Knowing, the new Nicolas Cage film, a genre in itself these days, reigned supreme at the US box-office over the weekend, racking up an impressive $24.8m over the three days. This was enough to knock I Love You, Man into second, taking a slightly disappointing $18m with Duplicity, the return of Julia Roberts (although she kind of returned with Charlie Wilson’s War a little way back), was another disappointment, taking only $14.4m despite relatively good reviews. This has prompted a few commentators to question the bankability of Roberts in the modern day.
Outside of that, Race to Witch Mountain slightly under half in its second week to $13m with Watchmen propping up the top five with $6.7m. It means the total gross of the latter currently remains under $100m for its domestic take.
Amid further news from Clive Owen in the past week on the sequel to Inside Man, Spike Lee is turning his hand back over to documentaries with a film about LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant. The film, called Kobe Doin’ Work, is reportedly going to be shot in a similar style to the excellent, Mogwai-scored Zidane from a few years back which used a number of different cameras to film French maestro Zinedine Zidane during a game later in his career playing for Real Madrid.
Kind of an interesting project for Lee on two levels. First, his last documentary, When the Levees Broke, was a masterpiece, although the kind of prosletysing his work occasionally becomes did work amid the righteous indignation of that situation, and might not outside of it. Second, Lee is a notoriously huge fan of the New York Knicks and therefore must have a major love for Kobe’s game to make a movie about a player from the enemy on the opposite coast.