Two sequels and an original sci-fi movie – Despicable Me 2, Grown Ups 2, and Pacific Rim – walk into a bar.
"Hey," says the bartender, "You look like the top three movies in America this weekend."
The bartender's sense of humor may be sorely lacking, but he is damned accurate. Despicable Me 2 reigned supreme for the second consecutive week, and of the two new wide releases, a rare Adam Sandler sequel emerged with more estimated earnings than Guillermo del Toro's mechs-vs-monsters extravaganza.
Synopsis: Lenny has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.
The very first teaser trailer for Grown Ups 2 is now online, and the idea behind the comedy is apparently that the audience ought to feel notaglic for these characters' nostalgia.
The first poster for Grown Ups 2 has arrived online, implying that a trailer will follow in the very near future.
When that trailer does show up, let's hope it has a little more meat on its bones.
In a move that suggests the hugely anticipated trailer will arrive sooner rather than later, Sony Pictures has released the first official image from Grown Ups 2.
Said image features Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek laughing at something offscreen, joined by fellow laughing people Chris Rock, Kevin James, Maria Bello, and David Spade.
Four new movies entered American theaters and the list of top ten movies for the weekend. Of those four, Hotel Transylvania made the biggest impression, setting a record for the biggest September opening of all time. Looper, meanwhile, did much better than many observers were predicting in second place, and Pitch Perfect started out strong in a limited release.
Opening in theaters on September 28th is the new animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania from director Genndy Tartakovsky (TV's Samurai Jack) and writers Peter Baynham (Arthur Christmas) and Robert "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog" Smigel (You Don't Mess with the Zohan). The movie features superstar comedian Adam Sandler (Jack and Jill), along with many of his constant comedy cohorts such as Andy Samberg (That's My Boy), Kevin James (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), Steve Buscemi (Mr. Deeds), David Spade (Grown Ups), Jon Lovitz (Grown Ups 2), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), and Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), as well as newcomers to the Sandler World including Selena Gomez (Horton Hears a Who!), Fran Drescher (Cadillac Man), and CeeLo Green (Sparkle).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had an opportunity to sit down with director Genndy Tartakovsky in July at Comic Con International in San Diego to talk about his work on Hotel Transylvania. The animation director discussed the new film, what he brought to the project, the tone of the movie, the iconic monster characters, casting Adam Sandler's troupe of actors, and his love for Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein, Love at First Bite, Once Bitten, and Tom & Jerry cartoons.
Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Two proven box office commodities, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, stepped outside their wheelhouses a bit with new releases this weekend. Both will likely stick to exactly what has worked before, since neither Rock of Ages nor That's My Boy managed to open up to the standards to which they were being held.
Synopsis: When a young Donny (Adam Sandler) hooked up with his hot teacher, he never thought he'd wind up becoming the single father to their son, Todd (Andy Samberg). Needless to say, Donny's parenting skills fell way short and Todd took off on his own as soon as he turned 18. When Donny learns that his only son is now making big bucks, he winds up on his fancy doorstep to reconnect. But Todd, who is about to get married, isn't quite as excited to see his father after all this time and struggles to keep his clean-cut world intact.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, Will Forte
Director: Sean Anders
Release Date: June 15, 2012