Movie News Monday for September 3, 2012

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”)!!

What is ‘MNM’all about?

In case this is your first time here, “Movie News Monday!” (MNM) is the place to visit every Monday for a quick recap of trending entertainment news! I’ve collected info, rumors, etc from all over just for you to keep you updated on movies being released, actors/actresses in roles, dvd releases to keep a lookout for, which movie won in the box office over the weekend, etc! Are you ready for your weekly update? Here it is!

This Just In!!…

#1- “The Weekend Winner.”  The Labor Day weekend is typically a slow weekend for the theaters. The #1 spot in the box office arena only earned $17M. It’s true…sadly, the summer is gone. While both of the 2 wide new releases claimed the top spots their earnings weren’t all too grandios. In other box office news, The Avengers moved up from spot#39 last week all the way to spot#14 after a wide re-release over the Labor Day weekend. Pretty “Marvel”ous! Also, The Dark Knight Rises passed its predecessor The Dark Knight on the all-time worldwide gross earnings with over $1,005,200,000! It is now #12 while The Avengers is #3 with over $1,500,000,000!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Aug 31 -Sun, Sept 2:

  1. The Possession ~$17M
  2. Lawless ~$9.7M
  3. The Expendables 2 ~$8.8M
  4. Bourne Legacy ~$7.2M
  5. ParaNorman ~$6.6M
  6. The Odd Life of Timothy Green ~$6.1M
  7. The Dark Knight Rises ~$5.9M
  8. The Campaign ~$5.4M
  9. 2016 Obama’s America ~$5.1M
  10. Hope Springs ~$4.7M

Congrats to The Possession

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “The Hobbit gets official titles and dates!” It’s not breaking news now that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit will be a trilogy of films on the big screen. When it is all said and done, Jackson will have directed six films based on the characters of J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic novels. But this past week, the titles of the Hobbit installments and their respective release dates were announced for all three.

Check it out:

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure releasing on December 14, 2012
  2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug releasing on December 13, 2013
  3. The Hobbit: There and Back Again releasing on July 18, 2014

Notice that the second movie has been re-titled AND that we won’t have to wait a whole year for the third film! Dan Fellman (President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures), said

“We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy. Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tentpole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure.”

I am very excited to see these three films. Are you? It will be quite the epic journey!

What do you think of the titles and spacing of the release dates?

#3- “Oscars to be a bit more…Musical.” No, I’m not saying that the hosts will be entertaining us with song choices and parodies. What I mean is that the category for Best Original Song will now have FIVE nominees as opposed to the traditional two. According to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the qualifications for a song to receive a nomination has been altered for the first time since 1944 and will allow more than just two songs (like last year’s nominations), but prevent as many as 14 songs (such as in 1944) from being nominated.


I’m expecting a nomination or two for films such as Les Miserables, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and probably Snow White & the Huntsman (Just kidding on that!!) 😀

Look for the Oscars this upcoming February 24, 2013.

Are you ready for the music?

#4- “Extra Looks at Upcoming Movies.” Below you will find a few photos from the sets of some soon-to-release theatrical presentations. Check them out and let me know which ones you are most looking forward to…or don’t care about for that matter.

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Photos for Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Red Dawn, Resident Evil:Retribution, Wreck-It Ralph, and more.

Which are you looking forward to most?

#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:

The Five Year Engagement– Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in this fun, yet long, romantic comedy that was directed by Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Yes Man). Check it out if you wish. It may not be necessarily worth a purchase, but a watch at least. Here is my REVIEW.

Several other films also release this week. Check it out!

Also releasing: Safe, Piranha 3DD, and Woman Thou Art Loosed on the 7th Day

Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: “Time to Vote Tuesday!”


  1. Glad to see the Oscars music picks are going back to five. I hope that they also start actually playing the whole songs again. I think that added more to the Oscars than a stupid irrelevant Cirque du Soleil performance.


  2. Man, how many movies have to be made about people being possessed?? Seriously! Well, I’ve just got done w/ my weekend roundup, saw about 4 movies in 3 days, not bad 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day off, T.


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