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12 items from 2007


'Beowulf' beheads weekend boxoffice

19 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A long-dreaded English class assignment morphed into America's favorite movie this weekend as Paramount's Beowulf conquered the domestic boxoffice with an estimated $28.1 million.

But the battle for the top spot was hardly epic, with two pics in their third week of release running far behind the frontrunner in grabbing the weekend's silver and bronze medals. DreamWorks/Paramount's animated Bee Movie finished second with $14.3 million, and Universal/Imagine's crime drama American Gangster was third with $13.2 million.

Also bowing over the pre-Thanksgiving frame, Fox's family fantasy Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium -- a Walden Media pic starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman -- finished fifth with $10 million. And New Line/Stone Village's literary adaptation Love in the Time of Cholera unspooled in 852 theaters to gross $1.9 million in 10th place.

Paramount Vantage's Nicole Kidman starrer Margot at the Wedding bowed in single theaters in New York to gross $82,929, or $41,464 per location. Margot expands to about 35 runs in the top 12 U.S. and Canadian markets on Wednesday.

IDP's Southland Tales, a futuristic comedy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, grossed $116,550 from 63 theaters over its first weekend, or a thin $1,850 per venue. Cumulative boxoffice hit $133,896 after Tales unspooled Wednesday in seven of its locations.

Magnolia did not provide weekend estimates for Brian De Palma's Iraq War film Redacted, which also opened in limited release.

Industrywide, the weekend became the eighth of the last nine frames to underperform boxoffice from the same session a year earlier. Collectively, distributors rung up $107 million over the latest frame, or 27% less than the comparable frame a year ago, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI.

Seasonal boxoffice is off 4% from fall 2006, but year-to-date grosses still are up 5% year at $8.28 billion.

In another positive, Universal this week crossed the magical $1 billion on the year, marking the first time five studios have managed such a feat. Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Paramount also have rung up more than $1 billion in 2007. »

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Vampires' kiss: $16 mil for '30 Days of Night'

22 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony's vampire film 30 Days of Night sunk its teeth into moviegoers during the weekend, with the R-rated comic book adaptation grossing an estimated $16 million to open atop the domestic heap.

But the busy frame's other wide openers fell like so many autumn leaves as the seasonal boxoffice continued to wilt. Collectively, industry grosses notched a fifth consecutive downtick compared with year-earlier weekends.

Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck's directing-and-writing project from Miramax, bowed with $6 million in fifth place, while Fox Atomic's The Comebacks, a PG-13 pigskin comedy, grossed $5.9 million to finish sixth overall.

New Line's CIA-themed Rendition, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, rung up just $4.2 million in ninth place. And DreamWorks/Paramount's Things We Lost in the Fire, with Benicio Del Toro and Halle Berry, scratched out $1.6 million in bowing outside the weekend top 10. Finding even less boxoffice spark were Freestyle's Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour, barely registering with $560,000 from 1,121 playdates, and Rocky Mountain's The Ten Commandments, with $474,760 from 830 engagements.

Also debuting in 564 theaters was Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, Disney's 3-D version of the 1993 animated feature, which grossed $5.1 million in eighth place.

Industrywide grosses totaled an estimated $98 million, 7% less than during the same weekend last year, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI. Yet there was some good news for a couple of holdovers in the frame.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? from Lionsgate finished No. 2 in its second session, grossing $12.1 million, good for a $38.9 million cume. And Disney's family comedy The Game Plan, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, grossed $8.1 million to finish third and move its four-week cume to $69.2 million.

In another positive development, Warner Bros.' George Clooney starrer Michael Clayton dropped just 32% from its first frame in wide release to finish with $7.1 million in fourth place with a $22 million cume. Despite the soft launch for the well-reviewed legal drama, execs remain hopeful that the slow starter will build toward an awards-season peak. »

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For richer: 'Married' life is good boxoffice

16 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A trio of awards-season hopefuls were forced to cede the spotlight during the weekend to Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? the latest populist hit from the Atlanta-based filmmaker. The Lionsgate release, which opened in 2,011 theaters, took the top spot for the weekend with a $21.4 million bow.

The PG-13 domestic dramedy about the trials of marriage -- based on one of the prolific Perry's stage plays and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Janet Jackson -- attracted black moviegoers, though Lionsgate reported that it also boasted crossover business.

The CinemaScore sampling of the opening-weekend audience showed many more females than males in attendance -- 74%-26%, respectively -- and overall, moviegoers applauded it with a grade of A-plus.

Making it even more difficult for the new arrivals to gain a foothold was Disney's family-oriented sports tale The Game Plan, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson. It fell just 34% in its third weekend compared with the previous Friday-to-Sunday, taking second place for the frame with $11 million. Its domestic purse is now a resounding $59 million.

In a veritable photo finish, Sony's We Own the Night edged ahead of Warners' Michael Clayton to take the third spot overall. »

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'Married' beats Clooney's 'Clayton' to the altar

15 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Tyler Perry spanked George Clooney this weekend.

