Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 1st 2011

This week:

The Little Fockers show True Grit at the box office; Andrew Garfield goes from Spider-Man to Michael Mann in Capa alongside Gemma Arterton; Saw creators open Insidious on April Fool's Day and Total Recall moves from Mars to Toronto.

Box Office

It was a close race over the weekend for the number one spot but it looks like Little Fockers will top the chart with an estimated $26.3 million for a total gross of $103 million. It appears that people are just too busy at Christmas to read reviews. That can be the only reason for the Fockers having two weeks at the top, right?

Jeff Bridges was in the runner-up position with True Grit. The Coen Brothers film upped its domestic total to $86.8 million after grossing $24.5 million over the weekend, giving the pair their highest grossing film ever. More gold awaits.

coen brothers highest grossing film

Mr. Bridges was also at number three with Tron: Legacy. The  pricey 3D sequel brought in $18.3 million for a total of $130 million.

Yogi Bear was fourth. The big screen adaptation of the cartoon brought in a smidgen over $13 million for a $66 million total.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader watched as its total sailed to $87 million after grossing another $10.5 million.

Fox bomb Gulliver's Travels scored another $10 million for a grand total of $28 million. The studio hopes that the 3D film will score on the international scene. Meanwhile, Tangled saw its total climb to $167 after bringing in another $9 million.

Oscar hopefuls The Fighter and The King's Speech duked it out for the eighth and ninth spots. The boxing film has now grossed $45 million after grossing $8.5 million over the weekend. While the Colin Firth film brought in $7.5 million worth of green for a total gross of just under $23 million.

The top ten was rounded out by The Tourist. The Venice set thriller banked $6 million over the last three days for a total of $54 million.

Movie News

1. Gemma Arterton and Spider-Man reboot star Andrew Garfield will star in the new Michael Mann film, Capa.

mann's capa biopic

The film follows legendary photographer Robert Capa and his relationship with Gerda Taro.

Arterton told Total Film:

“I’m attached to about nine projects but I’m not sure which one’s I’m allowed to talk about. But I’m aiming for even more diversity. Capa is confirmed, so I should be working with your hottest actor, Andy Garfield!”

Capa's photographs of the D-Day landings were a major inspiration for Steven Spielberg when he was making Saving Private Ryan.

Source: Total Film

2. Garfield has also been spilling some beans on the new Spider-Man film.

garfield talks spider-man costume

When asked about the iconic costume that he'll be wearing for the film he said:

"I have to kind of not look at my face because it doesn't make sense to me. I have to imagine that it's a much better actor's face in that suit... I won't lie. I shed a tear when I first wore the spandex. I didn't think that the spandex would make me so emotional, but it did."

Who could blame him?

Source: Coming Soon

3. Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell next film Insidious will open on April 1, 2011 (no joke).

A brief IMDB synopsis reveals the following plot:

"A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further."

Source: Shock Till You Drop

4. It looks like director Len Wiseman will be moving to Toronto. The director will call the shots on the remake of Total Recall (which is set to star Colin Farrell) at Pinewood Toronto Studios.

wiseman's total-recall-remake-goes-to-toronto

Rumor has it that this latest adaptation of Philip K. Dick's tale will cost $200 million. That's a lot of memory wiping!

Source: The Star

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

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