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‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million »
- Zac Gille
Jennifer Lawrence ‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Surpassing ‘Twilight: New Moon’ for biggest domestic November opening ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is expected to collect anywhere between $63-$70 million (according to Nikki Finke) and $67.5 million (according to Deadline.com) at 4,163 North American locations on Friday, November 22, 2013. That figure includes an estimated $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows, as found at Box Office Mojo. (Saturday addendum: Catching Fire opened with an estimated $70.5 million. See also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Early, unofficial weekend estimates have the second installment in the Hunger Games movie franchise grossing anywhere between $140-$150 million in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. Some early prognosticators had Catching Fire soaring much higher, up to Iron Man 3 heights ($174.14 million, »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
A film about antivirus software mogul John McAfee and his bonkers time in Belize (as detailed in the Wired article "John McAfee's Last Stand") now has its writers. They're Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the team behind biopics like Man on the Moon, Ed Wood, Agent Cody Banks, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, and the upcoming Big Eyes. So the guys know their way around a life-canvassing-yet-entertaining-and/or-at-least-interesting movie about a white male's life in and around America. Crazy, Stupid, Love directorial duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are looking to direct. Duos everywhere! »
- Zach Dionne
Courtney Love is in the middle of an 18-city tour that has taken her from New York to Seattle. Consider the trek a warm-up for Love's comeback: In addition to a memoir that's in the works, the 49-year-old's new album tentatively titled "Died Blonde" is scheduled to hit stores this Christmas.]
The lack of new material to tour with seems to bother Love more than anyone else. The former Hole frontwoman has repeatedly said she doesn't like playing "Doll Parts" anymore, this despite the fact that she ends up performing it most nights. (The song is a fan favorite, and was one of Hole's biggest hits back in the '90s.) Some of Love's other songs aren't as fortunate.
"There are songs I never play," Love told HuffPost Entertainment in a recent interview from the Seattle stop on her tour. "The two dumbest songs I ever wrote -- one »
- The Huffington Post
Amy Adams stars as artist Margaret Keane, whose paintings of large-eyed children exploded in popularity throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Christoph Waltz is playing her husband Walter, who took credit for his wife's work. Terence Stamp will portray New York Times art critic John Canaday, who despises Walter and his rise to prominence. Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Jason Schwartzman also star.
Tim Burton is directing from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote Ed Wood for the director, along with notable biopics such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon.
The second film in the series, based on Rick Riordan’s pentalogy of novels of the same name, hits the big screen this August, and we’ve got plenty of reason to believe that Fox have another successful blockbuster on their hands.
The latest trailer we saw a few weeks back promised another fantastical dose of action, and now MSN have released a new trailer promising still more epic sequences.
Based on the best-selling book, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to »
- Kenji Lloyd
The drama is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), whose paintings of large-eyed children were incredibly popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. While Margaret Keane actually created the paintings, her husband Walter was the marketing genius who also claimed to be responsible for the artwork himself.
Krysten Ritter is playing DeeAnn, a free-spirited friend of Margaret, who tries to convince the introverted artist to stand up for herself and claim the credit she truly deserved. Danny Huston also stars as an alcoholic gossip reporter.
Tim Burton is directing from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the critically-acclaimed biopics The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. »
After Earth box office: Will Smith / M. Night Shyamalan sci-fier to open at highly disappointment no. 3? (Photo: Will Smith and Jaden Smith in After Earth) Starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth opened with a highly disappointing $9.8 million — including $1 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings — at 3,401 North American theaters on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Sony Pictures / Columbia release trailed not only last weekend’s top movie, Fast & Furious 6, but also Lionsgate Pictures / Summit Entertainment’s lower-budgeted "magical" heist thriller Now You See Me. Starring Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Vin Diesel, the Justin Lin-directed Fast & Furious 6 collected $10.5 million at 3,686 locations and could reach $33-35 million by Sunday evening and approximately $170 million cume. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk), and featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fischer, the $75 million-budgeted Now You See Me »
- Zac Gille
The first trailer dropped last month, giving us a good first look at Logan’s return for the sequel. And with the film’s August release date on the horizon, Fox have debuted the second trailer over on Apple.
Based on the best-selling book, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.
