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The second installment of the Divergent franchise is coming to theaters and its new trailer promises to capture the attention of teens around the world, but can it hold everyone else’s? Insurgent, which will be released this spring, continues the story of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her quest to save a dystopian Chicago from the evil Erudite leader, and her plan to eradicate all those who call themselves Divergent. This second trailer, which features buildings shattering and the world as they know it crumbling around them, can’t help but stir up memories of The Matrix Reloaded with Woodley as a teenage version of ‘the one.’ While the film’s trailers have yet to show audiences anything substantial, perhaps there will be more to this film than meets the eye.
Insurgent hits theaters March 20. Watch the trailer prior to its airing during the Super Bowl below:
- Caitlin Marceau
American Sniper added $18.3 million on Friday, which puts it on pace for one of the best second weekends ever.Among the newcomers, The Boy Next Door got off to a fine start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic bombed.American Sniper's $18.3 million haul is, by a large margin, the biggest second Friday ever for an R-rated movie. In comparison, The Passion of the Christ added $13.7 million, while The Matrix Reloaded and The Hangover Part II earned $10.3 million and $10.6 million, respectively. Sniper's second Friday was also significantly higher than all of 2014's superhero movies, which were in the $9 to $12 million range.After eight days in nationwide release, American Sniper has already earned $154.1 million. On Friday, it passed Gran Torino to become director Clint Eastwood's highest-grossing movie ever. It also eclipsed Bradley Cooper's American Hustle.American Sniper is on track to earn at least $60 million over the three-day weekend. If »
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Three new wide releases hit theaters this weekend, though none of them have the slightest chance of taking first place away from American Sniper.Among those new releases, The Boy Next Door seems to have the edge; the Jennifer Lopez thriller should wind up in second place with at least $15 million. Meanwhile, Mortdecai and Strange Magic will likely wind up below $10 million.American Sniper opened to a stunning $89.3 million last weekend, which ranks second all-time for an R-rated movie behind The Matrix Reloaded. It has also held well through the week*its $7.55 million Wednesday haul is very impressive*which is usually a good indicator of a strong second weekend.To help meet the high demand, American Sniper is expanding to 3,705 theaters, which is the widest release ever for an R-rated movie. Based on the mid-week performance, it's likely that the movie earns at least $50 million this weekend. If it gets closer to $60 million, »
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With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000, 2001 and 2002 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. If sequels were the name of the game in 2002, things didn't change much in '03, as franchises began to curdle with disappointing new installments like "The Matrix Reloaded, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
In this week’s instalment of our series tracking cinema’s worldwide winners …
• Warner taps into patriotism untouched by previous war-on-terror films
• Seventh Son banking on Slavic film-goers’ fantasy fetish
First things first. In a world of success preordained through marketing and omniscient data tracking, it’s nice to be blindsided and bamboozled by an actual box-office surprise. Which is what an superlative $89.5m Us opening weekend for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper indisputably is: the highest January debut ever, the second highest R-rated debut (behind The Matrix Reloaded’s $91.7m), the director’s highest debut (trouncing Gran Torino’s $29.5m) and, incredibly for an original drama, the 41st highest opening of any kind in a list clogged up with the big-budget franchise offerings of the last 15 years.
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- Phil Hoad
That detonated the previous holiday record holder, “Ride Along,” which kicked off with $48.6 million. The largest January box office weekend belonged to “Avatar” and its $68.5 million haul from 2010. Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Navy Seal Chris Kyle doubled projections, which pegged a weekend in the $42 million to $50 million range.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow produced the Oscar nominated drama for roughly $60 million. It premiered in a handful of theaters on Christmas and has slowly built up word-of-mouth in the ensuing weeks, before launching on 3,555 screens. It’s also inspired lively debate about its accuracy. Any controversy around the film isn’t hurting its commercial prospects. “American Sniper” now has the largest weekend for an R-rated drama, topping “The Passion of the Christ,” and »
- Brent Lang
Your Us Box Office report for 16th – 18th January
Taking a whopping $90.2 million, American Sniper has shattered the record for biggest January opening. This is the biggest January opening, smashing Ride Along‘s $41.5 million and is the second biggest R-rating opening behind The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million). Beating out all expectations, this puts American Sniper among the big league openings like comic book franchises and summer blockbusters, and didn’t have the inflation of IMAX or 3D. The film also added $25.3 million worldwide, giving it a total of $118 million. Read our reviews here, here and here.