On what was predicted to be an intensely competitive domestic boxoffice weekend, writer-director Perry's Why Did I Get Married? from Lionsgate grossed an estimated $21.5 million to open at No. 1. But Clooney starrer and putative frame favorite Michael Clayton from Warner Bros. bowed with just $11 million to snag a third-place tie with Sony opener We Own the Night, starring Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix.

Finishing in the silver-medal position was Disney's family laugher The Game Plan, toplined by Dwayne The Rock Johnson, which grossed $11.5 million in its third outing.

The leggy Game performance -- which followed two weekend wins for the Andy Fickman-helmed pic -- moved its cume to $59.4 million. Friday's grosses pushed Disney's annual domestic haul past the $1 billion mark for the 11th time.

Universal's historical sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age, with Cate Blanchett reprising her title role, bowed in sixth place with $6.2 million. And Yari Film Group's baseball drama The Final Season debuted with 1,011 playdates but a gross of $665,000.

Among holdover pics, The Heartbreak Kid, the Farrelly brothers comedy from DreamWorks/Paramount, dropped 47% from its opening weekend to gross an estimated $7.4 million in fifth place, with a 10-day cume of $26 million. Fox's youth fantasy The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising fell 43% in its sophomore session to $2.2 million in 10th place, pushing its cume to $7.1 million.

Universal's Jamie Foxx starrer The Kingdom dropped 53% over its third frame to gross $4.6 million in seventh place and move its cume to $40 million. And Lionsgate's Russell Crowe-toplined 3:10 to Yuma, while finishing outside the top 10 in its sixth frame, lassoed another $1.5 million to leg its cume up to $51.4 million.

Industrywide, an estimated $99 million was rung up this weekend, or 7% more than the same frame last year, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI.

With so many early award-consideration films in the art film swim this year, it's worth noting what may be the season's first belly-flop. »

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'Game' film Rocks boxoffice

10 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The past weekend's lesson: For every successful game plan, there's a boxoffice strategy that ends in tears.

Disney's family-oriented The Game Plan, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, took the domestic boxoffice flag for a second straight weekend with a four-day haul of $19.3 million that took its 11-day cume to $45.9 million. But DreamWorks/Paramount's The Heartbreak Kid bowed weakly with just $15.6 million in second place through the holiday-lengthened frame, and Fox's kids-book adaptation The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising opened softly with $4.3 million in fifth place.

Americans marked Columbus Day in the U.S. on Monday, and Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving. But the weekend's new boxoffice entrants failed to capitalize on the prospect of stronger Sunday and Monday grosses, and as a result the collective boxoffice tallies told a disappointing tale.

On an industrywide basis, the weekend boxoffice totaled $96.4 million. That represents a 23% decline from the $125.2 million rung up during the Columbus Day frame last year.

Elsewhere among the frame's top rankers, Sony/Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Extinction finished fourth in its third outing with $5.2 million and a $44.3 million cume. Lionsgate's Good Luck Chuck found sixth place in its third frame with $4.2 million and a $29.8 million cume. »

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'Game' puts 'Kid' on weekend boxoffice bench

8 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Positive buzz was definitely in The Game Plan for Disney during the weekend, but the frame ended in tears for chief contender The Heartbreak Kid from DreamWorks/Paramount.

Game Plan, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, dipped a teensy 29% off its opening grosses to ring up an estimated $16.3 million and top the domestic boxoffice for a second consecutive session. The Ben Stiller vehicle Heartbreak didn't so much drive off the boxoffice cliff as get stuck in neutral, with the romancer remake debuting well under expectations at $14 million.

Game Plan broadened its base of patrons after a family-focused opening as it toted up a nifty 10-day cume of $42.8 million. In another sophomore success, Universal's Middle East thriller The Kingdom was off a relatively modest 45% from its opening grosses to land in third place overall with $9.3 million, pushing its cume to $31.4 million.

Fox's kids book adaptation The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising bowed with an estimated $3.7 million in fifth place, and Sony's teen-targeted musical drama Feel the Noise debuted in 1,015 playdates and fetched $3.4 million to place seventh.

Among the other top rankers, Sony/Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Extinction finished fourth in its third outing with $4.3 million and a $43.5 million cume. Lionsgate's Good Luck Chuck found sixth place in its third frame with $3.5 million and a $29.1 million cume.

Elsewhere, Warner Bros. posted a bodacious limited bow for Michael Clayton a weekend before the George Clooney starrer goes wide, fetching $704,000 from 15 theaters for a cool $46,903 per venue. And Warners' rerelease of the remastered sci-fi classic Blade Runner rung up $94,522 from Los Angeles and New York exclusives for a fab $47,261 per-screen average.

