DiCaprio’s dreams thriller “Inception” is likely to earn $25 million-$30 million during the three days beginning Friday. The Christopher Nolan saga boasts more than $167 million in domestic earnings entering the weekend.
Besides “Cats & Dogs“, new releases include Dinner for Schmucks, a comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and the Zac Efron paranormal fantasy Charlie St. Cloud.
Both Inception and Cats & Dogs come from Warner Bros., which is expecting a 1-2 weekend. The first Cats & Dogs bowed in July 2001 with $21.7 million, and ended up with $93.4 million domestically. Expect Kitty Galore to open a bit higher but just below the weekend tally for Inception.
The $85 million live-action picture features talking animals voiced by James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Roger Moore, Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes. Brad Peyton gets a first feature-directing credit on the Village Roadshow co-production.
Director, Jay Roach’s Schmucks should do best with younger men while topping $20 million through Sunday. The Paramount-DreamWorks-Spyglass co-production totes an estimated $55 million cost.
St. Cloud, the $44 million story of a young man (Efron) who can still see his dead younger brother, could woo as much as the midteen millions from young women. Burr Steers (Efron’s “17 Again“) directed the Relativity-Universal project.
In a notable expansion, The Kids Are All Right hits wide distribution for the first time, quadrupling to 847 theaters in its fourth weekend. Focus Features had planned to broaden the lesbian-themed comedy-drama to at least 500 locations but upped its expansion plans amid continued high screen averages and rave reviews. The film boasts a $6 million total.
In a limited bow, Sony Pictures Classics’ period dramedy Get Low — starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black — opens Friday in two New York locations and two in Los Angeles.
Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth installment in the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil: Afterlife arrive in theaters, September 10, 2010.
Premise: Resident Evil: Afterlife picks up where the third film ended. Since the events of Resident Evil: Extinction, Alice has been roaming the world searching for any remaining survivors. Alice also comes face to face with her arch-nemesis, Albert Wesker, for the first time in the series. As she enters the ruined Los Angeles, she stumbles onto a base of Umbrella, surrounded by zombies. She then teams up with a group of survivors who had been hiding in Los Angeles since the T-virus outbreak, and helps them to free another group held-up in a prison, among them Claire’s brother, Chris Redfield.
The American starring George Clooney is slated for a limited release starting September 1, 2010. The movie poster for The American is awesome. It’s a vintage style poster and it reminds me of the Saul Bass movie posters of years gone by. It’s very creative and clever.
Synopsis: Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.
Synopsis: Director Phillip Noyce teams with screenwriters Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) and Brian Helgeland (Mystic River) to craft this thriller starring Angelina Jolie as dedicated CIA officer Evelyn Salt, who is accused by a defector of being a Russian spy. With each attempt Salt makes to prove her innocence, her mentor, Winter (Liev Schreiber), only grows more suspicious of her true motivations. The longer she eludes capture by ambitious CIA agent Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the higher the stakes get.
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alex Pettyfer, Victor Slezak, Andre Braugher; Director: Phillip Noyce
Leonardo DiCaprio poses with co-stars Marion Cotillard (R) and Ellen Page at the premiere of “Inception” at the Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 13, 2010.
Photograph by: Mario Anzuoni, REUTERS
Can “Inception” safely dream of Oscar glory? That’s one conundrum that will linger long after average moviegoers have stopped debating the ambiguities of Christopher Nolan’s twisty new thrill ride into the subconscious.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed to reward Nolan’s most recent movie, mega-grossing “The Dark Knight,” with a best picture nomination, though it collected eight other nominations. And though the producers, directors and writers guilds all nominated Nolan for that movie, the Academy didn’t. To date, Nolan has earned only one Oscar nomination, for his original screenplay for “Memento.”
The resulting outcry from “Knight’s” fans was so loud it influenced the decision last year to double the field to 10 nominees, with the Academy’s then-president Sid Ganis acknowledging, “I would not be telling you the truth if I said the words ‘Dark Knight’ did not come up.”
An “Inception” best picture nomination would be some compensation for the slight to “Knight,” but with nominations still six months away, “Inception’s” best picture prospects are a long way from a sure thing.
The Warner Bros. release cleared the first hurdle this weekend when it opened to a solid $60.4 million in North America. Oscar nominees don’t have to be box office blockbusters, but if Nolan’s fan base hadn’t shown up en masse, that would have damaged the movie’s chances.
Reviews have not been as ecstatic as those that greeted “Knight,” which scored an 82 out of 100 at Metacritic.com. As of Sunday, “Inception” was rated 76. The movie did get a key endorsement from hometown reviewer Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times who praised it for “expertly blending the best of traditional and modern filmmaking. If you’re searching for smart and nervy popular entertainment, this is what it looks like.”
But Leah Rozen, writing at theWrap.com, offered a caveat, saying the movie “proves more engaging to the mind and eyes than to the heart.” That could prove a potential stumbling block for Academy members, who vote as much with their hearts as with their heads.
Such other visionary movies as “2001,” “Blade Runner” and “The Matrix” all failed to earn best picture nominations, though they picked up nominations in other categories. On the other hand, it might be a good omen that Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound,” his 1945 plunge into Freudian dream analysis and Dali-esque surrealism, earned best picture and director nominations. Also like “Knight,” “Inception” should prove competitive in a wide range of categories, and, with 10 slots to fill, that would help push it into best picture contention.
