A New Box-office Champ (But Does Anyone Know His Name?)

By Zeus! Sam Worthington has suddenly become the demigod star of the 21st century. After all, not only did his performance in Avatar produce all-time box-office records, but he has just set another record in the lead role in Clash of the Titans , which debuted with an estimated $61.4 million -- $64.1 million if Thursday-night previews are included -- the most any film has ever earned over an Easter weekend, according to Warner Bros. Of course, 3D screenings may have played a supporting role of their own in helping Worthington shine (certainly audiences didn't flock to the theaters to see the kraken, did they?), but Warner's was quick to point out that 3D venues accounted for only 52 percent of the movie's gross. With two other 3D blockbusters, How to Train Your Dragon and Alice in Wonderland, fighting to hold on to as many 3D screens as they could, just 42 percent of theaters showing Titans did so in 3D. And then, of course, Worthington also starred in the non-3D hit Terminator Salvation last year. No, as Roger Moore pointed out in his review of Titans "Worthington is emerging as the new Charlton Heston -- an actor big enough to fill a big screen with his bigness." Manohla Dargis in the New York Times called him "Russell Crowe 2.0." Then again, some writers have pointed out that most moviegoers would have difficulty coming up with the name of the star of Terminator Salvation, Avatar, and Clash of the Titans. Those writers suggest that he enroll in charisma classes. As Ty Burr remarked in the Boston Globe "Could somebody at least sit this man down in front of an Errol Flynn movie?"

05/04/2010


Contactmusic

Tags: Bros - Charlton Heston - Errol Flynn - Roger Moore - Russell Crowe - Sam Worthington - Terminator


Editors Recommendations

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

‘Game of Thrones’ is a cultural phenomenon, whatever you think of the qualities it does...

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Jay-Z and Beyonce, on the same bill? Yep, it looks as though the world's richest and most...

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Leonardo DiCaprio will continue his hunt for a best actor Oscar with Gonzalez Inarritu's...

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's "Gone Girl"

The first trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl is out. The last bit of news about the Gillian Flynn...

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

Lindsay Lohan has been hit with the shame and bad publicity of a fellow entertainer...

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences...

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences...

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

Lindsay Lohan's Mother, Dina, Loses Driving Licence After Pleading Guilty To DUI

A member of the Lohan family has ran into trouble with the law, yet again...

Lindsay Lohan's Mother, Dina, Loses Driving Licence After Pleading Guilty To DUI

The First 'Gone Girl' Trailer is Weird And Different To Other Trailers

“I did not kill my wife!” exclaims Ben Affleck in the first official trailer for David Fincher’s...

The First 'Gone Girl' Trailer is Weird And Different To Other Trailers


More recommendations

Comments

Bros Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Bros

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All