Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 2, 2010

This week:

A Nightmare On Elm Street scares away Dragons; Mickey Rourke Talks KhanGlee star Dianna Agron is Number Four, we meet even more Smurfs and lots, lots more!

Box Office

A Nightmare On Elm Street scared away all the competition over the weekend. The Freddie Kruger horror re-imagining stole $34 million from cinemagoers giving the long-running franchise a record best opening. The Michael Bay produced reboot already has a sequel in the pipeline and it looks like this franchise still has a lot of scares left in it. Jackie Earle Haley wears the striped sweater originally worn by Robert Englund.

Nightmare on Elm Street is number one

Freddie did something that Jennifer Lopez was unable to do last weekend – dethrone How To Train Your Dragon. The leggy animated tale brought in $10.5 million over the weekend, giving the film a total haul of $192 million.

Date Night is still doing well. The Steve Carell/ Tina Fey comedy brought in another $7.3 million, upping its total to just under $74 million.

J-Lo’s The Back-Up Plan dropped from two to four in its second week. The terribly conceived (there’s a joke in there) romantic comedy dipped a pretty decent 39% since last week. Another $7.3 million in Jennifer Lopez’s rather large back pocket gives the film a blush saving $23 million.

The real horror film that opened this weekend was Brendan Fraser’s Furry Vengeance. The horrific looking “comedy” did what any Fraser movie does when its star isn’t wearing a loin cloth, being chased by Mummies or journeying to the center of the earth – it bombed. Big Time!

The Fraser-toplined film managed a weak $6.5 million debut. It’ll be gone soon. Fraser has been holding off on committing to signing on to a sequel to Journey to the Center of The Earth. I expect that by Monday he’ll have changed his mind.

furry-vengeance bombs

Clash of The Titans upped its total box office to $154 million after grabbing another $6 million over the three days. The Losers were hot on its tale, giving the action film an $18 million total.

Kick-Ass banked another $4.5 million, and brought its cumulative box office take to $42 million.

Death At A Funeral managed to exhume another $4 million and upped its total bank to just under $38 million, while Oceans sank 60% from last weekend. The Pierce Brosnan narrated documentary has now crested to $13.4 million.

Movie News

1.  Everybody’s favorite comeback kid Mickey Rourke has been talking up his forthcoming Genghis Khan film with John Milius. The Iron Man 2 star spilled some beans to MTV's Josh Horowitz:

rourke talks khan

Dog loving Rourke went on to expand:

"I like the part where he has-- they use dogs in battle, these big dogs. And then, on one particular battle, [Khan] didn't think they were going to be doing too good. So he said 'Leave the dogs behind.' I like that."

I can only imagine what the set of Genghis Khan will be like. Both Rourke and Milius have HUGE personalities – and both are quite eccentric (in a good way) so I’m expecting all sorts of crazy stories to unfold. Then I expect the film to be bloody brilliant!

Source: MTV

2. Glee star Dianna Agron has scored a lead role in I Am Number Four.

According to Heat Vision:

“Four revolves around a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, the title character, to be played by British actor Alex Pettyfer, disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he’s still being hunted by his planet’s enemy. Agron will play a girl dating a high school jock who falls for Number Four and becomes his confidante.”

Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar penned the script for the D.J. Caruso directed film which is being produced by two up and coming producers named Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. Expect their careers to transformed in the next year or so.

Sharlto Copley and Teresa Palmer have already been cast in the film.

Expect a lot of Glee stars to be jumping to the big screen soon. The teen phenomenon has generated huge ratings and a number one album – and if there’s one thing that Hollywood loves, it’s synergy.

Source: Heat Vision

3. The Smurfs continues to add vocal talent to its already bulging roster.

Joining the already announced cast of pop princess Katy Perry, Hank Azaria, George Lopez, and Alan Cumming will be... drum roll....

Daily Show’s John Oliver as Vanity Smurf; Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson and Fred Armisen as Greedy Smurf and Brainy Smurf; The Office’s B.J. Novak as Baker Smurf; comedian Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf; Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin as Clumsy Smurf; in-famous chef Wolfgang Puck as Chef Smurf and Gary Basaraba as Hefty Smurf.

Smurfs adds cast

Comeback kid and Pee-wee Herman star Paul Reubens has also been cast in the as Jokey Smurf.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua director Raja Gosnell directs the film which stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as a couple who become involved with the little blue critters.

I predict that this will be the biggest film starring blue characters since Avatar!

Source: Hollywood Insider

Also this week:

  • Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella adapts children’s novel Heck for the big screen. Read about it here.

  • Flash Forward showrunner Marc Guggenheim develops two films for the big screen: Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever and Thieves of Baghdad.

The former is being pitched as a mixture of National Treasure, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Clash of the Titans, while the latter is being billed as Ocean's 11 meets Arabian Nights.

The details are here.

  • James Patterson’s book Maximum Ride looks like it’s going to be produced by Universal with Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct. These are the details.

  • Ever see a Hobo With A Shotgun? If not check this out.

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

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