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Weekend Box Office: 'The Martian' Lands At Number One

4 October 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

New York (AP) - Ridley Scott's 3-D space epic "The Martian" touched down in theaters with a robust $55 million at the weekend box office.

The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures. The estimated North American opening of "The Martian" surpassed that of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" and virtually equaled the debut of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."

Last week's box-office champ, "Hotel Transylvania 2," slid to second with an estimated $33 million.

Denis Villeneuve's drug war thriller "Sicario," starring Emily Blunt, shot up to third with $12.1 million for the acclaimed Lionsgate release.

Ahead of a wider opening next week, Robert Zemeckis' 3-D "The Walk" opened on 448 Imax screens but took in only $1.5 million. »

- The Associated Press

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Box Office: ‘The Martian’ Rockets to $18 Million Opening Day

3 October 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi endeavor “The Martian” lifted off with $18 million in Friday receipts, suggesting it will finish its opening weekend with a total of over $50 million, according to studio estimates.

The 20th Century Fox release, which stars Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut attempting to survive alone on Mars, bowed in 2,800 locations Thursday night to $2.5 million. The pic, which was made on a budget of $109 million, expanded to 3,826 locations on Friday. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels also star in “The Martian,” which is drawing praise for its optimism, something of a novelty in the space-exploration genre.

Based on Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian” is on track to join the ranks of high-grossing October releases. Current top-dog “Gravity,” which launched on the same weekend in 2013, is the one to beat with its $55.8 million haul, followed by 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3” with $52.6 million, 2010’s “Jackass 3D” with »

- Marianne Zumberge

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The Martian to screen at New York Film Festival by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-09-23 10:52:57

23 September 2015 2:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Matt Damon as Mark Watney in Ridley Scott’s The Martian

Just announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center - A Sneak Preview of Ridley Scott’s The Martian in RealD 3D, starring Matt Damon, with Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain and Donald Glover has been added to the Special Events program of the New York Film Festival, joining Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, Paul Thomas Anderson's Junun and Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma.

The 20th Century Fox release will screen on Sunday, September 29 at 9:00pm - Alice Tully Hall with the director and members of the cast in attendance.

This year's New York Film Festival runs from September 25 through October 11.

The Martian goes on general release on September 30 in the UK and October 2 in the Us. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Mad Max’ Sequel Still Tops Disc Sales Charts

17 September 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” remained on top of both national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week, while Lionsgate’s “The Age of Adaline” debuted at No. 2 the week ending Sept. 13 on both Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The Age of Adaline,” which also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, is a romantic drama that earned $42.6 million in U.S. theaters and stars Blake Lively as a young woman who stops aging after an accident. For a drama, the film sold remarkably well, moving more than 57% as many units as “Fury Road” did in the latter’s second week of release.

DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” slipped a notch to No. 3 on the overall disc chart. The 20th Century Fox-distributed film – which earned $177.4 million at the domestic box office – has »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Domestic Weekend Box Office Expectations: Depp Gangster to Trail 'Scorch Trials'

16 September 2015 6:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »

- Zac Gille

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Toronto Day 2: Matt Damon Lost in Space, Sandra Bullock Moons the Crowd

11 September 2015 10:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matt Damon put Robinson Crusoe to shame as an astronaut stranded on Mars and Sandra Bullock tried to spin doctor an unpopular Bolivian president into re-election during the second day of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The big winner from the galas and premieres that unfolded on Friday was Damon’s “The Martian.” The 20th Century Fox release impressed audiences and critics with its gripping and often very funny survival story that will likely factor into this year’s awards season race, not to mention score at the box office. “It’s okay to laugh,” director Ridley Scott assured the audience before the lights went down during the premiere at the Roy Thomson Hall.

On stage prior to the screening, Scott was flanked by an eclectic company of actors, ranging from dramatic stars like Jessica Chastain to performers known for lighter material such as Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig. On paper, »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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'Tomorrowland' Is a Bigger Bomb Than 'Fantastic Four'

5 September 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Labor Day weekend is finally here. That means the summer moviegoing season is over and done with. The smoke has cleared. The dust has settled. And you can pretty much guess what the biggest movies of this past four months were, especially if you spent a lot of time lingering around your local cinemaplex. But what were the biggest bombs? The movies you didn't see? There has been a lot of talk all through August about what a disaster 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four turned out to be. But guess what? It comes in number two at the box office when talking about flops. What resides as number one?

Summer box office 2015 has made the record books. In terms of overall revenue, it is one of the biggest in history. But it is also notorious for dropping some of the biggest doots of all time. And none of the movies that failed will surprise you. »

- MovieWeb

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Box Office: West Coast wins as 'Straight Outta Compton' takes $56.1 million for no. 1

16 August 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Straight Outta Compton" is a big, big hit. The F. Gary Gray directed biopic hit a button in the cultural zeitgeist and debuted to an impressive $56.1 million over the weekend.  That easily made it the no. 1 movie in America and the sixth topper for Universal Studios this year.  It's an even more remarkable once you dive into the numbers. "Compton" opened on just 2,757 screens for a $20,348 per screen average.  Comparatively, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opened at no. 1 in 3,959 theaters with a $14,034 per screen. The previous no. 1, "Ant-Man," also earned a similar $57 million, but with just a $14,841 per screen.  The only other opening films to hit $20,000 per this summer have been"Minions," "Jurassic World" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."  That's pretty impressive company since each one of those films opened to over $100 million respectively.   While many might have assumed "Compton" could be a $20 million plus opener thanks to its subject »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Beats 'Fantastic Four' with $29.4M

9 August 2015 11:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a weekend that featured four new movies hitting theaters, last weekend's winner Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took the top spot for the second weekend in a row with $29.4 million, beating newcomer Fantastic Four, which earned $26.2 million. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation dropped just 47% in its second weekend in theaters, with a $7,372 per-screen average in 3,988 theaters. Fantastic Four opened much lower than expected, possibly due to a spate of negative reviews.

Many box office analysts had Fantastic Four earning between $30 million and $40 million in its opening weekend, but it didn't come close to hitting that mark. The 20th Century Fox superhero movie wasn't received well by the nation's critics, with a paltry 9% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with just 13 positive reviews out of 151. It isn't known how much Fantastic Four cost to produce, but the opening weekend numbers are far below the initial projections.

The Gift opened in third place this weekend with just over $12 million, »

- MovieWeb

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'Ice Age 5' Gets New Title and Release Date

8 August 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Raise your hand if you're excited for Ice Age 5. Well, we've got some good news for you! The 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios sequel has been given an official title and a new release date. Now known as &#160Ice Age: Collision Course, this animated adventure will be moving from July 15, 2016 to July 22. This will ensure it's safe passage through the movie theaters of America!

What had 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios scared enough to move it's big tentpole animated release by a week? Ghosts, which they are definitely afraid of. On July 15, Sony will finally be releasing it's Ghostbusters reboot. The title is certainly appealing to children and adults alike. Though director Paul Feig, who has made some of the top grossing R rated comedies of this past decade, has made it clear that this will be a lot more scary than the original 1984 Ghostbusters. »

- MovieWeb

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George Coe, Oscar-Nominated Actor and SAG Activist, Dies at 86

19 July 2015 6:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Coe, an actor with extensive credits and a longtime activist in the Screen Actors Guild, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., after battling a long illness. He was 86.

Coe acted for more than 50 years of film, television, commercial and stage work. He had a lengthy career as a commercial performer both on camera and voiceover, including six years as the voice of Toyota.

He served more than a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, having the vice president title for two years and creating the template for what became SAG’s first low-budget production contract.

Coe was born in Jamaica, Queens. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included performing as M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s “Mame” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century.”

Coe was also an original member of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players, »

- Dave McNary

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Jennifer Lawrence Has Tough Life in First Trailer for David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ (Video)

15 July 2015 6:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jennifer Lawrence grows up in the first trailer for “Joy,” her next film with director David O. Russell, and her life doesn’t look easy. The 20th Century Fox release hitting theaters on Christmas Day tells the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro also reunite with their “Silver Linings Playbook” director, while Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini and Virginia Madsen co-star. See video: Jennifer Lawrence Belts Out Cher's 'Believe' for Conan O'Brien Much like Russell’s previous films »

- Greg Gilman

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'Fantastic Four' Cast Respond to 'X-Men' Crossover Rumors

11 July 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, an unconfirmed report surfaced claiming 20th Century Fox wants Bryan Singer to direct The Fantastic Four 2, which has already been given a June 9, 2017 release date. The rumor says that The Fantastic Four 2 will reportedly lead into a crossover movie with the X-Men franchise, which makes it possible to feature some of the mutants in The Fantastic Four 2, if this were to happen. Of course, this hasn't been confirmed, but CinemaBlend spoke with some of the Fantastic Four stars, who offered their thoughts on a potential crossover. Here's what Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) had to say about Bryan Singer.

"I think Bryan Singer is a great director and I love the X-Men films. I don't know how that would work. If someone can come up with a world where that works and it's not just trying to combine a bunch of franchises to make money, »

- MovieWeb

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X-Men: Apocalypse Poster Reveals The Movie’s Big Villain [Comic Con 2015]

11 July 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The 20th Century Fox presentation doesn’t take place until later tonight in Comic Con’s famed Hall H, but the studio is already promoting the next X-Men movie X-Men: Apocalypse on the streets of San Diego. The Comic Con promotional poster gives us a look at the film’s big bad. Check out the X-Men: Apocalypse poster […]

The post X-Men: Apocalypse Poster Reveals The Movie’s Big Villain [Comic Con 2015] appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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'Deadpool' First Look at Weasel, Ajax, Angel Dust and Copycat

8 July 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It isn't known when, how or why Deadpool eventually crosses over with the X-Men franchise, or where it hits in the timeline of that series. But if Colossus' participation in the movie wasn't a big enough tip off, the latest cast photos sure are. Brianna Hildebrand is seen as Negasonic Teenage Warhead wearing a traditional yellow and blue X-Men uniform in these latest images, teasing a Mutant crossover. This latest sneak peek also gives us a first look at Morena Baccarin as Copycat, Ed Skrein as Ajax, Gina Carano as Angel Dust and T.J. Miller as Weasel.

