News Briefs

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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The New York Times



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