If you've were on Twitter at all this weekend, you probably saw some weird tweets ending with the hashtag "#sharknado." The bizarre film exploded all over social media, but you won't find it playing at your local theater. A release on the Syfy television channel, Sharknado was produced by The Asylum, a production company that specializes in "mockbusters"—B-movie mock-blockbusters, often parodying recent films. Asylum partners David Rimawi and Paul Bales were recently interviewed by GQ. "The only we haven't done is straight drama," said Rimawi. "In other words, good films," said Bales. According to Syfy's website, the film will be re-aired tonight at 9/8 c, so tune in and join the tweeting. Read more here.
Despicable Me 2 dominated the box office for its second weekend running, beating out the openings of Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim. (If you're having trouble deciding between which of the three to see, go read our review of Pacific Rim and Grown Ups 2here, and then stick with the yellow minions.) Grown Ups followed Despicable Me with a $42.5 mil opening, and Pacific Rim came in at $38.3 mil.
A small specialty opening, Fruitvale Station, pulled in $377,285 from the seven theaters it opened in this weekend. That makes it one of the best per-theater-averages of 2013. Fruitvale, a production of The Weinstein Company, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance this year. It's based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young black man living in the Bay Area who was unjustly shot by a police officer, and the reeling impact the incident had on the community. The uncanny timeliness of the story—in light of the Zimmerman trial—has ...1