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Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.
For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.
Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »
- Brent Lang
Arthouse Audit: Natalie Portman Indie 'Jane Got a Gun' Flops, Oscar Shorts and 'Ip Man 3' Soar 'Hail, Caesar!' Review & Roundup: Escapist Hollywood Comedy from the Coen Brothers How 'American Crime Story' Explains Our Obsession with the O.J. Simpson Trial How the 'People v. O.J. Simpson' Writers Found 6 Characters for Their 'Shakespearean High-Wire Act' How They Designed George Miller's Oscar-Nominated 'Mad Max: Fury Road' How Sony Pictures Classics Picked Up Four Pictures at Sundance 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Martian' and 'The Revenant' Take Art Directors Guild Honors Oscars: Evaluating the Best Editing Nominees 'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Director on Staying True to Jane Austen, Even During the Zombie Apocalypse 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies': World War Zzzzzs (Review & Roundup »
Paris – The Studios of Bry-sur-Marne, with eight sound stages and a total area of 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) is one of the largest studio complexes in France but was threatened with closure in early 2015, leading to a petition in the French film industry to save it.
Didier Diaz, CEO of equipment location company Transpalux, acquired the studios on April 15, 2015. Since then, he has given the studios a new lease of life, hosting major productions such as season one of “Versailles” in 2015.
Other productions in 2015 included “Planetarium,” by Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”), starring Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp; “Demain tout commence,” by Hugo Gélin, starring Omar Sy; and “Radin!,” by Fred Cavaye, produced by Jerico.
“Last year it looked very »
- Martin Dale
George Clooney, Nicholas Sparks and some zombie hordes will take the field against the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, as a few brave movies try to hold off Super Bowl mania in what is shaping up to be a quiet weekend at the multiplexes.
The hope for “Hail Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” is that the three new releases can make enough money on Friday and Saturday to tide them over through Sunday when millions of Americans will be glued to the big game. Football’s starriest weekend is traditionally a fallow period for movie-going — 2008’s “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” holds the record for a Super Bowl gross with $31.1 million, with last year’s “American Sniper” slightly behind that result with $30.6 million.
None of the trio of newcomers will come close to matching those figures. Barring an upset, »
- Brent Lang
Paris — As a result of the new 30% tax rebate for domestic and international productions, Les Studios de Paris, based in Luc Besson’s Cite du Cinemá complex in Northern Paris, expects a major increase in production in 2016.
The studios – run by president Brigitte Segal and co-ordinator Valerie Venetz – recently hired consultant and producer, Jean-Philippe Blime, to attract new business and produce a study on competition from other studios and the impact of the new tax rebate schemes.
Blime worked as an assistant director on films such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Interview with a Vampire” and ran his own company Latomana. His productions include Sylvain Estibal’s “When Pigs have Wings,” that won a French Cesar award for best first film.
He considers that it’s very early to predict the impact of the new rates given that producers are still assimilating the new rules and doing their calculations. »
- Martin Dale
First and foremost, I can't believe this movie actually finally exists. In development since 1921 or thereabouts, this is one of those films that has had roughly 300 different directors attached since it was first announced. At one point, this was going to be a David O. Russell film with Natalie Portman starring, and I'm still not sure what that would have looked like. The thing is, when Seth Grahame-Smith first published his mash-up novel, built onto the skeleton of Jane Austen's classic, I'm going to bet he never imagined how long it would take for this to become a movie, or even that it would be one someday. It felt like a sort of English major goofing around, only to somehow see it become this publishing smash. And all credit to Grahame-Smith, who has made a lovely career out of bending and breaking icons, for actually seeing this through. What »
- Drew McWeeny
When Marvel kicks off its enormous Phase Three slate this summer with Captain America: Civil War, almost all of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe characters will be present, except two, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). These characters will be reuniting next year in Thor: Ragnarok, which will take them both on a "cosmic road trip." Director Taika Waititi recently spoke with Hitfix, where he teased that they're considering how "verbal" the Hulk should be and that he'll be much smarter this time around.
