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The next Best Actress race hasn't remotely started so we're at the "anything goes" stage. Sally Field is the only player thus far who feels like a distinct if long shot possibility. With a Golden Globe Comedy nod highly likely for Hello My Name is Doris she'll be discussed again at year's end reminding people of her endearing star turn in the sleeper hit. But what to make of the Best Actress race. Most or all of the contenders are yet to come and there are no sure things.
Sure, Viola Davis looks good on paper to repeat her Tony win in 2010 for Fences as the long suffering wife of a trash collector who was once a promising ball player. But there are some "what ifs" involved. Denzel Washington hasn't yet proved he's special as a director and when the revival in which they starred on Broadway hit not everyone »
- NATHANIEL R
The film that blew audiences away is back and bigger than ever with more than two hours special feature material that will give viewers even more reasons to "Bring Him Home." Audience everywhere can journey back to Mars with the all-new extended cut of the 7-time Academy Award nominated space film The Martian coming to Digital HD, DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on June 7, 2016. The Martian earned $228.4 million domestically and $630.1 million worldwide from a $108 million budget during its theatrical run last year.
The extended edition from Fox Home Entertainment includes an extended cut featuring 10 minutes of brand new footage not shown in theaters as well as more than two hours of behind-the-scenes content. Included in the new material is audio commentary by renowned director Ridley Scott, writer/executive producer Drew Goddard and author of the novel Andy Weir. There is also a documentary of the science behind recreating Mars »
Tony Black on the box office failure of The Huntsman: Winter’s War…
So it seems we have the first confirmed box office dud of 2016: The Huntsman’s Winter War, positioned as a potential new fantasy franchise under the Universal banner. It was confirmed in the Guardian yesterday that Universal, who broke box office records last year thanks to Jurassic World & Fast and Furious 7, now stand to lose at least $70 million on a film which has only made around the $200 million mark in global till receipts, and needed well over that seventy million roughly just to break even, let alone turn a profit on a $115 million budget – which isn’t even a lot in the grand scheme of budgets these days. Perhaps the biggest surprise of this revelation isn’t that Huntsman lost money, it’s that nobody seemed to see this coming. Nobody seemed to stop at the »
- Tony Black
In my first year of reviewing movies I ranked Snow White and the Huntsman as the ninth worst movie of 2012 and by that time news had come out that neither star Kristen Stewart nor director Rupert Shane would be returning for the sequel, and I predicted that it would probably be a better movie. I was right, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a better movie, and it still isn’t a very good movie. Freed from trying to retell a more famous story, there are some interesting choices made in the script— but it’s all overwhelmed by the crushing clichés of high fantasy. At its lowest points Huntsman is the slickest Lord of the Rings fan-film you’ve ever seen; at its highest it’s a kind of cute romantic comedy starring Nick Frost.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War wraps around the first movie with a little bit »
- Arthur Tebbel
The failure of The Huntsman: Winter’s War has ended Universal’s attempts to establish a new fairy tale franchise and could lose the studio as much as $70 million.
It’s difficult to accurately assess the amount of red ink the studio will be mopping up, given that Universal does not provide a marketing and distribution budget for its films, but several rival studio executives said they are confidant the film is a money-loser. Other sources projected that the film will be able to find some relief on home entertainment platforms, estimating it will lose between $30 million to $40 million over its life cycle.
Though the film is still in theaters, and has a handful of foreign locations left to open, such as Greece and Japan, these executives predicted that the film will ultimately bring in $55 million domestically and $150 million overseas, topping out at just over $200 million. Universal has to split those receipts with theater owners. »
- Brent Lang
The story of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is an interesting one, but it never quite comes together. That’s true whether you’re talking about the non-existent fairy tale behind the film’s plot, or the Hollywood shuffling behind the film’s creation (which I won’t go into).
The film covers a span of time that surrounds the first film, but doesn’t seem to quite account for it sensibly, and follows the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) from early childhood, and Ravenna’s sister, Freya (Emily Blunt), before even that.
We enter the film as Freya, living in the shadow of her powerful sister, is betrayed by her lover, which sparks her own magical power. She heads north to conquer her own lands as the Ice Queen. With her own spin on “raising” an army, she kidnaps children to train to become her elite forces. Enter Eric, the Huntsman, »
- Marc Eastman
What were they thinking? That's the question you have to ask Universal and the makers of "The Huntsman: Winter's War."
