Weekend Movie News Wrap Up : January 10, 2010

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

This week:

Avatar makes it four in a row; Willem Dafoe heads to Mars next week; Maggie Grace and Billy Bob Thornton move Faster with Dwayne Johnson; The Sitter makes it to the big screen; Polanski’s The Ghost Writer gets a release date and James Franco finds that there isn’t a mountain high enough to stop him working with Danny Boyle in 127 Hours.

Box Office

James Cameron’s Avatar was number one for the fourth weekend in a row with a mighty take of $48.5 million. With a huge $429 million in the bank domestically, the film is now the highest grossing film of 2009 and is already on its way to being the second biggest of all time (domestic) after Cameron’s own Titanic. On a worldwide level the film has now banked $1.3 billion and it looks like it might just beat Titanic’s final gross of $1.8 billion.

cameron and avatar Weekend Movie News Wrap Up : January 10, 2010

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes was second with another $16.6 million. The 21st Century update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective has now grossed a huge $165 million.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeaquel banked a smidgen less than Holmes for a $178 million total. $200 million is on the cards.

Ethan Hawk’s vampire thriller Daybreakers was fourth with an opening gross of $15 million. Not a bad start, but I doubt it’ll have legs.

It’s Complicated rung up another $11 million giving it a $76 million total. It looks like $100 million is still on the cards.

Comedy Leap Year had a middling debut with $9 million, while The Blind Side grossed just under $8 million for a terrific $219 million cumulative gross.

George Clooney’s Up In The Air brought in another $7 million for a $54 million total gross  –  if the expected Oscar nods come then the sky really is the limit.

Youth in Revolt also banked $7 million in its opening while Princess And The Frog brought in $4.5 million for a $92 million total. Disney is pushing the ‘toon flick so it hits the century mark.

Movie News

1. Whilst out promoting his latest flick Daybreakers, Willem Dafoe said that his next film John Cater of Mars would start shooting next week in London – with “official” production set to start on the 18th.

john cater Weekend Movie News Wrap Up : January 10, 2010

Dafoe said:

“I saw [ director Andrew Stanton] recently because we start in London, for studio stuff. I start next week. I think officially production starts the 18th”, “[Stanton] showed me the different variations of how they will shoot it, the kind of equipment I’ll have to wear, the different times I won’t have to wear certain kinds of equipment and all that”.

Get ready to see some behind-the-scenes snaps soon!

Source: /Film

2. Taken actress Maggie Grace has joined the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s action film Faster.

“The Story centers on an ex-con looking to avenge his brother’s murder, who is trailed by a veteran policeman.”

Salma Hayek is also in negotiations to join the film that also stars Billy Bob Thornton. At least the artist fomerly known as The Rock is straying away from kid films.

Source: Variety

3. The kid-lit craze strikes again!

Furst Films has big up the rights to R.L. Stine’s The Sitter.

According to Variety:

“The Sitter is focused on a young woman who takes a summer job as a nanny to a 4-year-old who hasn’t spoken for months and is seemingly haunted by something too horrible for words.”

I can only imagine that there are franchise opportunities here. Why make one kids film when you can have a series!

Source: Variety

4. Roman Polanski’s thriller The Ghost Writer will open in the US on February 19th with a limited run.

The Ghost Writer Weekend Movie News Wrap Up : January 10, 2010

The Pierce Brosnan/ Ewan McGregor starrer will then expand on March 5 and again on March 19th.

I’m guessing that Polanski’s hoping not to be present for the US pemiere!

Source: Variety

5. James Franco will star as Aron Ralston in director Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours.

“The True-life story centers on Ralston, who spent five days with his right forearm pinned under a boulder during a climb in May 2003. He used a dull knife to amputate the limb, then scaled a 65-foot sheer wall and hiked out before flagging a family that gave him water and food. He was finally rescued by helicopter.”

The film starts shooting in Utah in March with the hope that the film is ready for release during awards season later this year.

Apparently Franco was quoted as saying that he’d give his right arm to work with Oscar winner Boyle. Just a bit of ‘armless fun! Sorry.