- Luke Owen
The film, which stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, has enjoyed a limited opening in the Us over the past three weeks, qualifying it for the Academy Awards. The movie thus picked up six Oscar nominations last week, including a nod for Best Picture.
It finally got a wide release in America over the weekend however, and it would be fair to say that few people saw the size of its box office total coming.
We don't usually run box office stories like this, yet the movie nabbed $90,205,000 in three days. Yup: over $90m. It did that without being a sequel, »
Despite being about such weighty subjects as war and trauma, the Warner Bros. release played more like a comic book movie than an Oscar contender. It is on pace to earn an astounding $105 million over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, more than double the $48 million debut enjoyed by “Ride Along,” which represented the previous high-water mark.
“It was the perfect storm,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief. “This movie is going to have great legs and it’s going to continue to break records. It’s going to go down in history.”
Here’s a look at some of the records that “American Sniper” just established.
The Largest Clint Eastwood Box Office Weekend
- Brent Lang
It is almost impossible to describe how astounding the box office performance of "American Sniper" has been this weekend. In 3,555 theaters, an R-rated biopic about a famed U.S. marksman (Chris Kyle) directed by an 84-year-old legend (Clint Eastwood) and featuring only one recognizable star (Bradley Cooper) grossed $90 million from Friday to Saturday. The film, which opened in limited release in December, currently has an overall gross of $93.6 million. While the six Oscar nominations certainly didn't hurt in growing interest for the drama, Warner Bros. marketing campaign was an exemplary effort which made the movie look more stylish than it is and focused on the relationship between Kyle and his wife which opened the subject matter up to different audiences. "Sniper" is now the no. 1 January opening of all-time and the second biggest R-rated opening after "The Matrix Reloaded" in 2003. It also stands at no. 40 among all-time openings, but some context. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Exceeding all reasonable expectations for an R-rated war drama, Clint Eastwood's American Sniper dominated the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend box office with an estimated $89.5 million.That's over twice as high as the previous January opening weekend record held by Ride Along ($41.5 million), and ranks second all-time for a rated R movie behind 2003's The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million).The Wedding Ringer and Paddington also had solid openings, while Michael Mann's Blackhat was a disaster.The Top 12 earned an estimated $184.6 million this weekend, which is up 20 percent from the same frame last year.American Sniper's $89.5 million opening ranks 41st all-time, which puts it in the same ballpark as last year's crop of superhero movies (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy). Considering Sniper didn't have the advantage of 3D pricing, it's likely that it actually sold »
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In one of the most stunning and shocking debut weekends in film history, American Sniper exploded in its first frame of wide release, taking in an estimated $90.2 million. After three weekends of sizzling reception and box office grosses in just four theaters, audiences were ready and willing to give the newly-minted Best Picture nominee their money.
With massive hype, many had predicted American Sniper would take the January weekend crown. But, next to nobody could have seen an opening this high. As estimates stand, American Sniper now has the second-best opening for an R-rated film in history, behind The Matrix Reloaded ($91.8 million) and ahead of The Hangover Part II ($85.9 million), which also starred Bradley Cooper. While those movies did burn off some demand by opening on Thursdays, that is still an unprecedented level for a film that was not a sequel.
Its massive opening was miles ahead of two hits from last January, »
- Jordan Adler
Opening in the States on Friday, the Oscar-nominated American Sniper has enjoyed a record-breaking debut weekend in the States, with the film pulling in an astonishing $90.2 million over the three day weekend. It is projected to reach $105.2 million by close of play on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend tomorrow.
That figures shatters the previous January record, which was held by Ride Along on $41.5 million, and is also the biggest debut for a non-tentpole release, surpassing the $83.8 million opening of The Passion of the Christ, and the second-biggest for an R-rated film after The Matrix Reloaded’s $91.8 million.
American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. You can read our reviews of American Sniper here, here and here.
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- Gary Collinson
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