The people behind The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones must have thought they had a major hit on their hands. While it’s common for sequels to be put into development before the first movie is released (in Hollywood terms, paying a screenwriter for a first draft of a script is comparatively cheap), but in this case they’d already started casting the likes of Sigourney Weaver in City Of Ashes. However when City Of Bones only grossed $90 million around the world, the likelihood of adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s other books seemed far less likely. [Read more…]
While One Direction’s 3D documentary, This Is Us, topped the three-day weekend, when estimates for the Labor Day holiday were added in, The Butler held off the boy band onslaught to take the top spot on the US box office chart with $20 million.
This Is Us took the second spot with $18 million. That’s below the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, but ahead of flops from Katy Perry and the Jonas Brothers. And seeing as it only cost $10 million to make it should be very profitable.
However the big story was the film at number 5, Instructions Not Included. Few mainstream film analysts had even heard of the movie, largely because it was only opening on 347 screens. However its 10 million four-day take ended up being the biggest opening ever for a Spanish-language movie. While movies for Hispanic audiences have been growing in popularity, this one blew all previous efforts out of the water.
The final new entry was the Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez movie Getaway, which just snuck into the top 10 with a less than impressive $5.5 million.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of August 30th to September 2nd.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||Lee Daniels’ The Butler||$20.0||$79.2|
|2||One Direction: This Is Us||$18.0||$18.0|
|3||We’re The Millers||$15.9||$112.8|
|5||Instructions Not Included||$10.0||$10.0|
|7||The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones||$6.8||$24.2|
|8||The World’s End||$6.0||$17.5|
|9||Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters||$6.0||$56.5|
Despite what many had thought would be some strong competition, in the end The Butler topped the US box office for a second week with $17 million, with We’re The Millers coming second once more with $13.5 million.
That was enough to beat newcomer The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which despite suggestion early on its marketing that it was on track to be the new Twilight (and resulted in a sequel already being in the works), took $9.3 million over the weekend and $14 million since it opened last Wednesday. As young adult adaptations tend to be quite front loaded and then drop off, it doesn’t suggest this will become a hit in the long run (and certainly doesn’t bode well for the sequel).
The World’s End came in at number 4 on its US debut with $8.94 million. That’s more than either Hot Fuzz or Shaun Of The Dead, although those film got more limited releases. It’s not too bad though, especially as few expected it to do that brilliantly in America.
The horror film You’re Next took seventh spot on the chart with $7 million. It’s one of the weakest starts of the year for a nationwide horror release, but as it cost little to make, it’ll probably still end up turning a profit.
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine expanded onto more screens in its fifth weekend at cinemas and made its first appearance in the top 10 with $4.3 million. It continues Allen’s run of decent earners after years when his movies barely made a cent.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for weekend of August 23rd-25th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||Lee Daniels’ The Butler||$17.0||$52.2|
|2||We’re The Millers||$13.5||$91.7|
|3||The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones||$9.3||$14.0|
|4||The World’s End||$8.9||$8.9|
|8||Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters||$5.2||$48.3|
You don’t often get gay character in major mainstream movies, except perhaps playing the fool in romantic comedies. However, after the very straight worlds of Twilight and The Hunger Games, the upcoming The Mortal Instuments: City Of Bones is shaking things up in the young adult world with the inclusion of the gay Alec Lightwood, played by 28-year-old Kevin Zegers.
Now the recently married actor has been talking to Bello, via E!, about the role and his attitude towards gay characters in major movies like this. “The thing that I didn’t want was for him to be some generic, prototypical character, what people would expect from the gay character,” Zegers said. “For me, it was about creating a character whose sexuality didn’t matter…I actually don’t think it’s that big of a fucking issue anymore. Certainly not with me, and especially not with the generation that read this book. So it wasn’t something that we really focused on.
“But one thing I was aware of was the fact that there haven’t been many great examples of a really strong gay character, one of the leads in a really big movie who happens to be gay and who’s also kind of a bad-ass.”
The movie is about Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who thinks she is an ordinary teenager until she discovers that she’s part of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors – the Shadowhunters – who are tasked with protecting humanity in an ancient battle against demonic forces.
When Clary’s mother is kidnapped, she discovers a secret connection to fellow Shadowhunter Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and that beneath surface of the city exists another world…one she unknowingly belongs to. As both Clary and best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) are drawn into this dark and dangerous world, Clary realises Jace is both the key to uncovering her past and protecting her future.
