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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.
The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.
“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”
Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.
Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »
- Brent Lang
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” topped a Fourth of July holiday that let out a whimper at the box office instead of a bang.
The giant robots sequel netted $36.4 million in its second week of release from 4,233 locations, pushing the $210 million production to $174.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates.
Among the crop of new releases, New Line’s “Tammy” fared the best, wrangling $32.9 million across 3,400 screens over its first five days, $21.2 million of it coming from the weekend. That’s a lower figure than pre-release tracking had suggested it would do, with most analysts predicting a debut of $40 million over its first five days in theaters.
The Melissa McCarthy comedy cost a modest $20 million to produce, so its opening figure still puts it on the path to profitability.
“Her fans love her and they support her »
- Brent Lang
New York (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy Think Like a Man Too topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasonsmusical Jersey Boys.
The Kevin Hart sequel Think Like a Man Too narrowly edged out 22 Jump Street, which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The DreamWorks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2 slid to third with $25.3 million.
The top three films are all sequels that moved into the big box-office summer season following surprise hit originals released in the springtime.
Moving into summer's bigger competition actually diminished Sony Screen Gems' Think Like a Man Too. The first film, also directed by Tim Story and starring mostly the same ensemble led by Hart, opened with $33.6 million in April 2012.
Warner Bros.' Jersey Boys, Eastwood's »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
“Think Like a Man Too,” raised the roof at multiplexes this weekend, carousing its way to $30 million domestically, according to studio estimates.
The Sony Pictures and Screen Gems sequel premiered on 2,225 screens and cost a modest $24 million to produce. It was able to capitalize on star Kevin Hart’s rising profile as it held off challenges from “22 Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
“It’s not bad being number one,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. “The girls versus the guys element and getting the perspective of both sexes is something that’s always appealing to folks.”
However, it could not match the $33.6 million debut of the first film in the series in what was altogether a ho-hum weekend at the U.S. box office.
Overall, the box office hit roughly $151 million, down 37.4% from the same period a year ago, when “World War Z »
- Brent Lang
'Jupiter Ascending' has been pushed back to 2015, the film starring Mila Kunis needs more time for production finishes. The eagerly awaited sci-fi flick - directed by 'The Matrix' helmers Andy and Lana Wachowski - has abruptly been moved from its release date next month to February next year. Film studio Warner Bros. claims the film needs more time to put the finishing touches on extensive visual effects. Domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman told Variety: ''With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time. A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.'' 'Jupiter Ascending' stars Mila Kunis - who is pregnant with her first child with fiancé Ashton Kutcher - as a house cleaner who discovers she is a princess and embarks on a »
Well, this is certainly disappointing. Jupiter Ascending, the next big sci-fi epic from Andy and Lana Wachowski, has had its release date pushed back to February 6th, 2015. This news comes as quite a surprise considering its initial release date of July 18th is only seven weeks away, but apparently the Wachowskis are not yet finished with the movie’s extensive special effects.
“With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time,” said Fellman. “A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time.”
With this push-back happening so suddenly, it’s understandable that people are starting to wonder if Warner Bros. are unhappy with what they’ve seen from »
- Ken Guidry
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.' domestic distribution chief, revealed that the filmmakers needed more time to complete their work on more than 2,000 special effects shots.
"With the July release date, they were just not going to make it on time. A lot of the issue for us was getting it ready for the international release, since the foreign territories need additional time."
The sci-fi thriller starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis will now open against Universal's Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges, which was formerly a Warner Bros. project before Legendary moved to Universal, Lionsgate's Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp and Run All Night starring Liam Neeson.
With a sequel to The Lego Movie still a good few years away, Warner Bros. is looking to fill the gap with Ninjago, a spin-off centred on Lego’s line of ninja minifigures, and the studio has announced that the 3D animated actioner is set for release in the Autumn of 2016.
“Following the huge success of The Lego Movie, we are very excited to build on the Lego franchise,” said Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution president Dan Fellman. “We know there are already Ninjago collectors who can’t wait to see their favorite characters on the big screen. This promises to be a terrifically fun and thrilling entry into our Fall 2016 slate, with broad audience appeal.”
- Gary Collinson
Call it franchise building. Warner Bros. has set its forthcoming "Lego Movie" spinoff "Ninjago" (based on Hasbro's popular ninja-themed line) for release on September 23, 2016, with "Tron: Uprising" director Charlie Bean at the helm. Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley ("The Hard Times of Rj Berger") wrote the script for the project, which was bullishly announced several months prior to "The Lego Movie's" February release. “Following the huge success of 'The Lego Movie,' we are very excited to build on the Lego franchise," said Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Dan Fellman in a statement. "We know there are already Ninjago collectors who can’t wait to see their favorite characters on the big screen. This promises to be a terrifically fun and thrilling entry into our Fall 2016 slate, with broad audience appeal.” In addition to "Ninjago," the studio has slated "Lego Movie 2" for release on May 26, 2017, with "Robot Chicken »
- HitFix Staff
It’s safe to say that no one knew exactly how big of a hit The Lego Movie would become, yet it currently stands as the second-highest grossing film of the year, after earning a comfortable $452.4 million since it hit theaters in February. News of a sequel came as no surprise, and the film is currently set for release on May 26, 2017.
Warner Bros. executives clearly aren’t shying away from their love of the property, and are interested in expanding the franchise, beginning with a Ninjago spinoff. We were wondering if the film would arrive before or after The Lego Movie 2, and we now have an answer to that question. According to Deadline, the Ninjago movie will hit theatres on September 23, 2016.
