Box Office: G.I. JOE exceeds, THE HOST fails!

Box Office Mojo’s prediction was right on the money this weekend: sequel G.I. JOE: RETALIATION became the first action blockbuster of 2013 and THE HOST failed to make any real impact. Here are the exact numbers:

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation $41.2M
2. The Croods $26.5M
3. Tyler Perry’s Temptation $22.3M
4. Olympus Has Fallen $14M
5. Oz the Great & Powerful $11.6M
6. The Host $11M
7. The Call $4.8M
8. Admission $3.2M

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION actually scored the second highest Easter opening of all time, just behind CLASH OF THE TITANS in 2010. No word on how the poor performance of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s newest adaptation will affect the remainder of the books in the “Host” series.

First trailer for 2 GUNS with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg!

Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and a few new images for director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (CONTRABAND) actioner 2 GUNS. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong:

I’m happy to see that the pic doesn’t take itself too seriously, as there’s a nice sense of humor blended in with the more action-geared aspects of the story. Washington and Wahlberg have some very promising chemistry, and 2 GUNS looks like it could be a nice breath of fresh air in a sea of gritty, dark, and unrelenting action films that populate the marketplace. Also, Bill Paxton as the villain? Yes please.

2 GUNS also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.

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Matthew McConaughey offered lead in Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR!

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Alright, finally some more news about my favorite director Christoper Nolan’s (THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION) next film, INTERSTELLAR. The science fiction movie is reportedly about “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest borders of our scientific understanding” (mixed with theoretical bits from MIT scientist Kip Thorne and creative bits from Nolan himself). So who’s going to be doing all that journeying? Matthew McConaughey just might.

McConaughey has been impressing film audiences with his choices of roles, from MAGIC MIKE to KILLER JOE, he’s been on a creative roll. It makes sense that he would take this job and get in the coveted Nolan Club. He’s a great option for the role, considering his newly invigorated acting prowess and he does a great job at bringing in the female moviegoers (don’t deny it, ladies!). Expect this to go 100% official soon!

INTERSTELLAR hits IMAX and standard theaters November 7, 2014!

McQueen’s TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE coming December 27, 2013!

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Looks like the tables are being set for Oscar Season 2014! Steven McQueen’s (THE DEBT, HUNGER) newest film TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE is coming to theaters on December 27, 2013 running against other Oscar contender GRACE OF MONACO starring Nicole Kidman. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery.

The film has lined up one of the best casts in recent memory. In addition to Ejifor, the film also stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Paul Giamatti and Benedict Cumberbatch. Wow. This film is going to be pretty gripping, dramatic, and overall spectacular.

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE lands December 27, 2013.

Source: Collider

Box Office: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION to soar, THE HOST to sink?

Box Office Mojo has some interesting predictions for this Easter weekend in the wake of two major March releases. Take a look below:

Forecast (March 29-31)
1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – $37.3 million ($48.4 million four-day)
2. The Croods – $27.1 million
3. Temptation – $18.1 million
4. Olympus Has Fallen – $17.9 million
5. The Host – $14.4 million
6. Oz – $11.9 million

Now I agree that G.I. JOE will take the weekend (despite some bad reviews) but I think THE HOST will do much better than predicted. The TWILIGHT crowd will most likely show up and blow this prediction out of the water. Last weekend’s releases (THE CROODS, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) will still perform highly, but my prediction is that THE HOST will easily bust $20 million this weekend.

On Sunday, we will find out who’s right. Check back in for the final numbers.