It may be cloudy when all is said and done at the box office this weekend. The clouds will bring sunshine to many movie-goers, too.
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” sets it sights on a win as the box office should start ramping up a bit more now.
Plus, the fact that it is in way more theaters means there is a better chance for “Meatballs” than anything else. If one liked the first one, no doubt they will see this one. Sometimes it is too easy for a film to score. At the same time, animation lends itself to 3D more, perhaps.
As “Rush” expands, so does the buzz about Ron Howard’s film. However, one thing remains – – it is a race car movie. While it may be slick to look at, it may be a tough sell for the masses. Yes, NASCAR and Indy races are popular, but an entire movie on Formula One racing needs also to be something else. Can this one be the one that is both visually pleasing and has a story to back it up? Some are suggesting it is. Or that just may be Howard’s reputation fueling it. It stars Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde.
1. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” – 4,001 theaters
2. “Rush” – 2,297 theaters
3. “Don Jon” – 2,422 theaters
4. “Baggage Claim” – 1,800 theaters
5. “Metallica Through the Never” – 308 IMAX Exclusive
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson bring the charm to the screen in “Don Jon.” It is an adult-themed drama, laced with plenty of comedy, and it should appeal to the intended audience. By how much is yet to be seen, but Gordon-Levitt, who wrote and directed as well, is up to those tasks. Add in Johansson’s sure-fire sex appeal and this could surprise.
“Baggage Claim” may get left circling the turnstile. There is nothing wrong the cast, which includes Taye Diggs, Paula Patton and Djimon Hounsou, it is the everything else, including a plot line about a wedding. Just the mere mention of a wedding has many running for the exits. Or, never stepping foot near it in the first place. There are some exceptions, but those are rare.
After an IMAX exclusive “Wizard of Oz” comes “Metallica Through the Never.” It is not necessarily the ordinary concert film. It mixes concert footage wit ha narrative about roadie. The roadie embarks on a mission during a concert.
In other movie news, OWN has retained the rights to “Lee Damiels’ The Butler,” notes The Wrap. That should come as no surprise given OWN is Oprah Winfrey’s network. She stars in the film as well.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in a remake of “East of Eden.” And rumors are still flying about who will star in the sequel to “Independence Day.” One thing is certain is that the film will happen.