Its chances in the acting categories — where “Knight” brought the late Heath Ledger a best supporting actor trophy — are the most problematic. The “Inception” cast boasts impressive credentials: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe are all previous nominees, and Michael Caine and Marion Cotillard are past winners. But, here, the actors are all working in service of the Rubik’s Cube plot, which rarely stops long enough to give them the sort of all-out dramatic scenes the Academy favors. And though DiCaprio could make a credible Oscar bid, he also could lose some votes to his companion performance this year as another man playing mind games in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island.”
The rest of the key crew — several of whom also were nominated for “Knight” — all have to be considered contenders. Two-time Oscar winner Hans Zimmer performed the movie’s relentlessly driving score at the “Inception” premiere last week in Los Angeles, which could be the overture to a successful Oscar run. (Good omen No. 2: Miklos Rozsa’s classic score for “Spellbound” was an Oscar winner in its day.)
By cutting among three simultaneous dreams, film editor Lee Smith’s work harkens to the granddaddy of bravura editing, Cecil B. DeMille’s “Intolerance.” Even New York magazine critic David Edelstein, who found a lot to criticize in the film, said of Smith, “He’s all but sewn up this year’s editing Oscar.”
Now, it’s all a question of how the industry responds over the coming weeks and months. First reactions, which trickled in over the weekend, were for the most part upbeat. “I saw Inception last night & had a good time, but must admit it’s a bit trite & stilted. Still though, leagues above most drivel,” producer Ted Hope wrote to his Twitter followers.
In another tweet, director Edgar Wright, whose “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” hits theaters next month, joked, “Amazing stuff. May have fallen asleep, but really who could tell?”
And “Lost” executive producer David Lindelof, no stranger to mind-bending puzzlers, exclaimed, “I wish that someone would break into my dreams and give me an idea HALF as good as INCEPTION.”
The long awaited Chris Nolan directed film, Inception arrive in theaters, July 16th and it’s already getting rave reviews. The movie rates 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes, Tomatometer! That is unheard off and the critics are loving it. Here is a samping of what some of them are saying:
“If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood’s most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception.” ~ Justin Chang (Variety)
“Inception doesn’t just dream bigger than most movies even dare, but it leaves the audience feeling inspired to do the same.” ~ Katey Rich (CinemaBlend.com)
“A devilishly complicated, fiendishly enjoyable sci-fi voyage across a dreamscape that is thoroughly compelling. ” ~ Kirk Honeycutt (Hollywood Reporter)
“A wildly entertaining and dazzling mind-trip not to be missed. Kubrick would have been proud.” ~ Pete Hammond (Boxoffice Magazine).
“I expected a lot,but still walked out hypnotized. Here’s a movie that’s 3 steps ahead of you, on 4 different levels, at 5 blinding speeds. Best of 2010 thus far. (No Spoilers)” ~ Steven Snyder (Techland)
“Inception is an exhilarating cinematic experience that suggests there is still room, even in the blockbuster world, for big ideas and dangerous emotions, and that may be the single most thrilling thing about it.” ~ Drew McWeeny (Hitfix)
“a stunning achievement and the most completely entertaining film I’ve seen in years.” ~ Todd Gilchrist (Cinematical)
“Inception is a masterpiece. Making a huge film with big ambitions, Christopher Nolan never missteps and manages to create a movie that, at times, feels like a miracle.” ~ Devin Faraci (Chud)
“There are times in Christopher Nolan’s somnolent crime caper where you’ll find yourself recognizing moments from your own subconscious on the screen, to a thrilling, frightening and ultimately inspiring effect. ” ~ Jordan Hoffman (UGO)
“As intricate as the script is—Nolan worked on it for a decade—the movie is not just a feat of cinematic wizardry, even though it comes close to the level of technological derring-do carried off by the likes of Stanley Kubrick. (Indeed Nolan works in repeated homages to the late great auteur beyond the obvious use of moving sets on gimbles to allow athletic Gordon-Levitt to bounce weightless and walk on walls and ceilings.) The movie also has heart. So that even if you do get confused (as I did in the James Bond snow section, filmed in the Canadian Rockies), the emotional through-line pulls you along. It’s as simple as The Wizard of Oz: The Extractor wants to go home.” ~ Anne Thompson (IndieWIRE).
There you have it. If that’s not enough to make want to see this movie – well I can’t help you.
We just found some fantastic new character posters for the upcoming, Inception, movie directed by Chris Nolan and starring the great Leonardo DiCaprio. I can’t wait for this one to hit the theaters.
The posters give insight into the psyche of the major characters. Instead of names, the posters have one word descriptions that illustrates the roles that that they each play in the action/thriller. These posters are really well done – very nice artwork. We are introduced to: The Architect, The Extractor, The Forger, The Point Man, The Tourist, The Shade and The Mark. There is no doubt that this is the going to be the best movie of the year.
We hope that we will have some of these character posters soon, but we do have the Inception advance movie poster and the Inception regular poster on hand. Check out the character posters below: