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International Box Office: 'Maze Runner' Beats 'Equalizer'; 'Lucy' Nears $400M Globally

28 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Boy-centric Ya film adaptation The Maze Runner continued to rule at the international box office, winning the weekend race with $27.5 million from 62 markets and pushing the movie's early foreign total to $91 million for a worldwide haul of $149 million. The 20th Century Fox title easily beat Denzel Washington's The Equalizer as that film began its worldwide assault, earning $17.8 million from more than 65 foreign markets. Equalizer, from Sony and Village Roadshow Pictures, excelled in its North American launch, topping the domestic chart with $35 million (Washington's films have always done more business in

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- Pamela McClintock

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'Gone Girl': What the Critics Are Saying

26 September 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gone Girl, which opens the New York Film Festival with its world premiere on Friday night before hitting theaters Oct. 3, stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry in a dramatic mystery of a wife's disappearance. The 20th Century Fox film, directed by David Fincher, was adapted for the big screen by Gillian Flynn, the novelist who penned the twisty, nasty and sensational best-seller. Read what top critics are saying about Gone Girl: The Hollywood Reporter's chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes that the adaptation is "sharply made, perfectly cast and unfailingly absorbing melodrama. But, like

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- Ashley Lee

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Maze Runner races past Tombstones with $32.5 M

22 September 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.

The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The strong opening for The Maze Runner, adapted from James Dashner's science-fiction Ya novel, is a big success for a movie that cost $34 million to make and was released in the normally quiet month of September. Fox aimed to make the film - about a group of teenage boys mysteriously locked inside a giant maze - the first post-summer event movie, putting it on IMAX and large-format screens.

"Our little $34 million-budgeted film is pretty darn strong," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox. »

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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

22 September 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened in second place at the Japanese box office this weekend in its final major market launch. The 20th Century Fox film has done well in various international markets. With $1.9 million (¥21 million), it dragged way behind the $3.8 million (¥41.8 million) that Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, the final part of a samurai sword-fighting trilogy directed by Keishi Otomo, took in its second weekend on top. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opened on 712 screens, a wide release for Japan, and pulled in just shy

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‘Maze Runner’ Captures First Place at Foreign Box Office

21 September 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Maze Runner” led the foreign box office pack this weekend, leaving all challengers in its dust.

The 20th Century Fox film took in $37.6 million from 7,384 screens, while opening in first place in 50 countries. The film got a head start last week in fewer than a half dozen markets, which brings its overall foreign total to $49 million.

Among the notable openings were South Korea with a $5.5 million haul, Russia with a $5.5 bounty, Australia with a $3.3 million take, Brazil with $2 million in receipts and Mexico with $2 million in tickets sold. The film still has 27 international markets left on its calendar, including such major box office players as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan.

Outdone by “The Maze Runner,” last weekend’s foreign box office champ, “Lucy,” had to settle for a distant second with $13 million. That brings it global total to $378 million. The action thriller has 3 territories left before concluding its run — Italy, »

- Brent Lang

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The Maze Runner Review Roundup: Can the Young Adult Movie Match the Success of The Hunger Games?

18 September 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Maze Runner is on track to debut with $30 million or more—but is it worth seeing? The 20th Century Fox movie, in theaters tomorrow, was adapted from the first novel in James Dashner's best-selling trilogy. Directed by Wes Ball, it stars Dylan O'Brien as Thomas, a boy who wakes up trapped in a maze. The other boys there have created a society with three basic principles: be helpful, don't hurt anyone and don't go behind the walls. Thomas has no memory of the outside world other than dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. If he hopes to survive, his only option is to escape. The movie also stars Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson, Blake Cooper, Alexander »

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Kate Mara Offered Role In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

17 September 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Following an Emmy-nominated run on Netflix’s House Of Cards, Kate Mara has been offered a role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. The 20th Century Fox sci-fier is picking up steam: Deadline reported this month that Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig are circling lead roles opposite Matt Damon in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods‘ Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after enjoying meteoric sales as an e-book. Fox has set The Martian for release November 25, 2015. Mara already is set to play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman in the studio’s superhero reboot Fantastic Four, which Chronicle‘s Josh Trank is helming. She’s repped by UTA.

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15 Young Adult Novels Turned Into Movies

16 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.

Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.

Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.

Over the weekend, Variety reported:

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is »

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‘Maze Runner’ Off to Fast Start at Foreign Box Office

14 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Maze Runner” doesn’t open domestically for a week, but international audiences are already embracing the science fiction thriller.

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is expected to make $30 million when it touches down stateside on Sept. 19.

The film adapts James Dashner’s best-selling novel about a group of teenage boys who must battle vicious creatures and memory loss to survive an elaborate and dangerous maze. Dashner’s book didn’t approach sales of “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” but the studio hopes the action-heavy plot will help it appeal to a broader demographic by attracting males as well as females.

Overseas, the film debuted in first place across the board, scoring $2.6 million in Mexico, $2.2 million from Taiwan, $1.9 million from Malaysia, $1.4 million out of Singapore and $248,000 in Central America. »

- Brent Lang

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‘Eden,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘St. Vincent’ Set For Zurich’s Gala Premiere Section

2 September 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” are among the 30 films set to unspool at Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premiere section.

Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend known as the French touch in the 90s. The international cast comprises Felix de Givry, Golshifteh Farahani, Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet. “Eden” will world premiere at Toronto.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s crime bestseller, “Gone Girl” is a psychological thriller turning on a man (Ben Affleck) whose wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The Twentieth Century Fox movie will have its world premiere at the opening of New York film fest.

A Brooklyn-based tender comedy, “St. Vincent” stars Bill Murray as a bitter and cash-strapped »

- Elsa Keslassy

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10 Despicable War Crimes That Were Shamefully Denied

26 August 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Wikipedia

Much of history is open to revisionism, particularly when it comes to the matter of genocide. These acts are so terrible and frequently come with such a stratospheric body count that countries where atrocities were committed would rather look the other way and downplay that a genocide ever occurred. Or if it is recognised, it is not on as wide a scale as historians have postulated.

The 20th Century witnessed atrocities that were very extreme in nature and happened all over the globe. There has never been such a systematic, cold attempt by dictators like Stalin and Hitler to exterminate people in campaigns such as The Terror and The Final Solution. Despite this, only a tiny amount of genocides have been officially recognised by the Un – including Rwanda, Bosnia and the Holocaust. The perpetrators of other overlooked genocides seem to get away with it.

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Box Office: 'Guardians' returns to no. 1 as 'Sin City 2' bombs

24 August 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has been America's highest grossing movie in 2014 since June.  It won't be for much longer.  Making a surprise return to no. 1 after ceding the top slot to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" over the past two weeks, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is poised to knock off studio stablemate "The Winter Soldier" by next weekend. "Galaxy" has been the rare bright spot in a solid, but generally disappointing summer for Hollywood.  The James Gunn directed action comedy pulled in another $17.6 million for $251.8 million to date. The franchise starter should end up with somewhere between $280-290 million domestic, but its hard to see it crossing the $300 million mark.  That means either "Interstellar" or "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1," both of which are being released in November, will be tasked with providing that monster hit theater owners are looking for.  How dramatic is the lack of a $300 million grosser for the movie industry? »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box office: 'If I Stay' beats a strong 'Guardians' on Friday with $6.8 million

23 August 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The drama "If I Stay" took the top spot at the box office, but it may not stay there for long, as Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is enjoying a strong resurgence. Meanwhile, Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is D.O.A.  "Stay," which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos, picked up $6.8 million on Friday, easily topping "Guardians" which picked up another $4.8 million in its fourth weekend. However, it looks likely that "Guardians" will pull ahead of "Stay" by Sunday. "Stay" is expected to earn a slightly disappointing $16.8 million, while "Guardians" could rack up slightly more.  The Marvel film -- starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Coooper -- is poised to become the biggest domestic hit of the summer. Having already earned $239 million, it will have no trouble crossing the $250 million mark by Sunday. "Transformers: Age of Extinction »

- Dave Lewis

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‘Let's Be Cops’ Reviews: Buddy Comedy Finds Few Friends in Critics Clique

15 August 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »

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Box Office: 'Let's Be Cops' Laughs Its Way to $5.2M Wednesday

13 August 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Buddy action comedy Let's Be Cops narrowly topped the Wednesday box office with $5.2 million, a strong start  for stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. The 20th Century Fox film, costing a modest $17 million to make, could now earn $26 million to $28 million in its five-day debut. Wednesday's official number includes $1.2 million grossed late Tuesday night from early showings. On Friday, two more films enter the fray; Expendables 3 and Ya film adaptation The Giver. However, holdover Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is widely expected to remain at No. 1 with $30 million

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Kingsman: The Secret Service release date pushed to face 50 Shades of Grey

7 August 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn's big screen adaptation of Mark Millar's comic, has had its release date pushed back to next year.

