Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 11, 2010

This week:

There’s a Clash of the Titans on Date Night; It looks like cellmates Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor won’t be getting released in I Love Phillip Morris; Butter won’t melt for Twilight star Ashley Greene; Rowan Atkinson is Johnny English again; Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl are Intruders.

Box Office

It looks like Clash of the Titans made it two straight weeks at the top of the box office. The big budget 3D (although not very good 3D, apparently) action film grossed an estimated $28 million over the weekend to bring its total up to $111 million. The film should top out at around $150 million. Titans has had mixed reviews at best, but it is Sam Worthington’s third $100 million dollar grosser in a row (not to mention Avatar’s $750 million domestic haul). However, will it be enough to shoot him onto that A-list alongside the Smith’s, the Pitt's and the Cruise’s of this world? Or is he set to become the next Thomas Jane – a man who keeps choosing geek-tastic material only to find that he’s just not an A-list star. That’s not a knock on Thomas Jane – he’s great and it’s sad that he’s not a bigger star, but it is the reality.

Clash of the Titans

Steve Carell and Tina Fey might just have to settle for the runner-up position with Date Night (although all that could change once the actual figures come in). The action(ish) comedy should bank about $26 million over the three days. Date Night should do quite well if it has legs. Otherwise, it’s back to The Office and 30 Rock for its stars.

Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Mark Whalberg in Date Night

How to Train Your Dragon was third after burning through $25 million in moviegoers cash. The animated film has now grossed solid $134 million. If it keeps going it could soar to $200 million.

Miley Cyrus and Tyler Perry are battling it out for fourth spot with Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Last Song and Why Did I Get Married Too each pulling in around $11 million. The Cyrus film has now scored $44 million, while Perry’s sequel has rung up $49 million at registers. Considering that these films are aimed at two very different demographics, it’ll be interesting to see which one comes out on top. Although, to be fair, I won’t be watching either of them.

After grossing another $6 million, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has now brought its total to $319 million. This is crazy when you think about it? Mad as a hatter even. Johnny Depp must love those gross points right now!

Hot Tub Time Machine soaked up just over $5.5 million. The John Cusack time travel comedy has now bubbled up to $37 million. It should get to just under $50 million before those bubbles burst and the film sinks out of the top ten. Expect the R-rated comedy to clean-up on DVD with rated and unrated releases.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid grossed $5 million over the weekend. With just under $55 million in the bank so far, it looks like this was a pretty profitable little film. Wimpy kids everywhere rejoice!

The Bounty Hunter brought in just under $5 million. The Jen and Gerard comedy has now scored $56 million. It looks like the tabloid frenzy has bought the film some good publicity.

Movie News

1. Have you been looking forward to the Jim Carrey/ Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You Phillip Morris?

Couldn’t wait to see it on the big screen come April 30th?

Well, tough. It’s not being released!

I love you phillip morris looses release date
No Release For You!

The prison love story about a conman’s (Carrey) love for his cellmate, the titular Phillip Morris (McGregor) has been pulled from its release schedule (for the second time).

No reason was given by distributor Consolidated Pictures Group and no replacement date has been set.

It looks like parole was denied.

The film has already been released in the UK.

Source: LA Times

2. Twilight star Ashley Greene has joined the cast of Butter.

According to Risky Business:

“Butter follows a number of competitive characters in a small Midwestern town as they become entwined in an annual butter-carving contest. Greene will play a rebellious high school teenager named Kaitlen Pickler."

I could make a joke about how these Twilight actors are churning films out – but(ter) I won’t!

The film which is produced by Jennifer Garner will be directed by She’s Out of My League director Jim Field Smith.

She’ll next be seen as Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in June

Source: THR

3. Universal Pictures and Working Title have started work on Johnny English 2 – a sequel to the 2003 comedy... er ... Johnny English.

johnny english 2 on the way

While the original Rowan Atkinson starring film cost $40 million to produce (really?) it only grossed $28 million in the US. However, it did have huge international appeal – grossing $161 million worldwide. What will they call the new film – Johnny International?

St. Trinian's director Oliver Parker will direct from a script by Hamish McColl, who also penned another Atkinson sequel Mr. Bean's Holiday.

Source: Variety

4. Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl will star in Intruders for 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

Few details are known about the thriller, other than “the story centers on an 11-year old girl forced to confront childhood demons.”

Owen will play the girl’s father in the film which starts shooting this June in London and Madrid.

clive owen in intruders

Universal Pictures is financing the film alongside Spanish media company Antena 3.

While Universal will distribute worldwide they won’t release the film in the US , these rights are still available – so get saving.

Fans of Bioshock shouldn’t worry as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is still attached to that project, which is also set up at Universal.

Source: Heat Vision

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

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