Archive for April, 2013

Some directors just need to sail off into the sunset, never to return.  Sadly, it would appear that Michael Bay isn’t going anywhere.  Not with his most recent film – Pain and Gain – garnering the top spot at this weekend’s box office.  The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, managed to bring in $20M opening, which isn’t the greatest but still good enough for number one.   Pain and Gain is actually one of Bay’s lowest openings in his career (The Island, Bad Boys are the lowest), but still good enough the weekend before the summer blockbuster season actually kicks in.

Second at the weekend box office was the Tom Cruise vessel Oblivion, which pulled in $17M on its way to $64.7M in two weeks.  The film has a budget of $120M – and for a movie with only a handful of actors, that’s a HUGE budget – so it’s going to struggle its way to breaking even.

Third this weekend was the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which has been a stellar hit, bringing in nearly $11M for a three week total of $69M.  For a film that only cost $40M to make, it’s become one of the biggest success stories of the film year.

Rounding out the top five are the ensemble comedy The Big Wedding and Dreamworks animated hit The Croods.  The films managed to pull in $7.5M and $6.6M respectively.

Here is the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Pain and Gain – $20 (NEW)

2) Oblivion – $17.4 ($64.7)

3) 42 – $10.7 ($69)

4) The Big Wedding – $7.5 (NEW)

5) The Croods – $6.6 ($163)

6) G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $3.6 ($116.3)

7) Scary Movie 5 – $3.4 ($27.4)

8) Olympus Has Fallen – $2.7 ($93)

9) The Place Beyond the Pines – $2.6 ($16.2)

10) Jurassic Park 3D – $2.3 ($42)


Via Box Office Mojo



Disney and Marvel Studios have released the first trailer for this fall’s upcoming superhero sequel, Thor: The Dark World.   Iron May 3 is nearly upon us, but The Dark World doesn’t land until November 8.  It’s a bit out of the norm for Marvel to release a superhero film outside of the summer months, but here we are none-the-less.

The Dark World will find Thor returning to Asgard with his brother Loki – the villain from The Avengers – to stand trial for his crimes.  However, Thor finds himself trying to save the universe once again when a new villain arises – Malekith the Accursed – and his band of Dark Elves.

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins all return to reprise their roles from the original Thor title in 2011.

Tom Cruise’s sci-fi action romp Oblivion proved this weekend that the movie star still has the draw despite a film not being that well rounded.  And according to numerous reviews, Oblivion looks great but fails to stimulate the mind.  Typical of a pre-summer blockbuster.  However, the film – which debuted this weekend – managed to still pull in a nice $37M.  It’s Cruise’s largest opening since 2006 when Mission Impossible III released.  Oblivion will likely remain atop the box office until May 3 when Iron May 3 launches.

Second at the box office this weekend was last weekend’s box office winner, 42, the biopic of Jackie Robinson.  The film continues its strong two week run with nearly $18M, bringing its two week total to $53M.  Considering the film has already made back its budget it’s really a great feat.

Third this weekend was Dreamworks’ continued successor The Croods, which pulled in nearly $10M to bring its total to $154M.  It’s officially Dreamworks biggest hit since Madagascar 3 last summer and is poised to move into Dreamworks’ top 10 all-time grossing films.

Rounding out the top five was the abysmal Scary Movie 5 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which made $6M and $5M respectively.

Here’s the full top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Oblivion – $37 (NEW)

2) 42 – $17.7 ($53.3)

3) The Croods – $9.2 ($154.6)

4) Scary Movie 5 – $6.1 ($22.7)

5) G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $5.7 ($111.2)

6) The Place Beyond the Pines – $4.9 ($11.6)

7) Olympus Has Fallen – $4.4 ($88.7)

8) Evil Dead – $4.1 ($48.4)

9) Jurassic Park 3D – $4 ($38.5)

10) Oz the Great and Powerful – $3 ($223.7)


Via Box Office Mojo

Disney have released the final trailer for their upcoming Johnny Depp/Armie Hammer summer blockbuster The Lone Ranger.  The film has been a bit overshadowed by other blockbusters in recent days – Iron Man 3, Star Trek into Darkness, Man of Steel.  However, this final trailer makes me even more excited for TLR, mainly because it shows the film’s lighter side.

Western films don’t have a huge track record for success in recent years (Cowboys & Aliens, True Grit), Armie Hammer is a budding star and Johnny Depp’s presence as a supporting character can only lend credence that there’s virtually no way that this western fails.

The Lone Ranger is out on July 3.

Disney and LucasFilm have announced that starting in 2015 there will be a new Star Wars film every year starting with Star Wars Episode VII.

The films will alternate between the new trilogy and a standalone films.  The announcement was made at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t announced what the first standalone Star Wars film would be up for a 2016 release.

J.J. Abrams has already been confirmed as director for Episode VII but no casting news has been released.


Warner Bros. have released another new trailer for their upcoming Superman summer blockbuster Man of Steel, featuring the film’s villain – who we haven’t seen too much of – General Zod.

The trailer (presumably the last one before the film releases in July) takes a look at Russell Crowe’s Jor-El saying his farewells to son Kal-El – who later becomes Superman, to Clark Kent’s adolescent years, to Zod screaming “I will find him!” probably taking place after Supes beats him down a bit.

It’s a shiny new trailer with a bunch of new footage, so there is reason to be excited.  While all three of the released trailers take on a more serious tone, there has been chatter that the film is actually very action packed and light on its feet.

It really is another fantastic trailer for a highly anticipated film.

Lionsgate finally got their hands on a huge money making franchise with The Hunger Games, so they’re not wasting any time with the second film’s first trailer.  The trailer for Catching Fire hit this morning and it shows Katniss Everdeen being a “beacon of hope” for the Districts in light of her and Peeta’s victory in the Hunger Games.

Now they must go back into the arena as are all former victors of the Games.  The film isn’t out until November 22 but Lionsgate is getting a jump on all the summer blockbuster hype.  Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water For Elephants) – who looks oddly like Bradley Cooper with long hair – takes over the franchise from Gary Ross.  By all accounts Ross’ played it super safe with his adaptation while Lawrence looks to be taking a few risks with his.

Catching Fire looks to be a more “serious” affair with Jennifer Lawrence (fresh off her Oscar win) and Josh Hutcherson returning.  New additions include Academy Award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman.