Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 28, 2009

Published 6 years ago by , Updated October 15th, 2012 at 10:25 am,

screenrant Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 28, 2009This week:

The box office is Transfomed; Ryan Reynold’s career is Buried; Lorenzo di Bonaventura knows Jack Ryan; Zac Efron grows up and Daniel Craig moves into his Dream House.

Box Office

Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen blasted into the top spot with a powerful $201 million in its first five days. The Michael Bay sequel overcame horrendous reviews to show that all an audience wants is giant robots and Megan Fox. You can bet your butt that Transformers 3 will be on its way soon!

With a second weekend take of $18 million it looks like The Proposal is the bridesmaid. The Sandra Bullock comedy has now banked $69 million. A final take of $100 million is pretty much a cert.

The Hangover brought in $17 million bringing giving the hit comedy a mighty total gross of $183 million. Look for the film to cross the magic $200 million mark in a week or so.

Up has now hit the quarter billion mark for Disney/Pixar. After taking $13 million this weekend, it looks like the animated film has a few more weeks in the top ten.

Cameron Diaz’s terrible looking My Sister’s Keeper opened with a very mild $12 million. Unless a miracle happens it looks like Diaz’s days on the A-List are over. No wonder she’s set to re-team with Tom Cruise, but that’ll only slow the slide.

Year One dropped a huge 70% this weekend with a weekend gross of just under $6 million. With just $32 million in the bank this has to be a disappointment for all involved.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 took in another $5.3 million giving the Tony Scott film a $53 million total. Look for the film to end with about $65 million.

Star Trek is approaching $250 million, making it the most successful film in the series.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian took another $3.5 million from moviegoers giving the family fiilm a $163 million total.

Dropping out of the top ten is Land of The Lost and Terminator Salvation. The films have grossed $46 million and $121 respectively.

Movie News

1. Ryan Reynolds has chosen his next film project after the double whammy success of Wolverine and The Proposal .

Mr Scarlett Johansson will star in Buried, a film that sounds slightly more serious than the Hugh Jackman and Sandra Bullock starrers.

“Reynolds will star in Buried, playing a civilian contractor who’s kidnapped in Iraq and awakens buried in a coffin in the desert, armed only with a cell phone, a candle and a knife.”

Rodrigo Cortes will direct the film that starts shooting next month in Barcelona.

Will this be the role needed to finally break Reynolds onto the A-list? Maybe, but at least he has the Deadpool movie on the way.

Source: Variety

2. Moviehole spoke with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about the new Jack Ryan film. The block-busting producer stated that one of the main hold-ups with the film is that the filmmakers are worried that they won’t be able to top the other films in the franchise.

He also stated that he had been talking to Phillip Noyce who directed Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games about returning to the series. The Australian director who is currently working on Angelina Jolie’s Salt hasn’t made a firm commitment though.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura said:

‘’No, we were just – we’ve been working – I mean, yes. We did talk about it, actually, prior to Salt. And we’ve been so focused on Salt that neither of us has really had time to think about talking about Jack Ryan. So, he’s going away on vacation now, for a week – or — vacation’s the wrong way. You know, he worked like crazy. He needed to take a week and breathe, so that’s what he’s doing right now.”

He also admitted that they were looking for a younger star to step into the shoes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

Source: Moviehole

3. Teen heartthrob Zac Efron will in a new untitled thriller for Mandate Pictures.
Nothing is known about the thriller that will be produced by Greg Shapiro, Jason Barrett and Leslie Dixon.

Dixon also wrote the script which is expected to be Efron’s foray into a more mature role after bolting on the Kevin Bacon role in the Footloose remake. Chace Crawford nabbed the lead in the remake and he will be joined by Julianne Hough.

Source: Variety

4. Daniel Craig is starting to fill out his between Bond schedule with a role in Jim Sheridan’s Dream House.

“Craig would play a man who moves his family to an idyllic small town, only to find his house haunted by its former inhabitants, who were murdered there.”

While the film sounds like the usual generic horror fair it should be noted that Irishman Sheridan has been behind such heavy hitting films as My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father and The Field.

Daniel Craig is set to return as James Bond in Bond 23. That won’t be its real title.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  1. Ken J

    Yeah, I never seen any Trek before the JJ Abrms version and now I’d class as a Trekkie.

    I think the fact they were both written by the same people shows how important the director is, and how a bad one *cough* bay *cough* can really destroy a possibly good script.

