SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: This has been a topsy-turvy box office as North American grosses come in for Friday Saturday, and the weekend (which will be another down one overall compared to last year). Friday night, it appeared that Fox’s Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules sequel opened as a surprise No. 1, but then Warner Bros’ Sucker Punch came on strong in late night West Coast shows. By Saturday moning, they were looking neck-and-neck for the weekend depending on how much Zach Snyder’s scifi fantasy film dropped on Saturday or Wimpy Kid 2 surged in kiddie matinees. But by Saturday night, the kid sucker-punched Zach Snuder for #1. Meanwhile, 2 pics this first quarter of 2011 passed $100 million domestic: Paramount’s Rango and Sony’s Just Go With It (Adam Sandler’s 12th pic to do so while international is headed to $100M, too).
Here’s the Top 10:
1. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Fox) NEW [3,167 Theaters]
Friday $7.3, Saturday $10.4M, Weekend $24M
Interestingly, a year ago, the first installment of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid embarrassed much-hyped TheBounty Hunter with Jen and Gerry on Saturday. Same thing happened this weekend with Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules and Zach Snyder’s Sucker Punch. Who’d a thunk it? The sequel was already in development when the first one struck gold based on Jeff kinney’s wonderful book series with 40 million copies in print since first published in 2007. It was fired Disney movie chief Nina Jacobson’s first film as a producer (Color Force is her indie company), and she brought on Brad Simpson to co-produce … Read More »
Warner Bros has released a kick-ass trailer for Sucker Punch, the Zack Snyder-directed film that opens next March. Based on Snyder’s visual wizardry in 300, Watchmen and now this, what kind of world will he create on his next Warner Bros job, resuscitating Superman?
I expected SUCKER PUNCH to blow my mind, and think perhaps I was expecting too much. It still looks cool, but not necessarily what I expected. Not long ago, I suggested on Twitter that, with new technology, it was time to cinematically revisit TANK GIRL. Drew McWeeny tweeted back that I should wait till I got a good look at SUCKER PUNCH. I see what he means… But I still want a new TANK GIRL. Regardless, I’ll be checking this one out at some point. Zack Snyder comes out, says he’s been working on this idea for 8 years. Read More »
Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:
10:00-11:00 AM: Mad about MAD! I used to love Mad Magazine, but in the years since it started accepting advertising, it has gone way downhill. Apparently there’ll be some sort of new TV venture announced, though not necessarily a spiritual successor to the late MADtv. Magazine vets Sergio Aragones, John Ficarra, and Sam Viviano will be onhand. Room 7AB
10:00-11:00 AM: Twilight Fanfiction Author Fangroup. Why is it that I have a sneaking suspicion most TWILIGHT fan fiction is actually better written than the prose of Stephenie Meyer? Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Hotel and Marina
11:00-11:45 AM: Family Guy. Clips from the upcoming third STAR WARS parody? You know it. Beyond that, we all know this is a love it or hate it show. I used to hate it, but I’m warming up. Ballroom 20
11:45 AM-12:30 PM: The Cleveland Show. Ditto to everything I said above about FAMILY GUY, except for the STAR WARS part. Ballroom 20
11:45 AM-1:15 PM: Warner Bros.: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Aside from the Marvel movie panel, this will be the big deal. Here’s why: GREEN LANTERN is an iconic DC character finally getting his own live-action movie. SUCKER PUNCH is the first original, non-adapted movie from visual stylist Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN/300), and no-one really knows what to expect yet. As for HARRY POTTER, well, people know almost exactly what to expect from that … Read More »
Summit Entertainment joins the phalanx of studios bringing film footage and star casts to the geek altar that is Comic-Con. Summit, which for the past two years has brought its Twilight Saga cast to the event, this time herds the cast of its two upcoming action offerings, Red and Drive Angry 3D. Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban and Mary Louise Parker, director Robert Schwentke and graphic novel writer Warren Ellis will debut the film’s trailer and appear on a panel on July 22. The following day, Summit will assemble the Drive Angry 3D cast of Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner and director Patrick Lussier will debut footage from the 3D shot film about a vengeful father who hunts down the people who killed his family.
Among the other studios that are planning big events at Comic-Con, Disney is highlighting Tron Legacy, and is expected to mount a big spectacle (last year they recreated Flynn’s Arcade, which figured in the original film and the sequel); Sony will make a fuss about The Green Hornet; Warner Bros is expected to vamp the Zack Snyder-directed Sucker Punch and Harry Potter; Universal will be pressing the case for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World; Paramount has the Marvel Studios pic Thor. DreamWorks Animation is expected to show something from Megamind, and other studios are still making last minute plans for the San Diego event that begins July 21.