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First Look: 30 Days of Night Sequel

Kiele Sanchez as Stella Oleson

The first image from the 30 Days of Night sequel, Dark Days, is out and fails to make an impression on me.

Kiele Sanchez replaces Melissa George as our heroine, Stella Oleson, wielding a particularly large knife. While the movie may be a direct adaptation of its graphic novel origin, this photograph recalls the typical Friday the 13th cinematography.

A fan of the novel, I’m hoping that more images say otherwise. I’m still not buying Sanchez’s portrayal, either.

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Sequel News: 30 Days of Night, Mad Max and More


30 Days of Night: Cold-loving bloodsuckers have just been granted a lengthier stay. Principal photography on 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, a sequel to the 2007 horror film, is already underway. The movie, which will be directed by Ben Ketai, will center on vampire hunters searching for a queen (Mia Kirshner). Diora Baird, Harold Perrineau, Kiele Sanchez and Rhys Coiro all co-star.

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Box Office Breakdown: Fred Claus No Match for Jerry Seinfeld

Bee Movie

In a shocking turn of events, came buzzing back to life this weekend stealing the #1 spot from recent victor, Bee’s $25 million take also embarrassed the newest comedic entry, .

Although fellow ‘Frat Packer’ rang bells with November 2003’s Elf, couldn’t come close to matching his friend’s $31.1 million debut.  The news was especially surprising given Vaughn and director David Dobkin’s recent collaboration on 2005’s Wedding Crashers.  Could this mean Vaughn’s only appealing when he’s part of a larger comedic team?

Also noteworthy this weekend was the disappointing performance of Lions wasn’t expected to take in Mission Impossible-esque numbers, but the film did still boast , and actor/director .  As it was, the movie grossed less than any other Cruise-attached wide release in more than 20 years.  At least Streep can say this topical film debuted higher than her last attempt ().

, the only other new Top Ten entry, racked up ninth place.

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Box Office Breakdown: A Gangbusters Weekend for Washington, Crowe

American Gangster

Combine and star-wattage and you’re bound to get a hit.  But did anyone expect a $43 million debut for ?  Why did these Oscar-winners do so well when others have only done okay?  How did an R-rated film beat out an animated PG flick?  Why didn’t the movie’s long running-time (157 minutes) turn people away?

Gangster’s #1 spot was just one of the film’s many weekend achievements.  The movie also marked the biggest opening weekend for both lead actors (Russell’s Gladiator earned $35 million; Washington’s Inside Man grossed $29 million).  It also had the 2nd best debut for a drama in November (right behind 2002’s 8 Mile).

Unfortunately, all this good news was lost on comedian —the hardest working self-promoter of 2007.  Even though spent countless hours of airtime sucking up to its former Golden Boy, Seinfeld’s was stung with a 2nd place finish.  Although $38 million take is nothing to complain about, I expect next week’s will slide right in to become the week’s best-grossing comedy.

 

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Box Office Breakdown: Saw Slices Its Way to #1

Saw IV

This weekend’s success of proved that ‘torture porn’ is very much alive and well…at least right before All Hallows Eve.  (Apparently originality is not a prerequisite when you’re in the haunting mood.)  The horror series, which took in $55 million domestically when it debuted in 2004, bloodied the competition with its recent $31 million take.  It will now likely hit the $80 million mark the last two installments surpassed.

Although , lagged behind with only $11 million, the film at least managed to place second.  Hopefully Dan will have legs in the weeks to come; it’s a nice counter-programming option for those desperately seeking romance on their date nights.  Those hunting for acceptable kids fare may have it a bit harder though—- which probably explains why has remained firmly planted in the Top Five.

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Box Office Breakdown: 30 Days of Night Sucks Up the Competition

30 Days of Night

I never thought I would ever find myself writing this:  ‘A Josh Hartnett-led film has opened at #1.’  Of course, he did have a little help from a vampire or two..

The horror film, , had an impressive debut for what was actually an unimpressive weekend.  With only $16 million, the Alaskan-set vampire flick beat out a host of movies filled with Oscar-nominated stars.  Ben Affleck’s well-reviewed directorial debut, , opened up in 6th place.  , starring are-they-or-aren’t-they-dating Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, barely cracked the Top Ten.  Meanwhile, placed a dismal 15th despite the presence of Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro (and promotion on Oprah).

The success of 30 Days and the surprise return of - which placed 8th even though it was only in 564 theaters - clearly spells out the audience’s need for some Halloween fare.  This bodes well for the release of which opens next weekend.  (Yay!)

 

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In Theaters this Weekend (10/19)

Gone Baby Gone

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Rob Tapert Updates Us On Status of 30 Days of Night

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Sony, Horror, Thrillers, Filmmaking,

30 Days of NightFilming has begun for the upcoming Ghost House Pictures flick 30 Days of Night. Ghost House has put up the ninth video blog, featuring executive producer Rob Tapert, which has been following the production of the graphic novel to film. Tapert gives a bit of info of what scene was shot and seems pretty excited with the results. I was rubbing my hands together deviously and grinning evilly at his description of the scene. The site also has some video from the director, David Slade, as well from the writer/creator of ’30 Days’ Steve Niles. 30 Days of Night is set in Barrow, Alaska, a town where, in the middle of winter, the sun sets and does not rise again for more than 30 days. When an evil force terrifies the town’s residents, all hopes are pinned on the local sheriffs—a husband-and-wife team who must choose between saving themselves and helping the town survive the siege, which will last until daylight returns. Head on over to the Ghost House website and check out the video.

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