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'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Stars: Adam Sandler, Method Man, Adam B. Shapiro, Ellen Barkin, Evan Neumann, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco, Dustin Hoffman, Yul Vasquez, Kim Cloutier | Written by Thomas McCarthy, Paul Sado | Directed by Thomas McCarthy
Max Simkin (Sandler) is a fourth generation cobbler working in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical shoe-stitching machine that allows him to step into the lives of his customers – literally – and see how the other half lives, and finds that sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are…
Thomas McCarthy, director of the critically acclaimed The Station Agent and the fantastic Paul Giamatti starrer Win Win, would seem like an odd choice to direct an Adam Sandler movie, but then The Cobbler is no ordinary Adam Sandler film. »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Alix Elizabeth Gitter, Erick Avari, Steve Bacic, James C. Burns, James Cavlo, Tadhg Kelly, James Ralph, Tara Westwood, Jade Ramsey, Nikita Ramsey | Written by Cam Cannon, Rachel Long, Brian Pittman | Directed by Brett Donowho
Recently orphaned teen Jordan is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in the small town of Silver Falls. Clashing with her newfound guardians, Jordan develops a burgeoning friendship with a curious classmate that leads to a shocking discovery; according to local legend, two young twins who were killed by their father have cast a dark spell over Silver Falls. When Jordan finds a mysterious ring, the murdered girls’ restless spirits begin to shadow her every move. Meanwhile, Jordan’s concerned aunt and uncle refer her to a therapist who sees medication and hospitalization as the only solution to her problems. As the frightened teen fights to prove her sanity, a killer draws near. »
- Phil Wheat
Don't get me wrong, "Trainwreck" looks hilarious and I can't wait to see it. There ain't going to be any interview and there ain't going to be any story. Here is a list of films and TV shows from just the last 25 or so years featuring female journalists who have sex with or fall in love with their subjects and/or co-workers. "Trainwreck" "Fifty Shades of Grey" "Top Five" "Crazy Heart" "Nashville" "Bad Words" "Iron Man" "Man of Steel" "Smallville" "Rock of Ages" "Law & Order Svu" "House of Cards" "Adaptation" "Three Kings" "Political Animals" "The Devil Wears Prada" "Entourage" "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" "Thank You For Smoking" "Hitch" "Morning Glory" "Anchorman" "Scary Movie 3" "Ray Donovan" "Scoop" "Up Close and Personal" "Bridget Jones" "Mr. Deeds" "I Love Trouble" "Never Been Kissed" "Hero" "Nightcrawler" is the rare breed, to call the trope a trope (in... the absence of malice, »
- Katie Hasty
As Ryan Reynolds continues to distance himself from the romantic comedy genre, carving out a place in Hollywood as a genuine and versatile persona, the actor has encountered his fair share of non-starters. So, with Ripd, A Million Ways to Die in the West along with The Green Lantern filling up his extensive back catalog, Reynolds has switched gears to pursue the R-rated comedy for Marjane Satrapi’s offbeat film, The Voices.
In it, the actor stars as Jerry Hickfang, a mentally unstable warehouse worker who just so happens to have the ability to hear what his pets are thinking. But Dr. Dolittle this is not, as soon Jerry is coaxed into performing unthinkable deeds all in the name of, well, Mr. Deeds, his equally-unstable feline companion.
We’ve seen from the footage released thus far that The Voices will send Reynold’s naive protagonist down a pretty dark path, »
- Michael Briers
Jean Arthur films on TCM include three Frank Capra classics Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, January 5, 2015, on Turner Classic Movies, including three directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; George Stevens' The More the Merrier; and Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night. One the most effective performers of the studio era, Jean Arthur -- whose film career began inauspiciously in 1923 -- was Columbia Pictures' biggest female star from the mid-'30s to the mid-'40s, when Rita Hayworth came to prominence and, coincidentally, Arthur's Columbia contract expired. Today, she's best known for her trio of films directed by Frank Capra, Columbia's top director of the 1930s. Jean Arthur-Frank Capra »
- Andre Soares
7 items from 2015
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