Box Office Guru Wrapup: Apes Mighty in #1 Debut



Audiences all hailed Caesar as the primate at the center of the sci-fi prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquered the North American box office with an opening that rose well past industry expectations. Conversely, the latest in this summer's parade of R-rated comedies The Change-Up generated a lackluster debut finishing in fourth place. But the overall marketplace remained robust thanks to the incredible breadth of titles. For the first time all year, seven different films made over $10M over the weekend.

Fox scored another solid top spot debut this summer with a franchise origin story as Rise of the Planet of the Apes soared to an estimated $54M opening weekend. Playing in 3,648 theaters, the PG-13 film averaged a muscular $14,803 and ranked as the third best debut of the summer for a 2D-only film after The Hangover Part II ($85.9M) and X-Men: First Class ($55.1M) which like Apes revisited a popular sci-fi franchise by exploring the origins. Both X-Men and Apes were well-liked by critics.

Starring James Franco as a scientist that discovers a way to boost intelligence in chimpanzees, Apes lacked any major starpower and was the twelfth action film of the summer leading to expectations not being too high. But an exciting marketing push and strong reviews helped to spark interest allowing Apes to generate the fifth biggest August opening in history. The new technique of a human actor playing the apes through motion-capture technology created intrigue too. An encouraging A- CinemaScore grade bodes well for the road ahead and next weekend does not have any new action films opening so Rise may not fall the way most pics of this genre do. With a reported budget of $93M, the revenge-against-humans pic got off to a terrific start.

Internationally, Rise debuted in 25 markets and bowed to an estimated $23.4M. Most of the markets were not major. Bigger territories like Germany, France, and the United Kingdom open next week.

Sony's family hit The Smurfs enjoyed a terrific hold in its second weekend dropping only 41% to an estimated $21M for a solid ten-day start of $76.2M. With no new choices for parents, and opening weekend audiences spreading positive word-of-mouth all week, the PG-rated comedy remained the most popular item for kids as they near the end of their summer vacations. Smurfs, which can continue using "#1 Comedy in America" in its ads for another week, should find its way past the $125M mark and could go much higher if it continues to show strong August legs. The pint-sized gang made a big splash overseas where it debuted in much of the world this weekend with an estimated $45.2M from about three dozen international territories for a $52.7M cume including the early launch in Spain. The worldwide tally for the $110M production sits at $128.9M.

After opening last weekend a bit ahead of Smurfs, the sci-fi Western hybrid Cowboys & Aliens fell a much larger 57% in its second outing to an estimated $15.7M giving Universal $67.4M after ten days. The Daniel Craig-Harrison Ford actioner may break $100M domestically, but won't go much higher. That makes for a disappointing run for the expensive $163M budgeted production which involved top-tier Hollywood names like Jon Favreau, Steven Spielberg, and Ron Howard. By comparison, Spielberg's other sci-fi production this summer Super 8 fell by only 39% in its sophomore session after an opening weekend that was about even with Cowboy's. With a much more modest $55M budget, that creature feature broke the $200M global box office mark this weekend.

Opening in fourth place to disappointing results was Universal's body-switching comedy The Change-Up which grossed an estimated $13.5M from 2,913 locations for a mild $4,635 average. It was the latest in a long line of R-rated summer comedies and many moviegoers felt they had enough already. Plus bad reviews told audiences that this was not some special film worth taking another trip to the multiplex for. Ticket buyers have already spent an incredible $760M+ this summer on Crazy, Stupid, Love, Friends With Benefits, Horrible Bosses, Bad Teacher, The Hangover Part II, Midnight in Paris, and Bridesmaids. All are comedies aimed at adults, most with R ratings. The Change-Up was too little, too late.

Starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds as friends with different lives who swap bodies, the raunchy pic carried a cost of $52M which is high for a comedy. Females made up 59% of the audience while those over and under age 30 were evenly split. A discouraging B CinemaScore indicates a rough road ahead, especially with four new releases hitting theaters next weekend including yet another R-rated comedy, 30 Minutes or Less. Bateman and Reynolds both scored $100M+ grossers earlier this summer with Horrible Bosses and Green Lantern, respectively. But Reynolds is surely having a summer he would like to put behind him as Lantern has been a big-budget dud with only $160M worldwide to date. Cameron Diaz has made more with her comedy Bad Teacher which has banked over $180M globally with only a fraction of the budget.

Close behind in fifth with an estimated $13M was the super hero flick Captain America: The First Avenger which declined by 49% in its third frame. Paramount's domestic total stands at $143.2M. International markets brought in an estimated $27.5M this weekend sending the overseas cume into nine-digit territory with $103M for a worldwide gross to date of $246.2M. Marvel's three-pack of comic book pics this summer - Thor, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America - have now smashed the $1 billion mark in combined global box office. Next summer is sure to be even bigger with The Avengers kicking off the season on May 4 and reboot The Amazing Spider-Man landing on July 3.

