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Working on the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie is a dream, at least according to “The Choice” star Maggie Grace. “It was so much fun to make. It was like, ‘We get paid to do this?'” Grace told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell in the latest episode of “Drinking With the Stars.” “Everybody was really close and silly,” she said of the cast, which also included Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Alexandra Daddario. “We’d spend the day on a boat, and Walker would moon us every chance he got… I mean, it got old.” Also read: 'The Choice »
- Reid Nakamura
We’ve got all kinds of romances at the cinema this year. Love is blossoming amid zombie apocalypses and inspiring superpowered vengeance and overcoming Nicholas Sparks-ian brushes with death. But when it comes to sheer weirdness, all of these love stories pale in comparison to Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, which is set in a world where singletons who […]
- Angie Han
The Carolina Panthers weren’t the only big losers this Super Bowl weekend.
New releases such as “Hail, Caesar!,” “The Choice,” and “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” failed to connect with moviegoers, sending ticket sales tumbling 8% from last year’s Super Bowl period. Total revenue topped out at $93.5 million, down from $101.8 million in 2015 when “American Sniper” racked up $30.7 million, according to ComScore. Final numbers have yet to be released so the results could change slightly.
Thanks to the continued success of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which generated $21 million in its sophomore weekend, overall ticket sales did trump the Super Bowl weekends of 2014 ($86.1 million) and 2013 ($88.7 million), although they trailed 2012, when “Chronicle” and “The Woman in Black” combined to lift sales to nearly $116 million.
“Hail, Caesar!” fared the best among new releases, making $11.4 million, but “The Choice,” an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romance novel, and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” a horror comedy for »
- Brent Lang
While Nicholas Sparks has become a one man love story factory, churning out novel after novel that then become movie after movie, his "franchise" almost never happened. The writer sold the option on the film rights to The Notebook in 1995, but it wasn.t until 2004 that the movie was finally made. While there were several different reasons for why the movie took so long to develop, one of them was fairly vital. Nobody wanted to play the lead. It turns out that if you thought Noah was a boring character on screen, so did everybody else. One of the things which is generally agreed is needed for good storytelling is a strong character arc. A character begins the film in one place, and through the events that transpire, ends up somehow changed at the end. Nicholas Sparks was being interviewed on the IMDb Asks show when he admitted that many »
While many may have skipped the theater on Sunday to catch the Super Bowl (as evidenced by the lowest box office earning weekend of the year), there is still a handful of debuts that tried their best to catch an audience. Critics are finding mostly good things to say about the latest Coen Brothers film, Hail, Caesar!, and though it did middling against its $22 million budget by opening in second place with an estimated $11.4 million, it could not come close to taking the crown from Kung Fu Panda 3. While an estimated $21 million has brought the latest animated adventures of Po and company to $69.1 million domestically, foreign box office is almost double that amount.
The Revenant and its estimated $7.1 million may be showing signs of slowdown, but with a worldwide gross of $326.1 million it proved a definite winner, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke another record with its estimated $6.9 million, »
- Seth Paul
For the second week in a row, Kung Fu Panda 3 martial arts-ed its way to the top of the box office, martial art-ing the Coen Brother's Hail, Caesar! in its Golden Age Hollywood face. Panda made $21 million, bringing its domestic total up to $69 million, while the Coens' comedy made $11.4 million, a little more than half of its $22 million budget. The Revenant, which snagged a Best Director DGA Award like a bear in a trap, made $7.1 million in its 7th week, for a cume of $149.7 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens slacked in its 8th week, only making $6.8 million for a paltry $905.9 million domestic cume. (The film took 52 days to break $2 billion worldwide.) The week's other two major debuts, The Choice and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, didn't set the box office on fire. The Nicholas Sparks romance made $6 »
- Greg Cwik
Sure, it's hard to guess which movies will be big enough draws to pull people away from their living rooms on Super Bowl weekend. But the studios were wrong about nearly every new offering this weekend, and so were the box office analysts.
