And here comes The Hunger Games, off the top rope with the elbow from the sky! The sci-fi adaptation showed ’em how it’s done this weekend by taking a massive $155 million in the US in it’s opening three days to beat even the top end estimates made by the pundits (including me) last week. Bear in mind that’s only an estimated figure thus far so it may even go up by a mil or two when the official figures come in. This movie really justified its appearance near the very top of our Most Anticipated survey revealed last week. Unofficially in the UK The Hunger Games (easily) took the number one spot with a tally of £4.75 million. We’ll have updates on the UK later in the week but the worldwide box office tally pushed north of $200million (as predicted) and now stands at an impressive $214 million! With the word of mouth on this spreading like wildfire The Hunger Games looks like it’s going to have some very long legs indeed…..
Hoping to replicate some of that success this week we have two big new openers. The first is the sequel Wrath of the Titans. Clash didn’t fare so well with the critics, and the marketing came in for a little stick, but it took nearly half a billion dollars at the box office so an all-action sequel was always on the cards. Personally, I can never get enough of these Gods and Monsters epics; it’s real escapism for a couple of hours. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes add some gravity to Sam Worthington’s star power and they are ably backed up by two growing British stars, the lovely Gemma Arterton and the criminally underrated Toby Kebbell. Wrath will be looking to splash big this week and take away some of the shine from the The Hunger Games so, as they say, Titans Will Clash. See where Wrath came in our Most Anticipated survey.
For those that didn’t manage to get a ticket to our exclusive Show Film First pre-release showing yesterday, the other title making a big play in the market is Aardman’s The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. Aardman make some great and funny movies that seem to please all ages alike and Pirates is no exception. On this occasion the film’s on-screen success is in large part due to the lead voice talents of Hugh Grant. Hugh’s become a bit media shy of late (for obvious reasons) which is a shame because when he’s in front of the media talking about himself or out promoting a film he is hilariously self-deprecating and invariably seems like great fun. Check out the clip below of him on a recent chat show when he was promoting Pirates and ask yourself: who wouldn’t want to see this guy lead you through a throughly nonsensical 90 minutes? On the back of the Hugh alone I’m making this my Tip of the Week but, fortunately, it’s actually a great film too!
I’m old enough to remember the urban dance movies from the first time around the block in the early 80s. There was Krush Groove, Beat Street, Breakdance and the imaginatively titled Breakdance 2: Electric Boogaloo. While the plots haven’t changed that much today’s urban dance movies are far more spectacular, innovative and entertaining. And so it is with British sequel, Streetdance 2. No-one expects any award winning acting but with shows like Got to Dance and BGT bringing street dancing to the masses in the UK films like this showcase just how far some of these kids can go. How they’re physically capable of doing some of the things they do is beyond me! Check out the trailer and the behind the scenes feature below:
Bonsai (15) – Spanish language love story about a young writer who uses his skills to try and woo a woman.
Breaking Wind – A spoof of the Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn
Corpo Celeste (U) – Italian language tale of a young boy who struggles to adjust to returning to rural Italy after growing up in Switzerland.
The Emperor and the White Snake (12A) – Chinese language all-action fantasy starring Jet Li about a fabled centuries old magical white snake (not the band) who is discovered disguised as a beautiful woman.
Into The Abyss (12A) – Critically acclaimed Werner Herzog documentary about life on death row in the United States.
Switch – French crime comedy caper starring former Manchester United football legend, and all around Daddy, Eric Cantona.
Tiny Furniture (15) – Critically acclaimed indie about a recent college graduate with a worthless degree trying to find her feet in the big bad world.
This Is Not a Film (U) – Iranian documentary about the perils of filmmaking and freedom of speech inside Iran.