Archive for May, 2012

‘The Avengers’ opens to record-breaking $200m

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

The Avengers has easily secured the number one spot at the US box office during its opening weekend.

The Marvel superhero blockbuster, which features an all-star cast including Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, dominated with a whopping $200.3 million.

The film is now the fastest to reach the $200 million mark domestically in three days, and studio estimates predict that it will become the highest-grossing debut of all time. Earnings of $80m on Friday gave it the second-highest single day take of all time, with yesterday’s $69m earning The Avengers the highest Saturday gross ever.

It is now said to have earned a worldwide box office total of $600m after only 12 days on release.

Falling into second place was Think Like a Man, which brought in another $8 million.

The Hunger Games and The Lucky One held onto their places in the third and fourth spots, bringing in $5.7m and $5.5m, respectively.

Aardman Animation’s comedy The Pirates! Band of Misfits fell three places this week, coming in fifth with $5.4 m, just ahead of the Emily Blunt and Jason Segel romcom The Five-Year Engagement, which slipped one spot into number six with $5.1m.

Holding onto the seventh spot, The Raven brought in an additional $2.5m, followed by Safe and Chimpanzee, both of which fell several spots, bringing in $2.5m and $2.4m each.

Finally, rounding off the top ten was The Three Stooges, which moved down a slot this week, bringing in $1.8m.

The US box office top ten in full (studio estimates):
1. (-) The Avengers – $200,300,000
2. (1) Think Like a Man – $8,000,000
3. (3) The Hunger Games – $5,700,000
4. (4) The Lucky One – $5,510,000
5. (2) The Pirates! Band of Misfits – $5,400,000
6. (5) The Five Year Engagement – $5,100,00
7. (7) The Raven – $2,508,000
8. (6) Safe – $2,470,000
9. (8) Chimpanzee – $2,395,000
10. (9) The Three Stooges – $1,800,000

‘The Borgias’ gets third season from Showtime

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The Borgias has been given a third season, it has been confirmed.

The Showtime programme stars Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, a ruthless clergyman who uses his wits and cunning – not to mention the odd spot of bribery and murder – to be elected as Pope Alexander VI, and then to remain in the position.

The new series will include ten episodes, and will be televised in 2013. Production is to begin this summer in Budapest, Hungary.

Creator Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) will continue to act as executive producer, and will serve as writer and director of select episodes.


Sylvester Stallone reveals first full-length trailer for ‘The Expendables 2’

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The first full-length trailer for The Expendables 2 has been released.

The action sequel sees Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham reunited as a group of elite mercenaries whose plans to seek revenge are thwarted when one of their own is killed on the job.

Liam Hemsworth, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Terry Crews are also part of the ensemble cast.

Actor Dolph Lundgren recently confirmed that The Expendables 2 will not be rated PG-13 as Stallone had refused to tone down the film’s violent content.

Stallone had originally revealed a PG-13 rating for the film, though he later recanted on the comments, insisting that the project would keep its R-rated edge.

‘Black Ops 2’ first trailer reveals near-future warfare

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Black Ops 2 has been given its first trailer.

The first footage of the shooter sequel was shown during the NBA playoffs in the US, showcasing the all-new near-future setting and equipment available to players.

Revealed yesterday, Black Ops 2 is set during a 21st Century Cold War and will release on November 13 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

“Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare,” read the official announcement.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer details were allegedly revealed in a leaked report last month.

The game will reportedly feature a brand new mode called Escort, and contain a new perks system and a fully integrated Elite mode.