Summer Movies – Iron Man, Sex and Vampires
This year, it’s a summer of sequels.
Robert Downey Jr. has returned, with Gwyneth Paltrow, in Iron Man 2, showing how they can fight a baddy played by Mickey Rourke.
The girls from Manhattan are returning to big screens near us in Sex and the City 2. Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, may or may not reunite with Aidan, cheating on Mr. Big. At least, that is what the trailer leads us to believe might occur.
Then, the sparkling animal blood suckers of the vegetarian vampire Cullen clan are back June 30 in Eclipse. It’s the movie based on the third book in author Stephenie Meyers’ series about teenage vampires and the angsty human girl, Bella Swan, who loves them (the vampires are vegetarian because they only drink animal blood and don’t feed on humans. At least, the good vampires don’t…)
Here’s what that means for domestic box office and how much you might shell out for tickets.
Iron Man 2 was the top weekend film, with domestic gross of about $134 million. Adult tickets run about $8 per admission in Arkansas, but the price can vary by theater and market.
Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood by the Numbers reported Iron Man 2 was only the 15th film in box office history to debut with more than $100 million in a single weekend. And, Iron Man 2 is not in 3-D.
To put that take from a sequel, not in 3-D, in perspective, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened with about $109 million in domestic take last year, according to Dergarabedian’s figures.
Summit Entertainment’s Twilight: New Moon opened with about $143 million last year. The first movie, Twilight, opened with only $69.6 million on Nov. 21, 2008, meaning the vampire franchise only sucks more blood money out of movie goers as the story gains strength and word of mouth among TwiHards and their friends.
And Warner Bros.’ Sex and the City: The Movie opened with $56.84 million on May 30, 2008. If the pattern of sequels making more money than their predecessors continues, then Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda may double the take from the first movie.
The girls have lived on through DVD box sets and reruns. It’s unlikely that the working, 25-45 demographic so attracted by the franchise is tired of the drama, romance and frustrations of the ladies who brunch in Manhattan.
There are more movies coming that are not sequels. Jake Gyllenhaal, who gave fame to gay cowboys in critics’ favorite Brokeback Mountain, is appearing in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
There’s the Shrek sequel, Shrek Forever After. My daughter already asked if we can go see it after seeing one trailer, as she noted the usually svelte Puss n Boots is a fat housecat now.
The Karate Kid remake hits theaters June 11. We’ll see if the “wax on, wax off” redux sticks with moviegoers who remembered the first Karate Kid movies. It’s set for a June 11 release.
You can make it a double-feature for children of the 1980s by also going to see Bradley Cooper as “The Face” in The A-Team remake, also scheduled for a June 11 release.
The movie I will see based on the humorous title alone is the July 30 release Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Any James Bond fan will get that reference, spoofed by Austin Powers’ Alotta Fagina.
Don’t eat too much popcorn and go light on the non-diet soda. It is the SUMMER movie season, and you will be donning a swimsuit to get back to the lake or the pool once the theater lights come up and the last credits roll.
Lana F. Flowers is a gifted Arkansas reporter who can handle news about Walmart and retail, movie and book reviews, human interest stories, features and anything else you'd care to mention. She lives in Rogers, Ark., with her husband Jesse, daughter Layla, cats Lottie Boots and Emmy, and dog Fuzzy. Send an email -- email@example.com