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It was a weekend of highs and lows, with the lows coming from the more-disappointing-than-expected opening weekend for Warner Bros' Pan. The Peter Pan origin story directed by Joe Wright was struggling to gain a foothold well before its opening weekend and opened even worse than even the most dire predictions expected. At the high end of the box office, however, The Martian enjoyed a strong second weekend and, in limited release, Universal appears to have another hit in the making with Steve Jobs. Beginning with Pan, the $150 million production was originally set to be released this summer, but was moved to October so reshoots could take place. Tracking reports had the film opening in the low $20 million range and I predicted a $18.4 million opening, but even that proved too high. Playing in 3,515 theaters, the Hugh Jackman-led fantasy feature could only muster an estimated $15.5 million. The film did score a "B+" CinemaScore, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Last weekend The Martian opened in the number one spot at the box office with a $55 million debut, falling just short of director Ridley Scott‘s highest-grossing opening for 2001’s Hannibal, which grossed $58 million. Likewise, star Matt Damon also scored his second biggest premiere, just behind 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which had a $69.3 million bow.
The film is not only a commercial success, however, as it has been earning high praise from critics as well. Early Oscar buzz is already surrounding the sci-fi flick, adapted from author Andy Weir‘s novel, and it is projected to maintain its position at number one this weekend against newcomers The Walk and Pan.
Big box office numbers are not necessary for Oscar success, as history has shown, but several of those films in the running for best picture nominations this year have been major hits with audiences.
- Patrick Shanley
October is known more for horror sequels and second tier animated movies than box office hits, but in the last couple of years top shelf sci-fi entries have started replacing the likes of Jackass 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 as the month's top openers. This weekend The Martian joined 2013's Gravity at the top of the October debut chart. With an estimated $55 million The Martian was easily number one this weekend, but fell slightly short of Gravity's $55.7 million opening. There's still a slim chance Martian's final numbers might put it ahead of Gravity when Monday's updates roll out, but even without it the opening is a nice uptick for star Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott. Damon's last movie to open above $50 million was The Bourne Ultimatum, banking $69 million in 2007. Since then the highest performer he has headlined was Elysium which opened at just $29 million. His highest grossing film since »
It was all systems go for Fox’s The Martian this weekend at the North America box office. The critically-acclaimed Ridley Scott epic was an instant hit with the public, who helped the Matt Damon-starrer come very close to breaking the record for biggest October opening ever, a honor currently residing with another popular space drama that opened two years ago this weekend: Gravity.
Following its world premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival –and a month of advance rave reviews and shrewd marketing-, The Martian arrived on 3,831 screens Friday where it earned an estimated $55 million. Should Sunday’s actual numbers prove to be bigger than the estimates reported, The Martian has a very good chance of taking the crown for biggest October opening of all time. Gravity currently holds the record with $55.7 million.
“The Martian” blasted off with a massive $55 million this weekend, nearly surpassing another space-based adventure, “Gravity,” as the highest-grossing October debut in history.
The Ridley Scott release was bolstered by rapturous reviews, with critics calling the picture among the director’s best and heaping praise on Matt Damon’s performance as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. It marks the second-best launch of Scott’s career, behind only “Hannibal’s” $58 million debut, and the second-best premiere for Damon, trailing “The Bourne Ultimatum’s” $69.3 million bow.
“It’s going to hold up really well,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s got everything. It’s got suspense, action, heart and humor, and the ending is really satisfying. People will walk out of the theater and talk it up to their friends.”
Twentieth Century Fox backed the $108 million production and pushed the film out to 3,831 theaters. »
- Brent Lang
The talk of The Martian breaking Gravity's October, opening weekend record began early and really spiked after the Ridley Scott film posted a better opening day than the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi flick. However, estimates show The Martian coming up a shade shy of the $55.7 million October record. Provisioned with an "A" CinemaScore, though, this one should survive well week-to-week. 20th Century Fox is reporting an estimated $55 million weekend for The Martian, which puts it $785,112 short of the October opening record, but enough for second place on the chart. By comparison, Gravity scored an "A-" CinemaScore back in 2013 as it went on to enjoy weekends with drops no larger than 36.3% over its first seven weekends. In fact, over the course of its entire 31 week run, Gravity only dropped more than 50% three times. Being a major Oscar contender and 3D event film will do that. I expect big things in The Martian's future, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Late Late Show with James Corden has only been on the air for just over six months, but in that short amount of time, new host James Corden has given movie fans a new reason to tune in, aside from interviews with the biggest stars. The host has a running segment entitled Role Call, where his guests such as Tom Hanks and Arnold Schwarzenegger act out all of their biggest hits (and some of their flops) in a short amount of time. Last night, Matt Damon stopped by the late night program to promote his sci-fi drama The Martian, in theaters October 2, where he became the latest star to act out his entire film career in just eight short minutes.
The way a film starts and the way it ends can tell a lot about a movie, as well as the particular style of the director behind the project. Numerous films throughout history have had memorable opening and closing shots that have elevated the feature in question, while also taking on a life of their own as iconic moments in cinema.
