Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Lorax’ Cruises to Year’s Best Opening; Joel Killaman (?!) is ‘Robocop’; Snack Prices Prompt Lawsuit

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Lorax’ Cruises to Year’s Best Opening; Joel Killaman (?!) is ‘Robocop’; Snack Prices Prompt Lawsuit

Mar 05, 2012

The Lorax

A Little Lorax Will Lead Them All: Was it Danny DeVito’s voice? The Lorax scored “one of the best opening weekends ever for an animated movie,” earning $70.7 million, the sixth-highest opening ever and the best of 2012. Teen party flick Project X made $20.78 million, which may barely cover the film’s budget for alcohol. Holdovers Act of Valor ($13.7 million), Safe House ($7.2 million), and Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds ($7 million). [Box Office Mojo]

Who is Robocop?: MGM has boldly decided that the relatively unknown Joel Kinnaman will star as Robocop in the forthcoming remake that will be directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). Kinnaman’s stock evidently rose after his recent supporting performance in the Denzel Washington thriller Safe House; Kinnaman has also scored positive critical notice for his fine work as a secretive (and not very likable) police detective on AMC’s The Killing. [Deadline]

Lawyers in the Popcorn: Joshua Thompson “got tired of being taken advantage of,” according to his attorney, and decided to file a class action lawsuit against an AMC theater in Livonia, Michigan, in hopes that it will force theaters statewide to lower their prices for movie snacks. The suit notes that Thompson paid $8 for a Coke and a package of Goobers, “nearly three times” what he paid at local retailers. Legal experts predict the suit will be dismissed; AMC had no comment. [Detroit Free Press via UPI]

‘Star Wars’ Designer Dies: Artist Ralph McQuarrie, 82, has died. A longtime technical illustrator, he earned his first film credit as production illustrator for George Lucas’ Star Wars, thereafter working on Close Encounters of the Third Ship (the mothership), Battlestar Galactica (pilot for the 70s TV show), Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and several others. His most enduring creation may be Darth Vader’s mask, though he said it was changed “somewhat drastically” from his original concept. [Tor / Ralph]

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