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Saw producer Mark Burg and Roxanne Avent are executive producing the horror feature, which introduces the chain-wielding killer Chain Man (Michael Bailey Smith). Matthew Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, Reed and Segan play his targets. Clifton Powell will play their high school coach, and Russell and David Will play the police officers on the killer's tail.
Since writing and starring in thirteen, Reed has appeared in Lords of Dogtown and Mini's First Time. Segan had a breakout turn in Brick and will be seen in The Brothers Bloom. David has appeared in dozens of films, including Crash and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Reed is repped by Paradigm. Segan is repped by WMA and Untitled Entertainment. »
Memoirs of a Geisha actors Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Eugenia Yuan will play a director and producer, respectively. Karl Yune will play the women's co-star, and Jonathon Trent will play the boyfriend of McCord's character.
Victor Garcia's feature is based on the script by 2007 Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition winners Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby. Producing are Maverick's Mark Morgan, Guy Oseary and Cheri Wozniak, Angel Baby's Gregory Segal and John Andrew Gallagher and Slamdance's Peter Baxter.
Leerhsen replaces Dominique Swain, who dropped out of the project because of scheduling conflicts. The film is part of a three-year deal for Maverick, Angel Baby and Slamdance to finance and co-produce each year's horror contest winner. »
Disney's counterprogramming ploy, the romantic comedy Dan in Real Life, worked well enough for a second-place opening of $11.8 million as the Steve Carell-Juliette Binoche starrer drew heavily among the date crowd.
But industrywide grosses disappointed yet again, with the weekend marking a sixth consecutive down session. The frame's $102.1 million in total grosses represented a 2% downtick from the same weekend a year ago, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI.
The original "Saw" opened during Halloween 2004 with $18.3 million and went on to gross $55.2 million domestically. One year later, Saw II bowed with $31.7 million and eventually took in $87 million. Last year, Saw III debuted with $33.6 million en route to an $80.2 million total.
Lionsgate has stood out in the lackluster fall marketplace, opening three films at No. 1 in the past eight weeks. The distributor's 3:10 to Yuma and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? topped weekend rankings over the Sept. »
Disney's PG-13 romantic comedy Dan in Real Life debuted with a credible second-place performance, ringing up $12.1 million. And Sony's vampire film 30 Days of Night finished third despite a 58% drop from its opening grosses, chomping into another $6.7 million while fleshing out its 10-day cume to $27.3 million.
Industrywide, the weekend represented a sixth consecutive down session. Grosses totaled an estimated $104 million, off 1% from the same frame last year, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI.
Lionsgate distribution president Steve Rothenberg said the "Saw" bow, while short of a franchise record, shows that "the horror genre is still alive and well."
"Saw" fans are particularly loyal, Rothenberg noted, with 89% of patrons for the third sequel saying they had seen all three previous splatterfests.
The original "Saw" opened during Halloween 2004 with $18.3 million and went on to gross $55.2 million domestically. A year later, Saw II bowed with $31.7 million and eventually took in $87 million. Last year, Saw III debuted with $33.6 million en route to an $80.2 million total.
Sony's The Grudge represents the best horror opener ever with its $39 million performance in October 2004.
Lionsgate has stood out in the lackluster fall marketplace, opening three films at No. 1 in the past eight weeks. The distributor's 3:10 to Yuma and Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" topped weekend rankings over the Sept. 7 and Oct. 12 frames, respectively.
Saw IV skewed 52% female, with 68% of patrons under 25.
"Audiences responded well to having a nice, funny movie back in the theaters," Disney distribution president Chuck Viane said. »
Lionsgate's Saw IV is sure to cut deeply into its boxoffice competition this weekend when it opens in more than 3,000 locations, but the real question is whether the gore-filled sequel can pump some blood into a recently lifeless fall theatrical season.
Mercifully, the presence of just two wide entrants could help restore a bit of sanity to a marketplace in which star-filled films have been crushed of late amid a surplus of openers and expansions. Among this weekend's notable expansions, The Darjeeling Limited heads north of 700 engagements after playing in 201 venues last weekend, when the Wes Anderson comedy managed a decent per-screen average in toting its 23-day cume to $3.9 million.
As for expectations on the R-rated Saw, it's worth noting that the opening of each new installment has outperformed its predecessor.
The franchise original bowed during Halloween 2004 with $18.3 million and eventually rung up $55.2 million domestically. A year later, Saw II unspooled with $31.7 million en route to a $87 million haul, and last year Saw III debuted with $33.6 million and took in $80.2 million overall.
