Weekend Box Office – THE HELP On Top For Third Week. THE DEBT Strongest of Weak Labor Day Releases

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We have arrived at the official end of summer: Labor Day weekend.  Never a blockbuster in terms of grosses, this year’s late summer crop of movies – two horror titles and a thriller – appears weaker than usual.  In fact, it looks like it will take four days for the newcomers to earn what last year’s Labor Day releases made in only three.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Help $14,200,000 $118.6
2 The Debt $9,670,000 $11.6
3 Apollo 18 $8,700,000 $10.7
4 Shark Night 3D $8,640,000 $10.5
5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $7,800,000 $160
6 Colombiana $7,400,000 $21.9
7 Our Idiot Brother $5,180,000 $15.4
8 Don’t be Afraid of the Dark $4,940,000 $16.3
9 Spy Kids 4 $4,630,000 $29
10 The Smurfs $4,000,000 $131.9

Friday Box Office – Weak New Releases Help THE HELP To A Third Straight Win

by     Posted 3 years, 49 days ago

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Last weekend the crop of late-summer newbies had that East Coast hurricane to blame for their less than stellar starts.  Too bad there’s no natural disaster to blame this time around.  Another lackluster crop of debuts means that the summer ‘sleeper’ hit The Help will remain in first place for the third weekend in a row.  Of Friday’s three new titles, Relativity’s Shark Night 3D and Dimension/TWC’s Apollo 18 each earned an estimated $2.8 million.  Because Apollo has the bigger screen count, it is expected to pull ahead by Monday – all the way ahead to a four-day total of $11 million!  Focus Features’ The Debt debuted on Wednesday, earning $970,000 from its 1,826 locations.  With an estimated $2.6 million, The Debt was fourth on Friday and is expected to bring in $8 million by Monday.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1 The Help $3,634,000 $108
2 Shark Night 3D $2,800,000 $2.8
3 Apollo 18 $2,700,000 $2.8
4 The Debt $2,600,000 $4.5
5 Colombiana $2,000,000 $16.5

APOLLO 18 Review

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I don’t like found footage movies. With the exception of the [REC] franchise, Man Bites Dog, and perhaps Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer I cannot think of any that really worked for me. They most often begin with 20-25 minutes of filler, ‘developing’ the annoying protagonists who betray the set-up by making increasingly poor decisions that no real human being would ever make. It’s terrible. And then the money shot is what? A door opening slightly? Please.

Apollo 18 immediately differentiates itself from the current crop by launched into space less than five minutes into the first reel. And then kept going, building an intriguing and unique plot through the rest of its’ running time.  Hit the jump for the full review.

Third Trailer for APOLLO 18

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Yet another trailer for director Gonzalo López-Gallego’s found-footage horror film Apollo 18 has hit the interwebs. As you may know by now, Apollo 18 makes use of “archived footage” to prove not only that the United States returned to the moon after its last official launch in 1972, but also that the unofficial Apollo 18 mission is the reason we never went back.

Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produced the film and even though I’m currently suffering from “found-footage fatigue,” I’ll admit that this third trailer makes things look a touch more insidious and interesting as a result. Check out the new trailer after the jump. Click here for the previous trailer and click here for the teaser trailer. Apollo 18 opens on September 2nd.

New Posters for APOLLO 18 and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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New posters for sci-fi/thrillers Apollo 18 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes have landed online. For those unaware, director Gonzalo López-Gallego’s Apollo 18 is a found-footage pic set in space which posits that 1972′s Apollo 17 mission was America’s last “official” manned moon trip. According to the new sheet, the film will help explain why the nation stopped visiting the moon (I’m assuming that it has nothing to do with the fact that the climate sucks and there isn’t HBO).

As for Rise, director Rupert Wyatt’s prequel stars James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, and John Lithgow. Aside from featuring an ape creepily peering over Franco’s shoulder, the international sheet on display here does a nice job of explaining why animals can’t have nice things. Check out each of the new posters after the jump. Apollo 18 opens on September 2nd with Rise hitting theaters this weekend (August 5th).

New Trailer for APOLLO 18

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The theatrical trailer for the found-footage thriller Apollo 18 has been released. It’s pretty much Paranormal Activity in space, as it uses the same stationary/hand-held camera set-up and the scares consist of shadows and people being thrashed around by invisible entities. Seriously, the similarities between this film and Paranormal Activity border on carbon copy. That being said, if the found-footage genre is your thing, then this is probably right up your alley.

Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), the story revolves around archived footage that reveals the U.S. launched one last secret mission to the moon before the Apollo program was terminated. As expected, the American astronauts encounter much more than moon rocks. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Apollo 18 opens September 2nd.

