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Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series brings its most inherently commercial title — “Killing Jesus” — to National Geographic Channel, and at least with this topic, nobody needs to worry about O’Reilly claiming to have been there. Produced by Ridley Scott’s company, an outfit that’s no stranger to epics, the production lends a straightforward quality to the story, and takes its name seriously, squarely focusing on the circumstances and scheming that surround Christ’s death. Along the way there are discreet miracles, but this represents a more historical approach to material that’s currently arriving in abundance, a byproduct of History’s success with “The Bible.”
Compared with other recent depictions of Jesus, this one — directed by Christopher Menaul from an adaptation by Walon Green — is perhaps most notably characterized by restraint. So while covering a good deal of ground, the filmmakers don’t linger over the ordeal of the Crucifixion in the way, »
- Brian Lowry
Fifty Shades of Grey has claimed the Us box office for a second week after taking $23,246,000.
The erotic adaptation - starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele - became the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time after taking $81.6 million last week.
Kevin Costner's McFarland, USA is new at four with $11.3 million, just beating teen comedy The Duff which rounds out the top five.
100 teenagers mobbed a mall in Florida after being refused tickets to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
West Oak Mall in the Orlando suburb of Ocoee has now ruled that all teenagers must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the mall after 9pm, according to The AP.
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Fifty Shades of Grey is rated R in the Us, meaning that those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
A further group of teens objected to the movie theatre's decision by rushing the mall's food court. Nobody was injured and there was no damage reported by mall officials.
Fifty Shades of Grey made history at the Us box office by taking $81,670,000 in its first weekend in cinemas, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening ever. »
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is reportedly walking away from Fifty Shades: Darker and Fifty Shades: Freed...
With a quarter of a billion dollars banked already, Fifty Shades Of Grey has proven to be - like it or lump it - a huge box office success. The film's sizeable opening is the biggest ever for a film directed by a woman, and in the Us, it's the second biggest February opening of all time, behind The Passion Of The Christ.
However, rumours of unrest behind the scenes have hardly been downplayed in recent weeks, with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E L James hardly sounding like they're best chums. So much so, in fact, that it's now being reported that Taylor-Johnson wants out of the two sequels, that Universal is understandably keen to press ahead with as soon as possible.
As part of the deal to bring the books to the screen, »
"Standing on the podium and hearing it for the first time, I guess it's like seeing your child for the first time," Oscar-nominated composer John Debney ("The Passion of the Christ") says in the trailer for "Score." Fittingly enough, the feature-length portrait of the power of film music, in the works from a Los Angeles-based team of journalists, producers, and photographers, is a passion project in itself. Director and executive producer Matt Schrader and executive producer Trevor Thompson have thus far used their personal savings to fund the movie, after first discussing working on a documentary together while classmates at the University of Southern California. "There's clearly a sacrifice there," says Schrader, who left a career in journalism in Sacramento to work on "Score." "Trevor and I have both had to do some freelance stuff here and there to keep the money flowing." (Full disclosure: I was acquainted with Schrader. »
- Matt Brennan
"Fifty Shades of Grey" was already on track for a huge box office haul, but the S&M-tinged book adaptation exceeded prognosticators' wildest expectations, breaking several records along the way.
After the four-day holiday weekend, "Fifty Shades" is estimated to have pulled in $94.4 million domestically, a whopping total that far outpaces the previous four-day holiday weekend champ, "Valentine's Day," which nabbed $63.1 million back in 2010. And its $85 million three-day haul (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) beat out Mel Gibson's 2004 epic "The Passion of the Christ" ($83.3 million) as the biggest February opening ever.
