Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 18, 2010

This week:

Inception boggles the mind at number one while Nic Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Apprentice has no magic; Sandra Vergara joins Fright Night; Christopher McQuarrie has only One Shot; Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great And Powerful has a start date; Warner Bros. start World War X; two TV stars play Moneyball and lots more.

Box Office

Anyone who didn’t think that Inception wouldn’t open at number one this weekend was very silly indeed. It wasn’t that the film wouldn’t open big, the question was “how big?” -  $62 million is the answer. The Christopher Nolan directed film has won itself awesome reviews and strong word-of-mout, meaning that the film should have very impressive legs – if the average Joe isn’t put off by the complex plot. However, the marketing of “James Bond meets The Matrix” would imply that audiences will come.

The Leonardo DiCaprio film shouldn’t have a problem though, as Nolan has been hyped as the second coming of Kubrick for quite some time now. Factor in that the director is working on a new Batman film for Warners and is helping godfather in a new Superman reboot, then it looks like Nolan will be able to continue to make big budget personal films for at least the next decade. The tagline should have said: “No Sequel, No Comic Books, No 3D.”

Leonardo DiCaprio Inception Character Poster

Last week’s champion Despicable Me had to settle for the runner-up position this week. Don’t feel too bad for the 3D animated film though, it grossed another $32 million, upping its total to $118 million. Audiences just love animated features!

It really does appear that Jerry Bruckheimer has lost his magic. The Sorcerers’s Apprentice should finish the weekend with a disappointing $18 million. The Nicolas Cage film hasn’t been tracking well for weeks, but the debut isn’t good for this pricy pic. This disappointment, following the weak grosses for Prince of Persia indicate that Bruckheimer’s post Pirates of The Caribbean career cruising should be coming to an end. Come on Jerry – where’s the man who brought up Top Gun, The Rock and Beverly Hills Cop?

Twilight Saga: Eclipse should manage a smidgen over $13 million this weekend. With $265 million in the kitty (coffin?) so far it would seem this isn’t going to out gross the last instalment, New Moon. It won’t hit $300 million domestic, but I’m sure that Summit aren’t too concerned with half a billion banked worldwide.

Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups somehow brought it enough moviegoers for another $12 million. The comedy has now grossed $129 million, despite horrendous reviews.

Toy Story 3 brought in another $11 million. With $363 million in the bank so far, and a billion potential DVD units to sell, it looks like this franchise is still money. News is that Tim Allen is signed to a fourth. There’s no surprise there – is there?

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender grossed just over $7 million, giving the potential franchise starter a $114 million total. Will we see a sequel? Does anyone care?

Predators took a huge tumble from last week's debut. The Robert Rodriguez produced film's total now stands at $40 million after bringing an estimated $7 million this weekend.

Knight & Day upped it’s cume to $69 million after bringing in another $3.5 million. Will the Tom Cruise/ Cameron Diaz action comedy hit $80 million?

The Karate Kid’s total now stands at $169 million. The sequel is in development. That’s all that needs to be said about that.

Movie News

1. Modern Family star Sandra Vergara has joined the cast of Fright Night. The actress will play the girlfriend of Dr Who star David Tennant’s Magician.

Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin round out the cast of Craig Gillespie’s horror remake.

Source: Heat Vision

2. It has taken a decade, but Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie will direct again. Following on from 2000’s Way of the Gun, McQuarrie will helm One Shot. McQuarrie's name was making headlines not long ago when he was given the duty to pen the script for Wolverine 2.

According to Heat Vision:

“The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter. One Shot, the ninth book in the series, tells the story of a military sniper accused of murder who seeks Reacher's help.”

What was that word you just whispered? Franchise?

Source: Heat Vision

3. Warner Brothers has picked up Colin Trevorrow's World War X script for Silver Pictures.

According to Variety:

“The Story's centered on a man recruited by a team of government agents to stop a terrorist from the future who is using time travel to reshape history.”

Source Variety

4. According to Production Weekly, Sam Raimi's Oz The Great And Powerful is scheduled to begin principle photography in June 2011.

That means it’ll probably be released in 2012.

That’s two years!


Source: Production Weekly

5. Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt and Cold Case star Kathryn Morris have joined the cast of Brad Pitt’s Moneyball.

"Pratt will play Scottice Hatteberg, whose career as a catcher for the Boston Red Sox ended after he ruptured a nerve in his elbow and could no longer throw a ball post-surgery. He was recruited by the Oakland A’s the following year to play first base, and he helped lead the team to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with strong batting as a designated hitter.

Morris will play the second wife of Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane (Pitt). She loves baseball as much as her husband, so she understands and shares his passion for the game."

Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stephen Bishop also star in the Bennett Miller-directed film.

Source: THR

6. Despicable Me has made over $100 million at the box office and that number is only going to grow.

Agnes in Despicable Me review

In Hollywood that means only one thing – a sequel. So it’s no surprise that there's one now in development.

Source: Deadline


  • There’s a special edition of Grindhouse coming. Read about it here
  • Want to know what NBC’S Fall line up is like? Read about it here
  • Satisfied that you know what NBC has in store for you this Fall? How about knowing what Fox has planned. Read about it here

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

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