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James Wan’s Furious 7, the newest entry in the franchise, rose to the top of the box office for a second straight weekend, earning $60.6 million along the way. The film’s total gross to date makes it the most commercially successful feature of the year, leapfrogging it ahead of Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 50 Shades of Grey. The film’s total gross of $252.5 million to date also already makes it the most commercially successful outing for a number of stars in its ensemble, including Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, and Kurt Russell.
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young also made a major impact at the box office, landing in the tenth spot on the charts with $1.4 million despite being in limited release. The Ben Stiller-starring feature was not the only new entry in the box office top ten, however, as the Dan Fogelman feature Danny Collins, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A little under nine years ago most of Hollywood thought Universal Studios' "Fast and Furious" franchise was dead in the water. The third installment in the series, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," had earned just $62.5 million domestically. How times have changed. Today, after a second weekend haul of $60.5 million, "Furious 7" has made $252.5 million in just 10 days. More impressive, it's grossed $800 million globally and is on track to cross $1 billion. Frankly, even based on the success of the last few "Furious" films it's an astonishing achievement for all involved. Moreover, "Furious 7" may hold on to the no. 1 spot at the box office for the next two weekends until "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens on May 1. As for the rest of this weekend's box office results, DreamWorks Animation's "Home" continued to withstand the "Furious" storm dropping just 29% for another $19 million and $129.5 million. It's taken in $242.2 million worldwide so far. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Furious 7 has retained the Us box office in its second weekend.
The film became the fourth highest opener of all time last weekend.
Home stays at two with $19m, while new entry The Longest Ride is at three with $13.5.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for April 10-12 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is »
After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »
- Michelle McCue
Disney’s live-action fairy tale Cinderella will cross the $400 million worldwide mark today, thanks to Kenneth Branagh’s directorial enchantment and the studio’s domestic and international marketing and distribution prowess. With a solid $396.2M through Sunday, the studio will be fueled by the fact that today is a holiday in many markets around the world and kids are off on school break in several territories, so she will step easily into that $400M glass slipper. Along… »
We present the third industry report on the South Korean Cinema.
It is estimated that more than 11 million people attend the cinemas on March. Ticket sale overpass the $80 million dollars. Korean Films were watched by almost 4 million people and had a revenue of $27 million dollars. Foreign Films were able to sell more than 7 million tickets with a revenue of $53 million dollars. Korean films got only the 34,51% of the market and Foreign films the other 65,49%.
If we compare the numbers from this month with the ones obtained in 2014 we can see that the industry had a decrease. The total number of admissions descend 9%, rising $6 million dollars less. One important thing to highlight is that there was an increase of 9% in admissions on Korean films compared to last year. But despite this Foreign films were able to get most of the market (65.49% of admissions).
The Korean Films release this »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Furious 7 has topped the Us box office in its debut weekend.
The action thriller starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker took $143.6m in a huge opening weekend. The film took $384 million in total worldwide, making it the fourth highest opener of all time, beaten only by The Avengers and two Harry Potter films.
Do you believe? is at nine with $1.5m, while The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel rounds out the top ten with $1m. »
Cinderella is certainly a childhood favourite and Kenneth Branagh’s re-telling of the classic tale is in UK cinemas now. The endearing story of young Ella, who loses her father unexpectedly, finds herself at the mercy of her stepmother and her daughters.
As you’d expect it’s filled with glass slippers, pumpkin carriages and ugly sisters but the origins of this famous fairytale has a darker side. We’ve become accustomed to the magical stories that all end happily, but the origins of many of our favourite tales are the stuff of nightmares and not the child friendly tales we are familiar with now.
To honour the release of Cinderella we look at the origins of some of our favourite classic tales, »
- Ciham Messouki
Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4
Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.
The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2
Easy A – 9pm, E4
Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.
Fast Five – 9pm, Film4
This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »
So, as it stands at the moment, Disney are digging into their back catalogue, and following Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, over the next couple of years we are getting live action remakes of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and Mulan, as well as a remake of Pete's Dragon, and the James Bobin (The Muppets) directed Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the movie that kicked off this whole new trend for the House of Mouse. You'd think that would be a full plate for them, but no, they've added another live action remake to their upcoming slate, with Deadline revealing that indie film maker Ross Perry has been lined up to bring Winnie the Pooh back to the big screen. Director of last year's Sundance favorite Listen Up Philip, starring Jason Schwartzman and Jonathan Pryce, Perry seems like an odd choice, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Simon Curtis is one of London’s pre-eminent directors of historical dramas. He moves between the stage and both the big and small screen. He began his career working at the Royal Court Theatre in London and eventually transitioned to directing for film and television, where he has found a niche with BBC television films and adaptations. He has been nominated for six BAFTAs for his screen work, and most recently directed Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh to Oscar nominations for his 2011 film My Week With Marilyn.
