Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 25, 2010

This week:

Angelina Jolie’s Salt can’t beat Inception; Adam McKay goes from The Other Guys to The Boys; Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in a Rush; a pair of Schmucks take a Cruise of the Gods; Wahlberg has a lot Happening with The Raven, Five Bothers and The Brazilian Job; Steven Seagal delivers some Justice; and we see Brad Pitt play Moneyball.

Box Office

Christopher Nolan’s Inception remained the box office champion over the weekend. The Dark Knight director's latest film should steal another $44 million worth of moviegoers' cash by the time Monday morning rolls around.

That would give the Leonardo DiCaprio led film an impressive $144 million by the end of its second weekend. Even more impressive is the fact the film is entirely original - not based on an existing property or showcasing unnecessary 3D. Lets just hope that Warner Bros has already made their Batman 3 deal with Nolan – because if they haven’t then his quote has just gone even higher!

Inceptionremains number one

Once again Angelina Jolie proved why she can demand a high salary for an action film. Though she had to settle for second place, she still helped Salt score a $37 million debut. The Phillip Noyce directed film has been tracking well - the real life spy shenanigans of Anna Chapman, coupled with solid reviews, and a ninety-five minute run-time probably helped woo moviegoers. Jolie deserves a lot of credit, as she and her better half (a certain Mr. Pitt) have been on a media blitz over the last few weeks. It’s plain to see that Jolie is still working hard for that $25 million paycheck. A new Sony Pictures franchise is born.

salt opening weekend box office

Despicable Me was third with a weekend take of $24 million. The lower budget (comparatively) animated film has now banked an impressive $162 million. It looks like a final tally of $200 million is in reach.

After a pretty miserable debut last weekend, Disney’s The Sorcerer's Apprentice didn’t drop too much. A second weekend take of just under $10 million means that this Nicolas Cage/Jerry Bruckheimer film may have decent legs. If it manages to secure strong international grosses, then it should turn a profit.

Toy Story 3 also held well. It grossed a smidgen less than Sorcerer, upping its total to $380 million. A final take of over $400 million is pretty much certain.

Walden Media's adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona And Beezus brought in $8 million over the weekend. While this may not sound good – it is when you consider that the film only cost $15 million to produce.

ramona and beezus box office

Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups grossed $7.5 million for a cumulative take of $142 million, while Twilight Saga: Eclipse bit into another $7 million and upped its total to just under $280 million.

M. Night Shyamalan’s critical disaster The Last Airbender has become the third highest grossing film of his career. The adaptation brought in $4.5 million over the weekend for a $123 million total.

20th Century Fox’s, Robert Rodriguez produced, Predators shot up another $2.5 million for a $46 million total gross. It should hit $50 million - a sequel is already on the way.

Movie News

1. The Other Guys helmer Adam McKay is set to direct an adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book series The Boys.

McKay likened the film to a modern day Watchmen and he stated that the Sony picture would be R-rated. The Boys follows a group of super-powered CIA agents who observe superheroes and make sure that they stay in line.

Haven’t we seen this type of thing a million times already?

Source: Collider

2. Can’t get enough of Joseph Gordon-Levitt after seeing Inception?

Get an eyeful of the star in his next action film Premium Rush.

joseph gordon levitt stars in premium rush

It’s like Speed – on a bicycle

Source: Just Jared

3. David Guion and Michael Handelman wrote the forthcoming Dinner For Schmucks, but now they're preparing to call the shots - as the duo is set to direct their first film.

The pair will write and direct Cruise of the Gods, a remake of a 2002 BBC comedy, about a fan-cruise celebrating a fictional television series named The Children of Castor.

the original cruise of the gods

Steve Coogan, who starred in the original BBC comedy will produce (and possibly star) alongside Ben Stiller.

I managed to see the original when is aired back in 2002 and it was mildly entertaining. The best way to describe it would be Galaxy Quest, without the science fiction element, on a boat.

Source: Deadline

4. Mark Wahlberg is in talks to produce, and star in, a feature film version of Ricardo de Montreuil's short film The Raven.

According to Latino Review:

“The short follows Chris Black who possesses a power that could lead to the destruction of the current regime, and they will stop at nothing to destroy him. The chase is on as Chris runs for his life in this sci-fi thriller set in an alternate and futuristic Los Angeles.The Raven was produced with a total budget of $5000 and is based on a treatment for a potential film trilogy.”

Justin Marks will write the script for Universal.

Source: Latino Review

Mark Wahlberg talks upcoming projects

5. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark has a few more projects on the way too – including The Brazilian Job - and the Four Brothers sequel, I mean Five Brothers.

Speaking of the sequel to The Italian Job, Wahlberg said:

“I think if it’s ever going to happen it would be now. But, you know, with any other movie that I’ve made there’s been talks of sequels but if we can’t make it any better or as good as the first, we just don’t want to do it. It’s just not worth it. Because that movie, with a good piece of material starting out and putting together a great cast, it ended up being a good movie and people really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun, it was smart, and so if we can capture that magic again then it’s worth doing. But, other than that…”

As for Five Bothers:

“I kind of assume the parental figure or position, helping younger kids in the neighborhood, they kind of get into trouble. Then I realize that my biological dad had another sibling and he decided to keep him and, you know, it’s gets…”

Wahlberg will next be seen in David O Russell’s The Fighter opposite Christian Bale. The boxing drama opens on December 10th.

Source: Collider

6. With Machete on the way it looks as if Steven Seagal could be attempting a big-time comeback.

Machete character poster5 - Steven Seagal

Moviehole states that the Under Siege star could be getting his own scripted television series.

No, this is not actor's current reality show, Steven Seagal: Lawman. The new show will be titled Southern Justice, or possibly True Justice, and is getting a 13 episode order.

“Seagal plays Elijah Kane the leader of an undercover group of cops that chases down the bad guys in the Seattle, Washington area.”

Moviehole’s source is quoted as saying:

''It's being filmed from July to December in Vancouver. There are 13 episodes ordered and it will air world wide through Voltage's foreign sales efforts. It will be an action/crime drama - one hour procedural. Crime of the week kind of thing."

Could be good.

Source: Moviehole

7. Want to see what Brad Pitt looks like in the troubled Moneyball?

Check out below

brad pitt in moneyball

Source: MTV

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

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