Sony Pictures Classics expanded its female drama The Jane Austen Book Club to 1,232 locations to gross $1.5 million, or $1,246 per location, and move its cume to $2 million. SPC also bowed the documentary My Kid Could Paint That with seven playdates to gross an estimated $28,285, or an acceptable $4,041 per engagement. »

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The Rock Hands Over $1 Million to Former University

3 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has made history at his former college by handing over $1 million to fund football facilities at the University Of Miami. The action man, who played football at the Florida university a decade ago, now becomes the most generous former student athlete in the school's history. Johnson's cash gift will help to fund renovation in the university's athletic department. The Miami Hurricanes' football locker room will be renamed in the actor's honour. In making the donation on Tuesday, Johnson said, "My wife Dany and I have always said that being a student athlete here at the University Of Miami has always been a tremendous part of our lives. I have said it time and time again, that this program was a launching pad for my success." Johnson and his wife met at the university. They announced their separation in June. »

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Johnson escapes to 'Witch Mountain'

29 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in negotiations to topline Witch Mountain, Walt Disney Pictures' modern re-imagining of its classic 1975 adventure movie Escape to Witch Mountain. Andy Fickman is on board to direct, while Disney-based Andrew Gunn is producing via his Gunn Films banner.

The story follows a pair of siblings, endowed with paranormal powers, who go on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities. Johnson will play a Las Vegas cab driver who is in for the ride of his life when he picks up the duo.

Matt Lopez wrote the current 'Witch' draft.

Gunn Films' Ann Marie Sanderlin is executive producing. Brigham Taylor and Casey Wolfe are overseeing for Disney.

The studio is eyeing a March 2008 start date.

The casting will reteam Johnson with Fickman, for whom he starred in The Game Plan, Disney's upcoming family comedy.

Johnson is repped by UTA. »

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Disney swims with 'Pool Rats'

29 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Walt Disney Pictures has picked up Pool Rats, a family comedy to be directed by Andy Fickman. Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price and Fickman are writing the script, which will be produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray's Mayhem Pictures.

The project reunites the creative team -- including the director, writers and producers -- of Disney's upcoming family comedy The Game Plan, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Rats is a semiautobiographical story inspired by Fickman's wild times coaching a neighborhood league swim team during a summer that he says changed both his life and his swimmers. With the shenanigans that ensued, it was hard to see who the bigger troublemaker was -- the coach or the kids.

The real events transpired in Houston in the 1980s, but Rats will be set in present-day.

The filmmakers are hoping to strike a tone similar to camp classics such as 1979's Meatballs and 1980's Little Darlings.

Fickman has been developing the project with his partner Betsy Sullenger, and during filming of Plan decided to team up with Ciardi and Gray and bring it to Disney. »

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Butler To Collect Stunt Award

20 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gerard Butler will receive the Action Movie Star Of The Year prize at next month's 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards. The 300 star will be honored at the World Stunt Foundation's Hollywood ceremony, which is being hosted by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson on May 20. Butler says, "It is such a special honor to receive this award from the stunt community. In each action film I'm a part of, I am continually amazed by their remarkable talent. While I am proud to receive this accolade, I am keenly aware of who the real action heroes are." Stuntwoman Jeannie Epper is the first woman to be selected for the awards' Lifetime Achievement Award, while Burt Reynolds will also be honored. »

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Davitian spies 'Smart' role as KAOS baddie

5 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ken Davitian, who as producer Azamat Bagatov suffered the many indignities of Borat, has joined the all-star cast of Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow's big-screen adaptation of Get Smart.

Steve Carell is playing Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway is Agent 99, and Alan Arkin is portraying the Chief of CONTROL. Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Terrence Stamp also have been cast.

Davitian will play the evil assistant to Stamp, the head of the nefarious organization known as KAOS.

Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing the comedy. Mosaic, Mad Chance and Callahan Films are the production entities involved.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for the studio.

"It's my first film that is with so many big people," said Davitian, repped by Rebel Entertainment. "It's really an honor for me to work on this."

It wasn't long ago that Davitian was doing bit parts in more dramatic fare such as Holes, A Man Apart, SWAT and shows like Six Feet Under. To help pay the bills, he even opened up a French dip sandwich restaurant in Sherman Oaks called the Dip. »

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Arkin gets 'Smart' for Warners pic

28 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oscar winner Alan Arkin is reuniting with his Little Miss Sunshine co-star Steve Carell in the big-screen version of Get Smart, which Peter Segal is directing for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Arkin will play the chief of CONTROL, the organization that fights the evil forces of KAOS. Edward Platt played the character in the 1965 TV series.

Carell is on board as secret agent Maxwell Smart, with Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Terrence Stamp also have been cast.

Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing the comedy. Mosaic, Mad Chance and Callahan Films are the production entities involved.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for the studio.

Arkin, repped by Endeavor and Principal Entertainment, won a best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his work in Sunshine. Arkin's upcoming projects include Rendition, with Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sunshine Cleaning, with Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. »

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