8 items from 2011
This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011′s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011′s most popular movies.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, $381 million
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, $352 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, $261 million
4. The Hangover Part II, $254 million »
- Lanford Beard
Two 80s remakes and a bird-watching movie weren't able to knock down Real Steel, which held well enough to repeat in first place this weekend. Footloose wasn't far behind, but also wasn't all that impressive, while The Thing missed the mark and The Big Year bombed. Overall box office was off around 33 percent from the same frame last year when Jackass 3-D led with $50.3 million. Real Steel dipped 40 percent to an estimated $16.3 million. That hold isn't quite as strong as Secretariat or Red from last October, but it's still solid in its own right. Through 10 days in theaters, the Hugh Jackman robot boxing movie has earned $51.7 million. Footloose was a close second with an estimated $16.1 million. It debuted below Stomp the Yard ($21.8 million and the first two Step Up movies ($20.7 million and $18.9 million), but did end up slightly above Step Up 3-D ($15.8 million). It also had lower initial attendance than the original Footloose, »
- Ray Subers
Summit wants bankrupt Blockbuster to pony up $9.5 million in unpaid bills or else liquidate its assets. In motion filed Thursday in New York Bankruptcy Court, the studio behind "The Twilight Saga" claims that the rental chain owes money for Blu-rays and DVDs of "Red" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" that it ordered after it went into Chapter 11 last fall. "...What is abundantly clear is that the Debtors must be stopped from continuing to mount administrative expense obligations to the detriment of all creditors and paying only those that they deem »
- Brent Lang
Reynolds’ unique brand of spitfire witticisms may soon be joined by the slower, man-child antics of “Hangover” and “Due Date” star Galifianakis, if negotiations on the new supernatural crime-fighting movie “R.I.P.D.” come to pass.
“R.I.P.D.” (which stands for “Rest in Peace Department”) is a long-gesting comic book movie Reynolds has been back-and-forth between (he also has the “X-Men” spin-off movie “Deadpool” in the works) for the better part of a year. Now, according to Hollywood Reporter, it appears the former has taken an inch closer to reality by the enlisting of Galifianakis, who would play a veteran ghostbuster to Reynolds newly deceased cop character.
- Matt Patches
In a move that's not exactly surprising, Summit Entertainment brought back Jon and Erich Hoeber to write another installment of Red, the overachieving Robert Schwentke-directed action film that had been widely spurned around town because studios were nervous building such a film around an Aarp-aged cast. Insiders at Summit confirm a report that the scribes have made a deal, though Schwentke and stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mary Louise Parker still have to be dealt with. At the same time, Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly told Austrian publication Krone he's already getting his film career on track, resuscitating two projects he has held onto since the 1990s. One's With Wings As Eagles, which Randall Wallace wrote, based on his father -in-law's recollection of a German soldier ordered to execute American prisoners in WWII who instead helped them escape. It's similar to the good-Nazi terrain Tom Cruise covered in Valkyrie. »
- MIKE FLEMING
It may not exactly have been the most satisfying caper about old spies teaming up to find out why the government wants them wiped out, but Red was certainly the most profitable for Summit, which saw the movie haul in $164 million worldwide Thanks to those results, which made it Summit’s biggest hit outside of the obvious (starts with “T”, rhymes with “skylight pee clips”), the studio is now considering a sequel.According to Collider’s sources, Summit has started the wheels spinning on another film, hiring original screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber to start brainstorming on the script. Unusually for a studio movie, the Hoebers were the only writing team involved on the first outing. How you respond to that fact will probably depend on how you reacted to the finished product.Of course, the nod to start writing a screenplay is a long way away from opening up »
For whatever reason, audiences in 2010 loved seeing aged movie stars play action hero. Sylvester Stallone scored a huge hit with "The Expendables" a movie sold as a riff on dumb '80s action movies that was actually just a dumb '80s action movie. And two months later, "Red" scored big at the box office too, as audiences wanted to see Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren kick some ass. In our opinion, that film too was a letdown, leaving us wondering how Robert Schwentke gained so much late summer hype based on early word from a film… »
Summit Entertainment landed a hit last year with the action-comedy Red. The Bruce Willis film was the highest-grossing picture for the studio outside of the Twilight franchise and has currently raked in $164 million worldwide. Also, while you and I know that the Golden Globes are meaningless, the nomination for "Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)" helped raise the movie's profile. With all that in mind, sources have told us that Summit has hired screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber to write a sequel. It's worth noting that commissioning a script is not the same thing as a giving a green light. However, it is an important first step and if Summit is happy with the Hoebers' screenplay, then I would expect the studio to hit the gas on what they're probably hoping will be a new franchise. Hit the jump for more on the Hoebers and my thoughts on a potential sequel. »
- Matt Goldberg
8 items from 2011
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