Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 10, 2011

Here's our box office report for the weekend of July 10th 2011 – as well as various movie news tidbits we may have missed.

This week: Transformers 3 holds steady at the top of the box office, while Horrible Bosses grosses an impressive $28 million to take the runner-up spot; Ghost Rider meets The Masters of the Web at Comic Con; Kang, Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Slater and McCallany join Stallone for Headshot; will Mel Gibson be in Mad Max 4 after all? Johnny Depp gets closer to Pirates of the Caribbean 5 as he makes $350 million from the Disney franchise!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon topped the box office on its second week of release. The Michael Bay directed action extravaganza grossed an estimated $47 million over the weekend to raise its total cume to $261 million, making it the highest grossing film of the year, so far. The Shia LaBeouf starring/CGI-fest dipped in the region of 54% from last weekend – a decent hold from its debut. The film is now closing in on $600 million at the worldwide box office.

The summer of 2011 will be known as the summer where people loved to laugh. Comedy, or more specifically R-rated comedy, is very popular this year - and the summer season has seen Bridesmaids, The Hangover Part II and Bad Teacher all make a decent profit at the box office. The latest crowd-pleaser is Horrible Bosses, which launched this week with an estimated $28 million. The film stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis as they try and kill their horrible bosses - with Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston relishing in their titular roles. Solid critical response (read our Horrible Bosses review) mean that this could have strong enough legs to take it near the $100 million mark.

r-rated comedy horrible bosses opens at number 2

Fellow comedy Zookeeper debuted in third place, with $21 million. The Kevin James film, in which he stars as a.. er... Zookeeper who talks to animals (yawn) had a moderate start considering James’ apparent box office clout. The film will have to draw in the family audience to assure profitability, but it’ll more than likely turn a small profit when all is said and done.

Cars 2 sped away with another $15 million over the weekend and upped its total take to $148 million. The Disney Pixar film probably won’t match its $200 million production budget at the US box office, but international grosses and ancillaries is where the profit will be made.

Cameron Diaz’s Bad Teacher brought in an estimated $9 million, for a $78 million total. The film might just make it to the magic $100 million. Maybe.

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts’ Larry Crowne tumbled more than 50% since its debut. The Hanks directed comedy should see the weekend in with an estimated $6.2 million, for a disappointing $26.5 million total - though the film only cost $30 million.

Super 8 banked another $5 million and upped its total to $118 million, while Monte Carlo brought in a smidgen under $4 million for a $16 million cume.

Serious under-performer Green Lantern grossed just over $3 million for a total of $109 million, while a $2.8 million take saw Jim Carrey’s Mr Popper’s Penguins raise its gross to almost $58 million.

Bridesmaids upped its gross to $158 million after banking $2.7 million, while Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris scored $2.6 million and moved closer to $40 million - for a worldwide gross in the region of $70 million.

Movie News

1. We recently told you that the Masters of the Web panel at the San Diego Comic Con would feature our own Vic Holtreman (along with other, equally enjoyable web personalities). Now comes the news that the panel will be moderated by Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor and Marvel Entertainment chief Ari Arad.

san-diego-comic-con-masters of the web ghost rider

The duo will discuss the forthcoming Nicolas Cage comic book adaptation, before addressing the panel and taking questions from the audience. You see it’s just like they say; “everything in moderation.”

Get your tickets now!

Source: AMC


2. Sylvester Stallone's Headshot has now (allegedly) been re-titled Bullet in the Head, and Sung Kang has been confirmed as Thomas Jane’s replacement in the Walter Hill directed action film. According to Jane, he was replaced because producer Joel Silver wanted to make the team-up more “ethnic” - like Silver’s Lethal Weapon franchise and Hill’s 48 Hour movies.

Sung Kang replaces Thomas Jane in Headshot

Variety also reports that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater and Holt McCallany have joined the cast of the film which is currently shooting in New Orleans. The trade states:

“Stallone stars as a New Orleans hitman who teams with a Gotham cop (Sung Kang, Fast Five) to take down the killers of their respective partners.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to play the main villain, a powerful attorney who's trying to cover up his scam to exploit poor neighborhoods that have been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Slater will play a local handler who acts as a middleman, while McCallany will play a dirty cop who's partners with Kang.”

Source: Moviehole & Variety


3. Mel Gibson hasn’t had a great time recently on the personal front. From a professional perspective he’s had a pretty rough time too, as The Beaver grossed less than $1 million at the US box office and his cameo was ditched from The Hangover Part II. He’s already got the thriller How I Spent My Summer Vacation in the can awaiting release and there were recent murmurings that the star would join the ensemble cast of the European-set Sleight of Hand – but (at the minute) that doesn’t seem to be the case.

However, apart from that there doesn’t appear to be much else in the pipeline for the Hollywood icon.

mel gibson mad max

In recent years, we've heard plenty of rumors that Gibson would star in Lethal Weapon 5 and Mad Max 4, but then it appeared Lethal Weapon would get the remake treatment and Tom Hardy was cast in Mad Max: Fury Road.

However, there is a new report that Gibson will indeed be starring in the next Mad Max film!

Showbiz Spy has a source that states:

“Mad Max 4 was always intended to have a new, younger actor as the star by Mel is thinking of taking another role. He is working hard to put his life and career back on track and sees Mad Max as the perfect vehicle to do that. The role was his big break and the franchise could yet put him back on the map.”

Could this be true?

Well, yeah – but take it with a very small grain of salt.

George Miller has been trying to get Gibson to reprise his role in Mad Max for around a decade, and it was Gibson’s choice not to return to the part, leaving the door open for The Dark Knight Rises star Hardy to slip into Max's leathers. Now, if Gibson is trying to get his career back on track then returning to one of most iconic roles is a good way of doing so. The latest Mad Max film has been beset by a multitude of problems, and the delays could mean that the script has been retooled to fit Gibson into the script, maybe book-ending the film or possibly taking on a mentor role?

This is pure (and unsubstantiated) speculation, so don’t hold out too much hope until (if) there is any official confirmation.

Source: Showbiz Spy


4. Now that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has grossed more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, it appears that Disney is eager to get started on the a fifth installment of the hugely successful franchise - and it also looks like Johnny Depp is close to signing on (presumably for another hefty paycheck).

johnny depp close to pirates 5 deal - script is being worked on

The Wrap says “that a rough draft for the script was in, and that producer Bruckheimer and others were meeting intensively - three and four times a week - on improving it. A deal will depend on whether Depp likes the script, but this individual said the broad strokes were in place for a deal with the lead actor”

Apparently “Depp likes what he sees. He’s negotiating for the movie.”

The franchise has been amazingly profitable for Disney and for Depp, who has allegedly pocketed close to $350 million since the franchise began in 2003.

Not bad going for a man who was once deemed a Hollywood outsider.

Given that On Stranger Tides opened to negative critical reception, if Depp signs on to Pirates of the Caribbean 5 - is it evidence that he has sold out to the mighty dollar?

Source: The Wrap

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

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