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‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Record breaker with qualifiers — though a huge success all the same (photo: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) For the weekend of November 22-24, 2013, Lionsgate overestimated the domestic box office take of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by nearly 2%. Doesn’t sound like much? What about $3 million? That figure can make a hell of a difference when we’re talking box office records. In fact, it can be the difference between a movie breaking and not breaking a box office record. All day Sunday heralded as the biggest 2D opening ever in the United States and Canada, the Francis Lawrence-directed Catching Fire actually opened below two movies: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008). And when inflation is taken into account, as it always should, the The Hunger Games sequel falls behind a couple of other titles as well. »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel poised for biggest domestic November debut ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) On Friday, November 22, 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (slightly) surpassed the higher end of early North American box office predictions, pulling in an estimated $70.5 million (including $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows) from 4,163 sites as per Box Office Mojo. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games sequel seems poised to shatter the current November opening-weekend record held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But then again, comparisons between the two movies may not be exactly fair; more on that below. Last week, some box office pundits (and, reportedly, Lionsgate Pictures as well) were expecting Catching Fire to open somewhere near Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3‘s $174.14 million »
- Zac Gille
Jennifer Lawrence ‘Catching Fire’ weekend box office: Surpassing ‘Twilight: New Moon’ for biggest domestic November opening ever? (photo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is expected to collect anywhere between $63-$70 million (according to Nikki Finke) and $67.5 million (according to Deadline.com) at 4,163 North American locations on Friday, November 22, 2013. That figure includes an estimated $25.25 million from Thursday evening shows, as found at Box Office Mojo. (Saturday addendum: Catching Fire opened with an estimated $70.5 million. See also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Early, unofficial weekend estimates have the second installment in the Hunger Games movie franchise grossing anywhere between $140-$150 million in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. Some early prognosticators had Catching Fire soaring much higher, up to Iron Man 3 heights ($174.14 million, »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
Happy 53rd birthday to Stanley Tucci, who started out his career playing Italian-American tough guys but is probably best-known for his roles in nuttier Meryl Streep fare like The Devil Wears Prada and Julie and Julia, not to mention his Oscar-nominated turn in The Lovely Bones. He was also gay and jilted in Burlesque, which I hope you all remember.
And more importantly, I hope you remember he is so damn hot.
Here are my favorite five examples of his legendary hotness.
#1: This Levi’s ad where he is scorching.
2. Right here. Oh yes, right here. (I think it’s from his short-lived CBS series 3 lbs.)
3. This awesomely gaudy getup from Shall We Dance
4. This magazine cover, oh yes yes yes.
5. And oh yes, this still from Undercover Blues.
Happy 53 to Miranda Priestley’s unflappable second banana! What’s your choice for Tucci’s hottest act?
The post Happy Birthday To Stanley Tucci, »
- Louis Virtel
How I Live Now tells the story of Daisy, a neurotic and rather high strung teenager who is sent by her father to the English countryside to stay with her British cousins for the summer. Quickly dismissive of her relatives, Daisy prefers to be left on her own. It is not until she gets to know her eldest cousin, Eddie, that she eventually lowers her guard and comes to see the English countryside as a wonderful place to inhabit.
Just as she’s finally settling into her new surroundings, a nuclear bomb goes off in London and plunges the country into World War III. Daisy and the youngest of the cousins, Piper, soon become separated from Eddie and the rest of the family.
- Ben Kenber
Based on Meg Rosoff’s award-winning young adult novel, How I Live Now is an awkward mix of a forbidden romance that would make teen girls swoon and a morose, bloody wartime drama for adults that earned the film an R rating. Imagine slamming two very different movies, a brutal and dystopian thriller a la 28 Days Later and a hormonal, Twilight-hued romance, into the same film. As you can imagine, it’s tonally and emotionally lop-sided and even some pretty decent performances can’t save it.
The awkward plotting and genre mixing brings down the film, which is especially shameful as How I Live Now features magnetic young actors Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland. Ronan does not get a chance to show her impeccable acting range, while Holland, who almost single-handedly anchored the 2012 drama The Impossible, has a character that is mostly shoved to the side.
How I Live Now focuses on Ronan’s Daisy, »
- Jordan Adler
Although the subject of whether or not it's truly a science fiction film comes up in the below interview, Kevin Macdonald's new dramatic thriller How I Live Now takes place in the near-future and, through the eyes of an American teen sent to live relatives in Europe, imagines the beginnings of World War III. ComingSoon.net sat down to speak with Macdonald and his young leading lady, Saoirse Ronan. Now 19, Ronan was one of the youngest actors to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Briony Tallis in director Joe Wright's Atonement . Since then, she's starred in projects like City of Ember , The Lovely Bones , Hanna and The Host . In the below interview, she and Macdonald discuss their big screen take on the Meg Rosoff bestseller. How I Live Now »
Saoirse Ronan became one of the youngest actors ever nominated for an Oscar with her haunting performance in 2008's Atonement, and the subsequent years have seen her lend that innate maturity to playing a pre-teen assassin, an eternally ageless vampire and, now, a young woman trying to survive war-torn London in the powerful new film How I Live Now.
In the film, directed by Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland, State of Play), Ronan's character falls in love just as The U.K. becomes a violent military state and she's forced to traverse the dangerous countryside in order to reunite. ETonline sat down with Ronan at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills to talk about her brave new role, her approach to acting and the upcoming film that might forever change the course of her career.
