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Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt and more, opened to $142 million over its first five days. That’s just higher than Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3”. Though it will see a stiff drop because of the holiday weekend being over, this film should get to $350 million and make a push for $400 million. Meanwhile, “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp struggled to $48.9 million over its first five days. That’s better than “Cowboys and Aliens”, but it failed to find the audience Disney was looking for. And with a budget of more than $200 million, this one doesn’t look good.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Two big movies are hitting theaters tomorrow. One a sure-fire family hit, the other a big budget western blockbuster. How well will they do?

“Monsters University” may have taken the top spot the past two weekends, but this is the first summer in a long while that another studio is going to smash them for the top spot in terms of animated films. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” sees Steve Carell return to voice Gru and the minions are back in full force. The first film earned more than $250 million. And with no major animated films coming out (sorry “Turbo) this is going to at least exceed that by a little bit. Expect a monstrous first week.

Opening week: $110-120 million.

Armie Hamer and Johnny Depp star in “The Lone Ranger”, the big budget film that reunites Depp with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski. Disney’s playing up that angle a lot, but it has a lot going against it. First, the last Western film to open over the July 4 holiday? “Wild Wild West”. And while “True Grit” was very successful, earning $171 million domestically, that was an Oscar contender and had Jeff Bridges. The last summer Western films have been utter failures with “Cowboys and Aliens” and “Jonah Hex”. With a lot of competition for the young male crowd, this film won’t reach the heights Disney was hoping. In fact, it likely won’t earn as much as”True Grit” after it’s all said and done.

Opening week: $70-80 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Daniel Craig will hit the screen once again as James Bond in this fall’s “Skyfall”. Now, reports are that Craig has signed on for two more Bond films, meaning he’ll appear in at least five. That will be the most by any Bond actor in history. Do you want to see Craig keep up the Bond mantle?

It’s hardly a surprising move. Many of Craig’s non Bond features have struggled like “The Golden Compass”, “The Invasion” and “Cowboys and Aliens”. Craig will costar with Javier Bardem and Judi Dench in “Skyfall”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”, “Zathura”) is in official negotiations to direct a big screen adaptation of “Jersey Boys”, the hit musical which tells the story of  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Favreau stepped down from the “Iron Man” series and also directed “Cowboys and Aliens”. Meanwhile, Stephen Daldry, who last directed “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is in talks to direct an adaptation of the hit musical “Wicked”. Strange choice to me, but I guess you never know. Universal, meanwhile is also bringing “Les Miserables” and “Green Day’s American Idiot” to the big screen, so you better be ready for musicals.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Jon Favreau, who directed “Iron Man” , “Iron Man 2” and “Cowboys and Aliens” is at the top of the list to direct the big screen adaptation of “Jersey Boys”. The hit broadway show is playing worldwide and sold more than $1 billion in ticket sales. The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. and includes some of their most famous songs like “Sherry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”.

It’s an interesting direction for Favreau to choose. Never seen the show, but sounds like it could be really good.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The year started with “The Green Hornet”. How did this year fare for the lucrative comic book films?

The Good

Well, on the bright side, I was surprised with both of Marvel Studios’ efforts this summer. Wasn’t really feeling “Thor” but it was good summer entertainment. It was surprisingly funny, had some action, some special effects and Chris Hemsworth was entertaining, as was Natalie Portman. “Captain America: The First Avenger” was a good film as well. Chris Evans really showed he has star potential. I’m always a Hugo Weaving fan and it wasn’t the disaster I feared after director Joe Johnston (Who directed the terrible Wolfman movie) was signed on to direct.

Also, “X-Men: First Class” was entertaining as well. Nice to see some new actors take on some well-established roles. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) shows he has knack for action films. However, I wouldn’t say any of these films are great. In fact, I’m not sure there was a great comic book film released this year. Especially when compared to past films like “Spider-man 2”, “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight”. Most of the efforts seem pretty pedestrian when compared to how high the bar has been raised in recent years.

The  Bad

Unfortunately, if you weren’t a Marvel comic book, chances are your movie sucked. “The Green Hornet” wasn’t very good at all. Seth Rogen wasn’t entertaining or very funny and was sorely miscast. “The Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds was one of the worst films of the year. At least Reynolds wasn’t alone. “Priest” was nearly as bad, and not nearly as enjoyable because at least with “Lantern” I could laugh at it. “Priest” was just plain stupid. “Cowboys and Aliens” wasn’t a terrible film. But it wasn’t nearly as much fun as it should have been.

Not sure why they decided to try and reboot “Conan”, but “Conan the Barbarian” was um…interesting. Lots of action, which was cool. But not much else. And, if you want to throw “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” into this category because there have been comic books go ahead. It may have been better than “ROTF”, but come on.

The Final Word

Overall, a disappointing year for comic book films. There were a couple good ones, no great ones and a lot of bad ones.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.