Movie News Wrap Up: June 29, 2010

This weekend the difference between the new releases and Toy Story 3 is like Knight and Day; Lake Bell won’t Scream; will Warner Bros. finally Beat the Devil? Matt Damon buys a Zoo with Cameron Crowe; David Cronenberg gets ready to set the Table; Steven Soderbergh catches Laurence Fishburne for Contagion and Daniel Radcliffe ensures that his career won’t be All Quiet on the Western Front and lots more.

Box Office

Toy Story 3 remained the box office king over the weekend after grossing $59 million on its second weekend. The Tom Hanks voiced film has now brought in a huge $226 million. A final gross of $400 million is all but certain.


Toy Story 3 movie images

Adam Sandler showed that he could still open a movie after the disappointing Funny People. Grown Ups, which also stars Chris Rock and David Spade opened to $41 million. It looks like this will be another $100 million hit for Sandler.

Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day grossed a disappointing $20 million over the weekend. The film has banked just under $28 million since it opened on Wednesday. The action flick and Cruise have been under watchful eyes recently and many people are saying that Cruise’s box office power has evaporated. There’s a chance that Knight and Day might make it to $100 million – but it’ll be a long and slow limp.

Knight and Day with Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz

The Karate Kid chopped up another $15 million for a grand total of $135 million. Strong legs and good reviews mean that this could be another potent franchise for Sony.

The A-Team upped its cume to $62 million after grossing another $6 million. The big screen adaptation of the 80’s show should finish with a final run of about $75 million. Overseas grosses will have to be strong.

Get Him to the Greek brought in another $3 million for a $54 million total, while Shrek 4 brought its total to $229 million after scoring a smidgen under $3 million.

Prince of Persia also grossed just under $3 million for a $86 million domestic total. Luckily for the filmmakers, international grosses have made it Prince of Persia the top-grossing video game movie of all time.

Killers managed another$2 million and Jonah Hex collapsed by a massive 70%. With just under $9 million grossed in 2 weeks it looks like this is a mega-bomb for Warner Bros. Inception will have to get some big grosses to cover the Megan Fox disaster.

Movie News

1. Lake Bell has dropped out of Wes Craven’s Scream 4 due to a scheduling conflict.

Bell, The actress who was due to play Deputy Judy Hicks dropped the news on Twitter:

“Sucks: Scheduling conflicts with my current gig means I cant do #Scream4! (Hey horror bloggers, I know who the killer is...)”

Source: Coming Soon

2. It looks like Glen David Gold's novel Carter Beats the Devil might finally make it to the big screen after all. Maybe.

Warner Bros had optioned the rights to Glen David Gold’s debut novel, and they now have a writer and producer attached.

According to Deadline:

“ The studio has optioned the novel, and set Michael Gilio to write the script. Jon Shestack will produce, and Ginny Brewer and Jeremy Stein will also be involved as producers.”

You should really check out the book – its great!

Source: Deadline

3. Justified and The Shield star Walton Goggins is the latest name to join Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in Cowboys and Aliens.

Who will he play? No one knows yet but I’d bet money on some sort of cowboy.

Source: Deadline

4. Matt Damon is in negotiations to star in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo.

According to Variety:

“Based on Benjamin Mee's memoir, "Zoo" revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened. Julie Yorn is producing."

I’m a fan of Crowe’s work – but I couldn’t get into Elizabethtown. It was because of the cast, really. I guess that this will be worth a look.

Source: Variety

5. David Cronenberg is the frame to direct an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1997 sci-fi romance book, As She Climbed Across The Table.

“The novel follows the story of a physicist named Phillip who begins to lose romantic interest and fellow scientist, Alice, to an obsession with a vacuum of nothingness called Lack that has been created in a lab by their team of scientists.”

It’s not known when Cronenberg will get to direct this, as he already has A Dangerous Mind with Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley currently shooting and Cosmopolis in the pipeline with Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard lined up for next year.

Source: Pajiba

6. It looks like Predators and CSI actor Laurence Fishburne is set to join Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion if his schedule can be worked out.

If the actor does sign on the dotted line of Soderbergh’s disease thriller, he will join the already cast Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, and Jude Law for the film which is due to start shooting soon.

Source: Playlist

7. With the Harry Potter franchise coming to a close it looks like a lot of the stars of the franchise are now looking to spread their wings and ensure that they will have a career longer than… well, the decade that the Potter movies lasted.

Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has now signed on to star in a new take on All Quiet on the Western Front.

According to Variety:

“The WWI drama tells the story of Paul Baumer (Radcliffe), a young German soldier fighting in the trenches of France.”

The film will shoot in 2012.

Source: Variety


  • A whole slew of forthcoming movies like Kung Fu Panda 2, Rango, The Company Men, The Fighter and Fright Night have release dates. Check out when they're released here
  • Jamie Foxx gets dramatic on television. Read the news here

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

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