Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: February 22, 2009

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It’s the most important day in the movie calendar – and that’s just not because it’s time for the Weekend Movie News Wrap Up but it’s also Oscar night!

This week:

Tyler Perry tops the box office; Wes Craven talks Scream 4; The Dark Knight is mildly successful; Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigel know Five Killers (hint – it’s not their last few movies); Sandra Bullock has a Blindside (it’s the only reason for Hope Floats) and Martin Lawrence goes Back To Africa.

Box Office

Tyler Perry continues to surprise with each movie. Madea Goes To Jail should lock up about $40 million over the weekend giving the control freak a career best despite terrible reviews.

Liam Neeson’s Taken closes in on the $100 million mark with a weekend gross of $11 million. Did anyone imagine this film making that much money?

He’s Just Not That Into You shows pretty good legs for a romantic comedy managing another $10 million. People are just that into it!
Friday The 13th had a terrible drop which isn’t unexpected because horror movies usually suffer a huge decline on their second weekend and because it opened on Friday The 13th. The remake should manage about $10million over the Oscar weekend.
Speaking of Oscars; Slumdog Millionaire should take another $9-10 million bringing it up to the $100 million mark. Expect that to increase when it grabs a few Oscars.

Comedy Fired Up had a weak $8 million debut. That’s pretty much what Kevin James’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop grossed this weekend. Who ever imagined that the phrases “Kevin James” and “good legs” would be used in the same sentence?

Movie News

1. Wes Craven has talked about Scream 4. It looks like he hasn’t ruled out directing the film, but if you’re a fan of the franchise I wouldn’t hold your breath. Craven told Bloody Disgusting:

“It would take it being really as good a script as the first one was and the pay day reflects what I’ve done for that company and what I’ve gone through on Cursed.”

Sounds like he’s playing hard ball. He should go work for Marvel!

Source: Bloody Disgusting

2. The Dark Knight has reached yet another milestone. The Caped Crusader film has now grossed $1 billion around the world!

The film has now banked $533 million domestically and $567 million overseas. Factor in DVD and TV sales and the film must have made some people very rich in these rough economic times.

I wonder what Joel Schumacher has to say about all this?

Warner Bros has apparently stopped production on Batman 3 due to the low grosses.  Joke!

I can only imagine that this gross increases once Heath Legder wins an Oscar.

Source: Variety

3. Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigel will star in Five Killers.

According to Variety:

“The story kicks off when a woman meets the man of her dreams while on vacation. Married bliss is turned upside down when they discover that their neighbors may be assassins hired to kill them.”

The film will be directed by Legally Blonde and Monster In-Law director Robert Luketic.

I don’t think that I need to add anything else!

Source: Variety

4. Sandra Bullock will star in Blindside. The sports drama will be directed by John Lee Hancock, the man behind The Rookie and The Alamo.

According to Variety:

“The story follows Michael Oher, projected to be one of the first players selected in this year’s NFL draft. He was homeless as a teen and was taken in by a well-to-do family. Bullock will portray the matriarch of the conservative suburban household Oher joins.”

Sounds very boring!

Source: Variety

5. Martin Lawrence will star in the “comedy” Back To Africa.

Variety inflicts the following synopsis:

“The comedy centers on a working-class man from Queens who discovers he is heir to the throne of an African country and travels there to claim his birthright.”

Here’s a bit of advice – go and watch Coming to America in reverse. It’ll save time and money.

Source: Variety

That’s it for now. See you at the Oscars!

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  1. What are everyone’s Oscar picks? What do you think WILL win and what do you think SHOULD win?

  2. WOW!! Friday the 13th collapsed a monumental 80.7% in it’s second weekend!! I think it is the only film released in over 3000 theaters that has ever dropped that fast..the others that have were playing in far fewer theaters..This might be the most significant second weekend drop in the history of cinema..

    SLumdog will make at least 100 million becoming the 29th film released in 2008 to reach that mark tying the record from 2003…I wonder if Yes Man will get there..It’s at 97 million..I doubt it personally but you never know..With Taken likely to cross the century mark soon and Paul Blart already there..2009 might break that record of 29..

    I’m glad for Kevin James. He was in a couple of films that made over 100 million with Will SMith and then Adam Sandler and most analysts were saying this movie would be lucky to break 60 million..Paul Blart has made 121 million and will probably finish close to 140-150 million dollars..He reminds me of CHris Farley and I have enjoyed the films he has been in..for the most part..

  3. LOL, yeah 80% is a BRUTAL drop for second weekend.

    We’ll be putting out an Oscar post later tonight.


  4. That Martin Laurence movie sounds alot like that old John Goodman flick King Ralph.

  5. Anything with Ashton Kutcher in it is reason enough for me to stay away from it. He was great as Michael Kelso on That 70′s Show, but he is NOT a great actor and I don’t know how the heck he keeps getting movie roles when all his movies SUCK. Same with Martin Lawrence. I can only think of 2 movies with him in that I enjoyed: Wild Hogs and Bad Boys and that was more because of the cast around him. He makes a good supporting character, but again, he is NOT lead material!!

    I still haven’t seen Taken, but once released on DVD will be at the top of my Netflix queue. I love going to the theater, but at $10/ticket I limit the films I will see. Especially now that I can watch the DVD’s on my big screen TV!! Gotta love being able to pause TDK when nature calls!!

  6. Andy, I’ve gotta say – with my home theater set up, when I pop in a Blu-ray movie it’s BETTER than the theater experience. Sure, I still go see “event” films and blockbusters, but the picture on my big screen has more detail than that on a movie theater screen.

    Plus I’m in control of the volume and I don’t have to tell anyone to shup the hell up or turn off their cell phone.