Ranking sixth was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which also became the top-grossing global hit of 2011. The final wizard pic dropped 45% domestically to an estimated $12.2M elevating the 24-day total to a massive $342.8M putting it at number 18 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters just behind the latest Transformers. Overseas delivered huge numbers again thanks to a robust opening in China. Official estimates were not available for that market but the studio reported a rough count of $25.5M contributing to the international weekend haul of $61.8M allowing the cume to surge to $791.1M. Potter's worldwide total rose to a stunning $1.13 billion surpassing the $1.04 billion of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to become 2011's number one global grosser. In addition, the 3D franchise closer now ranks third on the all-time worldwide box office list behind the James Cameron duo Avatar and Titanic. A final haul north of $1.3 billion seems likely.

A trio of comedies aimed at adults followed. Steve Carell's Crazy, Stupid, Love held up very well in its second weekend slipping only 37% to an estimated $12.1M for a solid ten-day tally of $42.2M. A final gross in the neighborhood of $75M could result for Warner Bros. Sony's Friends With Benefits fell a sharp 49% to an estimated $4.7M bringing the 17-day gross to $48.5M. The revenge tale Horrible Bosses followed with an estimated $4.6M, off 36%, for a $105.2M cume for Warner Bros.

Falling 51% in its sixth round was the worldwide smash Transformers: Dark of the Moon with an estimated $3M lifting the domestic haul to $344.2M. That puts Michael Bay's latest robot warfare flick at number 17 on the all-time list. Overseas, the Autobots film kept rising with an estimated $17.5M for an international haul of $693.5M and a mammoth global gross of $1.04 billion. The biggest market outside of the United States continues to be China which has now banked a stunning $137M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $153.8M which was up a healthy 43% from last year when The Other Guys opened in the top spot with $35.5M; and up 22% from 2009 when G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra debuted at number one with $54.7M.

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Comments

The Dude

Gene Arnold

Hail Caesar! I loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It's the best film of the year so far, although I have yet to see Tree of Life and Midnight in Paris. Plan on seeing those eventually. Seriously hope that we get a sequel to Apes, it fantastic. Andy Serkis deserves some Oscar recognition for his performance as Caesar, but will probably be snubbed come Award time.

Aug 7 - 04:39 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

They already snubbed him for Gollum. Let's see if they do it again...

Aug 7 - 05:08 PM

Robert H.

Robert Harris

I sure hope they dont. The acadamy needs to realize that with this new technoligy, more films are going to include actors that play CG characters, And they deserve to be recongnized.

Aug 7 - 06:18 PM

ChristophMiddle

Christoph M

The problem is that it's hard to know where his actual performance ends and where the animators' "performance" begins.

Aug 7 - 07:04 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

@ChristophMiddle: Well the thing is, the animators have to work with whatever the actor did with the motion capture. If the actor sucked, they can only do so much to improve it. It's not up to the animators to make a great performance with a CGI character, it's up to the actor. The animators just designed the character's look and put them in an environment Imagine if say Keanu Reeves (or any bad actor of your choosing) did the motion capture for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings instead of Serkis. The character would have looked the same for the most part, but the facial expressions, voice, personality, and emotions would have been entirely different, and bad, and the character would have been terrible. The actor makes the motion-captured character who they are, not the animators. And Serkis is probably the best there is.

Aug 7 - 09:44 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I would not mind seeing a high quality sequel to Rise, but the movie set up the original film brilliantly with th ending, so to me it would kind of seem pointless, but I would not be against it at all.

Aug 7 - 06:42 PM

Patrick

Patrick Wagner

See, this film to me has nothing to do with the original seven. In the original seven something came back from outer space and killed off all the cats and dogs, thus turning man to take in apes as pets. As the years went by, they realized they could teach them to do manual labors and turned them into slaves. To me, what happened in this movie shows a different course.

Aug 8 - 09:06 PM

Alex L.

Alex Lavoie

this

Aug 8 - 11:09 PM

John H.

John Hurson

Don't hold your breath. If Hollywood stuntmen, who routinely die on the set of the pictures they work on, can't get any love from the Academy, I suspect a glacial amount of time to pass before they add an award for motion capture acting.

Aug 7 - 08:28 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Good point. A "Best Stunt Work" award actually sounds like it wouldn't be a half bad idea for the Academy to consider.

Aug 7 - 09:30 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

...how often do deaths actually occur? Surely not 'routinely'? =/

Aug 10 - 09:17 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

yes HAIL CAESAR!!!!!!APES!!!!!

Aug 8 - 11:55 AM

tony

tony mullo

havent watched it..but it cant be the best movies of the year....with that taste u shouldn bt watchin tree of life

Aug 11 - 05:49 AM

enfuego142000

T Adams

I agree with you Dude, the best movie of the year so far for me. I seriously doubt I would like Tree of Life as I've heard it's extremely slow, but looking at Midnight in Paris, that one could be good. I like the people in it. I doubt, though, that a romantic comedy would be more entertaining for me than Apes. That's just my taste though.

