Another weekend, another disappointing box office. With the exception of ‘The Karate Kid’, which opened to an impressive $56 million (with a production budget of $40 million), the weekend box office again came up short with ‘The A-Team’ being a huge disappointment. Only grossing $26 million (with a production budget of $110 million) in its opening frame, the big time action flick had a difficult time finding very much interest. Expectations were definitely higher, and it appears that some reboots just aren’t finding much love these days. ‘The Karate Kid’ proved to be the exception to the rule, beating pretty much all predictions (mine included). Rounding out the top 5 were ‘Shrek Forever After’, ‘Get Him to the Greek’, and ‘Killers’. The box office should receive a shot of adrenaline this coming weekend with the release of ‘Toy Story 3′. ‘Karate Kid’ should continue to do well, but everything else is probably going to fall off dramatically. ‘Shrek’ might continue to do decent, since those who can’t get into the sellouts of ‘Toy Story’ will probably settle for that instead. Look for ‘Jonah Hex’, also debuting this weekend, to be dead on arrival.
The rumor mill has it that Sam Raimi, the director of ‘Spiderman’ and the ‘Evil Dead’ films, has been offered to direct the prequel to the ‘Wizard of Oz’, titled ‘Oz, the Great and Powerful’. The project would focus on the character of the Wizard himself and his humble beginnings in Omaha, leading to the balloon accident that leaves him stranded in Oz. Several directors have been mentioned in regards to this project recently, including Sam Mendes, Adam Shankman, and Guillermo Del Toro, but if the rumors are accurate, it’s now up to Raimi if he wants the project or not.
Below is the new poster for ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’, which hits theaters this September.