Hugh Jackman stars in the family/action film Real Steel, which opens in theatres tomorrow. Jackman plays a down and out boxing promoter who at one time was a contending fighter. He teams up with his son (against his better judgment) to build a robot to contend for the boxing championship. Jackman gives a great performance in the film, however his young co-star, Dakota Goyo, who plays his son, steals the scenes between him and Jackman. Jackman told us that without Goyo’s strong performance, there really isn’t a movie, and that at times, the cast and crew were in awe of Goyo’s performance. Jackman thinks Goyo has a great acting career ahead of him. (Click on the audio bar to hear Hugh Jackman)
For over a decade, Michael Bay has been one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood. Bay has directed big box office hits including Bad Boys, Armageddon, Transformers, among other successful movies. He has also produced several films, including his current action movie, I Am Number Four, which opens in theatres this Friday.
Although Bay did not direct I Am Number Four, the film feels as if it were directed by him. During the premiere for the film, Bay explained how he got his hands on the project and how it was made. (Click on the audio player to hear Michael Bay)
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Number Four has lost his phone! Download this app to help him complete missions, communicate with his friends, and keep the phone out of the Mog’s hands. Along the way you’ll get inside information about Number Four, his lost planet Lorien and the upcoming release of I AM NUMBER FOUR. Play games and bump phones to unlock exclusive wallpapers, photos, and ringtones from the film. Download the app now and help John evade the enemy. Don’t miss I AM NUMBER FOUR in theaters and IMAX February 18th, 2011.
After being in theaters for three weeks, The Coen Brothers movie, True Grit, won the weekend box office taking in $15 million. The film has now earned a total of $110.4 million, making True Grit the biggest box office hit ever for the Coen Brothers, who have been directing films since 1984.
The Little Fockers, which has been at the top of the box office since it was released, finally dropped to #2 earning $13.7 million. Despite negative film reviews from critics, audiences still flocked to the theatres to see the film.
The Nicolas Cage fantasy movie, Season Of The Witch, which was one of two new movies that opened this weekend, came in at #3 grossing a weak $10.7 million. The film cost $40 million to produce, and given its numbers on opening weekend, it will be lucky if it makes half of its money back.
It was a lopsided win this weekend at the box office, as The Karate Kid kicked the daylights out of the rest of the competition. The retelling of the 1984 summer box office hit made a remarkable $56,000,000. It’s not surprising the movie was #1 at the box office, but Hollywood insiders are surprised by the amount it made. Most thought it would be a tighter race to be #1 this weekend, but no other movie even came close to making what The Karate Kid did.
Coming in at #2 was The A-Team. The A-Team, based on the 80′s television show, grossed $26,000,000, which is okay, but not great news for 20th Century Fox. The movie received pretty good reviews and we have to tell you, we really enjoyed the movie. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be too much interest in this film, perhaps because today’s audience is too young to remember the television series.
After three weeks at #1, Shrek Forever After finally fell to #3 taking in $15,800,000. Nevertheless, after four weeks in theatres, Shrek continues to rake in the bucks. The movie has now grossed $210,052,000 domestically. Word around Hollywood is that a spin off with Puss in Boots is being finalized.
Rounding out the top five was Get Him To The Greek at #4, starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, making $10,100,000, which is a 42% drop from its last weeks earnings. This continues the long trend of Universal Pictures box office woes. At #5 was the poorly reviewed Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, taking in a pathetic $8,170,000. The film cost $75 million to make, but won’t even get close to making its money back for quite sometime.
Long before he was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Eddie Murphy was a stand-up comedian. Though he was considered one of the greatest comedians ever to see live, Eddie Murphy moved his career into making movies and never looked back. We caught up with Eddie recently and asked him if he misses performing comedy to a live audience. (Click on the audio player to hear Eddie Murphy)
Hear Eddie Murphy in Shrek Forever After in theatres now.
It was a very quiet, weak weekend at the box office. For the third week in a row, Shrek Forever After was #1 grossing $25,300,000. Coming in at #1 three weeks in a row, is a first for any of the Shrek movies. Shrek has now made $183,043,000 in North America, and has already earned the cost of making the movie, which was budgeted at $165 million.
Coming in at #2, was Universal’s Get Him To The Greek starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand earning $17,423,000. Some Hollywood experts are saying this is a weak opening for this somewhat raunchy comedy. However, in our opinion it’s a very good opening considering the film budget was only $40 million, and should make all of its money back between the theatres and its inevitable DVD release.
At #3 this week was the poorly reviewed film, Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Kathrine Heigl. The film took in $16,100,000. The film cost a whopping $75 million to make, which makes anyone wonder how a film like Killers could cost that much to make featuring stars, Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Kutcher has never been able to open a movie at #1. Even though he starred in the hit romantic movie, Valentines Day, the film had an all star cast, including Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, and Queen Latifah. Heigl is also not a name associated with a box office smash. She has had very modest success with The Ugly Truth and 27 Dresses. Heigl had a well known dispute with the hit television show, Grey’s Anatomy, which made her a star. She then quit the show, thinking she would be a big movie star. Apparently, she thought wrong.
Rounding the top 5 and coming in #4 is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time grossing $13,900,000. The film has dropped from its #2 spot last week, after earning $30,095,259 over the Memorial Day Weekend. At #5 was Sex And The City 2 taking in $12,650,000. Even though the film is not as successful as the first film, it continues to stay in the top five, and fans are hopeful that a third movie is in the works.
Today’s box office figures are from Friday to Sunday. While the three day holiday weekend figures will be out tomorrow, don’t expect the numbers to be too much different.
In what seems like a bit of a surprise, Shrek Forever After was #1 again this weekend taking in $43,345,00. The final chapter in the Shrek movie series is a hit with families, despite getting mediocre reviews. Last weekend the film grossed $70,838,207. Insiders at Paramount and Dreamworks Animation seem to be disappointed with these numbers, but the movie should still make a lot more money, especially since the cost of the tickets is more for those choosing to see the film in 3D as opposed to regular 2D.
Sex And The City 2, which was the sequel to the original surprise 2008 box office hit based on the TV series, came in at #2 grossing $32,125,000. Sex And The City 2 received mostly poor reviews, but the fan base of the series is so loyal that they still came in droves to support these four loveable women.
Coming in a #3 was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which took in a disappointing $30,170,000. The Jerry Bruckheimer produced action movie had a budget of $200 million, and will undoubtedly have a hard time making its money back with numbers like that. Box office experts point to a poorly planned marketing campaign, and others point to the very low interest for this release, as the reason for the low turn out. This movie is yet another example of a video game turned into a not very good movie.
Rounding out the top five was Iron Man 2 at #4 grossing $16,035,000, which, in its fourth week of release continues to stay in the top five, and Robin Hood at #5 grossing $10,305,000. Despite performing poorly in North America, Robin Hood continues to be a solid performance all over the rest of the world.
In a career spanning almost three decades, Eddie Murphy has made all different kinds of movies. But of all the 46 films he has made, Murphy tells us the Shrek movies are the closest to his heart.(Click on the audio bar below to hear Eddie Murphy)
Cameron Diaz has been acting for almost two decades. She has made some very good movies in her career such as, “Vanilla Sky,” “There’s Something About Mary, and “Gangs Of New York.” Let’s not forget the “Shrek” movies, which she started working on over 10 years ago. “Shrek: The Final Chapter”, which will be released on May 21st, marks the end of the road for her and her character, Fiona. We caught up with Cameron and asked her whether she is sad to see the “Shrek” franchise come to an end. (Click on the audio bar below to hear Cameron Diaz)