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For the fourth weekend in a row, Furious 7 took first place at the domestic box office. Also, thanks to its record-setting performance in China, Furious 7 is now just the third movie ever to earn over $1 billion overseas.Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted in 44 international markets and earned a stunning $201.2 million. In nearly all of those markets, it opened above The Avengers and Iron Man 3.For more coverage on Avengers and Furious 7, see the Around-the-World Roundup below.In the U.S., Furious 7 eased 37 percent to an estimated $18.3 million. The last movie to hold on to the top spot for four weekends in a row was The Hunger Games, which did so back in March/April of 2012.So far, Furious 7 has earned $320.5 million at the domestic box office. If it can hold decently against Avengers next weekend, it has a strong shot at reaching $350 million. »
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Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters overseas this weekend and apparently bootleg copies are already hitting the Internet, but that won't stop it from becoming a monster release next Friday, putting an end to the box office domination of Furious 7. However, Furious 7 still had more than enough gas in its tank to take the #1 spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, adding $18.2 million, bringing its domestic cume to $320.5 million while its worldwide total now sits at $1.32 billion. That worldwide total is enough to place Furious 7 in fifth all-time worldwide (and only third film ever to cross $1 billion internationally) just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($1.34 billion). However, it has passed the Potter feature in foreign dollars and is now the third highest grossing international release of all-time, behind only Avatar and Titanic. As Forbes' Scott Mendelson puts it, "So yes, »
- Brad Brevet
“Furious 7” crossed $1 billion at the international box office this weekend, making it the third film ever to achieve the milestone along with the James Cameron juggernauts “Avatar” and “Titanic.” “Furious 7” also passed Disney’s “Frozen” to become the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever at the worldwide box office — which includes domestic and international receipts — with $1.32 billion, behind “Avatar” ($2.8 billion), “Titanic” ($2.2 billion) and “The Avengers” ($1.5 billion). The 2009 sci-fi saga took in $2.02 billion at the international box office, the ship disaster epic brought in $1.52 billion from abroad in 1997 and the Marvel superhero mashup totaled $895 million from overseas. With this weekend’s »
- Todd Cunningham
Still Furious! Furious 7 has maintained velocity after a month in theaters, remaining on top at the box office this weekend with an estimated $18.3 million! With $1.32 billion in the bank worldwide, director James Wan's car chaos has zipped past Iron Man 3 and Disney's Frozen to become the fifth highest-grossing release in history. And besides Furious 7, only James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar have made more than $1 billion of their totals strictly from »
- Dave Davis
As Avatar director James Cameron and Fox can tell you, copyright infringement lawsuits can fly fast and furious around blockbusters. How far they get in the courts is often a mixed result of the statute of limitations; proximity; if the asserted similarities are unique, benign or generic; and financial resources for lawyers. In the case of a potentially multibillion-dollar complaint filed this week by Horizon Comics against Marvel and Disney over the Iron Man movies, a… »
“A powerful and gripping tale of revenge” and “A powerful and primal coming of age story that’s an absolute adrenaline rush” are just some of the words of praise Peter Jackson and James Cameron have respectively given "The Dead Lands." The three-time New Zealand Film And TV Award-winner is landing stateside, and today we have an exclusive look at the bloody opening sequence of the film. Read More: King Of The World: The Films Of James Cameron Directed by Toa Fraser, and starring James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, George Henare, Raukura Turei, and Rena Owen, the story follows a Maori chieftain's teenage son who must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. But it won't be easy going and this opening scene shows the »
- Edward Davis
Lasers. They're the future of cinema, so you better get used to it. I've been attending CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest), the movie theater owners' convention, for the last 9 years and have seen many fantastic technical demos. One year James Cameron came and showed us his first look at High Frame Rates; one year Dolby introduced their (now everywhere) Atmos sound system with a custom install in a big auditorium where we get to see screenings. This year, Dolby held a demo of their latest offering - a system called Dolby Vision (we've written about it recently). It runs on two 4K laser projectors and they claimed that the contrast ratio they were getting up to is 1,000,000:1. Most cinemas today are barely 2,000:1. It was mesmerizing to see. There's a few details to clear up about what we are seeing. First things first, lasers (and "Hdr") are not the same thing »
- Alex Billington
Both James Cameron and Peter Jackson love The Dead Lands. That’s a pretty amazing endorsement. Written by Glenn Standring and directed by Toa Fraser, the raw action movie is about a young warrior who must avenge his father’s death by traveling across the treacherous dead lands to forge an alliance with an stranger. This small, New Zealand-based […]
- Germain Lussier
The year is 1984, and a muscular cyborg from the future pursues an innocent Sarah Connor across the comparative hellscape of 1980s Los Angeles. Accompanied by time-traveler Kyle Reese, Connor must survive the onslaught of the T-800, a vicious and apparently unkillable robot sent to murder her before she becomes the mother of the future savior John Connor, who will lead the future battle against Skynet.
The Terminator is a film right out of the 1980s, featuring clothing, music, and images that will remain imprinted on the audience’s mind and in culture for years to come. As a quintessential film of the 80s, it is hopelessly dated. Its aesthetic was camp almost before it hit the theatres, and its one-liners (“I’ll be back,” “Come with me if you want to live”) both iconic and, in the end, pretty damn silly. Yet The Terminator lives on because it gave exactly »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
One-of-a-kind action adventure film The Dead Lands is out in the UK in May. Here's a new trailer...