Those receipts also gave "Fifty Shades" the third-highest-grossing opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie. And overseas, the numbers were equally impressive: The flick nabbed $158 million in 58 countries over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, making it the highest R-rated debut ever in foreign markets. "Fifty Shades" also grossed an estimated $14 million overseas on Monday, bumping up its international total to $172 million. »
- Katie Roberts
Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" could not compete with "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but performed very well in second place, grossing $36 million domestically and another $44 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $80 million. The film cost $81 million to make and has a 71% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. All eyes were on "Fifty Shades of Grey," which cost just $40 million to make and ended up with a whopping $240 million global debut ($82 million domestically). The film only has a 26% fresh rating, but shattered numerous records, including... * Biggest Presidents Day weekend debut (Previous record holder was "Valentine's Day" with $56.3 Million) * Biggest debut by a female director ("The Matrix Reloaded" had a bigger debut, but Lana Wachowski was still a man) * Highest number of theaters for an R-rated opening with 3,646 locations (Previous record holder was "The Hangover Part II" with 3,615) * Biggest single-day February gross with $36.7 million on Saturday (Previous »
President’s Day isn’t exactly the biggest holiday in the Us – mostly, it just signals a day off school, no mail and yet another excuse for stores to have sales. But between Valentine’s Day and the holiday, Fifty Shades Of Grey took the top spot at the box office. Driven either by fans of the book, those wondering whether the film could bring the source material to the screen and those intrigued by all the fuss, the movie made more than $81.67 million across the three-day holiday ($94.4 million once the final Monday estimates are added), setting a new record for President’s Day, becoming the second-biggest February debut (behind The Passion Of The Christ) and the fourth-biggest R-rated premiere.Around the world, the film has now made more than $239.6 million, and that sound you hear is the klaxon blaring for the sequels to trundle into development immediately. The only »
Fans of the El James novel Fifty Shades of Grey withstood some brutal winter weather to help propel the Universal drama to a President’s Day holiday weekend record. The critically slammed erotic drama was joined by a strong start for Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and excellent holds for Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie and Warner’s American Sniper, the latter which crossed the $300 million mark on Sunday as it continued on its quest to become the number one film released in 2014.
It received a dismal 26% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an even more dire 3.9 rating from IMDb users. But all that negativity didn’t stop Universal’s $40 million adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey from stimulating moviegoers on 3,646 screens this weekend where it earned a big $81.7 million. Factor in President’s Day on Monday and the studio is looking at an opening north of $90 million. Be »
The breathlessly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey surpassed studio expectations for the best Presidents Day weekend ever, doing $81.7 million at the box office. The movie is projected to make $90.7 million through Sunday. It was also the second biggest February opening ever, just a hair under The Passion of the Christ's $83.9-million record set in 2004. "We're all popping champagne over here," Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution said to the Los Angeles Times. The other new release, Colin Firth's action-comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service also performed well — just not nearly as well — with $35.6 million. Last weekend's box office champ, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water, dropped to third with a still-solid $30.5 million. American Sniper continues to stick around the top five with $16.4 million. Jupiter Ascending rounded out the top five with $9.4 million. The real lesson here is that sexy movies do »
- E. Alex Jung
American audiences sometimes aren't the most discerning when it comes to appreciating quality movie-making. The promise of titillating sex or mid-school grade fart jokes tends to go a lot farther than great acting and enjoyable plots. The two new movies this weekend served to solidify the point. As expected Fifty Shades of Grey was the top grosser this weekend, hauling in a hefty $81 million. In foreign markets the intrigue factor behind what turned out to be a painfully overhyped and underwhelming resulted in opening weekend records being broken in 11 countries and Universal pictures enjoying one of its largest world-wide openings ever. However, for the domestic market it was barely enough to make the fifth highest R-rated opening, just failing to outpace another movie made controversial in part for its use of whips, The Passion of the Christ. Meanwhile, the far superior in every way (or so says pretty much every »
The highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey scored one of the biggest R-rated debuts ever this weekend, while Kingsman: The Secret Service was strong in second place.Fifty Shades was even more impressive at the international box office, where it opened to a stunning $158 million. For full overseas coverage, check out this weekend's Around-the-World Roundup.The domestic box office Top 12 earned $200.7 million, which makes this the biggest weekend ever in February. It's also the highest-grossing weekend since November 2013 (meaning bigger than any weekend in 2014).Playing at 3,646 theaters*the widest opening ever for an R-rated movie*Fifty Shades of Grey scored $85.2 million over the three-day weekend. That's the top opening ever in the month of February ahead of The Passion of the Christ; among R-rated movies, it ranks fourth behind The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper and The Hangover Part II.For the four-day weekend, it earned $93 million, which »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
“Fifty Shades of Grey” torched record books this weekend, debuting to a white hot $81.7 million domestically and $239.7 million globally.
By introducing moviegoers to little-explored sections of the Kama Sutra, Universal Pictures’ erotic romance became the highest-grossing Presidents Day Weekend opener. It also established new benchmarks for R-rated fare.
Not shabby for a film that cost $40 million to produce before factoring in promotional and distribution costs. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the film, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles. Sequels to the picture have yet to earn a greenlight, but given the results, that appears to be a formality.
Here’s a look at some of the records that got incinerated thanks to Christian Grey’s smoldering glare.
