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Among this weekend’s three new releases only Fox’s The Maze Runner showed strength. The sci-fi thriller brought in an estimated $32.5 million from 3,064 locations for the sixth-biggest September debut of all time. Way back in second place with $13.1 million from 2,712 locations, A Walk Among the Tombstones suggests that audiences may be tiring of Liam Neeson and his now-familiar tough guy roles. Finally, despite an ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman and Tine Fey, This Is Where I Leave You failed to hit its very modest $15 million target. In short, it was business as usual for the September box office. Title Weekend Total 1. The Maze Runner $32,500,000 $32.5 2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13,126,000 $13.1 3. This Is Where I Leave You $11,860,000 $11.8 4. No Good Deed $10,200,000 $40.1 5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9,005,000 $27 6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5,180,000 $313.6 7. Let’s Be Cops $2,675,000 $77.2 8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2,650,000 $185 9. The Drop $2,050,000 $7.7 10. If I Stay $1,835,000 $47.6 Full story after the jump. The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner’s 2007 novel, »
- Nicole Pedersen
Written by Paul Logan
Directed by David Gordon Green
David Gordon Green has never allowed himself to be easily pinned down as a filmmaker. After making his name with dreamy independent films about relationships and growing up, he moved onto big budget comedies of varying quality. While even his most dire efforts bring a certain amount of style (even the awful Your Highness had a compelling visual softness not usually associated with medieval stoner comedies), many have mourned the direction of his career. His newest effort, Manglehorn, feels like a bastard child of these two worlds. In many ways it’s his most visually adventurous film since his career began, but it’s hardly a return to his early work in terms of feel, theme or style.
Al Pacino stars as the titular character of Manglehorn, an old grizzled locksmith who spends his days yearning for the lost love of his life, »
- Justine Smith
Hoo-boy, people did not want to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The box office prospects for the follow-up were already looking pretty dim following dismal reviews and lack of general interest, but few would have guessed that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s stylized sequel would only make $6.4 million for the entire weekend—for the entire weekend! That’s down 78% from the first film’s opening weekend, and puts the film at No. 8 on the box office chart, as Marvel Studios’ highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot for the first time since its opening weekend. The film was usurped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its second weekend, but pulled in an impressive $17.6 million over the last three days for a domestic total of $251.9 million. Guardians is now on track to best Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing film of the year, »
- Adam Chitwood
The French New Wave, that cinematic movement from the 1960s that essentially defined iconoclasm for film, has undoubtedly had its impact on nearly everything, from film to music to style. And given its indelible impact on cultural history, it’s one of the easiest artistic movements to pull from, as demonstrated from three key music videos inspired by, ripped off from, and celebrating the auteurs from Godard to Truffaut.
There’s a bit of irony and wordplay going on here. First, the band’s name is Nouvelle Vague, nodding to both the French New Wave and the New Wave in music during the 1980s. Then there’s the name of the album that the French cover band chose to use: Bande à Part, from the Jean-Luc Godard film of the same name. Then there’s the actual music video. Rather than go about “creating” a music video for their single, »
- Kyle Turner
In at number 1 is The Fault in Our Stars (read our review) with a very impressive $48.2 million debut. Heading into the weekend it looked like the film, based on the best-selling novel by John Green, would do well, but few expected a near-$50 million opening.
The film did slip some over the weekend, a likely byproduct of that initial Friday night rush, but that surge was more than enough to push this film past profitability and into box office hit territory. That’s 2-for-2 for Shailene Woodley with both this and Divergent ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Tomorrow when the Supporting Actress Smackdown 1941 hits, we'll just be discussing the five nominees (24 more hours to get your ballots in for the reader's section of the vote!). As it should be. But for the first time in a Smackdown I polled my fellow panelists as to who they would have nominated if, uh, they'd have been alive in 1941 and if, uh, they'd been AMPAS members.
Angelica and I didn't vote (I haven't seen enough 1941 pictures, I confess) but our other three panelists have recommendations for you outside the Oscar shortlist. In fact, all three of them only co-signed 2 of Oscar's 5 choices... different ones mostly so the Smackdown should be interesting (I'm not telling you which as the critiques come tomorrow!). So here are some For Your Considerations for your rental queues or your »
- NATHANIEL R
In my first year at the Festival de Cannes, I think I walked the length of the Boulevard de la Croisette approximately 36 times. At first swarming through this crowded main street is like being trapped in a street fair full of confused rubber-neckers, all wandering in different directions, straining to see something that hasn't quite materialized. Gosling? Glitz? Justin Bieber? Jean-Luc Godard?
