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Breck Eisner in talks to direct The Last Witch Hunter

Deadline is reporting that Summit Entertainment is in early talks with Breck Eisner to direct The Last Witch Hunter. The script of the film was written by Cory Goodman:

The protagonist is one of the last remaining witch hunters, a breed that keeps the population of witches and warlocks in check. They are […]

Breck Eisner in talks to direct Escape from New York remake

Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”) is in talks with New Line to direct the Escape from New York remake. The project has been at various levels of development since New Line picked up the rights in 2007, but with Eisner in talks it’s back on track:

Script for the new version of “Escape” […]

Weekend Box Office Estimates (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island #1 ($22.2M), Cop Out #2 ($18.6), The Crazies #3 ($16.5M) + Avatar passes $700M ($14.0M / $706.9M cume)

Update: Click here to see the the final actual numbers for the weekend.

Original article follows below.

After a strong opening last weekend, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island was down less than 46% this weekend and managed to hold off two newcomers for a solid estimated $22.2 million (est. $75.076 million domestic cume). The film grossed an estimated $6.68M on Friday, grew an impressive 55% on Saturday to an estimated $10.363M and Warner Brothers is projecting a Sunday take of $5.157 million.

In the battle of openers, the Kevin Smith-directed R-rated buddy cop comedy Cop Out starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan grossed an estimated $18.565 million, holding off Breck Eisner’s horror remake The Crazies ($16.521 million).   Cop Out — which marks the first film Kevin Smith has directed that he also didn’t write — is the biggest opening (single day and weekend) in Kevin Smith’s career as a director. Both films had identical Friday estimates ($5.98M), but Cop Out pulled ahead with a stronger Saturday (est. $7.76M vs. an estimated $6.35M for The Crazies).  Cop Out is projected to have a stronger Sunday ($4.825M) than The Crazies ($4.191M).

The other big news this weekend is that Avatar broke $700 million.  Now in its 11th weekend of release (top 5 in each weekend), the James Cameron-directed sci-fi 3D epic continues to live up to its billing, grossing an estimated $14.0 million (down less than 14%) which brings its 73-day domestic cume to $706.904 million.  Avatar broke $700 million on Saturday (its 72nd day).  Worldwide figures haven’t been updated yet, but at the moment Avatar is sitting just shy of $2.5B at $2.482 billion ($1.775B of which comes from overseas grosses). Head on over the jump for the weekend chart.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Estimates (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island #1 ($22.2M), Cop Out #2 ($18.6), The Crazies #3 ($16.5M) + Avatar passes $700M ($14.0M / $706.9M cume)

Box Office Numbers for Friday, February 26, 2010: Shutter Island ($6.7M) holds onto first place, Cop-Out ($5.975M) & The Crazies ($5.97M) battle for 2nd

Update: Click over the jump for the updated chart with Friday actual numbers.

Original article follows below.

After a strong opening last Friday, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island had a nice hold in its second Friday with an estimated $6.675 million ($59.551 million domestic cume).  The film held off two openers; Kevin Smith’s buddy cop comedy Cop Out ($5.975 million) and Breck Eisner’s remake of The Crazies ($5.97 million). [Note: In the final numbers, The Crazies topped Cop Out on Saturday.  Cop Out still placed #2 for the weekend.  See updated chart below the jump for Friday finals].

Meanwhile, Avatar took fourth for the day with an estimated $3.1 million.  That puts the film’s domestic cume at $696.005 million and the film will clear $700 million sometime tonight (in just 72 days of release). Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Box Office Numbers for Friday, February 26, 2010: Shutter Island ($6.7M) holds onto first place, Cop-Out ($5.975M) & The Crazies ($5.97M) battle for 2nd