Aug 11 - 08:09 AM

Clacky

Henry Claxton

Congrats to Rise of the Planet of the Apes!! One of the biggest surprises of the summer.

Aug 7 - 04:40 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Actually was not a fan of Planet of the Apes, it had it's moments, but just didnt' work for me.

Aug 7 - 04:42 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

nnnnoooooooo wwwwaaaaayyyyyyy!!!! "APES" WAS AWESOME!!!!! HAIL CAESAR!!!!

Aug 8 - 12:16 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Well it was better than that piece of filth The Omega Man, but that is not saying much.

Aug 8 - 05:52 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

Don't poke the bear, Wolf. For the love of God, don't poke the bear.

Aug 8 - 08:42 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Also, I do not like the Catwoman pics that were just released. Nothing about that outfit screams Catwoman. Superman pics were a little better, he looks like a scary Superman though.

Aug 7 - 04:43 PM

Sean Y.

Sean Y.

The problem I've noticed is pictures like that have no context. We don't know what's going on, or even if the particular picture is from a shot that's even going to be in the movie. For all we know, that might just be a test for something.

That's why it's better not to put much weight with early pictures like the Catwoman one.

Aug 7 - 04:52 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Catwoman pic: DUMB
Superman pic: INTERSTING

Aug 7 - 04:57 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

What he said. Anne Hathaway's costume just looks ridiculous (and I think I'm at this point starting to get a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach about TDKR...). But the new Superman pic is very intriguing, I really like the new look.

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Let's withhold judgement until it actually comes out. Maybe Nolan explains things in the film. After all, why would she be called cat woman if there wasn't anything "cat"-like about her?

Aug 7 - 05:25 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Well, the main thing keeping me optimistic is people's original reaction to Heath Ledger's Joker. Most of us thought he wasn't right for the role and looked terrible, and then before we knew it we had an Oscar-winning performance. So no matter how underwhelmed I might be by any images and trailers for TDKR, I'm going to try to trust that Nolan knows exactly what he's doing.

Aug 7 - 05:32 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

That's a very good point Superzone. I'm sure Hathaway will pull through. Let's just hope for the best.

Aug 8 - 02:31 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I have a feeling that Nolan will inject "realism" into Catwoman by making her a called that because she's a cat burglar. In that sense, he wouldn't be obligated to make her look like anything resembling a cat. I STILL say that the photo looks like she's chilling on her bike playing her Virtual Boy.

Aug 8 - 04:22 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

That's what I was thinking, but it wouldn't hurt for her to have some sort of cat-like icon on her outfit. Not any cat ears or anything but an emblem or something would be nice.

Aug 8 - 06:35 PM

Tyler S.

Tyler Schwab

Why are you assuming it's catwoman. Every time Anne's character has been mentioned, it's been Selina Kyle not Catwoman. I'm aware it's her alter ego... but who says she is wearing a Catwoman costume in the picture? When you critique the picture you have to remember that it's A) out of context and B) we know pretty much nothing about the plot.

Aug 7 - 07:43 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

That's actually a damned good point. Depressing as shit if it's correct, but nothing we can do about it.

Aug 8 - 04:32 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I agree that it is possible that is not her Catwoman attire, but Hathaway spilled the beans a few months back that Catwoman will be in the movie, and the costume designer for the movie confirmed it as well. And I am leaning towards this being her Catwoman attire, since it seams all of those production photos were taken from the same scene, and it looks to be a rather large action set-piece.

Aug 8 - 09:11 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@Crunk, it could be some sort of test/prototype suit. As I recall we first saw Batman in a balaclava sans cape.

Aug 9 - 12:45 AM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

I know I'm in the minority, but everything about The Dark Knight Rises so far has been disappointing. First off, the title to me is pretty stupid; The Dark Knight Rises. It feels like Nolan didn't give any thought on a proper title and rushed it. I think "Batman Rising" is simpler and more effective, the official title alone feels like it's trying to capitalize on The Dark Knight while not trying to establish itself on its own feet. The 2nd thing that's pissing me off is the casting. I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy but casting them again feels like a desperate and rushed move. Nolan's Batman films already have had large casts on their own, so why take half the cast of Inception and add them into the mix? Any minute now I'm expecting an announcement that Nolan has cast the revolving hallway from Inception as the main bad guy alongside Bane. Then lastly, the trailer and pics released so far have been underwhelming. The teaser trailer felt like it was put together by a group of college kids up at 3a.m. wired on Red Bull and amphetamines trying to complete a class project before its due date later that same morning. And the pics released so far of Bane make him look less of a badass, more like a random street thug. I always try to hold out judgement on Nolan's work but from what I've seen so far has made me question his motives...

Aug 7 - 06:24 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Exactly. I agree with every point. I absolutely will not judge this movie until I see it (we are talking about Christopher Nolan here after all), but most of what I've seen so far has in fact been disappointing.

