Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 5th, 2011

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This week:

The X-Men come First at the box office; George Lucas’ Red Tails gets composed – it looks like it might take off soon; Alison Hannigan slices open American Reunion; Hailee Steinfeld and Megan Fox fight it out for Carrie; the producer of Insidious talks about a potential sequel and Bradley Cooper and Oliva Wilde have Words.

Box Office

The fourth instalment of the X-Men franchise – X-Men: First Class topped the box office over the weekend. However, depending on your point of view you could say that it’s the fifth in the series, if you count last year’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine or you could call it the first in a new series since it’s a prequel/reboot (preboot?) of Bryan Singer’s 2000 film. Whatever the case, the Matthew Vaughn-directed superhero film banked an estimated $56 million over the weekend – a figure which is pretty much on a par with Singer’s first film, and decent considering it didn’t have any major stars or the benefit of 3D and IMAX to boost ticket prices. Good reviews (read ours here) could lead to strong legs and once worldwide grosses, DVDs and other ancillaries are added, it should be a profitable re-launch of the franchise for Fox.

x men first class tops the box office Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 5th, 2011

Speaking of continuing franchises, The Hangover Part II banked another $32.4 million over the weekend and upped its gross to $186.8 million. It’ll be interesting to see if this holds long enough to reach (or surpass) the original films $277 million final take.

Kung Fu Panda 2 brought in an estimated $24 million, giving the Jack Black ‘toon a $100 million total gross. It doesn’t look like it will gross anywhere near the total of the original Kung Fu Panda, which scored $215 million back in 2008 – and that wasn’t in 3D!

Speaking of underperforming sequels, and I use the term relatively loosely – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sailed away with another $18 million and upped its gross to $190 million. It should run aground around the quarter billion mark, but once you add up the strong international numbers, you’ll see this made solid financial sense for Disney and everyone else involved.

Bridesmaids grossed the century mark after laughing up another $12.1 million, showing that CGI and 3D aren’t needed when you’re out to make people laugh. Although, anyone who sat through a 3D showing of Clash of the Titans may beg to differ!

Thor hammered home a little over $4 million and upped its total to $169 million, while Fast Five finally crossed $200 million after bringing home another $3 million.

Woody Allen’s latest effort Midnight In Paris brought in a smidgen under $3 million for a total of $6.9 million, while Kate Hudson’s Something Borrowed and Jumping the Broom both banked in the region of $800, 000.

Movie News

1. It looks like George Lucas’ long in development (and and now long delayed) Red Tails may soon take flight.

Terence Blanchard has been hired to score the soundtrack for the film, which is being produced by Lucas and directed by Anthony Hemingway.

Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard and Bryan Lee Cranston star in the film, which chronicles the story of the Tuskegee Airmen during WW II.

Red Tails has long been a passion project for Lucas – his first non Indiana Jones and Star Wars production in seventeen years, but the film apparently underwent extensive reshoots last year with Lucas replacing director Hemingway at the helm. These rumors were denied by Lucasfilm, but the lack of news on the project, until now, is something of a worry.

Source: Jazz Corner


2. Alyson Hannigan has spilled some beans on the upcoming fourth instalment (slice?) of the American Pie franchise: American Reunion.

hannigan talks american reunion Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 5th, 2011

The How I Met Your Mother star updated Entertainment Weekly on how life is going for Hannigan’s Michelle and Jason Bigg’s Jim:

“Well, we’re still married, and we have a child. So we’re navigating the waters of parenthood and how that changes the dynamics of a relationship. But also they’re going back to their high school reunion and so there’s some nostalgia thereof, “Aw, remember what we were like when we first met?” That kind of stuff. It’s really nice. I really love that relationship and they’ve stayed true to it. The great thing about this franchise is that, of course, there’s the raunchy humor but here’s also a lot of heart to it. And this fourth movie does not miss the boat on that at all.”

