12 items from 2007
A tasty opening in Britain helped Ratatouille remain top chef at the international boxoffice, with estimated weekend ticket sales of $21.2 million from 3,416 screens in 34 territories.
In Germany, Ratatouille bit off an estimated $6 million at 970 dates (off 22% from last weekend) to take its market total to $20.6 million. In its second weekend in Austria, the animated movie pulled in a projected $1.1 million from 130 runs for a market cume of $2.9 million.
The film also retained the No. 1 position in German-speaking Switzerland (an estimated $810,000 at 104 dates), Denmark (an estimated $575,000 from 100 locations), Norway (an estimated $545,000 off 79 screens) and Greece (an estimated $395,000 at 136 dates).
In its 11th weekend in France, Ratatouille earned a projected $605,000 from 518 screens to take its market total to $59.4 million.
The latest frame raises the international cume for Ratatouille to $271.4 million, making it the third-biggest Disney/Pixar release ever, and the sixth-biggest animated title ever released by Disney.
This weekend's performance brings the global tally for Ratatouille to $475 million, around $10 million short of the world cume for Toy Story 2.
Next up for the Disney/Pixar powerhouse is an opening in Italy on Wednesday, and Friday bows in China, Sweden, Poland and Finland.
Finishing second this weekend is Sony Pictures Releasing International's Resident Evil: Extinction, with projected boxoffice of $6.15 million from 1,365 dates in 12 markets.
Factoring in boxoffice from a separate Summit Entertainment release, the weekend tally for Screen Gems' Extinction totals an estimated $9.67 million. »
The past weekend's lesson: For every successful game plan, there's a boxoffice strategy that ends in tears.
Disney's family-oriented The Game Plan, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, took the domestic boxoffice flag for a second straight weekend with a four-day haul of $19.3 million that took its 11-day cume to $45.9 million. But DreamWorks/Paramount's The Heartbreak Kid bowed weakly with just $15.6 million in second place through the holiday-lengthened frame, and Fox's kids-book adaptation The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising opened softly with $4.3 million in fifth place.
Americans marked Columbus Day in the U.S. on Monday, and Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving. But the weekend's new boxoffice entrants failed to capitalize on the prospect of stronger Sunday and Monday grosses, and as a result the collective boxoffice tallies told a disappointing tale.
On an industrywide basis, the weekend boxoffice totaled $96.4 million. That represents a 23% decline from the $125.2 million rung up during the Columbus Day frame last year.
Elsewhere among the frame's top rankers, Sony/Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Extinction finished fourth in its third outing with $5.2 million and a $44.3 million cume. Lionsgate's Good Luck Chuck found sixth place in its third frame with $4.2 million and a $29.8 million cume. »
Game Plan, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, dipped a teensy 29% off its opening grosses to ring up an estimated $16.3 million and top the domestic boxoffice for a second consecutive session. The Ben Stiller vehicle Heartbreak didn't so much drive off the boxoffice cliff as get stuck in neutral, with the romancer remake debuting well under expectations at $14 million.
Game Plan broadened its base of patrons after a family-focused opening as it toted up a nifty 10-day cume of $42.8 million. In another sophomore success, Universal's Middle East thriller The Kingdom was off a relatively modest 45% from its opening grosses to land in third place overall with $9.3 million, pushing its cume to $31.4 million.
Fox's kids book adaptation The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising bowed with an estimated $3.7 million in fifth place, and Sony's teen-targeted musical drama Feel the Noise debuted in 1,015 playdates and fetched $3.4 million to place seventh.
Among the other top rankers, Sony/Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Extinction finished fourth in its third outing with $4.3 million and a $43.5 million cume. Lionsgate's Good Luck Chuck found sixth place in its third frame with $3.5 million and a $29.1 million cume.
Elsewhere, Warner Bros. posted a bodacious limited bow for Michael Clayton a weekend before the George Clooney starrer goes wide, fetching $704,000 from 15 theaters for a cool $46,903 per venue. And Warners' rerelease of the remastered sci-fi classic Blade Runner rung up $94,522 from Los Angeles and New York exclusives for a fab $47,261 per-screen average.
Sony Pictures Classics expanded its female drama The Jane Austen Book Club to 1,232 locations to gross $1.5 million, or $1,246 per location, and move its cume to $2 million. SPC also bowed the documentary My Kid Could Paint That with seven playdates to gross an estimated $28,285, or an acceptable $4,041 per engagement. »
The MPAA has filed suit against two Web sites that it claims are allowing Internet users to view pirated films, many of which are still in theaters.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday on behalf of the major studios, seeks to shutter cinematube.net and ssupload.com from further infringing on the copyrights of the MPAA members.