Aug 7 - 06:39 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Overall I still trust Nolan though. I remember in 2009 seeing a teaser trailer for Inception thinking "What is this shit?! He shoulda made Batman 3". Then 12 months later Inception turned out to be one of my all-time favorite films. I was also hesitant about seeing Leonardo DiCaprio in a summer action movie but it worked out just fine. Maybe me being more hesitant of Nolan's later works are all signs that he could be growing as a writer and director, and he's able to surprise us in more ways we never thought possible.

Aug 7 - 07:29 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

It is too bad that the title Batman Forever was wasted on a shitty Schumacher movie; that would have been an epic title for Nolan's last Batman movie.

Aug 7 - 06:45 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

100% agree. And I think the studio wanted "Dark Knight" to be in the title, since it had been such a hit. To expect that the audience would understand the next movie would be a Batman movie without having "Dark Knight" in the title is more credit than studios typically give the masses.

Aug 8 - 04:35 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Who seriously gives a fuck what the title of the movie is? The quality of the film is unrelated. And lots of good directors like Nolan and Scorcese use the same actors in all their movies. The teaser was mostly (or was it all?) footage from the previous two films also. I guess Bane not looking like a badass could be a legit complaint, but you get no context from set photos so making judgments is kind of silly at this point.

Aug 7 - 06:48 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Of course it's common that directors will work with actors again, but usually not of this number. Scorsese dosen't pull about 4 or 5 of the same actors in his previous films to make another one, Neither does James Cameron. At least those 2 directors know not to overload a film with previous actors, and make films where only 1 or maybe 2 are used and that's it. By Nolan taking 3 actors from Inception (4 if you want to count Michael Caine, or 5 if Cillian Murphy somehow makes an another appearance) it gives off the impression that Nolan is somewhat desperate. So I guess in Avatar 2 James Cameron should recast Sigurney Weaver along with Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn and Jeanette Goldstein, overloading Avatar 2 as a desperate attempt to capitalize on not only the first film, but all his other films as well? If you want to be one of those brainwashed fanboys that think Nolan's Batman films are the cure for cancer and the bringer of world peace then be my guest.

Aug 7 - 07:11 PM

misterkyle1901

kyle T

Actually Lenny: the fact the he is using the same actors of that caliber is a sign that they enjoy working with him.

Aug 9 - 12:43 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I disagree with literally everything: the title TDK can be interpreted as one of two ways - either as the opposite of Harvey Dent (him being the White Knight), or Dent's transition from the White Knight into the Dark Knight with his transformation into Two-Face. I personally think it was the former, and TDKR confirms my opinion. At the end of TDK, Batman becomes hunted by everyone cos he and Gordon decide to cover up Dent's fall from grace. TDKR is simply an allusion to Batman regaining face. It makes perfect sense in context of the previous movies: the first one was about Batman finding himself, the second was about him finding his limits, and this third one will be about him finding his place in Gotham's society as a symbol of hope. You say the cast pisses you off - why? All of the actors are phenomenal, especially Levitt (watch The Lookout) and Hardy (seriously, watch Bronson). Nolan stated that Bane would be a cerebral villain - in the comics he was a mastermind, however, he was also impossibly huge - Nolan's version of Batman is grounded in a more realistic setting (kinda), so having Bane look the way he does is the only way for it to work. It sure as hell is better than making him a braindead puppet like in B&R. The film just started filming not too long ago - how were you expecting a decent teaser when most of the movie hasn't even been shot yet?

Aug 7 - 07:01 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

Now that you explain it, it does make more sense. I remember the title "The Dark Knight" could go both ways referring to Batman himself or Harvey Dent, which I thought was pretty clever back then. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great actor. 500 Days of Summer was pretty good, he was the ONLY good thing about G.I. Joe and he was also great in Inception.

Aug 7 - 07:20 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

When the title for Rises was first released, there was a lot of people complaining, as there is now.
I'll repeat what I said then. When we see the movie, the title will fit like a glove, and all will make sense.

Aug 7 - 07:41 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

(sighs) Jesus H, you guys are all kidding me with this right? You're all basing these concerns on what, a couple on-set photos, some costumes and a trailer that had about 9 seconds of new footage? Read the script? Had a little chat with Nolan? Seen some dailies? The film is still a year away, and hasn't even finished filming! Nolan would NEVER be one to 'cash in', he picked The Dark Knight Rises, because rising, redemption and all that, seems to be a theme in the film, which is what I deduced from the teaser, which sole purpose was to set the mood and tone. Hell, many cast members have said wonders about the script. Come on people, can we not be so damn cynical all the time. I mean, is it possible to look on any future film without the 'I'm worried/it's gonna suck attitude'. I don't like the way Catwoman looks at all, but that does not worry me about the movie one bit. And is it so wrong for Nolan to want to work with actors he's comfortable with, and from the looks of it, had a good experience working with them on Inception? Scorsese uses the same actors in almost every film. PS Bane, has NEVER looked good in the comics at all, would you all rather Nolan gone with an S&M gimp suit? I dig the way he looks, and anyone who has even heard of Bronson knows Hardy is an absolute no-brainer (hell, all I saw was the trailer). I really can't believe that people still doubt a director who has delivered outstanding film after outstanding film. Chill the fuck out. And I know this is a bit hypocritical after this little rant, but can we go ONE SINGLE FUCKING THREAD without it turing into a Dark Knight Rises forum. This is about Rise of the Planet of The Apes, for which I am glad it did well at the Box Office despite the fact that I have not gotten the chance to see yet, but it looks quite good.

