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The newest Peter Bogdanovich film, She's Funny That Way, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, is only in a handful of theaters at the moment with limited marketing, and the producers have a target for blame. Sttn Capital is currently in arbitration against Clarius Capital Group, which originally acquired domestic distribution rights on the film last October. According to legal papers, the parties came together for a short form agreement — but not a long form version —that guaranteed that She's Funny That Way would be released on at least 1,500 screens in the U.S. and a print
- Eriq Gardner
Last month saw the release of West-meets-East action movie No Escape; however, if you take any stock in the opinions of critics at all, you probably won’t be seeing it. Starring Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, and – oh yes – comedy star Owen Wilson, the film has been declared Rotten on arrival.
If No Escape is significant for anything, for one it’s that it marks Pierce Brosnan’s latest attempt to kill off any goodwill people still have left over for him for James Bond. More importantly, however, it marks a return to Serious Acting for Owen Wilson, the pretty permanently confused looking surfer dude who’s rarely found outside of comedy, and who hasn’t done this sort of thing – drama – for years.
According to the critics, Wilson’s unfortunately bet on the wrong horse, and some have even been so kind to single him out in particular as »
- Brogan Morris
Owen Wilson headlines this high-octane action movie from co-writer and director John Erick Dowdle, the filmmaker responsible for the likes of last year’s As Above, So Below and the Quarantine movies. Wilson plays Jack Dwyer, a corporate employee of an American water manufacturing company who gets the opportunity to relocate to Malaysia along with his wife Annie, played by Lake Bell, and his two children. When they arrive, all is not well and the family find themselves caught up in the middle of a violent rebellion where some of the locals have armed themselves and are seemingly executing all foreigners. With the aid of a handy British tourist named Hammond, played by Pierce Brosnan, the family must brave the hostile climate to reach safety.
Wilson heavily plays against type in this brutal edge-of-you-seat adventure from Dowdle, »
- Paul Heath
Though associated predominantly with the lighter side to cinema, in No Escape we see Owen Wilson turning his head to the action thriller genre – and to mark the film’s September 4th release, we had the pleasure of speaking to the talented actor. Discussing why he decided to go down this particular path, his joy
- Stefan Pape
Straight Outta Compton has proven itself box office champ again and, with an estimated $13.2 million this past week, a monetary winner as well. At $134.1 million in domestic earnings so far, it has blown away its $28 million costs. The closest contender was newcomer War Room, a faith-based film lambasted by critics, but at an estimated $11 million for the weekend more than made back its $3 million production costs. In third, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation picked up an estimated $8.3 million, and also released its budget info. Costing $150 million, the film appears to be a domestic flop with only $170.4 million made so far, but worldwide it has done much better, with $479.4 million in worldwide gross.
Owen Wilson stretches his action chops in No Escape, but the action-thriller debuted to an estimated $8.2 million and mixed to low critical results…and it is also the only movie in the top ten to have not released its »
- Seth Paul
Straight Outta Compton enjoyed a third weekend as number one movie, earning its three-peat not so much on staying power but a lack of anything better showing up to compete. Religious drama War Room was the weekend's highest per-theater earner, banking almost $10,000 per screen, but given its limited release, sales only added up to $11 million. That wasn't enough to topple Compton which dropped a normal 50% from last weekend, adding #13 million to its now $134 million total. No Escape didn't have a built in audience to play to like War Room, or if it did (does Owen Wilson have a fan club?) they didn't show up to help the movie off to a good start. With an $8 million opening it managed a weak fourth place debut. In a bid to milk as much summer revenue as it can out of its newest and goldeniest cash cow, Universal almost re-doubled the number of »
The low-budget faith-based drama “War Room” rose up and nearly delivered a box office lightning bolt, but the N.W.A saga “Straight Outta Compton” hung on to win its third consecutive weekend with $13.2 million. Universal’s F. Gary Gray-directed rap tale this weekend became the highest-grossing musical biopic ever with $134 million, passing the lifetime domestic total of “Walk the Line” ($119.5 million). But the stunning $11 million debut by the critically skewered “War Room” defied analysts and the reviewers to steal the show this weekend. The other two wide-openers were the Owen Wilson-Pierce Brosnan thriller “No Escape,” which opened in fourth. »
- Todd Cunningham
The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to “War Room,” lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama “We Are You're Friends” and the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape.”
Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division, “War Room” more than tripled its production budget in a single weekend, picking up $11 million from 1,135 locations. That also easily topped projections that had it debuting in the $4 million to $5 million range, although in retrospect those estimates were overly conservative given that advance ticket sales were unusually strong.
“These are the kind of outlier events that happen and wake everyone up to the fact that faith-based audiences are passionate and looking for content,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
- Brent Lang
New York (AP) - "Straight Outta Compton" marked three consecutive weekends atop the box office, while the Christian drama "War Room" proved an unexpected success.
Universal's N.W.A biopic grossed an estimated $13.2 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The only other film to lead the box office three straight weeks this summer was "Jurassic World," also from Universal.
Though the late August weekend held scant competition for "Straight Outta Compton," ''War Room" nearly matched it. The Sony TriStar release took in $11 million by appealing to faith-based audiences, an often powerful but underserved demographic at the multiplex.
Zac Efron's electronic dance music drama "We Are Your Friends" bombed. The Warner Bros. release made just $1.8 million. That set a record for lowest grossing opening weekend for a studio release on more than 2,000 screens. »
- The Associated Press
With $13.2M in domestic box office Universal's Straight Outta Compton held off the upstart War Room to claim the #1 position on the charts for the third weekend in a row. War Room, which beat Compton in theaters on Friday, made $11M with a robust $9,692 per screen average. The top of the heap was still a pretty low heap, however, as the top 12 made $68.8M, off 22% from last year's $88.2M, which was a weak weekend itself. That $68.8M also gives this frame the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing weekend of the year, 12% lower than March 6 - 8th's $78.3M. The newcomers that helped achieve that feat included No Escape, the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan military coup flick, which the Weinsteins state came in just a little under their $9M estimate with $8.3M. On 2,470 screens that $3,355 psa is better than the $2,850 that last year's late-August Pierce Brosnan movie offering, The November Man, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
'War Room' movie: The Power of Prayer. The Power of Prayer at the domestic box office: 'War Room' (sort of) beats 'Straight Outta Compton' A miracle was needed for any of this weekend's new entries to beat the sleeper hit of 2015, F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, at the North American box office. As long as studio estimates are on target, that miracle has (sort of) happened. Praise the Power of Prayer and the Power of Expert Targeted Marketing. “If you haven't started already, pray for this movie,” urges an Evangelical Christian website featuring a War Room promotional giveaway, “that the Holy Spirit would be in abundance at each showing of the film, that hearts would be impressed to pray more than ever and that revival will happen as a result!” Directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written by Kendrick and his brother, Stephen Kendrick, the Power of »
- Zac Gille
The Weinstein Company released their new action/thriller film, "No Escape," into theaters this past Wednesday, August 26th, and all the reviews are in from the major, top movie critics. It turns out that most of them just didn't favor it with only an overall 39 score out of a possible 100 across 31 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Chatchawai Kamonsakpitak, Kanarpat Phintiang, Lake Bell, Nophand Boonyai, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Tanapol Chuksrida and Thanawut Kasro. We've posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Gary Goldstein from the Los Angeles Times, gave it an ok 70 grade, stating: "It's hardly essential viewing, but No Escape is a tense, at times riveting action-thriller about innocents abroad. Supersize your popcorn, check your logic at the door and settle in for a pretty good ride." Daniel M. Good from The New York Times, gave it a 60 score, saying: "Directed »
“Compton” pulled in $3.8 million in Friday grosses, on track for $12 million for the weekend. This means the music drama should hit a total haul of $133 million by the end of the weekend.
Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., the Universal-Legendary release is playing across 3,142 screens. It was made on a budget of $29 million.
Nearly on par with “Compton” is faith-based “War Room,” surprising many with its stealthy box office infiltration. The Christian drama pulled in $3.9 million on Friday across 1,135 screens, on pace for a $10 million weekend haul. Released through Sony’s TriStar label, “War Room” follows a couple who solve their marriage troubles with prayer. The pic stars T.C. Stallings, Priscilla Shirer and Karen Abercrombie.
