Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: September 13, 2009
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Tyler Perry does Bad at the top of the box office; Timothy Dalton plays with Toys; Anton Yelchin gets some Beaver; Max Ryan gets involved in Sex and Eva Green and Ewan McGregor have the Last Word.
I Can Do Bad All By Myself topped the box office with $25 million. While it’s not the best gross for a Tyler Perry opening it does show that he has an audience that shows up.
The Tim Burton-produced 9 had a better than expected debut with $15.5 million.
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds was third with another $6.5 million. With a total gross of $104 million the film has now become Tarantino’s highest grossing film – unadjusted of course.
Sandra Bullock’s All About Steve was fourth with $5.8 million. The film’s cumulative gross currently stands at $21 million.
Final Destination dropped about 55% this weekend – but with $58 million in the bank so far it looks like this franchise will continue.
Horror film Sorority Row did little business with just over $5.5 million for its debut.
Joel Silver’s Dark Castle release Whiteout starring Kate Beckinsale didn’t do well with a poor opening weekend gross of $5 million.
District 9 banked another $3,6 million. The $30 million film now has a total gross of $108 million.
Meryl Streep’s Julie & Julia managed another $3.3 million. The film has now grossed $85 million. It probably won’t hit $100 million, but it does ensure that Streep will make a few more summer comedies that are aimed at the older viewer.
Gerard Butler’s Gamer dropped a huge (but not unexpected) 65% with a weekend take of just over $3 million. With $16 million in the bank, this will need to find an audience on DVD.
Just outside the top ten was G.I Joe with a little over $2.5 million. The Stephen Sommers film now has $144 million.
Halloween 2 made just under $2.5 million. The slasher remake/sequel has a disappointing $30 million total. It was cheap so that’ll help matters but new blood is needed if they want the series to continue.
1. Former James Bond star, Timothy Dalton, has signed on to voice a character in the forthcoming Toy Story 3. The Shakespearean actor will play Mr Pricklepants, a toy hedgehog with “thespian tendencies.”
It sounds like a suitable role for the star. It’s a shame that he hasn’t had better roles on the big screen.
2. Star Trek and Terminator Salvation star Anton Yelchin has joined The Beaver.
Yelchin will play the son of Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in the dramedy about a depressed man who wears a glove puppet of the titular on his hand.
Foster directs the film that also stars Jennifer Lawrence.
Summit Entertainment recently bought the distribution rights for the film that will open in late 2010 or 2011.
3. English-born Max Ryan has joined the cast of Sex and the City 2.
The actor, who will play the boyfriend of Kim Catrall’s Samantha has also starred in last years Death Race and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon also return for the sequel which opens next summer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
4. Former Bond girl Eva Green will star opposite Ewan McGregor in Last Word.
Screen Daily reports that:
“Last Word is a story about two people who fall in love as the world begins to fall apart.”
McGregor’s Trainspotting co-star Ewan Bremner also stars alongside Stephen Dillane and Connie Nielsen in the David MacKenzie directed film.
Source: Screen Daily
That’s it for now. See you at the movies.