Aug 8 - 08:38 AM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Not that I disagree with your points but actors are always raving about the scripts of the movies they work in. Even Halle Berry said the script for Catwoman was good before we all saw the movie. Nobody is gonna say "Oh well yeah you know, this script sucks, this movie is a total cash grab, turn off your brain when you come see it because really, worst piece of crap I have ever read". And I dont think we can go a thread without discussing TDKR, as long as stuff for it gets released it will promptly be discussed.

Aug 8 - 11:07 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

BTW I'm sorry if I might come across as a bit antagonistic here, no harm meant :)

Aug 8 - 12:21 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

My only two complains with the casting so far in TDKR are: Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. In the comics and Burtons movie she was a bombshell and used her sexuality as much as her cleverness. I just can not imagine Hathaway pulling that off. She is gorgeous (IMO) but she is just not sexy/sexual. Second beef: a whole lot of people. Hardy, Levitt, Hathaway, Cotillard plus the returning from the previous two movies. It just feels way too crowded. But we will see how Nolan works around that, I am sure he will do a good work. As for the title, it is not incredible, but since at the end of TDK Batman fell from grace with Gotham I guess it is only reasonable that he has to rise again.

Aug 8 - 11:03 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

Don't hold it against her. Like many have previously stated, Heath Ledger was not the kind of guy you'd think of as The Joker. And Even though Rises is more crowded, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins were also fairly crowded movies, as was Inception, Nolan's quite good at juggling actors. And while yes actors are obligated to say good thing about their movies, What was said was quite up-lifting. It was Gary Oldman and Michael Caine who spoke highly of the script, Oldman called it Nolan's best work and said the plotline was 'incredible'.

Aug 8 - 12:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Since when do films have to be faithful to the comic books- are you sh-ttin me- did you even see "Batman Begins" who glides from the air crossing paths with corrupted cops and gangstwers is that how it really happened! And does any moviephile even care about whether Iron Man origins from the comic book, who started to make his first suit in Iraq/ Afganistan of all places and were still well received by movie critics and movie goers - if you continue to think this way then I think you're in the wrong planet!

Aug 8 - 12:22 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

@dudemeister Yeah I guess you got that right, he can juggle actors very well and who knows? Hathaway might end up surprising us all like Ledger did. I expect the movie to be as good as Begins at least, it will have huge expectations so Nolan will most likely have to be exceedingly careful with it or face fanboy rage forever and ever. Dave J was that even in a reply to me? I guess we know now where Gordons coke went, you took it and made a reply honoring his old style. I never said they had to be exactly like in comic books, but if you are making a movie based on comic book characters one would expect them to be like them (especially cause, unlike novels, they are drawn so you can get an idea of what they look like or should look like).

Aug 8 - 12:33 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I wouldn't talk, listen, this is from your first comment "In the comics and Burtons movie she was a bombshell and used her sexuality as much as her cleverness." Now, in your opinion, why does Nolan have to continue this kind of trend that Catwoman have to be a 'bombshell and to use her sexuality' just because you don't find her to be attractive- maybe it was the director's intent for her "not" to be attactive! Also, Burton's Batman is the opposite of Nolan's Batman because as I recall Burton's Batman kills and he doesn't need a license or an excuse to do it as opposed to Nolan's- he was pursued for just knocking the bad guys out!

Aug 8 - 01:30 PM

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

Type in TDKR Catwoman poster it's 100x better than the first picture.

Aug 8 - 02:30 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

I too thought the trailer was a bit oh the, "That's it? ...meh" side.

Aug 10 - 09:25 PM

THEREWOLF

Markus Arbutina

Best Batman Movies:
1) Batman (1989)
2) Dark Knight
3) Batman Begins
4) Batman (1966)
5) Batman Forever
6) Batman Returns
7) Batman and Robin

Aug 8 - 06:00 PM

Spirit Bear

Martin Tam

You didn't include any of the Batman cartoon movies (Mask of the Phantasm, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Batman under the Red Hood) which are as good as or better than many of the live-action movies.

Aug 8 - 08:36 PM

Bow Ties are Cool

The Holy Rainbow of Awesomness

Batman Returns is easily the best of all the old movies and waaaay better than Batman Forever. Shame it gets such a bad rap because it's just as good as the new movies in different ways.

Aug 9 - 01:57 AM

Sean Y.

Sean Y.

The problem I've noticed is pictures like that have no context. We don't know what's going on, or even if the particular picture is from a shot that's even going to be in the movie. For all we know, that might just be a test for something.

