17 Again has managed to top the US box office over the weekend, racking up a total of $24m as Zac Efron carried his HSM box-office power over into the adult world.
It’s opening is small but it still managed to trounce the next closest film, the Russell Crowe-Ben Affleck thriller State of Play. That only managed $14m despite relatively decent reviews.
Monsters vs Aliens remained resilient in third place, taking $12.9m and pumping its total gross to $162m. That contrasted to the relative lack of resilience from last week’s number one, Hannah Montana: The Movie, which dropped off 60 per cent to take $12.6m, and Fast & Furious dropping of further to $12.2m.
Crank: High Voltage must be considered a disappointment, given the absolute genius of the first film, taking only $6.5m to take up sixth place.
Rachel Getting Married star Rosemarie DeWitt has joined the cast of Company Men, the John Wells movie starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner. Chris Cooper is also in talks.
Noah Baumbach has begun shooting a new film, starring Ben Stiller, about a man who house-sits for his brother.
Night of the Creeps is finally coming to DVD.
Edward Furlong has signed up for the new Uwe Boll project about aid workers in Darfur. Seriously.
Alex Billington at First Showing has some thoughts on the new Woody Allen movie.
Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones have joined the long-attached Ben Affleck in The Company Men, to be directed by John Wells.
The story, also written by Wells, follows Affleck’s high-flying stockbroker who loses everything and ends up taking a construction job arranged by his brother, Costner. Tommy Lee Jones will play a principled senior partner in the firm Affleck worked for who struggles with the immoral and ethically-dubious actions of his fellow board members.
Sounds very topical and hot-button, but it seems to me as though the films which will succeed in the downturn are not the ones explicitly about the financial systems and corporate greed. Those films are more likely to be misinterpreted in the same way Wall Street so famously was. The films which will be popular will be those celebrating the beauty of the smaller, freer things in life, hence the astonishing success of Slumdog Millionaire which, although a film in which the lead character is competing for millions of rupees, is essentially a story about love conquering all. Films which concern themselves overtly with corporate ethical issues are likely to fail, partly because nearly nothing they make up could possibly match the AIGs and Lehmans of the world.