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Box office movies this weekend: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ worldwide; ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ in Brazil; ‘The Best Man Holiday’ in the U.S. (photo: Taye Diggs in ‘The Best Man Holiday’) The big story at the global box office this weekend, November 15-17, 2013, is going to be once again Thor: The Dark World, which is expected to reach close to $450 million worldwide — more than two-thirds of that figure coming from outside North America. For comparison’s sake, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor 2011 ended its global run with $449.32 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. The weekend’s big international box office story is the debut of Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Brazil, the week before it opens in North America and most other international markets. Why only Brazil? Friday was a national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic") — in other words, that particular market »
- Zac Gille
‘Thor 2′ box office: ‘The Avengers’ bump not enough to propel Thor into Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman territory (Photo: Tom Hiddleston as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’) Directed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Thor 2 — officially Thor: The Dark World — debuted in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, November 7, 2013, collecting an estimated $31.63 million from 3,841 sites, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That amount includes an estimated $7.1 million from Thursday evening and Friday midnight shows. Note: More than 3,100 North American theaters are showing Thor 2 in 3D. Needless to say, Thor: The Dark World, which also features Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins, will far surpass its predecessor at the domestic box office. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor 2011 debuted with $65.72 million. Due to the mammoth success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which featured Thor alongside The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America »
- Zac Gille
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, and this time we’re bringing in Sara Raasch to mix things up a bit with Glenn Hauman as we talk about Thor: The Dark World.
Glenn: So. How long have you been waiting for this film?
Sara: I was actually less hyped about this than any of the other Marvel films. I enjoyed Thor, but of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One, excluding The Incredible Hulk, it was my least favorite. I didn’t buy tickets till after a friend saw it at the premiere. The thing that made me choose to go to the opening night screening rather than waiting was Loki. I really feel like he and Banner stole the show in The Avengers. So as it became clear that he was going to have a large role in Thor: The Dark World, I became more excited about it. »
- Sara Raasch
By Alex Zalben
Though fandom doesn't quite seem to be suffering from Loki fatigue as of yet, Marvel Studios is taking a step back. The Prince of Lies won't appear in "Avengers: Age of Spader," according to writer/director Joss Whedon. And given his prominence in "Thor: The Dark World," chances are Loki won't necessarily be front and center in a possible "Thor 3." If that happens though, Tom Hiddleston has a plan: get him a girlfriend.
In the comics, Enchantress has sometimes filled that role. She's an Asgardian sorceress who, you know, allies with Loki because they both wear green. So with that in mind, who could play Amora in the not-yet-greenlit "Thor 3"? True, this is territory we've walked before, but the Marvel Universe has come a long way since 2012. Hit the jump for our ideas, our really, really good ideas.
The actress is one of the bright »
- Splash Page Team
The summer passed by quickly didn’t it? Remember when we were wondering whether Star Trek Into Darkness would be any good? Spoiler: It was. Or whether The Lone Ranger would be an uncontested box office champion? Another spoiler: It wasn’t. Or whether a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters would appeal to audiences made up of more than just nerds? And how would Iron Man 3 perform as the follow-up to the mega-blockbuster The Avengers? Indeed, the summer of 2013 held many surprises and a similar number of disappointments for movie fans and the overall business of the movies held quite a bit of drama and suspense as well. The movies of fall 2013 are no different.
From September thru November there are films coming out that represent virtually every genre you can think of. Some should be good while others will probably just be plain awful. The films »
- Mike Tyrkus
Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Gone Baby Gone) Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen, Silent Hill) and Michael Weston (Fox’s “House,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.
The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to rave reviews in March, marks the feature film debut of Jessie McCormack, who directed from her own script.
McCormack is also a producer alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. The film is executive produced by Richard N. Gladstein (Finding Neverland, The Cider House Rules, The Bourne Identity). The deal was negotiated by Lightning Entertainment’s Joseph Dickstein and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM Partners represents Monaghan and Mitchell and is also »
- Michelle McCue
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