It's still great!
Over the weekend, based on studio estimates, "The Great Gatsby" opened to a staggering $51.1 million, but by Monday, when the actuals started rolling in, the Baz Luhrmann movie dropped by a mere, $1 million, still putting the film solidly at No. 2.
And it's quite a feat! For a non-tentpole movie that is not based on a popular comic book or a sequel, but rather on a classic literary novel, "The Great Gatsby" performed splendidly with $50 million ($50,087,184 according to boxofficemojo.com).
If you've ever doubted the marketability of Leonardo DiCaprio, stop right now. He's one of those rare box-office stars that can open a movie!
But, "The Great Gatsby" was still not successful in toppling down Robert Downey Jr. and "Iron Man 3." The Marvel flick stayed at No. 1 with $72.5 million.
And Tyler Perry and Lionsgate, we feel your pain! The other new wide release of the weekend, "Peeples," flopped at No. 4 with $4.6 million.
In the international market, "Star Trek Into Darkness" opened strongly with $31.7 million in just seven markets. The sequel to the J.J. Abrams reboot opens in the U.S. this Friday, so move over Downey Jr. and DiCaprio, Captain Kirk and Spock are about to take control.
Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Movies for the weekend of May 10th:
1 Iron Man 3 $72,525,615
2 The Great Gatsby (2013) $50,087,184
3 Pain and Gain $5,001,029
4 Tyler Perry Presents Peeples $4,611,534
5 42 $4,588,209
6 Oblivion $4,114,665
7 The Croods $3,609,028
8 The Big Wedding $2,490,362
9 Mud $2,343,000
10 Oz The Great and Powerful $1,078,233
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My friend, actor/filmmaker, Jon Lee Brody ("Pawn," "Star Trek Into Darkness"), has created a short film called "Police Guys" that you guys should see! Brody wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 15-minute film alongside Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush), Shawna Waldron (Little Giants), Lester Speight (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Lisa Catara (Charlie Valentine), Gonzalo Menendez (Act of Valor), Alex Heartman (Power Rangers Super Samurai) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step, Valentine’s Day).
Here's more info on the project:
A pair of cops (Jon Lee Brody and Stephen Kramer Glickman) on a stakeout get much more than they bargained for! POLICE GUYS is a fifteen-minute short film/pilot that was written, produced and directed by Jon Lee Brody.
The film was shot in 2 days with little to no budget. Brody sites Robert Rodriguez as his inspiration. “The book ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ chronicles Robert’s journey of making his first feature ‘El Mariachi’ and it’s basically my filmmaking bible. I didn’t have money to throw into this movie. I just had an idea, some amazingly talented friends willing to help me out and Robert’s book for inspiration.”
-Jon Lee Brody
Awww...we support talented filmmakers with passion to make movies!
See "Police Guys" below, and click here for more on Brody:
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It’s dazzling, it’s roaring, “The Great Gatsby” is finally here. It’s a story of man with an extraordinary gift for hope. Based on the beloved classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby, a rich and powerful man who loves spinning tales. He self-mythologizes by telling tall tales – is he a war hero? A rich orphan? What Gatsby is, is an enigma. And what makes him great is his undying love for Daisy, played by Carey Mulligan. Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway), Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan), and Isla Fisher (Myrtle Wilson) co-star from director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo + Juliet”).
But the big question – is the movie great? Check out my review of “The Great Gatsby.”
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Is Kanye West going to appear in "Anchorman 2?" That's the surprising claim from Hollywood.com which reported that West was seen in downtown Atlanta shooting a scene with Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd, both returning to their original "Anchorman" roles. West, the true diva that he is, was apparently afriad of heights and "required an umbrella for shade most of the time he was on the roof." LOL indeed!
So who else are making cameos in "Anchorman 2?" Let me count the ways. There's Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (reportedly shooting a scene also this week), Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Nicole Kidman.
Kristen Wiig will join original cast members Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn, as Brick Tamland's (Carrell) wife.
Are more "Anchorman 2" cameos on the horizon? I'd say yes!
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Tom Hanks may be gunning for Oscar No. 3! The Academy Award-winner of such films as "Forrest Gump" and "Philadelphia" is back in Oscar mode for the new true-life movie "Captain Phillips" where he stars as Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage when his ship was captured by Somali pirates in 2009 -- the first U.S. ship hijacked since the 19th century. "Captain Phillips" is being released by Sony on Oct. 11 -- just in time for Oscar season!
Here's the trailer for "Captain Phillips":
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