"It's interesting, because at the moment, there's a big conversation that's happening about how far to push that. Whether or not The Hulk should be [verbal/conscious]. I think a lot of those conversations have more to do with what's going to come up in future movies. So I think a lot of those decisions are larger group decisions, rather than anything to do with just me or the writer. »
It.s been a rough old ride for Jane Got A Gun. Not only was its production and development blighted by director Lynn Ramsay dropping out, but its cast was chopped and changed on a worryingly regular basis. But, almost four years after Natalie Portman originally signed on to star as its titular gunslinger, Jane Got A Gun finally made it the big-screens over the weekend. It turns out that it shouldn.t have bothered, though. Because its box office response has been so bad that it.s now posted the worst wide release opening ever for a Weinstein Company release. Jane Got A Gun was released on 1200 screens across the USA, but it still only pulled in $803,000. According to Box Office Mojo, Jane Got A Gun ranks 82/120 out of the studio.s releases. It also means that the Western has a long way to go to come anywhere near »
The mood around The Weinstein Company offices probably isn't great this morning. Over the weekend, the studio experienced their worst wide release opening ever, with Natalie Portman's western "Jane Got A Gun" completely taking at the box office. The silver lining is that it wasn't their production to start with, so it won't hurt them too badly, but it seems the Weinsteins are spending the first part of the new year casting off dead weight. Remember that thriller "Regression" starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke that was supposed to open last summer? Well, it was taken off the calendar and quietly added... for this week... Read More: Watch: 3 Spooky Clips From Alejandro Amenábar's 'Regression' With Emma Watson & Ethan Hawke Plus Lots Of New Pics Yep, the thriller from Alejandro Amenábar ("Open Your Eyes," "The Sea Inside") will quietly drop in one hundred theaters this weekend. The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Thor: Ragnarok set to start production this summer in Australia, there have been no shortage of rumors swirling around the project over the past few weeks. A report surfaced last week that the villain of this story is Hela, who may be portrayed by Cate Blanchett. And we also know that Mark Ruffalo is returning as Hulk. Ray Stevenson, who played Volstagg in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, recently revealed in an interview with Geeks Worldwide that he still isn't sure yet if he is returning as this character.
"I'm still in the dark in regards to that, but I'm absolutely blown away to be apart of something that so influential and integral in a part of our generation in regards to movie watching and this Marvel Universe. Its absolutely incredible and if there's a place for Volstagg then great, but right now I don't know. He was great to play. »
Animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 scored a respectable $41m on debut to top the Us box office this weekend, but Oscar-winner Natalie Portman suffered a career-worst opening on the troubled western Jane Got a Gun.
Directed once again by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, this time with Alessandro Carloni, the new Kung Fu Panda film sees the roundhouse-kicking bear meet his birth family for the first time, as well as graduating to become a teacher of martial arts. Strong reviews and a voice cast featuring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen once again fuelled the film’s North American success.
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- Ben Child
The math doesn't add up.
This has been a surprisingly strong January at the box office, with Hollywood raking in more than $1 billion during a month that's traditionally a big post-holiday let-down at the multiplex. This weekend's take was 20 percent above last weekend's. So why do this weekend's four new releases seem like such box office disappointments?
Well, okay, two of them -- "Fifty Shades of Black" and "Jane Got a Gun," really are disappointments. The other two -- "Kung Fu Panda 3" and "The Finest Hours," may just be the victims of overinflated expectations. We have to keep remembering: this is still January, box office no-man's-land. Expecting too much of certain movies because other similar movies did okay at this time of year is foolish.
Really, the makers of "Panda 3" should be pretty happy with the movie's estimated $41.0 million take, even though that opening is on the lower-end of expectations. »
- Gary Susman
Los Angeles (AP) — "Kung Fu Panda 3" has kicked its way to the top of the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
The animated sequel fared much better than the weekend's other new openers, like Disney's Coast Guard adventure "The Finest Hours," which debuted in fourth place with $10.3 million.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" parody "Fifty Shades of Black" earned around $6.2 million, but it only cost a reported $5 million to produce, while The Weinstein Company's Natalie Portman-led Western "Jane Got a Gun" misfired out of the gates, bringing in less than $1 million on a $25 million budget.
Holdovers "The Revenant" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took second and third place with $12.4 million and $10.8 million, respectively.
