The period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of such R&B greats as Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Chess, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.
For the second weekend in a row, the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon holiday comedy Four Christmases dominated the box office charts with $18.1 million. After just two weeks in release, the film has made an accumulated gross of $70.8 million, making it the first Christmas hit of the season.
In a surprising twist of fate, Twilight jumped back up into the number two spot with another $13 million. Fans are truly enjoying this teen vampire romance, and it's the repeat business that's keeping it afloat. After just three weeks in release, the film has brought in an amazing $138.5 million. Those squirrelly vamps seems to be playing tag team with Disney's animated caper Bolt, which hasn't fallen out of the top three yet. It made another $$9.6 million, bringing its tally to $79.2 million.Read More
The film with the best per screen average this weekend was Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic Milk. Opening in just 36 theaters, the film averaged an astounding $38,361 for a take of $1.3 million in tenth place. That means, given the 3,310 screens held by Four Christmases, Milk could have potentially made $1 billion dollars, marking it as the number one box office grosser of all time. Take that, The Dark Knight!
Next weekend is a quick grab for cash that will most likely belong to the return of Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone. Two Oscar contenders will be vying for tickets as Cadillac Records and Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon open against each other. And you can also look for Nobel Son to make some noise.Read More
Def will play rocker Chuck Berry in this high profile drama, while Union is set to play Muddy Waters' girlfriend Geneva Wade. Also starring in the film are Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles and Jeffrey Wright.
The Sony BMG film is expected to be released sometime in 2009.Read More
Directed by Darnell Martin, the film also stars Adrian Brody as Leonard Chess, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyonce Knowles as Etta James, Eamonn Walker as Howlin' Wolf, Columbus Short as Little Walter and Mos Def confirmed as Chuck Berry.
Cadillac Records was released December 5th, 2008.Read More
Superstar diva Beyonce Knowles is set to portray Etta James in Darnell Martin's Cadillac Records. According to Blackfilm, Beyonce will co-star with Adrien Brody, Jeffery Wright and Cedric the Entertainer.
Set in the fifties, Cadillac Records is a film about Leonard Chess (Brody), the heroic founder of the legendary blues label, Chess Records. With Beyonce cast to portray Etta James, Cedric the Entertainer will star as Willy Dixon and Wright will star as Muddy Waters.Read More