As expected, the messy prequel-sequel to 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman" failed to topple Disney's live-action "Jungle Book" from its box office throne. In fact, no one even expected an opening anywhere near the $56.2 million debut of the first "Huntsman." Nonetheless, it was at least tracking to open with a respectable $24 million or so. And yet it couldn't even muster a debut that big, settling instead for an estimated $20.1 million opening weekend, about what the first "Huntsman" earned in its first day.
What went wrong with Universal's $115 million wannabe hit? Here are five reasons it failed to measure up to its predecessor.
1. No Snow White
How do you tell a Snow White story without Snow White? Granted, the whole fairytale-backstory thing has worked elsewhere, as in "Maleficent" and on »
- Gary Susman
With just a few weeks left until Marvel's Captain America: Civil War kicks off the summer movie season, Disney's The Jungle Book put up big numbers in its debut last week, raking in $103.2 million. This weekend, the Disney adventure only went up against one new movie in wide release, Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War, while a number of other movies like Pantelion's Compadres, Bleecker Street's Elvis & Nixon and Roadside Attractions' The Hologram For the King also debuted in limited release. None of these movies ended up standing a chance against The Jungle Book at the box office this weekend, which won again with an impressive $60.8 million.
The Jungle Book was being projected to drop a healthy 43% in its second frame in theaters, winning for the second week in a row with $59 million, but it ended up faring a bit better than those predictions. According to Box Office Mojo, The Jungle Book »
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” grossed $20.1 million in its first weekend, coming in a distant second to “The Jungle Book,” which easily held the top spot at the box office with $60.8 million during its second weekend in theaters. Universal’s prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain, came in at the low end of expectations, grossing less than half than what the original starring Kristen Stewart made ($56.2 million). It played in 3,791 theaters. With a production budget of $115 million, “Huntsman” is performing better overseas, where it has earned $80.2 million »
- Meriah Doty
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” showed serious traction at the North American box office, dominating moviegoing for a second straight weekend with $60.8 million at 4,028 locations.
The family-friendly tentpole declined only 41% from its opening frame and left Universal’s launch of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” in the dust with $20 million at 3,791 locations.
“The Jungle Book” posted the best second weekend of 2016, topping the $56.5 million second frame for “Deadpool,” and will wind up the weekend with $191.5 million after ten days — already the fourth-largest 2016 title behind “Deadpool” at $361 million, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at $319 million and “Zootopia” at $316.4 million.
Internationally, the results are equally impressive with an additional $96 million and a decline of only 32% from the prior weekend for an international total of $337 million and global cume to date of $528 million. “The Jungle Book” is the highest-grossing Hollywood release in India with $28.8 million and is less than $3 million short of the $100 million mark in China. »
- Dave McNary
“The Jungle Book” remains dominant at the U.S. box office, heading for an estimated $62 million for its second weekend — more than triple the opening of fairy tale “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” at about $20 million.
Disney’s “The Jungle Book” pulled in $16.5 million at 4,028 locations on Friday, its eighth day of release, towering over the opening day of Universal’s “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” with $7.3 million at 3,791 sites.
Should the estimate hold, “The Jungle Book” will have posted the best second weekend of 2016, topping the $56.5 million second frame for “Deadpool,” and will wind up the weekend with about $192 millon after 10 days.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” a prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” generated a B+ CinemaScore from audiences amid mostly negative reviews with 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Recent forecasts had projected an opening in the $22 million to $25 million range while “The Jungle Book” was expected to »
- Dave McNary
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” took in an estimated $7.3 million on Friday from 2,645 theaters. Universal’s prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” starring Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain, didn’t come close to Disney’s “The Jungle Book” — which took in an estimated $16.5 million during Friday’s box office. “The Huntsman” is on course to make $20- to $25 million by the end of the weekend. Though that’s less than half of the $56.2 million that the original, starring Kristen Stewart, grossed on its opening weekend. Also Read: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Doesn't Match 'Snow White' at Thursday. »
- Meriah Doty
“The Huntsman: Winter's War” is having a bear of a time competing with reigning box office beast “Jungle Book,” which is looking at a healthy $56 million weekend as is continues to win the lion’s share of audience affection.
The fairy tale prequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” should pull in $7 million to $8 million Friday, based on studio estimates, leading into an opening weekend total that could reach into the low $20 million range.
The new interpretation of the classic tale will be at best a pale reflection of “Jungle Book.” Disney’s reimagining of its 1967 animated classic, which opened last weekend, is expected to haul in $15 million Friday, to jump-start a $56 million weekend, according to estimates.
