Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.
We saw Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra chasing bad guys John Abraham in 2004’s Dhoom and Hrithik Roshan in 2006’s Dhoom 2. And now, as the first trailer of the third instalment Dhoom: 3 reveals, they may just be up against the villain of a lifetime.
The gentleman in question, armed with a deadly superbike and a deadlier physique, is Aamir Khan. In the just-released heart-stopping trailer of the film, Aamir’s Dhoom ride promising more cutting-edge action sequences, in the vein of those seen in the previous movies. One glimpse of Aamir’s chiseled back later, he roars off on a bike chased by Abhishek Bachchan, hanging out of a chopper, and Uday Chopra, also on a bike.
Making a very brief appearance is Katrina Kaif, wearing a white tank and shorts and hanging off a rope. Katrina’s predecessors were Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who made a stunning appearance in the second movie, and Esha Deol who starred in the first film. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Yash Raj Films, Dhoom: 3 is slated to release on December 20, 2013.
Although One Direction: This Is Us topped the box office over the three-day weekend, the boy band couldn’t hold off Lee Daniels’ The Butler over the extended four-day frame. The Weinstein drama surged to $20 million during the Friday-to-Monday period (a 21 percent increase over last weekend), giving the Forest Whitaker showcase $79.3 million total against a $30 million budget. The Butler is now a lock to earn over $100 million domestically, though it won’t be able to achieve a fourth weekend in first place. Riddick will make sure of that.
One Direction: This Is Us finished in second place with $18 million. After an $8.9 million Friday, Sony was expecting This Is Us to earn about $24-25 million over the four-day weekend, but the film’s fangirl appeal made it even more frontloaded than the studio expected. Sony had to downgrade its three-day result from $17 million to $15.8 million this morning — but the film is hardly in trouble. Morgan Spurlock shot the 3-D doc for just $10 million, and it should do gangbusters business on DVD.
We’re the Millers and Planes stuck around in third and fourth place with $15.9 million and $10.7 million, respectively. After four weekends, Millers has earned $112.9 million, while Planes has taken in $73.8 million.
In fifth place, surprise hit Instructions Not Included continued its incredible run, scoring $10 million from 347 theaters over the holiday frame. The Spanish-language film starring Eugenio Derbez notched a sizzling $28,616 per theater average, and distributors Lionsgate and Pantelion plan on expanding the film substantially next weekend.
Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez’s critically reviled thriller Getaway crashed and burned on its opening weekend. After four days, the Warner Bros. release, which was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment for $18 million, has grossed an anemic $5.5 million, and word of mouth suggests that moviegoers will continue to “get away” from the picture next weekend.
Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is desperately ready to get back in limelight again. Although his action flick The Last Stand failed to mesmerize the audience yet he is looking forward to new releases like Escape Plan andThe Expendables 3.
In Escape Plan and The Expendables 3, he has teamed up with his old buddy Sylvester Stallone.
The former Mr. Olympia and politician has tweeted his day one picture on The Expendables 3 sets with Harrison Ford and director Patrick Hughes.
In the picture, he is seen puffing on Cohiba cigar while Ford is seen in pilot uniform. “It was a fantastic first day of filming on ‘Expendables 3’. Great to work with Harrison and our director, Patrick,” he tweeted.
Interestingly, Harrison Ford got the place in the action squad afterBruce Willis left the franchise over monetary issues. “WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!” Stallone had earlier informed this through his tweet.
Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson are the other stars in the action franchise.
Escape Plan is set to be released on 18 October, 2013 while The Expendables 3 is scheduled to release in 2014.