It’s a few days late because I had a very busy mid-week and a rough start to the week, but the stories are from the past two weeks and are still quite interesting.  There’s so much going on in movie news right now that instead of covering it in a dozen separate articles, I wanted to give some summaries all in one spot. While the second half of this article contains several stories and (at least partially substantiated) rumors, we’ll first start with the money…

Box Office Top 10:

1. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 M)

2. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon ($21.3 M)

3.Horrible Bosses ($17.7 M)

4. Zookeeper ($12.3 M)

5. Cars 2 ($8.4 M)

6. Winnie The Pooh ($7.85 M)

7. Bad Teacher ($5.15 M)

8. Larry Crowne ($2.6 M)

9. Super 8 ($1.97 M)

10. Midnight in Paris ($1.87 M)

Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com

Cars 2 has been in theaters for four weekends, but it has only recouped 80% of its budget, meaning there’s over $30 m to go before it’s profitable. As it slips into 5th place and has its revenues decreased 38% from last weekend, they may have to rely on DVD sales and merchandising to make money on the project.

Winnie The Pooh, despite being a classic from my childhood, will have a much tougher time making a profit from its theatrical release. Despite a budget of $30 M, only 15% of what was spent on Cars 2, an opening weekend revenue which constitutes roughly a quarter of its budget and the trend of movies declining in earnings by at least 25% each weekend means it will likely not be profitable.

Bridesmaids, which slipped out of the Top 10 this week, should be considered the big winner of the summer, with this week’s earnings bringing its total to a sum of nearly 5 times its original budget.

Big losers from this summer:

Green Lantern – after 5 weeks, it’s earnings are at less than 60% of its budget

Tree of Life – after 8 weeks, it’s earnings are at roughly 1/3 of its budget

Non-Financial News

With the success of BURN NOTICE, Bruce Campbell is on his way to becoming more of a household name, and he’s cashing in by going back to where he built his cult following. EVIL DEAD is getting the remake treatment, and according to BadAss Digest, Diablo Cody (JENNIFER’S BODY, JUNO) has writing duties.

Deadline reports that David Goyer is now being attached to a third movie franchise surrounding one of history’s highest profile characters. First it was Batman, and then he and Christopher Nolan moved to help reboot Superman with MAN OF STEEL, and now he’s attached to GODZILLA.

It might not be news that most people care about, but to a certain cult group of fans this is significant. Japanese classic OLD BOY is getting a remake, and according to BadAss Digest, Spike Lee is confirmed to take the director helm. According to TWITCH, Josh Brolin is rumored to be the front runner to get the lead role.

The L.A. Times official blog 24 Frames is reporting that Bad Santa, the 2003 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, is getting a sequel. Two screenwriters have been hired to write separate scripts, and one of those will be chosen for the film. The other could be considered for a third film.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the producer for the upcoming SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Joe Roth, indicated that the upcoming film is “meant to be the first in a series of films“, and all indications point to a trilogy being in the works.

Stemming from the success of this summer’s BRIDESMAIDS, which she co-wrote, Kristen Wiig is now being given the green-light to go ahead with her “passion project” IMOGENE, according to BadAss Digest. The project in the works is described as a film about a playwright who “affects a suicide attempt to win back her boyfriend and is then forced to live under the custody of her gambler mother”.

According to SpinOff, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise has added Rhys Ifans to its cast. Ifans appears currently in the Harry Potter series as well as portraying Dr. Connors in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man.

MGM is planning a reboot of the Robo-Cop franchise. They’ve already attached a director to the first of the films, Jose Padilha, and Twitch reports that they’re looking at Chris Pine (STAR TREK) as the front-runner for the lead role.

For anyone who enjoyed watching cartoons on television in the 90’s, you might be interested to note that CAPTAIN PLANET (you know… “Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, Heart! Your Powers Combined…” pollution typically gets the boot) is in the works to be brought to the big screen in live action. (Source: Collider)

According to SpinOff, Edward Norton is in talks to portray the villain in the upcoming spin-off from the BOURNE IDENTITY trilogy.

Though there was quite a bit of buzz, apparently Universal Pictures isn’t buying in. Literally. They’ve decided not to go forward with the Stephen King property DARK TOWER, a project which, at one time, was said to include three movies and an accompanying project for television. (Source: Deadline)

According to TV Line, in one of the most exciting news notes (to me) in this article, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, a freakin’ great television show which was spun off from a movie, is now possibly moving BACK to the theater for a second film. Apparently Peter Berg, the creative force behind both the movie and the television show, wants to continue the story for the principle cast from the show on the big screen.


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