It's another "too close to call" weekend as "How to Train Your Dragon" soared back to the top, fending off "Kick-Ass." The fantastic animated adventure earned $20 million at the box-office, versus $19.75 million for "Kick-Ass." (Watch my movie review of "Kick-Ass" right here)
"How to Train Your Dragon" made a rare dramatic leap back to the top. So far, the DreamWorks Animation film raised its total to $158.6 million. The film's quality gave it longevity at the box-office. (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)
Last weekend, it was a "too close to call" fight between "Date Night" and "Clash of the Titans" but the greek mythology actioner eventually won. This week, the remake starring Sam Worthington, fell to No. 5 with $15.8 million. (Check out my movie review of "Clash of the Titans" right here)
The No. 3 spot was also too close to call with "Date Night" slightly edging out "Death at a Funeral." The Steve Carell-Tina Fey film made $17.3 million while the Chris Rock comedy remake earned $17 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of April 16:
1. "How to Train Your Dragon," $20 million.
2. "Kick-Ass," $19.75 million.
3. "Date Night," $17.3 million.
4. "Death at a Funeral," $17 million.
5. "Clash of the Titans," $15.8 million.
6. "The Last Song," $5.8 million.
7. "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?", $4.2 million.
8. "Hot Tub Time Machine," $3.55 million.
9. "Alice in Wonderland," $3.54 million.
10. "The Bounty Hunter," $3.2 million.
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Here's my review of "Kick-Ass!" The film is bloody, violent, but fun and thoroughly entertaining. Find out more, by clicking the video below.
Here's more info on "Kick-Ass" from Lionsgate:
Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy, decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 57 min.
Release Date: April 16th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children.
Cast and Credits
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Stephen Marks, Mark Millar, John S. Romita Jr
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Ahoy Mateys! Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall have chosen Astrid Bergès-Frisbey to play the key role of Syrena, a beautiful and alluring young mermaid, in Walt Disney Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth installment of the super-popular franchise!
Bergès-Frisbey joins Johnny Depp, returning in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow, Penelope Cruz as the romantic lead, and Ian McShane as the big bad Blackbeard.
So who is the actress? Here's what Disney said in their press release:
Born in Barcelona of French-American and Catalan parentage, and now based in Paris, Bergès-Frisbey, one of France’s brightest young stars, appears in such French films as “La Fille du Puisatier,” “Bruc,” “Extase,” “La Premiere Etoile” and “Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique.” She has also appeared in the telefilms “La Reine Morte,” “Elles et Moi,” “Divine Emilie” and “Sur le Fil.” Berges-Frisbey appeared on stage at the Theatre Marigny in a production of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus.”
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" stars production in June and will film entirely on location in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles.
The film is slated to open on May 20, 2011, but I have one important question -- Bergès-Frisbey is going to play a mermaid in the film, I imagine her topless with hair covering her breasts, so then I assume she doesn't have fake boobs as Disney famously banned breast implants on the set!
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It's one of the most coveted roles this year -- the female lead in Marvel's "Captain America!" Last week, we told you that British actress, Alice Eve ("She's Out of My League"), was the front runner. But her fellow Brit, Hayley Atwell ("Brideshead Revisited," "The Duchess"), was also making waves. Both actresses screen-tested for the second time in London, and the winner is Atwell!
She will be Captain America's girlfriend, Peggy Carter. In comic book mythology, Carter dates Captain America but she is also an agent helping the French Resistance. In the character's later reincarnations, Peggy becomes the aunt of Sharon Carter, Captain America's love in modern times. Wow, that Captain America is one hot playboy
Atwell also beat out Emily Blunt and Keira Knightley for the role, so congratulations!
Chris Evans is playing our spandex-clad hero and his alter-ego Steve Rogers while Sebastian Stan is set to star as Captain America's sidekick Bucky Barnes. Right now, Hugo Weaving is still negotiating to play the big bad Red Skull. What are you waiting for Mr. Weaving?
Director Joe Johnston is shooting the film in England this summer.
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Zac Efron is attached to star in and produce a remake of "Snabba cash" according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is a hot Swedish property and it's supposed to be the subject of a heavy Hollywood bidding war. Universal, Summit, Paramount, Fox, the Weinstein Co., Mandate and Warners all promised easy money to the Swedish filmmakers (snabba cash means easy money).
In the end, Warner Bros. won!
Based on a novel by Jens Lapidus, "Snabba" tells the three interconnected storylines involving drugs and organized crime. The main character is a young man, played by Joel Kinnaman in the original Swedish film, who becomes a runner for a coke dealer in hopes to make it big. Efron will play that part.
Let's hope that the American version will be as fantastic as the original but with the original producer, Fredrik Wikstrom, involved, it's a good sign.
For now, let's take a look at the trailer of the original Swedish film:
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