Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 15, 2009

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screen rant logo Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 15, 2009 This week:

Disaster at the box office with 2012; Harvey Keitel and Robert DeNiro re-team for Fockers; Brad Pitt’s Moneyball may finally roll; Belgian actress de France plays French alongside Matt Damon in Eastwood’s Hereafter and Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey dance with Portman and Kunis in Black Swan.

Box Office

Say what you will about Roland Emmerich and his films, the director knows how to destroy the world on screen and make shed loads of money. His most recent disaster epic 2012 destroyed all competition and banked an impressive $65 million over the weekend to capture the number one position. The film has so far grossed an amazing $225million worldwide from a $200 million budget.

2012 box office Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 15, 2009

Disney’s A Christmas Carol is showing legs like a supermodel. The film dropped only 23% from last weekend for a $23 million take. It should play well in the run-up to Christmas and then have a decent life on DVD and with re-releases.

Precious was third with a highly impressive $6.2 million from just 174 locations. Never under-estimate the power of Oprah!

George Clooney’s The Men Who Stare At Goats was fourth with just a smidgen over $6 million.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It banked $5.1 million. The film has now made over $67 million in the US and huge $200 million worldwide. Not bad for a film that is essentially a DVD special feature.

Meanwhile Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox grossed a mighty $250, 000 from just four screens!

Movie News

1. Harvey Keitel has joined the ever growing cast of Little Fockers.

Keitel will play a contractor employed by Stiller’s character in the Paul Weitz directed comedy.

The film also stars Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and possibly Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.

I still can’t believe the amount of talent that this film is attracting. The first two are entertaining enough films and they made enough money to warrant a third return to the well, but the budget must be pretty high unless everyone is looking for a huge backend on the gross.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2. It looks like Brad Pitt’s troubled Moneyball may be inching closer to making it on to the big screen.

Since Steven Soderbergh’s departure from the film no director has been attached but now it looks like two interesting candidates have emerged as the front-runners to tackle the Sony picture.

pitt and moneyball Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 15, 2009

Capote director Bennett Miller and (500) Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb have set their sights on the baseball film.

With Pitt still attached, the film is obviously still a high priority for Sony and I’d imagine that they want to snag a director soon before his interest wanes. Both Miller and Webb are interesting candidates but they aren’t Soderbergh so my interest in the film (unlike Pitt’s) has died.

It’ll be interesting to see if this film makes it to the screens. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. Belgian actress Cecile de France will join Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter.

De France will play French journalist who has a near-death experience in the supernatural drama.

According to Variety:

“Hereafter tells the story of three people who are touched by death in different ways.”

The film which started shooting last month will take in global locations including Paris, London, Hawaii and San Francisco.

Damon will next be seen alongside Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus which opens next month.

Hereafter opens on December 10, 2010.

Source: Variety

4. Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey have joined the cast of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. The supernatural drama stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as warring ballerinas – one of whom may or may not exist.

SlashFilm has the character breakdowns for these new addiations to the cast:

“Ryder will play Beth, Nina’s (Portman) “sorta friend” who has been the school’s running lead in all the productions, but who is nearing the end of her career. All the dancers are aiming to take her place as Odette, the Swan Queen, in the next big ballet: Swan Lake. Cassel will be playing the ”handsome but sinister Yevna,” the director of the new stage production. And Hershey will play Nina’s mother.”

While the film doesn’t seem to fit into any sort of commercial box, I’m always interested in seeing what Aronofsky will do and I’m sure that at the very least, the film will have an interesting visual appeal.

Source: SlashFilm

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

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  1. I’m not surprised at all that “2012″ was number 1 this week. I’m not at all looking forward to “Little Fockers”. The first was hilarious, second was OK, and a third would be overkill.

  2. I’m really looking forward to Black Swan. Is it for the Aronofsky glimpses of genius or Portman and Kunis in leotards… hmmm, probably both in all honesty (sad as that may be on both levels :) ).

  3. 2012 was eye candy it was freaking entertaining as hell, especially the scene where the quakes start to hit and cusack goes to the rescue to his family with a limo. i mean what else can he drive through with that limo?

  4. Just incase you missed Michael Jackson’s last film “This Is It”.
    Wow, I can’t believe it but, this tuesday 5 new Michael Jackson Dvd’s amazingly hit the shelves. Wow I thought “This Was It” was it? (Sarcasm!)
    Michael Jackson:
    1- Mega Box
    2- The Interviews Vol 1
    3- The Interviews Vol 2
    4- Thank You For The Music, Final Words
    5- Press Conferences and Store Signings
    Milk it baby!!!
    On another comic note, there’s a direct to dvd Twilight parody coming this Tuesday called: “Taintlight” seriously ,,,!

  5. Who cares about the Fockers movie? Anyone? Really? The first two were diminutive drivel of the lowest order, real toilet filth, pond scum of movies.

    Black Swan sounds interesting, mildly original, expect it to make no money! Mmmmmmmm Natalie Portman…

  6. It’s not surprising 2012 made that kind of money with the hype they got – http://www.newsy.com/videos/2012_disaster_film_sparks_doomsday_fears

  7. ^^ Not to mention the 2012 special that aired on History Channel

  8. Have to agree with Dr.Sam……The biggest problem with the Focker series is Ben Stiller ( not funny and can’t act) Had a rare weekend off and Saw Christmas Carol ( finally the book is actually in the film) and Pirate Radio which I wanted to love , but most of the music that was played in the sdtrk was NOT from 1966, and that runied it for me.

  9. Is the deal with 2012 not some kind of opening Weekend record? NOt that it made so much money but that it made in its opening weekend more money then it was budgeted for?

    I managed to catch 2012 at midnite last Thursday/Friday and I was NOT dissapointed. I am looking forward to watching this again and catching it on my own big screen when it hits BluRayDVD

  10. @790
    Looks like we missed the national cume by 15 million (we guessed it would be 50 million). Not a bad hunk of change. :-)

  11. Yes Kahless, it was a good weekend to die! Lol

    only missed it by 15,000,000. ;-)

  12. @790
    The only bad part of this weekend is the Redskins won and Cowboys lost. :-(

  13. I was so traumatized after watching 2012 that I spent the entire weekend drinking my way through Arrested Development season 2. ;-)