Curtis’s latest project, a personal one for him, is the drama Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Based on true events, the film follows Maria Altmann (Mirren), a woman who escaped Vienna before the Holocaust and hopes to reclaim several Gustav Klimt paintings the Nazis stole from her family. Reynolds plays Randy Schoenberg, Maria’s lawyer who escorts her »
- Jordan Adler
Edited by Adam CookAbove: Adam Nayman interviews Jauja director Lisandro Alonso for Reverse Shot. If like us you're excited to see James Wan's Furious 7, we recommend this piece by Orlando Whitfield from The White Review which surveys the franchise up to now. Filmmaker Robert Greene is not pleased with the HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. For AnOther, Mark Cousins has created a video tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini. Above: Filmmaker Gina Telaroli has a new exhibition opening Friday March 27th (and runs until April 25th) at the 308 at 156 Project Artspace. It features an installation with her new film Silk Tatters and Johann Lurf's Twelve Tales Told, as well as video pieces that appropriate the work of Michael Mann, Tony Scott, John Carpenter. At Toronto Film Review, David Davidson takes a look at Cahiers du Cinéma's writing on Martin Scorsese during the eighties. »
In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Branagh was quizzed on if he would consider directing a future Thor movie.
"I have seen more of the movies, and as I've said before, I had a good time there," he explained. "It was a really sort of pivotal moment to me doing Thor, and I like them. I like [producer] Kevin [Feige] very much. You know, you never say never."
He continued: "I think I couldn't begin to speak for the complications of their interweaving of this ever-expanding universe, which is totally fascinating to behold. But I think they're masters of their own destiny.
"They know what they want, and we all got on terribly well. »
The tale as old as time (starring Lily James in the title role and our own Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother) scooped $4,321,814 over 271 screens in its opening weekend, which, including previews, takes its Australian box office to $4,757,185 thus far.
Unsurprisingly distributed by Disney, Branagh.s take on the magical fare has avoided the darkness of the Grimm version to deliver what The Guardian has described as .straight-faced sentimentality. with an .unfashionable absence of post-Enchanted irony.. Not that that.s a bad thing . The Daily Mail hails the production as .witty, charming and a delight for little girls everywhere..
Dystopian teen drama Insurgent fell by an average of 51 per cent in its second week of release, taking $2,073,925 over 269 screens. Distributed by eOne, the action-packed sequel to Divergent has amassed an Aus box office taking of $7,108.432.
- Emily Blatchford
Home, the newest feature from animation studio Dreamworks, won the top spot in its opening weekend, beating out competitors with a $54 million opening. The total marks Dreamworks’ first box office top finish since Mr. Peabody and Sherman achieved the feat a year ago, and the studio’s first opening weekend victory since 2013’s The Croods. The PG-rated Home was joined at the top by fellow new opener and R-rated Get Hard, as the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy took in $34.6 million in its opening weekend, good for a second place finish.
Among the rest of the films, the other big entry was the indie horror film It Follows. Distributors’ plans to forego a VOD opening this weekend in favour of taking the film to a wide theatrical release instead paid off, as the movie made $4 million in its expansion, finishing in fifth place on the chart with a $4 million total. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The box office giveth and the box office taketh away, but this weekend was bountiful for four different movies. DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's "Home" took the top spot with $54 million. That's the biggest debut for Dwa since "Madagascar 3: Europe Most Want" in 2012 and the first real smash opening for the company since Fox became their distribution and marketing partner. This is a huge win for DreamWorks since "Home" is their only major release in 2015. The family film also earned an A Cinemascore rating which means it should have good word of mouth with family audiences over the coming weeks. Globally, the $135 million budgeted flick has earned $101.5 million so far. It's one of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's worst reviewed films of their careers, but audiences didn't seem to care as "Get Hard" took the second spot with $34.6 million. The Warner Bros. release is actually Ferrell's biggest »
- Gregory Ellwood
Rihanna's Home has topped the Us box office in its debut weekend.
Get Hard debuts to $34.6m, while last week's number one Insurgent falls to three with $22m.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel falls to number eight, as Do You Believe?'s $2.1m leaves it at number nine.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for March 27-29 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows:
1. (-) Home - $54,000,000
2. (-) Get Hard - $34,610,000
3. (1) The Divergent Series: Insurgent - $22,075,000
4. (2) Cinderella - $17,515,000
5. (19) It Follows »
DreamWorks Animation only has one release in 2015, "Home." Considering how much investors constantly scrutinize the studio that put a lot of pressure on the publicly traded company and its marketing and distribution partner, 20th Century Fox, to turn it into a hit. After Friday's opening, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg can take a huge sigh of relief. "Home" took the top spot on its opening day with $15.6 million. Since pre-release polling indicated strong family interest (it's a CG animated movie) it should perform even better on Saturday and possibly even Sunday. That means it could end up with $55-58 million over the three-day and become DreamWorks Animation's biggest opening since "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" earned $60 million in June 2012. No matter where it falls, "Home's" opening takes some pressure off 20th Century Fox who consistently underperformed with Dwa Films domestically since "The Croods" was a surprise hit two years ago. It's »
- Gregory Ellwood
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
And so, Disney's trend of remaking their animated classics continues, and while previous examples, like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent took liberties with their cartoon source material, director Kenneth Branagh takes a more traditional approach to the latest effort, Cinderella, keeping much of what we remember of the 1950 original in tact. There are slight tweaks here and there (the duke is a lot more slimy and weaselly this time round, and the step sisters are "ugly on the inside"), but it's with the choice to stick so rigidly to the source material (though it drops the musical elements), as well as sprinkling a liberal dose of Disney magic upon the production, that Branagh's vision of the classic fairy tale shines, essentially bringing the cartoon to life in the real world. I don't have to explain the plot, do I? It's all there: put upon heroine, wicked step mother, handsome prince, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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