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, Hannigan also said – “You will see the old band room at least”.

Source: EW


3. Megan Fox has apparently been trying to score the lead role in the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie, but it would appear that she might have some competition for the part.

According to Cinema Blend, True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is the filmmaker’s favorite to take the role that was famously played by Sissy Spacek in Brian De Palma’s 1976 film.

Hailee Steinfeld wanted for Carrie Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 5th, 2011

Since her appearance in the Oscar-nominated Western Steinfield has become a hot commodity in Hollywood, so she’s getting a lot of offers and it remains to be seen if she wants to jump on the horror remake band wagon – at least so early in her career.

The last horror film to have a lead character called Carrie was Sex and the City 2!

Source: Cinema Blend


4. Insidious was a very, very profitable film. The horror film was produced for $1.5 million and currently it has grossed just under $70 million at the worldwide box office. Once DVD sales and rentals are added, alongside TV rights it looks like anyone with gross profit participation is going to be very happy indeed. In Hollywood this sort of success always leads to a sequel (or two) and the film’s producer Jason Blum has been talking to Shock Till You Drop about the chances of a potential follow-up:

“There’s no plan, no release date, nothing like that. I think James feels the same as Oren [Peli]. Oren was very sceptical about doing a sequel to Paranormal Activity until Michael [Perry] pitched an idea and it made sense. If Leigh comes up with a story that’s inventive and you feel like there’s a story to tell – as opposed to ‘let’s make another movie and make money’ – and he comes up with something James feels is worth making we would do it. And if Leigh doesn’t, we won’t.”

insidious producer talks sequel Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 5th, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen – place your bets.

Source: Shock Till You Drop


5. Bradley Cooper and Oliva Wilde are set to star in the dramatic thriller The Words.

According to Variety:

“[The Film] follows a successful writer who discovers he has to pay a price for stealing another man’s work.”

The film has an impressive cast including Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, John Hannah, J.K. Simmons and Nora Arnezeder.

Sounds a bit like the 1998 Cuba Gooding Jr. and Tom Berenger film A Murder of Crows.

Source: Variety


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

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  1. x men first class was awesome =)

  2. Im surprised that Thor made more than First Class in its opening weekend… I suppose you can credit most of that to the 3D tho

    • Well Thor is brand new to some people, and some are also still disappointed with the X-men franchise in general, so it isn’t surprising to see First Class not bring in a lot of moolah. Though, it was a great flick.

  3. Thor made more because nobody has seen a Thor film before. The general movie going public has already seen 4 previous X films and the last two were terrible. Fox needs to sell the rights to Marvel before another X film is made IMO.

    FC will die a slow death at the Box Office without a doubt. Super 8 is coming next weekend, with the highly anticipated Green Lantern film after that and two weeks later Transformers 3.

  4. Another reason FC has mediocre BO numbers is due to the lack of clear marketing on whether this is a prequel or sequel or combination of both will the continuity issues clashing with previous X Men films. Also, not having of Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean, didn’t help as well. I hate how some fanboys are comparing FC to Batman Begins?? WTF? What a reach that is.

  5. Plus all the kiddies will be watching Cars 2 also (which looks bad)

  6. It’s reeeeaaaaaal quite up in here.

    Where are all the fanboys who were trying to hype this film and sell it to the general public? It didn’t work. This X Men films box office #’s will decrease significantly within the the next two weeks. Plain and simply, the general movie audience is tired of all these X Men films.

    They have that been there and seen that attitude. Plus Fox is terrible.

    • Five comments from the same IP address, all bashing X-Men’s opening box office and the film? I think we found the “fanboy” of which you speak.

      By the way, you’re now flagged for auto-moderation. I’m in a good mood so I didn’t ban you.


      • Thank you! Haha… I didnt have to see the IP addy to realize that was the same person. Very annoying

      • I’d take credit for them, but my rants would be more trollish :)

    • I didn’t realize you spoke on behalf of the general movie audience.

