Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:48 am,

This week:

There’s a Clash of the Titans on Date Night; It looks like cellmates Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor won’t be getting released in I Love Phillip Morris; Butter won’t melt for Twilight star Ashley Greene; Rowan Atkinson is Johnny English again; Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl are Intruders.

Box Office

It looks like Clash of the Titans made it two straight weeks at the top of the box office. The big budget 3D (although not very good 3D, apparently) action film grossed an estimated $28 million over the weekend to bring its total up to $111 million. The film should top out at around $150 million. Titans has had mixed reviews at best, but it is Sam Worthington’s third $100 million dollar grosser in a row (not to mention Avatar’s $750 million domestic haul). However, will it be enough to shoot him onto that A-list alongside the Smith’s, the Pitt’s and the Cruise’s of this world? Or is he set to become the next Thomas Jane – a man who keeps choosing geek-tastic material only to find that he’s just not an A-list star. That’s not a knock on Thomas Jane – he’s great and it’s sad that he’s not a bigger star, but it is the reality.

clash of the titans worthington aetherton Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

Steve Carell and Tina Fey might just have to settle for the runner-up position with Date Night (although all that could change once the actual figures come in). The action(ish) comedy should bank about $26 million over the three days. Date Night should do quite well if it has legs. Otherwise, it’s back to The Office and 30 Rock for its stars.

marky mark date night Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon was third after burning through $25 million in moviegoers cash. The animated film has now grossed solid $134 million. If it keeps going it could soar to $200 million.

Miley Cyrus and Tyler Perry are battling it out for fourth spot with Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Last Song and Why Did I Get Married Too each pulling in around $11 million. The Cyrus film has now scored $44 million, while Perry’s sequel has rung up $49 million at registers. Considering that these films are aimed at two very different demographics, it’ll be interesting to see which one comes out on top. Although, to be fair, I won’t be watching either of them.

After grossing another $6 million, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has now brought its total to $319 million. This is crazy when you think about it? Mad as a hatter even. Johnny Depp must love those gross points right now!

Hot Tub Time Machine soaked up just over $5.5 million. The John Cusack time travel comedy has now bubbled up to $37 million. It should get to just under $50 million before those bubbles burst and the film sinks out of the top ten. Expect the R-rated comedy to clean-up on DVD with rated and unrated releases.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid grossed $5 million over the weekend. With just under $55 million in the bank so far, it looks like this was a pretty profitable little film. Wimpy kids everywhere rejoice!

The Bounty Hunter brought in just under $5 million. The Jen and Gerard comedy has now scored $56 million. It looks like the tabloid frenzy has bought the film some good publicity.

Movie News

1. Have you been looking forward to the Jim Carrey/ Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You Phillip Morris?

Couldn’t wait to see it on the big screen come April 30th?

Well, tough. It’s not being released!

i love you phillip morris Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

No Release For You!

The prison love story about a conman’s (Carrey) love for his cellmate, the titular Phillip Morris (McGregor) has been pulled from its release schedule (for the second time).

No reason was given by distributor Consolidated Pictures Group and no replacement date has been set.

It looks like parole was denied.

The film has already been released in the UK.

Source: LA Times

2. Twilight star Ashley Greene has joined the cast of Butter.

According to Risky Business:

“Butter follows a number of competitive characters in a small Midwestern town as they become entwined in an annual butter-carving contest. Greene will play a rebellious high school teenager named Kaitlen Pickler.”

I could make a joke about how these Twilight actors are churning films out – but(ter) I won’t!

The film which is produced by Jennifer Garner will be directed by She’s Out of My League director Jim Field Smith.

She’ll next be seen as Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in June

Source: THR

3. Universal Pictures and Working Title have started work on Johnny English 2 – a sequel to the 2003 comedy… er … Johnny English.

johnny english 2 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

While the original Rowan Atkinson starring film cost $40 million to produce (really?) it only grossed $28 million in the US. However, it did have huge international appeal – grossing $161 million worldwide. What will they call the new film – Johnny International?

St. Trinian’s director Oliver Parker will direct from a script by Hamish McColl, who also penned another Atkinson sequel Mr. Bean’s Holiday.

Source: Variety

4. Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl will star in Intruders for 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

Few details are known about the thriller, other than “the story centers on an 11-year old girl forced to confront childhood demons.”