Following his first exploration of first and final frames in film, vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has revisited the topic in a new video, looking at 70 new films and how their opening and closing mirror each other. Swinney had this to say in the episode description.
After numerous requests, I finally decided to create a sequel to “First and Final Frames”. Part II plays the opening and closing shots of 70 films side-by-side. Like the first video, some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while »
- Deepayan Sengupta
While it’s a known fact that Matt Damon is returning to play Jason Bourne, the role that solidified his status as a movie star many years ago, for the upcoming fifth installment in the Bourne series, plot details on the film have been scarce. However, during an interview with the New York Daily News to promote his new sci-fi film The Martian, Damon finally spilled some information about the film’s story.
On what fans can expect from Bourne 5, the actor said, “[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie.”
Although Damon’s brief words about the as-yet-untitled film still leave a ton of questions unanswered, »
- Justin Cook
After years of waiting, Jason Bourne fans finally got the news they wanted last year, when Universal Pictures confirmed that both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are reuniting for a new Bourne Sequel. Production is currently under way, but Matt Damon took some time out from filming to promote his new sci-fi drama The Martian, arriving in theaters October 2. During an interview with New York Daily News, the actor offered some new plot details that reveal how this story came together.
"[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn't mean he knows everything. It's 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where's he been? What's he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie."
When the movie debuts next year, it will have been nine years since Bourne got his memory back in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. »
Over the course of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, we discovered just who Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) was, what he had done, and what he wanted; but by the time Bourne 5 rolls around, we'll have a whole new set of Jason Bourne questions to ponder. Matt Damon is currently in the midst of shooting Bourne 5 and he spoke with the New York Daily News to tease... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Since The Bourne Legacy unsuccessfully attempted to take the franchise in a new direction three years ago, the spy saga has stalled. Overly-talky, and feeling somewhat redundant with a less compelling new figure in the lead, Legacy saw critics shrug and the box office gross reach half of the previous effort: The Bourne Ultimatum. Few were left calling out for a sequel.
But while the series has been waiting for someone to come along and revitalize it, it turns out the two people arguably most important to the Bourne franchise have been preparing to make a comeback all this time. They would be original star Matt Damon, and the director that made the franchise his own, Paul Greengrass. Bourne 5 will be their fourth collaboration, and their third Bourne film together, and it begins shooting this month.
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- Brogan Morris
Tobias Lindholm, whose A War recently debuted at the Venice Film Festival, will team with director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum) on The Tunnels, an adaptation of author Greg Mitchell’s upcoming nonfiction book about a group of West Germans attempting to sneak into East Berlin with the aid of American news networks. Lindholm, a writer and director best known for his scripts for director Thomas Vinterberg’s A Hijacking and The Hunt, wrote and… »
Variety reported in October that Paul Greengrass was attached to direct. Lindholm’s “A War,” which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
“The Tunnels” is based on Greg Mitchell’s book about the untold true story of an escape forged by a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks.
The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, who brought the idea to Greengrass and attached him to direct. Gordon and Michele Wolkoff then brought the project to FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder who will also produce. Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation Entertainment and Christos Konstantakopoulos will executive produce.
- Dave McNary
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Point Break" remake, starring Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) as Bodhi (played by Patrick Swayze in the original) and Luke Bracey (GI Joe: Retaliation) as Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves in the original). Check it out below. Plot: A young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a string of staggering crimes that kill innocent people and send the world's economy into a tailspin. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the callous architects of these inconceivable crimes. The new movie is directed by Ericson Core (Invincible) from a script by Kurt Wimmer (Law Abiding Citizen). It co-stars Ray Winston (playing Gary Busey's role from the original) and is set to hit theaters on December 25th. »
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.
Check out the new trailer and featurette below.
The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.
- Michelle McCue
MacBeth stars Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, La Vie En Rose) plus Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).
MacBeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.
Check out the posters below.
The post Two new posters for Macbeth arrive online »
- Paul Heath
Marvel broke the news via Twitter, where they released this picture alongside the caption “the old man is back. Stick is returning to Hell’s Kitchen for season 2. #Daredevil”:
In the comics, Stick also trained Elektra, who is known to be popping up in this new season of Daredevil on Netflix. Perhaps that’s how he’ll factor in, but only time will tell on that one.
"Just in terms of acting, it's such an interesting, complex, fun character to play," Mr Glenn – who has been seen in Silence Of The Lambs, The Hunter For Red October and The Bourne Ultimatum - has said to Cbr.
"And then to have the demands also of being blind and physical on top of that, »
Disappointingly, Stick made only a single appearance in the first season of Daredevil. It was however a very memorable one and led to one of the show's most emotional moments. Well, the good news is that Scott Glenn (The Bourne Ultimatum) is set to reprise the role in three episodes of season two! According to Marvel's press release, the mysterious and sardonic character of Stick crashes into Daredevil's life right when he needs him the least. Responsible for training young Matt and then abandoning him, Stick returns with a new mission that Matt wants no part of. "After seeing Scott’s performance in the first season, we knew that we had to bring him back for more," said Executive Producer / Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb. "He is an extraordinary actor and we leapt at the chance to expand on his adventures with Matt and Daredevil." Executive Producer »
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