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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Rules Thanksgiving, ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’ ‘Penguins’ Fall Short

30 November 2014 7:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ was the clear choice among Thanksgiving moviegoers, but Katniss Everdeen didn’t leave much left over for “Horrible Bosses 2″ or “Penguins of Madagascar” to feast on.

The futuristic adventure pulled in a massive $82.7 million over the five day holiday and $56.9 million in its sophomore weekend.

Unfortunately, “Turkey Day’s” two new entries disappointed in their debuts. The spin-off of DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise made $25.8 million in its first weekend from 3,762 locations and $36 million over the five day holiday. It had been expected to generate in the mid to high $40 million range in ticket sales. The film cost $132 million to produce, so it will look to overseas audiences as it tries to become profitable.

Horrible Bosses 2″ pulled in $15.7 million this weekend, which was only good enough for a fifth place finish. It pulled in $23 million for the five day period from 3,375 locations, »

- Brent Lang

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Best Picture Nominees at the Box Office

14 October 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

After first premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge opened in theaters Friday to a disappointing weekend run at the box office.

Even with Downey’s name attached to the project and strong campaigning for the film, the $50 million movie made $4.4 million on its opening night and a total of $13.3 million as of Sunday. It fell fifth at the box office, behind David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which made $26.8 million during its second weekend; Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which both opened this weekend; and Annabelle, which made $15.9 million during its second weekend.

Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said, “We’re a little disappointed in the results for The Judge, since we were hoping to do at least $15 million,” but word of mouth could help the film find »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Box Office: ‘Gone Girl’ Edges Out ‘Dracula Untold,’ ‘The Judge’ With $26.8 Million

12 October 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gone Girl,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and “Dracula Untold” emerged relatively unscathed from a pile-up at the box office this weekend, while Robert Downey Jr.’s “The Judge” got banged up from the collisions at the multiplexes.

David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s marital mystery was tops for the second week in a row, unearthing $26.8 million and bringing its total to $78.3 million. At this rate, it could surpass “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ($127.5 million domestic) as Fincher’s biggest commercial success.

Meanwhile, “Dracula Untold” exceeded pre-release tracking, sinking its fangs into $23.5 million across 2,887 locations. The story of how Vlad the Impaler developed a taste for blood arrives courtesy of Universal Pictures and cost $70 million to produce.

“It’s a very, very solid result,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s distribution chief. “It’s not a horror film. It’s an untold story »

- Brent Lang

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Amy Miles Runs Regal With Casual Flair, Eye Toward Innovation

7 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Miles speaks in a soothing Southern accent, is quick to flash a smile and, when the mood strikes, offers up a loud, disarming laugh. The Regal Entertainment Group chief exec cultivates an informal atmosphere at the firm’s nondescript corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. Instead of using the intercom to chat with chief operating officer Gregory Dunn, she often shouts back and forth with her deputy from her adjoining office.

But despite her affability, the 47-year-old Miles is a shrewd operator, tasked with overseeing the world’s largest theater chain, comprising 7,349 screens across 574 theaters. Not only is she one of the most influential figures in entertainment, she is one of only two women — with National Amusements’ Shari Redstone — currently heading a major circuit.

The National Assn. of Theatre Owners, the exhibition industry’s lobbying arm, has relied increasingly on Miles to be one of its most important messengers. “It »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Annabelle’ Stun With Big Debuts

5 October 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gone Girl” and “Annabelle” enjoyed sizzling debut weekends, as David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller racked up $38 million and “The Conjuring” spin-off scared up $37.2 million.

It was a neck-and-neck race for first place and it’s possible that when the final numbers are tallied, the two pictures could end up swapping places. Regardless of who wears the crown, the films’ debuts continue a fall box office turnaround following a devastating summer for the movie business. The overall box office was up nearly 20% from the same weekend a year ago when “Gravity” lifted off to $55.8 million.

“We were due for some breakout performances,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com “The market has the ability to expand if there are two quality films in it, even if both are R-rated thrillers.”

Produced by 20th Century Fox and New Regency for $61 million, “Gone Girl” unspooled across 3,013 locations. »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Sprints Past Liam Neeson With $32.5 Million

21 September 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Maze Runner” showed that sometimes the weekend box office is a marathon, not a sprint.

Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic novel took awhile to build up steam, but found its core audience by the weekend’s midpoint. It debuted to $32.5 million from 3,604 locations, in line with projections. That’s good news for the studio, which hopes to turn the story of a group of teenagers battling nasty creatures in a dangerous labyrinth into a franchise.

“All of the elements came together in accomplishing something that no one ever tried by launching a young adult film like this in September,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s domestic distribution chief. “We like to stand out whenever we can and we selected this release date in order to be the first event film of the fall.”

The unique opening date allowed “The Maze Runner” to jet ahead of »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘No Good Deed’ Tops ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ With $24.5 Million

14 September 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No Good Deed” topped the box office this weekend and helped reinvigorate a floundering domestic movie business.

