Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: March 7, 2010

This week:

The box office moves to Wonderland; Elm Street has some Resident Evil; the Tribeca Film Festival sees green with Shrek Forever After; Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams hangout with Woody Allen; there’s a huge difference between Knight and Day’s release date; Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell have a laugh together and Amber Heard decides to Drive Angry.

Box Office

There was once a time when Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were the outsiders in Hollywood, but it would appear that those days are long gone. The duo, who first worked together on Edward Scissorhands twenty years ago have ratcheted some big hits since then and it looks like Alice In Wonderland is set to be their biggest. The quasi-sequel to the Lewis Carroll tale has scored $115 million over the weekend according to estimates, beating Avatar’s record for the biggest 3D opening of all time. It looks like their magic pairing is set to continue, although I have to say that even I’m suffering from Depp-Burton fatigue.

Brooklyn’s Finest scored the number two slot this weekend with an estimated $14 million. The R-rated cop drama stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke.

Shutter Island was third, with a weekend take of about $13.5 million. The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer has now banked an impressive $96 million.

Cop Out shot up another $9 million over the last couple of days. The Bruce Willis starrer has now grossed $32 million. The movie should top out at just under $50 million giving director Kevin Smith the biggest hit of his career.

The Crazies took in just under $7 million for a $27 million total – which isn’t bad for a horror remake.

Oscar hopeful and biggest film of all time Avatar upped its total to $720 million after grossing $7.5 million. If the film wins big at the Oscars then the next week should see a spike in grosses.

Valentine’s Day has now banked $106 million, while Percy Jackson and the Franchise Hopeful has banked $78 million. A sequel hangs in the balance.

Dear John grabbed another $3 million over the weekend, raising its cumulative gross to $76 million. A final total of just over $80 million awaits.

Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges rounded out the top ten with Crazy Heart. The country singer drama has now grossed just under $30 million, and it should do more if (when?) Jeff Bridges wins the best actor Oscar as expected.

Movie News

1. Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich has announced via twitter that a trailer for Resident Evil: After Life would be premiering with A Nightmare on Elm Street remake in April.

The 3D action-horror opens on September 10th.

The actress also stated that she has signed on to star opposite William H. Macy in Dirty Girl.

According to Jovovich:

"It takes place in the early 80's and it’s a comedy about two teens who run away from home leaving their dysfunctional parents freaking out."

Source: Milla Jovovich

2. Shrek Forever After will have its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

The 3D animated film sees the return of the vocal talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas.

The plot has the following synopsis:

I’ve never seen a Shrek film. I fell asleep at the very start of the first and woke up right at the end. I took that as a sign.

Source: Collider

3. Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams are set to join the previously announced Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s as-yet untitled next film.

Rachel McAdams Superman Man of Steel

Not much is known about the film, but it is expected to shoot in France.

Say what you will about Woody Allen, but the man is incredibly prolific; he writes and directs a film a year, almost like clockwork.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

4. Can’t wait to see the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day (working title Wichita)?

Well, there’s some good news as the James Mangold directed film has been moved up a week from July 2 to June 25.

The move has taken place so the film will have plenty of room to make some cash before potential blockbusters like Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Angelina Jolie’s Salt and a little film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with some fellow called Robert Pattinson will open.

Source: Variety

5. Ryan Gosling is set to star opposite Steve Carell in the comedy in an as-yet untitled comedy for Warner Bros.

John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct the film which was written by Dan Fogelman.

Gosling has been on the cusp of big things in recent years, but it appears that he’s very picky with potential projects.

The actor did have the fortune of dropping out of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, only to be replaced by “Marky” Mark Walhberg. The fact is, the film is quite terrible on every level, with mis-judged performances and storytelling. It has to be one of the worst films that I’ve seen in recent memory – and Walhberg’s acting in the film makes his work in The Happening seem like an acting master-class.

Source: Variety

6. Amber Heard is set to get into the passenger seat alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry.

(“The film) centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“Heard will be taking on the role of diner employee who partners with Cage to find his granddaughter.”

Man, you know you’re getting old when Nicolas Cage starts playing grandfathers!

The Patrick Lussier directed Drive Angry opens on February 11, 2011.

Source: THR

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

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