Andy Fickman, the director of the box-office topping Race to Witch Mountain, has been tapped to direct an adaptation of graphic novel Monster Attack Network. The book itself sounds like something of a rollicking adventure tale and, by the sounds of this Variety piece on the news, the film will take a similar route.
It sounds okay but, from the looks of Race To Witch Mountain, I’m not sure Fickman will be able to deliver anything that both parents and children will enjoy together. Nothing wrong with that, just it doesn’t elicit a great deal of excitement for me.
So Race to Witch Mountain has outrun Watchmen to the finish post this week with the Rock-starring Disney reimagining putting up a pretty average $25m opening. Watchmen took a hair over $18m to finish in second, boosting its total to over $83m thus far, still a little disappointing for such a super-hyped, uber-promoted blockbuster, no matter the length or difficulty. The glossed-up remake of exploitation horror ‘classic’ Last House on the Left took only $14m with the only other new release, the awful-looking Miss March, wheezing to a $2m opening, not aided by dire reviews.
Other notables include another $6m for the Liam Neeson sleeper Taken and just over $5m for Slumdog Millionaire. Both of those are now looking at totals by the close of around $140/150m domestic.
Full table here.