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. Yay first comment :D

    Can’t wait for transformers 3

  2. Jimmy, go to comingsoon.net’s comments for that first crap, lol.

    Anyway, I really hope they get Noyce to direct the next Jack Ryan movie but hope they don’t get anyone younger than Ford or Affleck at the times of their movies… The Affleck one sucked though, Ford made the best Jack Ryan…

  3. Hey Ken,

    The firsttards have arrived.

  4. What a bunch of crap.

  5. It’s been two long weeks without my daily internet checks and ScreenRant is one at the top of the list, I miss you guys!

  6. As Tony Soprano would say Stephen,,,
    “Eehhh where ya been,,,?”


  7. Working at a camp, technology and air conditioning are foreign things to me right now lol.

  8. Trans 2 made over 200 mil in 5 days and its taken Star Trek over 5 weeks to bust 250ml.

    Sheeet,,,,, 8-O

  9. Pretty sad huh? Doesn’t say much for people’s intelligence…

  10. I hate to quote C3PO Ken, but, “we’re doomed” ,,,,, 8-O

  11. I am yet to understand this correlation between intelligence and liking certain movies.

  12. They think that if you go to Transformers to see the amazing graphics and the robot fight scenes, then you are also going to be amazed at the corny acting laugh hysterically at the juvenile humor, when really some people go to see it just for the graphics and the fight scenes and know that’s all they’ll be getting out of it. If there was a movie with transformer robots that has amazing graphics such as this but also had oscar caliber acting and writing we would go see that instead, but we don’t have that luxury at this moment so we’ll stick with what we have to choose from.

  13. The Hurt Locker took in $144k while only showing in 4 theaters. That’s $36K per theater! TF@ took in $201 mil while showing in 4,234 theaters. That’s $26.5k per theater.

    I know the gross total is all any one ever look at but to me The Hurt Locker whooped TF2′s ass in the individual cinema measurement.

  14. MAYBE it has more to do with how there’s MORE people who would spend their money for “just robots fighting and special effects” than a movie that has great action, acting, AND script. You say there’s no alternative, this is a comparison between two movies, Star Trek is the alternative that has the whole package, yet there are people who want to watch Transformers even though, like you said, it has bad acting, a bad script, and bad jokes, while not wanting to watch Star Trek which was a much better film overall…

  15. @Paul

    I’ve read in a few places that Hurt Locker was supposed to be pretty good. That summary of that one scene that was posted on this site sounded pretty dumb, but perhaps they just picked a bad scene to showcase, lol.

  16. @KenJ – What summary are you referring to? I’ve seen the entire movie and I plan on re-watching it when it comes to my town. The movie, IMO, is that good. It is by far, Bigelowe’s best work to date.

  17. I’m always cautious when a movie is coming out about the Iraq or Afghan war because, knowing the type of people populating Hollywood, they tend to be message movies. I, for one, don’t really care about the political opinions from Hollywood, they don’t know what’s really going on and their opinions are as worthless as any idiot who’s here in the states with no clue what’s really going on. Anyway, from what I’ve read this movie doesn’t do that, is that true?

    And the scene I read about here basically made him seem like a typical Hollywood character, a insubordinate hotshot. Well, nothing I’ve read has said otherwise, so I guess I’ll just have to deal with the fact that I won’t like the protagonist of the movie, but as long as it isn’t a message movie, I might check it out sometime. I think the name of the article was something like “Will Hurt Locker Be Boring?” By Sabrina I think…

  18. Ok, I just checked, and wow, my memory is a little better than I thought, that article was called “Will ‘The Hurt Locker’ Be Boring?” and it was by Sabrina.

  19. @KenJ – We might be the only ones awake right now lol. I can tell you I feel the same way about Hollywood and politics and this movies has no politician’s in it. Yes it does show a hotshot but’s he’s more reckless than anything else, which is his weakness and his strength. I don’t want to give the movie away but trust me, once the movie is over you’ll understand why he does what he does and acts the way he does.

    They do a really good job of explaining that and of also showing the day-to-day fears and decisions these young guys have to make on a 24 hour basis.

  20. @ken J: Still thats merely a matter of preference and being entertained, not intelligence. What entertains you, doesnt necessarily have to entertain someone else.
    On another note, im am just about ready to go see star trek by myself, im the only one i know that wants to see it and when i here things like, “Star Trek is the alternative that has the whole package”. it makes me want to go even more. i doubt i can wait till it gets a DVD release.

  21. sometimes i hate firefox’s automatic spell checker, that should read when i “hear” things like….

  22. I became so sick of the swirling,gnashing,grinding special effects in Transformers two, that my mind started to escape into Egypt as I identified all of the fantastic locations near the Giza Pyramids and then to Jordan to the amazing temple that was featured in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, then I reflected on my time living in Dubai…

    Explosions really bore me. There has to be a purpose!

  23. I can’t read the first page of comments, and I didn’t subscribe to this thread, so I can’t even read the replies from my email, lol.

    Dag nabbit…

  24. Oh great, now I want to watch the Indiana Jones movies all over again, well, up to 3 at least…

  25. @ken J: Still thats merely a matter of preference and being entertained, not intelligence. What entertains you, doesnt necessarily have to entertain someone else.
    On another note, im am just about ready to go see star trek by myself, im the only one i know that wants to see it and when i hear things like, “Star Trek is the alternative that has the whole package”. it makes me want to go even more. i doubt i can wait till it gets a DVD release.

    this was my response on the 1st page. i wonder why you cant read them?

  26. Ok, now that I’ve said that I can’t read the 1st page of comments, it started to work again…



    Thanks, I’ll check it out sometime.

    @Ken x

    Yah, you’re right, it is just a matter of opinion, but I don’t know, to me TF just seems like eye candy with very little substance, like it doesn’t seem like the director tried real hard, and the numbers is not like slightly different, it looks like TF2 will probably double what Star Trek did, and that was a much better movie in my opinion, and I think JJ Abrams tried much harder to perfect his movie than Bay did for TF2…

    But anyway, if you skipped Star Trek because you’re not a Trekkie, let me tell you this. I’ve never been a Trekkie, still not a Trekkie, but that movie rocked, saw it twice. The action was intense, the story was interesting, the characters were great, the acting was really unexpectedly good, even the music score was exciting. I really enjoyed that one and think you would too, you won’t be bored.

  27. Now that gottarhyme and ken j mentioned indy i myself prefer the last crusade over both transformers movies for my child-like reasons( i would try to do the scene where he does the roll and gets away from the buzzsaws but instead of buzzsaws it was my friends with 2 belts…lol) but i liked both transformers movies more then the star trek one. I loved the star trek one as well but i was just more entertained by the robots.

    Also i saw hurt locker and it was amazing… my favorite line still is when they’re looking at the box of stuff that nearly killed him and they pull out his wedding ring and he goes…”like i said… stuff that almost killed me”…lol.Is there going to be a spoilers/review thread for hurt locker…?

  28. @kenJ and Jago

    Indiana Jones! If the Transformers movie had even half the story, the talent and the ideas that franchise had, I would not be whinging about the waste of life-time I’ll never get back that was Transformers2!

  29. BTW, STAR TREK was amazing, and I am a Trekkie!