Box Office Mojo learned "Star Trek Into Darkness" took first place at the box office. With a $70.1 million gross it fell short of 2009's $75.2 million opening. "Iron Man 3" finally fell to second taking in $35.7 million, and grossing $337.6 million domestically (it crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide). "The Great Gatsby" had to settle for third with $23.9 million, and a $90.7 million domestic gross thus far. In fourth was "Pain and Gain" which took in just $3.2 million for a domestic take of $46.7 million. Clinging on for dear life to the top five was "The Croods," which took in another $3 million, and has now grossed a strong $177 million domestically.
Variety learned Sir Anthony Hopkins joined the John Gotti biopic, "Gotti." It’s based off an idea from the gangster's son, John A. Gotti, and follows the man and his son as their relationship to the point where his son decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. No word yet on who Anthony Hopkins will play but John Travolta is set to take the lead, and Kelly Preston is also starring in the film. I really love and appreciate everything Hopkins does, but Travolta is hit or miss, so this one is up in the air for me.
As a Jason Statham fan, it takes a little more convincing to get me to not see one of his movies. The only reason I didn’t see “Parker” in the theatres was because I was busy opening weekend and it was out of my local cineplex before I had a chance to go. Dan did see it, however, and he made some observations about the film that would probably deter me from seeing it if the star was anyone else. But let’s see how I react to these comments as a Statham fan. I’ll put Dan’s comments in quotes, then my response after it:
“Jason Statham kicks ass as always, but even he looked bored at times.” That’s not boredom, that’s stoic coolness in the face of adversity. Would you rather he looked scared? Not me. I like my Statham characters cooler than a cucumber and graceful under pressure.
“If you want to see a good Statham heist movie, check out ‘The Bank Job.’” Damn right.
Stock up on sunscreen and hit up the beaches and themeparks this summer, friends, because there isn’t going to be much reason to stay inside plastered in front of the tube. Joining the handful of returning summer programs, this year we get an eclectic mix of half-hearted new reality shows, yawn-inducing procedurals, and a couple almost interesting game shows. Perhaps it may be best just to pick up Dan Brown’s new book “Inferno” and find out what Robert Langdon has been up too since “The Lost Symbol.”
“The Goodwin Games”
The estranged grown children of a wealthy deceased man return home to compete for the inheritance that he left them through a personalized game of Trivial Pursuit. Along the way, they discover the people their father wanted them to become and must also compete against a family outsider, named executor of the fortune. The show was pushed back until summer and given a reduced episode order of thirteen to ten so it doesn’t seem Fox has much hope in it from the start.
“Toxic Office: Does Someone Have to Go?”
The boardroom doors will open and the reins of real companies will be passed along to the employees as they make the tough decisions that their bosses don’t know need to be made. That is, they will be given the power to terminate co-workers who don’t perform up to standard or are somehow hurting the company.
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Finally some plot details are known about the direction Roland Emmerich (“The Patriot”) intends to take the announced “Independence Day” sequels. Joblo is reporting that Emmerich talked about the differences between the aliens and humans at a screening recently, “That’s actually what we (him and co-writer Dean Devlin) talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and overcoming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do.” Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”) also confirmed that there is a place for him in the sequels should he want to return (basically if he likes the script and the money is right). It is still unknown if Will Smith will return. I think this could be a fun summer flick that I would love to see, but only if they get the entire original surviving cast to reprise their roles.