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After a stellar first instalment, the quality of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies would quickly decline. However, with a haul of over $3.7 billion worldwide in total, Disney aren’t going to let this franchise go the way of a sinking ship any time soon!
The fifth movie is still very much moving ahead then, with Johnny Depp set to reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush returning as Captain Barbossa. Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner is also rumoured to make a comeback.
New additions include Maleficent star Brenton Thwaites as a British soldier who finds himself working alongside Sparrow, but specific details are sparse, and all we really know for sure is that his character in the movie is named Henry!
- Josh Wilding
Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted over the weekend that Kaya Scodelario of The Maze Runner and Skins has been enlisted for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Scodelario joins The Giver's Brenton Thwaites as new blood added to the franchise, while Johnny Depp will once again play Captain Jack Sparrow. Javier Bardem has been in talks to play a villain in the movie. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Brands like Marvel and DC Comics now drive the box office and studio strategies, far more than A-list names
The fact that well-made movies will usually still succeed, and bad ones won’t, hasn’t changed. But it’s superhero brands like Marvel and DC Comics and high concepts that are drawing the biggest audiences to theaters today, replacing the A-list talent that formerly topped the multiplex marquees. »
- Todd Cunningham
Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" remained at the top of the domestic box office this weekend, grossing another $64 million to bring its worldwide total to almost $250 million. Domestically, "American Sniper" earned $200 million, which is more than other other war movies, except for one. The film recently surpassed Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" ($198.5 million) and will soon overtake Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" ($216.5 million). Taking second place at the box office was Jennifer Lopez's "The Boy Next Door" thriller. The $4 million film opened to $15 million, but has a lousy 13% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Landing in seventh place was George Lucas' animated "Strange Magic" movie, which grossed just $5.5 million, one of the worst openings ever for a film released in over 3,000 locations. The new movie has a terrible 11% fresh rating. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp has another flop on his hands after "The Lone Ranger" and "Transcendence." Landing in ninth place is Depp's "Mortdecai" comedy, »
For a good long while, Johnny Depp had a firm grasp on the strange elixir that is Hollywood mojo. He was who you went to when you needed gothic cheekbones, zanily self-aware camp, and even leftfield hunkiness. And when he blended them all, as Captain Jack Sparrow, he was that most valuable asset of all – someone who could turn base studio metal into box-office gold.
But with the release of Mortdecai, that mojo is draining away fast. The comedy caper only made $4.1m over the weekend in the Us, the worst opening for a major Depp film in 15 years, and it follows a string of flops: Transcendence ($23m in the Us »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Sets are currently being built in Australia for the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, which is said to go under the title Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The movie will see Johnny Depp reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow (for which he was once Oscar-nominated), with Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg directing this time.
Filming on Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 is set to formally begin in February, and as such, the rest of the cast is starting to fall into place. And producer Jerry Bruckheimer has now confirmed who the female lead in the movie will be.
Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
Written by Eric Aronson
Directed by David Koepp
Seemingly late in the game of David Koepp’s Mortdecai, the eponymous character (played by Johnny Depp) asks his wife, “Are you quite finished with your barrage of insults?” It’s an apt question for the film itself, a cataclysmically unfunny, unbelievably tedious disaster of baffling misjudgments and multiple career lows that feels as long as Shoah, and only a little less harrowing. No such luck, though, as the film goes on for another 25 minutes. It then ends on people about to throw up. Also apt.
Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Depp, in a career low as both actor and one of the film’s producers) is an eccentric English art dealer and “part time rogue”, and the sort of whimsical, foppish figure who refers to America as “the Colonies”. (This film is apparently set in the present day.) He’s in »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Update 7:10 Pm Pt: The holdovers had it at this weekend’s international box office. The frame was up roughly 11% from last weekend across the Top 10 studio titles playing overseas, largely thanks to the China performance of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. That film now has an international cume of $616.9M and a worldwide total of about $866.5M. That’s a little less than $100M off the $960M with which The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ended its run in 2014. However, an apples-to-apples comparison would be difficult to make at this juncture given currency fluctuations. Nevertheless, the China bow of Five Armies nearly bested the entire Middle Kingdom run The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in local currency terms. The earlier film traveled to a total 315.9 yuan while Five Armies grossed 307.9 yuan in its first three days. Smaug’s three-day was just 198M yuan in February on 2014. On just under 200 plays, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
American Sniper held strong to the number one spot, dropping less than 30% and adding $64 million and just crossing the $200 million mark. While directing is nothing new for Clint Eastwood, this is his most successful effort to date by box office standards. Sniper has already surpassed his previous highest grosser, Gran Torino's $148 million. Of the three newcomers this weekend, only one had any success. The Boy Next Door took a hammering at the hands of critics, but thanks to an almost non-existent $4 million budget it turned a nice profit with its second place $15 million debut. George Lucas' latest offering, Strange Magic, tanked, banking just $5 million for a seventh place opening. Johnny Depp's Mortdecai made an even poorer showing, earning $4 million against its $60 million production budget. Those two movie join Blackhat on a fast-growing list of major box office bombs in 2015. For the full weekend top ten, check out »
Coming off a very surprising opening, American Sniper reinforced its status as a box office heavyweight by scoring one of the biggest second weekends ever.With over $200 million in the bank already, Sniper is now on track to be the highest-grossing movie from 2014 (it opened in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day). Among the new releases, Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door got off to a decent start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic were dead on arrival.Expanding to 3,705 locations*the widest release ever for an R-rated movie*American Sniper added an estimated $64 million this weekend. That ranks eighth all-time among second weekends, ahead of movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and The Passion of the Christ.That $64 million tally is off just 28 percent from the movie's opening frame, which is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
There seems to be no stopping American Sniper. With an estimated $64.4 million, it not only handily took the weekend box office by storm, it surpassed $200.1 million in revenue. It stood head and shoulders above even second-place finisher The Boy Next Door, which brought in only an estimated $15 million in comparison, but budgeted at only $4 million, it managed to be a wild success on its own merits. Paddington, with an estimated $12.4 million, refuses to say whether it is a success (which it may be if counting worldwide revenue), but considering its critical acclaim, its $40.1 million in domestic revenue is on the low side, especially considering it is one of only three family friendly films at the box office this weekend.
- Seth Paul
American Sniper has been a major topic of conversation over the past few weeks, and it looks like that will continue the Clint Eastwood film dominated the box office for the second week in a row, bringing in $64.4 million for a grand total of $200.1 million. The strong second week showing gives Sniper the best sophomore week for an R-rated film ever, and places it eighth on the list overall. The movie has easily surpassed Gran Torino to become Clint Eastwood's highest grossing film. (It's also Bradley Cooper's best movie, as long as we aren't counting Guardians of the Galaxy).In other box office debuts, Jennifer Lopez's thriller The Boy Next Door had a modest showing for second place with $15 million. The animated film Strange Magic and the Johnny Depp something Mortdecai completely bombed, bringing $5.5 million and $4.4 million respectively. Instead, the rest of the top five were »
- E. Alex Jung
Michael Moore and Seth Rogen's controversial comments, and the fake baby scandal in American Sniper didn't hurt the film any as it took the number one spot again this weekend at the box office with another record-breaking $64 million. The Clint Eastwood film has become his highest grossing film to date, and the film has surpassed the $200 million mark in North America. Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door came in a distant second with $15 million, but it did far better than any other new movie this weekend. Johnny Depp's Mortdecai and the George Lucas-produced Strange Magic didn't even make the top five.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
It may take female draw "50 Shades of Gray" to displace the male-oriented "American Sniper" from the top spot when the kinky sensation opens February 13, positioned for Valentine's Day. "American Sniper"'s $64 million weekend gross was down only 28%. Led by these astounding numbers, the Top Ten gross totaled $137 million, 46% ahead of last year and continuing a January surge. It's early, but the year to date gross is up about 10% from last year, above any year since the "Avatar" phenomenon in early 2010. The new releases, all positioned to launch ahead of next week's Super Bowl and not anticipating a juggernaut to compete against, produced only one decent result. Universal thriller "The Boy Next Door" landed second with $15 million, marking returning star Jennifer Lopez's best leading-role opener in a decade (since "Monster-in-Law"). Lionsgate's "Mortdecai," a Johnny Depp »
- Tom Brueggemann
It was the tale of two stars at the weekend box office, one who opened a film — Jennifer Lopez with Universal’s The Boy Next Door at $15M — and one who tanked — Johnny Depp with Lionsgate’s Mortdecai at $4.1M. The discrepancy between the two films showed one star, Lopez, who kept it cheap and met her audience’s wants head-on, and another, Depp, who at a high price lost himself in a zany caricature disconnected from reality.
