Midweek Movie Update

The news and information cycle closing out the 3rd quarter in Hollywood is as uneventful as the film release slate.  The latest interesting developments coming out of Hollywood as we open the last quarter of 2011 amidst strong hope for a banner box office sprint to end the year mostly still concern preparations for 2012 and 2013 epic superhero films and some reconfiguration of animated classics for eye-popping 3D.

Dolphin Tale Wins the Weekend with $14.2 Million

October’s inaugural weekend was nothing special as Dolphin Tale brought a ‘fair’ $14.2 million on a weekend that also saw Moneyball and The Lion King, both recent strong showers, soften to just over $10 million.  The rest of the top 10 filled out with a wide spectrum of titles including a disappointing showing at #10 from a generally highly expected Killer Elite.

  1. Dolphin Tale – $14.2m
  2. Moneyball – $12.5m
  3. The Lion King – $11.05m
  4. 50/50 – $8.85m
  5. Courageous – $8.8m
  6. Dream House – $8.2m
  7. Abduction -0 $5.65m
  8. What’s Your Number – $5.6m
  9. Contagion – $5.0m
  10. Killer Elite – $4.8m

Russell Crowe Does Jor-El in Man of Steel

Vancouver is currently hosting the shooting for the Warner Bros. superhero remake, Man of Steel, as the film preps for a June 14, 2013 release date.  On Tuesday, the first images of Russell Crowe on the film’s set in a futuristic get-up as Jor-El, the biological father of Henry Cavill‘s Kal-El (a.k.a. Superman / Clark Kent).  We’ve got a growing gallery of images from the film, but here’s just a little preview:

Beauty and the Beast and Finding Nemo Being Reconfigured for 3D, Joining An Expanding Disney Re-Release/Update Slate

On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

  • Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
  • Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
  • Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theatres in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
  • The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

24 Movie Script Nearly Finished

Its been a little bit since we’ve heard anything about the big screen version of 24, based on Kiefer Sutherland‘s hit Fox series that ended last year. While out promoting Melancholia, his recent collaboration with Lars von Trier, the actor stated that the movie is still on track, and that after a bit of a speed bump, the script is nearly completed.  Sutherland had this to say:

We are coming very close to having a finished script. That’s been the most difficult thing. You have to remember that we have 24 hours to explain the stories in 24 and so trying to condense that into a two-hour film version has been a real shift in gear for us. We were originally trying to make it too big and put too much into it – but once we relaxed, we found out how to tell that story. So yes we definitely do plan on making the film.

 

 

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