Sunday, July 17, 2011

Movie News Today

Richard Armitage will play Thoren Oakenshield in "The Hobbit. Empire/The One True Ring provides a look at him and TotalFilm provides an interview.

The Awl takes a look at the history of the Muppets with an eye to the upcoming revamp.

I promised a few weeks back that I wasn't going to talk about either of the upcoming "Snow White" films until they were about to open. But it appears that Sean Bean has been added to cast of one of them and I can't help myself when it comes to Sean Bean; I just have to pass it on. I love the guy.

Marshall and the Movies turns his F.I.L.M. of the Week segment over to "Galaxy Quest" this week. Possibly Alan Rickman's third best performance ever ("Die Hard" and "Harry Potter", duh) and a personal favorite of mine. Check it out.

Fandango Groovers turns his "Great Idea, Terrible Movie" attention to comic book film. Fun list.

Dog Ate My Wookie bids a fitting farewell to Harry Potter and gives the top 10 magical moments in the Potter series. Great posts, the both of them.

Weekend Box Office Results
It is fitting, at the end of a week that we (read: "I") dedicated almost entirely to the wizarding world of Harry Potter that the final chapter of the epic story broke pretty much every box office record in its path. $43 million at midnight screenings, $92 million by the end of the day Friday, and finally $168 million total, beating "The Dark Knight" by over $10 million for the highest grossing opening weekend ever. Thanks for the memories, Harry.

1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - $168.6 million
2. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - $21.3M ($302.8 million total)
3. "Horrible Bosses" - $17.6M ($60M)
4. "Zookeeper" - $12.3M ($42.4M)
5. "Cars 2" - $8.3M ($165.3M)
6. "Winnie the Pooh" - $8M
7. "Bad Teacher" - $5.2M ($88.5M)
8. "Larry Crowne" - $2.6M ($31.6M)
9. "Super 8" - $1.9M ($122.2M)
10. "Midnight in Paris" - $1.9M ($41.8M)


  1. I'm sure any Alan Rickman fan has seen this ... but just in case:

  2. The article in The Awl was brilliantly written. I'm not sure I'm on board with everything the author says, but for most things he's spot on.


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