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Star Trek Beyond Wins Comic-Con Weekend Box Office with $59.6M

24 July 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's already been a very good year for animated movies at the box office, with four of this year's biggest animated hits cracking the top 10 so far, Finding Dory, Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets and Kung Fu Panda 3. Despite a solid history at the box office, the latest installment of the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course, will likely not be added to this list, as it suffered the worse opening in franchise history. This allowed the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel Star Trek Beyond to take the top spot with $59.6 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Star Trek Beyond earned an impressive $15,173 per-screen average from 3,928 theaters, but it still represents the lowest opening in this rebooted franchise. Director J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek opened with $75.2 million, en route to $257.7 million domestic and $385.6 million worldwide, from a $150 million budget. 2013's Star Trek Beyond opened with $70.1 million with a domestic total of $228.7 and $467.3 million, »

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‘Allegiant’ Debuts Atop Disc Sales Charts

21 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate’s “Allegiant,” the third installment of the studio’s teen-centric sci-fi “Divergent Series,” debuted at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended July 17.

The film’s solid home video performance follows an underwhelming box office run that saw it take in just $66.2 million at U.S. theaters, about half the tally of its predecessor, “Insurgent.” The final installment of the franchise will skip theaters and head to TV, as Variety first reported Wednesday.

Sony Pictures’ faith-based “Miracles From Heaven” also enjoyed a healthy home video bow, taking No. 2 in the wake of a $61.7 million domestic box office run, selling 60% as many units as “Allegiant.”

Disney’s “Zootopia” continued to perform well on disc, taking No. 3 in its sixth week, while DreamWorks Animation’s Fox-distributed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which had been No. »

- John Latchem

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Universal sets Shrek 5 and Edgar Wright and David Walliams’ Shadows for 2019

21 July 2016 1:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month it was reported that NBC Universal was looking to revive the Shrek franchise following its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, and now Universal’s Jeffrey Katzenberg has revealed to THR that Shrek 5 has been given a 2019 release date.

Universal plans on releasing two DreamWorks Animation films each year, beginning in 2019 and starting with Shrek 5 and Shadows, a mystery project from Edgar Wright and David Walliams.

As part of the deal, Universal got its hands on hit Dwa properties such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods. The Croods 2 is set to hit cinemas in 2017, followed by How to Train Your Dragon 3 the following year.

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- Gary Collinson

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Can Star Trek Beyond Beat Ice Age 5 at the Box Office?

19 July 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Animated movies seem to be more successful than ever at the box office, with these movies representing four of the top 10 movies this year (Finding Dory, Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets and Kung Fu Panda 3). However, this may be the rare weekend where a highly-anticipated animated movie doesn't come out on top, with two-time winner The Secret Life of Pets going up against 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: Collision Course, Paramount's Star Trek Beyond and Warner Bros.' horror-thriller Lights Out in wide release this weekend. If our projections are accurate, Star Trek Beyond should have no trouble coming out on top this weekend.

Box Office Mojo reveals that Ice Age 5 has the advantage when it comes to theater count, debuting this weekend in approximately 3,900 theaters, with the Star Trek sequel opening in roughly 3,500 theaters and Lights Out debuting in 2,900 theaters. Despite its theater count advantage, both Star Trek Beyond »

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As World Events Turn Dark, Moviegoers Can’t Get Enough Talking Animals

15 July 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood is vexed by the lack of home runs at the box office this summer. But there is a bright spot amidst countless forecasts of trouble for the film industry. Two of the biggest smashes of the season so far, Disney’s “Finding Dory” and Universal Studios’ “The Secret Life of Pets,” are a reminder that animation is the one genre that seems to be unstoppable at the movies.

Beyond their reliance on pixelated performances, “Dory” and “Pets” share another similarity. They are both stories centered on animals that yammer about their personal lives, bicker and act like human beings. Against a questionable year of ticket sales, where even movie stars like Johnny Depp and George Clooney have come up short, audiences seem to prefer their personalities with tails.

These cuddly creatures are serving as an antidote to dark times in the world. Some executives in Hollywood are starting to »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Lack of New Releases Keeps ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ and ‘Zootopia’ at Top of Disc Sales Charts

14 July 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With almost no high-profile new releases to impact the charts the week ended July 10, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, earned a second week atop the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Holding onto the No. 2 spot on both charts for a second week was Walt Disney Studios’ “Zootopia,” which in its fifth week sold 78% as many copies as the “Panda” sequel in its second (and 71% as many Blu-ray copies).

Moving up a spot to No. 3 on both charts was Fox’s “Deadpool,” in its ninth week.

