Doesn’t look like it.
Though Depp and Burton’s reimagining of “Dark Shadows” earned close to $29 million over the weekend, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and their alter-egos in “The Avengers” brought in an impressive $103.2 million. This is the first time in movie history a film has surpassed $100 million for a second straight weekend.
But do these superheroes have what it takes to grab the WWTW crown for a second week? Let’s break it down.
Robert Downey Jr. / Scarlett Johansson / Samuel L. Jackson / Jeremy Renner / Chris Hemsworth – “The Avengers”
This week has been filled with a mixture of reflection and looking forward for our band of Avengers. For the senior members like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, it was time to look at how they got to this point. For Downey Jr. it’s been filled with ups and downs his whole career, so over at Entrepreneur.com they break down the five lessons learned by RDJ to pull himself back to being one of the biggest box office draws.
In regards to Sam Jackson, EW.com asks if anyone will ever outgross him? In October the Guinness Book of World Records named him the highest-grossing actor in the history of movies, thanks in part to his four-films-per-year discipline.
Switching gears to the future, there’s no better time to talk about the films you have coming up when you’ve just slaughtered the box office. This week we got a first look at Scarlett Johansson’s next film, the sci-fi indie “Under The Skin,” and we got a first glance at Jeremy Renner in the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy,” where he’ll be replacing Matt Damon in the franchise (though he won’t be playing Jason Bourne).
Johnny Depp – “Dark Shadows”
Warner Bros. pulled out all the stops in the buildup for this spooky remake of the classic ’60s soap opera, including a huge marketing push – see videos with the cast.
Entertainment Weekly did multiple covers for its story on the film and Depp spent the week doing his usual offerings to the press, where his verbal gifts ranged from the outlandish (like his admission on Ellen this week that his Willy Wonka character was partly based on a very stoned George W. Bush) to the heartfelt (giving credit to his children for giving his life meaning).
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“The Avengers” will keep the honors for another week. As expected, a sequel is already locked down, but this money-making blockbuster has gone far beyond the hype. Even director Joss Whedon took a break from counting all the money to write up a heartfelt thank you note to his fans on this site.
But there’s competition on the horizon. Tune in next week to see how our heroes make out.