Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 7, 2010

This weekend:

The box office is Mega; Relativity Media cracks the Bible Code; Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro turn on Red Lights; Tropic Thunder’s Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux and Steve Coogan go Documental; Eli Roth brings you Psycho Killer and Aaron Eckhart is The Expatriate.

Box Office

Megamind (read our review) flew to the top of the box office after grossing an impressive $47.6 million over the weekend. The 3D animated film features the vocal talents of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Brad Pitt.

megamind is number one

Due Date (read our review) with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis had to settle for second place, but it took in a decent $33.5 million. The film, which was directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, again shows RDJ's new and reclaimed star power.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls was third, and again the grosses were high. The chick flick which stars Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, and Kerry Washington banked just over $20 million, showing that the Perry brand is alive and well.

Bruce Willis’ Red brought in another $9 million, upping the action film’s gross to $71 million.

Saw 3D dropped over 63% from its debut last weekend. The horror film has brought in over $39 million since its launch, and it should make a proverbial killing on DVD.

Paranormal Activity 2 took in just under $7.5 million over the weekend. This ups the horror sequel’s cume to $77.5 million.

Jackass 3D grossed $5.1 million, meaning that the 3D prank pic has now grossed a mighty $110 million.

Secretariat continues its long and steady run. The Disney film has now scored $51 million after bringing in another $4 million.

Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter is dropping out of the top ten at an alarming pace. The supernatural drama brought in $4 million, giving it a $28 million total.

The Social Network rounded out the top ten. The David Fincher film has now grossed an impressive $85 million.

Movie News

1. Relativity Media has picked up the film rights to author Michael Drosnin’s Bible Code series in the hopes of releasing the first film in 2012.

bible code franchise

“The series is based on a 3000 year-old code in the Bible found by a top Israeli scientist and confirmed by a senior code breaker at the US National Security Agency. It reveals momentous historical events, and predicts the future. The code has successfully predicted world events such as the election of President Barack Obama, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”

I wonder if it predicted the success of the upcoming film?

Source: Slash Film

2. Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, and Robert De Niro will star in Red Lights for Buried director Rodrigo Cortes.

“Weaver will play a psychologist whose studies in the paranormal lead her to a psychic (De Niro).”

I can only assume that Murphy will play a patient, or a colleague, or a ... he could be anything really.

Source: Shock Till You Drop

3. HBO has given the green-light to Documental – a half hour comedy that will re-team Tropic Thunder’s Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, and Steve Coogan.

Stiller will produce the project, while Theroux will write, direct, and star alongside Coogan.

According to Deadline:

“The pilot, which will film in London, stars Theroux as a documentary filmmaker who tracks down his idol, an equally inept filmmaker (Coogan), and documents his return to his craft.”

Sounds like it might be one to watch.

Source: Deadline

4. They brought you The Last Exorcism, and now Eli Roth and Eric Newman will bring you Psycho Killer.

Roth/ Psycho Killer

“It's the story of a nameless, masked murderer who leaves a trail of victims across the U.S. In a chance encounter on the plains of Nebraska, he kills a highway patrolman. The only witness, the patrolman's young wife -- also an officer -- sets out to hunt the killer down.”

The film was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer of Seven or Se7en, or the film with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and that box!

Source: Variety

5. Aaron Eckhart has signed on to the action film The Expatriate for director Philipp Stolzl.

"Eckhart will play a former CIA agent who hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year-old daughter. He moves to Belgium to work as a security expert and one day discovers that his colleagues have mysteriously vanished and a trained operative is intent on killing both him and his daughter."

So, it's like Taken, or for the oldies, Commando.

Source: Variety

Just For Fun:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs get the remix treatment!

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

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