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Interview: Jason Statham (Revolver)

6 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Jason Statham made his onscreen debut in filmmaker Guy Ritchie's own feature film debut, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and followed it up as part of the ensemble cast in Snatch, the writer/director’s sophomore effort. Since then, he’s proven himself as an action star with films like The Transporter and Crank, but also displayed some serious acting ability (his performance as a straight-laced banker moonlighting as a coke dealer in London was one of the film’s only redeeming scenes).In Revolver, Statham plays Jake Green, a longhaired, out-of-style conman, gambler, and chess master whose path to revenge becomes a life-altering path to enlightenment when he is rescued from a mob hit by two enigmatic loan sharks (played by Vincent Pastore and Andre Benjamin). Revolver is Statham’s third time around with Ritchie as director. With a concept that delves far deeper dramatically, emotionally and artistically, »

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Zombie's 'Halloween' a boxoffice killer

4 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Like a cat with nine lives, Halloween pounced on the North American boxoffice during the Labor Day weekend, taking in an estimated $31 million that set a record for the four-day holiday frame. Director Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's classic 1978 slasher movie might have been the eighth film spun off from the original, but it capped off a heated moviegoing season that saw the summer 2007 boxoffice set a record with $4.3 billion, according to estimates by The Hollywood Reporter.

Weekend moviegoers also sampled the martial arts comedy Balls of Fury, which ranked third for the four days with an estimated $13.8 million. But they mostly ignored the revenge thriller Death Sentence, which scrounged up only an estimated $5.2 million as it entered the market in eighth place.

The top 10 films for the weekend grossed an estimated $112.7 million, up 26% compared with the $89.2 million that the top 10 earned during the same frame a year ago, according to Nielsen EDI. The weekend also set a boxoffice record for the holiday.

With its estimated $4.3 billion haul, summer 2007 supplants summer 2004 ($4 billion) as the top grosser in Hollywood history, though with estimated admissions hitting 631.4 million, this year will fall short of the record 668.1 million admissions set in summer 2002.

Halloween, an MGM release of a Dimension Films title, earned its Labor Day weekend record by easily topping 20th Century Fox's actioner Transporter 2, which set its mark by grossing $20.1 million during the four-day frame in 2005. It also surpassed the top gross on a Labor Day weekend, which The Sixth Sense established in 1999 when it collected $29.3 million in its fifth weekend.

Bowing in 3,472 theaters, where it earned a per-theater average of $8,932, Halloween enjoyed the widest opening ever for an R-rated horror movie as well as the widest opening ever for the new MGM, which notched its first No. 1 opening in the weekend heats.

Although commentators were writing off the R-rated horror genre this summer after disappointing returns for Hostel: Part II ($17.6 million total gross) and Captivity ($2.6 million), Halloween played like an injection of fresh blood. »

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'Halloween' scares up quick boxoffice pace Friday

2 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It will be Halloween in September at the North American boxoffice this weekend. Director Rob Zombie's R-rated remake of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic, from Dimension Films and released through MGM, easily claimed the top spot Friday, the first day of the four-day holiday weekend, taking in an estimate of nearly $11 million in 3,472 theaters.

With that momentum, it should easily set a new Labor Day weekend record, racing ahead of the current record-holder, Transporter 2, which bowed to $20.1 million over four days in 2005.

The PG-13 comedy Balls of Fury, the Rogue Pictures release from Focus Features which debuted nationwide on Wednesday, took in an estimated $3.4 million on Friday for a third place showing.

20th Century Fox's R-rated revenge tale Death Sentence, directed by James Wan and starring Kevin Bacon, didn't establish much traction. Its Friday bow returned an estimated $1.4 million, which left it in eighth place for the day.

Rounding out the top five, Sony Pictures' Superbad, at the start of its third weekend, scored $3.4 million to secure a second-place slot. »

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