Rentrak Corp. has released it’s weekly estimates and three movies with preternatural themes earned big at the box office this weekend.
For the second week in a row, Transformers: Dark of the Moon remains Number 1 at the box office this weekend. Earning another approximately $47 million dollars for Paramount, the third instalment of the Transformers franchise brings back the Autobots and their bid to save Earth from the Decepticons. Reprising their roles are Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeof), Lennox (Josh Duhamel), Epps (Tyrese Gibson) and Simmons (John Turturro who is currently in pre-production as Hades in Gods Behaving Badly), to name a few. Dylan (Patrick Dempsey or Robert Phillip from Enchanted), joins the cast as does newcomer and former member of the British Embassy, Carly Spencer (Rosie Huntington-Whitely in her film debut) and Bruce Brazos (preternatural icon John Malkovich who sat down with Artisan News Service to discuss the experience).
Directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, this is the first Transformers film to be offered in 3D. In this instalment, we are taken back to 1961 when President John F. Kennedy makes his promise to the nation to put a man on the moon. Little did the nation know, the reason behind such a promise was because of a report of a crash on the moon. The 1969 NASA moon landing was actually an investigation of the wrecked spacecraft. We are then fast-forward to 2011 where we see Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeof) through his desperate attempt to navigate adulthood and we learn that he is no longer with Mikaela, but is now living with his new girlfriend, Carly (Huntington-Whitely). The Autobots, however, learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and are forced into a race against the Decepticons to find it and learn its secrets.
Produced by Steven Spielberg and written and directed by J.J. Abrams, Super 8 slipped to the Number 7 spot (from Number 4 last weekend), bringing Paramount another estimated $4.8 million this weekend. A group of young friends– Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning-Dakota Fanning’s younger sibling), Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), Cary (Ryan Lee), Preston (Zach Mills), Charles (Riley Griffiths) and Martin (Gabriel Basso) witness a train wreck and begin to investigate strange happenings in their small town.
Protectors of peace and justice, the Green Lantern Corps, a brotherhood of warriors who are sworn to keep intergalactic order; each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him super powers. When a new enemy, called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, the fate of the Green Lanterns and Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), the first human ever selected. Green Lanterns have little respect for humans but they soon realize that Hal is a missing piece to the puzzle. Along with Hal’s determination and willpower, he has one thing that no other member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. If Hal can master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may become the greatest Green Lantern of all.
Overall, it was a good weekend at the box office for these three films. Now the countdown begins for many with the upcoming release of the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on Friday, July 15, 2011. This instalment marks the bittersweet ending of Harry Potter’s story. Check back next weekend to see how the movie fared at the box office, as well as our review.
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