Alex Kurtzman is best known for writing (alongside Roberto Orci) Mission: Impossible III, the Transformers movies, Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens. You might expect then that for his first directorial outing he’d go for something bombastic and action-packed, but instead he’s dusted off an old screenplay he wrote with Orci and Jody Lambert, which is far more character drama than action spectacular. [Read more…]
It was a good weekend for R-rated movies at the US box office, with both Ted and Magic Mike beating out predictions with great opening weekend numbers. Seth MacFarlane’s feature film directorial debut, Ted, came out on top with a superb $54.1 million, the highest number ever for an original R-rated comedy (although behind The Hangover II and Sex And the City if you count established comedy franchises). People obviously liked the idea of a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear.
Magic Mike had to settle for second spot, but a $39 million debut is still impressive, especially considering it only cost about $7 million to make. It certainly seems there were a lot of people waiting for the male stripper film, as it made almost half its weekend money on Friday.
There were a couple other new entries in the top 10, with Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection coming fourth with a decent $26.3 million. That’s lower than the last couple of Madea movies, but still a very strong take on a busy weekend and proves Perry is still a force to be reckoned with, especially amongst African-American audiences. The Chris Pine starrer People Like Us, which was the week’s only real underperformer, taking $4.3 million to place 10th on the chart.
Take a look below for the box office top 10 for the weekend of June 29th-July 1st.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|4||Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection||$26.3||$26.3|
|5||Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted||$11.8||$180.0|
|6||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||$6.0||$29.0|
|9||Snow White And The Huntsman||$4.4||$145.5|
|10||People Like Us||$4.3||$4.3|
Alex Kurtzman made his name co-writing and producing the likes of the Transformers movies, Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens, but for his directorial he’s going to something a tad smaller and more personal, but still with a high-powered cast including Chris Pine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Banks. Inspired by true events, Chris Pine plays Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister, Frankie, whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family – and re-examine his own life choices in the process. A US release is set for June, but no UK release has been announced yet.