It was a weekend of speculations at the box-office. First, Fox was adamant that their "Date Night" was No. 1 with $27.1 million. But Warner Bros. was equally confident that "Clash of the Titans" remained victorious, even though initial numbers showed that the Greek mythology flick made $26.9 million.
Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner even said, "They're (Fox) certainly entitled to their own projection, and we'll see. Maybe they're right and we're wrong. Monday will tell." (Watch my movie review of "Clash of the Titans" right here)
Well it's Monday, and the final tally is in, and guess what folks, Fellman was right! Sam Worthington and his giant Kraken beat Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
The 3-D action fantasy "Clash of the Titans" remained the No. 1 film in America with $26.6 million raising its total to $110.2 million. Meanwhile, "Date Night" must settle for the No. 2 spot with $25.2 million. (Check out my movie review of "Date Night" right here)
The fantastic 3-D animated flick, "How to Train Your Dragon," remained the weekend's solid No. 3 with $24.7 million dropping just 15% in its third week, and earning a total of $133.2 million. I love this film! (Check out my movie review right here, and my interviews with Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and writers/director Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois)
"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" earned $11 million for the No. 4 spot, while the Miley Cyrus flick "The Last Song" took in $10 million for the No. 5 position.
Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of April 9th:
1. "Clash of the Titans," $26.6 million.
2. "Date Night," $25.2 million.
3. "How to Train Your Dragon," $25.4 million.
4. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?", $11 million.
5. "The Last Song," $10 million.
6. "Alice in Wonderland," $5.6 million.
7. "Hot Tub Time Machine," $5.4 million.
8. "The Bounty Hunter," $4.3 million.
9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," $4.1 million.
10. "Letters to God," $1.3 million.
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As we reported back in September, Columbia Pictures regained the power of Grayskull when "He-Man" and Mattel parted ways with Warner Bros. Now, Columbia Pictures moves the project forwad by hiring Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to write the screenplay for "Masters of the Universe."
The duo are fresh from rebooting "Predators" and are ready to tackle the world of He-Man and his planet Eternia. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in their pitch, "the scribes attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately."
So be rest assured, He-Man fans, that all your favorite characters will be featured in the film such as Battle Cat, Man-at-Arms, and Orko. Of course, Prince Adam will be there, as well as his nemesis, Skeletor!
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Selena Gomez is starring in Fox 2000 and New Regency's teen adventure movie "Monte Carlo" and she's bringing along "Glee" star Cory Monteith and "Melrose Place" star Katie Cassidy with her.
Leighton Meester is also co-starring along with Andie MacDowell.
Based on Julie Bass' "Headhunters," the film is about a young girl (Gomez) who has been mistaken for a socialite, so she, her best friend and her stepsister fly to Monte Carlo for a charity auction. But when a million-dollar necklace goes missing, the trio must find it before big problems arise.
Tom Bezucha, who co-wrote the script with April Blair, is set to direct.
Cassidy will play one of Gomez's friends, Meester is also set to play one of the BFFs. Monteith will play Gomez's football player boyfriend who travels to Europe to pursue her, aw...
As for MacDowell? She'll play Gomez's mommy.
"Monte Carlo" is shooting this spring everywhere but Monte Carlo. THR is saying the film is shooting in Budapest, Paris, and Nice, France.
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As if "Big Momma's House 2" is not enough, now, get ready for "Big Momma: Like Father, Like Son," the third installment of the one-note franchise!
Big Momma himself, Martin Lawrence, is returning, and Faizon Love, Emily Rios, Portia Doubleday, and Michelle Ang are joining the actor. Also joining the cast are Brandon T. Jackson and Jessica Lucas.
So why do we need another "Big Momma" film? Because the franchise made $310 million worldwide, that's why! People love seeing fake overweight folks, I guess.
The director of the second film, John Whitesell, is returning to helm the third film from a script by Matthew Fogel and Randi Mayem Singer.
Now I'm sure you really want to know about the plot right? Well, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that "in the latest story line, Big Momma (Lawrence) and Charmaine (Jackson) go undercover at an all-girls performing-arts school to unmask a murderer. Love will play Kurtis Kool, a school security guard and former Run-D.M.C. roadie who becomes smitten with Big Momma. Rios, Doubleday and Ang will play students at the school who befriend Jackson's character."
Oh what fun!
The film begins shooting this month in Atlanta at the private, all-girls Agnes Scott College.
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The first "Johnny English" starring Rowan Atkinson released in 2003 cost $40 million but only earned $28 million. So why is Universal Pictures bringing back the bumbling British spy? Because worldwide, the comedy made $161 million, and that's enough for the sequel to be greenlit.
Apparently, Universal is dumping all its dramatic Oscar-bait thrillers in favor of cheap, safe comedies! The studio just scrapped the dramatic thriller "Cartel" and greenlit two comedies -- One, a Judd Apatow produced film starring Kristen Wiig, and the Ryan Reynolds-Jason Bateman buddy vehicle "The Change-Up."
See what happened folks? Since you didn't pay attention to recent Universal action-dramas like "Public Enemies," "State of Play" and "Green Zone," now, we must settle for "Johnny English 2!"
Atkinson will be back for the second film, and Oliver Parker is set to direct from a script by Hamish McColl (he wrote 2007's "Mr. Bean's Holiday").
Universal wants to start shooting in August.
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