- James Garcia
Ninjago is considered a spin-off of The Lego Movie and will be produced by the team behind that film including Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Charlie Bean (Tron Uprising) has been tapped to direct a script by Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley.
The "Ninjago" Lego theme was introduced as a new toy line in January 2011 and since has rocketed to popularity and built its own legion of fans around the toys, a television show and video games. It is considered separate from the more nondescript ninjas in the prior Lego ninja theme.
Expanding the Lego brand's cinema universe, Warner Bros. Pictures has slated the animated 3D action adventure Ninjago for release on September 23, 2016, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will be directed by Charlie Bean (TV's Tron Uprising), marking his feature directorial debut. It is being produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller wrote and directed the smash hit The Lego Movie, which was produced by Lin and Lee. Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, James Packer and Steve Mnuchin are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley.
In making the announcement, Dan Fellman had this to say in a statement. »
It was announced earlier today that Warner Bros. has set a release date for its planned Ninjago adaptation for September 23, 2016 (in 3D, of course). That means the Lego spin-off will smoke-bomb its way into theaters more than six months before The Lego Movie 2, which opens May 26, 2017. Chris McKay, who co-directed the nearly half-a-billion-dollar-earning first installment, will be at the helm of the sequel, while the studio has set first-time feature director Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) to handle the Ninjago film. With everyone else under the sun building toward a cinematic universe, it's no surprise that WB and Lego are doing the same, which will make fans (and collectors) around the world happy for quite some time. Hit the jump for more. As Deadline reports, Ninjago will debut in 3D on September 23, 2016. Here's what the studio's domestic distribution president Dan Fellman had to say about the announcement: “Following the huge success of The Lego Movie, »
- Dave Trumbore
“Godzilla” dominated the worldwide box office last weekend, torching pre-release tracking while racking up $93.2 million Stateside and an additional $103.4 million internationally.
The reboot of the venerable monster movie franchise stunned box office prognosticators, who credit a crafty marketing campaign, the bold decision to go with an untested director and strong word-of-mouth with turning the film into a phenomenon.
Going into the weekend, “Godzilla” was said to be on pace to earn between $65 million to $70 million, but a late-breaking surge in interest pushed the film to unanticipated heights.
“Good movies rise to the occasion and this was a movie that offered something for everyone,” said Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. “It played well in large markets, in small markets, »
- Brent Lang
Following a huge first weekend at the box office for Godzilla, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman revealed today that a sequel is already in the works. Legendary Pictures, which put up 75% of the money to make the film (Warner Bros. took care of the rest), is now Universal Pictures' partner, but…
The post Godzilla Sequel Already in the Works appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
Leaving a giant-sized footprint at the global box office this weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla” estimated $93.2 million domestically through Sunday, marking the largest-ever May opening for Warner.
The Warner-Legendary Japanese remake also scored a whopping estimated $103 million from 64 international territories. The U.K. led the charge with $10.4 million, followed by Russia ($9.1 million) and Mexico ($8.9 million).
Historically, the run-up to Memorial Day weekend has been more modest given that it falls between the first weekend in May — a huge moviegoing frame — and the long holiday fray, during which a good number of schools have just commenced for the summer break.
“Anytime I beat tracking by $20 million, I’m happy,” said Warner domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman. “That’s like a whole other movie.”
“Godzilla” benefited from massive fanboy support in the Imax and premium large-formats. The former company alone contributed 15% of the gross at $14.1 million from just 352 screens, averaging »
- Andrew Stewart
Now, during Walt Disney Company's quarterly earning stockholders call yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger says he ain't backing down either. Variety's Marc Graser, who was covering the call, tweeted:
"Disney will hang on to the May opening slot for Marvel's movies with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America 3 in 2016"
Iger also said "Frozen" is now one of Disney's top five franchises and they’re "developing some concepts around" it at theme parks.
Iger's also seen "Guardians of the Galaxy" and says: "I'm not going to predict we have another 'Avengers' on our hands but that's certainly a goal. »
- Garth Franklin
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Sinister Six, Venom, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Batman: Strange Days, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more….
We’ve already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier setting box office records, and now we’re just days away from the arrival of 2014′s second superhero offering The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is due to open here in the UK on Wednesday ahead of a North American release on May 2nd. The Marc Webb-directed sequel is currently tracking a $95 million opening weekend in the States, which would put it roughly on par with that of The Winter Soldier. Flickering »
- Gary Collinson
There has been recent speculation that WB will move its still-untitled Batman-Superman project back from May 6, 2016, to the July 22 date to avoid going up against Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America 3.” But domestic distribution topper Dan Fellman recently said that there were no plans to move.
Plot details are under wraps and no cast has been set.
- Dave McNary
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the last couple months, you’ve certainly caught wind of the big game of chicken going on right now between Marvel Studios and Warner Bros., who are both refusing to move their superhero films from May 6th, 2016. On the Marvel side of things, we have Captain America 3, which was just officially confirmed for that release date. On the WB/DC side, we have Batman and Superman, who will be co-headlining a live action film for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman.
At this point in time, both studios are holding their ground, despite the fact that this is a flat-out terrible business decision. Since both movies stand to lose a substantial chunk of their opening box office haul, the studios will likely come to their senses eventually. For now though, we’re just left to wonder who will blink first. »
- James Garcia
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