The only new release that performed as expected was the Coen Brothers' period Hollywood spoof "Hail, Caesar!", debuting in second place with an estimated $11.4 million. That's pretty weak, even for filmmakers as cultish as the Coens. Yet it was still far better than this weekend's other new wide releases, "The Choice" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" -- both of which opened well below expectations. It's enough to make you wonder if moviegoers have lost interest in both Nicholas Sparks and zombies.
Sparks, the novelist whose tearjerking romances have been adapted into such hits as "The Notebook," used to be one of Hollywood's most reliable brands, generating 11 movies over the past 17 years. »
- Gary Susman
Spotlight. . Zac Efron and Robert De Niro exercised their collective muscle over the weekend to bring in $1.5 million, again making Dirty Grandpa number one at the local box office with $4.6 million after two weeks. . The Revenant placed second, dropping thirty-three percent to pull in close to $1.1 million, bringing its cume to $17.5 million after five weeks. . Spotlight came in third on 132 screens, dropping only fifteen percent in its second week. Tom McCarthy's film made around $758,000 over the weekend to bring its total to just over $2 million.. . Star Wars has now made $91.7 million after eight weeks, while Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has made close to $6.9 million after three.. . The biggest debuting film was The Choice, the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks weepie, this time co-starring Australia's Teresa Palmer.. . The Choice opened on 205 screens and rang up $596,951 over the weekend, with a per-cinema average of $2,912. . It beat the much-buzzed The Big Short, »
- Harry Windsor
This weekend, a new movie from the Coen Brothers, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, and a high concept zombie movie all arrived but none of them could knock out an animated panda from the top spot at the box office. "Kung Fu Panda 3" stayed at the top of the box office for the second straight week, with 20th Century Fox's sequel adding $21 million to the balance sheet, keeping it ahead of the competition which didn't have much of a fighting chance. The film coming in with arguably the biggest push behind it was the Coens' "Hail, Caesar!" and yet, despite a huge ensemble of A-list talent, the picture only earned $11.4 million. The directors have only had six films in their career open in wide release, but this ranks near the bottom with 2003's "Intolerable Cruelty" besting it. With a $22 million price-tag, the film will likely wind up perhaps turning a small profit, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The hit animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 ended the first month of 2016 on a high note at the box office, taking in $48 million in its opening weekend. In the first frame of February, this adventure will face three new movies, Universal's Hail, Caesar!, Sony's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lionsgate's The Choice. As expected, none of these new releases could beat Kung Fu Panda 3, which won for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $21 million.
The animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 currently has a solid 80% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opened in 3,955 theaters, which will still make it the widest release in theaters this weekend, by a long-shot. Kung Fu Panda 3 marks the return of one of the most successful animated franchises in the world, with its biggest comedy adventure yet. When Po's (Jack Black) long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, »
Coen brothers, Nicholas Sparks and zombies couldn't stand up to the Dragon Warrior and his panda compatriots this weekend as Kung Fu Panda 3 held the top spot for a second weekend in a row. The third Kung Fu Panda entry in the franchise added $21 million to its now $69 million total. The two previous panda movies were already near or past $100 million by this same point in release, leaving the third lagging well behind. But by this point in the franchise's life the movie could completely tank but still turn a profit for Dreamworks thanks to the massively successful merchandising machine. The latest offering from the Coens, Hail, Caesar! got a lukewarm reception. With a second place $11 million start it's the lowest ever wide release opening for the brothers and that despite the presence of several big names on the marquee. It wasn't the only box office disappointment. The Choice »
Kung Fu Panda 3 topped Super Bowl weekend, finishing #1 for a second weekend in a row while the weekend's three newcomers didn't exactly inspire upon release. The Coens' Hail, Caesar! performed as expected, though that isn't saying much, while The Choice ended up topping Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which couldn't even reach $6 million. Meanwhile, the big winner of the weekend is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which crossed $900 million domestically and became only the third film to ever make over $2 billion worldwide. With an estimated $21 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 took home the #1 position for a second weekend in a row. The 49% drop is a bit steeper than expected, but could also have to do with some hesitation with predicting too high a Sunday gross. Nevertheless, with no serious competition arriving until Zootopia on March 4, this one still has a lot of time to rake in a few dollars. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
The Coen Brothers and a star-studded cast couldn’t compete with an animated panda that knows martial arts. “Hail, Caesar!” underwhelmed at the box office this weekend with a disappointing $11.4 million haul — the lowest-grossing wide release of Joel and Ethan Cohen’s celebrated directing career — that was crushed by last week’s release, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which won its second consecutive weekend by raking in $21 million. Hollywood’s latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Choice,” also failed to ignite much passion from audiences, who only coughed up $6.1 million to see it, but the romance still beat the $5.2 million earned »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.