The 20th Century Fox spy thriller, originally due for release this October, will now hit cinemas on February 13, 2015. The move puts the film in direct competition with Fifty Shades of Grey, which arrives on Valentine's Day.

Colin Firth leads the cast of the film as Harry Hart, a veteran secret agent who takes a wayward teenager (Taron Egerton) under his wing.

Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill and Samuel L Jackson will feature in the supporting cast for the action film.

Speaking to Digital Spy on the London set of the film last year, Strong said that Kingsman "is to Bond movies what Kick-Ass was to superhero movies".

"It's a wry take on the genre that is wickedly invading that territory and having fun with it, »

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X-Men: Days of Future Past extended theatrical cut to arrive in 2015

6 August 2014 3:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

X-Men: Days of Future Past will receive an extended theatrical release in 2015.

The 20th Century Fox film will be returning to cinemas with a longer cut next year, Evp of marketing communications James Finn has revealed.

@ConnorBlackburn @DOFPXmen theatrical. Extended is coming next year.

— James Finn (@FinnJ) August 3, 2014

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner previously mentioned the cut of Bryan Singer's film.

She was assumed at the time to be referring to a home video release of the latest X-Men film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the highest-grossing film in the superhero saga with box office takings of more than $700 million.

The success of the film has pushed the franchise - which began in 2000 - past the $3 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales.

Singer will return to the series in 2016 with X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Telecommuting, and the artificial property bubble that killed sci-fi’s great dream

5 August 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The 21st century is being held to ransom by 19th-century economics – at least in the UK.

It could only have happened now. Ten years ago communications technology and infrastructure were not mature enough to reverse our economy’s centralisation into cities. And since London’s endless influx of Dick Whittingtons could still dream realistically of working their way into the capital’s property ladder, there may not have been the will at that time, even if there had been a way.

Now even the young are tired of London, as its critical housing crisis combines with stagnant wages, rising costs, a massive supply-and-demand imbalance in the employment market and soaring rents to stifle any residual fantasies of home ownership – or even liveable existence in the commutable south-east.

London’s official population has grown by nearly 8 million in the ten years to 2011 (Office of National Statistics, Pdf). At 1,600 square kilometres, it »

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Ridley Scott to produce Marco Pierre White biopic for big screen

18 July 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ridley Scott will produce a biopic based on the life of television chef Marco Pierre White.

Scott, Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi have optioned the rights to White's memoir The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef, Deadline reports.

It isn't yet clear if Scott will also serve as director on the project, which will chart White's rise to fame as one of the first celebrity chefs.

The memoir focuses on White's tumultuous early years and his success as a chef in 1980s London.

The 52-year-old - who trained Gordon Ramsay - was the first and youngest chef to win three Michelin stars. He has appeared on cooking shows like Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.

Last month, it was reported that The Martian will be Ridley Scott's next project. The 20th Century Fox's sci-fi adventure, starring Matt Damon, »

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‘Gone Girl’ to Open New York Film Festival (Exclusive)

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

Gone Girl,” the murder-mystery thriller starring Ben Affleck, will open this year’s 52nd annual New York Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The Twentieth Century Fox release, which was directed by David Fincher and co-financed by New Regency, is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn. Rosamund Pike plays the title character, a wife who mysteriously vanishes from her home one day, causing her husband (Affleck) to be suspected of killing her.

The opening night gala, held on Sept. 26, is now an important stop in the awards season race. Fincher previously opened the Nyff with 2010′s “The Social Network,” which went on to win three Oscars (it was nominated for eight). Last year’s selection, “Captain Phillips,” landed a best picture Oscar nod. Other awards-friendly titles, such as “Her” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” also premiered at the festival in 2013, which has gotten more competitive with Toronto, perhaps as a »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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