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'Man on Fire' holds off challenge from '13 Going on 30'

25 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The weekend's two wide release debuts did battle at the boxoffice, taking the top two spots, studio estimates compiled Sunday revealed, as 20th Century Fox's revenge actioner Man on Fire narrowly defeated Sony/Revolution's body-switching comedy 13 Going on 30. Man on Fire collected an estimated $23 million while 13 Going on 30 took in an estimated $22 million. Last weekend's top title, Miramax's Kill Bill-Vol. 2 dropped to No. 3 with an estimated $10.4 million. Lions Gate's The Punisher also dropped two spots to land at No. 4 with an estimated $6.1 million. Buena Vista's animated Home on the Range held on to fifth place with an estimated $3.5 million. Fox Searchlight's Johnson Family Vacation collected an estimated $3.15 million in sixth place, down from third a week ago. Warner Bros.' Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed was right behind in seventh with an estimated $3.14 million. Sony/Revolution's Hellboy was at No. 8 with an estimated $3 million. Miramax's Ella Enchanted took the ninth spot with an estimated $2.7 million. MGM's Walking Tall rounded out the weekend top 10 with an estimated $2.65 million. Final figures will be released Monday. »

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'Kill Bill-Vol. 2' wins boxoffice duel with $25.6 mil debut

18 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Miramax's Kill Bill-Vol. 2 slashed its way to the top of the weekend boxoffice chart, as the second half to Quentin Tarantino's swordplay salute scored an estimated $25.6 million according to studio figures compiled Sunday. Next in line was fellow newcomer The Punisher, from Lions Gate Films, which debuted to an estimated $14 million. Fox Searchlight's comedy Johnson Family Vacation repeated in third place with an estimated $6.4 million, down a moderate 31.5% from a week ago. Sony and Revolution's Hellboy dropped two spots to No. 4 with an estimated $5.7 million. Buena Vista's animated Home on the Range moved up one notch to fifth with an estimated $5.4 million. Warner Bros.' Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed followed with an estimated $5.1 million at No. 6, also up one position. MGM's Walking Tall landed at No. 7, down two spots from a week earlier, with an estimated $4.6 million. Miramax's fantasy Ella Enchanted took the eighth spot with an estimated $4.4 million, up from No. 9 last weekend. Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ, last weekend's top film, fell to ninth place in the post-Easter frame with an estimated $4.2 million, down 72.1%, but bringing its cume to date to about $361 million. Buena Vista's The Alamo rounded out the weekend top 10 with an estimated $4.1 million, down 55% from its fourth place debut last weekend. Universal's Connie and Carla, Nia Vardalos' follow-up to her My Big Fat Greek Wedding success, debuted at No. 13 with an estimated $3.3 million from just over 1,000 theaters. Final figures will be released Monday. »

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'Kill Bill-Vol. 2' wins boxoffice duel with $25.6 mil debut

18 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Miramax's Kill Bill-Vol. 2 slashed its way to the top of the weekend boxoffice chart, as the second half to Quentin Tarantino's swordplay salute scored an estimated $25.6 million according to studio figures compiled Sunday. Next in line was fellow newcomer The Punisher, from Lions Gate Films, which debuted to an estimated $14 million. Fox Searchlight's comedy Johnson Family Vacation repeated in third place with an estimated $6.4 million, down a moderate 31.5% from a week ago. Sony and Revolution's Hellboy dropped two spots to No. 4 with an estimated $5.7 million. Buena Vista's animated Home on the Range moved up one notch to fifth with an estimated $5.4 million. Warner Bros.' Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed followed with an estimated $5.1 million at No. 6, also up one position. MGM's Walking Tall landed at No. 7, down two spots from a week earlier, with an estimated $4.6 million. Miramax's fantasy Ella Enchanted took the eighth spot with an estimated $4.4 million, up from No. 9 last weekend. Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ, last weekend's top film, fell to ninth place in the post-Easter frame with an estimated $4.2 million, down 72.1%, but bringing its cume to date to about $361 million. Buena Vista's The Alamo rounded out the weekend top 10 with an estimated $4.1 million, down 55% from its fourth place debut last weekend. Universal's Connie and Carla, Nia Vardalos' follow-up to her My Big Fat Greek Wedding success, debuted at No. 13 with an estimated $3.3 million from just over 1,000 theaters. Final figures will be released Monday. »

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Hathaway, Quaid saddle up for Lee

31 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Anne Hathaway and Randy Quaid are joining Ang Lee's cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are starring, while James Schamus, Michael Costigan, Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry are producing. Adapted by McMurtry and Ossana from a short story by The Shipping News author E. Annie Proulx, the story centers on two men (Ledger and Gyllenhaal) who meet one summer as sheepherders in Wyoming and form a bond and love that spans 20 years. Hathaway plays the strong-willed ex-rodeo queen wife of Gyllenhaal's character, while Quaid will play the hard-bitten foreman who employs the two cowboys. Michelle Williams has already been cast as the wife of Ledger's character. Hathaway gained attention for starring in The Princess Diaries. She next stars in Ella Enchanted, followed by The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Hathaway is repped by WMA and Management 360. Brokeback brings veteran actor Quaid full circle as his first credited film role was in 1971's The Last Picture Show, which was co-written by McMurtry. Quaid is shooting Sci Fi Channel's 5 Days to Midnight. He is repped by Paradigm. »

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'Orphan's' finds home at Disney

30 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Walt Disney Co. has adopted J.T. Saladin's pitch Orphan's Club for Jane Startz and studio-based Beacon Entertainment to produce. The project revolves around an underground network of kids orphaned after the first World War, which produced more than 80 million orphans. The aim of the secret international organization is to prevent all future wars and, in turn, the creation of more orphans. The club follows highly structured rules outlined in the Orphan's Club Handbook. At the studio, the project is being shepherded by senior vp development and production Karen Glass along with director of development and production Karen Glass. Startz will produce along with Beacon topper Armyan Bernstein. Saladin is repped by the Gersh Agency. Startz, who recently pacted with Disney, filmmaker Lawrence Blume and author Judy Blume to develop and produce films based on Judy Blume books, produced the upcoming Ella Enchanted for director Tommy O'Haver and Miramax Films. Bernstein and his Beacon produced the upcoming Ladder 49 for Disney and are shepherding the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love, to star Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. »

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O'Haver works 'Magick' at DreamWorks

8 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Helmer Tommy O'Haver, who directed the upcoming Anne Hathaway starrer Ella Enchanted for Miramax Films, has signed on to direct Magick for DreamWorks and Robert Zemeckis' Imagemovers. The log line for the project is being closely guarded, described only as a comedy about a man and woman who switch bodies. The filmmakers are known to be after a high-profile writing team to pen the screenplay, though no deals are yet in place. Zemeckis will produce along with Imagemovers' Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke. The company's Bennett Schneir is overseeing for the company. O'Haver, currently in Ireland putting the finishing touches on the score for Ella Enchanted, is repped by WMA, Mosaic Media Group's Paul Nelson and attorney Randy Paul. His other directing credits are Get Over It and Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss. Ella unspools April 9. Zemeckis' company is shepherding The Polar Express with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone Prods. for Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. »

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