The Sony/Screen Gems thriller took in $24.5 million from 2,175 theaters, easily beating expectations. Going into the weekend, analysts expected the home invasion thriller to hover around $20 million. Females made up the bulk of the audience, taking up 60% of the seats in theaters, and 41% of ticket-buyers were under 30 years old.

“It’s not a full reversal of the weakness at the box office, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s good to see new films enter the marketplace and do all right.”

No Good Deed’s” success is a feather in the cap of stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, both of whom actively hawked the film on social media.

“They absolutely elevated it,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide distribution. »

- Brent Lang

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Toronto Film Festival Kicks Off With Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘The Judge’

4 September 2014 10:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

By going to the mat with Telluride, Toronto tried to flex its muscles as the destination to kick off serious Oscar projects into the fall season.

But after all the fuss, the opening night selection on Thursday night of Warner Bros.’ “The Judge” is an unapologetically mainstream legal thriller and family drama, equal parts John Grisham and David E. Kelley. It’s an old-school, star-driven, heartstring tugger — the kind, festival backers noted, they don’t make any more.

In his introductory remarks, the festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey explained that the film was tapped to kick off the festival because of its emotional impact.

“We were moved and we were thrilled,” Bailey said.

The reception at Roy Thomson Hall opened with director David Dobkin, who introduced his cast of Vera Farmiga (he commended her “mystical gypsy power”), Dax Shepherd and Vincent D’Onofrio. Then Robert Downey, Jr. took the stage. »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling Teaming Up for Shane Black’s The Nice Guys

2 September 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Silver Pictures’ upcoming detective thriller The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) and starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” “Man of Steel”) and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Drive”), has staked out the summertime date of June 17, 2016.

Set to begin production in the fall of this year, the film is being produced by Joel Silver (“Non-Stop,” “The Matrix” series, the “Sherlock Holmes” series). The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Nice Guys takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

Silver stated, “Ever since we did ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, »

- Michelle McCue

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Shane Black's 'Nice Guys' Set For Summer 2016 Starring Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling

2 September 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Silver Pictures’ upcoming detective thriller “The Nice Guys,” directed by Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) and starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” “Man of Steel”) and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Drive”), has staked out the summertime date of June 17, 2016. 

Set to begin production in the fall of this year, the film is being produced by Joel Silver (“Non-Stop,” “The Matrix” series, the “Sherlock Holmes” series). The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

Silver stated:

 “Ever since we did ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Warner Bros. registers domains for Wonder Woman, Shazam, Justice League

2 September 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) When Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.' president of domestic distribution, teased that the studio’s ambitious slate of DC Comics films should begin to be revealed in late August, he may have only been a few weeks off. Tech Times unearthed some pretty good signs that announcements are imminent, in the form of four web domains newly registered by Warner Bros.: JusticeLeagueFilm.com, ShazamMovie.com, WonderWomanTheMovie.com and AquamanMovie.com. All of the addresses send users to the studio’s website. The domains probably don’t come as much of a surprise, as "Justice League" was announced in April as a follow-up to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," with Zack Snyder again directing, and actress Gal Gadot’s three-picture deal has long been thought to include a Wonder Woman solo movie. Rumors about Aquaman and Shazam films, meanwhile, have reached a fevered pitch, with two writers reportedly »

- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Back on Top, ‘Sin City 2′ Flops

24 August 2014 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Teen girls and fanboys duked it out at the box office this weekend, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” getting the upper hand on newcomer “If I Stay” and scoring first place with a $17.6 million haul, according to studio estimates.

It was the second time that Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out on top, although two weeks separate its victories. It marks the first time this year that a film has topped the domestic box office in non-consecutive weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy” has become the summer’s top-grossing domestic release and, with $489.5 million globally, has passed the final tallies of “Thor” ($449 million) and “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($371 million).

The relative weakness of this weekend’s crop of new releases benefited another holdover, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which came in at second place with $16.8 million. The Paramount Pictures reboot has now made $145.6 million stateside after three weeks in theaters. »

- Brent Lang

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Weekend Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Reclaims No. 1 Spot, Becomes Summer's Biggest Hit

24 August 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer

New York (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped.

With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the Marvel space adventure passed "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to become the summer's biggest domestic hit with a cumulative total of $252 million. The film, released by Disney, was an unlikely August sensation (late summer is usually an afterthought in Hollywood's lucrative summer season) that helped the box office rebound somewhat after big-budget sequels like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "How To Train Your Dragon 2" failed to ignite the multiplexes.

"This movie just couldn't have come at a better time," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. »

- The Associated Press

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Box Office: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Delivers $65 Million Debut, Sequel Announced

10 August 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures was so pleased by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’s” $93.7 million global debut this weekend that it said it is moving forward with plans for a sequel to the franchise reboot.

