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Those looking for an Endless Love-style travesty should take their dollars elsewhere; The Fault in our Stars has found itself on excellent footing in its debut weekend, bringing in an estimated $48.2 million, over four times its budget costs. The romantic drama effectively toppled Maleficent, which made an estimated $33.5 million (and profitable if taking its worldwide earnings) and the Tom Cruise-led science fiction Edge of Tomorrow. While critically acclaimed, science fiction burnout may be to blame for Edge of Tomorrow only bringing in an estimated $29.1 million, coming so quickly on the heels of mega-hits X-Men: Days of Future Past (estimated $14.7 million) and Godzilla (estimated $6 million).
Perhaps a similar argument can be made as to how A Million Ways to Die in the West (estimated $7.2 million) is flopping so heavily next to Neighbors (estimated $5.2 million) in total gross. However, that also has to take into account the Seth MacFarlane western »
- Seth Paul
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
(Full disclosure: Moviepilot worked with 20th Century Fox on this title)
“The Fault in Our Stars” is a social-media phenomenon riding a huge wave of social buzz and fan anticipation as it starts in theaters. Based on the New York Times bestseller by John Green, the movie has a large, fervent, built-in fanbase that couldn’t be more excited about its release — the official trailer is the most liked trailer in YouTube history, and fans have driven well over 1 million tweets in release week, »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Presenting “Love Always,” a recurring feature in which we pay tribute to the women who helped shape our views on pop culture.
This time we pay a 49th birthday tribute to one of the great child stars of all time, who overcame the pitfalls of Hollywood to carve out a successful adult career.
Here are ten reasons why I will Love Always … Brooke Shields.
In Blue Lagoon, Brooke and her breast merkin introduced us to the natural wonders of Christopher Atkins, and the two would learn the ways of sex by watching giant sea turtles copulating. The following year, in Endless Love, she would once again come through for us by giving us one of the most underrated bits of 80′s beefcake, Martin Hewitt.
She Gave Catherine O’Hara One Of Her Greatest Roles
Brooke was at her most luscious in this 1984 TV movie, »
This week: My love, my love, my 'Endless Love' remake. Also: Another slasher classic, airplanes, volcanos and the new family classic 'Cheap Thrills.' ► I was there for the first Endless Love 33 years ago. Besides the fact you couldn’t escape that unholy Lionel Richie/Diana Ross song all friggin’ summer, it served no purpose except to give creeps more reason to perv on 16-year-old »
- John Law
February has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and once again the month exhibited one of the most peculiar phenomena in the world – no, not a leap year, but cramming the the largest number of terrible movies into the shortest month possible. Peter Travers is, of course, on the case, breaking out his prized scum bucket to dispose of the worst of the worst, and for everyone's sake he's limited himself to just ten awful February films.
First into the scum bucket is Vampire Academy, which Travers »
This week we're featuring the 1986 documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" because, well, it's about a bunch of heavy metal fans tailgating a Maryland concert venue. Not to mention the fact that the now cult film was reportedly a favorite on Nirvana's tour bus. That's Nirvana, arguably one of the greatest the rock bands. Ever. Oh, Sofia Coppola is also a fan. Read More: SnagFilms Movie of the Week: Fall For 'Endless Love' Ahead of its Valentine's Day Remake To go along with the short documentary film, which is almost 17 minutes long, SnagFilms has created a short quiz and drinking game that you can play with your close friends and/or worst enemies. Some of the challenges require taking a drink every time Metallica or Judas Priest is mentioned. Fun stuff, but be safe. Check out the quiz over here to see what type of metal fan you are. »
- Eric Eidelstein
Relativity’s “3 Days to Kill” and Sony’s “Pompeii” have launched with moderate U.S. returns from latenight Thursday screenings.
Both numbers were in line with recent grosses from 10 p.m. Thursday showings of “The Family,” which did $375,000 on its way to a $14 million and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” which did $325,000 on its way to a $15.5 million.
Both new films are forecasted to finish the weekend in the same range, while Warner’s third frame of “The Lego Movie” will win its third weekend in the $34 million to $36 million range.
