The box office total of summer 2009 shattered previous record holder -- the $4.16 billion total for summer 2007.
The total for summer 2009 has reached $4.17 billion, and it's not even Labor Day weekend yet!
With another $100 million or so for this coming Labor Day weekend, industry experts are predicting that summer of 2009 would beat 2007 summer by about 3%.
The top 3 films that contributed to this record-shattering summer are: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" with $399.4 million; "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" with $294.3 million; and "Up" with $289.6 million.
Here's the complete Top 10 list of SUMMER 2009'S BOX OFFICE CHAMPIONS:
1. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" -- $339.4 million
2. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" -- $294.3 million
3. "Up" -- $289.6 million
4. "The Hangover" -- $270.2 million (the highest-grossing R-rated comedy!)
5. "Star Trek" -- $256.7 million
6. "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" -- $193.3 million
7. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- $179 million
8. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" -- $176.5 million
9. "The Proposal" -- $160.2 million (the highest-grossing summer romantic comedy of all time!)
10. "Angels and Demons" -- $133.4 million *
* Paramount's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" will likely overtake "Angels and Demons" by Labor Day weekend. Last weekend's box office total for "G.I. Joe" was already $132.2 million.
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As we reported back in May, Troma Films' cult 1980 horror pic "Mother's Day" is being remade!
Rebecca De Mornay will star as the evil mom. First, she played the role of the evil nanny in "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," now, she's set to play the mother from hell!
Jamie King, Shawn Ashmore, Briana Evigan and Deborah Ann Woll are set to join De Mornay when the film stars shooting next week in Winnipeg.
Darren Lynn Bousman is set to direct from Scott Milam's script. The plot is about a ragtag members of a vicious, violent family, with a sadistic mother who instructs her sons to do all the killings.
The filmmakers are aiming for a Mother's day release date next year.
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I guess third time's the charm for "The Green Hornet," the big screen adaptation of the classic TV show starring Seth Rogen.
First, the film was supposed to open on June 25, 2010, then it was moved to July 9.
Now, Sony is moving "The Green Hornet" out of its summer slate and will release the movie on Dec. 17, 2010.
Director Michel Gondry begins shooting the film this week. The script is co-written by Rogen with Evan Goldberg.
Rogen stars as the masked crimefighter known as the Green Hornet. Jay Chou replaced Stephen Chow as Kato.
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Columbia Pictures has hired Peter Craig to write the script for the third installment of the "Bad Boys" franchise.
The studio would like to bring back the original players together -- director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence -- if the price is right.
In 1995, the first "Bad Boys" was released signaling Smith's foray as an action star and Bay as a stylish maestro. The film grossed $66 million nationwide and $141 million worldwide.
The sequel, released in 2003, grossed $138 million domestically and $273 million worldwide.
Everyone involved has expressed interest in returning to the franchise IF there's a good story. But it's to early to tell whether Smith will return as Mike Lowrey and Lawrence as Marcus Burnett -- two Miami detectives who seemed to face never ending car chases and explosions!
But Craig may come up with a great script. He co-wrote "The Town" which Ben Affleck is directing for Warner Bros., and Craig is also adapting the anime "Cowboy Bebop" for 20th Century Fox and Keanu Reeves.
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Nicolas Cage is getting a "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" treatment.
The actor just signed to star in Nu Image/Millenium Films' "Drive Angry" from the writing-directing team of "My Bloody Valentine," Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer.
Lussier will direct from a script he co-wrote with Farmer. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The story centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.
The film sounds like a bloody videogame! Oh, and "Drive Angry" will be shot and released in 3-D!
The film is being planned to go into production in April in Louisiana.
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