ETonline: I have to say, I just love the film choices you make. What is it you look for in a role »
The first poster for John Suits' new adapted thriller 'The Scribbler' has arrived and its pretty darn eye grabbing. The poster sees the hot Katie Cassidy ('Arrow', 'Kill For Me') donned up and trying out a little sideways balancing act on a nearby building. The poster comes accompanied by the tagline 'Unzip Your Head', which says it all really. The movie is based on the original, and mind-bending, British graphic novel by Dan Schaffer and stars a host of talent that includes Cassidy and a whole line-up of hotties such as Michelle Trachtenberg ('Gossip Girl'), Eliza Dushku ('Dollhouse'), Gina Gershon ('Bound') and Sasha Grey 'Would You Rather') and Ashlynn Yennie ('The Human Centipede (First Sequence)'). Garret Dillahunt ('Winter's Bone'), Michael Imperioli ('The Lovely Bones'), Billy Campbell ('The Killing') and »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Justice League: War, Captain Underpants and more....
Over the past few weeks we've been inundated with news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but 20th Century Fox stole a few headlines from Marvel Studios this week by releasing the first trailer for Bryan Singer's hotly-anticipated mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, next year's time-travelling X-sequel sequel which brings together Fox's original X-Men and X-Men: First Class timelines. Although lacking in any real visual effects (owing to the fact they're yet to be completed), the teaser gave us a look at the majority of »
- Gary Collinson
Most of the great mysteries of life will never be explained: Where do we come from, why are we here, how does Carrot Top make a living?
But as a special favor to you, readers, we've managed to clear up one of the big ones -- what really happens when we buy the farm?
Mary Ann filled us in on which movies get it right and which get it dead wrong.
(We also learned there's a ghost hanging out in the NextMovie office, but that's another story.)
Verdict: No Way in Hell 'What Dreams May Come' (1998)
"Entertaining, wishful thinking, but the bottom line is: just because some people commit suicide doesn’t mean they're actually going to Hell. They may not »
- Brooke Tarnoff
After working away for years on the massive Tolkien trilogies, with just a quick break in between to craft King Kong and The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson is understandably ready to tackle something a little less huge in future. Right after The Hobbit films are finished, he tells the New Zealand Herald that he has plans."We have got a few bits and pieces that we are working on, Fran and I.” Jackson tells the paper. “The things that we are most excited about are some New Zealand stories. We just want to step off the Hollywood blockbuster thing for a while and we've had a few New Zealand stories in line for a while that we think would make great films. The Heavenly Creatures mode really."But one thing has led to another and we have never had time. We've made a conscious decision that in the limited years »
With the exception of the (awful) "The Lovely Bones," Peter Jackson has spend well over a decade creating some of the biggest screen spectacles ever at the multiplex. Of course, his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was a massive blockbuster hit and Oscar-winning saga, and he's currently in the midst of trying to match that feat with his "The Hobbit" films. And the filmmaker also took time to tell the story of "King Kong" all over again, albeit in his trademark, lengthy and epic style. But it looks like Jackson is now ready to return to modestly sized movies. Speaking with The New Zealand Herald, Jackson shared that he wants to get off the tentpole train. "We have got a few bits and pieces that we are working on, Fran [Walsh] and I. The things that we are most excited about are some New Zealand stories. We just want to step »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Abandoning the perverse beauty of scientific mutation as last exhibited in his 2010 film, Splice, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali switches genre gears with a vantage point experiment on the haunted house thriller in Haunter. Reteaming with screenwriter Brian King, who wrote Natali’s sophomore film, Cypher, their latest collaboration feels akin to those curious live action young adult Disney films from the 1970s and 80s, with strong comparison that could be drawn between performances here as one could easily see Carroll Baker in the Michelle Nolden role and Bette Davis as Stephen McHattie, except without anything resembling thrills or intrigue.
In 1986, Lisa (Abigail Breslin) and her family are mysteriously killed, doomed to repeat the events of their last day of their lives within the house where something sinister seems to have happened. While Lisa’s parents (Michelle Nolden and Peter »
- Nicholas Bell
American Indie darling and auteur Wes Anderson has debuted the first poster for his early 20th century set ensemble piece The Grand Budapest Hotel, which will find Ralph Fiennes, a legendary concierge, taking Saiorse Ronan under the wing as his protege. The trailer will sadly have to wait until Thursday (October 17th) for it's official release but the poster has certainly amped up the excitement for what may be my most anticipated film of 2014...
The release date is yet to be confirmed but The Grand Budapest Hotel will star *deep breath*: Saiorse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Edward Norton (The Bourne Legacy), F. Murray Abraham (Homeland), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color), Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs) and of course the usual Anderson cohorts Owen Wilson, »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League: Mortal, Arrow, Wonder Woman, Batman Beyond, The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: War, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man and more...
With the New York Comic-Con taking place this weekend, we'll kick off a slightly early Week in Spandex with 2013's final superhero offering Thor: The Dark World. The Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo sequel is due to hit cinemas here in the UK in less than three weeks and Marvel Studios has continued to deliver a stream of promotional content from its second Phase Two feature, including a featurette centred around the fan favourite villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston »
- Gary Collinson
Last week came the news that X-Men veteran Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past) has been brought in to overhaul the script for The Fantastic Four, leading to speculation that 20th Century Fox could struggle to meet its planned March 2015 release date for Chronicle director Josh Trank's live-action reboot. Well, it seems that the script issues hasn't prevented the studio from pushing ahead with casting for Marvel's First Family, with a shortlist of possible contenders emerging via Hollywood trades Deadline and Variety.
Along with the previously revealed Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) - who is said to be "the only name being mentioned as a possibility" for Johnny Storm / The Human Torch - it's said that Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Jack O'Connell (300: Rise of an Empire) are testing for the role of Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic alongside another »
- Gary Collinson
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