For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert, known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when a Las Vegas cab driver (Dwayne Johnson) finds two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can't explain. When they discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, the race begins, as the government, mobsters and even extraterrestrials try to stop them. "Race to Witch Mountain" is a fun and thrilling adventure featuring incredible special effects.
The fourth installment in the popular drag racing series Fast & Furious raged out of the gate with an incredible $72.5 million opening, becoming not only the number one movie of the weekend, but also the top opening film of 2009. It bested last weekend's Monsters Vs. Aliens awesome opening take by over $10 million. Not bad for a bunch of has-beens searching for past glory. Audiences came out in droves to see the original cast do it once again in a proper sequel. And the buzz has been deafening. It's a hit!
Speaking of Monsters Vs. Aliens, the DreamWorks 3D animated film dropped into second place this weekend, earning another $33.5 million. That takes its cumulative gross over the $100 million mark for a total of $105 million. The economy might be in the pits, but theaters certainly aren't feeling the hit just yet.Read More
Monsters Vs. Aliens fought it out at the box office this weekend, destroying everything else in its wake. The DreamWorks animated comedy took in an estimated $58.2 million, not only making it the number one film, but also the top grossing weekend earner of the year. DreamWorks first foray into 3D animation certainly paid off. And we might just be looking at their next big CGI franchise.
Opening in second place was Peter Cornwell's scary The Haunting in Connecticut, which took in a surprising $23 million. No one expected this ghostly tale to perform so well, which only prove that cheap thrills never go out of style. Speaking of which, Nicolas Cage's doomsday epic Knowing got knocked into third place in its second week of release. Taking in another $14.7 million, the film has earned an estimated cumulative gross of $46.2 million.Read More
Nicolas Cage knows a thing or two about dominating the box office. Despite going up against heavyweights like Julia Roberts and the Apatow All-Stars, his latest thriller Knowing managed to open number one this weekend, pulling in an estimated $24.8 million. This is his third straight number one film after both Bangkok Dangerous and National Treasure: Book of Secrets opened at the top of the charts. Too bad his latest film doesn't leave itself open to a sequel.
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel managed to slide into the second place spot with their latest comedy I Love You, Man. The John Hamburg directed laugher pulled in an estimated $18 million. Not bad for a male-centric romantic comedy. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen trailed behind in third place, with there romantic heist Duplicity earning roughly $14.4 million. It seems that Julia Roberts just doesn't have the star power pull she used to carry.Read More
Disney's Race to Witch Mountain flew out of the gate going 100 miles per hour. The kid-friendly thriller raced into the number one spot this weekend, taken in an estimated $25 million. This was $3 million more than the opening grosses for Dwayne Johnson's 2007 comedy The Game Plan, which proved to be a substantial hit for both Disney and The Rock. That film went on to collect more than $90 million at the box office. Race to Witch Mountain will most likely do the same.
Dropping to number two in its second week of release is the comic book adaptation Watchmen. The action drama pulled in another $18 million, which places its cumulative grosses at $86 million. Opening in third place was Wes Craven's remake of The Last House on the Left. A crowd pleaser, this horrifying new take on an old classic pulled in $14.6 million. This week's only other major release Miss March kerplunked itself all the way down in the number ten spot. It opened this weekend to a rather lackluster $2.3 million take.Read More
Kim Richards started acting at a very young age, first appearing on the TV series Nanny and the Professor at just six years of age. Five years later, with a string of credits to her name, Richards was cast as Tia Malone, one half of the supernatural siblings in the hit Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain, which returns to DVD in a brand new special edition, along with the sequel Richards also starred in, Return from Witch Mountain, on March 10 (CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for my full reviews of both new Special Edition DVD's). Of course, these releases were also planned to coincide with the brand new Disney remake, Race to Witch Mountain, which hits theaters on March 13 and which Richards and her co-star Ike Eisenmann both appear in. I had the chance to speak with Kim Richards over the phone about her experiences making these films and here's what she had to say.
I just watched both of the films for actually the first time last night and it was quite a treat.Read More