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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which takes place ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, jolted the weekend box office with $73 million, and also took 20th Century Fox across the $1 billion mark in domestic ticket sales this year — the first studio to do so this year. The fourth Transformers, which was on top the past two weekends, came in second with $16.5 million. Melissa McCarthy's comedy Tammy took the third spot with $12.9 million. 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 continued to hold steady at fourth and fifth with $6.7 million and $5.9 million respectively. In limited release, Richard Linklater's 12-year project Boyhood, which David Edelstein praised as "momentous," earned $359,000 from just five theaters for a per-screen average of $71,800 — the second highest of the year so far. (Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is first.) »
- E. Alex Jung
Fox's acclaimed sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" beat expectations to pull in an estimated $73 million debut at the domestic box office this weekend. That's well ahead of the $54.8 million debut of its predecessor "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" back in 2011.
The film also opened in 26 international territories over the weekend where it managed $31.1 million. However, much of the world will not be getting it until next weekend due to various markets holding off the film until after the World Cup. The film is Fox's third straight strong debut in a row this Summer following excellent starts for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "The Fault in Our Stars".
Meanwhile, with the help of a robust result in global markets - especially China - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" has become the biggest film of the year so far with a whopping $752 million in global revenue, pushing »
- Garth Franklin
The domestic box office is mired in a slump, but it’s been a great summer for 20th Century Fox, which became the first studio to cross the $1 billion mark Stateside this year.
Perhaps its most significant accomplishment is “The Fault in Our Stars.” Produced for $12 million, this “Love Story” for millennials, has earned nearly $120 million domestically. Oh those profit margins!
Included in Fox’s total is the $152 million haul for “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the DreamWorks Animation sequel that the studio rolled out as part of a distribution pact with the family-focused company that started last year.
The figure does not include numbers from Fox Searchlight, which had a nice »
- Brent Lang
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.
The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.
“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”
Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.
Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »
- Brent Lang
Bill Murray appeared in two 1984 films: one, Ghostbusters, became an all-time classic; the other, Nothing Lasts Forever, was never released commercially (after being scrapped by MGM) and faded into cinematic obscurity. But as the A.V. Club notes (via Telegraph), the latter project has resurfaced on YouTube in its full 80-minute form.
A Short History of Bill Murray's Offscreen Antics
Director: Claude Whatham
Running Time: 92 mins
Adapted from the classic 1930′s novel by Arthur Ransome, Swallows & Amazons celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year, and what better way to commemorate this than by releasing it beautifully restored on Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray, for older and younger generations to watch.
The film follows four children on holiday with their mother at the Lake District in 1929. For many parents today this would come as a shock, as the mother allows them to sail in the small boat ‘Swallow’, to a small island and camp for a few days. They eventually come to realise the island is someones territory, and meet two girls who both look like they stepped out from Wes Anderson’s film, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The girls sail the ‘Amazon’ boat, and soon both groups set up »
- Louise Tooth
Featuring a show-stopping cast, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) recounts the adventures of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at a world famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F. Murray Abraham) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law) we learn the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel. To celebrate the home entertainment release Anderson's latest, we have Two DVD copies of The Grand Budapest Hotel to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" may already be on home video, but its charms are still being felt. Yesterday, to celebrate the U.K. release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, a excellent new clip landed online for the movie, and it would appear that people have taken their appreciation of 'Budapest' to some unlikely places. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" now has a profile on TripAdvisor, and a handful of reviews are in. Whether or not this is a clever studio stunt or not it doesn't matter, as it's pretty fun stuff, with folks chiming in on the elegance of the hotel/movie from a faded era. Here's excerpts of what some folks had to say: This is by far the best place to stay in Zubrowka! From the moment you arrive and catch a glimpse of the charming pink exterior, you will fall in love with this hotel. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The big three European festivals are Berlin, Cannes and Venice, and the openers for the first two of those lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous this year: Berlin nabbed Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" to kick off their fest, while Cannes was stuck with the clanging disaster of "Grace Of Monaco." Venice kept their pick under wraps until now, and fortunately, it should be closer Berlin's pick in terms of quality... The festival have announced that Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman," or to give it its full title, "Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance," will kick off proceedings on August 27th on the Lido. The return of the director of "Babel" and "Biutiful," it toplines Michael Keaton as an actor best known for playing a superhero as he tries to mount a comeback in a Broadway play, and also features Zach Galifianakais, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel is available now Digital HD on 30 June and Blu-ray and DVD now from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we’ve got a great exclusive clip to share with you!
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of it all.
It’s undoubtedly one of the best films I’ve seen this year, so highly recommend picking up a copy! Here’s that clip that explores what it »
- Dan Bullock
Beck's 2012 sheet-music collection Song Reader is finally being made into a studio album — just not by Beck. Each of the 20 tracks will be performed by a different artist, including Jack White, Jack Black, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, fun., Laura Marling, and Norah Jones, with Beck performing only one of the songs, "Heaven's Ladder." "Like a kid getting a special package in the mail and opening it up with anticipation, these interpretations of songs from the Song Reader book have surpassed what I could have imagined when putting the book together," said Beck, who co-produced the compilation alongside Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese's music supervisor Randall Poster. "The book addressed the idea of a song in its most elemental form, letting others give it a voice. It amazes me to hear how these musicians have made the songs their own and in the process revealed that the interpretation is the living »
- Anna Silman
Far be it from me to make any grand sweeping statements on the year in film this early, but as of July 2014, I would argue it’s already been a fascinating year for scores. Just look at blockbusters. We’ve heard both the invigoratingly new and the depressingly dull. Ambitious combinations have even produced a commendable failure here and there. Hollywood studios almost always take the safe road in their big-budget franchises, but the music attached to those tentpoles feels less restrained and not nearly as beholden to manageable cliches.