War epic 300 and sequel Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest are leading the nominations for the 2007 MTV Movie Awards with five and four nods apiece. Both films have been nominated for the Best Movie award, alongside Blades Of Glory, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan and Little Miss Sunshine. 300 star Gerard Butler is up for Best Performance and Best Fight, while Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro have been nominated for Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain respectively. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest actors Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley have also both picked up nods for Best Performance, while Bill Nighy is up for Best Villain. The nominations are: Best Movie: 300, Blades of Glory, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, Little Miss Sunshine, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Best Performance: Gerard Butler - 300; Johnny Depp - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Keira Knightley - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls; Beyonce Knowles - Dreamgirls; Will Smith - The Pursuit Of Happyness Breakthrough Performance: Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada; Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine; Lena Headey - 300; Columbus Short - Stomp The Yard; Jaden Smith, The Pursuit Of Happyness; Justin Timberlake - Alpha Dog Best Comedic Performance: Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada; Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan; Will Ferrell - Blades Of Glory; Adam Sandler - Click; Ben Stiller - Night At The Museum Best Kiss: Cameron Diaz & Jude Law - The Holiday; Will Ferrell & Sacha Baron Cohen - Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby; Columbus Short & Meagan Good - Stomp The Yard; Mark Wahlberg & Elizabeth Banks - Invincible Marlon Wayans & Brittany Daniel - Little Man Best Villain: Tobin Bell - Saw III; Jack Nicholson - The Departed; Bill Nighy - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Rodrigo Santoro - 300; Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada Best Fight: Jack Black & Hector Jimenez vs. Los Duendes (Wrestling Match) - Nacho Libre; Gerard Butler vs. 'The Uber Immortal' (The Spartan/Persian Battle) - 300; Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ken Davitian (Naked Wrestle Fight) - Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan; Will Ferrell vs. Jon Heder (Ice Rink Fight) - Blades of Glory; Uma Thurman vs. Anna Faris (Super Girl Fight) - My Super Ex-Girlfriend Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet: Evan Almighty ; Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer ; Hairspray; Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix ; Rush Hour 3 ; Transformers »
The lull before the summer blockbuster invasion brought a surprise top finisher internationally this weekend as "Wild Hogs" zoomed to No. 1 with an estimated $11.5 million from 3,046 screens in 38 markets, lifting its foreign gross total to $43.3 million.
A 15-market expansion propelled "Hogs" past Universal International's "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and Warner Bros. International's "300," which had been sharing first place in the overseas rankings for the past five weekends.
The suburban biker comedy starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy bowed strongly in 15 new markets including No. 1 openings in Germany (an estimated $2.9 million from 600 screens), Switzerland ($480,000 from 50 sites for a per-screen average of $9,600), Austria ($375,000 from 85 situations, more than the market's No. 2 through No. 4 titles combined) and in Singapore ($285,000 from 26 spots for a per-screen average of $10,961).
"Hogs," which has been playing for eight weekends in Australia (where its market cume is $12.7 million), also finished first in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. »
- By Frank Segers
Said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of ShoWest, "Burg and Koules have successfully reinvented the modern-day horror film."
They will be honored Wednesday at the Lionsgate luncheon.
The success of the first "Saw" led to a distribution deal with Lionsgate and the subsequent formation of the pair's production company, Twisted Pictures. In 2005, Burg and Koules produced Saw II, which opened at No. 1 on Halloween weekend and became that year's top-grossing horror movie. The subsequent Saw III opened at No. 1 in North America, the U.K. and Australia during the weekend of Oct. 27. Saw IV is in preproduction.
Burg's early producing credits include Bull Durham and Can't Buy Me Love. He served for several years as president of Island Pictures, where he produced or executive produced such films as Toy Soldiers, Airheads, The Cure, Don't Be a Menace and The Gingerbread Man. Koules began his film career in the mid-1990s, when he partnered with Dale Pollock in Peak Prods. »
Darren Lynn Bousman is set to direct Saw IV. The director, who helmed the last two installments in the horror franchise, Saw II and Saw III, will begin production in Toronto April 16, Lionsgate and its production partner Twisted Pictures announced Monday.
Also reuniting on the project is the "Saw" production team, with Twisted's Mark Burg and Oren Koules producing and Daniel Jason Heffner, James Wan, Leigh Whannell and Stacey Testro executive producing.
Executive producing for Lionsgate are president of acquisitions and co-productions Peter Block and senior vp acquisitions Jason Constantine. Key contributors to the first three films returning include editor Kevin Greutert, director of photography David Armstrong and production designer David Hackl.
"Having Darren behind the camera gives 'Saw IV' a real edge, so to speak," Block said. "He has led this franchise into boxoffice history while proving himself a modern master of psychological terror."
The film is slated for worldwide release on Oct. 26. The "Saw" series has thus far grossed more than $400 million worldwide. »
9 items from 2007
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