Monday Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

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A big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway jukebox musical that celebrates the '80s heyday of rock n' roll. Directed by Adam Shankman, the movie follows waitress Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and busboy Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) who fall in love during the glam metal era of the 1980s. Rounding out the ensemble cast list are actors Tom Cruise (who plays rock star Stacee Jaxx), Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin & Malin Akerman.

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June 18th, 2012

Monday Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

-- “Rock of Ages” burst into theaters this weekend, making a grand total of $15,060,000. The energetic and over-the-top musical landed third place in overall box office rankings, coming in slightly behind heavy-hitters “Prometheus” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” Tom Cruise brings all his charisma to the big screen as Stacee Jaxx, a rocker who struggles to reconcile his larger than life persona with his secret insecurities and demons. “Rock of Ages” is an exuberant and edgy film set in 1980s Los Angeles, jam-packed with catchy musical numbers. The movie has a PG-13 rating for suggestive dancing, heavy drinking, language and mature content.

Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, Adam Sandler drew crowds to the theaters with his raunchy new comedy. “That’s My Boy” earned $13 million during its debut weekend. Sandler stars as a very unconventional father. After raising his son all alone during his youth and then heading off for more exciting ventures, Donny has now decided to go back to his paternal ways. He shows up unexpectedly at his son’s wedding, but his reappearance brings up all kinds of buried secrets and family skeletons. The comedy is rated R for nudity, strong language, drug use and strong crude content.

Continuing Films
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” earned $35,500,000 this weekend, staying in its number one spot at the box office. The total gross now reaches over $120 million. Gloria, Melman, Alex and Marty join a traveling European circus during their quest to get back home to the comforts of New York City. They meet some unexpected friends along the way. The family-friendly animated film has a PG rating for crude humor and mild action sequences.

“Prometheus” brought in $20,200,000 during its second weekend in theaters, bringing overall earnings to over $88 million. Ridley Scott’s latest addition to the “Alien” mythology is full of startling moments and intense action sequences. When a spacecraft heads out into the darkest reaches of the universe, powered by a crew of 17, the explorers want to find the origins of human life. What they find instead is a terrifying puzzle that could claim all of their lives. The high-powered sci-fi epic has an R rating for disturbing images, intense violence and language.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” made $13,800,000 in box office profits, with a total gross of more than $122 million. A young princess must find her true calling as a fearsome warrior if she hopes to take revenge on the evil stepmother who tried to take her life. Chris Hemsworth stars as the brave huntsman who changes the girl’s fate. The dark fantasy is rated PG-13 for intense action sequences and brief sensuality.

“Men in Black III” made $10 million during its fourth weekend in theaters. Overall, the movie has made over $152 million. Agent J and Agent K are still working hard to fight aliens and save the planet from extraterrestrial threats. The twist is that Agent J has to travel back in time and try to adjust to 1960s culture. The fun sci-fi adventure has a PG-13 rating for brief suggestive content and sci-fi action violence.

Movies to DVD
“Big Miracle” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, June 19th. The heartwarming film tells the story of three whales who become unexpectedly trapped by ice, blocked from the ocean. When a nearby Alaskan town learns of the whales’ plight, they join forces to save the majestic creatures from certain doom. The unlikely endeavor soon starts to change everybody’s life in unexpected ways. John Kransinski and Drew Barrymore star. “Big Miracle” has a PG rating for language.

Funnymen Ed Helms and Jason Segel work together in “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” Segel is a contentedly underachieving slacker who eventually has to leave his comfortable basement dwelling and head out into the real world. Helms is the slacker’s brother, a neurotic worrywart who may seem successful, but hides plenty of unhappy secrets. Together, the brothers have to join forces and figure out their lives. The film has an R rating for drug use and some language.

In “Wanderlust,” an ordinary couple decides to embark on an extraordinary adventure. George and Linda leave their professional New York lives behind and head out to a commune, where everybody lives by slightly different rules. George and Linda think they have found the perfect solution to their unsatisfying lives, but fitting in will take a little work. The comedy has an R rating for language, drug use, graphic nudity and suggestive content. “Wanderlust” is due out on DVD this week.