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Summer Film Budgets vs. Total Worldwide Grosses

5 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.

Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »

- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione

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Box Office Final: ‘Guardians’ No. 1 With $281M Cume As Summer Closes Down 14.6% Vs. 2013

7 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

8th Update, Tuesday, 4:42 Pm: Box office final tallies are in and the summer is off 14.6% from last year. Leading the next weekend will be the two August tentpoles —  Guardians of  the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which once again, Paramount has a higher gross than others have for it ($11.7M vs. $11.9M). Regardless, it’s such a minimal amount, that we’re keeping with the $166.3M cume for its summer tally. Congrats to Disney/Marvel for having the top film of the season and of the year to date with a newly-established and fun franchise with Guardians. Can’t wait to see the next one.

Related: Box Office End of Summer, Some Profitable Hits in Overall Blah Season

Next weekend, there is only one picture in wide release next weekend, The Identical from Freestyle Releasing so expect a quiet weekend after Labor Day, which is typical. The Identical, »

- Anita Busch

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Vincent D'Onofrio Talks Kingpin and New 'Daredevil' Series

17 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Vincent D'Onofrio has carved out quite a lengthy, successful career for himself. With credits going back over 30 years, which include roles in Full Metal JacketMen In BlackJFK, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and much more, one would understand if he'd be hesitant to take on a new show. With 10 seasons of Criminal Intent under his belt, some would think it strange that he's going right back into another television series. But the 6'4 actor sounds downright giddy about his next project: Daredevil, a Marvel production for Netflix. 

"Filming has been great. I can’t really talk about specifics. Really," he tells Men's Journal in a new interview. "But I can tell you it’s all working. It’s all gritty. Everything is really impressive. They seem to know what they’re doing over at Marvel. I think ever since Downey and [Jon] Favreau did Iron Man and proved that comic »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Review

1 September 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Review

You can’t deny the artistic abilities found in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, but it looks like Frank Miller may have lost his storytelling abilities to his ego. There’s something to the idea of fusing a film from the largely unconnected stories that might exist as “issues” of a graphic novel, but this isn’t how you make such a theory work.

The film kicks off with Marv (Mickey Rourke) walking us through an encounter that simply serves as an explanation of who he is, and puts him into the world so that we recognize him when he shows up later. This takes us to Dwight (Josh Brolin), and Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who will each have their turns being the focus of stories that don’t connect to each other.

Dwight has his world disrupted when Ava (Eva Green), an ex, »

- Marc Eastman

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5 Reasons Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Was A Huge Flop

1 September 2014 4:14 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Dimension Films

All in all, 2014 was a pretty great year for comic book movies. Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox knocked it out of the park with X-Men: Days of Future Past, while Marvel had two tremendous (and well-received) hits on their hands: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy (which just became the highest-grossing film of the year at the United States box office).

Even The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was met with quite a bit of vitriol and a bad critical reception when it hit theaters in May, managed to take in over $750 million worldwide. That makes the fate of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For even harder to bear, as it was dead upon arrival last week and has become one of the biggest flops of the year.

In ten days, the film hasn’t even crossed »

- James Garcia

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Flickering Myth Podcast – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Review

1 September 2014 1:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast heads to Sin City

Out now in cinemas and under performing badly, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For sees Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller return to the world they created back in 2005 with this belated sequel. On this episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Deputy Editor Luke Owen sits down with staff writers Scott Davis and Rohan Morbey to talk about the movie and why it hasn’t performed well at the box office.

Read our reviews here, here and here.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For weaves together two of Frank Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants. In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. »

- Luke Owen

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Guardians of the Galaxy tops the Us box office after a lacklustre Labor Day weekend

1 September 2014 12:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Without much competition and a slow Labor Day Weekend, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy topped the Us box office for a second week.

Guardians of the Galaxy is now the biggest movie of the year, beating out Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction having added another $16.3 million over the weekend to bring its domestic total to $274.6 million. If it can maintain this 5% drop from last week, James Gunn’s space epic should have no trouble crossing the $300 million mark domestic, which would be the first film of 2014 to do so.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remained in second place with $11.7 million while If I Stay also managed to keep third place with $9.2 million.