Owen will play the girl’s father in the film which starts shooting this June in London and Madrid.

clive owen the internationa Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

Universal Pictures is financing the film alongside Spanish media company Antena 3.

While Universal will distribute worldwide they won’t release the film in the US , these rights are still available – so get saving.

Fans of Bioshock shouldn’t worry as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still attached to that project, which is also set up at Universal.

Source: Heat Vision

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

TAGS: alice in wonderland, butter, clash of the titans, date night, intruders, johnny english 2

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  1. Let's just make one thing clear. Sam Worthington IS NOT the draw of these high grossing movies. We live in the age of movies in which it's the concept of the film that draws the crowds in not the star…well not always. The success of Avatar was based off Cameron's rep and the promise of new tech. Terminator 4 was…well a sequel to one of the most popular franchises of all time with an already built in fanbase and as for Clash of the titans….it's a greek methology based epic with throwback appeal, none of their successes were really attributed to Worthington's “charisma” and on screen presence.

  2. Let's just make one thing clear. Sam Worthington IS NOT the draw of these high grossing movies. We live in the age of movies in which it's the concept of the film that draws the crowds in not the star…well not always. The success of Avatar was based off Cameron's rep and the promise of new tech. Terminator 4 was…well a sequel to one of the most popular franchises of all time with an already built in fanbase and as for Clash of the titans….it's a greek methology based epic with throwback appeal, none of their successes were really attributed to Worthington's “charisma” and on screen presence.

  3. Let's just make one thing clear. Sam Worthington IS NOT the draw of these high grossing movies. We live in the age of movies in which it's the concept of the film that draws the crowds in not the star…well not always. The success of Avatar was based off Cameron's rep and the promise of new tech. Terminator 4 was…well a sequel to one of the most popular franchises of all time with an already built in fanbase and as for Clash of the titans….it's a greek methology based epic with throwback appeal, none of their successes were really attributed to Worthington's “charisma” and on screen presence.

  4. WTH? I can't believe they're delaying I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS. A couple of my friends went to see a screening in Los Angeles and said they've never laughed so hard. It's gotten great reviews. What's the deal?

    Very much looking forward to Fresnadillo's next movie. 28 Weeks Later was brilliant (I am however bias, I LOVE zombie movies)

  5. I'm sorry but the Tom Jane comparrison doesn't make sense. While Tom Jane is a much better actor and Sam is very overrated still Sam isn comparrible let's face it he has already eclipsed Jane three movies in a row over 100mil and one being the new hghest of all time he has very little in common with Tom Jane and is already a big name despite not deserving it based on talent then again at least half big names don't.

  6. So Worthington isn't the greatest actor in the world (see Alec Baldwin) So what? Did Avatar suck? Were the other movies he was in absolutely horibble? When he stars in a complete stinker X-Men Origins, then complain. Most of the Hollywood A-listers are overrated. At least he is overrated in stuff people will watch.

  7. Most Hollywood actors believe the ability to read goes hand in hand with the ability to act…….

  8. Regardless of what Ashley Greene stars in, she is still hot…..

  9. Funny u should ask yes avatar did suck a was a preachy pochahontas scifi remake

  10. I asked because I haven't seen Avatar yet. I was basing my question on what the film made at the box office. I try to ignore underlying political messages in movies, and enjoy the movie for it's entertainment value. Just like I don't need directors getting too creative or being politically correct when they make super hero films. Most movies are for entertainment, not a political informer……I know Cameron has made some political criticism of certian people who don't share his beliefs. I am so sick of actors and directors telling us how to think, or calling us ignorant for not embracing idiologies that Hollywood does. I miss the good old day when actors were just actors.

  11. Actually, “Avatar” was quite enjoyable, with an interesting story presented in a great manner. Yes, it does have a clear environmental message, but as for all of the “anti-soldier/anti-government” crap so many critics have pointed out…well, I suppose they simply enjoy complaining uselessly, since it is MADE VERY CLEAR at the start of the film that we are dealing with corporate actions, not political back-and-forths…

  12. I like going braindead for a couple of hours (which isnt' a stretch for me) and enjoy the movies. I don't want to have to think (which I rarely do anyway).

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