Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Knight and Day,’ ‘Grown Ups’

Hollywoodnews.com: Summer stars of former days Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz arrived this weekend to raise the box office to greater heights. However, “Toy Story 3” remains the big cheese at the multiplex having already collected $18 million yesterday for the top spot at the B.O this weekend. Nonetheless, here’s your Hollywood Movie Roundup:


As riveting as some of the action scenes look in this James Mangold directed film, you can’t help but notice how it reeks of middle-age. Once upon a time, this film would have owned a summer weekend. With tracking in the gutter, Fox went into spin mode, released the film on a Wednesday to avoid competition (which isn’t the worse idea considering July 4th is just around the corner) and sneaked the action title last Saturday to positive word of mouth. The plot focuses on an everyday blonde woman played by Diaz who becomes wrapped up, against her will, in the global exploits of a potential rogue CIA agent played by Cruise.

Critics are literally split on this film with a 53% rotten rating on the Tomatometer. Critics such as the L.A. Times’ Kenneth Turan (who hates everything LOL) has praised Cruise saying “If you doubt Cruise’s skills in the star department, Knight and Day should make you a believer” to the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern griping “Knight and Day woke me up to just how awful some summer entertainments have become. It isn’t that the film is harmful, except to moviegoers’ wallets and movie lovers’ morale, but that it is truly phenomenal for the purity of its incoherence.”

In all, this film looks to slot third on the charts with a 5-day domestic gross of $27 million which is pathetic considering that the budget is a lofty $117 million and that some time, long ago, the average Tom Cruise vehicle would take in a $20 million-plus gross in two days.


Talk about longevity. Now, here’s a guy, also middle aged, who won’t slide at the box office: Adam Sandler’s all-star comedy “Grown Ups” looks to take $40 million in just three days. Should that estimate hold, it will be Sandler’s highest opening in four years since 2006’s “Click,” which also bowed to that same number. The film also stars Kevin James, whom auds are just embracing in the wake of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” as well as former “Saturday Night Live” alums David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider.

Film has a low Tomatometer of 11%, but these comedies aren’t for critics. “Grown Ups” follows four friends and their families who reunite over Independence Day weekend for the funeral of their childhood basketball coach. During their time together, the guys realize that they’re still young at heart.

Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman is probably the only critic in tune to the audience’s sensibility giving good word with “Diverting enough to get by, ‘Grown Ups’ is Adam Sandler growing up — but not too much.”

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