The highest new entry this week belonged to found footage horror movie As Above, So Below which pulled in $8.3 million. Sadly for fans of busting ghosts but the re-release of »

- Luke Owen

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‘Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth’ Celebrates the Batmen of Many Eras

31 August 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth

Written by Warren Ellis

Artwork by John Cassaday

Published by DC/Wildstorm Comics

In the pantheon of unarguably great comics, Warren Ellis’ Planetary holds a permanent seat, being both devilishly clever in its premise and magnificent in its execution. For some 27 issues Ellis, along with artist John Cassaday (with occasional help) opened the chest cavity of 20th century genre fiction, performing the most reverent, respectful and gleeful autopsy known in either fiction or reality. Pulp adventure crimebusters, comic book superheroes, kung-fu cinema, Kaiju Eiga, and more came under Ellis’ knife, both tied together in one beautiful circulatory system and carefully extracted and brought gleaming like new into the light of day. There was also one issue with Batman in it, and it kicked a lot of arse.

The crossover took place in Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth, a one-shot released in August of 2003, which saw »

- Thomas O'Connor

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"Guardians" Tops Labor Day Box-Office

31 August 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

As of yesterday, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the biggest film of the year domestically. Unsurprisingly the film looks set to hold the top spot at the Labor Day weekend box-office with an estimated $16.3 million through Sunday and a total of $274.6 million thus far.

Only two newcomers scored a wide release for the holiday weekend. "As Above, So Below" which is essentially "The Descent" set in the Paris catacombs, came in fourth with $8.3 million. Made for just $5 million, the thriller will likely make double its production budget back over the four-day weekend.

Further down in sixth place was the Pierce Brosnan-led action thriller "The November Man" which scored $7.7 million. Again it was made on the cheap, for less than $20 million, so it'll earn back its cost during its run.

Otherwise the Top Ten varied little. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" held steady in second place with $11.7 million and has »

- Garth Franklin

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Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Sin City 2, If I Stay, And As Above So Below

29 August 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, If I Stay and As Above So Below for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of killer crime dramas, tender tearjerkers, and horror stories about the dangers of curiosity. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez reteam to bring to life a new crop of neo-noir tales that traffic in sex, murder, and mayhem. Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green co-star. Read our review here. For more inventive takes on the crime-drama genre, check out this trio that boasts a murderous drifter, a landmark femme fatale, and an iconic »

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Movie Review – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

29 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.

Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.


Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.

Perhaps it was comic book movie fatigue; perhaps it was sequel fatigue; perhaps it was a feeling of cash grabbing now that comic book films are the money making machines they are; or perhaps it was the fact that Robert Rodriguez’ last film was utter trash, but for whatever reason I was not looking forward to Sin City: A Dame to Kill for. Then I re-watched the first movie again (for the first time many years) in preparation for »

- Gary Collinson

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10 Crazy Facts You Just Have To Accept To Enjoy Sin City

28 August 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Dark Horse Comics

This past week saw the release of A Dame To Kill For, the second Sin City film, and by all accounts it was…weird. Which is befitting of its source material, a series of comic books that saw veteran writer and artist Frank Miller throw hardboiled detective stories, noir films and pulp fiction (not Pulp Fiction, crucially) in a blender along with his bombastic superhero work. At the other end spat out a highly stylised, ultra violent and sexually explicit throwback to “the good old days” of genre stories; Sin City was a playground for Miller to indulge in his love of gritty crime mysteries, with crooked cops, femme fatales and all. Also there are dinosaurs sometimes, because of course there is.

Over the years Miller has weaved together a whole weird world of his own, the fictional Basin City having its own distinct geography, demographics and »

- Tom Baker

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Comics on Film: Ranking 2014's Comic Book Movies

27 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As people everywhere get ready to say good-bye to the summer season, Comics on Film has reached that time in the year where we can look back on the major comics-based movie releases of the year and figure out which we liked best and which we didn't like so much. From the blockbuster releases provided by the characters of Marvel Comics at multiple studios, to the return of the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird-created Ninja Turtles, on down through the harsh and unforgiving streets of Frank Miller's Basin City, 2014 has proven to be a surprisingly diverse year for comic book cinema. Maybe, even, a transformative one. With eight live-action comic book movies released between March and August of this year, let's get right into the rankings for 2014's comic book...

