This week:

The box office gets Wild; a Vampire Chronicles star moves to Cradlewood; Everything Must Go for Will Ferrell; Owen, Keener and Schwimmer Trust each other and Terrance Mallick’s Tree of Life withers in 2009.

Box Office

After a few years in post-production, Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are took the top spot with a mighty $32.4 million over the weekend. Catering to children and adults alike, it looks like this adaptation of the children’s book might make it to the century barrier.

Law Abiding Citizen came an impressive second with $21 million. The thriller has given a boost to the careers of Jamie Fox and Gerard Butler whose last movies underperformed.

Paranormal Activity scared up $20 million from only 760 screens for a $33 million total. It looks like the sky is the limit as Halloween approaches.

Couples Retreat plunged 47% giving the comedy a weekend take of just under $18 million. With $63 million in the bank so far, it would appear that this Vince Vaughn starrer has a slim chance at hitting $100 million. Slim and Vince Vaughn in the same sentence – that hasn’t been done in a while.

The Stepfather remake faced stiff competition and landed at number 5 with $12.3 million. The low budget of this shocker will probably help it see profit.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs grossed another $8 million giving the film an impressive $108 million total. It might be cloudy – but it’s only raining money!

Zombieland took in just under $8 million this weekend. With $60 million so far it looks like this won’t see $100 million.

The new 3D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 brought in another $3 million giving the duo a decent $28 million total. They’re pretty much there to act as a trailer for next year’s Toy Story 3 so that’s a pretty good win for the re-releases.

Bruce Willis’ Surrogates brought in $1.9 million for a $36 million total, meanwhile The Invention of Lying took a smidgen less than that for a $15 million cumulative gross. Ricky Gervais just isn’t a movie star.

Movie News

1. The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder has signed on to star in “romantic gothic fairy tale” Cradlewood.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The movie centers on an Australian woman living in Boston with the heir (Somerhalder) to an incredible fortune whose family history is swirled in a legend that tells of a pact made with a demon which ensures that whenever a boy is born into the family, the father is killed. The heir suspects his girlfriend is pregnant, and after strange events occur, he comes to believe he will die if he continues to fall in love.”

Interesting. Sounds like it’ll either be good or terrible. However,  if I was a betting man…

Emma Lung will co-star in the film that will shoot in Melbourne, Australia which is to double as Boston. The reasons for that are financial as I can only assume you guessed.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2. Will Ferrell is set to star in the independent film Everything Must Go.

The $10 million film is based on a Raymond Carver short story . The synopsis is as follows:

“Ferrell will play a guy who loses his job and gets locked out of the house by his wife. She deposits his belongings on the front lawn, and he spends the next four days trying to sell his possessions.”

I can only imagine that Ferrell is bored of remaking old television shows.

Source: Variety

3. Clive Owen and Catherine Keener will be directed by Friends star David Schwimmer in The Trust. Variety says:

“Owen and Keener will play the parents of a 14-year-old girl who are stunned to discover she has been victimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager on a chat room. Newcomer Liana Liberato will play the daughter.”

It sounds very apt and heavy, which might make it an awards contender.

Source: Variety

4. Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, which had been scheduled for a December 25 release has now been delayed until next year.

The Brad Pitt and Sean Penn drama is currently being edited by Malick who likes to take his time on projects. Malick has only directed four films to date (not including Tree of Life). These films are 1973’s Badlands with Martin Sheen, Days of Heaven with Richard Gere, The Thin Red Line with everyone and The New World with Colin Farrell and Christian Bale.

Not a bad filmography!

Tree of Life is currently without a release date.

Source: Indewire

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