Universal’s Blumhouse production Boy Next Door kept it lean and mean with a production budget of $4M, while Lionsgate/OddLot spent $60M on Mortdecai, a figure many still consider exorbitant for an avant garde Depp film in the wake of his spring sci-fi bomb Transcendence which cost $100M.
One studio executive summed it up perfectly today, saying, “Depp should take a page from Jennifer Lopez’s book and do a low-budget »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Following its record-breaking first weekend in wide release, the Clint Eastwood-directed film has continued to fill conventional and IMAX theatres nationwide. American Sniper took in an estimated $64.4 million this past weekend, representing the smallest percentage drop ever for a film that opened at more than $85 million, including both three- and four-day weekends, and bringing the domestic gross to $200.1 million and climbing.
The R rated American Sniper is now, domestically, the highest-grossing film in Eastwood’s long career, and it is on track to become his top-grossing film worldwide. The film has earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cooper), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jason Hall).
- Movie Geeks
It was another great weekend for Warner’s American Sniper as the Clint Eastwood-directed blockbuster stayed firmly in place at the top of the North American box office. The military drama easily held off the okay opening of Universal’s cheapie thriller The Boy Next Door and the dreadful debuts of the Johnny Depp bomb Mortdecai and the George Lucas-produced Strange Magic. Overall, the top ten was down 23% from last weekend’s holiday totals but up a huge 47% over last year at this time thanks to Sniper’s phenomenal run.
If no one was expecting American Sniper to open to $107 million last weekend, they certainly weren’t expecting it to hold up as well as it did this weekend. The Best Picture nominee fell only 28% from its record opening to earn $64.4 million on 3,705 screens, which brought its domestic total to a massive $200 million, an indication that the film »
American Sniper has retained the Us box office number one spot.
Bradley Cooper's war drama took $64,365,000 in its second full weekend on general release, taking the film's total gross past the $200m mark.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for January 23-25 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows:
1. (1) American Sniper - $64,365,000
2. (-) The Boy Next Door - $21,000,000
3. (3) Paddington - $12,391,000
4. (2) The Wedding Ringer - $11,600,000
5. (4) Taken 3 - $7,600,000
6. (6) The Imitation Game »
To say "American Sniper" is a phenomenon is something of an understatement. Clint Eastwood's best picture nominee grossed another $64.3 million over the weekend for a massive $200.1 million to date. That's down just 27.9% from last weekend, a remarkable feat for a film in over 3,000 theaters that isn't an animated family film. Showing how potent 2015 may be, "Sniper" may surpass 2014's top grosser "Guardians of the Galaxy"( which grossed $333 million) as early as Oscar Sunday. Debuting at no. 2 was the Jennifer Lopez thriller "The Boy Next Door." With a reported production cost of just $4 million, this Universal Pictures release took in $15 over its first three days. It will probably need to surpass $30 million to get on the road to profitability, but it's a solid success for Lopez who continues to dip her toe in and out of the movie business. "Paddington" dropped to no. 3 with another $12.3 million and $40 million in just 10 days. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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