Monday Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

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June 4th, 2012

Monday Wrap-Up for June 4th

--“Snow White and the Huntsman” jumped to the top of the rankings last week. On its debut weekend, the film earned over $56 million, edging out the competition. Kristen Stewart stars as a fierce young princess, while Charlize Theron takes on the juicy role of the evil queen. When Snow White’s jealous and conniving stepmother arranges for her death, the princess’s destiny looks bleak. However, the huntsman takes pity on the young woman and trains her in the art of war, turning Snow White into a skilled warrior who dares to defy her evil stepmother. “Snow White and the Huntsman” has a PG-13 rating for brief sensuality, as well as intense violence.

Other Theatrical Releases
During the weekend of June 1st, “Men in Black III” earned over $29 million. The total domestic gross now equals over $112 million. Agent J has to travel back in time to the 1960s to save Agent K from certain death. He will have to win Agent K’s trust all over again if the two want to save the planet. Josh Brolin and Will Smith team up as the dynamic duo. The film is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and sci-fi violence.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” has continued to make waves at the box office. Joss Whedon’s superhero film brings together six of the comic book world’s most beloved superheroes. Together, they must use their skills to defeat Loki and his nefarious plot. Their disagreements and egos might get in the way of the teamwork they need to survive. The sci-fi action epic brought in over $20 million, with total earnings of over $552 million. The PG-13 rating is due to intense action sequences and a brief drug reference.

“Battleship” made over $4 million this weekend. The overall gross is now up to $55,123,170. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to strong violence, intense action sequences and language. When a Navy armada runs into a fleet of bloodthirsty aliens, they find themselves caught in a hair-raising game of cat and mouse. If they cannot defeat the extraterrestrials, the whole world may be in grave danger.

“The Dictator” stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a tyrannical ruler who hates democracy and nearly everything else. The comedy earned $4,725,000 during the weekend of June 1st. Overall, the film has grossed over $50 million. When an African dictator is taken by surprise and stripped of his identity, he has to learn to survive in New York City. From tourism to customer service, he soon finds that playing nicely with New Yorkers is much harder than his life as an egotistical ruler. “The Dictator” is rated R for strong crude and mature content, violent imagery, language and nudity.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” earned $4,600,000 this weekend, bringing the total domestic gross to over $25 million. A group of British retirees decides to live out their golden years in India. When they arrive, they find that nothing is exactly what they expected. With open hearts and minds, however, the new residents of the Marigold Hotel will learn to love their new home. The PG-13 rating is due to mature content and language. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” has been steadily rising in the ranks, surprising critics with its success.

Movies to DVD
Denzel Washington stars in “Safe House,” a dark thriller available on DVD on Tuesday, June 5th. Washington plays Frost, a rogue agent who is brought to a CIA safe house. Young Matt Weston is in charge of the safe house, but his skills are severely put to the test when the safe house becomes the target of ruthless mercenaries. Weston and Frost will have to work together to survive the attacks and make sure the safe house is actually safe. The R rating is due to strong violence and language.
“Act of Valor” focuses on a group of valiant and dedicated Navy SEALs. The film is inspired by true events and stars actual Navy SEALs, bringing a unique sense of realism to the war film. The team must embark on a covert mission, with the aim of safely recovering a CIA agent who was kidnapped by unfriendly forces. “Act of Valor” has an R rating for language, strong violence and some scenes of torture.

Disney’s “John Carter” is available on DVD this week. Taylor Kitsch plays a Civil War veteran who gets a second chance at heroism from an unexpected source.