By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Did the brutal, over-the-top negative reviews slow the box office returns for Sex and the City 2?
The second feature film in the franchise finished third over the Memorial Day weekend behind first place Shrek Forever After and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
With $51.4 million earned from Thursday through Monday, the sequel’s five-day performance still fell short of its 2008 predecessor’s opening weekend by $5 million. Internationally, SATC2 earned $27.6 million from 17 markets and opens in 20 more this week.
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By Greg Hernandez
hollywoodnews.com: It is Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles.
So, Angelina and Brad went to get a little summertime family fun. Together with their kids, they enjoyed a party with friends in Malibu, California on Saturday.
Both parents watched Pax and Maddox enjoying themselves on the beach in the water.
Enjoy your weekend guys
Hollywoodnews.com: Warner Bros. “Sex and the City 2” continued to lure in the ladies with $13.0 million off 3,445 runs, raising its cume to $27.2 million.
Paramount-DreamWorks’s “Shrek Forever After” followed in second with $11.3 million on 4,367, scaring its cume up to $101.2 million.
Disney’s Jerry Bruckheimer adventure film, “Prince of Persia” based on the videogame opened in third grossing $10.2 million off 3,646.
Despite all the hoopla over “Sex and the City 2’s” reign over the Memorial Day holiday, industry reports are tracking “Shrek” to trump the leading ladies over the four-day period.
Through its first two days, “Sex and the City 2” is running behind its first chapter at the box office by close to 40%. “Sex and the City” was released on a Friday as opposed to “Sex and the City 2’s” Thursday bow.
Hollywoodnews.com: Go ahead, punk, wish him a Happy Birthday.
Clint Eastwood is turning 80 on Monday; however, he really doesn’t want to make a big deal out of his birthday. He’s just fine with a glass of wine with his wife Dina, 44. No need to bring him a cake or gifts.
“Once you get in the 70s, several things happen,” Eastwood tells U.K.’s The Sun.
“One is, you stop celebrating birthdays. I’ve forbidden my wife. I said, ‘Please, no birthday things.’ I don’t need to pretend to open a gift and say, ‘This is just what I wanted.’
However, cable network TCM is making a big deal out of Eastwood’s birthday and running nine films on Memorial Day Monday.
Film critic and Eastwood friend, Richard Schickel, remarks “He’s approaching 80 but he’s remained so productive. Most filmmakers are finished by that age.”
Schickel adds, “He’s sort of this amiable guy, a man who wears his fame easily and worries about being pretentious and imposing himself on you.”
By Kevin Crust
HollywoodNews.com: The summer’s first three-day weekend features a pair of films that figure to split demographically along gender lines with the women taking the top spot at the box-office. Memorial Day is traditionally one of the biggest holiday weekends at the movies, but without a behemoth to soak up most of the attention, attendance figures to be widely distributed with many people using the extra time to catch up with movies that have been out for a few weeks.
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
Jake Gyllenhaal straps on sword and sandals for his action hero debut, starring as a renegade royal seeking a powerful ancient dagger. Rising British star Gemma Arterton portrays the enigmatic princess he teams with. Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina are also along for the ride. Director Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) attempts to brings a little magic to the popular video game, while Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard did the adaptation.
A few critics — including Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum and the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips — found some fun in the film, but Phillips’ Windy City counterpart, Roger Ebert of the Sun-Times, fashions a more typical response, labeling the film’s leads as “not inspired” and the special effects, “irritating.” Manohla Dargis of the New York Times calls the movie, “perfectly painless mush,” while the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern finds that the pumped-up “Prince” proves his thesis that bigger is not better when it comes to the digital realm.
The movie hasn’t garnered the kind of must-see buzz to launch it into the stratosphere. Despite a fanboy base from its VG progenitor, “Prince” already looks like an also-ran at the box office, which has not been kind to action epics of late. Not only will it lose out the top spot to a bunch of well-heeled girls, its predicted take of $35-44 million may not even be enough to hold off “Shrek 4″ for second place.
SEX AND THE CITY 2
Carrie Bradshaw and company reunite for a romp through Abu Dhabi with stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon back for a return engagement. Writer-director Michael Patrick King attempts to mine more from Candace Bushnell’s stylish, sassy characters but he may have finally hit bottom.
There’s little love from critics for SATC2. Some bemoan the tired state of the franchise, while others […]
Hollywoodnews.com: “Sex and the City 2″ is off to a great start at the Memorial Day box office, earning $3 million from 2,000 locales that played the film at midnight. That number is 20% higher than the first installment’s midnight shows.
Studio estimates see “Sex” climaxing at $80 million over five days. The original, which broke glass ceilings for an R-rated chick pic, bedded $57 million in its first three days at the B.O. “Sex and the City” first bowed in late May 2008. Film’s ultimate domestic take was $152.6 million.
In the U.K., avid female fans are renting out theaters for private parties to see the film. A similar trend is going on in the U.S. where it has already sold $2 million in pre-sales.
Industry estimates peg Disney’s “Prince of Persia,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, to make at least $40 million over four days. “Prince” cost $200 million to make.
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HollywoodNews.com: DreamWorks today announced that Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Claude Van Damme and Victor Garber will join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong in its upcoming film, “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom,” which is now scheduled to be released on May 27, 2011 (Memorial Day weekend). The previously announced release date was June 3, 2011. Oldman voices the character of Lord Shen (a peacock), the film’s formidable new villain while Yeoh brings to life the mystical character of The Soothsayer (a goat). Van Damme and Garber round out the cast as Master Croc and Master Thundering Rhino, respectively.
“In the sequel, Po goes on an amazing personal journey and we are thrilled to have assembled such a talented and well-respected group of actors to bring to life our new characters, who, alongside our returning cast, play such a critical role in Po’s quest and his ultimate triumph over the forces of evil,” said Melissa Cobb, Producer of both “Kung Fu Panda” and its sequel.
During its theatrical run in 2008, “Kung Fu Panda,” DreamWorks Animation’s most successful original film ever, reached over $631 million in worldwide box office. The sequel will follow Po, the world’s biggest kung fu fan, as he continues his journey as the chosen one who fulfills an ancient prophesy while mastering the art of kung fu. “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom” is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and produced by Melissa Cobb. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote and co-produced the original film, also return.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paramount Pictures has sealed the deal with Tom Cruise to have him play Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible 4.” The film will be produced by Cruise and J.J. Abrams, written by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec, and are still in need of a director. The film is aiming for a Memorial Day 2011 release with production beginning this summer.
Skydance Productions is co-financing the film.
Paramount Pictures announced today that it is making “Mission Impossible IV.” The film, which will be produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions and will star Cruise, will be released Memorial Day weekend 2011.
“Tom and J.J. are great talents and we are excited to be working with them to re-launch this legendary franchise,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey.
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