“Jungle Book,” based on the Rudyard Kipling’s story and combining a live-action child with computer-generated animal characters, has won over audiences globally, bringing in a total of $377 million through Thursday night, »
- James Rainey
Chicago – This new Hollywood fairy tale does have one thing in common with the bedtime stories of old…it may lull you to sleep in the first 30 minutes. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is a special effects extravaganza where the effects aren’t special, the story is thin, and almost all the actors seem to have been allowed or even encouraged to indulge their worst impulses.
If the original “Snow White and The Huntsman” is remembered at all, it’s more likely for the offscreen drama surrounding it rather than what ended up in the movie itself. This sequel is automatically superior to that drab, brooding, and slow moving mass of mediocrity by the simple fact that it does not star Kristin Stewart.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It’s easy to forget about 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Even though the film went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide and was moderately received, it got lost in the shuffle of other huge blockbusters like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, and Skyfall. It was just not very memorable, and although the announcement of a sequel from Universal was not very surprising, it was surprising that they would not bring back Snow White herself, Kristen Stewart, and instead focus on the Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth. A cheating scandal with the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, is seen as the reasoning behind the decision, but it still seems odd that Universal would take that type of gamble when trying to build a franchise. No matter how strange the decision might seem, the world has been given another Snow White/Huntsman movie four years later in the »
- Scott Davis
The Huntsman: Winter’s War, 2016.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.
As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades Eric the Huntsman, who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover Sara set out to stop them.
How do you make a Snow White movie without Snow White? The answer is you probably shouldn’t, but The Huntsman: Winter’s War exists anyway. It’s a franchise that shouldn’t even be a franchise considering Kristen Stewart opted not to return for what would become a narrative disaster of a prequel/sequel. Universal simply should have put their time, effort, and money into something else once she declined, because there was likely no way this movie was ever going to work. Don’t »
- Robert Kojder
Chris Hemsworth trades in the hammer for an axe once again in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. It’s both part-prequel, part-sequel, as the film follows Queen Ravenna and her turn to darkness as she desperately tries to stay the fairest in all the land. We also meet Ravenna’s sister Freya, played by Emily Blunt, who has the ability to manipulate ice, giving the film a very Frozen feel. Apparently this movie was a blast for the actors to make. They would bring their kids to set and Hemsworth admitted his would chase each other around with prop weapons during the shoot! With a long list of leading ladies like Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron in the film, »
- Tanner Zipchen
We've been watching this trend for several years now. As soon as Alice In Wonderland- a live-action take on the classic story made famous to popular culture by a Disney animated movie- was a huge hit everyone has wanted in on adapting old cartoons. Alice came out in 2010 and, in subsequent years, we've seen new films based on Cinderella, Snow White, Maleficent, Jack & Jill, and Peter Pan. Some have hit; Some have flopped; But still, Hollywood studios are trying to cash in on this trend.
Last week's The Jungle Book had a somewhat unclear forecast. In the months and weeks leading up to it, no one knew if the film would be another Alice (Opening Weekend: $116 million) or- God forbid- another Pan (Opening Weekend: $15 million). The word-of-mouth was good, and the visuals were amazing, but are audiences still interested in seeing classic cartoons get the live-action treatment?
The answer »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“The Hunstman: Winter’s War” debuted to $1 million in Thursday night screenings, according to studio estimates.
That’s slightly less than the $1.3 million that the fantasy adventure’s predecessor, 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” grossed in previews. The Universal Pictures release screened in 2,645 theaters with showings beginning at 7 p.m. It will expand to 3,791 locations on Friday.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is expected to pull in between $22 million to $25 million, less than half of the first film’s $56.2 million domestic debut. Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is expected to keep its first place position with slightly more than $50 million. It debuted to $103.3 million last weekend and has continued to play well throughout the week. Besides “The Huntsman” sequel, there are no other major studio wide releases entering the multiplexes this weekend.
“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is a prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.” It brings back »
- Brent Lang
Late-night said goodbye to a late, great legend Thursday. Hours after Prince passed away at age 57, James Corden, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah paid their respects via The Late Late Show, The Late Show and The Daily Show, respectively. Corden had already wrapped filming with The Huntsman: Winter's War stars Jessica Chastain, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron when he received word that Prince had died. "It didn't feel right to me to start and entertainment show without coming back down here and turning the lights on and saying something about him before we begin," he said. "I don't even know where to start when I talk about Prince as an artist, because to be unique in this world is »
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