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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
‘The Butler’: ‘True story’ drama passes $100 million milestone at North American box office (photo: Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan in ‘The Butler’) Hailed as a sleeper hit upon its North American release in mid-August, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, featuring an all-star cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, James Marsden, and Robin Williams, passed the $100 million milestone at the domestic box office last Sunday, September 15, 2013. As of Monday, the $30 million-budgeted The Butler‘s domestic box-office total stood at $100.5 million, as per Box Office Mojo. The "based on a true story" account of a black butler (Forest Whitaker) who served eight U.S. presidents, both Republicans and Democrats, during the course of three decades, The Butler was distributed by the Oscar-savvy The Weinstein Company. Considering the film’s domestic box-office success and the generally positive reviews — 80% approval rating and 7.1/10 average among »
- Zac Gille
‘The Butler’: ‘True story’ drama passes $100 million milestone at North American box office (photo: Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan in ‘The Butler’) Hailed as a sleeper hit upon its North American release in mid-August, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, featuring an all-star cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden, and Robin Williams, passed the $100 million milestone at the domestic box office last Sunday, September 15, 2013. As of Monday, the $30 million-budgeted The Butler‘s domestic box-office total stood at $100.5 million, as per Box Office Mojo. The "based on a true story" account of a black butler (Forest Whitaker) who served eight U.S. presidents, both Republicans and Democrats, during the course of three decades, The Butler was distributed by the Oscar-savvy The Weinstein Company. Considering the film’s domestic box-office success and the generally positive reviews — 80% approval rating and 7.1/10 average among »
- Zac Gille
Choosing to see a horror movie spoof is almost as risky as seeing a regular horror movie. The sheer number of films representing each genre is daunting enough, but the success rate is almost sickeningly low. For every "Young Frankenstein" and "Cannibal: The Musical" we get a "Scary Movie 4" and "Scary Movie 5." That being said, if anyone can skewer the easy target that is the current state of horror, it's the crew from "Reno 911!" Written and directed by and starring Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, "Hell Baby" is a send-up of everything from haunted houses to exorcisms (good luck topping The Exorcism of Jonah Hill, boys). The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is gearing up for a VOD run this July. The latest trailer provides a few chuckles, but its subtle winks at genre tropes are what really make it stand out (that »
- Ben Travers
By Stan Goodrich, MoreHorror.com
Sergio Candido has announced that the cast and crew of his newest suspense film have been signed and that his newest suspense film,, “Visions Evilutions,” a fast moving action horror film will soon begin filming. “Visions Evilutions,” written by Sergio Candido, has all the components of a horror classic, including suspense, unpredictability, strong storyline, non-stop action, eeriness and great special effects.
Candido wrote, produced and directed an original musical, “Broadway Good and Evil,” in the late 1990’s. A hit, it played for months to sold-out Off-Broadway audiences. Since moving to California in 2006, Candido has been in over 50 musicals, commercials and film as a lead actor or director. Most recently, he played Jekyll in “Jekyll and Hyde the Musical” at the Village Theatre in Orange. He also won “DJ of the Year” in 2010 and was nominated again in 2012.
For his newest film, Candido has contracted the services of friend, »
As the only brand-new movie in nationwide release, sci-fi adventure Oblivion easily took first place with an estimated $38.2 million. Unfortunately, overall box office was down around 19 percent from the same frame last year, and it now appears that April 2013 will wind up about even with April 2012.Oblivion's $38.2 million start ($5.5 million in IMAX) is the highest non-sequel debut for star Tom Cruise since 2005's War of the Worlds, and it's his fifth-best ever behind that movie and the first three Mission: Impossible outings. It was a bit higher than 2002's Minority Report ($35.7 million), though with ticket price inflation it likely had noticeably lower attendance. Oblivion's solid (but not spectacular) opening can be attributed at least in part to smart scheduling. Bracing for the Summer box office season, studios typically avoid releasing big-budget fare during the month of April; Universal Pictures, however, successfully stretched the calendar in April 2009 and 2011 with Fast and Furious »
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If this weekend’s box office is any indication, the couch jumping stigma that has plagued Tom Cruise’s career for the better part of the last decade may finally be thing of the past.
