Hugh Jackman is back as everyone's favorite mutant in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" spin-off "The Wolverine," and the film easily topped the box office in its first weekend of release. While it succeeded in putting an end to the recent streak of big-budget flops (including "White House Down," "The Lone Ranger" and "R.I.P.D."), it nonetheless won't reach the same heights as its critically maligned predecessor, 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Are audiences sick of sequels, reboots and spin-offs?
As for the rest of this week's list...
July 31, 2013
1. "The Wolverine" (Last week: Not ranked)
How will "X-Men: Days of Future Past" play when it opens next summer?
2. Toronto Film Festival (Last week: Not ranked)
The lineup for this year's fest has been announced, and will include Bill Condon’s Julian Assange biopic "The Fifth Estate," Alfonso Cuaron’s "Gravity," Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave", "Mandela: Long Road to Freedom," and "August: Osage County." Will any or all of these films earn a place in Oscar history?
3. "The Hobbit" Trilogy (Last week: Not ranked)
That's a wrap. "Desolation of Smaug" hits screen this December, with "There and Back Again" following in 2014.
4. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Last week: No. 5)
Here are five things we learned about the anticipated sequel starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
5. "Blue Jasmine" (Last week: Not ranked)
Woody Allen isn't normally associated with big box office, but his latest -- opening in just six theaters -- grossed $102,000 per screen, setting a 2013 record. It also breaks his 2011 record for "Midnight in Paris."
6. "Cold Comes the Night" (Last week: Not ranked)
"Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston will continue being bad in this upcoming noir co-starring Alice Eve.
7. "Captain Phillips" (Last week: Not ranked)
Will Tom Hanks hijack another Oscar? We'll see how good his chances are when the film premieres at the New York Film Festival on September 27, a couple of weeks before its October 11 release.
8. "Beverly Hills Cop 4" (Last week: Not ranked)
It's on. Eddie Murphy's in. We're not gonna fall for the banana in the tailpipe.
9. "Star Wars: Episode VII" (Last week: Not ranked)
Nuh Nuh Nuh NA nuh-NAH NA nu-NAAH. That was the "Imperial March" theme by John Williams. You'll probably be hearing it again when the Oscar magnet returns to score "Episode VII."
10. "Despicable Me 2" (Last week: Not ranked)
Heroes and villains alike make bank. After "Iron Man 3" was the 2013 first film to cross the $300 million mark at the box office, it’s appropriate that the second film to do so this year stars a supervillain.
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1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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