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'Spider-Man 3' still rules boxoffice with $60 mil

14 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With four new wide releases entering the marketplace this weekend, for the most part moviegoers in North America only had eyes for Sony's Spider-Man 3 as everyone's favorite webslinger left theaters with an estimated $60 million on its sophomore frame, off a relatively modest 60% from its staggering record breaking debut of $151.1 million. The third installment based on the Marvel Comics character has racked up a riveting estimate of $242.1 million in 10 days.

On the international stage, the Tobey Maguire starrer pulled in an estimated $85.5 million during the weekend, advancing the cume to $380 million, and combined with domestic for a worldwide boxoffice tally of an amazing $622.1 million for the Sam Raimi-helmed feature.

Of the weekend's new arrivals, 20th Century Fox's 28 Weeks Later, from Fox Atomic, had the best showing. The sci-fi thriller is an apocalyptic sequel to 28 Days Later, a story about a deadly virus that infects London, and easily captured the second spot with a somewhat disappointing estimate of $10 million from 2,303 theaters. The R-rated 28 Weeks, from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and starring Robert Carlyle, opened near the first film's $10.1 million debut, but Days accomplished that feat with just 1,260 theaters.

In a counterprogramming move Universal's Georgia Rule put in its bid for female moviegoers this weekend, but the R-rated drama failed to generate much interest at the boxoffice with a third-place finish and an estimate of a weak $5.9 million from 2,523 sites. Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman star in the Morgan Creek production, which was directed by industry veteran Garry Marshall. As projected, the audience was largely older females.

Holding up nicely in the fourth slot -- thanks to positive word of mouth -- was Paramount's Disturbia, which slipped a meager 18% in its fifth weekend to scare up an estimated $4.8 million. Produced by DreamWorks and Montecito Pictures, the PG-13 film has collected an estimated $66.3 million so far.

Lionsgate's Delta Farce didn't provide much firepower at the boxoffice on its debut this weekend as the comedy marched into the fifth spot with an estimated $3.5 million from 1,931 theaters. Not surprisingly, the PG-13 picture, starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and DJ Qualls and helmed by C.B. »

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Marquette has buzz for 'Infestation'

26 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Christopher Marquette has signed for the lead in Infestation, a comedic horror movie from Icon Prods. being directed by Kyle Rankin.

Described as 28 Days Later meets Shaun of the Dead, Infestation follows a slacker (Marquette) who awakes to find himself weak, wrapped in webbing and cocooned to the wall of his office. After realizing that the world has been taken over by giant alien insects, he wakes a ragtag group of strangers and together they fight for survival.

Rankin, who comprised half of the directing team on the Project Greenlight 2 film The Battle of Shaker Heights, wrote the script.

Heavy Duty Entertainment partners Rhoades Rader (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and Jeff Balis (Shaker Heights) are producing with T.J. Sakasegawa (Lake Placid 2) alongside Bruce Davey of Icon Prods.

Icon also is handling worldwide distribution rights and is self-distributing in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand.

Production begins May 28 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Marquette, who most recently appeared in Alpha Dog, will next be seen in the Walt Disney Co.'s The Invisible, set for release April 27. »

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