With July 4th landing on a Wednesday this year there was a lot of action in your local multiplex throughout the week. The reboot of “The Amazing Spider-Man” with Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy did not disappoint with a cum of $140 million through Sunday ($65 million for the weekend). That out shinned the Justin Bieber-like 3D concert movie “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” which had a weekly total of $11.8 million ($8.7 for the weekend) and this weekend’s release, Oliver Stone‘s latest drug movie “Savages,” starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek, which earned $15 million.
Like the sweltering heat that’s punishing most of country, there’s a lot of hotness to choose from for this week’s Who Won The Week. Let’s see who’s the hottest.
Andrew Garfield / Emma Stone – “The Amazing Spider-Man”
With a fresh new cast and 3D to boot, Marvel was hoping for an outcome similar to their previous success this year, “The Avengers.” And though “Spider-Man”‘s opening week doesn’t project an “Avengers”-like return, the Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone connection (both on screen and off) seem to have given new life to the franchise. At least “Spider-Man” creator Stan Lee thinks so, as he’s praised Garfield in the press this week.
Garfield and Stone were on full media blast for the past few weeks. Catering to the silly, like Garfield admitting his crush on Ryan Gosling (look out Emma) and Stone saying how she only recently has heard Garfield’s British accent (truth be told, he was born in LA but grew up in England), to the more in-depth, like the Wall Street Journal highlighting how Garfield made his bones in the business.
Taylor Kitsch / Blake Lively – “Savages”
If you’re a reader of WWTW you know that it’s been a tough year for Taylor Kitsch. Jumping from stardom on the small screen (“Friday Night Lights”) to the big has been a culture shock for the hottie as “John Carter” has been a punchline around Hollywood for 2012 and “Battleship” sunk to the bottom of the ocean just recently (though it did better overseas). Kitsch talked about his box office failure to the Washington Post.
His Savages co-star on the other hand, Blake Lively, has had a different transition onto the big screen since her “Gossip Girl” days. Playing the smaller roles in smaller movies (we’ll forget about “Green Hornet”), she’s continuing to impress many. And being a favorite of the gossip mags doesn’t hurt either. She was recently found hanging out on the 4th with her “Green Hornet” co-star Ryan Reynolds. And in a bit of news that’s only going to infuriate the women of America after seeing her strut her stuff on the red carpet this week, Lively talked to Us Magazine about her not so healthy eating habits.
Katy Perry – “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
Coming off the success of the Justin Bieber 3D film “Never Say Never,” Paramount has dived back into the concert film realm with one for Katy Perry (3D, of course).
In their new online column, What is Your Damage, EW.com dives into the Katy Perry phenomenon. While Us Magazine compiles her most memorable music video looks. And, of course, what has been on everyone’s mind is her thoughts on relationships since her split with Russell Brand and her recent flings with a few rockers. But Perry says she’s not looking for anything serious. But the biggest highlight for Perry’s week was her giving back to the fans as she gave 10 of them from around the world the chance to interview her via skype.
And the winner is…
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are king and queen WWTW.
Their chemistry has brought a franchise back to life. But heed this warning Andrew and Emma. Like your predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, there are pot holes up ahead and burning out from the whole Spidey thing is a possibility. Just know this is a marathon, not a sprint, and taking a role here and there that removes you completely from “Spider-Man” is a good thing.
But for now, soak up the praise, kids!