Monday Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

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Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
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September 17th, 2012

Monday Wrap-Up: What Happened Over the Weekend?

-- "Resident Evil: Retribution” landed in top spot at the box office during the weekend of Friday, September 14th, bringing in profits of $21,100,000. The adrenaline-charged movie stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, humanity’s last hope for survival in a world ruled by a corrupt corporation. As part of a ruthless resistance movement, Alice will have to battle zombies and a malicious supercomputer if she wants humankind to have any chance of thriving. The fifth film in the “Resident Evil” series has an R rating for intense violence.

“Finding Nemo 3D” made a triumphant comeback. The 3D rerelease of the beloved Pixar animated film earned $17,504,000 during its first weekend back in theaters. When his adventurous son winds up trapped in a fish tank, Marlin, a neurotic clownfish, embarks on a dangerous mission to reunite his little family. He encounters laidback turtles, well-meaning sharks and many other odd friends along the way. “Finding Nemo” is rated G.
Continuing Films

“The Possession” earned $5,800,000 over the weekend, bringing overall profits to over $41 million. A young girl gets more than she bargained for after purchasing a mysterious box. When she ends up at the mercy of a vengeful spirit, it is up to her father to rescue her. The PG-13 rating is due to mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing imagery.

Set during the Great Depression, “Lawless” continues to draw audiences to the theaters. The movie saw weekend profits of over $4 million, with current overall earnings of more than $30 million. Three brothers make a living with a liquor bootlegging business. However, their way of life is constantly threatened by corrupt lawmen, jealous neighbors and the brothers’ hot tempers. The gritty Western has an R rating for mature content, nudity, language and bloody violence.

As Halloween draws closer, “ParaNorman” continues to charm audience members of all ages. The family-friendly film earned $3,039, 464, just managing to stay ahead of “The Expendables 2” in overall box office rankings. Total profits now equal more than $49 million. Norman Babock might be able to talk to the dead, but he is also a normal kid, and sometimes he lets his responsibilities fall by the wayside. The problem is, now he has to deal with zombies. “ParaNorman” has a PG rating for scary images and sequences, thematic materials, language and rude humor.

“The Expendables 2” made $3,030,000 at the box office. The action flick has now earned more than $80 million during its successful five weeks in theaters. Several elite mercenaries head into dangerous lands to avenge the death of one of their team members. Their new nemesis might just get the better of them. The film’s R rating is due to intense violence throughout.

“The Words” earned over $2 million, managing to stay in the top ten box office rankings. Bradley Cooper stars as an up-and-coming author who compromised his integrity in exchange for success. Now, he has to deal with the consequences. The film has earned more than $9 million. The PG-13 rating is because of smoking and strong language.

Movies to DVD

“The Cabin in the Woods” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, September 18th. A group of friends heads to the woods for a fun-filled and relaxing weekend. Things seem strange, however, and the friends soon begin to suspect that they are being watched. Before long, a sinister plot will come to light that will change the way the friends view the world. The horror movie’s R rating is due to strong violence and gore, language, nudity, drug use and mature content.

A group of British retirees head off to a new life in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Lured by the promise of glamour and excitement, the new residents of the retirement hotel soon discover that the advertising may have been a little on the generous side. As they struggle to adjust to culture shock, the Brits slowly begin to embrace a different way of looking at the world. The movie is rated PG-13 for language and mature content.

“Hysteria” tells the story of Mortimer Granville, a young doctor who is eager to find success in life. When an older doctor hires Granville to take part in an unusual study, Granville reluctantly agrees. To make matters even more complicated, Granville has to deal with the attention of the doctor’s two pretty and stubborn daughters. “Hysteria” has an R rating for mature content.

In “The Woman in the Fifth,” a struggling writer wants desperately to reconnect with his estranged wife and child. Before long, he begins an affair with a mysterious beauty, but his life spirals out of control after he learns that she may be lying about her true identity. The film’s R rating is due to violent imagery, language and mature content.