  7. Coming Soon to take 1st at Box Office:

    Super 8
    Green Lantern
    Cars 2
    Transformers 3

    Nothing for a couple weeks

    Then BAM – biggest movie of Summer

    Harry Potter – which will make a ridiculous amount of money.

  8. First Class was awesome. Everyone at the theatre loved it, too bad for the preconceived notions people have that make them not want to see it. Hopefully itll have great legs at the box office because people are missing out on a great movie.

  9. Fist Class will have Great competition ahead. Indeed. But Good Reviews and Good Word of Mouth will probably keep it Alive. It is Xmen after all…

  10. Sorry I meant “FIRST CLASS” lol

  11. Sure it didn’t post records at the box office but over time and when the world wide grosses come in FC will be just fine. I thought it was great. Super 8 is coming next week and I was already excited for it but after all the news and reviews I have been hearing I am even more anxious to see it. But after that I won’t be hitting the theater until Potter. Sure there are other films I want to see before but the budget police (Wife) have told me to slow down.

  12. Didn’t expect Fast Five to lead off the summer with 200M.

  13. X-men: First Class was really good and I do hope they continue that line of x-men movies.
    While I do understand why so many are annoyed because of the continuity problems I really wish people could give it a chance; when you just look at it as a movie you can really enjoy it.

  14. Can’t wait for GREEN LANTERN and CAPTIAN AMERICA!!!Which opens on my birthday,what a great birthday gift!!!Courious to see Conan and The Immortals.

  15. WOM can only carry FC so far, especially when the the competition gets fierce in the next couple of weeks at the theater. Fox should just try and get the solo Wolverine film done next and sell the X rights to Marvel. Another X film is not needed for at least another 5 years.

  16. I am curious, do we know anything about how Super 8 is tracking?
    What are the box office expectations for this film?

    • Don’t know, but Abrams and Spielberg groupies have been raving about the film for the past 6 months, saying it is going to be the next best thing since sliced bread. This is with the trailers being about the same thing and fans saying it’s a mix between Goonies and ET? Who knows how it will actually do, but it will without a doubt win the box office next weekend. FC will be lucky to come in 2nd place. I think the big reveal of the “alien monster” in Super 8 will wind up disappointing the audience.

      • Yep!

        I expect Super 8 to do the same type of numbers as X:FC the first weekend.

  17. I would much rather see Hailee Steinfeld as Carrie than Megan Fox. On one hand it is just another Hollywood cash grab, but on the other it is a remake of a true classic. If anything, it deserves a lead with some acting chops.

  18. X- men First class was way better, than Thor!

  19. Vic I love this site while I like the movie I wasn’t overwelmed this is not to say anything negative I loved most movies, this wasn’t very good at development and with the extra characters mostly second tier Havok, Banshee and lord knows whoever else, to be accurate, needed a little more back story or better lines, and maybe even us comic fans maybe just a little tired of the whole X-franchise, I just couldn’t care anymore, they need to work on something else I am on X-burnout, and please the comparisons to the darknight, I am not even going there Magneto Xavier and Mystiqe(sorry about the spelling) this was their movie the Magneto’s younger days as it should’ve been called, I am looking forward to Captain America!

    • Do you realize that entire post was 1 sentence? :-)

  20. Just saw X-men Sunday afternoon. Really good. I expected that it might not do well in theaters (at least initially), but figured it might get good word of mouth and build on that. Now that I’ve seen it, I think it will do okay in theaters and have a good life on DVD. As long as it does okay, I’d expect a sequel because it’s a much better than average superhero movie that will have people talking for a long time.

  21. The purist in me definitely cheered as X-Men: First Class barely made as much money as the first X-Men movie. I was initially worried because of all the “great reviews” on-line that people would be suckered into somehow turning it into a blockbuster movie. Yes, I know there were changes and revisions of characters’ histories in the previous X-Men movies, but nothing approaching this scale.

