Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 13, 2009

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 7:29 pm,

screen rant logo Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 13, 2009 This weekend:

Disney leap Frogs the competition to get to number one; Andy Daly moves to Jelly Stone Park; a Twilight star sees Hereafter; Polanski might not get a release but his Ghost Writer will; Diaz is a Bad Teacher; Frank Langella is an Unknown White Male and Frankenstein Lives in Death Race 2.

Box Office

Clint Eastwood’s Invictus scored just under $10 million over the weekend from 2,125 locations. Opening much like Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, the film has had solid reviews from critics. With Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon head-lining, the film might have a chance of hitting the $100 million club if it gets some awards momentum.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog took the top spot this weekend with an estimated $25 million. The film which had been on limited release in selected cinemas has gotten great reviews and with no real competition for the next few weeks it should have no problem crossing the century mark.

princess Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 13, 2009

Sandra Bullock’s The Blind Side banked another $15 million for a total take of $139 million. The film is showing good legs, so it still has a chance of hitting $200 million, more so if Warner Bros. pushes for a Bullock Oscar nomination.

New Moon sucked another $7.7 million from the wallets of audiences. The total gross of the Bella and Edward film now stands at a massive $261 million.

A Christmas Carol grossed another $6.5 million over the weekend. With $119 million in the bank so-far, the film has another week or so in it before it’s done.

The rest of the top ten was littered by a selection of holdovers including Brothers, Old Dogs, 2012, Armored and Ninja Assassin.

Expect things to be shaken up next weekend when James Cameron’s Avatar opens. Despite some mixed pre-release buzz, the film has gotten some great reviews (see ours here) so it should score a hefty debut. Having said that – I don’t think that it’ll break any records or do New Moon numbers – but we’ll see about that next week.

Movie News

1. Andy Daly will join Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris and Tom Cavanagh in the currently shooting Yogi Bear movie for Warner Bros.

According to Variety:

“He’ll play Mayor Brown, who uses the city budget for his personal fun, drives the city into bankruptcy and comes up with the idea of selling Jelly Stone Park to fix his mess.”

yogi Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 13, 2009

Comedy will undoubtedly ensue.

Eric Brevig is directing the live action/CGI film.

Man, it makes me ill even thinking about this film!

Source: Variety

2. Bryce Dallas Howard has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s supernatural drama Hereafter.

The film follows an American, a French journalist and an English school boy as they are affected by death.

The film opens next December- in what is becoming Eastwood’s regular movie slot.

Howard will be seen in the forthcoming Twilight sequel Eclipse which opens in June.

Source: Variety

3. Summit Entertainment has purchased the North American distribution rights to Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer despite his legal situation.

The thriller stars Pierce Brosnan as a former British Prime Minister and Ewan McGregor as the Ghost Writer for his memoirs who discovers a dark secret.

The film which is based on the Robert Harris novel The Ghost (the original title of the film) will open during the Berlin International Film Festival and Summit plans to release it in the first half of 2010.

The film wasn’t completed when Polanski was arrested in Zurich in September (music scoring and sound mixing were incomplete), but one can only imagine that the Polish director has completed these since being under house arrest.

I have the book on my “to read” list and I hope to check it out over the holidays.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

4. Cameron Diaz will return to the world of the R-rated comedy in Bad Teacher.

“The story centers on a foulmouthed, gold-digging middle-school teacher who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend, competes with a colleague for the affections of the school’s model teacher.”

Jake Kasdan will the direct the film which was written by The Officewriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.

Sounds like somebody will be able to package a three disc DVD set of There’s Something About Mary, The Sweetest Thing and now Bad Teacher.

It’s all about synergy!

Diaz will next be seen (or heard) in Shrek Forever After, Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Green Hornet.

5. Frank Langella has joined the cast of Liam Neeson’s Unknown White Male. The thriller follows a man (Neeson) who awakens from a coma to discover that somebody has taken his identity. Langella will play Neeson’s colleague.

I presume that Neeson will be kicking all sorts of butt in the film as he’s now the go to middle aged action guy.

Langella is currently starring in The Box and he’ll also be seen in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, while Neeson has a slew of projects on the way including The Clash of The Titans and The A-Team.

Source: Variety

6. Roel Reiné will direct straight-to-DVD sequel to the Paul W.S. Anderson’s Death Race. The film titled Death Race: Frankenstein Lives.

death race Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 13, 2009

The film written by Tony Giglio (almost a really cool name) has the following logline:

“Newly arrived at Terminal Island, a prison for the most unredeemable of convicts, Carl ‘Luke’ Lucas must prove his mettle in a race to the death.”

