- Guess which one best represents Step Up 3-D's weekend? (Photo and art by Brandon Schaefer)
Well, not quite. But the disastrous debut of Step Up 3-D — it placed third, with just $15.5 million, due to the Baltimore curse — might make studios think twice before adding a third dimension to a fading franchise. (I'm looking at you, Pirates of the Caribbean.) Then again, thinking twice isn't Hollywood's strength; thinking once is hard enough! So expect more 3-D, and expect more "urban dance" movies — just not together.
This weekend's winners — because that's all we have in America, winners and losers — are Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, whose The Other Guys finally knocked Inception down a peg after three weeks on top (although the latter continues to dominate internationally). Salt, the laughable Angelina Jolie vehicle shot in D.C., sits in third as it pushes $100 million.
And now, because TBD never met a list it didn't want to publish:
1: The Other Guys, $35.6 ($35.6)
2: Inception, $18.6 ($227.7)
3: Step Up 3-D, $15.5 ($15.5)
4: Salt, $11.1 ($92.0)
5: Dinner for Schmucks, $10.5 ($46.8)
6: Despicable Me, $9.4 ($209.4)
7: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, $6.9 ($26.4)
8: Charlie St. Cloud, $4.7 ($23.5)
9: Toy Story 3, $3.0 ($396.3)
10: The Kids Are All Right, $2.6 ($14.0)
In other news, Jack Black will play a lovable murderer when he re-teams with Richard Linklater (The School of Rock, Dazed and Confused). Bong Joon-ho (The Host) and J.J. Abrams might also get together. Spielberg chose piglets over Clintons. My former classmate, James Franco, goes spelunking for Danny Boyle. Something awesome, and something unbearable, might make the jump from TV to film. Michael Cera almost died. Teenagers still heart The Twilight Saga. Spike Lee knows there's oil down there. And those nine extra minutes in the Avatar re-release will, in fact, include more man-on-Na'vi action.
Some news you might actually care about: Vincent Cassel, l'acteur badass, says he'll be in the Eastern Promises sequel, but you won't have to wait until then to see him shank someone. He plays French gangster Jacques Mesrine in Mesrine: Killer Instinct (trailer below), which opens Aug. 27. (By referencing the film here, I'm hoping my editors let me slip out of the office for Friday afternoon's press screening.)
More than anything, though, the weekend chatter concerned the trailer for rape revenge flick I Spit on Your Grave. I would rather point you towards something kinder, like Mike Sragow's remembrance of actress Patricia Neal, who died yesterday after an impressively varied career. Oh, and check out more Kubrick posters that should have been, courtesy of fellow Masshole Brandon Schaefer. That impotent atomic bomb is a stroke of genius. Pun intended.