New Release Dates for FINAL DESTINATION 5 and APOLLO 18

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A couple of upcoming horror films have landed new release dates.  First up, Final Destination 5 has moved from its uncontested date of August 26th to August 12th.  Now the film will have to fight off the R-rated comedy 30 Minutes or Less, the period drama The Help, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

Taking up residence at FD5‘s old date is the found-footage horror flick Apollo 18.  The film was set to come out this past March, then was moved to April, and then it got kicked all the way to January 6, 2012.  Now it’s moved up to August 26th where it’s only competition will be fellow Weinstein Company film Our Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd.  Hit the jump for synopses for Final Destination 5 and Apollo 18. [Box Office Mojo]

Release Dates for OUR IDIOT BROTHER, I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, APOLLO 18, and PIRANHA 3DD

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The Weinstein Company has announced release dates for four of their upcoming films.  Deadline reports that  Our Idiot Brother (formerly My Idiot Brother—I guess “our” tested better with focus groups) is set for August 26th.  The adaptation of Allison Pearson’s novel I Don’t Know How She Does It will replace Piranha 3DD on September 16th, and Piranha 3DD is swimming to Thanksgiving week with a November 23rd where the marketing writes itself.  Finally, the biggest release date shift is Apollo 18.  The found-footage sci-fi thriller was set to have a lightning-fast turn around and hit theaters earlier this month.  That obviously didn’t happen and TWC shifted the date to April 22nd.  Now TWC has rescheduled the film all the way back to January 6, 2012.  Ouch.

Hit the jump for a synopsis on each film and what they’ll be going up against on their new release dates.

New Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller APOLLO 18

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“There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.” And it has nothing to do with budget cuts or space radiation. In a trailer just released for Apollo 18, we get a glimpse of what made NASA cover up their 18th voyage to the moon. Recently discovered footage from Russian film archives suggests that America did in fact visit the moon one last time, and our astronauts found more than they bargained for.

Apollo 18 is a documentary-style, “found-footage” sci-fi thriller produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Michele Wolkoff, president of development for Bekmambetov Projects, Ltd. From the Dimension Films studio, Apollo 18 is directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (El Rey De La Montana) from a screenplay written by Brian Miller and is financed by the Weinstein Company. Apollo 18 releases April 22nd 2011.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

First Poster for APOLLO 18

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The Weinstein Co. has revealed the first poster for their upcoming sci-fi film, Apollo 18.  The film will use the “found footage” angle made popular again recently by films such as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity to tell the “real story” of Nasa’s 18th Apollo mission, where astronauts were shocked to discover extraterrestrial life.  The film will be produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and will mark the English-language directorial debut of Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, who previously directed the excellent Spanish film El Rey De La Montana (King of the Hill).  Apollo 18 is set to be released on March 4, 2011. You can hit the jump to check out the poster and you can check out the official website here.  Make sure your speakers are on.

Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego Replaces Trevor Cawood on APOLLO 18

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Spanish-language director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego has stepped in to replace Trevor Cawood at the helm of the “found footage” sci-fi flick Apollo 18.  As we previously reported, the film, produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), centers on the “What if?” scenario of NASA launching an 18th Apollo mission and that mission, covered-up until now, discovered extraterrestrial life.  According to Heat Vision, “the majority of the story takes place in the rocket in between the Earth and the Moon.”

The Weinstein Company, who picked up the project earlier this month, is racing to get the film shot and into theaters by early March so that it will beat Area 51, another “found footage” sci-fi film directed by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). Heat Vision reports that the pace was too fast for Cawood, who worked on the special effects for the The Matrix sequels and was set to make his feature directing debut on Apollo 18.  Lopez-Gallego, who previously helmed the award-winning King of the Hill, will make his English-language debut with the film.

Warner Bros. Shelves “Found Footage” Sci-Fi DARK MOON, but Dark Castle May Pick It Up

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Warner Bros. has put Olatunde Osunsanmi’s “found footage” sci-fi drama Dark Moon into turnaround, and it may find a new home at Dark Castle.  For those who don’t know, the “found footage” sub-genre is where a film purports to compiled from found footage, like Cloverfield or Paranormal Activity.  Warner Bros. picked up Dark Moon in mid-October, but Heat Vision reports that the studio balked when they learned that The Weinstein Company had picked up a similar project, Apollo 18.  Both movies use the “found footage” conceit and share the premise that NASA didn’t stop sending men into space after the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

While Warners is now no longer interested, the folks over at Dark Castle liked the script and are currently in negotiations to pick up the film.  Shooting on Dark Moon is set to begin this winter.

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Timur Bekmambetov- Produced APOLLO 18 for March 4, 2011 Release

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On top of producing The New Regency thriller The Darkest Hour and directing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox, it’s now been announced that the Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov has quietly been the creative mind behind a new thriller, Apollo 18. Deadline reports the Weinstein Company have agreed to fully finance the picture.

But what is Apollo 18? In the 1970s, NASA shut down the Apollo 18 moon mission but some skeptics believe that the mission actually did happen — that it was all a cover up. The movie incorporates this conspiracy theory and alien life into its thriller-based plotline.  Trevor Cawood, who worked on the visual effects of the Matrix sequels, will direct from a script by Brian Miller; Bekmambetov will produce.  The movie, which has been production for some time, is already slated for a March 4, 2011 release date.

Update: The Weinstein Company have sent out a press release.  Hit the jump to check it out:

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