Assuming the movie follows Cassandra Clare’s books, Alec is another Shadowhunter. He starts out being in denial (at least publicly) about his sexuality, which makes him rather angry. He’s initially attracted to Jace, but later in the series, when he realises his feelings will never be returned, he starts to date and falls in love with Magnus Bane, a warlock who is immortal and 800 years old.
We also have to say, Zegers is looking good on the Bello cover! [Read more…]
With many young adult novel adaptations failing at the box office, you’d have thought the backers of The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones might be hedging their bets on whether a second instalment will ever be made. However they must be pretty confident as they’re already casting City Of Ashes.
THR reports that Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to star in the film.
The movies are based on Cassandra Clare’s novels, which follow a young woman named Clary Fray (Lily Collins) who learns that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, a group that tracks down and kills demons, vampires, faeries, and other mystical creatures.
Sigourney Weaver is in talks to portray the leader of these Shadowhunters, who is on a personal mission to find the man who killed her son. Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Aidan Turner are all expected to reprise their roles in the sequel, along with most of the rest of the cast.
However all these sequel plans do rely on City Of Bones being a success when it’s released towards the end of August.
There’s a lot of money in the teen fantasy genre, but also big losses if you can catch the attention of that fickle market. One of those hoping to lure in the Twilight and Hunger Games crowds is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which reaches cinemas in August. Now a new trailer has arrived to tempt us.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Clary Fray (Lily Collins) thought she was an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn until one night in a downtown nightclub she encounters the mysterious, charismatic Jace. Upon witnessing Jace hunt down and kill a demon in the crowded club, Clary begins to wonder if she is that ordinary after all. Especially as she appears to be the only one who can see him…
‘Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) is a Shadowhunter. Part of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors, he is tasked with protecting humanity in an ancient battle against demonic forces. This battle has been fought secretly in our midst for centuries, but the stakes have just been raised.
‘When Clary’s mother is viciously attacked and taken from their home, she discovers her connections to Jace run deeper than she could ever have imagined and beneath surface of the city exists another world…one she unknowingly belongs to. As both Clary and best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) are drawn into this dark and dangerous world, Clary realises Jace is both the key to uncovering her past and protecting her future.
‘Based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is directed by Harold Zwart and also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Headey.’
Twilight and The Hunger Games have been licenses to print cash, but as the likes of Beautiful Creatures and The Host have shown, the young adult fantasy market is very fickle – there’s no middle ground, it either breaks the bank or flops badly. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will certainly be hoping for the former on it August release. Now we have a new trailer to see if it looks like it’ll be worth a look.
Here’s the synopsis for Cassandra Clare’s novel: ‘In the series’ first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.’
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers and more star, with Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) directing. You can also see a couple of new character posters below.
The cast of The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is certainly coming together, with Lily Collins up for the lead role, while Lena Headey, Kevin Zegers, Jamie Campbell Bowers, Kevin Durand, Robert Sheehan and many others also attached. Now THR reports that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks for the movie.
The movie, based on Cassandra Clare’s young adult fantasy novel, is about Clary Fray (Collins), a young woman living in New York City who discovers she comes from a long line of demon hunters. Rhys Meyers is in talks to play the key role of Valentine Morgenstern, a “powerful but insane” Shadowhunter who’s known to have extremist views.
Shooting will start later this month, with Karate Kid’s Harald Zwart directing.
Transamerica and It’s A Boy Girl Thing star Kevin Zegers has joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for director Harald Zwart, based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult novel. And even better, the hot young star is set to play gay in the film. The news hasn’t been officially announced yet, but Just Jared says Zegers has the role.
The movie is about Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a young woman living in New York City who discovers she comes from a long line of demon hunters. Zegers is set to play Alec Lightwood, the gay brother of Jemima West’s Isabelle. He despises Clary since he is in love with Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), but Jace has feelings for Clary. Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lena Headey, Jared Harris and Robert Sheehan also star.
Filming is set to begin August 20th in Toronto.
The fantasy adaptation The Mortal Instruments, now titled The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to make it more franchise friendly, has added Lena Headey, Jared Harris, and newcomer Godfrey Gao to its growing cast, according to Deadline.
The adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novel series is about Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a young woman living in New York City who learns she is a descendant of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
Lena Headey is playing Jocelyn Fray, Jared Harris portrays Hodge Starkweather, and Godfrey Gao has signed on to play Magnus Bane. Others already cast include Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West, Robert Sheehan, Robert Maillet, and Kevin Durand.
The Mortal Instruments is a series of six young adult fantasy books, so there’s plenty of room for a franchise if the first movie works out. Principal photography will begin August 20, 2012 in Toronto, with Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) directing.