Bond is back. With rumors persisting that “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes will return to the director’s chair after all, Bond 24 takes the top spot this week. Despite rumors that Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) and Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) were interested, Mendes is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures and MGM about returning to the franchise. His “Skyfall” was the biggest hit of the series, and also earned widespread critical approval. Will lightning strike twice?
As for the rest of this week’s list…
June 5, 2013
Mendes. Sam Mendes.
2. “Fast & Furious 6” (Last week: No. 1)
The latest franchise entry has turned ka-boom into ka-ching at the box office.
3. “Avengers 2” (Last week: No. 2)
When it comes to the sequel, Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) is so “there,” and so are we.
4. “Star Trek 3” (Last week: No. 5)
It’s bound to be announced relatively soon. Will Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”) take over directing duties, with J.J. Abrams off in the “Star Wars” galaxy?
5. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Last week: Not ranked)
The Marvel space-superhero saga is putting together quite an eclectic cast. “Doctor Who” vet Karen Gillan has signed on, joining recent adds John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.
6. “Machete Kills” (Last week: Not ranked)
The initial trailer is a quick blast of b-movie fun featuring Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga and “Carlos Estevez.”
7. “Blade Runner 2” (Last week: Not ranked)
It’s apparently still on, with a new writer being brought onboard. We’ll believe it when we see through your eyes.
8. “Rocketman” (Last week: Not ranked)
Bane as Elton John? It might happen.
9. “Rodham” (Last week: Not ranked)
Which of these lovely ladies will play Hillary Clinton?
10. “After Earth” (Last week: Not ranked)
Ouch. Will and Jaden Smith and M. Night Shyamalan takes a beating at the box office in 2013’s first real flop. Who will be damaged the most?
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