“Lego” took in $2.7 million on Thursday to lift its domestic cume to $151.7 million after 14 days.
The weekend box office is expected to slow down considerably since last week’s busy Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend saw four new entries, led »
- Dave McNary
Since Relativity Media’s “3 Days to Kill” and Sony’s “Pompeii” will compete for similar male auds at the box office this weekend, with both expected to see modest bows in the low-teens, it’s looking like “The Lego Movie” will top the charts for the third week in a row with a gross in the mid-$30 millions.
The weekend box office is expected to slow down considerably after the busy Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend saw four new entries, led by Sony-Screen Gems’ “About Last Night” bow nationwide. That film, which grossed a solid $27.8 million in four days, will compete for a heated runner-up title as it’s also expected land somewhere in the $11 million-$13 million range.
This time last year, Universal’s comedy holdover “Identity Thief” surged to first place in its third frame, though it won the weekend with just $14 million.
Warner Bros. and »
- Andrew Stewart
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
Tfe loves the 80s all up in our modern bizness, here's Jose to do the remake vs original battle
As you well know by now, the holiday weekend at the box office saw the arrival of four new major film releases. Three of those were remakes of 1980s films. Over the weekend I (mis)treated myself to screenings of the originals followed by their remakes. I'm devoted.
Here I present you with my findings. Read the very scientific results after the jump starting with the horny melodrama Endless Love...
We had to wait an extra day for actuals due to the Presidents' Day weekend, but they have arrived and it's still The Lego Movie at #1, coming in with $1 million more than estimated with $49.8 million while About Last Night dipped a little below estimates to $25.6 million, but still more than enough for a second place finish. In third was the RoboCop remake, bringing in $21.6 million, which was just $100,000 above estimates while Endless Love remained at its estimated $13.3 million, but fell to fifth as The Monuments Men brought in more than was earlier estimated. I've listed the current top ten from the points and accuracy leaderboards directly below and you can find the full leaderboard here. For the complete box office top ten and points awarded for this weekend specifically click here. Points Leaderboard Top 10 Pj Edwards (14 points) Arthur Carlson (13 points) Exxdee13 (13 points) Peter Bandrowsky (12 points) Rach (12 points) Matt P (11 points »
- Brad Brevet
Few years in the history of recent Hollywood have gone by without a sizable pile of ‘80s remakes. Typically, those remakes are at least somewhat spread out. But this Valentine’s Day weekend greeted us with a grand total of three remakes, all bearing (with the exception of a conspicuously absent ellipsis) the titles of their predecessors: RoboCop (original: 1987), About Last Night (original: 1986), and Endless Love (original: 1981). So many ‘80s clones haven’t opened wide the same weekend in two and a half years, when Footloose 2.0 battled the prequel to re-re-make of The Thing. Recycling the ‘80s is hardly exclusive to cinema. Indie and mainstream pop have been revisiting the era of New Wave and post-punk for years. Sometimes this results in uncanny synergy, like two singles from the past few months referencing the opening sequence of The Hunger. And, of course, in the political sphere the ‘80s are ever present, as »
- Landon Palmer
The Lego Movie has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.
Lego Movie cast get nostalgic about childhood toys: Nes, Super Soakers
RoboCop slips down to number three, while last week's number one movie Mr Peabody & Sherman is at number four. The Wolf of Wall Street rounds out the top five.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Lego Movie - £8,051,140
2. (-) The Monuments Men - £1,616,625
3. (2) RoboCop - £1,509,810
4. (1) Mr Peabody »
Amir here, with the long weekend’s box office report. It was Valentine’s so romantic flicks opened, one of which didn’t do too well financially. But enough about RoboCop! How about that About Last Night? It’s been a few weeks since the last time we were collectively surprised that a “black” film did well at the box office, so let’s go at it again: can you believe that a film with a non-white cast can sell tickets too? Unbelievable, no? It turns out Hollywood doesn’t need to cast white people in every role, not even in all romantic comedies. (Perhaps not coincidentally, the last rom-com to do this well, Think Like a Man, starred three of the actors in this quartet: Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy.)
oh, wait. that's not right somehow
The Lego Movie $63.5m (cum. $143.8m)
About Last Night $28.5 new
Robocop $25.6m (cum. »
- Amir S.
