For the third weekend in a row, 'Gravity' dominated the box office, taking no prisoners in its quest to become one of 2013's most deserving blockbusters. However, its tremendous success has been at the expense of a handful of other films, which have been crushed in Alfonso Cuaron's titanic wake.
Early last year, we learned that the screenwriting team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were tasked with bringing 'Van Helsing' and 'The Mummy' back to the big screen for Universal Studios. And since then ... silence. But now Orci, while on the road promoting the upcoming film adaptation of 'Ender's Game' (on which he's a producer), spoke more about the projects. Turns out, it seems that what Universal is planning may be bigger than we thought.
Just when you thought Liam Neeson's late-career resurrection as a gruff 'n growling action hero may be ready for a break, the first 'Non-Stop' trailer shows up, proving that the man who once played Oskar Schindler has officially transformed into the closest thing the 21st century has to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not that we'll complain too much -- Neeson is pretty good at making preposterous action movies work and this one looks like another entertaining entry in the "Liam Neeson Kills Everyone" sub-genre.
Considering the massive box office success of 'Gravity' over the past two weeks, chances are strong that you've already seen director Alfonso Cuaron's stunning science fiction thriller. If so, the news of a companion short film that sheds light on one of the movie's most memorable scenes should have your attention.
Well, it's officially happening: 'Jurassic Park 4,' titled 'Jurassic World,' is really assembling a cast, and the latest name to get attached is young actor Nick Robinson, who starred in 2013's 'The Kings of Summer.' Details on his character are scarce, but to paraphrase the great Ian Malcolm, we're sure he will be involved in plenty of running and screaming.
Woody Allen has been hit and miss for the past decade or two, but between 'Midnight in Paris' and 'Blue Jasmine,' the legendary filmmaker seems to be hitting a new stride. So we have high hopes for hist latest production. We knew that it would star Emma Stone and Colin Firth, but now we know what it's going to be called. Drumroll, please ...
Despite a few new releases, this weekend was all about last week's champion. 'Gravity' held on to the number one spot with all of its might, showing that Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller may have some of the strongest legs of any major 2013 release.
When a movie is sold as being the next incredible cinematic experience that will change the way we watch movies, expectations are huge. Audiences may scoff. It could all backfire. But Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' lived up to the hype and audiences responded in kind, giving it the biggest opening ever for a non-sequel October release.
There's nothing like a family-friendly animated movie to help shake off the September doldrums and 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' performed as expected. Although Sony's big release effortlessly took the number one spot, this weekend had a few other bright spots, namely a handful of independent films doing quite well in more limited release.
September may traditionally be a wasteland of half-baked films unfit to open in a proper month, but the lack of competition can actually be a good thing. Could 'Prisoners,' a film made specifically for an adult audience, have opened as well as it did if it was released in a busier month? Probably not.
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