"Jones" Takes The Box Office

Paramount called in an estimated $25 million return for Thursday’s opening of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull putting it in the #3 position behind The Matrix Reloaded for top all-time Thursday returns as reported by The current #1 Thursday return is held by Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith.

Projected earnings for The Crystal Skull for this holiday weekend range from $140 million to 175 million in just over 4200 theaters. The first movie in the franchise Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark opened in just 1000 theaters and took in $8.3 million. The franchise as a whole grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide.

Philippe Dauman, CEO for Paramount’s parent company Viacom, said that the company was very excited about the movies reception so far.




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Walden Media’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian did more poorly at the box office than expected this weekend, missing its projected $56.6 million total by $1.6 million.

THR reports that Columbia Pictures is currently negotiating the rights for the SciFi classic Flash Gordon. Breck Eisner, son of Michael Eisner and director of the upcoming Creature From The Black Lagoon, would direct.

MGM heads revealed Saturday at Cannes that the 80’s cold war tale Red Dawn and the SciFi hit Robocop could be up for re-make.

According to /Film Spike Lee is set to direct a new documentary about the life and career of Michael Jordan. The film is being funded by the NBA and is set for 2009 release.

THR reports that Summit Entertainment will be remaking the 80’s cult hit Highlander. Peter Davis, one of the producers of the new project, said the new film will incorporate elements from the original film’s back-story to expand the story-line. The remake will be written by Iron Man’s Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.

Guillermo del Toro begins preproduction on The Hobbit after Hellboy II: The Golden Army hits theaters. Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) are currently in negotiation to reprise their roles.

The New York Times reports that Regal Entertainmet Group, the worlds largest theater operator, will equip more than 1000 screens to show 3D films.

/Film reports that Clint Eastwood himself has shot down rumors of a Dirty Harry sequel with this exchange between he and Angelina Jolie when asked about the rumors: “That is not correct,” said Eastwood. Angelina Jolie then quipped, “I am!” and Eastwood fired back with a laugh, “Yeah, Dirty Harriet, starring Tomb Raider.”


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Weekend Box Office Numbers For May 16th

Walden Media’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian debuted in the #1 spot this weekend taking in $56.5 million in its opening weekend. 

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man takes the #2 position taking in $31.2 million brining it’s total earnings to $222.5 million.

What Happens In Vegas took the #3 position with $13.8 million bringing it’s total to $40.3 million.

Speed Racer holds on tight to the # 4 position with $7.6 million but this is down almost 60% over last weeks numbers. Total earning are $29.8 million.

Rounding out the top ten are:

#5 Baby Mama $4.5 million

#6 Made Of Honor $4.5 million

#7 Forgetting Sarah Marshall $2.5 million

#8 Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo $1.8 million

#9 Forbidden Kingdom $1 million

#10 The Visitor $690,000