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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is cruising to it third straight box office crown with $18.5 million at 4,077 North American sites this weekend, doubling the opening of Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle.”
Saturday estimates showed Pantelion’s romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” over-performing in its debut with $12 million at only 1,118 venues. Great India Films’ launch of Bollywood action sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” — a sequel to 2015’s “Baahubali: The Beginning” — is also showing impressive results with $9.1 million at just 450 locations.
“The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in Universal’s sturdy “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks. The ensemble actioner, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Charlize Theron, should wind up the weekend with nearly $192 million in its first 17 days.
“The Circle,” jointly handled by Stx and EuropaCorp, is heading for about $9.3 million at 3,163 locations. »
- Dave McNary
Universal’s tentpole “The Fate of the Furious” will win its third straight box office crown with about $18 million this weekend, easily fending off the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle,” early estimates showed Friday.
“The Circle” will wind up the weekend with about $11 million at 3,163 sites. Romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” is performing respectably in its debut with a projected $7 million at 1,118 venues.
Both new movies had been expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks, topping $173 million in its first 14 days.
“The Circle” generated a modest $430,000 in Thursday night previews, trailing the take for “Latin Lover” by $20,000. The film is being jointly handled by Stx and EuropaCorp, and had been projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. »
- Dave McNary
28 April 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Ok, so it will never be mistaken for vintage Pedro Almodovar or Bigas Luna, but the feel-good satire How to Be a Latin Lover nevertheless gives you less cause to be a hater than you might have expected.
A tailor-made vehicle for Mexican comedy star Eugenio Derbez, the film — about an aging gigolo who's abruptly tossed out on his saggy behind after being a kept man for 25 years — admittedly has commitment issues in its desire to be both an outrageous comedy and a tender family romp. But first-time feature director Ken Marino and his game cast, also »
- Michael Rechtshaffen
“Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.
Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has topped $171 million domestically in its first 13 days.
“The Circle,” from STX and EuropaCorp, opens at 3,163 venues, and is projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. The movie, which premiered on Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.
- Dave McNary
The combo of wink-wink naughtiness and family-friendly sentimentality makes for a wildly uneven farce in “How to Be a Latin Lover,” as a middle-aged male gold-digger attempts a reconciliation with his estranged sister and nephew — when he isn’t busy looking for his next sugar mama, that is. It’s another hand-tooled star vehicle for Mexican TV actor/personality Eugenio Derbez, whose phenomenally popular 2013 comedy “Instructions Not Included” holds the record for being the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States. This follow-up effort, a largely English-language feature, isn’t likely to make lightning strike twice in terms of generating consumer demand. To give it fair due, however, there are some very funny bits and pieces scattered amid the proceedings, along with a few darkly comical gags that appear to belong in a different movie, but are more than welcome here.
Much like Jack Benny, Maximo (Derbez) continues »
- Joe Leydon
“Listen, who does Luke Skywalker go to for the answers to the universe? You go to Yoda, he is the keeper of the secrets, he is the expert in stories,” Lowe tells People of his reasoning behind the nickname he gave his character — a veteran gigolo who prays on wealthy older women. “He takes what he does so seriously, it is legitimately life and death for him. »
- Kara Warner
The film tells the story of a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.
Wme reps domestic rights and Bloom reps foreign with a plan to sell markets in Cannes. The film will start shooting this week in Massachusetts.
- Justin Kroll
Longoria’s three-episode stint on “Empire” is one of many projects she’s currently juggling, along with a Fox comedy pilot, “Type A,” which is in contention for the 2017-2018 season, and the upcoming film “Lowriders,” which hits theaters next month. Since her hit show “Desperate Housewives” went off the air, the multi-hyphenate has focused primarily on her jam-packed production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, and directing, with credits including episodes of “Black-ish” and “Jane the Virgin.”
Here, Longoria talks to Variety about her special guest role on “Empire” — plus, would she ever consider a “Desperate Housewives” revival?
Why did you want to join “Empire” and how did it come about?