    This movie – even if it’s supposed to be a reboot – was firmly entering “forget everything you ever knew about the X-Men” territory without caring an iota about the source material, except what they “felt” made a good movie, and that really rubbed me the wrong way.

    So it’s the first comic book movie I’ve actually hoped would fail so that the rights would be returned to a company that would know how to write better stories with them.

    And unlike the first X-Men movie – which admittedly had Hugh Jackman’s star power to propel its way into sequels (though I think the second movie as more representative of the strength of the material) – I don’t think this movie will have anything to go for it as far as attraction for a follow-up. But I didn’t watch the movie so people will have to tell me if I’m wrong. Judging by the review posted here though, it didn’t seem like it.

    • I really dont understand the “source material” argument. Did the purist in you hate the entire ultimate universe which had Prof X, Cyclops, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Jean Grey and Colossus as the original x-men? How bout House of M? Did you hate it when Millar wrote a story where Superman’s ship crashed in Russia and he was raised a communist? Do you hope every elseworld and multiverse comic bombs?

      Theres so many universes in the comics and writers are always spicing things up that I have no problem with the movie doing it too. This movie captured the spirit of the Xmen pefectly. This is an Xmen movie, they may not be your xmen but theyre the xmen.

      • The question about how so-called “purists” feel about things that have gone on with certain or all comics over the past ten to fifteen years might not mean much since many people who collected in the 80′s and 90′s might not have even looked at a comic in recent years. Some of the things you are citing like changing characters drastically, dumping whole characters (like the World without Heroes deal Marvel did in the late 90′s), and other creative license drove allot of fans away back then and not all of them came back.

        When X-Men and Spider-Man came out initially in 2000 you probably saw allot of fans from the previous twenty years flock to see the comic characters they loved and followed for so many years on screen in live action. Due to the lack of quality of what had come before it was probably just exciting to see something put out that wasn’t a total joke and fans of all eras ate it up.

        Then it seems like the same generational divide set in with the movies when some of them just started going down a road fans of older volumes really couldn’t get behind and the same things that drove them away from the books has probably started to backlash on the films.

        People who are comic fans from this decade have to consider that things were different in the 70′s, 80′s and early 90′s and there was not nearly the amount of “retconning”, re-boots, multiple use (and some would say abuse) of alternate realities, so the sensibilities of those fans really are not as able to go with some of the swerves that might be common today.

      • Actually, yes the purist in me never bothered to follow the Ultimate Universe. They were not the characters I were familiar with and never will be.

    • I had a similar mentality when I saw the numbers come in for friday. I saw how low they are and have to admit a smile slid up my face.

      Sadly while not great or even good these numbers are not failure level. They are just low. Well bellow expectations and predictions, but still not bomb level. It will turn a profit. The real question is will the very small profit be enough for the studio to do a sequel or low enough to scare them off to another path.

      Don’t get excited about the rights going back to marvel. It won’t happen. It just means that they will make changes and try again. Don’t forget they still have Wolverine 2 coming down the line. Not to mention a script for Deadpool and tossing around the idea for an X4. They won’t throw it away. For them to do that it would take a couple of major bombs in a row. Even if they do and it’s marvel that gets the rights it would be a long time till we got a proper X-men film. Marvel if they are smart (and I believe they are) will wait awhile to let the taste of the franchise fade from our mouths.

      • Cool story bro. Tell it again.

        • @Nando … very well-thought out, deep thinking and poignant response.

          @Daniel F – Nice post and I agree.

    • Nothing like a dusty, moth-eaten argument in place of an original thought.

      It’s a great movie that will have a long long life. People (a lot of the “I’m not gonna see it” crowd included) will be discovering this movie for several years, if word-of-mouth doesn’t get them to see it in theaters. It all is not said and done yet, but if it does “fail” I’ll still see it as a huge success because it is a good movie.

