With four not particularly exciting movie releases this weekend, Alice in Wonderland was able to hold onto the number one spot and make an additional $62 million bucks at the box office. That gives it over $200 million in the U.S. and more than double that worldwide -- if Burton hadn't used both Alice books to make this movie, (and if he was at all prone to making sequels), we'd say a sequel was a no-brainer, but most likely he'll just get his pick of beloved childhood properties to re-imagine after he gets done with the full-length version of Frankenweenie, the short film about a reanimated dog that got him fired from Disney in 1984 for wasting company resources. So, of course, Disney is producing the remake. Apparently, money talks!
The marketing for Green Zone has made quite a big deal about the film reuniting Matt Damon with his Bourne Ultimatum and Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, and there are valid reasons for that. The movie features Greengrass's trademark shaky camera technique, as well as Matt Damon kicking people. The difference is this film has an even more ludicrous plot than the Bourne films (if you can believe that), without half the quality of those movies' scripts (if you can believe that).
Matt Damon is back, and he's mad! In Green Zone, he plays a warrant officer tasked with finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which mostly means he runs around pointing guns at people, scowling, getting captured, escaping, and openly threatening senior intelligence officials. So naturally, he -- wait a minute. We've seen this guy before. This is one of the stock characters from the Matt Damon playbook! Granted, it's not a very large playbook, but every character Matt Damon has ever played can be divided into one of five types. Here's a guide to the five, so you can recognize them in their natural habitats.
This week, a romance starring Edward Cullen and Claire Littleton goes up against a rom-com starring the Sorceror's Apprentice and the large-breasted nanny from Sex and the City 2. Who will win? Literally everyone involved.