Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 9, 2010

This weekend:

Iron Man blasts to the top of the box office; This Means War for Chris Pine; Kevin Durand feels Real Steel and learns to count to Four; NBC just loved J.J Abrams and the Undercovers; Rob Minkoff goes on a Chinese Odyssey; Hayden Christensen cracks The Genesis Code and there’s lots, lots more!

Box Office

Iron Man 2 blasted into the top of top of the box office over the weekend. The Robert Downey Jr superhero pic grossed an estimated $135 million. The start comes hot on the heels of the sequel's impressive international debut last week. Jon Favreau’s first Iron Man movie opened to $102 million in 2008. The Marvel hero’s debut was in line with studio expectations , and it should rank in the top five starts of all time, behind The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3 and Twilight: New Moon. The film has now banked$300 million worldwide.

It again proves that Downey Jr can open a blockbuster and that the Iron Man brand is alive and kicking, despite reviews that put it a notch or two below the original. Now it’s on to The Avengers...

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2

Freddie Krueger’s reign at the top of the box office was short lived. A Nightmare On Elm Street took a major hit from the Tony Stark adventure and crumbled almost 80% from its impressive debut last weekend. The horror reboot scared up $9.3 million over the weekend for a total just shy of $49 million.

How To Train Your Dragon finally crossed the $200 million barrier. The leggy animated tale has now brought its total to $201 million after seven weeks.

Date Night also continues to hold well. The Steve Carell and Tina Fey team-up brought in another $5.4 million for a $81 million total.

Jennifer Lopez’s The Back-Up Plan dropped to fifth spot in its third weekend on the charts. The JLo comedy has pulled in a mediocre $30 million.

Furry Vengeance has banked $11 million since it opened last weekend. The “comedy” pulled in just under $4 million this weekend.

Clash of The Titans grossed $2.9 million and upped its cumulative gross to $158 million.

The Losers brought in just under $2 million, giving the action film a $21 million total.

Death At A Funeral brought its total to $38 million, while Kick-Ass has a total of $45 million. The violent superhero film should peak at about $50 million. Fans should rejoice with the knowledge that a sequel is already in development!

Movie News

1. Chris Pine must be reading a lot of scripts at the minute – or at least some minion at his agent's agency is. The Star Trek star has been in hot demand after his role as Captain Kirk in last summer’s J.J Abrams reboot.

20th Century Fox has the actor in their sights for the comedy This Means War. The film already has Reese Witherspoon attached.

The plot involves two spying friends who have a falling out when the both fall for Witherspoon. The A-Team star Bradley Cooper was originally going to star in the film which has been in development for a decade.

This Means War will be directed by McG.

Enough said.

Source: EW

2. Lost and Robin Hood star Kevin Durand will be picking up the tab for nights out with friends for the foreseeable future.

The actor has now been booked for two big budget Dreamworks event movies.

Durand is set to play the alien villain in D.J. Caruso’s I Am Number Four and he’s in the frame to star as the Don King of robot boxing in Real Steel, opposite Hugh Jackman. The pair last shared the screen together in X-Men Origins: Wolverine last year.

It’ll be a tight squeeze as Real Steel starts shooting in June, while I Am Number Four also goes before cameras in June.

Source: Heat Vision

3. J.J. Abrams loves to work. That’s the only reason why the man has so many projects in development.

NBC has picked up Undercovers, a new series which saw Abrams co-write, produce and direct the pilot.

“Undercovers stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as a married couple who are re-activated as CIA agents after years of retirement.”

Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television said:

"We have tremendous confidence in this promising series and feel this is a great way to kick off our upcoming Upfront development announcements. J.J. has delivered another signature series along with our partners at Warner Bros and we couldn't be happier."

Source: THR

4. Director Rob Minkoff will helm a 3D English-language action-adventure fantasy called Chinese Odyssey.

Minkoff, who also directed The Forbidden Kingdom said:

" 'Chinese Odyssey' is a supernatural high-seas adventure that pits our hero against an onslaught of deadly foes on the path to fulfilling his destiny. It's a story involving ancient mysteries, deadly sea monsters, great characters and larger-than-life adventures, which all make for a fantastic cinematic experience. The opportunity to film again in China is an added thrill."

In the past, Minkoff has co-directed The Lion King; directed Stuart Little and its sequel along with The Haunted Mansion.

Well, they can’t all be winners.

Source: THR

5. The Force hasn’t been particularly strong with Hayden Christensen since his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels (Awake and Jumper failed to keep his career active). However, that might (or might not change) with The Genesis Code, a film based on the novel by John Case .

The film which isn’t a knock-off of The DaVinci Code (I don’t think) will be directed by Final Destination and Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis.

According to Moviehole:

"Code  follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister's friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted - successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.”

It sounds like it could be a really enjoyable thriller or utter balderdash. I’ll be optimistic for a change.

Source: Moviehole


  • Summit Entertainment has acquired most worldwide rights to the Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor drama The Impossible. Read the details here.
  • Want to see MacGruber stars Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, and Val Kilmer being funny? Go here.
  • There’s bad news. Robert Downey Jr has stated that there are no immediate plans for a Tropic Thunder sequel. Go here for the bad news - if you can take it!
  • Project Runway guru Tim Gunn has won a role in The Smurfs (hasn’t everyone?). Go here to see if he’ll “make it work”.
  • Effects maestro Aaron Sims has talked about his work on the Castlevania adaptation and David Goyer’s The Invisible Man. You can read the good news and the bad news here.
  • Angry that Michel Gondry is converting The Green Hornet to 3D? Read this to see what he has to say for himself.

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

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