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The first weekend in December is a notoriously weak one at the box office, and, true to form, most movies faced harsh declines this weekend after the record-breaking Thanksgiving frame. But Disney’s animated musical Frozen managed to score a not-so-severe 53 percent fall to $31.6 million this weekend, which sent it past Catching Fire and straight into the No. 1 spot on the chart.
Frozen has earned $134.3 million after 12 days in wide release, 39 percent more than 2010′s Tangled, which had earned $96.6 million at the same point in its run. The film will match its $150 million budget by this time next week, and »
- Grady Smith
Winner Of The Week: Estrogen. Female-driven movies sold nearly $60 million worth of tickets this weekend. The princesses of Frozen snowballed past the gladiators of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, ending the latter's two-week chart reign, but both movies did ridiculously well, with Frozen grabbing an estimated $31.6 million and Catching Fire an estimated $27.0 million. After two weekends in wide release, that amounts to $134.3 million for Frozen, while three-week-old Catching Fire boasts a total of $336.7 million so far.
Loser Of The Week: Testosterone. The weekend after Thanksgiving weekend tends to be a dead spot for new releases, »
Scott Cooper transitioned from small-time actor into big-time director when his debut film Crazy Heart earned Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar in 2009. It has taken five long years for his follow-up film, Out of the Furnace, to be made and released -- and that was partially due to Cooper's insistence that Christian Bale play the lead role of Russell Baze, a long time steel miner in rural Pennsylvania struggling to make the best out of his life.
Russell has a beautiful girlfriend named Lena (Zoe Saldana) and works hard to make the lives of those around him better, checking in on his ailing father every morning before work and bailing his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) out of his gambling debts even though he doesn't really have the money. Rodney has been on four tours to Iraq and has no interest in following in his brother's footsteps of working for a living. »
- Matt Shiverdecker
As expected, overall box office numbers dropped sharply, as they always do the weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday.And the severe Arctic blast, which has affected most of the country, even as far south as Los Angeles County, no doubt didn’t help things either. That being said, people somehow managed to go the movies; and this weekend the Disney animated film Frozen grossed some $31.6 million, edging out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the No 1 slot, with Fire coming in at No. 2, earning some $27 million.The one major release this weekend, Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana, didn’t fare so well with under $5.4 million. But »
Now playing in theaters is writer/director Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart) drama Out of the Furnace. Shot entirely on location in and around Braddock, Pennsylvania, the film stars Christian Bale as an ex-con steel worker who seeks vengeance when his brother (Casey Affleck) disappears after getting involved with a local crime ring. Out of the Furnace also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker. For more on the film, watch the trailer or read all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Harrelson and Cooper. They talked about the way they collaborated to flesh out Harrelson's character, the film Cooper was trying to make, the characters, deleted scenes, and more. Hit the jump to watch. Woody Harrelson and Scott Cooper: How the film shows characters that are having the layers peeled off. Cooper talks »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The frame’s top contenders are a familiar pair as they dominated the box office last weekend with a wide margin of victory. The only difference this time is it appears Disney’s “Frozen” will slip past “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” for first by Sunday with about $28 million.
Friday, however, Lionsgate’s “Catching Fire” still held the lead. It took $7.7 million to “Frozen’s” $6.8 million. And Lionsgate projects the “Hunger Games” sequel to take in about $27.5 million in three days, within licking distance of “Frozen,” though rival studio estimates have its haul closer to about $25 million.
Either result would be a strong third weekend performance for the actioner, which will have a domestic cume upwards of $330 million by Monday.
- Michael Sullivan
Scott Cooper's gritty thriller Out of the Furnace is having trouble igniting interest at the North American box office despite its strong ensemble cast, led by Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Out of the Furnace -- set in Pennsylvania's Rust Belt and earning a problematic C+ CinemaScore -- took in an estimated $1.9 million Friday to come in No. 3 behind holdovers The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and animated entry Frozen. For the weekend, Out of the Furnace may have trouble hitting $6 million, marking the worst opening for a Bale film debuting in more than 2,000 theaters.
