FINAL: ‘Fury’ Wins Box Office War With $23.7M; ‘Book Of Life’ At $17M; ‘Gone Girl’ $100M+; ‘Best Of Me’ $10M – B.O. Final
FINAL UPDATE, 1:32 PM: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and QED, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX's The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will… Read
Oscars: ‘Birdman’ Flew Sky High In Theaters, But How Did It Play With Academy Voters?
There can be no question that one of this year's most anticipated films, Oscar-wise, flew high in its limited platform break at the box office this weekend. With an estimate exceeding $400,ooo at just four theatres in NY and LA, the $103,000-per-screen figure indicates strong want-to-see on the coasts. I had expected this totally unique and original film, with its orgiastic critical and Venice/Telluride/NY film fest response and general must-see status, would be huge on… Read
Bella Thorne Joins Animated ‘Underdogs’
EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel star Bella Thorne has joined the voice cast of Underdogs, the animated Weinstein Co. release hitting theaters April 10, 2015. The Argentine-Spanish family flick from director Juan J. Campanella tracks a shy but talented foosball player who defends his town and his girl from a nefarious soccer player with the help of his foosball table figurines, who come magically to life. The film is undergoing a Hollywood revision and Ariana Grande, Nicholas… Read
Disney Animation Unveils ‘Moana’ From ‘Little Mermaid’ Filmmakers For November 2016
Disney Animation Studios today announced plans for Moana, a CG-animated comedy adventure that will be released in late 2016. The pic, about a spirited teenager on an impossible mission to fulfill her ancestors' quest, is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the duo behind previous Disney blockbusters The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and The Princess And The Frog.
In March, Disney unveiled release date plans for its next eight animated pics — at that point it was… Read
‘Cabin Fever’ Remake Invites Eli Roth Back Into House – AFM
Eli Roth's 2002 horror comedy Cabin Fever is getting a remake, with the original movie's writer-director Roth returning as executive producer. He won't have to do much writing this time, though: The plan is to use the exact same Roth-Randy Pearlstein script that was shot in 2002, and with a cast already moved in, it puts the project on the fast track. Shooting begins this week in Portland, OR.
The new version will star Teen Wolf's Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel… Read
’22 Jump Street’ Being Re-Released Oct. 24th Only Days Before Home Entertainment Launch
The Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill buddy comedy hit 22 Jump Street is being re-released by Sony on October 24, in a distribution and marketing move that is kind of odd, given that the film is now at $191M domestically and $137.4M internationally. Usually this is done to reach some kind of box office benchmark, but given that it's already at $328.4M worldwide and is unlikely to make another $9M domestically, it has us scratching our heads. The DVD comes out on October 28th so… Read
Richard Gere Starrer ‘Time Out Of Mind’ Nabbed By IFC Films
Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind world premiered last month at TIFF and had its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival and now IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to the pic. Written and directed by Moverman, the film stars Richard Gere as George, a desperate man who is thrust onto New York City's gritty and unforgiving streets. He seeks refuge at an intake center for homeless men at Bellevue, and through a series of events, begins to repair the relationship with his… Read
AFI Fest Adds ‘The Homesman’ Gala And Conversations With Keaton, Norton And Deakins
Tommy Lee Jones' Cannes competition film, The Homesman has been added as an additional Centerpiece Gala to this year's growing lineup for the AFI Fest. The film which he directed and also co-stars in with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep among others will screen on Tuesday November 11th. AFI also announced a series of “Special Screenings” including a number of other films that initially debuted at Cannes in May : Olivier Assayas' Clouds Of Sils Maria, Mike Leigh's… Read
‘Key & Peele’ In New Line Deal For First Joint Film, About Purloined Feline ‘Keanu’
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central series stars Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set their first joint film project at New Line. Titled Keanu, the film is set to start production next spring. The title refers not to the actor who played Neo in The Matrix, but rather to a kidnapped cat.
Said Peele: “The movie should resonate with a large audience as almost everyone has had a house pet stolen by a street gang, right?"
The pair worked together on MAD TV and… Read
Parents & Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized To Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study
After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could… Read
‘Birdman’ Flies High Over Specialty Box Office With +$100K Per-Theater Average
Never mind the other specialty films this weekend. It's really all about Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) and its high-flying debut, averaging more than $100,000 per theater in its opening weekend.
The Venice/Telluride feature directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton had one of the best bows of the year, exceeded only by another of distributor Fox Searchlight's specialty projects, last spring's The Grand Budapest Hotel (that one… Read
Oscar Watch: How Elaine Stritch And Other Showbiz Documentaries Hope To Grab The Eyes – And Hearts – Of Voters
If there was any doubt awards season was in full swing, this week's growing list of screening events featuring lunches, dinners and receptions all aimed at luring Academy and Golden Globe voters should erase any question.
As I pointed out last week, the Academy's “official” foreign-language screenings began on Monday night with Poland's Ida and Hungary's demanding but very fine White God. But that is just the beginning for both those films.
On Friday afternoon at Century… Read