So Sex And The City made $55.7 million in the US this weekend — and another $40 million overseas — to become the highest opening ever for an R-rated comedy and beating Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull into second spot in its second week. People, you only have yourself to blame if they make another one.
More interesting (at least to me) was the fact that The Strangers made in excess of $20m in the US. Considering the film doesn't have any stars (no offense meant to Liv Tyler or Scott Speedman but neither of you are, like, Will Smith) and has been sitting around for a while now, the numbers are terrific. Who said horror's dead at the box office? And when's it out in the UK?
Meanwhile, fire ravaged the Universal Studios Tour in Los Angeles, destroying two of the most popular backlot shooting locations, namely the New York Street and the Back to the Future courthouse square. The blaze also laid waste to the King Kong amusement park attraction and countless videos of Universal films and TV shows that were stored in a cavernous vault. I have very fond memories of visiting Universal both as a child with my parents and later as an adult when I was there interviewing John Landis. Fortunately no one appears to have been hurt.
And talking of disaster movies (as I tangentially was), The Happening press machine is gearing up with the film's release less than a fortnight away. Although there's still no confirmation of UK press screenings, Mark Walhberg was promoting it on Jonathan Ross on Friday night and the NY Times has a somewhat interesting article on M Night Shyamalan.