Box Office Mojo has the box office totals for the last weekend of 2012. At the top was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which earned $31.96 million, and it has grossed $221.7 million domestically. In second was the incredible Django Unchained, which earned $30.1 million, and since its release has grossed $63.4 million. With an A- Cinema Score it is on track to become Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film ever. Falling into my category as one of the most overrated movies of 2012 (it’s there with The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games), Les Miserables took third place with $27.3 million, and a six day total of $66.7 million. In fourth was the family friendly comedy Parental Guidance which earned $14.55 million, and a six day total of $29.3 million. Rounding out the top five was the Tom Cruise kick-ass ass-kicking flick Jack Reacher, which took in $14 million, and has a total of $44.7 million. This is a movie that isn’t getting the credit it deserves, and it is certainly more entertaining than some of the other films in the top five (*cough* third and fourth place *cough*).Hip-Hop/Rap great Jay-Z is shifting his focus from dropping beats with Kanye West to working in Hollywood. The debut of the trailer for “The Great Gatsby” has the Internet ablaze with its use of “Church in the Wild” (from Jay-Z and Kanye West) and Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness.”
The newest trailer features music from Florence + the Machine (“Bedroom Hymns”), and Filter’s (awesome) cover of “Happy Together.”
The juxtaposition of having some modern songs with the films’ setting was throwing people off, but remember director Baz Luhrmann (“Australia”) has done this for a number of his films ("Moulin Rouge"), and to great effect. So it should come as no surprise that The Film Stage has learned Jay-Z has been hired to compose the film’s score, and he is working with Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts to accomplish it. Jeymes posted to his Twitter, “Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” This music, I think, really fits the trailer as a way to draw interest, but only time will tell if it fits the entire film.
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