I’ve been a fan of Danny Strong and of course Lee [Daniels] for a long time, and Terrence [Howard] and I have been friends for »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“The Fate of the Furious” is racing toward its third straight weekend on top of the box office.
After earning $38.4 million domestically during its second frame, the eighth film in the beloved “Fast and Furious” franchise should steer clear of the competition once again and land in the $15 million to $20 million range. A major landmark also approaches as the actioner could race past $1 billion at the global box office this week.
The biggest contender in “Fate’s” race to the top is “The Circle” from Stx and EuropaCorp, which will likely earn somewhere between $10 million and $15 million. While its production budget is a relatively thrifty $18 million, the opening expectations are meager considering the star power involved, mainly Tom Hanks (who opened 2016’s “Sully” to $35 million), Emma Watson (recently the belle of the box office in “Beauty and the Beast”), and “Star Wars” phenom John Boyega.
‘Fast & Furious’ Films Ranked »
- Seth Kelley
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.
The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle »
- Edward Douglas
Even while facing a steep second-weekend decrease of 61.1%, The Fate of the Furious still managed to come away with an easy win, taking in $38.4 million against five new releases, two of which didn't even crack the top 10. This weekend it will only face one newcomer in a true wide release, Stx Entertainment's The Circle, with Pantelion's latest comedy How to Be a Latin Lover and Blumhouse Tilt's Sleight also opening in several national markets, but with a much lower theater count. While Fast 8 will likely suffer another sizable drop in its third frame, it should come out on top with a projected take of $18.2 million.
Last weekend, Fate of the Furious actually added 19 more theaters for a grand total of 4,329, which was still nearly twice the rollout of most of last weekend's newcomers. This weekend, Box Office Mojo reports that The Circle will arrive in more than 2,800 theaters, while How to Be a Latin Lover »
Hispanic moviegoers are a huge slice of the U.S. film business, and yet few producers have cracked the secret of making titles that appeal specifically to that audience. The exception, it would seem, is Mexican star, director, and producer Eugenio Derbez, whose “Instructions Not Included” became the most successful Spanish-language movie ever in the U.S., grossing $44 million in 2013.
Now Derbez and his producing partner, Benjamin Odell, are opening the first title under their fledgling 3Pas Studios banner, the Ken Marino-directed comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover,” starring Derbez and Salma Hayek, with Raquel Welch, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, and Rob Riggle.
Pantelion Films, the Televisa-Lionsgate joint venture with which 3Pas Studios has an exclusive first-look pact, is doubling its typical screen count for the nationwide bow on April 28, with upwards of 800 screens. Pantelion’s largest release to date was for biopic “Cesar Chavez” on nearly 700 screens in 2014.
A dubbed Spanish version, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
Between the phenomenal success of “Get Out,” the imminent next chapter of the emphatically diverse “Fast and the Furious” franchise, and the recent failure of “Ghost in the Shell,” (among other examples), is there genuine reason to hope that racially insensitive blockbusters might soon become a thing of the past?
Vadim Rizov (@vrizov), Filmmaker Magazine
I think a lot about Bilge Ebiri’s 2013 piece on how the “Fast & Furious” franchise blew up by self-consciously becoming “diverse.” The short takeaway: Universal execs didn’t throw together a super-diverse cast out of the goodness of their progressive hearts, but out of a keen awareness that targeting multipole, oft-underserved demographics was a key, »
- David Ehrlich
One year after unveiling Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning “La La Land” at CinemaCon, Lionsgate returned to screen commercial action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” and star Salma Hayek is already predicting a sequel.
“This film is so magnificent that I am going to have the courage to predict that there will be a sequel,” Hayek said before praising her co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. “The two stars of this film are, I think, the best people in the world to balance action and comedy.”
