Gunsmoke holds the record for being the longest running scripted television drama.

There’s a shock – a film version of a classic TV show. I wonder what’s next for the remake machine.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. Principal photography has started on Dark Castle Entertainment’s The Losers.

The film is based on the comic book  DC Comics’ Vertigo off-shoot. The adaptation is being directed by Stomp the Yard director Sylvain White.

The film stars Watchmen‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Star Trek’s Zoë Saldana and The Fantastic Fours’ Chris Evans.

The film is shooting in Puerto Rico.

The Losers opens in April 2010

Source: Latino Review

4. Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin will direct a currently untitled drama based on events that took place during the five-day Russia-Georgia battle.

“The drama involves an American journalist and his cameraman who get caught in the crossfire in Georgia and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial journalists.”

Sounds like an interesting change of pace for the director.

Source: Variety

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

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  1. The impressive thing about Julie and Julia is that it cost 40 million to make .
    if the estimates hold up the film made over half its production cost back in its first weekend .

  2. Die Hard 2 director? Not sure about that, Die Hard 2 is easily the worst out of the 4 Die Hards. It had a pretty sloppy story and the action lacked substance and was just cheap thrills and gimmicks… Hopefully he has improved since then, although him doing a John Cena movie recently doesn’t exactly give a lot of hope, lol.

    Funny People took $75 million to make?? Wow, where did that money go?? There weren’t any effects or stunts, they just had to rent some nice cars, a plane, and some nice houses but that’s about it… Was it to pay all of the stars that had cameos in it??

  3. The Seth Rogen effect in action.

  4. I actually respected him in this role though, because he wasn’t just some idiot pot head like he is in every other movie, now he’s just a regular idiot… lol

  5. Today,
    I read a 1 year old article (Film.com I think.)
    it is dated August 6th 2008.
    Rogen says in this interview that he always wanted to make a movie about A Superhero and his sidekick.
    he chose The Green Hornet because its The only Superhero property where the sidekick is more popular this his mentor.
    Just thought it was an interesting tidbit .
    It doesnt mean the movie will be any better,
    but at least it explains why he chose the Green Hornet specifically.

  6. I’m starting to think Harry Potter 6 will be the lowest grossing film in the series. How is that Warner Bros?

  7. I can hardly see items 3 & 4 .
    is it just me ?

  8. What are you talking about? They are the same as the rest, you must be seeing things…

    :-P just kidding, yah, they’re dark to me too, but I can still read them.

  9. How bizarre – no idea how that happened, but it’s fixed.


  10. Soooo sick of Seth Rogen…can’t believe he’s taking on a Super Hero role. Isn’t it a prerequisite that they have to be handsome and sexy? Not sure about the GH–he’s not a sexy crime fighter?

    Glad the rom-com Ugly Truth made it’s bankroll back.

    The only thing I can think that would’ve cost the lame Funny People movie is the bloated salaries.

  11. Just saw the Gamer trailer on Adult Swim! Cool! It’s almost here! District 9 next Friday! GAH!

  12. I hope the GUNSMOKE movie gets lost in development hell. I do NOT want to see Matt Dillon, old-style moral stalwart and righteous law-man, twisted into whatever today’s nihilistic, amoral Hollywood will turn him into. Just intolerable.