Dreamy Reception for "Inception," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" FLOPS! See the Top 10 Box-Office Films!
Director Christopher Nolan's "Inception" debuted at the No. 1 spot for this weekend proving that a film does not have to be a remake, a sequel, or be based on a popular comic book to top the current crop of films at the box-office.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, "Inception" opened big with $60.4 million topping the actor's previous best of $41.1 million for Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island." (Check out my "Inception" movie review right here)
Warner Bros., the studio behind "Inception," wisely chose the mid-July opening date since it has been shaping up to be the studio's lucky weekend. Both "The Dark Knight" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" had the same mid-July opening dates .
Of course, the final "Harry Potter" will open the same weekend next year, and the third "Batman" flick from Nolan will also debut the same weekend two years from now.
The strong reviews for "Inception" will help the flick shoulder on through the dog days of summer. Meanwhile, previous weekend's No. 1 flick, Universal's "Despicable Me," slipped to No. 2 with a respectable $32.7 million box-office take. So far, the fun animated film featuring the voice of Steve Carell has raised its 10-day total to $118.4 million.
The sad news of the weekend belonged to Disney and its "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film was a resounding flop opening at No. 3 with $17.4 million. If we factor in its opening total since premiering Wednesday, the film has made a measly $24.5 million.
All I can say is, let's bring in more original ideas and forget sequels and remakes! The top 2 films of the weekend are ORIGINAL! See? It pays off at the box-office. Are you listening Hollywood?
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of July 16th:
1. "Inception," $60.4 million.
2. "Despicable Me," $32.7 million.
3. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," $17.4 million.
4. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," $13.5 million.
5. "Toy Story 3," $11.7 million.
6. "Grown Ups," $10 million.
7. "The Last Airbender," $7.5 million.
8. "Predators," $6.8 million.
9. "Knight and Day," $3.7 million.
10. "The Karate Kid," $2.2 million.
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Aaron Sorkin has acquired the rights to the book "The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards' Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down" by Andrew Young.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin will make his feature directorial debut with the project, which he will also write and produce.
The book chronicles Edwards' 2008 presidential primary run, and of course, the salacious scandal involving his mistress and their child. Intriguing!
And no other than Sorkin, "The West Wing" creator, is best to handle this film.
Sorkin told THR, "This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit Shakespeare up...There's much more to Andrew's book than what has been reported, and I'm grateful that he's trusting me with it."
Sorkin wrote the screenplay for David Fincher's "The Social Network" about our favorite social networking site Facebook, and he also co-wrote the adaptation of "Moneyball."
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This has been a long gestating project. Back in 2008, we told you that Tim Burton was set to direct his perennial favorite, Johnny Depp, in the big screen version of the classic TV show.
Now, I'm hearing that Seth Grahame-Smith has been hired to write the script! Grahame-Script is the author of the book I'm reading now, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." He also wrote "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which Lionsgate has optioned and attached David O. Russell to direct, and Natalie Portman to star as Elizabeth Bennett.
According to Deadline, Burton is still set to direct "Dark Shadows" and Johnny Depp is still attached to star as the vampire Barnabas Collins. The film is slated to begin production in January at Warner Bros. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films are producing.
"Dark Shadows" was a gothic soap opera from the 60s about the Collins family and their friends, and all the strange occurrences that happen to them involving vampires, witches, werewolves, and such. Sort of like "Twilight" but original
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Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci made movie magic in "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Julie & Julia," now, the pair may reunite but this time, Tucci will be behind the camera.
According to the LA Times, Tucci will direct Streep and Tina Fey in a project tentatively titled "Mommy & Me." There's no script or writers attached yet, but this will be a mother-daughter dramedy.
The project is still being shopped around, but this has great potential. Imagine all the mothers and daughters flocking to the cinema to watch the comedic and dramatic fireworks unleashed by Streep and Fey!
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