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- Chris Clow

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Movie Review – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

27 August 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.

Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.


Three more stories from the vaults of Sin City as some of its twisted citizens get in too deep.

The sequel to Sin City has been a long time coming and in the wake of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, part of me wonders if it’s been too long. The stories we get on this adventure are the titular A Dame to Kill For, Nancy’s Last Dance, Just Another Saturday Night and The Long Bad Night. Each of the stories in themselves are interesting and A Dame To Kill For is clearly the »

- Helen Murdoch

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DC superhero movies that never got the greenlight

27 August 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…

Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.

However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.

We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Review

26 August 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

In 2005, director Robert Rodriguez, with Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino riding shotgun, brought Miller's neo-noir graphic novel series Sin City to life, keeping the hyper stylised aesthetic and hard boiled dialogue intact during the transition from page to screen. It was rightly lauded for its stunning visuals, mainly presented in black and white with flashes of vivid colour, and is the finest example of a true comic book to screen translation to date. Now, nine years later, Rodriguez and Miller have delivered the long awaited sequel, and, sadly, it could have stayed a wish in the heart of every Sin City fan, proving to be a tired, lazy retread of what delighted us almost a decade ago. Taking it's cue from the original, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is made up of a number of separate stories all taking place in the titular, corrupt city. Also like the first Sin City, »

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At the Texas Premiere for 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

26 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For had its Texas premiere at the Paramount Theatre last week, and writer/director Robert Rodriguez was on the red carpet for the hometown screening that benefited the Austin Film Society. Unfortunately co-director/co-writer Frank Miller missed his flight and with back-to-back premieres -- Los Angeles, Austin, New York -- it was not possible for him to be at the Austin screening.

Rodriguez said he made Miller a co-director because he knew visual storytelling, and as a fellow cartoonist Rodriguez knew Miller would love the experience.

"It's exactly the same thing, but you are using a camera and your paper characters will now talk to you because they are actors, and that will give you the biggest thrill." Additionally, Rodriguez told Miller that he would "be able to tell backstories that aren't even in any of your books.

Local and world-famous musical artists with »

- Debbie Cerda

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Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

26 August 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Moviemaking dynamo Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller return to their comic book hellhole to add more blood-soaked chapters to 2005's iconic ultra-noir. Amidst characters old and new, Eva Green makes a striking entrance as the married femme fatale who lures her ex-lover Dwight (Josh Brolin) into her deadly web, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt dices with death as a cocky gambler who makes an enemy of diabolical Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Meanwhile, grieving stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) is plotting revenge »

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Win a Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For prize bundle

26 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, which stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and is in cinemas now, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a Sin City 2 bundle including Sin City on DVD, playing cards, an Eva Green poster and an A Dame to Kill For graphic novel.

Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper) and Josh Brolin (Old Boy), this next installment promises to take audiences on a visceral ride into the »

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Intl Box Office Update: ‘Lucy’ Crosses $100M Overseas; ‘Sin City 2′ Drops In Russia; More

25 August 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

4th Update, 2:33 Pm Pt: Universal, Sony and Lionsgate have weighed in, so we have nine more titles reporting (see below for final numbers on all films).

3Rd Update, 12:45 Pm Pt: Actuals are coming in for the international weekend with Disney, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros reporting. There were no major discrepancies, although Guardians Of The Galaxy jumped from an estimated $20.7M to $21.3M for the weekend. In the reverse, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For was less sexy than predicted in Russia with $3.35M versus an initial estimate of $4.7M. Fox is releasing there on behalf of A Company Russia. Figures have been updated for the films above as well as How To Train Your Dragon 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into The Storm, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, The Fault In Our Stars, Relatos Salvajes, Let’s Be Cops, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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