- Pamela McClintock
‘Catching Fire’ vs. ‘Frozen’: Weekend box office early estimates (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) It’s gonna be a battle to the death between water and fire at the domestic box office. Sorry, couldn’t resist the cheesy lead, but … The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen will be vying for the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, December 6-8, 2013. New entry Out of the Furnace, despite the presence of The Dark Knight‘s Christian Bale, is no competition, after opening to chilly per-theater figures last week. More on Out of the Furnace in a follow-up post. Currently at 4,163 locations, Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, was the top movie on Friday, grossing $7.5 million according to Nikki Finke‘s early, rough estimates. Despite 3D surcharges, the fact that it’s a more recent release, »
- Zac Gille
Scott Cooper's gritty thriller Out of the Furnace is proving no match for holdovers The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and animated entry Frozen at the Friday box office. Out of the Furnace, produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio for Relativity Media, may have trouble hitting $6 million or $7 million in its nationwide debut despite a strong ensemble cast led by Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck. Photos: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Sends Santa Monica Back to the Folk Era That would mark the worst opening for a Bale film debuting in more than 2,000 theaters. Receiving generally
- Pamela McClintock
What do teen movie stars think of a movie made for teens? KidsPickFlicks.com's Movie Star Movie Critics Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) think the odds are in your favor that you will really enjoy The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!
"The second part to the epic Hunger Games series certainly does not disappoint. In the aftermath of Katniss and Peeta's victory, the districts have begun to revolt against the Capitol, and President Snow needs to control them the only way he know how, by taking away their hope: Katniss Everdeen. Snow breaks every rule in the book just to get that hope from District 12 in his grasp once more. Catching Fire has a steady flow of action and romance - rivaling the first film in its intensity. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland lead the movie with riveting and powerful performances each in their own right. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)
Is anyone a better movie actor right now than Christian Bale? (Okay, I’ll give you Daniel Day-Lewis… but it’s close and getting closer.) The 39-year-old Welshman is fully in his prime, demonstrated most recently by two powerful performances landing in the heart of Oscar season. The flashier role might be in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which doesn’t open until Dec. 20. In Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, which opened Wednesday and expanded Friday, he plays the good-intentioned ex-con whose pursuit of justice — after his ne’er-do-well brother (Casey Affleck) goes missing — puts him on »
- Jeff Labrecque
From Inside Llewyn Davis to Out of the Furnace, here’s what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies. See ThisInside Llewyn DavisOscar Isaac has an unfortunate habit of being the best thing in bad movies (W.E., Won’t Back Down, The Bourne Legacy), so I’m thrilled to say that he’s finally the best thing in a great one. As Llewyn Davis, perhaps the most talented - and most unsuccessful - folk singer in New York, Isaac is a rumpled, miserable mess. He doesn’t particularly like people, but he’s forced to prevail upon them constantly, »
- Alynda Wheat and Oliver Jones
Willem Dafoe delivers a finely drawn performance as a small town bookie in Out of the Furnace, Scott Cooper’s dark and gritty drama set in a struggling blue-collar Pennsylvania steel town. A local lowlife with connections, John Petty (Dafoe) is part of the community and friends with steelworker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck), an Iraq vet struggling to transition back to civilian life. Petty knows the brothers have fallen on hard times, but Rodney is into him for quite a sum of money, and business comes first. Opening December 6th, the film also stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana and Forest Whitaker. In an exclusive interview, Dafoe talked about how his sense of trust in Cooper combined with the strong script and an impressive cast was a big draw, why he enjoys playing characters that are conflicted and full of contradictions, what inspired him to »
- Sheila Roberts
Sometimes movies feel the need to present an overwhelmingly dour tone just because the people who make them think such a thing constitutes adequate drama. They figure if they make most of the characters depressed, despondent, and depraved and throw in the slightest of socio-economic detail then that should be sufficient for the movie to really say something. Unfortunately most of the time movies like that basically struggle to say anything at all, and wouldn’t you know it director Scott Cooper’s new film, Out of the Furnace, is one of those movies.
