In "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there's one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?
Tony Scott's thrilling summer heist remake The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is making its big DVD and Blu-ray debut on November 3rd. The release, which stars Denzel Washington and John Travolta, is packed to the gills with special features, and comes with a price tag of $28.96 SRP on DVD and $39.95 SRP on Blu-ray.
In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: The hijacking of a subway train. John Travolta stars as Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train's passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there's one riddle Garber can't solve: Even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?Read More
Despite stirring up controversy all across America, Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy Bruno perched itself atop the weekend box office charts with a hefty $30.4 million. Though better than Borat's opening of $26.4 million in 2006, that film was only released on 837 screens. Bruno premiered with a whopping 2,756 screens. So it seems audiences weren't as willing to be duped by this fashionista character, with quite a few of them calling him "less lovable" than Cohen's Kazakhstan's counterpart. Only time will tell how Bruno fares throughout the rest of summer.
This weekend's only other major release was Chris Columbus' return to teen cinema with I Love You, Beth Cooper. Despite being adapted from the hugely popular comedic novel of the same name by Larry Doyle, and a stellar cast of up and coming jokesters such as Paul Rust, Jack Carpenter, and Lauren Storm, this Hayden Panettiere laugher failed to stir up much interest at the box office. It dropped in way down at number seven, and could only muster up $5 million. This was even lower than summer 2009's all-time low with Eddie Murphy's Imagine That, which pulled in $5.5 million on its opening weekend.Read More
It was the squirrel versus the giant robot this holiday weekend as both Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen went head to head, tying for first place with $42.5 million apiece. The 20th Century Fox animated Ice Age reteamed Ray Romano, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, and Queen Latifah for their third adventure together, and the film was a hit with audiences. Despite it's standing at the top of the weekend charts, the film failed to bring in the same opening weekend grosses as its two predecessors. The original Ice Age earned $68 million when it opened in March of 2002, and Ice Age: The Meltdown brought in $46.3 million when it premiered in March of 2006.
Still going strong, Michael Bay's giant robot sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen held court with a second weekend take of $42.5 million. So far, it's earned $293 million domestically, becoming only the 31st highest grossing film of all time. Across the globe, Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox have helped to pull in an amazing $591 million, making it the biggest event movie of the year. It'll be tough to beat this one. Not even the star power of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale could do much to energize filmgoers over this Fourth of July weekend. Michael Mann's Public Enemies, which looks at John Dillinger's criminal life, dropped in at number three with a less than stellar take of $26.1 million. Both critics and audiences had mixed reactions to this one, and it probably won't be sticking around the box office charts for very long this summer.Read More
As most suspected, Michael Bay's giant robot sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen owned the weekend, earning a little over $112 million. Though it broke many new records, it failed to live up to studio expectations, becoming only the seventh highest grossing opener in cinematic history. Clearly, it was no match for the The Dark Knight, which took in $158 million when it opened in July of last year. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had the second highest opening day earnings of all time with $60.6 million. The Dark Knight still holds the record with $67 million. As for firsts, Bay's latest action extravaganza, which stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, became the highest grossing Wednesday earner of all time, as well as 2009's highest grossing weekend opener. It holds the highest grossing June opening, as well as the top five day grosses for a movie opening on a Wednesday. Domestically, the film has earned a total of $201.2 million. Worldwide, it has pulled in $281.4 million, yet hasn't broken any records on that front. Despite all of these new record setting grosses, the film failed to score with critics. That shouldn't hurt its future potential, as audiences seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. Especially the teens, and that's where most of the repeat ticket sales come from. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen could linger around the top five for the rest of the summer.
Walt Disney's The Proposal stayed on its knees this weekend, earning Anne Fletcher's deportation rom-com another $18.4 million for that coveted second place spot. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds were able to fend for themselves, and give non-robot loving audiences a hilarious alternative. The film has thus far pulled in an impressive $69 million dollars. Todd Phillip's surprise hit of the summer The Hangover also continues to chug along. It fell to third place during its fourth week in release, earning another $17.2 million. With total earnings of $183.2 million, it is guaranteed to reach the $200 million mark before the end of the summer.Read More