This weekend was filled with a bit of ’90s nostalgia as the popular raunchy comedy franchise from the decade returned with “American Reunion” and the once all-time box office champ, “Titanic,” came back in 3D. However, it was no match for “The Hunger Games,” which continues to flex its muscles having another strong weekend with $33.5M. That brings its total domestic gross to over $300 million, making the Jennifer Lawrence thriller the fastest non-summer release to reach that mark in the U.S.
Jennifer Lawrence – “Hunger Games”
As her film tops the box office for a third straight week, and now marking more than $450M in worldwide gross, it seems the Jennifer Lawrence headlines don’t want to die down either. There was the news this week that the tension between Fox and Lionsgate over Lawrence has finally subsided as Fox, the studio behind the popular X-Men franchise that stars Lawrence as Mystique, will move its start date for its next installment to the beginning of 2013 so Lionsgate, which is behind “Hunger Games,” can stay on schedule for shooting the Games sequel, “Catching Fire,” later in the year. There was also backlash from comments made by noted New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis who wrote that Lawrence’s “womanly figure” in “Games” doesn’t work to play Katniss, who comes from a famine-stricken district. This launched an onslaught of fan reaction coming to Lawrence’s defense, who see the star as a rare female role model in today’s young Hollywood.
To sum up, the Jennifer Lawrence train is racing down the tracks, and it doesn’t look like anything is likely to slow it down.
Jason Biggs / Seann William Scott / Chris Klein / Tara Reid / Natasha Lyonne – “American Reunion”
Marking its eighth film in the franchise (four went straight-to-DVD), “American Reunion” heralds the first time the gang has come together since 2003’s “American Wedding,” and it looks like there’s still interest in these horny kids as “Reunion” brought in $21.5 million this weekend in the US, and about the same again overseas. This was thanks in large part to a huge publicity push that included Jason Biggs being practically all over the E! channel (where it seemed like he had a daily segment on E! News for months and also showed up on “The Soup”) and also writing about his pie f*#king legacy for Vulture. Chris Klein also made the rounds, showing up on “Watch What Happens Live” and had a revealing profile on The Daily Beast that touches on his battle with alcohol and his dalliance with Katie Holmes. Speaking of redemption, Entertainment Weekly checked in with one of “American”‘s most troubled cast member (no, not Tara Reid): Natasha Lyonne.
Leonardo DiCaprio / Kate Winslet / James Cameron – “Titanic 3D”
James Cameron’s 1997 juggernaut made Leonardo DiCaprio a superstar, brought Kate Winslet to the fore and, yes, we still can’t forget about the power of Celine Dion’s contribution (though we try. Oh, how we try.).
The 3D revamp came in at #3 this weekend with $17.3 million and a solid per screen average, and was only a matter of time given Cameron’s obsession with new technology, Cameron’s media manipulation for the film began with the news this week that Cameron piloted a state-of-the-art submarine to the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot on earth. Then, of course, any talk about Cameron results in news chatter of the “Avatar” sequel, and it sounds like we’ll have to wait at least until 2014 or 2016 to see anything (( Hopefully the delays are over Cameron’s constant mission to push the visual effects of his films to the limits– Besides, when you’re the director of BOTH the highest grossing films of all time, people will wait.
And what does DiCaprio think about the “Titanic” re-release? Sounds like he was happy he skipped the premiere.
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The “American Reunion” gang. What the…???? Okay, okay, I hear you Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth fans but hear me out. Take away “The Hunger Games” headlines and the story must be how we still get a kick out of these kinky, sex-crazed friends after all these years.
And yes, the cast probably would have ended this whole franchise after the second film if things went differently and fame found more of the cast rising the ladders of on-screen success, but over the years, as the big names were knocked down a few pegs, they could be comforted by the fact that had a fan-loved franchise to go back to (honestly, who thought Seann William Scott would be the most successful out of this bunch?).
And for those of us who remember laughing our asses off watching “American Pie” in theaters, “American Reunion” is like that old T-Shirt (or that first Playboy magazine) you just can’t seem to bring yourself to throw out. EW.com touched on that this week when they wrote about the era of ’90s nostalgia we seem to be ushering in – “Jump Street,” “American Pie,” what’s next… “Married with Children”?
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