Cruise’s latest, the $120 million sci-fi adventure Oblivion, opened to a solid $38.2 million this weekend. That’s a terrific start for the chiseled star, who has struggled recently at the box office with under-performers like Jack Reacher, Rock of Ages, Valkyrie, and Knight and Day. In fact, only four Cruise vehicles have ever opened higher — and three of them are Mission Impossible movies. (The other »
- Grady Smith
Jackie Robinson biopic 42 got off to a very strong start this weekend, while Scary Movie 5 wound up opening even lower than already-low expectations. The Top 12 earned $108.8 million, which was slightly up from the same weekend last year.42 took first place with $27.5 million from 3,003 locations. That's easily the best opening ever for a baseball movie ahead of The Benchwarmers ($19.7 million) and Moneyball ($19.5 million). It's also the second-highest opening for a sports drama behind 2009's The Blind Side ($34.1 million). Warner Bros. is reporting that the audience was 52 percent female and 59 percent over the age of 35, and all demographic groups awarded the movie a rare "A+" CinemaScore. Combine the older crowds with the great word-of-mouth and it's entirely possible that 42 winds up earning close to $100 million by the end of its run, which will make this a huge success for Warner Bros. and producer Legendary Pictures.At 3,402 locations, Scary Movie 5 opened in second place with $14.2 million. »
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While Evil Dead struggled not to plummet like so many 3D Texas Chainsaws, Scary Movie 5 proved to be a franchise that probably wasn’t worth reviving. Funny; A Haunted House was a modest hit and Scary Movie 5 bombs.
Seems the Wayans Bros. finally got their revenge against Dimension.
Back in 2006, Scary Movie 4 opened to over $40 million. Seven years later, Scary Movie 5 could only lure in $15 million. Good enough for second place on a slow weekend dominated by a baseball biopic but lousy for a once highly profitable franchise.
Why is Scary Movie 5 such a dud? Did they wait too long between sequels? Was it the lack of franchise star Anna Faris? Did audiences already get their fill of horror movie spoofing with A Haunted House? Were viewers put off by a marketing campaign built around Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan? Whatever the reason may be, »
42, the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, knocked one out of the park over its opening weekend. Scoring the biggest opening weekend of any baseball movie, 42 far exceeded expectations, posting a $27 million box office take over its first three days in theaters. That start was good enough to earn the Warner Bros release the title of the biggest opening weekend for a baseball-related film in history, surpassing 2006's The Benchwarmers which posted a strong $19 million gross.
Meanwhile things weren't so happy for the powers-that-be behind the Scary Movie franchise. Minus Anna Faris, Scary Movie 5 tanked at the box office, managing only to scare up $15 million compared to Scary Movie 4's first weekend haul of $40 million.
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Box Office Report: 42 Hits a Home Run originally appeared on About.com Hollywood Movies on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 06:59:29.
The Jackie Robinson biopic, "42," starring Harrison Ford, took first place at the domestic box office with an estimated $27 million. The film cost $40 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable. It has a 75% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Scary Movie 5" took second place with $15.2 million, falling short of the $40 million that "Scary Movie 4" earned during its opening weekend seven years ago. The fifth installment cost $20 million and will likely become profitable by next weekend. Not surprisingly it has a terrible 5% fresh rating. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" sci-fi film opened in international theaters. It took first place by grossing $61.1 million. The movie cost about $120 million to make and has a 66% fresh rating. "Oblivion" is set to hit Us theaters on April 19th. Click here to read our "42" review. »
No one really wanted Scary Movie 5. Seven years ago audiences turned out to give Scary Movie 4, what easily should have been the last one, a decent send off with a very respectable $40 million opening and a domestic total of $90 million. But some folks don't know when to let it go and audiences showed just how last decade the franshise is. The movie launched to the tune of $15 million, taking a distant second place at this weekends box office and setting a record low for the series, far below what most of the other Scary Movies entries enjoyed. We haven't seen Brian Helgeland behind the lens since his thriller The Order tanked almost ten years ago. But the director of A Knights Tale discovered his directorial second wind with the historical drama 42, the number one movie this weekend. The movie recounts the tumultuous events surrounding the signing of Jackie Robinson, »
42 easily won this weekend at the box office, earning an estimated $27 million. The baseball movie had the benefit of a modest budget and Harrison Ford has no problem drawing a crowd, so Warner Bros. should be happy with its performance.
On the other hand, Scary Movie 5‘s performance may leave the Weinsteins shaking their heads. Scary Movie 4 was released in 2006 and earned $40 million in its opening weekend. The fifth installment of the comedy franchise couldn’t even break the $20 million mark this time around, earning only $15.1 million and taking second place. This may signal the end of the franchise, or at least another long break.
It’s no surprise to see that Evil Dead is down at fifth place. Horror movies tend to be front-loaded, so they get most of the people interested in seeing the movie in the first week. Evil Dead has earned a total of »
- Jonathan James
Tomorrow, Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day, and all players and umpires will wear jerseys with the number 42, which Robinson, the first African-American player in the Mlb, made famous. Don’t be surprised if the execs at Warner Bros. join in on the fun. The studio did have a grand slam weekend, after all.
Warner Bros.’ new baseball drama 42 topped the box office with $27.3 million — far ahead of recent baseball titles like Moneyball ($19.5 million debut) and Trouble with the Curve ($12.2 million). In fact, 42 scored the best ever debut for a baseball film, surpassing The Benchwarmers’ $19.7 million bow. »
- Grady Smith
The new Jackie Robinson biopic "42" hit a home run at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $27.3 million according to Film.com to easily take the top spot.
