Horror fans had to rejoice when they saw that the Eli Roth-produced The Last Exorcism ended its opening weekend in the top spot at the box office. It's not often that a horror movie is number one across the country, but unfortunately for horror fans, last weekend wasn't one of those rare occurrences.
The New York Times reports that, in fact, it was Takers that won the weekend. Box Office Mojo's weekend box office chart confirms the report, with Takers' $20.51 million winning by a slim margin over The Last Exorcism's $20.36 million.
The weekend box office grosses reported on Sunday nights are calculated by adding together Friday's and Saturday's numbers with the studios' best guess of Sunday's grosses. Sometimes, as evidenced by this weekend, those guesses are wrong.
The Last Exorcism did win the battle of critics with Takers receiving poor reviews while Exorcism's reviews were much more favorable. But when it comes to audiences, America prefers hunky dudes pulling off a crime or two just slightly more than the twisting and bending possession of a young woman living on a farm. Posted 09.01.10 by Ryan
In spite of big-name stars Matt Dillon, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana, Takers is not getting much buzz in the dog days of summer. Rightfully so?
Posted 08.27.10 by reelz
"Graced with ample style if not much substance, Takers is a respectable but watered-down heist movie..."— Brian Lowry, Variety
"...a serviceable B-movie..."— Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"...kind of cool, but not nearly as cool as it wants to be or thinks it is."— A . O. Scott, New York Times
"Even with all of the action, and with a few plot twists that are kinda cool, there's really not enough to Takers to make it worth your time."— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"There's ... a heist or two, plus the requisite chases, gunfire, and betrayals, but that all seems incidental to the film's real purpose: allowing a cast of handsome young men to live out their Rat Pack fantasies — and by extension, the audience's."— Nathan Rabin, Onion AV Club
Given the state of the economy, we're due for a good heist movie — after all, who would you rather see getting away with ill-gotten gains: an oversized, corrupt financial institution or a skilled set of charismatic bandits? We know who we'd root for, any day. This week a high-living team of criminals known for their precision bank robberies takes to the screen, trying to pull off that infamous "one last job" that's always ripe for cinematic doom. If that combination of style and ill-fated heist appeals, we recommend checking out (or rewatching) Quentin Tarantino's first movie.
more about Takers >> Posted 08.24.10 by reelz
A new trailer has been released for writer-director John Luessenhop's (Lockdown) new movie, Takers (formerly Bone Deep). The "Takers" are a highly skilled team of criminals (played by Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy) who specialize in precision bank robberies, employing a combination of brute force, fire power and high-tech know-how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. When their former leader (Clifford "T.I." J. Harris) gets out of prison, the crew immediately goes to work on one very special job, trying desperately to stay one step ahead of a determined detective (Matt Dillon). Watch 2 new clips for Takers >> Posted 08.11.10 by BrentJS
Screen Gems has released two new clips from its upcoming heist movie, Takers (formerly Bone Deep). Written and directed by John Luessenhop (Lockdown), the movie follows a highly organized team of bank robbers (Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Chris Brown, T.I. and Michael Ealy) as they attempt to pull off one final score and evade the determined detective (Matt Dillon) who is hot on their trail. Watch Takers in action >> Posted 08.06.10 by BrentJS
Screen Gems has debuted the second trailer for the ensemble heist action movie Takers starring: Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon, Jay Hernandez, T.I. and Chris Brown.
Sounding somewhat in the same vein as The Italian Job and Ocean's Eleven, Takers revolves around a notorious group of bank robbers who continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between their heists. Posted 06.09.10 by reelz
When it comes to the mix of movies being offered up, not much has changed since we previewed Summer 2010 blockbusters back in September 2009. The season is still packed with sequels, remakes, comic book adaptations, and 3-D.
Meaning, fans of action/adventure movies (11), comedies (8), and chick flicks (9) are in luck, as are parents looking for a way to entertain the kids (10). But the pickings are slim for horror fans (3) and those looking for some summer drama (6) or thrilling intrigue (5). Check 'em all out in our 2010 Summer Movie Guide. Posted 05.04.10 by reelz