We assumed that over the Halloween weekend, people would not be able to get enough of ‘Paranormal Activity 3’. Boy, were we wrong. ‘Puss in Boots’ took the top spot at the box office, burying the competition with an impressive USD $34.0 Million. ‘Paranormal’ (#2 @ $18.5M) was still able to scare up enough business for another weekend, but we’re sure the drop off next week will be more dramatic. The poor performance of ‘In Time’ (#3 @ $12.0M) unfortunately proved that director Andrew Niccol isn’t really connecting with audiences like he used to (or did he ever?). The remake of ‘Footloose’ held on to the #4 spot with $5.4M, and – yikes – ‘The Rum Diary’, only made $5.0M in its debut weekend. Looks like little Johnny needs to put the pirate costume back on after all.
This weekend brings us the return of ‘Harold and Kumar’ in their 3D Christmas movie, which we sincerely hope reaches our (low) expectations. Brett Ratner’s magnum opus ‘Tower Heist’ is finally opening, boasting a high-profile ensemble cast and mediocre buzz… ‘Killing Bono’ has an interesting premise, but can this comedy about two down-on-their-luck rockers in the ‘80’s rise above the bad reviews? ‘The Son of No One’ marks another notch in Dito Montiel’s rough and tumble directorial career… but if you want to see a small, well-reviewed film, check out ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’ in a theater near you.
It’s been a busy week in Hollywood. First, ‘X-Men: First Class’ sequel has secured a writer – veteran Simon Kinberg… Bad Robot’s ‘Boilerplate’ is being written by the team of John Payne and Patrick McKay… after some shuffling, Andrew Baldwin will be writing ‘Logan’s Run’ now… Jeffrey Blitz will direct ‘Table 19’… the rights to ‘Fraggle Rock’ is now with New Regency, but doesn’t mean we will every see anything come of it… James Cameron updated the progress for his ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (still in script development stage)… J-Lo is producing a ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego’ film… Taylor Lautner is going to try to earn some street cred by producing and starring in a Gus Van Sant film… a ‘Popeye’ film is being written by the folks who brought you ‘The Smurfs’… A new TV reboot of ‘Kung Fu’ will be directed by Bill Paxton… and there is now no doubt that Bond 23 is titled ‘Skyfall’. Thoughts?
In casting news, Steve Buscemi’s adaptation of ‘Queer’ has snagged Guy Pearce and Ben Foster… the ‘Django Unchained’ cast keeps growing, adding Anthony LaPaglia and RZA to the ensemble… Joel Edgerton has been offered the lead for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’… DeNiro and Travolta will play against each other in ‘Killing Season’… Albert Finney joins the aforementioned ‘Skyfall’… Brian Cox joins ‘Dog Fight’… ‘Les Miserables’ has cast Eddie Redmayne… Arnold Schwarzenegger keeps piling up the projects, this time with ‘Black Sands’… his buddy Sly Stallone will be in ‘The Tomb’… Bill Murray is attached to Roman Coppola’s ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III’... and James Franco will be in Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’.
If you’re looking to pick up some new DVD’s this weekend, you can save yourself a trip or go directly to the store to buy ‘Cars 2’. Or perhaps ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ may be more your style? ‘Tabloid’ got some critical acclaim, so we may check that one out. ‘Water For Elephants’ was one we missed, and may miss again. But if you want to spend your money on something good, then hold out for the Criterion Collection’s ‘Fanny and Alexander’ box set, which should be out in a couple of days.
See you next week!