I have been going through the gallery and trying to replace all the LQ/MQ pictures with HQ versions, so tonight I have replaced the screen captures of Carey from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Public Enemies with high-definition versions instead. Enjoy!
Gordon Gekko proved to still be a commodity after all of these years, but the weekend closing bell rang on a bearish note for upstarts Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and You Again. Overall business was up three percent over the same weekend last year, when Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was on top.
After greedily acquiring approximately 5,100 screens at 3,565 locations, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps accrued an estimated $19 million, which was above par for an adult-oriented drama but relatively modest for the scope of its release. On-the-money comparables are hard to come by, but the Wall Street sequel’s first weekend gross was close to Burn After Reading and nearly twice as much as The Informant! and Michael Clayton.
The first Wall Street debuted nearly 23 years ago and earned $4.1 million its first weekend, or the equivalent of double that adjusted for ticket-price inflation, but it played at a fifth of the theaters that Money Never Sleeps had. Its $43.8 million final tally would equal close to $87 million today, a sum that the sequel is unlikely to reach based on its first weekend returns.
UK reviews on Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have come in after its Cannes debut. “Utterly gripping. It’s been 23 years but it was worth the wait,” says London tabloid the Daily Mirror. “A return to form for all involved.” Baz Bamigoye in the rival Daily Mail says the movie is packed full of great lines. But it’s this punchy insider dialogue that’s a problem for the Daily Telegraph: “Without a close daily study of the financial pages, it’s hard to keep up.” The Independent calls the movie riveting, bombastic and downright maudlin by turns, while the Guardian says, “Money looks as if it’s dozing a little here: my advice is ‘sell’.”
Some general movie news wrap up for those who are curious: the premiere date for Wall Street 2 has been pushed back to September 24, where the film will be entered in the Cannes Film Festival. According to this source, Fox and Oliver Stone believe that it would be an opportunity to launch the film to a worldwide platform.
An Education will be released on March 30 in both DVD and Blu-ray format. You can pre order your copy here and you can expect pretty screencaptures when it’s released!