- Marianne Zumberge
'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, '15. For starters, only one movie, F. Gary Gray's sleeper hit Straight Outta Compton, is expected to earn more than $10 million. The rest – and that includes Zac Efron, Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, and the Power of (Christian) Prayer – will perform quite powerlessly indeed. In case Straight Outta Compton reaches the box office gurus' estimated $15 million, it will get close to the $140 million mark. Bear in mind there's no guarantee that will happen; despite basically no competition, the drop-off rate of Gray's hip hopping film was steeper than expected last weekend. (See updated weekend box office estimates.) Now, some »
- Zac Gille
There’s a danger to playing up the cruddy No Escape’s exploitative qualities; it might inspire people to actually see it, merely to bask in the provocation. But no, it’s just plain offensive — and not all that well made, either. No Escape takes the casual xenophobia of something like Taken, crossbreeds it with something altogether more noxious, then asks us to kick back and enjoy the ride. We don’t. We can’t. And the ride isn’t that great to begin with.Set in an unnamed, mostly nondescript country that mixes elements of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, No Escape follows the Dwyer family as they relocate from the U.S. to Southeast Asia so dad Jack (Owen Wilson) can work for a big, Western water concern that has bought his own smaller company. It’s a big change for mom Annie (Lake Bell) and their two daughters »
- Bilge Ebiri
“Straight Outta Compton” just got a significantly less gangster trailer. YouTube user Kern Saxton recut scenes from the blockbuster biopic to make a 4-minute trailer set to Ben Folds’ cover of Dr. Dre‘s “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” a track from the rapper’s first solo album, “The Chronic.” The song attacks N.W.A. member Eazy-e for favoring “white bitch” manager Jerry Heller over the other artists in the iconic rap group. Also Read: 'Straight Outta Compton' to Smoke Owen Wilson's 'No Escape,' Zac Efron's 'We Are Your Friends' at Box Office The Universal film, »
- Greg Gilman
No Escape is an insane, no holds barred thrill ride that is certainly dividing audiences as we enter the final box office weekend of the summer. American businessman Jack Dwyer, wife Annie and their two young daughters arrive in Southeast Asia to begin a new life. As his company plans to improve the region's water quality, the family quickly learns that they're right in the middle of a political uprising. Armed rebels attack the hotel where they're staying, ordered to kill any foreigners that they encounter. Amid utter chaos, Jack must find a way to save himself and his loved ones from the violence erupting all around them.
On the surface, No Escape plays as tense action-thriller. Owen Wilson stars as the failed entrepreneur who relocates with his wife (Lake Bell) and their two young daughters to Southeast Asia after begrudgingly accepting a middle management job. What unfolds is a »
The film has few friends heading into the weekend, where it will likely finish with a dismal $2.6 million. Projections were as high as $10 million a few days ago.
“Straight Outta Compton” is staying at the top of this weekend with about $13 million, while faith-based “War Room” is showing traction in second at nearly $10 million.
Owen Wilson’s thriller is also performing slightly below expectations and will take in about $8 million over the next three days.
Universal-Legendary’s “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about the iconic rap group N.W.A is showing decent legs heading into its third frame, and should lead the Friday box office with about $4 million. It will wind up the weekend with more than $133 million after 17 days — a stellar result, given its moderate $29 million production cost. »
- Dave McNary
It’s officially the last weekend of summer, and there are some great offerings out there this week. Before we go through this week’s new movies, we thought we’d remind you that our brand new weekly movie show Film Friday was launched earlier today. The show, which will be posted every Friday at 12pm midday UK time, previews the weekend’s new releases, and recaps our top three movies currently playing. Head over here, or take a look at the bottom of this post to watch episode one.
Onto this week’s releases.
Straight Outta Compton (UK, still playing in the Us)
Synopsis: In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A’s first studio album, “Straight Outta Compton,” stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. With guidance from veteran manager Jerry Heller, »
- Paul Heath
Read More: Watch: Dysfunctional Relationships Explode in Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston Comedy 'She's Funny That Way' After spending his first 25 years in New York, Peter Bogdanovich moved to Los Angeles, where he was based when he directed "The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon" and other '70's Americana classics. But Bogdanovich has always been a true New Yorker at heart. He returns to that city as a setting in his latest screwball comedy, "She's Funny That Way," starring Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots and Jennifer Aniston (and featuring cameos by Graydon Carter, among others). The film was originally titled "Squirrels to the Nuts" after a line from the 1946 Ernst Lubitsch romance, "Cluny Brown," which should provide a good taste of what the finished product plays like for those familiar with Lubitsch's fast-talking comedies. Bogdanovich joined Indiewire over the phone from Los Angeles about his new movie and the key contributions of. »
- Miriam Bale
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