Most people who enjoy photography and follow various photographers know the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The French photographer is often lauded as the father of modern photojournalism and street photography. And, judging by the packed exhibit of his work at the MoMA museum here in New York City, his work is pretty compelling on its own merit alone. However, as they say, behind every great man is a woman; in Cartier-Bresson’s case, that woman was his wife Martine Franck who passed away this month. Continue reading
While The Expendables 2 saw a very small dip in ticket sales through week 2 (53% for a $13 million weekend), it didn’t help the box office numbers from sinking to a new low in 2012. The weekend films only pulled in a meager $96 million, which is less than The Dark Knight Rises profits in its first week. The situation wasn’t helped by lackluster releases like Premium Rush and The Apparition, a film which saw a very moderate release on less than 1,000 screens nationwide.
It was a middle of the road, and very predictable, box office weekend as The Expendables 2 topped the charts with a $28 million dollar bow. While it is 18% off from the original film which took in $34 million in its opening weekend, The Expendables 2 shouldn’t be looked at as a failure. As a matter of fact, the next few weeks will indicate whether or not the series has legs. For Lionsgate, the series has been a mixed bag. Receiving mixed reviews from critics and bloggers, the films have found a home with hardcore male action movie fans who long for a day when testosterone driven films dominated the box office. Offering nothing new except for a few more aging action stars, The Expendables 2 achieved its weekend gross with nothing more than a simple action concept. A concept strong enough to knock Bourne Legacy from the top spot.
The Bourne Series is well on its way to becoming a familiar title at the box office. This weekend’s debut of Bourne Legacy, a spin-off of the Matt Damon films that share the same name, saw a similar debut to that of the most recent James Bond flicks. The $38 million debut not only placed Bourne Legacy at the top of the box office this weekend but it also brushed aside moderately steep competition from the Will Farrell comedy Campaign debuting in second with $26 million and The Dark Knight Rises which finally relinquished its hold on the top spot with $18 million this weekend. This was quite a monumental task for the studio as it worked hard to separate Matt Damon from the series and attempted to get audiences to accept that there is a much broader story. Luckily the tagline of: “There Was Never Just One” resonated with audiences who saw Jeremy Renner as a legit action movie star. This makes the second major action film for Renner who also starred as Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers. The question is now whether or not Hollywood has found its new action icon. Renner definitely has the looks and acting chops to fit the part. So far, Bourne Legacy has certainly placed him on the right path.