The Transporter Refueled and A Walk In The Woods open in theaters this weekend around St. Louis. See The Transporter Refueled at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
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Recapping Last Weekend
Straight Outta Compton again topped the weekend box office over the weekend. The music biopic became the highest-grossing film in its genre with another $13 million to bring its total gross to $134 million in three weekends of release.The Los Angeles Times has five reasons why Straight Outta Compton has done so well in comparison to other music biopics.
War Room took the second overall spot over the weekend with an $11.4 million debut. The religious film made for just $3 million and brought in an average of $10,000 per screen on 1,135 screens across the country. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation brought in $8.155 million in its fifth weekend of release while No Escape took fourth place with $8.11 million in its debut. Sinister 2 rounded out the top five with $4.67 million in its second weekend of release.
The overall box office gross this past weekend was $87.76 million, which was the smallest total for a weekend this year by almost $10 million. This 35th weekend of the year is an odd one because sometimes it’s Labor Day Weekend and sometimes it’s not. Event though there aren’t many “tentpole” movies released during this weekend, the box office still sees a jump when it’s a holiday weekend. The $87 million total from this past weekend was the lowest for the 35th weekend of a year since 2001 when Jeepers Creepers topped the box office. The $68.9 million the Top 12 grossed combined this past weekend was the lowest in that category since 2000, when Bring It On brought in $11.4 million to almost best #2 & #3 combined. Space Cowboys brought in $6.7 million that weekend and Highlander: Endgame brought in $5 million.
The Transporter Refueled
Jason Statham made The Transporter franchise a success with three films from 2002-08 that grossed between $25 and $43 million during their respective theater runs. Ed Skrein is now tasked with trying to reboot the franchise. Skrein will also take the reigns as Ajax in Deadpool. IGN thinks that The Transporter: Refueled is a film that will leave people wanting more Transporter. EuropaCorp premiered the film late last week with a party at the Playboy Mansion.
Variety predicts The Transporter Refueled will bring in $9 million over the course of the holiday weekend.
A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, who put director Ken Kwapis in a headlock during filming. The film is based on the book of the same name by Bill Bryson. A.V. Club calls the on-screen version of Bryson as “a self-absorbed jerk“. This has been a passion project of sorts for Redford. He has been trying to get the film made for a decade and originally wanted to co-star with Paul Newman in the film.
Movieweb predicts A Walk In The Woods will pull in $3.3 million in its debut weekend.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes Fantastic Four this weekend. This Fantastic Four reboot starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara took major hits from critics and disappointed at the box office. The film opened with $25.7 million and has pulled in just $53 million thus far at the domestic box office. It has been buoyed by $93.5 million in overseas ticket sales.
The film still trails 2005’s Fantastic Four by a wide margin. That version, starring Chris Evans and Jessica Alba, opened with $56 million on its way to $330.6 million during its theater run. Stan Lee, in an interview with Larry King, said that Josh Trank’s F4 failed to meet expectations because he didn’t have a cameo nor was he consulted on the story.
I saw the new Fantastic Four and thought it was pretty decent. Some parts are a bit corny, but what should you really expect from a superhero film?
Make It A Redbox Night
Among the new releases at Redbox this weekend are True Story and D Train. True Story stars James Franco, Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones and is based on the true story of the relationship between killer Christian Longo and reporter Michael Finkel. Longo wrote a letter from prison to media outlets shortly before the film’s release. The film is based on a book of the same name by Finkel.
D Train stars Jack Black and James Marsden. According to BoxOfficeMojo D Train earned $447,661 during its debut weekend in theaters back in May. The film played in theaters for 14 days and earned a total of less than $700,000. The folks on Rotten Tomatoes weren’t kind to the film either, but it might be worth a Redbox rental.
Dean Jones Passes Away At 84
Dean Jones passed away at the age of 84 earlier this week. Jones got his acting start way back in 1956 when he had an uncredited role in Somebody Up There Likes Me with Paul Newman and Pier Angeli. Some of his most famous roles were as Jim Douglas in Disney’s The Love Bug and the later the Herbie, the Love Bug television series. Jones reprised that role of Douglas in 1997’s The Love Bug tv movie.
Orange Is The New Black‘s Uzo Aduba has signed on to join the cast of American Pastoral. The film will be directed and star Ewan McGregor. The film will also feature David Strahairn, Peter Riegert, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
Cate Blanchett To Play Lucille Ball
Aaron Sorkin is set to write a new biopic on Lucille Ball where Cate Blanchett will star as the famous actress and comedian.
Steven Spielberg Working On Jaws & Back to the Future Reboots
There were a few interesting things from a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter about the breakup of DreamWorks and Walt Disney Co. Spielberg received a percentage of the profits that Jurassic World made, which likely meant a paycheck of tens of millions of dollars. He’s maintained a strong relationship with Universal Pictures even while DreamWorks was working with Paramount and Disney so, it’s likely his company will partner with Universal when their Disney deal is over. He’s also working with Universal on reboots of Jaws and Back to the Future.
Concussion Reportedly Will Go Soft On NFL, Goodell
Concussion, the film starring Will Smith based on a doctor’s quest to make people understand the traumatic impact professional football has on the human brain, will reportedly go soft on the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell. The Hollywood Reporter has the story of a scene that was reportedly cut that featured Goodell. The scene was supposedly cut due to legal concerns. Deadspin titled their piece on the film’s soft slant The NFL Didn’t Have To Screw Will Smith’s Concussion Movie, Hollywood Already Had.
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