- The Associated Press
Kung Fu Panda 3 reigns atop the weekend box office, bringing in more than enough to become the largest January animated opening of all-time. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun didn't fair so well as holdovers from last weekend make up for dollars lost due to last weekend's snowstorm. Not a single film in the top ten dropped more than 34% and the overall top twelve was up nearly 25% compared to last weekend, which is also a 46% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $41 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 crushed the previous January, animated opening weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job (2014). It's also bordering on a enough to become the second largest January opening of all-time, just shy of Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. Compared to the first two Panda films, the opening does signify yet another »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
The third film in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise topped the U.S. weekend box-office this week with an estimated $41 million and a strong $10,367 per screen average.
That's the third best January opening of all time, but a slip down from the $60.2 million and $47.7 million opening weekend hauls of the first two films in the series. Internationally the film earned a further $75 million, most of which came from China ($57M).
The DiCaprio survival drama "The Revenant" earned a further $12.4 million for a total of $138.2 million, holding fairly steady. Same with Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which scored a $10.8 million domestic and a $12.6 million international haul this weekend. The film now stands at $895.4 million in North America and $1.087 billion overseas.
Other newcomers this weekend included the coast guard rescue drama "The Finest Hours" which debuted in fourth place with a weak $10.3 million, and the parody "Fifty Shades of Black" which came in ninth with $6.2 million. »
- Garth Franklin
“Kung Fu Panda 3” showed plenty of power at the U.S. box office with a solid opening weekend of $41 million at 3,955 theaters as the durable family franchise dominated moviegoing.
Disney’s launch of Coast Guard rescue adventure “The Finest Hours” saw only modest returns with $10.3 million at 3,143 sites — trailing both “The Revenant” and the seventh weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Marlon Wayans’ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black” generated only middling business with $6.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s oft-delayed western “Jane Got a Gun” was nearly invisible with $803,000 at 1,210 screens.
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, will finish its first weekend near 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.
- Dave McNary
Jane Got A Gun, 2016.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor.
A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.
Jane Got a Gun was riddled with production delays and other issues (even key ingredients such as the director and starring roles were shuffled around, as the project lingered on in development hell until being picked up by The Weinstein Company following the death of Relativity Media via bankruptcy), but once the credits roll for the finished version, you wouldn’t really suspect that the inner workings were so problematic.
Fundamentally, Jane Got a Gun successfully operates as a Western with its own flourishes of home-invasion plot threading and a unique role reversal take on the genre regarding gender. What’s most pleasant and intriguing »
- Robert Kojder
It’s pretty hard to screw up a western. You’ve got your white hat, you’re black hat, wide vistas of natural splendor, maybe an ornery sidekick with some colorful phrases and a dashing star on a horse. The title Jane Got A Gun, apart from triggering a Pavlovian response to that wretched Aerosmith anthem, promises a woman in the saddle serving up helpings of hot lead. Hey, have you seen my wallet? I gotta go buy a ticket.
Alas, short of a few marvellous shots of Natalie Portman in a long duster and black Boss of the Plains, Jane Got A Gun is a remarkable exercise in tedium, as if director Gavin O’Connor had a mandate to put »
- Jordan Hoffman
It’s a wonder that Jane Got a Gun is even out in theaters right now. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with its production headlines will have read about its hellacious development cycle – whether it be the multiple delays, or the revolving door of talent like previous director Lynne Ramsay, and departed headliners like Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper.
Gavin O’Connor, who’s built a sturdy reputation through elevated genre hits like Miracle and Warrior, was given the unenviable job to pick up the pieces. And while he’s created a fleet, nasty western that feels uncompromising in its violence, it’s also just as quick to jettison any of the themes that have the possibility to weigh down the story. In the last third, O’Connor isn’t so much tying up loose ends, as forcing the groundwork for the tidiest ending possible.
Set in »
- Michael Snydel
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns are at their peak.
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” 20th Century Fox
Moviepilot Prediction: $48 million
“Kung Fu Panda 3” is set to brave the winter cold and climb its way to top spot at the box office this weekend with a take of over $50 million. Po the panda is currently pacing very similarly to “Home,” which opened to $52.1 million for Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox early last year.
Social has played a large role in re-activating franchise fans and letting them know that »
- Tobias Bauckhage
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