Biggest Presidents Day Weekend Opener
(Previous record holder was “Valentine’s Day” with $56.3 Million) Second Highest Grossing Debut for a Film by a Female Director
(Current record holder is “The Matrix Reloaded »
- Brent Lang
The studio executive that decided to release the big-screen adaptation of erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey over the weekend of Valentine’s Day should see a healthy raise this week, as the R-rated romantic drama saw many of the book’s fans and curious moviegoers come out in droves. The film earned an estimated $81.7 million in its first three days, although close to half of that came from Valentine’s Day sales alone. In North America, Fifty Shades of Grey stands as the second-biggest February opening of all time (after The Passion of the Christ‘s $83.8 million), although it sold fewer tickets than 2001’s Hannibal when that thriller opened to $58 million 14 Februarys ago.
Domestically, the film now has the fifth-biggest opening for an R-rated film (after The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, The Hangover Part II and the aforementioned Passion). Another intriguing statistic: Fifty Shades had the largest opening for »
- Jordan Adler
Fifty Shades of Grey has debuted at the top of the Us box office.
The erotic adaptation took $81,670,000 in its first weekend in theatres, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time, behind the $83.9m taken by The Passion of the Christ.
Colin Firth's Kingsman: The Secret Service takes the second spot with initial takings of over $35 million, while last week's number one The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water falls to three with $30 million.
Seventh Son is at six with takings of $4.1 million, while Paddington falls to seven.
The Imitation Game stays at eight with $3.5 million, »
“Fifty Shades of Grey” sizzled at the weekend box office, setting new records for the highest-grossing Presidents Day holiday opener of all time and ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history.
The erotic drama performed like a comicbook movie, albeit one with much naughtier costumes, picking up $81.7 million from 3,646 locations over the three-day period. That easily trumped the holiday’s previous record-holder, the 2010 debut of the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” which kicked off with $56.3 million.
“It had that whole sex thing going for it, it was edgy, and it started a conversation,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior box office analyst at Rentrak. “It went beyond being a girls’ night out movie and became a date night movie.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” will do more than $90 million over the four-day holiday, in addition to triggering a massive increase in heart palpitations across the moviegoing public. Among the many high-water marks the saucy tale has hit, »
- Brent Lang
Fifty Shades of Green! Audiences were keen on kink for Valentine's Day this weekend, putting Fifty Shades Of Grey on top at the box office this weekend with an estimated $81.6 million! The adaptation of the Bdsm bestseller marks the biggest debut by a woman director (ahead of Twilight, Frozen and Brave), and is the second-highest February opening behind The Passion Of The Christ's $83.8 million in 2004. The R-rated erotic drama has also earned an additional $158 »
- Dave Davis
Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey continued to exceed expectations on Sunday for a potent $94.4 million domestic debut over the long Presidents Day weekend, shattering several records and putting the film's global total at a massive $266.4 million through Monday. That includes $85 million for the three-day weekend, eclipsing the $83.8 million launch of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ ($83.8 million) to mark the biggest opening ever for the month of February, not accounting for inflation. It's also the biggest Valentine's Day/Presidents Day gross of all time, and the No. 3 opening for
- Pamela McClintock
Yesterday wasn't a holiday - Valentine's Day today and Presidents Day on Monday fit that bill - but the celebrations started early at theaters with two new films both opening to great numbers. "Fifty Shades of Grey" (Universal) as expected posted a huge number ($30.2 million, including $8.6 Thursday night), but "Kingsman: The Secret Service" (20th Century Fox) was hardly beaten down, coming in a strong second with $10.5 million (mostly yesterday). Together, the Top Ten totaled around $60 million, way up from $26 million last year, when Valentine's Day fell on Friday. The "Shades" number stands as a record for a February opening day record, beating "The Passion of the Christ" ($26.6 million), but with huge caveats - the latter opened on a Wednesday in 2004, ticket prices lower and had no previous night "previews" included in its figure. "Shades"' poor C+ Cinemascore will have some impact, but some context here is needed. Some »
- Tom Brueggemann
“American Sniper” has “Mockingjay” in its sights.
The war drama is poised to surpass the most recent edition of “The Hunger Games” as 2014’s top-grossing release, analysts say. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow pic has made $282.4 million thus far, putting it in third place on the charts, behind “Mockingjay — Part 1,” which has earned $335.7 million, and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has grossed $333.2 million.
BoxOffice.com is now predicting that the film will generate $360 million-$365 million during its domestic run.
“It has a really good chance to hit that number,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It’s one of those things that’s in the zeitgeist, and people want to see it. Everybody’s talking about the the film, and people want to be part of the conversation.”
- Brent Lang
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