      Don’t be surprised if they green-light a sequel based on all the good buzz. The only question is if it makes just enough to push it forward.

      Box office doesn’t seem to be the only factor taken into account, otherwise there would be Spider-man 4, Wolverine 2 (fast-tracked), X-men 4, etc. etc.

      Anyway, this is just another demonstration of the kiddie-pool shallow thinking of the fans against this movie. No original argument or insight has come from the whole lot of you over the entire past year. It’s all the same stuff over and over. The release of the movie has just given you new life out of your dead horses. But congratulations, by continuing the same criticism while not even seeing the movie you’ve really elevated (or lowered) your game.

      Anyway, enjoy the numbers game at the box office. It may not work out the way you’d like. But even if it does, this movie will become part of the superhero movie discussion for years to come.

  22. kung fu panda…ppl need to go see it come on i want a third one!

    • Sorry Rickster, but anything that gives Jack Black a paycheck keeps me from supporting it.

  23. Hailee Steinfeld is waaaaayyyyyyy to young to star in Carrie!

    And I’m not worried about the box office of First Class (which I enjoyed), I think word of mouth will help it, and even if it doesn’t make it to number 1 next weekend, it’ll do well on monday-thursday.

    And why the hell is no one watching Kung fu Panda 2!?! It deserves to make a lot more than what its making and overtake The Hangover 2 at the box office!

  24. Whilte the BO for First Class is on par with the X film from 2000 you have to realize it’s been 11 years. Adjusted for inflation the numbers really are not that close.

    Adjusted for Inflation XFC is the lowest grossing film of the franchise. Looking beyond the Box office XFC had the lowest attendance of any X film as well.

    So far the over seas numbers are not great. They are not as bad, but certainly not great. Over all over seas is slightly stronger than Wolverine but only because of Asia. In most other territories Wolverine had made more, but Asias numbers were so strong that it managed to push XFC just barely ahead. However in America Wolverines Box Office was much much higher than XFC.

    To be fair about Thor making more it’s only because of 3D. Thor’s attendance and XFC’s attendance are virtually the same. Thor had only a slight lead on attendance, but it was so small it’s not even worth noting. The best example to see where XFC will go is probably Watchmen. The two are very close as are the numbers to Incredible Hulk.

    This is a big hit for XFC considering next week it will have to compete with Super 8 and the following week Green Lantern. Followed by Cars 2 good or not Pixar always rakes in the cash. It’s rough roads ahead. XFC good word of mouth may be enough to keep it up but doubtful considering the competition ahead. The real test is how much does the general public want to see Super 8?

    • It took $120 million worldwide. Those are good numbers, Thor only made more becuase it was 3D, no other reason.

      And Super 8? Won’t do anything.

      • It will make a profit as I said to another person. I do not disagree.

        However, it is FAR bellow what was expected and what was predicted. It was the lowest number of the entire franchise by far.

        Also typically a film is expected to mkae at 150% of it’s budget domestically. If they don’t they are usually deemed non successful. XFC will not do this. Domestically it may not even make it’s budget. It will be lucky to hit 150mil and budget was 160 not including marketing.

        Technically Superman Returns World Wide made a profit but was deemed a massive failure because it didn’t make it’s budget Domestically.

        Technically Watchmen made a profit worldwide, but domestically failed to hit it’s budget and was considered a failure.

        Same goes for the first Hulk movie. Heck Hulk missed it’s budget by only 5 million that’s more than likely a smaller gap between BO and budget than XFC will have. However world wide it easily surpassed box office. Yet failure.

        Best example though is Fantastic Four 2. This film made more than it’s budget domestically barely, but still more. Foreign box office was well above it’s budget and world wide was more than double the budget and yet it was a failure. Can’t blame poor reviews. The first film had terrible reviews and didn’t beat it’s box office by much and also had horrible reviews yet got a sequel. Also even with bad reviews if a film was considered a financial success do you really think they would end it because of bad reviews?

