News updates: May 22, 2011

For those of you who haven’t heard, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Other top honors included Nicolas Winding Refn for his directing achievement with “Drive,” Kirsten Dunst for her performance in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” and Jean Dujardin for his role in“The Artist.”

The Grand Prix Ex-aequo went to Nuri Bilge Cylan’s “One Upon a Time in Anatolia” and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike,” while Maiwenn Le Besco’s “Polisse” took the jury prize.

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Weekend box-office estimates are in, and despite “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” taking the No. 1 spot with $90.1 million, the headlines belong to Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight in Paris,” which brought in an astounding $579,000 on only six screens, and “Bridesmaids,” which had a 19.8 percent drop in its second weekend of release.

Here’s the top five according to The Box Office Mojo:
1.“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – $90.1M
2.“Bridesmaids” – $21M
3.“Thor” – $15.5M
4.“Fast Five” – $10.6M
5.“Rio” – $4.7M

“Thor”and “Pirates” have set the tone for the summer blockbusters. There’s no other way to put it, but both have performed boringly. They haven’t exactly underperformed, but then again they’re not exactly lighting up the box office like studios want. Their performances, thus far, have just been average.

Is it an omen for the rest of the summer? That maybe this year I can actually predict the box office with 80-90 percent accuracy? I would doubt it, but we’ll see.

It does make you wonder what next week will have in store for “The Hangover 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” Check back Wednesday for predictions.

Trailer of the day:

Check out the new trailer for Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern.” I’ve heard a lot of people who are excited for this one … and a lot who aren’t. Which side do you fall on?

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One Response to News updates: May 22, 2011

  1. ac12262 says:

    While Pirates and Thor have performed “boringly,” you don’t mention that Fast Five is doing quite well and could even bump up when the summer movie season officially begins for studios. The ads said that the summer starts with Fast Five, and considering it has outperformed all of the other Fast films, I’d say there might be something to that.

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