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Inception leads weekend with impressive $62.8M; ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ disappoints with $17.6M ($24.7M cume) [UPDATED]

Christopher Nolan’s Inception got off to a rocking start, earning $62.785 million Fri-Sun from 3,792 theaters (including a record 197 IMAX theaters which contributed an incredible $7 million–a record for an IMAX 2D title). Comparing these actuals to the studio estimates, the film was underestimated by about 4%. The debut marks star Leonardo DiCaprio’s best opening ever, eclipsing the $41.062 million opening of February’s “Shutter Island” and Nolan’s 2nd best ever (behind, of course, the $158.412M opening of “The Dark Knight”). Friday-Saturday-Sunday breakdown:

  • Friday: $21.782 million (including $3M from midnight showings)
  • Saturday: $21.792 million (+0.0%)
  • Sunday: $19.211 million (-11.8%)

Produced on a budget of $160 million, Warner Brothers took a risk with Inception, trusting that a summer audience usually in the mood for your typical Popcorn action movie would instead gravitate towards a project with such a high level of complexity. That risk payed off, as the studio was rewarded with the 2nd biggest July launch ever for an original film (behind 2008’s “Hancock”) and best-ever July non-Holiday launch for an original film.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, meanwhile, opened to a disappointing $17.62 million for Disney ($24.708M 5-day cume). The very expensive Nicolas Cage-starrer ($150 million) marks the second major disappointment for producer Jerry Bruckheimer after May’s $200M-budgeted Prince of Persia (although that film has managed to do well overseas to the cume of $325.398M worldwide). More analysis after the jump.

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WB acquires World War X

Warner Brothers has acquired Colin Trevorrow’s script World War X setting the futuristic war movie up at producer Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures:

Story’s centered on a man recruited by a team of government agents to stop a terrorist from the future who is using time travel to reshape history.

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New Jonah Hex movie trailer

Warner Brothers has released a second full-length trailer for Jonah Hex. Click over the jump to check it out.

Jonah Hex is scheduled to hit theaters on June 18, 2010.

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Set Photos: Peter Sarsgaard as Hammond in Green Lantern & Jason Momoa as Conan

Set photos have been released giving us our first look at Peter Sarsgaard as Hammond in Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern and Jason Momoa as the title character in Marcus Nispel’s Conan. Click over the jump to see the photos in full.

Green Lantern is currently shooting in New Orleans and is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on June 17, 2011.

Conan is shooting in Bulgaria and will reportedly hit theaters in 2011.

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IMAX signs 20-film deal with Warner Brothers; Films include Superman, Batman 3 and The Hobbit

IMAX has announced that they’ve completed a deal with Warner Brothers to release up to 20 films in IMAX format over the course of the next three and a half years (2010 through 2013). The deal includes several high-profile projects that are currently undated, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Superman, Batman 3 and The Hobbit (2013).

Click over the jump to read the complete press release.

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Christopher McQuarrie to rewrite Jack the Giant Killer for Bryan Singer

Oscar-winning writer Christopher McQuarrie is reuniting with Bryan Singer for the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer. McQuarrie, who has worked with Singer on The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie and X-Men, will re-write the script for the film. Heat Vision blog also adds that Singer is about to begin casting for the film.

Green Lantern’s suit will be CG

Ryan Reynolds won’t be wearing a suit in Green Lantern. How is that possible you might ask? Well, /Film reports that Warner Brothers will mostly use CG to create the suit:

The suit that Ryan wears on set is a grey tracking motion/performance capture suit with led lights. I’ve heard that Ryan Reynolds has been joking on set that Warner Bros is going to make him into a Na’vi when the final cut is released. His joke, not mine. The Green Lantern suit you will see in the final film will be almost entirely created using computers.

My source within Warner Bros assures me that the suit will look cool. Don’t let the words “Computer generated” scare you.

More details after the jump.

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Both Jack the Giant Killer and Planet of the Apes prequel Caesar to begin production in July

Production Weekly is reporting that the 20th Century Fox Planet of the Apes prequel Caesar has opened production offices in Burnaby, BC and will begin filming in mid-July. The site also reports that Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer has opened production offices in Robertson Plaza and will shoot in London and Iceland beginning […]

Splice movie trailer

Warner Brothers has released a new movie trailer for the upcoming sci-fi horror film Splice, from director Vincenzo Natali. Click over the jump to watch it.

Splice is scheduled to hit theaters on June 4, 2010.

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Doug Liman in talks to direct The Three Musketeers

Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) is in talks to direct Warner Brothers’ The Three Musketeers.  The project is in competition with Summit’s own ‘Musketeers’, which will be in 3D and is the casting stage with Paul W.S. Anderson onboard as director. Although WB’s take on the project will also likely be in 3D.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in talks for Clint Eastwood’s Hoover

Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to play FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s Hoover:

Talks with Leo are just getting underway, but I’m told that DiCaprio will play the lead role in the film written by Dustin Lance Black, with production to begin later this year. The project began […]

New Line sets summer start for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

New Line has set a summer start date for filming on the third installment in the ‘Harold & Kumar’ franchise, Deadline New York reports. The studio is expected to shortly announce a director and the film will reunite stars John Cho and Kal Penn (who left television and film to take a job as […]