Directed by Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”), “The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is an action-comedy that follows the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) and his new client, a notorious hitman (Jackson). Lionsgate president of domestic distribution David Spitz noted that the film is still a work in progress, but Hayek »
- Graham Winfrey
Ken Marino is set for a lead role opposite Eva Longoria in Fox's single-camera workplace comedy pilot from the Life In Pieces duo of executive producer Jason Winer and writer-producer Lesley Wake-Webster. Also set as regulars in the project are Kyle Bornheimer (Casual), Steve Harris (Legends) and Andy Richter (Conan). Written by Wake-Webster and loosely based on the book Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James, Type-a — in the vein of Up In The Air — is an office comedy about a… »
This is a lot of big Type-a personalities for one sitcom.
On the heels of news that Eva Longoria is set to star in Fox’s consultant-themed workplace comedy pilot, TVLine has learned that the Desperate Housewives alum will be joined by Conan sidekick Andy Richter, Casual‘s Kyle Bornheimer, Party Down‘s Ken Marino and The Practice‘s Steve Harris.
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The potential series centers on a team of corporate consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle (i.e. layoffs, »
Eva Longoria has boarded Fox’s comedy pilot “Type-a,” Variety has learned. Longoria will play Axler, the ambitious, brutally honest consultant who is at war with her inner “nice girl.”
The former “Desperate Housewife” and “Telenovela” star will play the lead in the single-camera office comedy about a group of consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle: layoffs, downsizing, generally delivering horrible news. To everyone else, they’re the enemy — to each other, they’re family. Lesley Wake Webster (“New Girl,” “The Odd Couple”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed by Jason Winer (“Modern Family”). Both are executive producing through their Small Dog Picture Company, which is producing with 20th TV.
Marino will play “Garland,” a slick, charming attorney — and total shark — who also happens to be Axler’s ex-boyfriend. Bornheimer »
- Oriana Schwindt
Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez’s latest romp, “How to Be a Latin Lover” is set to become Pantelion Film’s widest release ever in the U.S., likely to more than double the Televisa-Lionsgate joint venture’s release standard of 350 to 400 screens when it opens on April 28.
Videocine, the film distribution arm of Televisa, will be rolling the comedy out to some 2,500 screens in Mexico on May 5.
“We are expecting this film to deliver, it’s got heart and a highly promotable cast,” said Pantelion COO Edward Allen.
Comedy centers on an ageing Latin Lothario, played by Derbez, who’s made a living out of seducing rich, older women. When he’s dumped by his wealthy 80-year old wife for a younger stud, he’s forced to move in with his estranged sister, played by Salma Hayek, and her son with whom he bonds. Other cast members include Raquel Welch, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
"We do whatever it takes to come out on top." Pantelion Films has debuted another new official Us trailer for the film How to Be a Latin Lover, a comedy from Ken Marino starring Eugenio Derbez (seen in Jack and Jill, Miracles from Heaven, The Book of Life). This new trailer isn't much better than the first trailer, but they're hoping to find an audience anyway. Eugenio Derbez stars as the titular "Latin lover" who is dumped by the wealthy older woman he was with and is forced to move in with his sister - who is played by Salma Hayek. While living with her, he bonds with her nerdy son, Hugo, played by Raphael Alejandro. The rest of the big ensemble cast includes Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Mckenna Grace, Rob Lowe, Michael Cera, Michaela Watkins, Rob Corddry, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel & Renée Taylor. Enjoy. Here's the second trailer (+ poster »
- Alex Billington
Pantelion Films and Lionsgate have released a Fifty Shades Darker parody poster the upcoming comedy How to Be a Latin Lover. Directed by Ken Marino, the film sees Eugenio Derbez leading the cast alongside Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for How to be a Latin Lover here
Eugenio Derbez is the star of what could be his funniest movie yet! In this laugh out loud comedy, Or In this riches to rags story, Eugenio plays a very handsome and very young Maximo who has a dream to be rich without ever having to work a day in his life. Having made a career of seducing rich older women, he marries a wealthy woman more than twice his age. 25 years later, spoiled and bored from waking up next to his now 80-year-old wife-he gets the surprise of his life when »
- Amie Cranswick
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