Friday, December 23, 2011

Random Movie Stuff - 12/23/11

Thursday's Box Office:

1.  Mission Impossible 4 - $6.42 million ($32.44) - 7 days
2.  Sherlock Holmes 2 - $4.75 ($58.75) - 7 days
3.  Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 - $3.97 ($36.94) - 7 days
4.  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - $3.31 (8.37) - 2 days
5.  The Adventures of Tintin - $4.43 ($8.01) - 2 days
6.  New Year's Eve - $1.17 ($29.34) - 14 days

Tom Cruise is back.  Mission Impossible 4 looks like the movie of the season, on pace for a $45 million weekend.  It's also doing well overseas.  The other movies could all qualify as "disappointing."  Sherlock Holmes 2 and Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 opened under expectations, and now so has The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  If US box-office were all that mattered, The Adventures of Tintin could be called a bomb, but since it's already made $237 million otherwise, it'll be fine.

In Other News:

- Amanda Seyfried will star in the Linda Lovelace biopic called Lovelace.  She will be joined by Sharon Stone, Wes Bentley, Hank Azaria, Chris Noth, Bobby Cavanale, Juno Temple and Robert Patrick.

- Woody Allen's next film has had its title changed to Nero Fiddled and will take place in Rome.  It will open in limited release in May.  It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni.

- Director Spike Lee may reunite with Clive Owen (Inside Man) for his remake of Oldboy.  It stars Josh Brolin as  a man who's kidnapped on his daughter's birthday and held prisoner for 15 years without explanation.  Once freed, he seeks revenge on his captors, if he can figure out who they are.  Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) has also been offered a role.

- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, has been pushed off its March 2nd release date to sometime in the fall.

- Remember when Disnay Animation said they were done with fairy tales?  Then they saw the receipts for Tangled.  Now they're making Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, due for release on November 27, 2013.  They're titling it Frozen.

- Dax Shepard (NBC's Parenthood) will write, direct and star in Outrun, an action comedy that will co-star Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell, Kristen Chenoweth and Beau Bridges.

- HBO has cancelled Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America.  It has renewed Enlightened, starring Laura Dern.

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