Liam Neeson's thriller sequel Taken 2 took the top spot at the box office this weekend, hauling in $50 million in its debut. Last week's top earner, Hotel Transylvania, dropped to second place, with $26.3 million. Pitch Perfect made $14.7 in its first week in wide release, followed by Looper with $12.2 million. Frankenweenie took in $11.5 million in its opening weekend to round out the top five. The week's other new releases, The Orange and The Paperboy, took in $180,000 and $110,000, respectively.
We're still pumped with time travel's return to the big screen in Looper Safe to say, if there's a superpower we'd like to claim, time traveling would be it. With a quick hop in a spaceship, DeLorean, or TARDIS, we could be sketching with da Vinci or hanging out with (herbivorous) dinosaurs. Check out our favorite time travelers who make us wish these adventures could one day happen.
Most geeks we know love anything that deals with the space-time continuum, so it makes sense that it's a theme commonly used in sci-fi. With the genre seeing new love this year thanks to current box office hit, Looper, we're in the mood to geek out over the films that first got us interested in science fiction. Take a look back at 10 legendary movies that zip through time travel — did your favorite make the list?
Hotel Transylvania took a bite out of competition in its opening weekend. The animated family film earned $43 million and the no. 1 spot at the box office. Fellow new release Looper claimed second place with $21.2 million, while last week's top earner End of Watch took in $8 million. Trouble With the Curve and House at the End of the Street each made $7.5 million and $7.2 million, respectively, rounding out the top five. Pitch Perfect was also released this weekend to a $5.2 million haul.
Dying to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a young Bruce Willis in Looper, altered face and all? Me too — his transformation is one of the reasons I'm excited about this weekend's new releases. Anna Kendrick joins Gordon-Levitt and Willis on the marquee with Pitch Perfect, in which she plays a college student immersing herself into the competitive world of a cappella. If you've got kids along for the ride, check out Hotel Transylvania, featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez. Check out all the pictures from these films!
Looper gives you a lot to wrap your mind around. Two actors (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis) play the same character at different ages, one of whom exists in 2044, and the other 30 years beyond that. They come together in a complex time-travel plot that has the potential to be confusing, but writer/director Rian Johnson's inspired storytelling overcomes all these hurdles. The strength of all its elements, including the performances, story, and special effects, make it an impressive film and a new classic in the sci-fi genre.
The film follows Gordon-Levitt's character Joe, a hitman who kills his targets after they're briefly zapped back from the future to receive their death (since the cleanup is far easier in Joe's present of 2044). The understanding for Joe and his "looper" colleagues is that, eventually, each man will have to kill the older version of himself, and after that they will only have 30 more years to live. The older Joe (played by Willis) is hardly resigned to his fate: he escapes, not only because he doesn't want to die, but also because he has an agenda. Emily Blunt also stars as a woman who takes the younger Joe in when the chase between him and older Joe intensifies. Many filmmakers have visions of disastrous dystopian futures, but Johnson's feels more grounded than most, and with a great deal more imagination.
To find out why I liked Looper so much, just keep reading.
Emily Blunt stars in Looper, and since her costar Joseph Gordon-Levitt had to don prosthetics and makeup to resemble Bruce Willis, I had to ask about her reaction to the actor's altered visage when I chatted with her. She spilled about that, along with how much she loves costar Willis, and how she learned to chop wood for her "tough cookie" role. Watch her interview before Looper hits theaters this weekend.
If you've seen a trailer for Looper, you might notice that star Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks a little bit different. That's because he's wearing prosthetics and makeup for the film so that he more closely resembles costar Bruce Willis. Gordon-Levitt and Willis play the same character 30 years apart, so when I sat down with the actor to chat about the sci-fi thriller, we chatted about all the changes Gordon-Levitt had to undergo and whether he ever wished they'd cast someone who looked a little more like him. Watch as Gordon-Levitt talks Willis and Looper, which opens this week.
Emily Blunt may star in Looper, but it was her husband, John Krasinski, who got some of the loudest screams when they arrived at the TIFF opening night gala at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto on Thursday. Looper was the festival's big first-evening debut, and there were crowds to show the excitement. John let Emily take center stage when it came time for interviews, ducking into the theater with a smile. Emily's costars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also stepped out looking dapper for the premiere. JGL also moved on to introduce the film to another audience a few blocks away in the city as well. He gushed about the "lovely" Emily and jokingly called Bruce "a little indie actor you might have heard of" before taking his seat to enjoy the film with the crowd — and of course, celebrate afterwards with a party.
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