On my first stroll down this main drag, I saw Hummer-inspired yachts, an older European couple with his-and-her beige linen pant suits and matching grey-blond severe bobs, and a group of loud American students slugging rosé from the bottle on a bench. The police and bouncers (more so than the festival staff) control the crowds with alarmingly random assertions of authority. "Ne fais pas le rois juste!" shouted one pissed off teen when an officer decides on a whim, seemingly, that only some people are allowed to cross the street. »
- Miriam Bale
Directed by Brian De Palma
It is obvious that Body Double (1984) is a combination of the plots of Vertigo (1958), Rear Window(1954) and Dial M for Murder (1955) by Alfred Hitchcock, and nearly as obvious to say that the film also takes cues from Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom (1960) and elements from various slasher films like Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer (1979). Unfortunately, a good number of critical pieces on Brian De Palma are obsessed with listing off his influences and coming to the inept conclusion that he is merely a Hitchcock imitator with a couple of clever cinematic tricks up his sleeve. Few writers take De Palma on his own terms, though select critics are finally coming around, and most ignore the way he constructs his complex thriller narratives, creates exquisite images that take advantage of cinema’s unique artistic properties, »
- Cody Lang
"Why?" you ask. As if the peanut butter shakes weren't enough of a reason, while at the Alamo Drafthouse/Texas Frightmare screening of Dawn of the Dead, people in attendance will get a shot at scoring themselves the very first official figure of George A. Romero, which was made in conjunction with Retroband! There's even a zombie George variant!
Mondo has a limited amount for sale and will be making them available on a first-come/first-served basis to ticket holders for the 7:35 Pm and 8:15 Pm Dawn of the Dead screenings. They will cost $100.
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- Steve Barton
Below, a roundup of the top stories of the week on Toh! Festivals: Tribeca Review: In Powerful Doc 'Virunga,' Gorillas Caught in the Crosshairs of Corporate Greed Missing Out on Ebertfest 2014? Stream Panels and Q&As Now News: How to Air Your Short at the Oscars Paramount Relies on Partners, Brands and Reboots: Skydance 'Terminator' Reboot, MGM's 'Ben-Hur' and 'Hercules' Tarantino vs. Gawker: 'Hateful Eight' Lawsuit Dismissed Reviews: Once in a Lifetime 'The Hateful Eight' Live Read with "Tarantino superstars!" From 'Blue Ruin' to 'The Other Woman,' What to See and Skip in Theaters This Weekend 'Alphaville': Why This Piece of '60s Pulp Fiction Is Must-See Jean-Luc Godard (Clip) Existential Thriller 'Locke,' Starring Tom Hardy and His Fabulous Voice Argentina's Outstanding 'The German Doctor' Finds a Heart of Darkness in Gorgeous Patagonia Interviews: Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Explain How the »
Disney World's Star Wars Weekend is approaching! The annual event, which actually runs for a series of weekends in the Florida theme park, is set to begin next month. What better way to warm up for it than by watching your favorite Star Wars characters dance to pop music? These videos are from the (formerly) recurring "Hyperspace Hoopla" dance-off event, which was held at Disney's Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends, and featured various characters from the films showing off their moves in hilarious fashion. After all, what's funnier than Darth Vader and a bunch of Storm Troopers dancing to "You Can't Touch This"? Or Michael Jackson's "Bad"? Or Chewy dancing to "Hey Ya!" Points to all of these dancers, not only for their dancing skills, but for their ability to pull off these dance routines in those costumes, which probably make it pretty hard to see. You'd think »
There were a few surprises at the box office this weekend, as an aging action star struggled for relevance while a controversial film made the biggest splash.
The biblical epic Noah (read our review) is the number 1 film this weekend with $44 million. While some questioned whether Noah would be able to shake the controversy surrounding its adaptation, the film was able to do more than that.
Coming in at a distant number 2 is Divergent with $26.5 million. Although the Ya adaptation held a lot better than most films of its ...
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- Anthony Taormina
The Ya adaptation genre was alive and well at the box office this weekend, but the same couldn’t be said for The Muppets.
In at number 1 is Divergent (read our review) with $56 million. While the inevitable comparisons to Twilight and The Hunger Games are apt considering Divergent is another hopeful Ya franchise-starter, the film’s success proves that a lot more is required (strong cast, proven director, etc.) of these first films beyond the source material.
While Lionsgate/Summit had already greenlit Divergent‘s follow-up, Insurgent, the first film’s performance proves the studio has likely found their next big franchise. But first we’ll have to see how Divergent performs during its all-important second weekend.
