Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: October 31st, 2010

Here's our weekend box office report and various movie news tidbits we may have missed during the week. Who took the number one spot?

This Week:

A lot of people see Saw; get ready to meet Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; prepare for The Demonologists, Paul Haggis goes to prison; Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor go hunting; Pete Segal has a Grudge, Daniel Craig's Dream House is a nightmare; Kilmer and Coppola are Twixt Now and Sunrise and lots more.

Box Office

Saw 3D (read our review and Saw in 6:66 feature) ousted Paranormal Activity 2 from the top spot and secured the lead over the Halloween weekend. The 3D horror sequel brought in an estimated $24.5 million to scare the beejeezus out of audiences- not bad for a film with a $20 million budget. While it’s not the best start for the franchise, it does beat the debut of last year’s installment. This might not be the last Saw after all.


Last week’s champ Paranormal Activity dropped almost 60% and upped its cume to $66.5 million. Again, this was a cheap effort ($3 million) so it’s profit all the way. With Paranormal Activity 3 in development, it’ll be interesting to see if they can match the output of the Saw films and crank out one a year.

Bruce Willis’ Red is showing good legs. The action film banked just under $11 million for a total of $58.8 million, showing that older folks like to kick back and watch stuff blow up – just like the youngins.

Jackass 3D crossed the century barrier after scoring another $8.5 million. With $101 million in the bank, it looks like this is going to be very profitable for Paramount.

The latest Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon team-up Hereafter doesn’t seem to be warming the hearts of moviegoers. The supernatural drama brought in $6.4 million over the weekend for a total of $22 million. It doesn’t look like it’ll top last year’s Invictus unless it gets some award-season traction - which seems unlikely.

Secretariat continues its modest success after bringing in another $5 million. It’ll be profitable, but it will need DVD to get into the black.

The Social Network brought its total up to $80 million. The David Fincher movie has found many “friends” and don’t be too surprised if it gets an Oscar nomination or two.

Life As We Know It scored another $4.2 million and upped its total to $43.7 million, meanwhile Ben Affleck’s comeback film The Town rounded out the top ten after banking another $2 million, giving it a total of over $87 million.

Movie News

1. If you can’t wait until Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is released, then we've got good news – 20th Century Fox has announced that the film will be released on June 22, 2012.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Movie

Tim Burton produces the film which is the title says it all really.

Source: Coming Soon

2. The Last House on the Left director, Dennis Iliadis, is currently in negotiations to direct The Demonologists.

The Teddy Tenenbaum scripted film “concerns a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation.”

The director is also in the running to direct the often-talked about remake of The Birds.

Source: LA Times

3. Paul Haggis is in talks to adapt, and possibly direct, a remake of the Spanish language film Celda 211 for CBS Films.

Celda 211 remake

According to Deadline:

“A newly hired prison guard wants to make a good impression on his bosses, and he leaves behind his pregnant wife and comes in a day early to get a tour of the facility. When a brutal prison riot breaks out, he is knocked unconscious and when he awakens, the guard is forced to assume the role of a prisoner alongside the most dangerous killers alive. He tries to defuse the uprising and escape before the prisoners realize who he really is.”

Fox should have bought this and retooled it for Die Hard 5 - at least they could get John McTiernan to direct.

Source: Deadline

4. Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O'Connor have just started shooting Daniel Nettheim's psychological thriller The Hunter.

According to THR

“Based on the novel by Aussie author Julia Leigh, Hunter centers on Martin, a mercenary sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a dramatic hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.”

Source: THR

5. Get Smart helmer Pete Segal has closed his deal to direct Grudge Match.

The film is a comedy about two former rivals who come out of retirement for a grudge match – half a century after they last fought.

Start your dream casting now.

Source: Deadline

6. Jim Sheridan's Dream House, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts won’t be making its February 18th release date. Talk about a nightmare.

The thriller needs reshoots, but Craig is currently filming David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and won’t be free until December - leaving Sheridan in a pickle. The film should still see a release in the first half of next year.

Source: Variety

7. Val Kilmer has started shooting Twixt Now And Sunrise with Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola.

Elle Fanning and Bruce Dern co-star in the film which is said to be “a thriller with overtones of horror.”

Source: Deadline


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