As you may know by now, Deadpool will be showing up at Comic-Con. This morning, after Ryan Reynolds showed everyone that The Merc with The Mouth was having to hitch a ride to San Diego, the rest of the cast of the upcoming film from 20th Century Fox announced their appearance with a »

- MovieWeb

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'Deadpool' Hitches a Ride to Comic-Con in New Photo

8 July 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, we finally got confirmation that Ryan Reynolds is bringing the first Deadpool footage to Comic-Con 2015. But how is he getting himself and his big surprises to San Diego? According to a new Tweet shared on his personal account, the actor is having to hitch a ride to the convention center.

Will he be able to make it to church on time? The chimichanga loving Merc with the Mouth is set to appear in Hall H on Saturday, July 11, so it should be no problem, barring any complications with assassins or other deadly mutants that might stand in his way. He can probably walk there, and peruse the Con floor with time to spare before making his big entrance on stage. This will only be Ryan Reynolds second Sdcc appearance, and he promises to plant a big wet sloppy kiss on the fans who made Deadpool possible. Though, he refuses »

- MovieWeb

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Ryan Reynolds Is Bringing 'Deadpool' to Comic Con

7 July 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox still has yet to confirm what movies will be shown during their Hall H panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11, but we know that X-Men: Apocalypse will be present, thanks to director Bryan Singer. One of the other movies expected to be present is Deadpool, and now we essentially have confirmation that the sueprhero movie will be showing up, with star Ryan Reynolds revealing that he's excited for his second Sdcc appearance. Here's what he had to say below.

"Yeah, I am ready to go. I'm really excited about it actually. I've only been there once and it's mayhem, but, you know, we're coming in with a ton of goodwill and a truly great film so I'm really happy about that."

The news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, since Deadpool was recently featured in Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con issue, and Deadpool comic book creator Rob Liefeld announced a scavenger hunt, »

- MovieWeb

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Smash's Marilyn Monroe Musical Bombshell Headed for Stage Run

22 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Let’s not turn this into a referendum on whether Megan Hilty or Katharine McPhee makes the better Marilyn Monroe, Ok?

Oh, who are we kidding? That’s half the fun of the news that Universal Stage Productions has begun development on a stage musical version of Bombshell — the fictional Broadway show at the center of NBC’s two-season musical-within-a-musical drama Smash.

VideosSmash‘s Broadway ‘Bombshell’ Videos: Watch the Marilyns’ ‘Big Finish,’ ‘The 20th Century Fox Mambo’ and More

News of Bombshell‘s resurgence comes a week after a buzzy Actors Fund benefit featuring the show’s music that starred Smash cast members Hilty, »

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Box Office: 'Inside Out' is Pixar's second biggest opening ever

21 June 2015 10:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Inside Out" may have had the second biggest opening in the history of Pixar, but it couldn't stop moviegoers from flocking to see "Jurassic World."   Repeating as the  no. 1 movie in America, the Universal Pictures blockbuster made an amazing $102 million for a jaw-dropping $398.2 million in just 10 days.  The Colin Trevorrow directed action adventure has already set the opening weekend record, become the fastest movie to $300 million and will hit $400 million in just 11 days (tomorrow).  Globally, "Jurassic World" has already earned $713.8 billion and should surpass "Avengers: Age of Ultron" as the no. 1 movie of the year by next weekend.  How high can it go?  At this point, $600 million domestic is a realistic ceiling. Despite "Jurassic World's" domination, "Inside Out" had a spectacular debut of its own earning $91 million over its first three days.  That places it right behind "Toy Story 3" among Pixar's all-time openers.  With an A Cinemascore and »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Bows at No. 1 on Home-Video Sales Chart

17 June 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The surprise theatrical hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a spy film that opened back in February but kept a steady beat at the box office and has now grossed more than $128 million, easily topped the national home video sales charts for the week ending June 14.

The 20th Century Fox release bumped Paramount’s “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” from the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan overall disc chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc-only chart.

“SpongeBob” settled in at No. 2 but according to Nielsen data only sold about one-third as many discs as “Kingsman,” which is loosely based on the popular comic book “The Secret Service” and was directed by Matthew Vaughn.

“Kingsman” generated 51% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray, according to Nielsen, compared to 36% for “SpongeBob,” down from 44% in the animated comedy’s first week in stores. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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