Coming in at ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Young-adult adaptation Divergent ruled the box office this weekend with an estimated $56 million. While that's a step down from the first Twilight, it's still good enough to justify Summit Entertainment's aggressive sequel plans.Among the other new releases, Muppets Most Wanted opened significantly lower than its predecessor, while Christian drama God's Not Dead put up some surprisingly strong numbers.Divergent's $56 million debut was down 20 percent from the first Twilight, and wasn't in the same league as The Hunger Games. Still, it ranks second among 2014 movies, and eighth all-time for March releases. It also earned more in its first three days than the combined totals of Ya flops Beautiful Creatures, The Host and Vampire Academy.Recognizing that this potential franchise was a key part of the company's long-term prospects, Summit Entertainment (a Lionsgate company) executed a blockbuster-level marketing campaign for Divergent. While it wasn't explicitly stated in marketing material, Divergent »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
How ‘Divergent's’ Shailene Woodley Used a Survivalist Weekend to Become Tris Plus, if this Ya adaptation is expected to be a hit, why is Lionsgate's stock sliding? Hollywood's Big Budget Film Exodus Loses California $9.6 Billion That aspiring assistant director sleeping on your couch might have been able to afford rent by now if state's lack of subsidies for blockbusters didn't cost almost 50,000 production jobs. ‘Star Wars’ Plot Details Revealed: Episode VII Will Take Place 30 Years After ‘Jedi’ Disney chief Bob Iger also announces plans for “Incredibles 2” and a third “Cars.” Head-Scratcher: Deadline's Plea for Mel Gibson Omits TV Show Tie Between. »
- Greg Gilman
Young-adult adaptation Divergent got off to a strong start yesterday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend north of $50 million. Meanwhile, Christian drama God's Not Dead is shaping up to be a surprise box office hit. Playing at 3,936 locations, Divergent opened to an estimated $22.8 million on Friday. That includes $4.9 million from late Thursday shows. While that opening day figure is nowhere close to Twilight ($36 million) or The Hunger Games ($67.3 million), it's still one of the best young-adult debuts ever.If Divergent plays like The Hunger Games, it will wind up with around $52 million for the weekend. That seems likely, given the demographic breakdown: the movie attracted more men than expected (41 percent), and was split evenly between those over and under 25 years of age. Combine that with an "A" CinemaScore, and Divergent may not be as frontloaded as its genre and poor reviews suggested.Opening at 3,194 theaters, Muppets Most Wanted disappointed with $4.7 million. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
According to Rockstar, GTA Online players have a good reason to get back into the game immediately. They have announced that the Business Update, the latest content addition to the world the game, is now available to download from Psn and Xbox Live.
Updates include three new blazing fast cars, options to pimp out your ride at Ls Customs, a new jet, weapons and new outfits, as well as new jobs, game modes and a raft of fixes, including the ability to disable Slipstreaming in Races, the addition of Barber Shop and Tattoo Parlour locations to the Quick Gps and a number of other exploit and stability fixes.
Rockstar have also reminded users to join them this weekend for the Business Weekend Social Club Online Event, featuring exclusive Rp and GTA$ bonuses, a new Snapmatic competition and more.
To acquire today’s free update, fire up your online-connected PS »
- Simon Gallagher
'Saturday Night Live' Recap
For the cold open on Saturday, SNL treated viewers to Kate McKinnon reprising her take on Ellen DeGeneres. Much like when McKinnon debuted her impersonation, the jokes focused on the talk show host’s dancing and talking about herself – as “I’m Ellen,” once again served as a catchphrase.
Breaking from tradition again, SNL brought out the host prior to his or her opening monologue. In the cold open, Parsons played Olympic figure skater-turned-Olympic host Johnny Weir, rocking leather pants and a fabulous pompadour.
I’m Not That Guy
Parsons’ opening monologue tackled the major concern that many had with the actor taking up hosting duties – the perception that he’s Sheldon Cooper. »
Updated: It’s likely that a number of executives at a few choice toon studios across town are green with envy after the success of Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s modestly budgeted franchise starter, “The Lego Movie.”
Assembling a number of industry and studio records, Warner’s $60 million-budgeted animated hit “The Lego Movie” scored a stellar estimated $69.1 million domestically in its first weekend, making it the biggest opening in February for an animated movie, as well as Warner’s best toon debut ever.
More importantly, the film, which Village Roadshow co-financed and co-produced, also thumbs the current model of pricey animation limiting any guarantee of financial success.
“The Lego Movie,” on the other hand, successfully managed to leverage an already globally popular brand and cross over with adult audiences, considering nearly 60% of its opening came from filmgoers older than 18. Ultimately, the pic’s fanboy component will help it weather the East Coast blizzards, »
- Andrew Stewart
The toys of everyone’s youth are on track to strike box office gold. Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie (Cinema Score: A) pulled in an astonishing $17.1 million Friday, far exceeding studio expectations and putting the movie on track for at least a $56 – $60 million weekend.
The $60 million film from writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller effectively iced Frozen’s 11-week reign (which, at $1.41 million, didn’t even make Friday’s top five). The joint Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow pic played in 3,775 theaters, and a sequel is reportedly already in development with screenwriters Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. But as far as February records are concerned, »
- Lindsey Bahr
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