Weekend Movie News Wrap Up : January 24, 2010

This week:

Avatar drops to Number two in the box office! Just kidding, it stays on top!

Bruce Campbell’s name is still Bruce; Naomi Watts moves into a Dream House next door to James Bond; Christopher Kyle is a Tyrant and Derick Martini is as happy as Larry.

Avatar made it six weeks in a row at the top spot with a fantastic weekend take of $35 million.

With a total domestic gross of $552 million it looks like Titanic’s $600 million record will fall in the near future - it has now moved past The Dark Knight to become the second highest grossing film at the US box office and it should now be the biggest film ever at the worldwide box office!

Although reviews have been mixed at best, Legion managed to snag the runner-up spot with a weekend gross of $18 million.

Fellow Biblical action film The Book of Eli was third with second week gross of $17 million. The Denzel Washington film now has $62 million in the bank.

Musclely Dwayne Johnson’s The Tooth Fairy opened with a weak fourth placement with just under $14 million. If he wants longevity in his career, the artist formally known as The Rock must make more films with bite. Although, having said that, I’m sure that his manager isn’t complaining about the steady employment.

The Lovely Bones banked $8.5 million for a total gross of $32 million. Unless Oscar calls – the future doesn’t look too heavenly for this pricey Peter Jackson film.

Sherlock Holmes and Extraordinary Measures both brought in about $7 million. Holmes has now grossed $191 million, while the Harrison Ford starrer will be lucky to end up with $20 million, which is about $5 million less than Ford’s paycheck. At least Ford has now become a YouTube sensation because “He already works around the clock!”

Alvin and the Chipmunks crossed the double century marker after making $6.5 million this weekend and It’s Complicated is now $1.5 million shy of $100 million after banking $6 million over the last three days.

Meanwhile, the top ten was rounded out by the leggy sports drama The Blind Side. The film now has scored $233 million.

Movie News

1. B-movie legend (and for some, the true star of the Spider-Man franchise) Bruce Campbell has announced that he’s got a sequel to his action-comedy My Name Is Bruce on the way. The star emailed Ain't It Cool News with the following:

I really hope that he’s joking about the torture and violence mentioned in the email.

Bruce Vs. Frankenstein hmmm. Not quite as good as Elvis Vs. a killer Mummy.

Source: Ain't It Cool

2. Naomi Watts has now signed up to star in Jim Sheridan’s horror Dream House opposite Daniel Craig.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

I wonder if there’s room for a James Brolin cameo?

If you don’t get that then you’re too young, so a) Google it and find out or b) Replace Brolin's name with Ryan Reynolds.

The Connecticut set film shoots next month in... er... Toronto.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. Christopher Kyle is set to adapt Jon Land's best-seller The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending for the screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

The film is “designed as the first of a series of James Bond-like adventure tales.”

Well, if it’s not a franchise, then it’s just not worth it!

Kyle previously penned Alexander and K19: The Widowmaker, which is the film about a submarine – not the dog.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

4. Derick Martini has signed on to direct romantic comedy 31 Days of Larry for Lionsgate.

“The story revolves around a woman in desperate need of money and a depressed man, Larry, who has trouble killing himself. The two concoct a plan to get married so the man gets help committing suicide and the woman receives the life-insurance payout.”

Actress and writer Corinne Kingsbury (Old School)  wrote the script for the film which I’m assuming is a black comedy. I imagine that the pair end up falling in love, which leads to some difficulty in achieving their original goals.

If done right it could be quite entertaining. If done wrong, well then – it’ll be bad.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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