        Domestic Box office is typically the judge of how successful it was. A film is expected to at least hit 150% of budget domestic alone. It definately needs to at least make it’s budget domestically. XFC will be lucky to do that. Most likely amount for it is right around 150 give or take 5 mil.

        Be little Super 8 if you like. It may not be your thing or even my thing, but it is getting very strong reviews and JJ has lots of fans. I have no interest in it, but it should easily match the box office of XFC which is enough to hurt XFC’s chances of a strong second weekend. XFC needs a almost unprecedented drop to put out strong domestic numbers. Most likely is a 50% drop which is a good drop for a box office most films get that. However, it’s still not small enough for this to be a hit. It’s possible it can recover, but not likely.

        Also to be honest the strength in it’s foreign box office has little to do with high numbers in individual areas and more to do with a massive world wide launch. It launched in more territories opening weekend than most films do.

        • I’m not belittling Super 8 at all. I actually wouldnt mind seeing it, but I’ve seen next to no publicity for it in thhe UK, it might do some solid numbers in the US but I dont see it taking much internationally.

          X-Men has only been on general release for 4 days, it has plenty of time to make a lot more money, the positive reviews will certainly help, plus it has a wide appeal. People were most likley put off because of how bad the previous 2 films were.

          • Isn’t it coming to the UK in August?

            • Not sure. Seems like a big gap between releases.

          • I’m actually going to see Super 8 on Friday. I’m off from work, so me and a couple of buddies are catching a matinee. This film has me really intrigued simply because of the creative forces behind it. Abrahms and Speilberg? That is NOT a combination I would be against.

            That being said, next week I am going to see XFC, and I am looking forward to it.

            • I do want to see Super 8, it looks cool but I wouldnt be that bothered if I didnt see it at the cinema.

        • Cool story bro.

        • Thanks for that logical unbiased post!

    • I can’t disagree with you.

  25. First Class was brilliant, best in series so far, couldnt really fault it, and considering the small budget and the high international numbers, it will turn a tidy profit which should be good news for sequels.

    • Saw it Friday.

      Loved it!

      • Me too, everyone involved did an amazing job, Fassbender as Magneto is one of the cinematic highlights of the year.

  26. without the name X-MEN, this film does maybe 10 million at best. very weak opening considering how the last two did…..

    • I will repeat again. $120 million worldwide. In just a few days. If anything, the name X-Men hurt the film.

      • Again the 120 mil world wide is not impressive.

        I also disagree that the X-men name hurt it at all. I think it’s the only reason it made this much. Not saying it’s so awful that it made the money because of the name. I am saying however, that the ad campaign and marketing were so terrible that if it were not for the X name it would of failed miserably. Even people who love the movie can admit the marketing was terrible. Those god awful posters and very unimpressive trailers.

        It’s pretty hard for even the greatest of films to recover from bad marketing. Poor trailers and poster can really hurt a film.

        • There was nothing wrong with the trailers at all, it was the trailers that turned a lot of people around to the concept.

  27. Wow. People comparing FC to Batman Begins? Umm…has anyone ever heard of inflation? It doesn’t matter what fanboys think, it matters what the public, non fanboys think. They obviously (based on this weekends mediocre numbers) are BURNT OUT on X Men films. Especially ones where the continuity is all over the place and no Wolverine or Cyclops. The competition gets fierce right away with an interesting film by Abrams and Spielberg called Super 8, then something fresh with Green Lantern and then another Transformers film. FC won’t be able to compete with that.

    Why would anyone of you want a sequel that is produced by Fox anyway? Vaughn certainly not coming back to deal with Fox in a sequel. He has better things to do.

  28. I’m kind of caught between feeling good about the lackluster domestic performance of FC and feeling bad. I liked the movie, but I want Marvel to get the rights back (which I know will not happen).