Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 12th 2010

Here's our weekend box office report and various movie news tidbits we may have missed during the week.

This week:

The Chronicles of Narnia gets that sinking feeling, but at least the crew aren’t feeling like a Tourist; apparently Guillermo del Toro just wasn’t busy enough; Sofia Vergara and Jessica Biel set a date for New Year's Eve; Adam Sandler and Kevin James start the ignition for Valet Guys; Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy move to The Wettest County in the World; James Franco suffers from Maladies; we approach Serial Killer Days; Mark Wahlberg is a Teddy Bear; Chris Tucker is a Rabbit and did that book just move? No the Atlas Shrugged.

Box Office

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (read our review) was the leader at the box office over the weekend. The big budget fantasy film grossed a disappointing $24.5 million– much lower than Walden Media and 20th Century Fox would have liked.

Fox inherited the franchise after Disney dropped it - following the lacklustre grosses of the previous installment. This could be the end of the road for Narnia fans.

narnia opens at number one

Speaking of under-performing – surely the teaming of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist should have brought more than $17 million on its opening weekend? The American remake of Anthony Zimmer gained mediocre reviews (read ours), most stating that the film was pretty but a bit vacant - or pretty vacant. International grosses should be strong, but this has to be yet another box office disappointment.

Tangled grossed another $14.6 million and upped its total to $115 million, while the latest Harry Potter film scored another $8.5 million. The Deathly Hallows has now brought in $257.7 million in total.

Unstoppable continues its quiet, but successful run. The Denzel Washington action film has banked just under $4 million, upping its total gross to $74 million.

Black Swan cracked the top ten – despite its limited run. The Oscar-tipped thriller from Darren Aronofsky grossed $3.5 million. It’s total now stands at $5.8 million, and this can only increase once the Natalie Portman starrer gains awards momentum.

Burlesque banked another $3.3 million for a total just under $38 million, while Love and Other Drugs brought in $3 million for $27.6 cumulative gross.

Another $2.7 million saw Megamind up its total to over $140 million, while Due Date rounded out the top ten with another $2.5 million. The Robert Downey Jr. film’s total now stands at $94.8 million. It’s almost at $100 million.

Movie News

1. Workaholic Guillermo del Toro has joined forces with director Mathew Cullen, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro and executive producer Javier Jimenez to form Mirada.

The company is “a full-scale production company designed for storytellers”.

Del Toro said:

"I hate to use this word, but it's a boutique operation. We want to attract filmmakers and help them develop their ideas from the ground up. Not in a pipeline of production and not with a marketing view, but simply, how to build a story the best. That could be a short film, a feature film, a commercial, proof of concept -- whatever it may be, you get all of us."

It’ll be interesting to see what the first film off the block will be.

Source: The Wrap

2. Sofia Vergara and Jessica Biel are the latest actors to start negotiations for New Year's Eve.

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank , Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele and Abigail Beslin are also in frame to star in Garry Marshall’s follow-up to Valentine’s Day.

The film starts shooting in New York soon, I’d imagine for a release this time next year.

Source: THR

3. Sony Pictures has picked up Valet Guys as a potential project for Adam Sandler and Kevin James.

james and sandler - together again in valet guys

The duo would play “veteran valet parking guys at a South Beach hotel who witness a murder and find themselves running for their lives.”

Let’s hope it doesn’t crash and burn at the box office.

Source: Deadline

4. Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy are set to star in director John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World.


According to The LA Times:

“The film is based on a novel from Matt Bondurant about a family of Prohibition-era bootleggers, and crimes committed by and against them.”

Musician Nick Cave wrote the screenplay for the film which was previously known as The Promised Land.

Hardy, last seen in Inception, is currently working on This Means War. The British actor will then move on to a little film called The Dark Knight Rises.

As for Mad Max: Fury Road? Your guess is as good as anybody’s.

Source: LA Times

5. James Franco, Claire Danes, Catherine Keener ,and Alan Cumming will star in Maladies.

James Franco has maladies

The film “centers on a successful actor who retires at a young age due to what is believed to be a mental illness.”

Does Franco ever stop working?

Source: THR

6. Get ready for Serial Killer Days.

The film (based on the 1996 David Prill novel) is “set in a town that celebrates the annual arrival of a serial killer with a parade and a pageant.”

The tone of the film has been compared to Scream and Disturbia.

Source: THR

7. We’ve got The Beaver on the way – now it’s time for Teddy Bear.

The Seth McFarlane directed film will star tough guy and star of The Fighter Mark Wahlberg.

Wahlberg says:

“It’s about this kid who gets a bear for Christmas. And, you know, it's the '70s -- it's one of those Teddy Ruxpin-ish teddy bears where you squeeze it and it says, 'I love you!' The kid wishes and dreams that the bear would come alive -- and a Christmas wish must be granted - and it does.”

Marky Mark went on to say:

"Seth McFarlane's voicing the bear -- the bear is gonna look like a little teddy bear, but it's motion-capture. It's like Avatar. It's never been done before. It's insane”.

The film will be R-rated and according to Wahlberg “raunchy.”

Source: MTV

8. Right, we’ve got The Beaver in the can, Teddy Bear on the way. Now it’s time for The Rabbit.

The film, which is supposed to be like Midnight Run was written by Micah Barnett and is set to star Chris Tucker. Yeah, Chris Tucker, remember him?

Dan Lin produces the film for Warner Bros.

Source: Deadline

9. The long gestating Atlas Shrugged is finally being made. Check out the pic below.

Did you just shrug your shoulders?

Source: Atlas Shrugged

Just For laughs:

Can't get enough Tron? Check out these parodies!

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

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