That's why it's better not to put much weight with early pictures like the Catwoman one.

Aug 7 - 04:52 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Even with the stock market crash, the box office is making a killing. Next week, the #1 spot will go to Saw 8, I mean, Final Destination 5. It does look more torture porn compared to the others. 30 Mins. Or Less in 2nd place, Apes in third, and Smurfs and Cowboys and Aliens in fourth and fifth.

Aug 7 - 04:56 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

No, as before I thing Apes will go back to back. The only reason the last one made so much money was that it was when 3-d was still new and it was marketed as the last one, neither of which are in the film's favor this time. I say it does around 20 million in second, and apes goes number 1 with 25 million, as long as word of mouth is good. I also don't see 30 minuets getting out of the low teens at the box-office.

Aug 7 - 05:04 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

This one is in 3D so it will make cash.

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

I thought all movies made cash.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Eric M.

Eric McInnis

Mars Needs Moms, Gulliver's Travels, Alpha and Omega, and many more were in 3d and were huge bombs in the United States

Aug 7 - 07:41 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I'm not convinced that 5 will be successful. When the 4th movie came out, people were still viewing 3D as "must see" events. That's why it did so well - even better than 3, if I'm remembering correctly (if not, please correct me). Since then, the audience has become jaded and 3D isn't tricking people out of their money anymore. I never saw the 4th because the 3rd didn't follow the logic of the first two - and really, the only good one was the 1st (in my opinion).

Aug 8 - 04:44 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

No way will Final Destination 5 be #1 next week. It's a tired, worn out franchise that is about to die off with this installment. I just can't imagine there are many people out there that really have an interest in seeing it.

Aug 7 - 05:05 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Trust me, there will be a lot of idiots flocking to the theater to see FD5. I just know it'll get #1 even though I won't see it. I met the cast at San Diego Comic-Con and they're very nice, BTW.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Yeah that's what sucks. In the back of my mind I know that there will still be plenty of people that will go see that garbage. I can only pray that it does bad and the series can go away forever, just like Saw.

Aug 7 - 05:12 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Shit, I'll go watch it XD They're not good films by any means (well, the first one was pretty good), but all of them are hella fun, except the 4th which was forgettable. I'll smoke a joint, buy a large popcorn and enjoy the carnage in 3D. Well, ok, I lied... I'll watch it in 2D.

Aug 7 - 07:11 PM

Lenny M.

Lenny Monroe

I'm not gonna lie, I did see the last one for the much-hyped 3-D and even that felt so much of a gimmick that it made its story look like a Quentin Tarantino film. But there's nothing that makes me want to return for this one, even for a gimmick.




Also, what was the point of calling the 2009 movie "THE Final Destination" if they're gonna put out another one less than 2 years later? I guess in 2013 there'll be another one called "No Seriously This Time This Really Is The Final Destination"

Aug 7 - 06:38 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Because it was actually supposed to be THE final destination... but then it pulled very solid numbers and so it naturally continued, much in the same way that Fast & Furious was meant to be the last installment in that series, and it also did very well so now they're making a 6th and 7th one.

Aug 7 - 07:14 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

To be fair, the title "Final estination 2" is pretty retarded too. After all, final means FINAL. Heaven freaking forbid they use colons for the follow-ups. "Final Destination: Highway to Hell" & "Final Destination: Death Drop" or something else stupid-but-fitting.

Aug 8 - 04:48 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

*Destination

Aug 8 - 04:49 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Noah: 1 New Line: 0

Aug 8 - 05:58 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Catwoman pic: DUMB
Superman pic: INTERSTING

Aug 7 - 04:57 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

What he said. Anne Hathaway's costume just looks ridiculous (and I think I'm at this point starting to get a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach about TDKR...). But the new Superman pic is very intriguing, I really like the new look.

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Let's withhold judgement until it actually comes out. Maybe Nolan explains things in the film. After all, why would she be called cat woman if there wasn't anything "cat"-like about her?

Aug 7 - 05:25 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Well, the main thing keeping me optimistic is people's original reaction to Heath Ledger's Joker. Most of us thought he wasn't right for the role and looked terrible, and then before we knew it we had an Oscar-winning performance. So no matter how underwhelmed I might be by any images and trailers for TDKR, I'm going to try to trust that Nolan knows exactly what he's doing.

Aug 7 - 05:32 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

That's a very good point Superzone. I'm sure Hathaway will pull through. Let's just hope for the best.

Aug 8 - 02:31 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I have a feeling that Nolan will inject "realism" into Catwoman by making her a called that because she's a cat burglar. In that sense, he wouldn't be obligated to make her look like anything resembling a cat. I STILL say that the photo looks like she's chilling on her bike playing her Virtual Boy.

Aug 8 - 04:22 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

That's what I was thinking, but it wouldn't hurt for her to have some sort of cat-like icon on her outfit. Not any cat ears or anything but an emblem or something would be nice.