Thus far we’ve had a tremendous grab bag in film music (and I say this as someone who hasn’t yet seen Under the Skin), but what’s been the best to come out of it? Without further ado…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a great movie, but it »
- David Klein
★★★★☆Moonrise Kingdom (2013) was the final nail in the coffin for Wes Anderson's detractors, with many calling for a moratorium on the director's wilfully idiosyncratic sensibilities. Whilst The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) is unlikely to win over any of his critics, the manner in which the American auteur embroiders his distinctive style with an ornate sense of sophistication makes this heavily stylised crime caper an inescapably alluring invitation to cavort in a bygone era of imperial pomp and ceremony. A saga steeped in nostalgia and concerned with the capricious nature of memory in an embryonic world, The Grand Budapest Hotel takes place in fictional Zubrowka sometime within the thirties.
- CineVue UK
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been a remarkable success for Wes Anderson. Not only does the $58 million domestic haul mark his best ever effort in the U.S., overseas, the film has been a powerhouse, taking in nearly double what it has at home, with $107 million and counting. And the movie is now doing a victory lap on home video. Already available on a format of your choice in the U.S., the film is set to hit home video in the U.K., and Live For Films has a clip from one of the best moments in "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The two-minute excerpts The Society Of The Crossed Keys coming together to assist Gustave H. in his time of need. It's quintessential Anderson boiled to a terrific montage. After that, why not spend about a half hour watching the making of "The Royal Tenenbaums," which, until 'Budapest,' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We’ve now passed the halfway point of 2014, and while we dusted off our awards column Oscar Beat to rundown the post-Cannes Film Festival atmosphere back in May, the Oscar season doesn’t begin in earnest until September. That said, given that fall isn’t the only time of the year that’s considered eligible for awards notice, I thought it fitting to take a look back at the last six months to see what films might pop up in the Oscar conversation later this year. Read on after the jump. The barren wasteland that is January gave us nothing of note with regards to awards consideration, but February provided a serious contender in the Best Animated Feature field: The Lego Movie. Given its massive commercial success and wildly positive reviews, the pic is considered a top player in the Best Animated Feature category (and rightly so) and could indeed go all the way. »
- Adam Chitwood
There's loads of romance to be found in Wes Anderson's odd love letter to New York City, The Royal Tenenbaums. But one of the most enviable activities the Tenenbaum children enact is hiding away in the American Museum of Natural History. And now you can do it too. Well, sort of. Gothamist has tipped us to a special adult-only event hosted by the Amnh. As a nod to another movie where characters creep around the American Museum of Natural History at night, the sleepover event series is called "A Night At The Museum." As that kiddie movie title might suggest, Amnh has so far held its exploration-based sleepovers for children. But for the first time ever this institute of learning and wonder is doing the same for a more mature crowd. It's a thrilling chance at adventure, but it'll cost you. The price for this enticing adults-only Night At »
On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.
First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, »
- Marc Snetiker
Who doesn't love a good prison break? I was thinking about it recently and realized some of my favorite movies involve prison breaks. This year alone there were two movies that I saw that featured brilliant prison break scenes. If I ever get thrown into jail, the first thing I'm going to do is start plotting my escape! I'll want a good story to tell people.
I came up with a list of ten movies that included kick-ass prison break scenes. No matter what kind of prision a person is in, I imagine it's hell. Sure, some are worse than others, but I imagine anyone that ever been thrown in one can't wait to get out. There is a point for many of these characters where they ain't got nothin' to loose, so escaping become their only option. If I ever do have to break out of a prison these »
- Joey Paur
A good movie tagline can pave the way for a film. Consider some great ones. For example, three-time Oscar winner “The Social Network” cleverly played on Facebook’s concept to explain the film with its tagline, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Similarly, many would agree that the tagline of Wes Anderson’s classic film “The Royal Tenenbaums” perfectly captures the story: “Family isn’t a word. It’s a sentence.” Because for as long as there have been films, there have been film taglines—the good, the bad, and the uninspired. Click Here To View The Slideshow. Inspired by the...uninspired? Check out our film audition listings! »
As on any entertainment website, the movie critics here at We Got This Covered don’t always agree with one another when it comes to the latest and greatest at the multiplex. Was Godzilla a trainwreck or one of the best monster movies in years? Was X-Men: Days of Future Past a waste of time or a future classic? And is The Lego Movie awesome, or is it Completely Freaking Awesome? (Not much arguing on that front, actually).
Here we are at the half-way point in 2014, and so it’s time for We Got This Covered’s fine roster of critics to count off their top five best movies from this year. In the mix? A tiny found-footage horror flick with the kick of a mule, Marvel’s latest and possibly most marvelous outing yet, a brilliantly complex sci-fi head-scratcher, an insightful doc about one of the most vilified political figures in U. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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