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Weekend boxoffice holds keys to the 'Kingdom'

28 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There will be something on theater marquees for nearly everyone this weekend as three wide releases and several specialty films arrive at the boxoffice for the last frame in September. The new arrivals carry MPAA ratings ranging from PG to NC-17, which all but ensures a broad demographic appeal.

Universal's The Kingdom is the highest-profile release of the group and is opening with the second-widest theater count of the newcomers, with 2,792 locations on tap. The action thriller, starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper, is a timely feature about a team of U.S. counterterrorism investigators who work with a local police officer, played by Ashraf Barhom, in Saudi Arabia to find the perpetrators behind an attack on Americans in Riyadh.

Peter Berg directed the R-rated Kingdom, which was produced by Michael Mann and Scott Stuber. Berg is presently working on the Will Smith starrer Hancock for Columbia Pictures and helmed Universal's Friday Night Lights and The Rundown.

Reviews have been mixed on Kingdom, but its timeliness, star power and astute marketing campaign should help the film open in the high-teens to low-$20 million area, according to industry observers. The 18-49 demographic is the target audience, and Kingdom is expected to skew more male than female.

Disney's The Game Plan is on the boxoffice playing field with hopes of scoring big with family audiences as there hasn't really been a film aimed at that group since Daddy Day Camp seven weeks ago. »

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Magnet draws in 'Kiltro,' 'Mirageman'

21 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- New Magnolia Pictures genre labelMagnet has attracted North American rights to two action flicks, Ernesto Diaz Espinoza's Kiltro and Mirageman, both featuring martial arts lead Marko Zaror.

In Kiltro, Zaror plays a violent gangster out to avenge the killing of his mother. The film was a hit in writer/director Espinoza's native Chile. Mirageman showcases the acrobatic actor as a masked vigilante.

Kiltro has its stateside premiere this week at Austin's Fantastic Film Festival. Both features are slated for release in 2008.

Better known abroad than in the U.S., Zaror won the 2004 Stuntman of the Year award for his work as The Rock's stunt double in The Rundown. "At 6'2'', 210 pounds, it's magic to watch him move with such speed, power and style," said producer Derek Rundell.

The deal was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia senior vp Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego, with Rundell and his rep Houston King. »

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