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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.

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

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: International movie trailer

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new international movie trailer for the Jon Turteltaub-directed/Nicolas Cage-starrer The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Check it out after the jump.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is scheduled to hit theaters on July 16, 2010.

Continue reading The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: International movie trailer

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Movie Trailer + New Images

sorcerersapprenticelogo-121109Last week Walt Disney Pictures released the first movie trailer for Jon Turteltaub’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (watch it after the jump) and this week the studio has released a new batch of photos.  Check them out after the jump.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice stars Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina and hits theaters on July 16, 2010. Continue reading The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Movie Trailer + New Images

First Look: Monica Bellucci On The Set of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

monicabelluccisorcerersapprenticesmall-061909SpoilerTV-Movies has a new batch of photos from the set of Disney’s upcoming fantasy film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice featuring Monica Bellucci.  Head on over the jump to see a few of the photos.

The Sorcerer’s Stone hits theaters on July 16, 2010. Continue reading First Look: Monica Bellucci On The Set of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Casting Bites: Three Join Date Night, Casting for Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Projects, Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerers Apprentice + more

  • monicabellucci-051509Monica Bellucci has joined the cast of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  The actress will play Veronica, a sorceress and the long-lost love of Nicolas Cage’s character, Balthazar Blake.  [Variety]
  • Christopher Lloyd has joined the cast of Alex Aja’s Piranha 3D.  The actor will star as Goodman, an expert on piranha. [Bloody-Disgusting]
  • Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo are joining Tina Fey and Steven Carell on the 20th Century Fox comedy Date Night. The three will be among the characters Fey and Carell encounter as a couple on a date. [THR]
  • Universal Picture is developing a modern retelling of the classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and they’ve tapped Keanu Reeves to star and Justin Haythe to pen the script. [THR]
  • Meanwhile, there’s another ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ project in Hollywood, and this one’s quite different.  Abel Ferrara is going for a contemporary take on the Robert Louis Stevenson original with a new film titled Jekyll and HydeForest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are attached to play the lead roles. [Variety]

Seven more casting bites after the jump. Continue reading Casting Bites: Three Join Date Night, Casting for Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Projects, Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerers Apprentice + more

New Photos From the Set of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

FilmGeek.fr has a batch of new photos from the set of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Click the photo above to see the rest.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice hits theaters on July 16, 2010.

Casting Bites: Christian Bale Joining The Fighter, Zack Snyder Replaces Two For Sucker Punch!, Marlon Wayans Gets Biblical + more

christianbale-042109Here are some of the latest television and film casting bites:

  • Christan Bale is joining Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter.  The project also has a new director in David O. Russell (replacing Darren Aronofsky who was originally tapped to direct).  Here are how the two actors roles are described: “Wahlberg will play Ward, a fighter who was losing bouts and was ready to hang up the gloves when his brother came back into his life. Bale will play Eklund, whose drugs and robbery spree drew him a 10- to 15-year sentence in state prison. There, he kicked drugs, became a model prisoner and emerged as a changed man who helped his brother reach the glory that eluded him.” [Variety]
  • Jamie Chung and Jena Malone have been added to the cast of Zack Snyder’s all-female action fantasy flick Sucker Punch!.  Both actresses replace two others who had to drop out: Chung replacing Emma Stone will play Amber, a character described as a country girl with a big heart, while Malone will be taking over Evan Rachel Wood’s role playing the younger sister of fellow co-star Abbie Cornish. [THR]
  • Demetri Martin has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in Moneyball, a pro baseball drama from director Steven Soderbergh.  Martin is playing Paul DePodesta, a Harvard graduate who is into stats and probabilities and helps out Beane (Pitt) develop his system. [THR]

More after the jump. Continue reading Casting Bites: Christian Bale Joining The Fighter, Zack Snyder Replaces Two For Sucker Punch!, Marlon Wayans Gets Biblical + more

New Photos From The Set of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Bad and the Ugly has a batch of new photos from the set of the upcoming Jon Turteltaub-directed film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Click the photos above to check out the various set pics.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage, Teresa Palmer, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina, hits theaters on July 16, […]