Domestically, the film kicked up a sterling $65 million from 3,845 locations.

So cowabunga and cue the follow-up. Part two will land in theaters on June 3, 2016, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes returning again as a producer and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) coming back as screenwriters.

The sequel announcement comes after the film managed to hold off “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Analysts expected the Marvel film to take a bigger chunk out of “Ninja Turtles'” profits given that both films were expected to appeal to younger males. The comicbook film still managed to bring in $41.5 million in its sophomore weekend, a 56% drop from its debut that pushed its Stateside haul to $175.9 million. That »

- Brent Lang

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The Week in Spandex – DC Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Venom Carnage, Kick-Ass 3 and more

9 August 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Cinematic Universe, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Young Justice, Teen Titans Go!, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3, Black Panther, Daredevil, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Venom Carnage, Kick-Ass 3 and more….

Well, the big showdown between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 is no more, with Warner Bros. blinking and shifting the release of BvS away from Marvel’s May 6th 2016 date to March 25th 2016 (a wise move, considering it will now face very little in the way of competition). The news was followed by the announcement that Warner Bros. has finally pulled the trigger on a DC Cinematic Universe by setting a further Nine »

- Gary Collinson

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Justice League Movie Update

8 August 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

We might not have to wait too long for a Justice League movie, and that’s according to Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, Dan Fellman. The other day we ran a story about Warner Bros. releasing 9 DC movies in four years, and by all accounts what these movies are, will be announced toward the end of this month. Fellman says that the first Justice League movie is alot closer than we think and went on to tell EW that “While it hasn’t been officially announced, I think it’s a pretty good bet” Alot closer than we think? Hazarding a guess I’d say Justice League will arrive either June 23 2017 or November 17, 2017. Anything earlier is very unlikely. Warner start the DC marathon on August 5th 2016 and unless Synder is shooting some bits for Justice League, there isn’t much of a chance that a decent Jl movie would be ready by then. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Zack Snyder Calls Radio Show To Defend Aquaman

8 August 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It seems like Zack Snyder has some time on his hands, what with the Star Wars tweets and this.

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit where a local radio show was making fun of Aquaman and how he could never stand up to superman. Then they got a call from a guy named Zack. When asked if his last name was Snyder, the caller said this:

“Hey, it’s Zack, yeah. … Yeah, yeah I’m on my way to the set right now and I was listening to you guys on the radio.”

Zack went on to discuss why Aquaman was badass, saying:

"You guys were disparaging, a little bit, Aquaman.  I don't want to give anything away about the movie or anything like that, but Aquaman has some cool abilities. People are like, 'Oh what? Does he talk to animals? Because that seems like what he does. »

- Da7e

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Why Batman v Superman Ran Away From Captain America

8 August 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

So, Warner Bros. certainly made some plans this week. As you recall, the studio announced the release dates for eight bajillion new DC Comics properties, officially starting the arms war against Marvel. And the first salvo was... moving the release date of Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice away from a date where it would have had to compete with Marvel's Captain America 3. Not the best way to declare your intentions, but the WB seems to feel that airlifting the movie back into March 2016 isn't the worst idea. WB head of distribution Dan Fellman defends the decision to shift Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice quite rationally. He tells his corporate colleagues at the WB-owned Entertainment Weekly: "The reality now is there really isn.t a bad week to open a movie. If you look at the summer box office this year, you can see that there were so »

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Could the Justice League Release Date Come Soon After Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice?

8 August 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The choice to uproot Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from its original May 6, 2016 date and put it back down in the March 25, 2016 slot could be a smart play.  Going up against Captain America 3 wouldn’t have been good for either movie, and in 2012, The Hunger Games proved that March could be a lucrative spot.  However, Warner Bros. also made another big release date announcement that’s a far riskier move – it announced dates for nine untitled DC films, essentially trying to set up a cinematic universe akin to what Marvel’s got going on right now. So far, minus Batman v Superman, we don’t know much about what DC and Warner Bros. have coming up and how they’re planning to pull this off, but those details might emerge sooner than you think.  In fact, there’s even a chance we’ll get the Justice League release date sooner, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Warner Bros. To Announce Titles For Upcoming DC Films Later This Month

8 August 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Earlier this week, Warner Brothers made our geeky wishes come true as the studio finally announced release dates for its burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe. Not only did it move Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice away from Captain America 3 by shifting the film to March 25th, 2016, but the studio revealed the release dates for nine “Untitled DC films” that stretch from 2016 to 2020, giving us two DC Comics adaptations a year.

As a lifelong DC fan, I couldn’t be happier about this news. Warner Brothers has been sitting on these properties for decades, hesitant to give anyone but Batman and Superman a chance at the big screen. The studio took a gamble with Green Lantern (which flopped miserably) and was forced to backtrack a bit and rethink its long-term strategy. Luckily for us, the studio seems to have more confidence now, and are moving full steam ahead.

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- James Garcia

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