Star Trek Into Darkness took #1 at the weekend box office, as expected. Unfortunately, its estimated $70 million opening was smaller than the previous film’s $79m opening in 2009. As the film officially opened on Thursday, some of that number was offset and in total, Trek 2 took in $84m since its Thursday launch. That’s still less tickets than the previous film, which took the studio by surprise as the previous film was such a well-liked property the real money was on this one blowing the doors off it. The doors are firmly still attached.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by JJ Abrams
Imagine that Star Trek is a car. You’ve had it for years, taken more than a few road trips in it, had a little innocent fun in the backseat, and it’s rarely if ever let you down. Oh, sure, occasionally a tire would go flat or the engine would overheat, but all in all it’s been a dependable ride that you love, not in spite of its flaws – but because of them. It’s the old reliable, always ready for one more drive to the library or the arcade, even if it isn’t as cool and shiny as it used to be.
But then imagine that some punk kid walked up your driveway one day and said, “Hey, mister, that’s a nice car ya got there. Looks a little neglected though. Want me to tune it up for ya?”
Reviews of The Great Gatsby and Mud; we’re talk about upcoming releases Fast and Furious 6, Hangover 3 and Epic; trailers for Riddick, Stalingrad and Captain Phillips; Our From the Outside In topic this week – Reboots: Which we like, which we didn’t and what needs to get a reboot now!
Here are the trailers we’re talking about on the next, all-new HO! First up – Vin is back in a sequel to Chronicles, but more akin to Pitch Black in RIDDICK. Next, Tom Hanks takes on pirates trying to take over his freighter and we look at our first foreign trailer – Stalingrad, a stunningly shot film focusing on the famous battle.
Leonardo DiCaprio proved once again that he is unsinkable in a period piece as his latest, ‘The Great Gatsby’, surprised everyone by raking in $51.1 million over Mother’s Day weekend, according to studio estimates. Despite very mixed reviews, Baz Luhrman’s lyrical adaptation came close to stealing away the #1 spot from Marvel. Not bad for a film that was set to launch Christmas ’12 and was pushed back to summer for various reasons. With filmgoers rating the film a soft ‘B’ rating via CinemaScore, time will tell how word of mouth holds. Read our review HERE.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary novel “The Great Gatsby”, one of the most well-known American literary works, has had several iterations on the stage and on the screen. Baz Luhrman’s most-recent film adaptation (to its credit) may not have quite the level of flourish that “Moulin Rouge” or “Romeo + Juliet” portrayed, but it still manages to try much too hard to evoke emotion from the audience.
For those not familiar with the story, or for those who don’t remember reading it in high school, “The Great Gatsby” takes place Read the rest of this entry »
Iron Man 3 gets the HO spoiler-free treatment this week; we’re also going to talk about upcoming releases Star Trek Into Darkness and Black Rock; trailers for Ender’s Game and The World’s End; Our From the Outside In topic this week: What are the best and worst summer movies / experiences?; and at the end of the show, after the credits, we have an Iron Man 3 mini-spoilercast where we dive a little deeper into the film’s story.
As always, we also talk about the latest in movie and TV news (Jason Statham in Fast Seven?; Men in Black 4; Mission Impossible 5 Read the rest of this entry »
Here are the trailers we are talking about for the next, all-new HO – Ender’s Game – An adaptation of the famous book about one boy entrusted to save the universe. And The World’s End – Simon Pegg reunites with Edgar Wright for another twisted take on genre flicks.