Aug 8 - 06:35 PM

Tyler S.

Tyler Schwab

Why are you assuming it's catwoman. Every time Anne's character has been mentioned, it's been Selina Kyle not Catwoman. I'm aware it's her alter ego... but who says she is wearing a Catwoman costume in the picture? When you critique the picture you have to remember that it's A) out of context and B) we know pretty much nothing about the plot.

Aug 7 - 07:43 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

That's actually a damned good point. Depressing as shit if it's correct, but nothing we can do about it.

Aug 8 - 04:32 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I agree that it is possible that is not her Catwoman attire, but Hathaway spilled the beans a few months back that Catwoman will be in the movie, and the costume designer for the movie confirmed it as well. And I am leaning towards this being her Catwoman attire, since it seams all of those production photos were taken from the same scene, and it looks to be a rather large action set-piece.

Aug 8 - 09:11 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

@Crunk, it could be some sort of test/prototype suit. As I recall we first saw Batman in a balaclava sans cape.

Aug 9 - 12:45 AM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Wow, that's way more then I was expecting. I would say this one will probably make more then the 2001 version, maybe even over 200. Not like this august is crowded with big event movies. I'm betting it will beat Final destination 5 at the box office next week. Not surprise by change-up doing low. The body swap comedy is tired and this one didn't seem special in any way. Seems kinda close to being a remake of Hall pass if you think about it.

Aug 7 - 05:00 PM

Spencer S.

Spencer Saunders

I'm seeing Apes later this week, I'm really excited. Very unexpected surprise with the reviews.

Aug 7 - 05:02 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and I'm glad it did well this weekend. It was the second pleasant surprise of the summer after X-Men: First Class. Both are proof that if the time and effort is put into it, a reboot or prequel can be a very, very good movie. And also, Andy Serkis should get an Oscar nomination for portraying Caesar. Seriously. Never have I seen a motion-captured character carry a movie as well as Serkis did with Caesar. Just an excellent performance.

Aug 7 - 05:02 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

It is funny you mention time and effort in relation to Apes and First Class, because both of them were very rushed productions, which makes it even more ironic they both turned out to be high quality movies. Apes was announced and started shooting within like a month at the end of last year, and Matthew Vaughn through out much of the original script for First Class after Inception released.

Aug 7 - 06:49 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

You are correct. I actually knew about the time constraints for both of those movies but didn't even think about that when I mentioned "time and effort". Well I guess there was just a hell of a lot of effort put into them then. That really just makes them both that much more amazing knowing that a team of people put them together with such little time.

Aug 7 - 09:27 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

No, as before I thing Apes will go back to back. The only reason the last one made so much money was that it was when 3-d was still new and it was marketed as the last one, neither of which are in the film's favor this time. I say it does around 20 million in second, and apes goes number 1 with 25 million, as long as word of mouth is good. I also don't see 30 minuets getting out of the low teens at the box-office.

Aug 7 - 05:04 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

This one is in 3D so it will make cash.

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

I thought all movies made cash.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Eric M.

Eric McInnis

Mars Needs Moms, Gulliver's Travels, Alpha and Omega, and many more were in 3d and were huge bombs in the United States

Aug 7 - 07:41 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I'm not convinced that 5 will be successful. When the 4th movie came out, people were still viewing 3D as "must see" events. That's why it did so well - even better than 3, if I'm remembering correctly (if not, please correct me). Since then, the audience has become jaded and 3D isn't tricking people out of their money anymore. I never saw the 4th because the 3rd didn't follow the logic of the first two - and really, the only good one was the 1st (in my opinion).

Aug 8 - 04:44 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

No way will Final Destination 5 be #1 next week. It's a tired, worn out franchise that is about to die off with this installment. I just can't imagine there are many people out there that really have an interest in seeing it.

Aug 7 - 05:05 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Trust me, there will be a lot of idiots flocking to the theater to see FD5. I just know it'll get #1 even though I won't see it. I met the cast at San Diego Comic-Con and they're very nice, BTW.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Yeah that's what sucks. In the back of my mind I know that there will still be plenty of people that will go see that garbage. I can only pray that it does bad and the series can go away forever, just like Saw.

Aug 7 - 05:12 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Shit, I'll go watch it XD They're not good films by any means (well, the first one was pretty good), but all of them are hella fun, except the 4th which was forgettable. I'll smoke a joint, buy a large popcorn and enjoy the carnage in 3D. Well, ok, I lied... I'll watch it in 2D.

Aug 7 - 07:11 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

This one is in 3D so it will make cash.

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

I thought all movies made cash.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Eric M.

Eric McInnis

Mars Needs Moms, Gulliver's Travels, Alpha and Omega, and many more were in 3d and were huge bombs in the United States

Aug 7 - 07:41 PM

Isaac

Isaac H

Glad Planet of the Apes did so well, but I didn't make it to the cinema this weekend. I'll be seeing that early this week, hopefully.
A bit disappoined Cowboys & Aliens suffered such a steep decline. I really enjoyed that and it didn't deserve such negative reviews. Really hoping The Smurfs starts to lose momentum in the weeks ahead. Pretty scary that America can fall victim to crap like that over pure entertainment like C&A.
Next weekend I'm expecting:
1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (25-30M)
2. 30 Minutes or Less (20-25M)
3. Final Destination 5 (20M)
and so on...

