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Icelandic actor-director Baltasar Kormákur rules the Us charts with Contraband (a remake of the 2008 film Reykjavik-Rotterdam, which he produced and starred in). It stars the multiplex-friendly duo Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, even if the $24.1m estimated three-day weekend haul – the studios will report four-day estimates on Monday to accommodate the Martin Luther King Jr Day public holiday – is nothing to shout about, but January can be the cruellest month as the studios shake out their less spectacular and/or experimental fare. The opening weekend trailed the $33.5m number one debut of Sony's The Green Hornet exactly one year ago.
Disney's re-release of Beauty and the Beast in 3D arrived in second place on $18.5m. It will most likely carve out a solid theatrical run and is calculated to boost DVD sales. »
- Jeremy Kay
Box office sees Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg best Beauty and the Beast 3D. Universal Pictures' action thriller Contraband debuted on top of the charts this weekend, posting an estimated $24.06 million from 2,863 theaters. Pic averaged a solid $8,405 per theaters, with a cast which includes Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna and J.K. Simmons. Overseas, Contraband earned an estimated $1.5 million. Baltasar Kormákur directs from the writing by Aaron Guzikowski based on Reykjavik-Rotterdam by: Óskar Jónasson and Arnaldur Indrioason. Day-By-Day Weekend Box Office Breakdown for Contraband: - Friday: $8.7 million. - Saturday: $8.6 million. - Sunday: $6.7 million. In second, Disney's Beauty and the Beast 3D managed just under $18.5 million from 2,625 theaters, averaging $7.044 per venue. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continued to flourish in its fifth weekend at play, grossing $11.5 million from 3,346 venues. The Brad Bird-directed pic starring Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner, »
According to today’s weekend box office estimates, Mark Wahlberg once again proved to be a popular action man with strong audience pull as Contraband earned an estimated $8.7 million in Friday earnings, propelling the film to an early Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend lead and an estimated take slightly above $25 million total. A remake of Iceland's official submission for the 2010 Academy Awards Foreign Language prize, Reykjavik-Rotterdam, the original film’s producer Baltasar Kormákur went on to direct the Hollywood remake starring Wahlberg as a former smuggler who accepts a job in order to protect his brother-in-law. »
Ben Foster, Contraband According to Deadline.com, this four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend the North American box office could reach $165 million — or up about 4% compared to last year. Considering the disappointing returns in late 2011, a modest increase is good news indeed for the jittery Hollywood studios. Helping things out are the Mark Wahlberg crime thriller Contraband, which earned an estimated $9 million on Friday and may reach $30 million by Monday evening. Box Office Mojo was expecting the film to bring in only $18.5 million. Anyhow, if those early estimates are correct, that's a solid start for a movie that reportedly cost $25 million (not including marketing/distribution expenses). A remake of Óskar Jónasson's 2008 Icelandic hit Reykjavik-Rotterdam, Contraband was directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the original film's star-producer. In addition to Wahlberg Contraband features Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Caleb Landry Jones, and J.K. Simmons. Disney's 3D-ification of »
- Zac Gille
According to the latest estimates, Mark Wahlberg once again proved to be a dependable action man draw as Contraband earned an estimated $7 million in Friday earnings, propelling the Universal Pictures release to an early Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend lead and an estimated take of $25 million total. A remake of Iceland’s official submission for the 2010 Academy Awards Foreign Language prize, Reykjavik-Rotterdam, the Iceland’s film producer Baltasar Kormákur went on to direct the Hollywood remake starring Wahlberg as a former smuggler who accepts a job in order to protect his brother-in-law. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 3D, a re-release of the 1991 Oscar winner, tied the Warner Bros. gospel comedy Joyful Noise with an estimated $6 million in Friday earnings. »
Judging by the advertisements for Contraband, I expected to watch a half-baked actioner with big beats and little brains (let alone heart). Instead the film, a remake of the Icelandic Reykjavik-Rotterdam and with a cast member as director, is a more than capable action picture, filled with fun small moments and a tight script that whisks us from the unmistakable charm of New Olreans onto the high-seas and into the high stakes world of illegal contraband.
Chris Farraday (a fully-engaged Mark Wahlberg) was one of the best runners of contraband in the delta, a fact reiterated more than a few times in the opening scene at a former crew member (Lukas Hass)’s wedding. But now he’s just a regular Joe, living with his wife Kate (Kate Beckinsale) and his two kids, setting up security systems to keep people like himself out of homes. While Chris is out of the game, »
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There are so many ways to steal something, but when it comes to the big score, movies have kept their focus on elaborate heists. How are the criminals going to break into the vault? How will they escape? Couldn't they put all of this effort into a job that doesn't risk going to jail? These questions aside, the basic point remains: steal what you want and don't get caught. But there are so many other ways to accomplish that. Baltasar Kormákur's Contraband is a fresh take on the theft genre (unless you've seen the original version, the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam) by turning the attention to smuggling. However, the movie always feels torn between what's safe and familiar and what's daring and inventive. Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) is a former-smuggler who was one of the best in the game, but now he's happily living the straight life with his hot »
- Matt Goldberg
Universal Pictures have released a nifty behind the scenes featurette for the Mark Wahlberg starring Contraband, the Us remake of the Icelandic thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam directed by Baltasar Kormákur and also starring Kate Beckinsale, Caleb Landry Jones, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Diego Luna.
Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best – running contraband – to settle Andy’s debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Foster), to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills.
Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, »
8 items from 2012
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