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$29.1M for The Avengers en route to possible $100M weekend + Dark Shadows 2nd with $9.7M Friday

The Avengers beat expectations again with an easy first place estimated $29.124M (est. $299.143M cume) dwarfing the competition including newcomer Dark Shadows. The Tim Burton-directed / Johnny Depp-starring comedy thriller opened to a so-so estimated $9.72M from 3,755 theaters and will probably open somewhere in the neighborhood of $28-30M for the weekend.

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New Photos: Dark Shadows

Warner Brothers has released a new batch of photos from Tim Burton’s upcoming adaptation of the 60’s TV series Dark Shadows. The photos feature Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfiefer. Click over the jump to check out two more photos.

Synopsis

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

Dark Shadows is scheduled to hit theaters on May 11, 2012.

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The Lone Ranger starts principal photography

Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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New photo of Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Here’s a new close up look at Johnny Depp as the character Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s adaptation of the 60s vampire TV series Dark Shadows. Click to enlarge.

Written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Dark Shadows also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green and Chloe Moretz.  The film is scheduled to […]

Red band trailer for 21 Jump Street

Columbia Pictures has released the red band trailer for Phil Lord’s 21 action comedy 21 Jump Street . Watch the trailer after the jump.

Starring Johnny Depp, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street is scheduled to hit theaters on March 16, 2012.

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The Lone Ranger back on; Set for May 21, 2013

Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that The Lone Ranger is back on track after an agreement was reached for a lower budget (rumored in the $215M range).

The studio, however, will be pushing the film’s release from December 21, 2012 to May 31, 2013. Gore Verbinski remains attached to direct, with Armie Hammer on […]

Report: Disney eying early 2012 start for ‘Lone Ranger’

After shutting down production on Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger due to an outrageously high budget, Disney is said to be close to announcing that they’ve resolved any issues they had and that the film will be ready to begin production by early 2012 (January or February).

Total cost has reportedly been brought down […]

First Look: The cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Here’s our first look at Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins along with the rest of the cast of Tim Burton’s big screen adaptation of the 60s TV series Dark Shadows. Click the image above to read excerpts from EW’s interview with screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, who discusses the film’s cast.

Dark Shadows is scheduled to […]

Disney halts production on The Lone Ranger over budget concerns

Disney has shut down production on Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger which was to star Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as sidekick Tonto.

Deadline reports that Disney has put a stop to the project over budget concerns, and honestly, I don’t blame them if the figures being quoted are accurate. Disney […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides crosses $1B worldwide

On the strength of an impressive overseas performance, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has crossed $1B in worldwide box office. The fourth film in the ‘Pirates’ franchise has grossed an estimated $1,007,703,000 — $233.703M domestic / $774.0M foreign.

Not adjusting for inflation, it’s now the eighth film to acheive the milestone and the […]

Tom Wilkinson in talks to join Disney’s The Lone Ranger

Tom Wilkinson is in early talks to join the cast of Gorer Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. According to Variety, Wilkinson would play a railroad tycoon who plays a major role in putting together the team of the The Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer) and his sidekick Tonto (played by Johnny Depp).

The Lone […]

Disney sets December 2012 release date for The Lone Ranger

Disney has set a December 21, 2012 release date for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced / Gore Verbinski-directed big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger. The project stars Armie Hammer in the title role with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto. The film’s script was written by Justin Haythe.

The Lone Ranger will be released a week […]