Warner Bros. is estimating a better-than-expected President’s Day for box office champ, “The Lego Movie,” with the film’s four-day projection at $63.5 million, roughly 6% higher than was originally estimated on Sunday.
With a whopping $143.8 million already in the till domestically, added to more than $50 million overseas, “Lego Movie” has collected a boffo estimated $195 million worldwide in just two weeks.
The improved holiday gross for the Village Roadshow co-financed pic is expected somewhat considering is playing well with families, as well as unattached adults, who have the day off.
Observers estimate the overall four-day B.O. to be ahead of last year by about 8%.
Meanwhile, Sony-Screen Gems’ 1980s African-American targeted remake, “About Last Night,” went down slightly from earlier estimates, grossing $28.5 million, despite leading the Valentine’s day derby. That’s still a considerable weekend gross, considering star Kevin Hart has another film — Universal’s “Ride Along” — still doing »
- Andrew Stewart
Title: Endless Love Director: Shana Feste Starring: Gabriella Wilde, David Axelrod, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby. How can Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 romantic drama ‘Endless Love’ be forgot? The movie starred Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Tom Cruise (in his first motion picture role) and the film’s theme song, by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, became a number one hit, that received an Academy Award as well as Grammy and Golden Globes nominations. The remake by director Shana Feste couldn’t pay worse homage to the first film adaptation of Scott Spencer’s 1979 novel. Jade Butterfield in this new version is interpreted by Gabriella Wilde, the [ Read More ]
The post Endless Love Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Ghost With The Most Rumors about a sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 comedy classic Beetlejuice have been roaming the internet like a lost soul in a haunted house for more than a decade, but it now appears that a sequel might have some (after)life after all. In a recent interview with MTV, the title star of the original, Michael Keaton, revealed that he would be interested in reprising the role in a sequel and that he has even e-mailed Burton "a couple of times" and "talked to the writer" about Beetlejuice 2.
I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.
Now it looks like [Burton] is involved. And without giving too much away we've talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he's in, it's going »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Animated extravaganza still not bricking it. The Lego Movie’s blockbusting run at the box-office continued over the weekend, holding firm at the number one spot in the Us and foisting off a flurry of new entries. In its second week of the release, the colourful family film based on the enduringly popular bricks saw a drop of only 29%, a solid percentage for its second week and enough to see off new releases like About Last Night, RoboCop, Endless Love and Winter’s Tale. »
In this weekend's battle of the '80s remakes, "About Last Night" was the clear winner over "RoboCop" and "Endless Love." The updated version of the 1986 romantic dramedy opened in second place (behind returning champ "The Lego Movie") with a healthy $27.0 million, according to estimates. That was around the high end of what was predicted, but really, no one should be surprised. After all, "About Last Night" offered a textbook primer of how to remake a movie from the '80s and make it a hit. For example:
Pick a movie people liked the first time. Seems obvious, but does anyone really hold great nostalgic fondness for "Endless Love"? Critics and audiences alike snubbed this one back in 1981, when it starred the much-hyped Brooke Shields. Who was going to want to see it again, but with no buzz-worthy stars this time?
Pick a movie that fans of the original won't nitpick to death. »
- Gary Susman
Moviegoers have caught on to just how good The Lego Movie is, voting with their pocketbooks to keep the Warner Bros Pictures release at the top of the box office chart for two weeks running, even with four new films opening opposite it in theaters over Valentine's Day weekend. Writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller created a movie for all age groups that doesn't play down to kids while serving up enough jokes just for the older audience, giving every age group something to laugh about and enjoy. The Lego Movie deserves its 1st place finish, which isn't something you can say about every movie that does this well at the box office.
Coming in second was one of the three remakes of '80s movies offered up over the Valentine's Day/Presidents Day holiday weekend. About Last Night performed better than expected, solidifying Kevin Hart's status as a box office draw. »
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