During a weak weekend at the North American box office, Argo claimed to No. 1 spot, while Cloud Atlas, Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks saw disappointing openings.
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Fox’s Taken 2 brings in the big bucks in its opening weekend, Universal’s singing comedy Pitch Perfect takes third place and Hotel Transylvania beats up Frankenweenie.
Fox has hired Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves to replace Rupert Wyatt on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Sony’s CGI0animated Hotel Transylvania won the weekend, opening at the North American box office a record-breaking $43 million, while the Sony co-production Looper scored second place and performed well in China.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly set his sights on the role of the Hunchback in Fox’s planned adaptation of Frankenstein. Directed by Paul McGuigan, the film boasts a script by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis.
Following the departure of director Rupert Wyatt from the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield reportedly leads a Fox shortlist of potential replacements that includes Guillermo del Toro, Rian Johnson and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is reportedly leaving the Fox sequel because he’s uncomfortable with the announced May 2014 release date.
Paul McGuigan, who directed the second series of BBC’s Sherlock, is in final negotiations to helm Fox’s re-imagining of Frankenstein, penned by Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis.
George Lucas announced fall 2013 theatrical release dates for 3D versions of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
New releases The Watch and Step Up: Revolution failed to beat out The Dark Knight Rises, which raked in another $64 million at the North American box office, bringing its total to date to more than $537 million.
Fox has unveiled the first trailer for Epic, the 3D animated fantasy-adventure from Blue Sky Studios, the makers of Ice Age. The film, whose eclectic voice cast includes Josh Hutcherson, Aziz Ansari, Colin Farrell and Beyonce, arrives in May 2013.
Actress Sigourney Weaver revealed that director James Cameron will film her in in the three sequels to Avatar at the same time.