Universal Pictures’ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” dropped to No. 4 on the overall chart, with Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” taking No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, “13 Hours” was No. 4, with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moving back up to No. »

- John Latchem

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Trailer Trashin’: Stop-Motion Magic in the New Kubo and the Two Strings Trailer

14 July 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Long time, no see, dear readers. But I’m back, and just in time for the release of the new Ghostbusters. This week’s Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at the new trailer for Laika’s upcoming animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Premise: Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (voice of Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey) and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his late father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical »

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The Infiltrator Goes Deep Undercover but Comes Up Short

13 July 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Bryan Cranston’s swagger helps save this clunky gangster movie (sort of). More of him in everything, please.Broad Green Pictures

Life is just not the same without Bryan Cranston donning his infamous yellow hazmat suit as Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad. But three years after the breakthrough show’s season finale, the Cran has kept busy turning it up in all kinds of juicy character roles. From studio flicks like Godzilla and Kung Fu Panda 3 to awards-y dramas like Trumbo and All the Way, he has come a long way since good old Mr. White. In The Infiltrator, Cranston assumes the role of Robert Mazur, a real life former undercover agent who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the money laundering conspiracy of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Bcci) in the mid 1980s. Though the film feels disjointed at times, you »

- Paola Mardo

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Kung Fu Panda’s Jennifer Yuh Will Direct Live-Action ‘Darkest Minds’ Movie Adaptation

12 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Following the lead of other animation directors like Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton, Kung Fu Panda series filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson will attempt to make the transition to live-action films. Nelson, the Oscar-nominated director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, is set to make her live-action directorial debut with Darkest Minds, […]

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- Peter Sciretta

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"Kung Fu Panda" Helmer Tackles "Darkest Minds"

12 July 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Kung Fu Panda" film series director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is stepping into the live-action realm with a new feature adaptation of Alexandra Bracken's young adult trilogy "Darkest Minds" at 20th Century Fox.

The story combines superhero conventions, horror elements and coming-of-age stories. Effectively it's being pitched as "Stand By Me" meets "The Walking Dead".

Set after a pandemic kills most of America's children and teenagers, some survivors develop various superpowers and are deemed too dangerous for society.

They're soon taken from their families and placed inside internment camps. One sixteen-year-old with telekinetic powers escapes her camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government. Shawn Levy is producing.

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- Garth Franklin

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‘Darkest Minds’: Jennifer Yuh Nelson of ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to Make Live-Action Directorial Debut with Ya Adaptation

12 July 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After directing the last two “Kung Fu Panda” movies, Jennifer Yuh Nelson is set to make her live-action debut with “Darkest Minds.” Fox is developing the project, which is based on Alexandra Bracken’s trilogy of young-adult novels. The series centers around a telekinetic 16 year old in a postapocalyptic America ravaged by a pandemic known as Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration (Iaan).

Read More: Immersed in Movies: How DreamWorks Made Two Versions of ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

With “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Yuh Nelson became the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major studio without a co-director. Prior to that she had worked on “Dark City,” “Madagascar” and the first “Kung Fu Panda.” In the series, some survivors of Iaan have developed superpowers and been consigned to internment camps by the government.

Read More: Immersed in Movies: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Lifts Kung Fu Panda 2

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- Michael Nordine

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Why Paramount Didn’t Want ‘The Little Prince,’ and Netflix Thinks It Can Win An Oscar

12 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Originally set for Paramount release March 18, Netflix will stream the animated movie August 5—and, Netflix tells Indiewire, they will open the movie day and date in theaters in advance of a full-scale Oscar campaign.

Adapted by top American animator Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) from the 1943 French children’s classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (which has been translated into 260 languages and is still a staple on children’s bookshelves), “The Little Prince” premiered at Cannes 2015 to rave reviews.

Since then Osborne has attended 12 international premieres and the $80-million movie has grossed more than $100 million around the world. Designed from the start as an English-language film that would be dubbed for foreign countries, “The Little Prince” succeeded overseas, doing best in China ($25 million), Italy ($10.5 million) and France ($12 million), where it won the Cesar for Best Animated Feature.

Even so, just after the film opened in Canada on March 11, Paramount abruptly pulled it from theaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Paramount Didn’t Want ‘The Little Prince,’ and Netflix Thinks It Can Win An Oscar

12 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Originally set for Paramount release March 18, Netflix will stream the animated movie August 5—and, Netflix tells Indiewire, they will open the movie day and date in theaters in advance of a full-scale Oscar campaign.

Adapted by top American animator Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) from the 1943 French children’s classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (which has been translated into 260 languages and is still a staple on children’s bookshelves), “The Little Prince” premiered at Cannes 2015 to rave reviews.

Since then Osborne has attended 12 international premieres and the $80-million movie has grossed more than $100 million around the world. Designed from the start as an English-language film that would be dubbed for foreign countries, “The Little Prince” succeeded overseas, doing best in China ($25 million), Italy ($10.5 million) and France ($12 million), where it won the Cesar for Best Animated Feature.