Here's an action film with a refreshingly different look and feel. Set in an unspecified time in New Zealand's history, it's about a young warrior (James Rolleston) and his search for the villains who killed his father and ransacked his village. The hero's journey takes him into the darkest reaches of the country, the Dead Lands of the film's title, where he encounters a fearsome, cannibalistic "monster" (Lawrence Makoare).
We all thought we were done with High Frame Rate projection after The Hobbit, but it looks like that's not the case. During Sony Picture's annual presentation at CinemaCon this week, director Ang Lee appeared in a recorded video from the set of his new film based on the book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. He talked about how making Life of Pi in 3D taught him how remarkable of a filmmaking tool 3D is. He has since explored new filmmaking technology even further, deciding to shoot this next film at 120 Fps (frames per second) and in 3D (again). No footage was shown, and they didn't mention anything else about it being released in Hfr, but it sounds like Lee is now getting into Hfr after James Cameron and Peter Jackson. It was also mentioned this is the first time any film has been filmed fully in 120Fps. Cameron and »
- Alex Billington
Joss Whedon: assembler of Avengers, slayer of vampires, houser of dolls, vlogger of Doctor Horrible, and now, um, ageist of Ultron. To be fair, Joss Whedon is geek royalty, and needs no introduction. So hopefully, he won’t mind that we gave him such a naff one.
We got to chat with the man himself at the Avengers: Age Of Ultron press event, and here’s what happened...
From what we’ve heard about this one, it sounds like you had to trim down a lot in the editing room. Was there any particular favourite scene you wish you could have saved?
Well, there was more shirtless Thor. The DVD extras are going to be enormously popular. But no, for me, it’s really a couple of little exchanges that »
"I'll be back," the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also might as well be the official slogan of the summer movie season.
It's the time of year when Hollywood's older, reliable brands, with the tenacity of Schwarzenegger's lethal cyborg, claw their way back onto the big screen in a popcorn parade of big-budget sequels, reboots and re-dos. That's nothing new, but the extent of the sequel spinning is.
The sequel expansion - as headlong as Tom Cruise in the Mission: Impossible movies - runs in all directions, stretching into prequels, second-try reboots, spinoffs and franchises that are less linear, roman-numeral progressions than (as in the brimming Marvel world) whole universes of overlapping characters: fantasy realms to visit, not just stories to follow.
To fuel the proliferation, Hollywood is dipping ever deeper into its »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Escape from New York, 1981.
Directed by John Carpenter.
In 1997, when the Us President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.
Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the 70s and 80s tend to center around Lucas and Spielberg, with Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks too, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and this review’s subject, Escape from New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze. »
- Gary Collinson
Infini is a sci-fi thriller from director and writer Shane Abbess (Gabriel). A trailer for this film was released late last year. Now, Entertainment One Films has released another, official trailer for the film. The clip shows the edges of space and an abandoned mining facility. Also, Infini stars Daniel MacPherson, Whit Carmichael and Luke Hemsworth. This title will be release shortly and a preview of the film is hosted here. The film focuses on a lone survivor at a mining facility. Whit (MacPherson) requests a rescue and a team of explorers are sent to intervene. But, a terrible biological agent is set to be released and time is both precious and running out, for everyone. The film blends elements of horror and science fiction. Much of the film is set in the future, where technology is greatly advanced. Meanwhile, it looks like the agent has already changed some of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Scream Factory has most certainly done a fine job of bringing a lot of John Carpenter’s filmography to genre fans everywhere. With great collector’s edition Blurays of everything from Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness, They Live and Assault On Precinct 13, to the complete Halloween collection and even Carpenter’s Body Bags anthology. It’s been great to see some of my favorite films not only being re-released with amazing new transfers and sound, and to see films like The Fog and various other Carpenter films find new audiences and appreciation due to the resurgence that the gang at Sf have helped kickstart.
Adding to the growing Carpenter lineup at Sf, is today’s brand new release of the master of horror’s 1981 action classic, Escape From New York. With a brand new 2K scan of the inter-positive and an almost endless supply of supplemental material, this release »
- Jerry Smith
Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
Furious 7 just raced its way to seventh spot among the highest-grossing films ever made – an astonishing achievement given the franchise’s limp beginnings. However, 2015’s biggest earner thus far probably won’t hold that distinction for more than a few weeks, for the Age Of Ultron beckons.
Guardians Of The Galaxy was ostensibly a gamble and Ant-Man still has its doubters, but the Avengers sequel is the closest thing to a nailed-on banker this side of a new Star Wars flick. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ 2012 outing finished up with a tally of over one-and-a-half billion dollars and currently trails only Titanic and Avatar as the most successful movie ever made. Avengers: Age Of Ultron will surely match the success of its predecessor and may even give James Cameron cause to cast a nervous glance over his shoulder.
With several trailers and any number of TV spots now »
- Jonathan Cordiner
Development hell is that awful place that no filmmaker or actor wants their movie to end up: it’s where a project remains suspended in limbo, unable to move forward with filming, and it can be for a multitude of reasons. Maybe the script just isn’t ready yet, or the actors are playing hardball, there are complex legal issues or the filmmakers themselves drag their feet, but these 15 movies, while no doubt highly anticipated, have all the makings of ending up in development hell.
Some have release dates whereas others are still just pipe dreams, but each is a dangerous project with numerous question marks which could cause it to never get made. It’d be disappointing for sure in each case, but totally expected at the same time. After all, making even a terrible movie is extremely difficult, and given that most of these movies are long-awaited sequels, »
- Jack Pooley
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