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

As much as I wanna agree with you - watch Final Destination 5 make 40 mil next week.

Aug 7 - 07:03 PM

Isaac

Isaac H

We've hit a pathetic age in horror cinema, haven't we?

Aug 7 - 10:45 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Not necessarily, Final Destination is a black comedy, it never pretended to be a horror.

Aug 8 - 01:23 AM

Isaac

Isaac H

Even disregarding that, what have we gotten for quality horror in the last few years? Paranormal Activity and Insidious were okay. Other than that a bunch of M. Night Shyamalan crap, Saw and a few cash-in remakes (Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Aug 8 - 09:25 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

Tell me about it, I pity the teens who think this shit is actually scary. The trailer for Final Destination 5 was so ridiculous it made me laugh out loud, there was a chick who literally fell from a building because HER HEEL BROKE

Aug 8 - 12:04 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

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Aug 8 - 01:27 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ugh, I hated Pan Activity! Nothing but a few doors slamming and a few noises... it was utter, utter garbage. The whole theatre that I was in was laughing at its ineptitude... my god, don't ever bring up that pos in a conversation about horror, dude! but apart from that, yeah, we haven't really had a good US horror since... well, The Thing, and it wasn't even scary so much as tense - the only movie that has ever legitimately scared me was the first Nightmare on Elm Street, and then it was only cos I first watched it when I was 6 and it left a mark. I still love it.

Aug 8 - 01:28 PM

Isaac

Isaac H

Forgot about Halloween (and the laughable Halloween 2) on my list of terrible recent horror remakes.
Also, Let Me In was one good US horror film, of course it was a remake of a Swedish one, though.

Aug 8 - 05:23 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Oh yeah.. I forgot about that one (again). It was a good movie, but completely unnecessary so inherently forgettable.

Aug 8 - 06:02 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

i agree with watcher that movie sucked

Aug 8 - 06:35 PM

Irukandji

Chris Skoufis

*Sobs* It's so true that it isn't even funny...... :(

Aug 8 - 10:54 AM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Don't jinx it Watcher.

Aug 8 - 02:32 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Hey, I know I'll be putting down my money to go see it. What can I say? I'm a sucker for Final Destination. All of them, except 4, have been hella fun.

Aug 8 - 06:03 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

What he said. Anne Hathaway's costume just looks ridiculous (and I think I'm at this point starting to get a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach about TDKR...). But the new Superman pic is very intriguing, I really like the new look.

Aug 7 - 05:07 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

They already snubbed him for Gollum. Let's see if they do it again...

Aug 7 - 05:08 PM

Robert H.

Robert Harris

I sure hope they dont. The acadamy needs to realize that with this new technoligy, more films are going to include actors that play CG characters, And they deserve to be recongnized.

Aug 7 - 06:18 PM

ChristophMiddle

Christoph M

The problem is that it's hard to know where his actual performance ends and where the animators' "performance" begins.

Aug 7 - 07:04 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

@ChristophMiddle: Well the thing is, the animators have to work with whatever the actor did with the motion capture. If the actor sucked, they can only do so much to improve it. It's not up to the animators to make a great performance with a CGI character, it's up to the actor. The animators just designed the character's look and put them in an environment Imagine if say Keanu Reeves (or any bad actor of your choosing) did the motion capture for Gollum in The Lord of the Rings instead of Serkis. The character would have looked the same for the most part, but the facial expressions, voice, personality, and emotions would have been entirely different, and bad, and the character would have been terrible. The actor makes the motion-captured character who they are, not the animators. And Serkis is probably the best there is.

Aug 7 - 09:44 PM

Alica L.

Alica Leo

I thought all movies made cash.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

Trust me, there will be a lot of idiots flocking to the theater to see FD5. I just know it'll get #1 even though I won't see it. I met the cast at San Diego Comic-Con and they're very nice, BTW.

Aug 7 - 05:09 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Yeah that's what sucks. In the back of my mind I know that there will still be plenty of people that will go see that garbage. I can only pray that it does bad and the series can go away forever, just like Saw.

Aug 7 - 05:12 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Shit, I'll go watch it XD They're not good films by any means (well, the first one was pretty good), but all of them are hella fun, except the 4th which was forgettable. I'll smoke a joint, buy a large popcorn and enjoy the carnage in 3D. Well, ok, I lied... I'll watch it in 2D.

Aug 7 - 07:11 PM

Superzone

Link O'Fett

Yeah that's what sucks. In the back of my mind I know that there will still be plenty of people that will go see that garbage. I can only pray that it does bad and the series can go away forever, just like Saw.

Aug 7 - 05:12 PM

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