The first Hollywood feature film of 2009 that I truly admire became the first Hollywood flick to have the best opening of the year, selling $58.2 million in ticket sales! "Monsters vs. Aliens" beat fellow new arrivals at the box-office "The Haunting in Connecticut" and "12 Rounds."
(Watch my review here, and see how you can win fun plush toys from "Monsters vs. Aliens" and so much more right here)
Opening in second-place is the so-so ghost story (we've all seen this before folks) "The Haunting in Connecticut" with $23 million in ticket sales. Not bad for a film with a rehashed plot. And actually, the US box office was up by as much as 40% because of "Monsters" and "Haunting" so way to go!
Meanwhile, John Cena's "12 Rounds" didn't do as well (by the way, this film wasn't shown to critics -- you know what that means, the studio's ashame of it!). The action thriller only managed to muscle $5.1 million in ticket sales from 2,331 theaters! Yikes! The film, financed by the World Wresting Entertainment, opened at No. 7.
Previous weekend's No. 1 film, "Knowing," fell to No. 3 with $14.7 million. But the Nicolas Cage film raised its 10-day total to $46.2 million.
Here's the Top 10 Box-Office list for weekend of March 27th:
1 Monsters vs. Aliens $58,200,000
2 The Haunting in Connecticut $23,010,000
3 Knowing $14,705,000
4 I Love You, Man $12,600,000
5 Duplicity $7,556,470
6 Race To Witch Mountain $5,637,000
7 12 Rounds $5,300,000
8 Watchmen $2,755,000
9 Taken $2,700,000
10 Last House On The Left, The $2,611,160
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I worship at the altar of Ang Lee! A director who has proved he can direct any genre, whether it's a period piece ("Sense and Sensibility"), martial arts ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), comic book adaptation ("Hulk"), and drama ("Brokeback Mountain").
The Academy award winning director is set to return to the big screen with "Taking Woodstock" in August 14. It's a dramedy about a young man who accidentally sets Woodstock in motion.
Demetri Martin, who stars in the film, debuted the trailer in his Comedy Central show, "Important Things with Demetri Martin."
Based on the book by Elliot tiber, Martin co-stars with Emile Hirsch, Liev Screiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Paul Dano.
And the trailer makes me want to watch the movie now! I can't wait! Hippies, Ang Lee, and a Great Cast!
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The last time we saw a Tony Scott movie was back in 2006 for "Deja Vu." So it's a welcome treat to see a new film from the director even though the plot is very similar to "The Cassandra Crossing."
Scott's thriller will be called "Unstoppable" and it's about an unmanned runaway train carrying toxic chemicals. Very similar to "The Cassandra Crossing" where passengers of a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease.
I loved that movie as a child. I guess I was happy with all these disaster flicks
Just to travel back in time, take a look at the trailer for "The Cassandra Crossing."
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Matthew McConaughey is set to play another lawyer in the upcoming legal thriller, "The Lincoln Lawyer."
Based on the book by Michael Connolly, McConaughey is attached to star as low-level criminal defense attorney Michael Haller who has to defend a super-rich client. The problem is, this wealthy customer may have ties to a previous murder case that Haller handled.
The last time McConaughey starred as a lawyer, effectively, was in "A Time to Kill" based on a John Grisham novel.
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Besides his famous role as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire has also played a jockey in "Seabiscuit," and now, he's set to take on a Grand Prix driver role in "The Limit."
The project is going to be based on a book by Michael Cannell that is not coming out until the fall.
Anthony Peckham is set to write the script. He wrote the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed flick "The Human Factor" and "Sherlock Holmes" directed by guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr.
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