Set amongst the rough-and-tumble Pennsylvania/New Jersey rust belt, Out of the Furnace is about two suffering brothers who seem to be products of their own environment and nothing more. Christian Bale plays Russell Baze, a steel mill worker trying to make ends meet with his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana, totally miscast and utterly useless here) and »
- Sean Hutchinson
Willem Dafoe is a chameleon, and everyone knows it. He’s ruled as Emperor to the Green Martian Tharks, done a painfully human portrait of Jesus, terrorized Spider-Man, eaten a bird as Max Schreck, and, of course, convincingly played a Huey Lewis and the News fan. Yet, that handful of roles doesn’t even begin to cover half of the shapeshifting Dafoe has done over his career. He can carry a picture, light some sparks with only a few minutes of screen time, or, in the case of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, have his voice do all the work. In Out of the Furnace he plays John Petty, a low-rent gangster Rodney Baze Jr. (Casey Affleck) does underground fights for. All of Dafoe’s scenes either involve Affleck, Christian Bale, or Woody Harrelson. Working opposite of those three isn’t exactly a bad day’s work. Dafoe has acted with some of the best (including himself in »
- Jack Giroux
One overriding thought dominated my time with Scott Cooper’s stunningly disappointing “Out of the Furnace” – I just don’t care. When I wasn’t picking apart the gigantic plot holes in the narrative, I was marveling at the overheated characters who have been crafted from cliché instead of the real world.
This is macho storytelling, the kind of movie that thinks it’s saying something about men who punch, drink, and hunt but lacks the realism to give its alpha-male story any weight. Only typically solid performances from a cast far-too-talented for this material give it any justification for existence.
Russell Baze (Christian Bale) is an old-fashioned good guy. He loves his girl Lena (Zoe Saldana), takes care of his dying father, and looks out for his soldier brother Rodney (Casey Affleck). Little bro is kind of a fuck-up, first seen at an Otb, just so we know »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
High tension and higher body count make Out Of The Furnace a tense and terrific crime drama. Christian Bale delivers a showcase performance in gritty crime drama. A blast of unexpected violence (at a Drive-In of all places) launches the storytelling and sets the dark mood of co-writer/director Scott Cooper’s blue collar, crime drama Out of the Furnace. The bare-knuckled beat down comes from the hands of good old boy meth dealer and criminal Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) and instantly sets the tone for Harrelson’s frightening character and the film’s tense tale of eye-for-an-eye justice. »
Christian Bale returns to the big screen for Scott Cooper.s (.Crazy Heart.) .Out of the Furnace.. He plays Russell Blaze, a mill man in the economically-depressed Rust Belt. Casey Affleck plays his brother Rodney, a soldier damaged by the Iraq War.
Is .Out of the Furnace. worth your time and money, and is it a worthy Oscar contender this awards season? Check out my movie review.
Directed by: Scott Cooper
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Release Date: December 6, 2013
Plot: Russell (Bale) tries to pull himself together after leaving jail while his brother (Affleck) gets involved with a dangerous gang leader (Harrelson) from the mysterious Pennsylvania backwoods.
Who’S It For? Fans of Bale’s acting palette, and those looking for a strong film during award season that isn’t eager to please.
In a current seasonal trend of lead men experiencing masculinity in crisis, Bale provides a presentation of such that comes with less of the fanfare of something like, oh, let’s just say for example, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. He shows the thoroughly Texas actor among others the more fortified elements behind a transforming performance, all while still managing the everlasting force that is one popular actor’s constant mojo. »
- Nick Allen
Time to retreat from the bright, twinkly lights and good cheer of the holiday season and fall into the grim world of film noir. But we’re not traveling back to the time of big sedans and even bigger fedoras. That’s the era that first inspired that phrase with classics like Detour, D.O.A., and Gun Crazy. They, in turn, inspired several modern-day full color tributes beginning in the 1980′s with Body Heat to One False Move. Out Of The Furnace is set over the last few years, but instead of a bustling metropolis its backdrop is a dying small Pennsylvania town. And the big scores aren’t jewelry stores and banks, it’s crack and meth. While the flick’s in color, the mood is just as dark as in those old black and whites. Very, very dark.
For most of film noir thrillers, the main hero is just an honest, »
- Jim Batts
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