Source: Variety

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

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  1. 127 Hours sounds like it’s going to be intense. I really cannot wait to see how Boyle handles it.

  2. I’m so not going to see 127 hours, I don’t even like hearing about that story, ugh!!! *shudders* lol

    Faster could be interesting if done right. But something tells me we all already know how it will end…

  3. Within this decade you will see the end of 2-D and the birth of 3-D, in all forms of media, including movies, tv, video games, cell phones handhelds and most importantly billboard and street ads.
    There also going to remake all the big films, Star Wars Lord of the Rings in 3-D and predictably everyone will pay to get them…

  4. I thought I heard that John Carter Of Mars was a Pixar film or something like that?

  5. @790

    I completely agree, Cameron’s kicked opened the flood gates to a new phenomenon and it’s only just begun.

  6. 790 you should check out some reports on the CES that just went down in Las Vegas.

    They debuted PS3 games in 3D and the ppl that got to play them were blown away.

  7. @790

    They are not going to remake Star Wars!!! They might do 3D versions, but a remake is totally out of the question, sequels on the other hand, expect them in the next few years.

  8. 790 speaks the truth….go to your local Sony Style store and see the new 3-D TV! Holy crap! Very cool and ESPN will be the first to broadcast in 3-D! FIFA World Cup this summer when the new TVs arrive on the market! They ( sony store) have a demo of a game as well. Sony says they will produce all video games in 3-D by 2011. With PS3s, a simple down load will convert it to a 3-D player as well. Freaking AMAZING! And I believe what 790 is saying that many films will be re-formatted in 3-D, much like what was done with “Nightmare before Christmas”…..the only sad thing is now we will have 3-d broadcasts and we are still waiting for 1080p !

  9. Yeah Ogb, I’m all over the recent Vegas tech expos even the 3-D porn tech lol. I’m currently writing a 3-D article on the situation for another site. ;-)

    And yeah Beckett, that’s what I meant, there going to redo the Star Wars films in 3-D. Apparently Lucas is drooling over the chance. Same with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Peter Jackson has said that he’s going to work on that after the Hobbit. Other studios are currently plotting to re-release older films like Top Gun and Cliffhanger etc in 3-D.

    @Tim. Sony is also working on a massive 152in 3-D tv that they plan to market to sports bars etc. Networks like ESPN and SKY UK have plans to unveil 3-D channels later this year to carry all sports in 3-D.

    Its like I said months ago, 3-D will overtake 2-D and within 10 years all media will be in 3-D, this includes commercials and billboards ads.
    The industry can’t wait to use 3-D sublimnals in marketing.

  10. (This is a true story)
    One of the most overheard comments from people as they walked away from the 3-D Tv, demo booths at a recent UK convention, “that looks kinda crappy, but I’ve gotta have it!”

    Behold the power of subliminal marketing. ;-)

  11. Sony also said the PS3 will only work with a particular (3D) TV Model…the Sony TV, that is. I’m sure that will change.

    I’m just drooling over playing Dead Space and having the hud appear in 3D.

    I will have to wait a few years though as I’m sure it will be overpriced for the first year or two.

  12. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony dedicates their 3-D PS3 for Sony 3-D tvs only. That would be typical of Sony.
    Sony is heavily investing in 3-D tech. Because of Sony’s involvement I expect a 3-D console format war will no doubt take place in a few years.
    ^
    Also for those that can’t wait to get a 3-D tv, everyone I’ve talked to says they look horrible. Its going to take years for them to perfect it. Not that I care, but I wouldn’t invest any money into the first gen 3-D monitors. There going to look like crap and have lots of bugs.

  13. You guys are going to drive 790 bonkers with all of this 3D talk, lol.

  14. @790

    I have no problem with watching 3D Star Wars at all.

  15. Well I’m certainly not going to invest in a 3D tv and re purchase the 3D version of Star Wars just so I can see that ring fly by when the Alderan explodes. 8-O

    At the end of the day its just Star Wars. Gheessh I’ve seen that film so many times I can watch it in my mind.
    8-)

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