Skip to main content

'I Am Number Four' Likely to Rank No. 1 at Box Office This Weekend

Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider's DreamWorks Studios re-emerges at the box office this weekend with a likely winner -- I Am Number Four, the teen sci-fi adventure starring Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron and Teresa Palmer.
Number Four is the first DreamWorks title to be released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures under the distribution and marketing deal struck between the companies after DreamWorks' split with Paramount.
DreamWorks, bolstered by new financing, including funds from India's Reliance Big Entertainment, has five more 2011 titles waiting in the wings after Number Four.
Directed by D.J. Caruso, Number Four tells the story of an alien teenager hiding out on Earth from the ruthless species that killed his family.
The film is based on the young adult book by Pittacus Lore, the nom de plume of James Frey and Jobie Hughes. Additional novels are planned in the series, meaning this is a possible franchise for DreamWorks.
Number Four, produced by Michael Bay, is tracking particularly well among younger females and males, demos that have been missing from the multiplex in recent weeks. Box-office observers say the film could do in the low 20s for the four days.
But it isn't the only new title poised to do well over the long holiday weekend, sparking hope in Hollywood that the downturn at the domestic box office will begin to reverse itself.
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, from Fox and New Regency, also has good traction. The threequel returns Martin Lawrence in the lead role while introducing a younger character played by Brandon T. Jackson.
Big Mommas will play heavily to African-American audiences, including families. The franchise also has historically done well with younger males of all races.
The third new movie opening nationwide over Presidents Day weekend is Warner Bros. and Dark Castle's Liam Neeson action-thriller Unknown, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film goes after older moviegoers and hopes to replicate the success of Neeson's Taken, released three winters ago in the U.S. by Fox.
Unknown, which cost roughly $30 million, was fully financed by Joel Silver's Dark Castle. Silver's company has had a tough time at the box office recently, so Unknown -- also starring Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn and Frank Langella -- needs to do well.
The film's performance also is important for Collet-Serra, who is being pursued for other projects.
Number Four, Big Mommas and Unknown will have to compete with Sony's Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It, which could stay up high on the box-office chart in its second weekend. The movie's gross through Wednesday was $40.7 million.
Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet also should have a good second frame, particularly on Monday, which is a holiday. The toon's cume through Wednesday was $30 million.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/i-am-number-four-rank-101217

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Star Wars VII Movie Poster - Every End Is A New Beginning

Just saw this Star Wars VII movie poster on Kyle Newman's Facebook feed.  The poster is by Lyndon Berresford and Paul Bateman. 
I am loving this.  Who do you think the two characters are?  Lando and Leia?  Han and Leia's children?

Have you seen other Star Wars VII movie posters?  Let me know.

Rob Wainfur
@welshslider


THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
I need your Star Wars memories for a book

Did Paul Freeman Accidentally Eat A Fly In Raiders of the Lost Ark?

The Famous Indiana Jones Fly In Belloq's Mouth Scene.  Did It Really Happen? I've always wondered if Paul Freeman unintentionally consumed a fly in this scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark?  It's the scene where Indiana Jones shouts down to Bellosh...I mean Belloq and threatens to blow up the ark.  Did a fly go in his mouth?

I remember watching this scene back in the early eighties and my ten year old mind thought he definitely had a snack while filming.  I recall talking about 'flygate' in my school playground at the time and the general consensus with my friends was that Freeman definitely had a sneaky snack.

Paul Freeman talks about the famous 'fly' scene in an interview with TheIndyExperience.com and settled 'flygate:'

This is a bit of a dicey question so don’t get too upset. (Laughs) A movie’s always got bloopers in it, some have a lot, and some only have three or four. And the most remarkable blooper was right before the opening of the Ark scene.…

Pinewood Studios To Expand To The Usa

BBC News have reported that Pinewood Studios are to expand to the USA.  This is great news for the famous studio that is rich in movie history.


UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton has announced plans to build its first sound stages in the United States. The Pinewood Atlanta complex will be built on 288 acres of land south of Atlanta, Georgia, as a joint venture with a US investment company. Georgia has been among the US states drawing film-making away from Hollywood with tax incentives in recent years. The deal is the latest sign of expansion at Pinewood, the home of the James Bond franchise. Earlier this month it announced a joint venture with a Chinese media group, potentially giving it access to the fast-growing Chinese market.
Read the full article here.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+