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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

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  1. Next week is totally Avatar’s. If it doesn’t beats New Moon’s records, there’s always an Iron Man 2. :)

  2. @Iron Knight…

    Avatar will dominate next weekend’s box office, as well as the Christmas and New Year’s weekend box office. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Avatar will be a dominant force at the box office well into mid-January before it starts to fade.

    So, will Avatar beat New Moon’s opening weekend record? Yes. Avatar will have a $100+ million opening weekend, similar to the big opening weekend Iron Man had last year.

  3. Iron Man roughly made the 100 million opening weekend I think, so if Avatar goes along those lines, then New Moon will be high above it with 140 million or so (I still can’t believe that crap made so much). I can definitely see Avatar banking 150 million in its opening weekend, but I wouldn’t be surprise if it doesn’t. So, the average range for me is around 120 million.

  4. @Stephie

    Don’t forget about Sherlock Holmes. I think that’s going to come out of nowhere and may actually kick Avatar’s ass.

    Curious to see how the end of the year box office plays out…


  5. @Vic & Stephie

    And don’t forget about the squeekual (i think i wrote it correctly)… The chipmunks have been in the game for a long while now. ” Never underestimate your enemy”… I will surely be in attendance because all i wanted was a plane that loops the loop and somehow i feel like they understand me.

  6. Avatar has already started getting a few early reviews and they haven’t been very good. Most of the reviews seem to agree that it’s all SFX and no substance. I think Avatar will do good and have a great opening weekend but will die down fast. Making it a profitable movie, but ultimately not the massive success they wanted it to be. Sherlock seems like it will be a great success but not any kind of record breaker.

    New Moon came in with a huge opening day breaking all kinds of records but then dwindled in that very weekend to only rank in and 3 or 4th place total and now the movie has had such a steep decline that it went from being the highest opening day of all time to not even making it to 300mil. It had no legs at all.

  7. Like I said 3 weeks ago, if Avatar doesn’t beat New Moon it will be a flop,,,

    Sorry Stephie,,
    I walked out on Invictus today.
    It was crap! Got my money back.

  8. @Daniel F. Well, actually it’s been getting very good reviews, just look over at Rotten Tomatoes to get an idea. It has so far scored a 90%, with almost 40 reviews in, which suggests it might stick to those numbers at the end.

  9. Every review I have seen has been mediocre. None of them were bad, but as I said mediocre. No one has called it amazing or great. Everyone has marveled at the tech and the sfx but all said it lacked substance or anything beyond the sfx. In fact there was a big review posted on Yahoo news main page just yesterday. Going on and on about it.

  10. By the way instead of looking at the score on RT you might want to actually read the reviews. For instance if you click the Top Critics tab it has a 100%, but there are alot of reviews that are counted as very positive but actually say alot of negative things.

    “A movie whose effects are clearly revolutionary, a spectacle that millions will find adventure in. But it nevertheless feels unsatisfying and somehow lacks the pulse of a truly alive film.”

    “As visual spectacle, Avatar is indelible, but as a movie it all but evaporates as you watch it. ”

    Just as a taste those are counted as very positive reviews?

  11. For the record, The Ghost is an amazing read, with a lot of dark humour to it, I look forward to the film.

  12. Sherlock Holmes is going to be amazing and will take more than Avatar.

    And the New Moon comparisons are pointless, it will always make more profit than Avatar because of the massive distance in budgets.

    Even the great reviews for Avatar have dismissed the story almost entirely, and if that is the case what is the point of film making these days? Didnt it used to be to tell a story?
    The effects should drive the story, not the other way around.
    I havent seen Avatar yet, so I will refrain from bashing it anymore, but it seems that it is a big cinema movie. Something that simply cannot be replicated at home on DVD, so Avatar will really fail on the home front.

  13. People are really misrepresenting what Avatar is.

    It’s a classic Disney film with an cutting-edge F/X polish.

    Good vs. Evil, simple story, one-note characters, a narratively generic adventure for kids and adults alike.

    The irony is: if it had been this complex story, I GUARANTEE the response would’ve been “Enough with the boring stuff, we wanna see the pretty F/X!!!”

  14. But it is still the FX that are intended to be the biggest draw for the movie, not because it has a great story. And my point is, will Avatar still look as great on everyones tv at home? It is unlikely.

  15. I still can’t believe they’re making a Yogi Bear movie. It boggles my mind that some studio is laying out the cash to make this film even though anyone with HALF a brain in their head realizes what a stupid movie this is going to be. When this movie tanks, and it will—hard, someone is going to get fired.

    I’m pretty pysched for Avatar, though. I was going to catch it on a matinee the week following release, but I might see if my GF will go with me to see it next Saturday night. Maybe even try and talk her into the 30 min drive to see it in 3-D. :P

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