  2. I’m a life-long Transformers fan and not a Star Trek fan.

    Even I have to say Star Trek was a much better overall movie than TF2. :/

    I’m beginning to agree with you guys unfortunately, but Michael Bay will likely come back for the third sequel so oh well…

  3. How the heck did Julianne Hough get that part in Footloose? I know she can dance and is pretty but she can’t sing and has never acted before in a leading role. Makes me wonder just who she is kissing up to in order to get this break? I feel bad for Chace since the movie will now be a definite bomb.

  4. I finally got to see “Up” last night. What a wondeful movie. My 2nd favorite movie of the summer after Star Trek. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. I also really enjoyed the little short before the movie with the clouds. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. This movie will definitely be added to my collection when it comes out on DVD.

  5. @ ken J

    Well I said if there was another movie with TRANSFORMERS in it that has good acting and a good script I would go see it, but there isn’t. If I wanted to go see Star Trek I’d go see it…..again. Dude I paid almost $15 and drove 45 minutes to see Star Trek with some friends in IMAX, DON’T TELL ME I AM A SIMPLETON!!!!! lol

  6. 2009 is definitely one for the history books. We saw the swearing in of the first Afro-American President; the death of arguably the greatest Afro-American entertainer; the death of an Angel; and we will possibly see a movie panned by critics be the greatest money-maker in film history. What else will we see in 2009.

  7. Its Trekkers, sports fans… 8-O
    Kahless,,, ;-)
    You mean, the botched swearing in of what’s shaping up to be another puppet president.
    Did Stevie Wonder pass ??????
    No comment on Farrah.
    I can’t wait to see the drop off next weekend for Trans2.
    It won’t come close to TDK in the long run…

    Just my 5cents.

  8. @ John Kahless. You forgot to add that we’ll see the revolutionary film that is Avatar.

    BTW, damn! TF2 almost beat TDK for the first 5 days gross.

  9. @790
    I knew the film would be big but my goodness! I know people are saying they only went to see it for action, effects and Fox but there have been movies that had all that (well, not Fox but a hot actress) but a great story and acting, and didn’t come near this. With such large numbers and a bad script, you would think it would loose at least 70% next week, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    @Iron Knight
    Man, that is my most anticipated movie after Trek. If it’s as good as we hope it will be, just add that to the 2009 Historical Archives.

  10. Kudos to the Screen Rant team for fixing the gray screen that kept coming up. It was quite annoying.

  11. I see Bruno is getting nothing but good reviews. The trailer of that movie just doesn’t do anything for me. While Borat had some very funny moments, I just thought it was too disgusting for another viewing.

  12. Keep in mind schools out and that’s the 5 day total Kahless…

    Bruno looks not just unfunny but offensive to me…

  13. @kahless

    If you’ve noticed, I haven’t given any coverage to Bruno here on the site.


  14. @ ken j. I wouldn’t call myself a trekkie, but I did love the original show and enjoyed the movies. I haven’t skipped it, I just have been avoiding going alone cus no one else wants to see it. I will def be makin the effort to see it soon tho!!!

  15. “If you’ve noticed, I haven’t given any coverage to Bruno here on the site.”

    And we are all the better for it.

  16. @ken x, tell your friends they are a bunch of idiots, yes, use those words.

    I won’t watch anything with that idiot. (talking about the guy that’s in Bruno and Borat)

    What? I like Julianne Hough’s single, but I guess it’s just not your kind of music huh?

    Indy 1-3 are some of my favorite movies of all time! Man, those were good memories… Do they have the series on blu-ray??

    @Phil G
    Movie studios only really care about $$ not really critical acclaim, so most definitely Bay will ruin, I mean make, another Transformers movie.

    @Andy S
    UP was really awesome, I saw it twice in theaters. First time with friends, then I brought my girlfriend to it. I saw Star Trek twice too and I’m itching to see it again, can’t wait until it comes out on blu-ray.

    Me too! I would watch a good transformers movie. I went to see the first one in theaters hoping for a good movie. I followed the movie prior to release, from that teaser of the rover landing on “Mars” (which had an atmosphere with clouds which looked a lot like earth, lol)

  17. Hey Ken-J you can consider me a conspiracy nut but when the Viking Probe landed on Mars back in the late “70′s” Gene Roddenberry was at JPL/NASA in Pasadena watching it with a group of celebs that were invited to the “live feed” landing. He remarked that Mars looked just like the Arizona desert.
    Within 30 minutes JPL/NASA adjusted the red color shift on all the Tv monitors to give off a more red alien background.
    Needless to say that was the last time they allowed the press and celebs to view a live feed from Mars or anywhere in Space…

    Do the conspiracy math on that one…

  18. Uh, ok, I’ll take your word for it…

    Um… so… Star Trek was pretty cool…