For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.
Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »
- Brent Lang
A million memes of Ryan Gosling seducing you with his eloquent feminist speak wouldn't have happened had Gosling not landed the very sexy role of Noah in The Notebook. Surprisingly, Gosling didn't have much competition for the role, though. According to Nicholas Sparks, via an IMDb Asks interview, no one wanted to play Noah: "It was really interesting because a lot of the actors said, ‘Well, what’s Noah’s arc?’" He went on, “It’s a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up and then he’s there and he’s still in love and then at the end of the film, well, he’s still in love. Where’s the arc? Ryan Gosling came in and he really brought that story to life.” (At least Sparks is cognizant that his characters aren't characters.) Films based »
- Greg Cwik
Every Nicholas Sparks adaptation is a contract. The subgenre comes with certain deliverables: Beautiful star-crossed lovers, sure, but also pleasant, comfortable settings (usually somewhere in the Carolinas), mild class-and/or-cultural conflict, mystical connections (in one, a woman’s son winds up with her beloved’s heart), and of course a tragic twist which then prompts a late-inning transformation of agony into hope. Oh, and aphorisms. Lots and lots of aphorisms. (From The Last Song: “Truth only means something when it's hard to admit.” From Dear John: “The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all.” From this one: “If you see a man sleeping on a cold floor, there’s sure to be a beautiful woman nearby.”) These aren’t just stories, they’re lifestyles to be adopted — ways of being in the world. And The Choice is one »
- Bilge Ebiri
“The Choice” is Nicholas Sparks‘ 11th book to be adapted to the screen — and critics agree that “they should have stopped at No. 10.” Currently holding a score of 6 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “The Choice” overtook 2014’s “The Best Of Me” on Friday to become the lowest-rated Sparks movie. Critics say that the film is shallow, overlong and best watched with a “barf bag nearby.” One critic even goes so far as to say that “The Choice,” starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer in the leads, is “filmed like an ad for erectile-dysfunction medication.” Also Read: 'The Choice' Review: Nicholas Sparks' Latest Adaptation Won't Set. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.
Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.
Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson »
- Marianne Zumberge
Two big movies for you to choose from this weekend! First, we have the star-studded cast of .Hail, Caesar!. from the great auteurs Coen Brothers. This one stars George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, and Frances McDormand. Heck, it even has Dolph Lundgren and Christopher Lambert!
We also have the romantic drama .The Choice. from author Nicholas Sparks (.The Notebook,. .Message in a Bottle,. .Dear John.)! This one has Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Grace.
So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews of "Hail, Caesar!" and "The Choice" as seen on The Filipino Channel's "Balitang America!"
I’ll just get this out of the way now: you’ve already seen The Choice. The genre that is Nicholas Sparks at this point has defined the romantic tragedy movie as much as Marvel has provided the blueprint for the shared universe. The full checklist is here: quaint small town, prickly leads, people unbothered by rainstorms, moonlit rowboats – everything you’d imagine (and if you’re into this sort of thing, want) is in The Choice. It’s an earnestness that makes the movie easily digestible, but also easily forgettable.
As these things usually start, there’s a girl, Gabby (Teresa Palmer), who moves in next door to a guy, Travis (Benjamin Walker), and the two clash right off the bat. Gabby left distractions of the city to live in a small North Carolinian town for peace and quiet while studying to become a doctor; Travis throws somewhat loud get-togethers with a few friends, »
- Mitchel Broussard
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