Easily because this weekend's other new release, "Scary Movie 5," hit a weak popup to short, bringing in just $15.2 million for a second place debut. That doesn't sound too bad until you consider the fact that "Scary Movie 4," which came out way back in 2006, earned $40.2 million in its opening weekend. How the mighty have fallen.
It will be interesting to see whether or not "42" can maintain its momentum once it goes up against stiffer competition: Tom Cruise's sci-fi epic "Oblivion" is set to hit theaters this Friday. Until then, though, head over to Film.com for a look at this weekend's box office top ten.
- Scott Harris
The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 made history this weekend, scoring the all-time highest domestic opening for a baseball movie. From 3,003 locations, the film earned an estimated $27.2 million, or $7.5 million more than 2006’s Benchwarmers, the former genre title-holder. In second place, Scary Movie 5 earned $15.1 million from 3,402 runs, or just 37% of what Scary Movie 4 took in on this same weekend seven years ago. Title Weekend Total 1. 42 $27,250,000 $27.2 2. Scary Movie 5 $15,153,000 $15.1 3. The Croods $13,200,000 $142.5 4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation $10,800,000 $102.4 5. Evil Dead (2013) $9,500,000 $41.5 6. Jurassic Park 3D $8,820,000 $31.9 7. Olympus Has Fallen $7,283,000 $81.8 8. Oz the Great & Powerful $4,923,000 $219.4 9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation $4,500,000 $45.4 10. The Place Beyond the Pines $4,079,000 $5.4 If asked one week ago to rate the odds that 42 would score the highest debut ever for a baseball-themed feature, I would have laughed. And then I would have asked you what ‘42’ was. That’s because, until marketing for the film finally kicked in over the past few days, the biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson had almost no visibility. »
- Nicole Pedersen
It's the start of the baseball season so it only makes sense 42 would be a hit, but it's also interesting to note the $27.2 million it opened with this weekend is actually the largest opening for a baseball movie ever, even when you adjust the numbers for inflation. With this kind of number the $40 million budgeted Jackie Robinson biopic is certainly looking to have long legs, especially considering an "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and tomorrow being Jackie Robinson day in the Mlb. Look out $100 million, here we come. On the opposite end of the "good news" spectrum is Scary Movie 5, which was only budgeted at $20 million so we aren't talking about a huge disappointment here, but when you consider Scary Movie 4 opened with $40.2 million in 2006, the $15.2 million Scary Movie 5 opened with this weekend is not going to pack it and the "C-" CinemaScore says that even »
- Brad Brevet
It seems like audiences were interested in hearing a retelling of the life of Jackie Robinson, because viewers showed up in force to see the Harrison Ford-starring biopic "42" when it opened. That film clocked in an estimated $9.1 million on its opening day Friday (April 12).
Moviegoers weren't as kind to the other big film opening that day, as "Scary Movie 5" failed to make the splash that many were expecting. It only brought in $5.5 million on its first day of release, which is a new low for the horror spoof franchise. For some context, "Scary Movie 4" had a $19 million opening day, and even the "Scary Movie" knock off "A Haunted House" opened with $6.8 million back in January.
"Evil Dead" still clings to life, coming in third place with $3.2 million. The Dreamworks animated film "The Croods" brought in $3 million, leaving it only behind Dreamworks' "How To Train Your Dragon" by around $10 million. »
Talk about hitting it out of the park!
The Jackie Robinson baseball drama 42 exceeded industry expectations on Friday, grossing $9.1 million during its first day in theaters. The film, a $40 million production from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, swung harder than other recent baseball flicks like Moneyball and Trouble with the Curve, which grossed $6.7 million and $4.2 million on their opening days, respectively.
Notably, 42 earned a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, thereby joining the ranks of fellow crowd-pleasers like The Help, Tangled, The Blind Side, and Titanic. Strong word-of-mouth should drive business on Saturday and Sunday — the film will likely »
- Grady Smith
42 scored the best opening day ever for a baseball movie, while Scary Movie 5 showed some franchises are better left dead.The Jackie Robinson biopic debuted to an estimated $9.1 million from 3,003 locations on Friday. That's easily the best start ever for a baseball movie ahead of The Benchwarmers ($6.8 million) and Moneyball ($6.7 million). Assuming it has normal drops*and with an "A+" CinemaScore, there's no reason to expect otherwise*the movie is on pace for around $25 million for the three-day frame, which would make it the first baseball movie ever to open north of $20 million.In second place, Scary Movie 5 tanked with $5.5 million at 3,402 theaters. That sets a new low for the Scary Movie franchise behind Scary Movie 2 ($7.2 million), and is off 71 percent from Scary Movie 4's $19 million opening day at the same time in 2006. Finally, it's noticeably lower than January horror spoof A Haunted House ($6.8 million), which didn't have any brand recognition. »
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