Friday, August 3, 2012

The Projector: Recall Reboot Edition UPDATE

Monday UPDATE: Yes, I was a bit off with the cash call on the Recall reboot. While I'm not making excuses, who'd have guessed a decently entertaining sci-fi effects-athon would essentially bomb at the box office? This much I know for certain, after Fright Night and now this, Colin Farrell should strongly consider finding original material for his next project.

1) The Dark Knight Rises $36M
2) Total Recall $25M
3) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days $15M
4) Ice Age: Continental Drift $9M


It's been 22 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger paid a visit to Rekall and delivered the now classic line: "Consider that a divorce". Hollywood has hit the Total Recall reboot button this weekend as Colin Farrell takes over for the ex-Governator in Len Wiseman's razzle-dazzle  re-rub. Seeing as it's been a couple of months since the last sci-fi extravaganza, Prometheus, Recall should reel in some quality cash, especially with Batman starting to wind down his run at the box office.

  1. Total Recall ($40M) - With its PG-13 rating and electrifying special effects, Total Recall is in the perfect position to pull off an end-of-the-summer surprise with an unexpectedly solid opening. Nix the naysayers, the film is a non-stop adrenaline rush that borders on a special effects bludgeoning - in a good way.
  2. The Dark Knight Rises ($35M) - Batman has banked over $320M domestically and another $250M overseas. Still running behind its predecessor, The Dark Knight, in the cash department.
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($24M) - Ideal timing for the third edition of the Wimpy Kid franchise seeing as the kiddos are still out for summer vacay. Ready for a shocker? The first two flicks deposited a combined $115M in Fox's bank account.
  4. The Watch ($7M) - Redefined "tank-job" in its opening weekend. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are both beginning to lose their B.O. cred.
Also: Ruby Sparks - The offbeat rom-com from the makers of Little Miss Sunshine expands to more markets. I could see it creep up the money list as we close out summer as it should benefit from both heavy promotion and strong word of mouth. Here's my B+ review.