A "Who Is" domain search of the sites indicate both are registered as private, meaning the information on ownership and administrative contacts are not disclosed.
The domain search also indicated cinematube.net's servers are located in Malaysia. The site averages more than 24,000 unique users each day who view more than 85,000 pages of content.
Servers for ssupload.com are located in Arizona and average 55,000 unique daily visitors who view more than 190,000 pages of content per day.
"We are putting illegal Web operators on notice that they are not above the law and will face serious consequences for their activities," said John Malcolm, executive vp and director of worldwide anti-piracy operations at the MPAA. »
The third film starring Milla Jovovich and based on the video game franchise about viral zombies, the R-rated Extinction, directed by Russell Mulcahy, bowed to $23.7 million in 2,828 theaters for a bloody good per-theater average of $8,380.
In doing so, it vaulted ahead of the original Resident Evil, which grossed $17.7 million during its opening weekend in March 2002, and squeezed ahead of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which grabbed $23 million (on a wider count of 3,284 theaters) when it made its appearance in September 2004.
Predictably, the movie drew a crowd of rabid, younger males. According to CinemaScore's polling of the opening-weekend audience, 55% were younger than 25 and 65% were males. The audience was a tough sell, though, and awarded the movie a grade of B-minus.
- The future looks great for the video game (in a couple of hours Halo 3 is expected to be one of the top selling titles of all time – shelving units shall be empty!) but what about the stalled video game to feature film adaptation? The last reports (from the producers themselves) were that Halo was officially stalled – but the big sales numbers that will most likely be tallied up for the week to come will be a strong validating factor on the drumming up interest again for the film project. Picking up where Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox left off, the producers (Lotr & King Kong clan) and Microsoft should expect offers from Warner Bros and Paramount, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Universal and Fox re-enter the portrait. The price tag is awfully steep, Universal/Fox deal gave the movie a $128 million budget – but why the need to »
NEW YORK -- All too eager to please their fanboy base, the makers of Resident Evil: Extinction begin the third installment of their successful sci-fi/horror franchise with a naked shot of comely star Milla Jovovich.
After that, it's pretty much more of the same from the first two films, with Jovovich -- here accompanied by a sturdy band of actors familiar from the worlds of film, television, music and comedy -- kicking a lot of zombie butt. The film opened Friday, naturally without being screened in advance for the press.
The rudimentary plot centers on the villainous corporation that spawned the zombie generation now looking for a cure. Hence their pursuit of the genetically altered Alice (Jovovich), whose blood apparently holds the key to the virus. Between their so-far-failed attempts to clone her (if only!), they pursue her and her band of fellow renegades, who are desperately trying to reach the safe regions of Alaska.
Along the way, they make a pit stop in Las Vegas, now reduced, as anyone who has seen the ubiquitous trailer knows, to a ghost town overrun by the desert sands. Meanwhile, thousands of rampaging zombies, all of whom seem to have been hitting the gym regularly, attempt to literally eat them for lunch.
Fast-paced and filled with brisk action sequences -- including a nifty attack by a horde of CGI zombie crows and a lengthy up-close-and-personal battle between Jovovich and hundreds of zombie extras -- the film should reasonably satisfy the devotees.
The actress, wielding a pair of swords like a chef from Benihana, remains a striking action heroine, though she's more convincing visually -- those taut thighs are weapons unto themselves -- than vocally. Director Russell Mulcahy has assembled a diverting ensemble of supporting players, including the charismatic Oded Fehr (Showtime's Sleeper Cell), Ali Larter (NBC's Heroes), hip-hop star Ashanti and comedian Mike Epps.
Reprising his role as the evil Dr. Isaacs is Iain Glen, providing further evidence that the official retirement plan for distinguished British stage actors apparently is appearing in cheesy American B-movies.
Needless to say, the film hedges its bets by ending with a nifty setup for the next edition.
Although it opened overseas Aug. 8, The Bourne Ultimatum endures as the top fall attraction on the international circuit with an estimated weekend gross of $13 million from 4,269 screens in 48 markets, raising its foreign take so far to $144 million.
The current No. 1 domestic title, Sony Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Extinction, the latest in the video game-inspired sci-fi/horror series, opened overseas in the top spot in just one market: Mexico. The weekend estimate was $2.2 million from 350 screens, representing a per-screen average of $6,286.
20th Century Fox International's Russian acquisition, the fantasy-horror thriller Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor), had openings in Germany and Spain and yielded $1.2 million overall on the weekend from about 600 screens in 10 territories. Its overseas total is about $29 million, much of which comes from Russia, where Fox does not have distribution rights.