- Kenji Lloyd
Woody Harrelson has become one of my favorite actors over the years. I.ve admired his work in such films as Natural Born Killers, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Zombieland and way too many other great films to mention. In his latest flick, Now You See Me, he plays a man with a certain power over others which comes in handy when you want to pull off an elaborate heist. I.ve been very lucky to have had a few opportunities to chat with Mr. Harrelson and it is always a pleasure. While on a visit to »
Environmentalist. Cannabis spokesperson. Playwright. Vegan. Cannabis enjoyer. Woody Harrelson is a complex individual and a multifaceted presence on screen, his roles running the range of clean-cut cowboy to cold-blooded killer. But no matter who he's playing there always seems to be a lingering essence of the real Woody, and that's why he rules.
This week sees the former TV star getting "Cheers" for his role as a stage-magician-cum-bank-robber in "Now You See Me" and this November he'll reprise the part of Haymitch Abernathy in his first-ever sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." We're stoking the fires of Woody worship as we pay tribute to our favorite High Times cover boy with nine of his quintessential roles.
9. 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)
- Max Evry
It's a rare thing for a "Love It or Leave It" to be positive when talking about Courtney Love, but she actually went and did the thing this time, guys. And while some might call her look -- this look, this ... bohemian New York City look -- frumpy, let's play the Devil's Advocate today and beg to differ. This is probably the most demure and put together Courtney's looked since ... well, probably since "The People vs. Larry Flynt," and that was, what, back in 1996? Almost twenty whole years ago? Let's just take it, Ok? And smile while we do so? Things could always be much, much worse, don't you know. --Sarah Taylor Read more »
- tooFab Staff
After reaching the dizzying heights of the magical $1 billion mark with 2010's Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton came back down to Earth with a bump last year as both Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie struggled to light up the box office, and the less said about the Burton-produced Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter the better.
However, the filmmaker seems to be wasting little time in picking himself up for his next directorial offering, with Deadline reporting that Burton has signed on helm the long-in-development Big Eyes from Ed Wood screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, whose other credits include The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon and the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Monopoly.
Big Eyes tells the story of Walter and Margaret Keane, who enjoyed huge success in the 1950s and 60s selling Margaret's artwork (featuring unusually large-eyed children) under her husband's name, until they divorced and »
- Flickering Myth
Tim Burton is on board to direct his next film, "Big Eyes," which will star Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of big-eyed children were a mass-market phenomenon in the 1950s and '60s. Burton himself uses a similar big, dark-eyed aesthetic in both his animated films and the makeup design in his live-action films. One real-life movie moment sure to be included in the film is the Keanes' dramatic showdown in divorce court, when the meek Margaret Keane beat Walter in a judge-ordered paint-off, after being challenged to prove who of the two had the artistic talent (Margaret was the gifted artist, while Walter the outspoken marketing genius). The film is co-penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (who excel at stranger-than-fiction biopics such as "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and "Man on the Moon," as well as Burton's "Ed Wood"), and per Deadline, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Have you ever seen those eerie paintings of children with enormous, sad eyes? They're often collected by people with a taste for kitsch and/or creeping out their guests. Ever wondered about the artist behind them? It's Margaret Keane, and soon you'll know everything you ever wanted to know her and her husband Walter thanks to a new Tim Burton movie in development, appropriately titled “Big Eyes.” Burton is directing a script by screenwriting duo Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who worked with Burton on his wonderful “Ed Wood.” Their other projects run the gamut from the Andy Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon” to “The People vs. Larry Flynt” to ... “Agent Cody Banks.” “Big Eyes” is all about the aftermath of Walter and Margaret's divorce and eventual lawsuit over who was the real painter behind the incredibly successful works. Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams are in talks to star, »
- Jenni Miller
Weinstein Co's Big Eyes has landed Tim Burton as helmer of the film starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, reports Deadline. Directors Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the script for the drama which follows painter Margaret Keane phenomenal success in the 1950s with her art of big eyed children, and the legal difficulties that followed with her husband who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. Lynette Howell produces with Jamie Patricof and Burton. Alexander and Karaszewski wrote John Cusack starrer 1408, as well as Ed Wood, both Problem Child comedies, Agent Cody Banks and The People vs. Larry Flynt, among others. »
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