2. Eat Pray Love – 27.2 million (****review to post this weekend)
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – $21.3 million
4. The Other Guys – $15.1 million
5. Inception - $12.0 million
Date Night arrives this week on dvd and blu-ray and is pretty much the highlight of a slow week for new releases. The film, which opened this past spring, took in just under $100 million here in the U.S. In Tina Fey and Steve Carell play a bored married couple whose attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening turns into something more thrilling and dangerous. This film has a lot of funny moments. That mixed with the ‘comedic’ chemistry of Fey and Carell make for a film that will be fun to watch at home. Rent this and have a ‘date night’ without even leaving the house.
The other major studio release this week is Death at a Funeral which stars Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, James Marsden, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Tracy Morgan, and Luke Wilson. This is a remake of a 2007 film that has the exact same name. Critics were not kind to this redo when it came out earlier this year, but audiences made it profitable by helping it gross $42 million on a shoestring budget of $20 million. I have yet to see it, but I hear the original is much funnier. My suggestion – rent both and judge for yourself.
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Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios are planning to start shooting The Avengers in February, 2011. This will come only two months after Sony begins filming the Spider-Man reboot. Directed by Joss Whedon, the anticipated film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson…and release is set for May 4, 2012.
In casting news, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Riley Keough, is set to star in director George Miller’s new Mad Max: Fury Roadfilm. Keough will play one of the “Five Wives,” a group of women that Mad Max (portrayed by Inception’s Tom Hardy) must protect from the bad guys. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz) and Adelaide Clemens. No Mel Gibson in this one, but Tom Hardy is a more than capable replacement. The film is eyeing a start date of early next year.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) will write and Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will produce a biopic about comedian John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982 at age 33. Belushi is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his roles in Animal House and The Blues Brothers. The web is buzzing about who will play the legend. What do you think? Who would be perfect portraying the late comedian?? I will have to put some more thought into this one. Jack Black? Perhaps. This is a tough one.