The weekend in general, though characteristically down for this time of year, was stronger than a year ago at this time. The top five titles this stanza grossed $34.2 million, compared with the $27.8 million grossed by the top five in the weekend ending Sept. 24, 2006.
Universal International's Bourne grabbed the top spot for the fifth time in the past six frames. It opened at No. 1 in India, Portugal and Turkey and held onto first place in France (an estimated $2.2 million from 468 screens for a 12-day market cume of $7.1 million), Germany ($1.7 million from 669 sites for an 18-day total of $10.9 million) and Austria.
In Korea, Bourne's second-weekend estimate is $2.6 million in the Seoul area from 276 situations for a lusty $9,420 per-screen average. The Korea cume stands at $6.9 million over 11 days.
The espionage actioner starring Matt Damon has pulled in $44.4 million over 40 days in the U.K. »
The third time was charming indeed for Sony Screen Gems' threequel Resident Evil: Extinction, which took up residence atop the domestic boxoffice for the weekend with a franchise-record $24 million in estimated opening grosses.
Other wide openers marked more mundane outings. Lionsgate's Good Luck Chuck, an R-rated date comedy starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba, performed roughly in line with expectations with $14 million in second place. The Universal-distributed Amanda Bynes starrer Sydney White grossed just $5.3 million to bow in sixth.
The latest frame also featured more daring feats by platforming pics. Those included David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, a London-set thriller about the Russian mob, which Focus expanded to 1,404 theaters in its sophomore outing. It grossed $5.7 million in fifth place.
Notable limited bows included Paramount Vantage's Sean Penn-helmed Into the Wild in four theaters in Los Angeles and New York, where it rang up $206,596 -- a wild $51,649 per playdate. Wild, which stars Emile Hirsch, expands Friday to 35-40 runs in the top 12 markets.
Warner Bros. unspooled the highly anticipated Brad Pitt starrer The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford -- an early object of attention among awards handicappers -- with an estimated $144,000 from five engagements in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto for an impressive $28,717 per location. Jesse will tread water for another frame before riding into 25-30 locations Oct. 5.
Industrywide, the weekend's estimated grosses ran roughly on par with the $98.2 million rung up during the same frame last year, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI. Year-to-date, 2007 is up almost 8% compared with last year at $7.21 billion in industry boxoffice, EDI estimates.
Sony's weekend performances helped the studio cross the $1 billion domestic boxoffice threshold for a sixth consecutive year. The studio has opened six films at No. 1 this year, tops among domestic distributors.
Sony's Superbad finished eighth in the latest frame with another $3.1 million in its fourth weekend, shaping $116.2 million in cumulative boxoffice. »
The R-rated "Resident Evil: Extinction" -- the third in a series of film adaptations of the video game of the same name -- looks primed to plunder well into the high-teen-millions and potentially north of $20 million in opening domestic coin when it bows Friday.
The first and second "Evil" installments opened with $17.7 million and $23 million, respectively. The franchise original bowed in March 2002 and ultimately rung up $40.1 million in domestic boxoffice; the September 2004 sequel, "Resident Evil: Apocalypse", grossed $51.2 million domestically.
"It's a pretty competitive weekend, but we're shooting to be No. 1, that's for sure," Sony marketing and distribution chief Jeff Blake said.
The "Evil" threequel bows in 2,828 locations.
Other wide openers this weekend include Lionsgate's "Good Luck Chuck", an R-rated date comedy starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba, and Universal's college comedy "Sydney White", whose youthful ensemble is toplined by Amanda Bynes.
"Chuck", set for 2,612 engagements, could capture some Saturday night date business. Audience awareness has been improving in recent tracking data, and mid-teen millions seems a realistic target for the weekend. »
- If there is one thing genre fans love more than genre films and magazines that report on genre films, it’s genre-focused conventions (“cons” for short, i.e. “Comic Con”) – gatherings of fans and industry professionals (and press!). While I’d feel pretty out of place at a Star Wars or Dungeons and Dragons convention, I will feel right at home this weekend at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, coming to the New York area this weekend (June 29 through July 1) by way of Secaucus, NJ. Secaucus is a five to ten minute train ride from Penn Station, and a familiar location to anyone who commutes via rail from NJ to NYC during the week.Fangoria, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the magazine, is the world’s number premiere supplier of horror-related journalism, reporting on films, print, video games, toys, and any other form of media »
Milla Jovovich has stalled her wedding to director Paul W.S. Anderson because she doesn't want to be a pregnant bride. The couple was planning to wed later this year , but now the nuptials have been put on hold. The actress/model says, "I don't want to do a white-trash wedding with a big belly." The Fifth Element star and her Resident Evil director are expecting their first child this autumn. »
12 items from 2007
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