Even so, just after the film opened in Canada on March 11, Paramount abruptly pulled it from theaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm ‘Darkest Minds’

12 July 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is attached to make her live-action directorial debut with “Darkest Minds” in a potential franchise starter for Fox.

The movie is an adaptation of the YA trilogy by Alexandra Bracken in which a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some of the survivors develop superpowers, they are imprisoned.

Fox-based Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps company.

The first book of the trilogy centers on a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes from an interment camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government.

Nelson made her directorial debut with 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature. She directed “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which was released in January.

Nelson is repped by Wme and Hansen Jacobson.

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Make Live-Action Debut With 'Darkest Minds'

12 July 2016 10:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jennifer Yuh Nelson, best known for helming the Kung Fu Panda movies, will make her live-action directorial debut with Darkest Minds, Fox’s adaptation of the Ya trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner are producing. The book is described as combining superhero conventions with tones of coming-of-age stories such as Stand By Me and post-apocalyptic survivor tales like The Walking Dead. Minds is set after a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some survivors develop various superpowers, they are deemed too dangerous for society, taken from their families and placed inside internment camps.

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ to Sink ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘Mike and Dave’ With $95 Million Opening Weekend

8 July 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Secret Life of Pets” looks to dominate the U.S. box office with a $95 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The Secret Life of Pets,” from Illumination/Universal, is heading for a $35 million to $38 million opening day at 4,329 North American theaters. “Pets” could earn up to $99 million by Sunday.

Animated films will take the first two slots as Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory” eyes a second-place finish with about $18 million, lifting its total to about $415 million by the end of the weekend.

Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” looks likely to finish third with about $16 million at 2,982 locations following an opening day of about $6 million. That should edge Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan” at about $15 million, with the second weekend of Disney’s “The Bfg” and Universal/Blumhouse’s “The Purge: Election Year” battling »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets’ Bites Into $5.3 Million on Thursday Night

8 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” bit into $5.3 million at 3,009 theaters on Thursday night at the U.S. box office.

That’s nearly as much as the $6.2 million Illumination-Universal’s animated blockbuster “Minions” earned in previews last summer on its way to a $115 million opening weekend.

Fox’s R-rated “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, launched with $1.6 million from 2,560 locations. The figure nearly matched the $1.7 million taken in by Efron’s “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” in May, when it opened with a $21.8 million weekend.

“Pets” is expected to gross at least $70 million this weekend and dethrone Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive frames and dominated at multiplexes, grossing $396 million in 20 days.

Universal is opening “Pets” at 4,329 North American theaters on Friday. The film follows animals after their owners leave for work or school each day. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Sing’ Extended Trailer: Cute Animated Animals Sing Slightly Stale Pop Hits

7 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you’re a big fan of movies about animated animals doing stuff, 2016 must be a banner year for you. We’ve already seen Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, Angry Birds, and Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets and Ice Age: Collision Course still on the way this summer. Then the end of the year brings Sing, Illumination Entertainment’s […]

The post ‘Sing’ Extended Trailer: Cute Animated Animals Sing Slightly Stale Pop Hits appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Netflix’s ‘The Little Prince’ Will Inspire Your Inner Child

7 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

“Once when I was six years old, I believed something very simple: That what is most important is invisible to the eye,” says the Aviator, voiced by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges in the first official trailer for Netflix’s “The Little Prince.”  “...But then I grew up.” With its first foray into feature-length, stop-motion animation, Netflix hopes to reintroduce audiences to their inner child and to the intangible wonder that drives us all. It’s quite the prospect, but in the assured hands of Academy Award-nominated director Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”)—and with an impressive cast of A-list voiceover talents like Rachel McAdams, Marion Cortillard, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, and more—it looks like they may pull it off. Not only that, but they may be giving Pixar’s “Finding Dory” a run for its money in the race to Oscar! “The Little Prince »

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Bryan Cranston Compares Darkness Of New ‘Power Rangers’ To ‘The Dark Knight’

7 July 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actor Bryan Cranston keeps a busy schedule these days. He’s already appeared in two films so far this year, “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Get a Job,” and he’s set to co-star in four more this year. But come next year, Cranston will appear in the new “Power Rangers” reboot as Zordon, the all-powerful mentor for the Power Rangers. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Cranston described his initial reticence to take on the role, because the TV series was “kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that,” but he changed his mind when he read the script.

Read More: Bryan Cranston Cast As Zordon In ‘Power Rangers’ Movie

“This is as different a reimagining as the ‘Batman’ television series as it became the ‘Batman’ movie series,” Cranston continues. “You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this »

- Vikram Murthi

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