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Movie News Monday for December 10, 2012.

December 10, 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.”  For almost an entire month now, none of the new releases managed to claim the #1 spot in the box office during the weekend. 3 weeks in a row gave Twilight Breaking Dawn pt 2 the winning spot. This last weekend still did not go to a new release, but it DID go to James Bond. That’s right. Bond beat the Vampires and came in at #1 in its 5th week! Congrats to Skyfall. Mark another bad week for the new releases category. And Killing Them Softly decreased by 60% from the previous weekend and barely made it in the Top Ten during the past dismal box office weekend.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Dec 7 -Sun, Dec 9:

  1. Skyfall ~$11M
  2. Rise of the Guardians ~$10.5M
  3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, pt 2 ~$9.2M
  4. Lincoln ~$9.1M
  5. Life of Pi ~$8.3M
  6. Playing for Keeps ~$6M
  7. Wreck-It Ralph ~$4.9M
  8. Red Dawn ~$4.3M
  9. Flight~$3.1M
  10. Killing Them Softly ~$2.7M

*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit

Congrats (once again…) to Skyfall.Skyfall_11_h

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “New Addition to make 2015 a ‘Fantastic’ Year for Superheroes.” 2015 seems to be the year for superhero movies as not only will that year bring the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers to theaters, along with Ant-Man and DC’s Justice League movie, but it will also bring a Fantastic Four reboot to audiences around the world.FantasticFour_1322150109_cvr_2434

That’s correct. The Fantastic Four will receive the reboot treatment and has received a release date of March 6, 2015 with director Josh Trank (Chronicle) leading the way. Currently the screenplay is in the works and there are little to no details about what to expect from the story so far. I just hope it ends up being far better than the last two FF movies.

Captain America traded teams for a reason! ;)

Captain America traded teams for a reason! 😉

In addition to the Marvel and DC offerings in 2015, fans also have other films to look forward to such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII.

Are you ready a fan of the superhero genre trend?

#3- “1st Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s AFTER EARTH Another M. Night movie? Yes. And he’s partnered up with Will and Jaden Smith.

Poster art from

Poster art from

Check out the synopsis for Shyamalan’s After Earth and then watch the FIRST trailer that just launched this morning. I have it here for you now:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.


Wow! I remain hopeful, yet skeptical. Simply because of the name “Shyamalan.” But, hopefully the “Super Smiths” will make it great!

After Earth is scheduled to release on June 7, 2013.

What are your initial thoughts after seeing the trailer? Is Shyamalan back?

#4- “Part Two Coming to a Theater Near You.” Let’s face it. Sequels are here to stay. Especially in certain genres (horror, superhero, etc). Most times, sequel announcements just cause us to roll our eyes and sigh. Here’s a look at a few upcoming movie sequels that may have you smiling instead of sighing:

  • Wreck-It Ralph 2 (may also include an appearance by MARIO)
  • Alice In Wonderland 2
  • Ted 2
  • Bourne Legacy (2?)
  • Magic Mike 2
  • Alex Cross 2 (Double Cross)
  • Ghostbusters 3 (Dan Akyroyd is determined regardless of Bill Murray’s non-involvement)
  • Mission Impossible 5
  • Taken 3
  • Tron 3
  • Triplets (essentially “Twins” 2)
  • Casablanca 2 (in considerations)

I said that some of those “MAY” have you smiling.alice_in_wonderland_34484

Admittedly, I sighed at a few on that list. Not all are completely confirmed, but that’s just a quick look at some projects to keep a lookout for.

Are you interested in any of these sequels?

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

The Bourne Legacy– Jeremy Renner takes the lead in the simultaneous continuation of the Bourne franchise. Agent Aaron Cross is on the run from government operatives as he uncovers more about his mysterious clandestine past. Partnered up with Rachel Weisz, Renner brings this action-y installment of the Bourne franchise to new heights…or lows, depending on your opinion of the film. Check out mine in my REVIEW.bourne

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

Also releasing: Ted, Ice Age: Continental Drift (Read my REVIEW), and Babes in Toyland and more.

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!” 

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Ted S. permalink
    December 10, 2012 10:31 am

    Hmm, that After Earth looks more like I Am Legend part 2 meets Avatar meets Enemy Mine. And yes with M. Night’s name attached to it, I have my doubts.


    • December 12, 2012 9:00 am

      hmm, I like the relation you make with AFter Earth to I Am Legend and Avatar. I see that. I do, however, hope it will be far better. but, like you, i have my doubts.


  2. December 10, 2012 12:48 pm

    Glad to see Ben didn’t turn out to be a wasted pick for my FD 🙂

    And yes, some of those sequels sound…ridiculous. Taken 3 for example. Are they going to have his grandma kidnapped now or something?

    And as for the trailer…i was hoping Furhman would have a prominent role in After Earth but if that trailer is anything to go by that isn’t the case 😦


    • December 12, 2012 11:37 am

      I’m still not 100% sure what to expect from After Earth, but the trailer is still cool


  3. December 10, 2012 2:13 pm

    I see very little that brings me around on After Earth, I think its a story that will fail when put with the smiths and shyamalan. I might be wrong but i bet it will be bad!


    • December 12, 2012 11:49 am

      I am hopeful but it will be interesting to see where Shyamalan goes AFTER this next movie


  4. December 10, 2012 10:32 pm

    Yeah, I dunno. I dont trust Shaymalan any longer, so…

    I’d like to think After Earth will be decent, although, isn’t it stupid right out of the gate by being CALLED After Earth and then being SET ON Earth? Apparently, then its still WHILE Earth or DURING Earth…Dude, seriously.

    Anyways, Wow. Superhero overload in 2015 huh? There’ll be a couple at least that wind up victims of audience burnout…


    • December 12, 2012 11:58 am

      tons of superhero stuff in 2015 man. Not sure how I feel about that yet



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