What a difference a week makes. Last weekend Hollywood was riding high with a strong box office take thanks in part to “Paranormal Activity 4.” Well, with the impending touchdown of Hurricane Sandy (aka #Frankenstorm) on the east coast by this evening more people seemed to be watching the Weather Channel this weekend than going to the multiplex.
Ben Affleck’s thriller “Argo” reclaimed the top spot grossing $12.5 million. While “Cloud Atlas,” the trippy story of reincarnation based on the novel by David Mitchell and brought to the screen by Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) and the Wachowski brothers (“The Matrix” trilogy) with stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry only earned around $12 million.
Let’s put Frankenstorm up against Hanks and Berry to see who really won the week.
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry – “Cloud Atlas”
It’s been one of the most highly anticipated movies of the fall. A movie that shifts through the future and the past as quickly as you can blink an eye. And stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry were out in full force to promote it.
Neither Oscar-winning stars are a stranger to big budget films. Berry was a Bond girl in 2002’s “Die Another Day,” and actually talked about it this weekend to the Daily News in celebration of the upcoming release of the twenty-third movie in the franchise, “Skyfall.” While Hanks has cemented himself as a mainstay to children’s lives for years to come with the “Toy Story” franchise. But this one is a little different as with “Cloud Atlas” the costume changes and time in the make up chair for both actors is like nothing they’ve ever done before. They spent the week chatting about it while also making a few headlines for their appearances (more on that later).
WWTW is based on the East Coast, and for the second straight year the weekend leading up to Halloween has been a strange one in regards to weather. Last year we got a surprise snow storm (which in fact was the most snow we’d get for the winter) and now we have a perfect storm scenario coming our way. We won’t lie, we’ve been glued to our screens watching radar as if we were some trained meteorologists tracking Hurricaine Sandy’s path. And because of that, like many on this coast, going to the movies hasn’t been in the cards. For most, the preparation to watch news reporters trying to describe the strength of Frankenstorm in the comfort of our homes is better than Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in dazzling prosthetic make-up.
And the winner is…
Tom Hanks. Hands down.
Ok, let us explain. While doing press during the week we got to see some great off-the-cuff Hanks. Like him showing up on Steven Colbert to influence kids to dress like his past movie characters for Halloween or dropping the F-bomb on “Good Morning America.”
For one of the nicest guys in Hollywood to go against type was just entertaining for us to watch.
Now time to go back to boarding up our window’s for Frankenstorm’s arrival.