Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: February 6, 2011

This week:

The box office finds a Roommate while James Cameron gets that sinking feeling with Sanctum; Brad Fuller talks horror sequels and Ninja Turtles, Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy reunite after getting Lost with Carlton Cuse; Mike Newell has Great Expectations; get ready for the Unexpected and Jesse McCartney is under Locke & Key.Box Office

Thriller The Roommate topped a weak box office over the weekend with an estimated gross of $15.6 million. The low budget Screen Gems film should be profitable once it finishes its run – which shouldn’t be too far in the future.

The James Cameron produced Sanctum (read our review) opened in second place with a weekend take of $9.2 million. The weak gross for the 3D adventure shows that the third dimension and Cameron’s name will only go so far at the box office.

No Strings Attached dropped to three. The Natalie Portman comedy grossed another $8.4 million and upped its cume to over $51 million.

The King’s Speech continues to impress. The Colin Firth film banked another $8.3 million, giving the royal drama an $84 million total gross.

The Green Hornet is still working on getting to that magic $100 million figure. The 3D adventure has now upped its gross to over $87 million. Almost there...

Last weekend’s champ The Rite dropped to sixth place. The Anthony Hopkins film brought in $5.8 million, giving it a less than stellar $23 million cumulative gross.

The Mechanic grossed a smidgen over $5 million, for a $20 million total, while True Grit brought in another $4.7 million for a $155 million total haul.

The Dilemma laughed up another $3.4 million giving the pricey comedy a lacklustre gross of just under $46 million.

Black Swan rounded out the top ten after grossing an estimated $3.4 million. The Oscar nominated film has now banked $94 million.

Movie News

1. Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has been spilling the beans on possible sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and the new film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s good news and there’s bad news. I think.

nightmare on elm street 2?

With regards to sequels for Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street:

“Lots of rumors out there. I want to set the record straight on freddy and Jason. First, let’s talk Jason. Shannon and swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when new line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready. As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isnt even talk of writing another script.”

He went on to say that the standstill on the films was due to lack of interest in R-rated horror films by studios:

“Rated R Horror movies, right now, don’t seem to generate interest from the studios. Everyday we want to hear from any studio that they want a horror movie, but it hasn’t happened. So right now we are working on a handful of films, including tmnt, and ouija. There is still hope for rated r horror, because it is profitable, but there is a larger interest in tent pole film.”

As for those Turtles who are teenagers and mutants – Fuller said:

“Tmnt is coming along. We are working On the script and I hope to have many more details for you in 4 to 6 weeks.”

Please note that all spelling and punctuation in the above quotes belongs to Brad Fuller.

Stay tuned.

Source: Slash Film

2. Lost writer Carlton Cuse has written an untitled action-adventure film that is set to reunite Hugh Jackman with his Real Steel director Shawn Levy.

jackman and levy reunite

20th Century Fox will bankroll the film which will be produced by Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment.

Does anybody else think that Cuse’s greatest achievement was Nash Bridges - the detective show starring Don Johnson?

Source: Deadline

3. Prince of Persia director Mike Newell is set to direct the umpteenth screen version of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

great expectations

David Nicholls wrote the script for the film, which is set to start shooting later in the year.

Source: Screen Daily

4. Summit Entertainment (or the house that Twilight built) is planning a new body swap comedy called Unexpected.

According to Variety:

"Unexpected centers on a husband and wife who learn they are expecting their second child, with the husband and the wife slightly less so, remembering the woes of her first pregnancy. After an untimely run-in with an ancient fertility totem, they switch bodies and must walk a mile -- or 9 months -- in each other's shoes."

Todd Garner and Jennifer Eatz will produce the film which will be scripted by Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson.

Source: Variety

5. Jesse McCartney has landed a key role in Fox's & Key. McCartney will play "Ty, the eldest of the Locke children."

locke and key

The plot follows a single mother and her three children as they encounter spooky goings on in their family mansion of Keyhouse.

Source: Deadline

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

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