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Step right up The Devil's Carnival has opened up with a poster and a 12 minute clip. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman with art direction by Terrance Zdunich. From the clip it appears The Devil's Carnival will take a tone from Repo! The Genetic Opera. You most likely know the director for his work on the Saw franchise directing Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV and 11-11-11. Bousman has been busy working on several other projects that include Mother's Day, The Barrens and Ninety. In the clip we see a carnie played by Emilie Autumn checking out a few carnival contraptions. Emilie Autumn is best known for being a violinist, song writer and performer. »
Sadly Darren Lynn Bousman's ('Saw II', 'Saw III', 'Saw IV') religious horror '11-11-11' was as disappointing as the actual 11-11-11 occurence itself. No gates opened and no surprises poured out. But for those whom missed the whole cinematic event, which seemed to bypass any opportunity to get this out to a mass audience, will get a second opportunity once the movie hits DVD next Valentines Day! Bousman's '11-11-11' stars Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes ('Homecoming'), Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Angela Rosal, Brendan Price ('La posesion de Emma Evans'), Salome Jimenez and Benjamin Cook. Check out the DVD artwork below. »
It's easy to argue that the "Saw" franchise is the biggest horror film series of our generation. The seventh installment, "Saw 3D" was released in 2010 and promised to be the last in the series, but we never really expected that to last. This past year was the first time Lionsgate didn't release a new "Saw" flick for Halloween in the past eight years, and now it seems like the franchise is seeing some renewed life. In a recent interview, an exec at Lionsgate said the company is open to an eighth film for the franchise.
It's an interesting use of words, though. Burns easily could have said, "Oh yeah, we have a new 'Saw' film lined up for next year," but instead he makes it sound like »
- Terri Schwartz
Relativity Media’s visually-stunning epic 3D adventure Immortals exceeded both internal and external industry estimates leading the company to its highest box office opener as an independent distributor, taking in an estimated $32.2mm in 3,112 locations in North America and $38mm internationally from opening in 35 countries, it was announced today by Kyle Davies, Relativity’s President of Worldwide Distribution. Opening on 11-11-11, the film impressively took the # 1 spot in America and became the highest R-Rated action film this year and the third highest-grossing R-rated film debut in 2011 behind The Hangover 2 ($85.9mm) and Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6mm). Directed by Tarsem Singh, and from the producers of 300 Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari and Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Immortals is completely original and not based on a comic book, novel or a previous film.
Relativity mounted a robust marketing and publicity campaign toward a broad audience, beginning by targeting the elusive under 35 male demographic, »
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#1 Film In America Brings in $32.3mm Domestically and $38mm Internationally
Relativity Media.s visually-stunning epic 3D adventure Immortals exceeded both internal and external industry estimates leading the company to its highest box office opener as an independent distributor, taking in an estimated $32.3mm in 3,112 locations in North America and $38mm internationally from opening in 35 countries, it was announced today by Kyle Davies, Relativity.s President of Worldwide Distribution. Opening on 11-11-11, the film impressively took the # 1 spot in America and became the highest R-Rated action film this year and the third highest-grossing R-rated film debut in 2011 behind The Hangover 2 ($85mm) and Paranormal Activity 3 ($52mm). Directed by Tarsem Singh, and from the producers of 300 Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari and Relativity.s Ryan Kavanaugh, Immortals is completely original and not based on a comic book,novel or a previous film.
Relativity mounted a robust marketing and publicity campaign toward a broad audience, »
- Michelle McCue
Anchor Bay Films has announced today it has acquired the horror film Mother's Day, directed by Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman and starring Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Deborah Ann Woll and Shawn Ashmore. The film is a loose remake of the original Troma film of the same name directed by Charles Kaufman. The announcement, which includes rights North American rights, was made by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.
"With Saw's Darren Lynn Bousman at the helm, and a cast featuring De Mornay, Ashmore and Woll, Mother's Day has an unbeatable horror pedigree," noted Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions. "We're thrilled to add this chiller to the Anchor Bay Films roster of terror classics."
After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers head for home...only to discover that their mother lost the house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their guests, gathered for an ill-timed birthday party, »
Director Darren Lynn Bousman burst onto the horror scene in 2005 with Saw II, which lead to the subsequent sequels Saw III and Saw IV. After leaving Jigsaw behind, the director made one of his passion projects, Repo! the Genetic Opera!, based on his 2006 short of the same name. The filmmaker is back with 11-11-11, which hits theaters nationwide on, of course, 11/11/11, i.e. November 11. The movie centers on an American man visiting Spain, who delves into the mysterious conspiracy of 11-11-11, when Heaven's 11th gate will reportedly open. I recently had the chance to speak with Darren Lynn Bousman over the phone about this horror tale, and here's what he had to say below.
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With over $34 million, Puss in Boots scored the top Halloween weekend ever, though it was notably lower than nearly all other DreamWorks Animation titles. Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp also underwhelmed, though Timberlake's In Time drastically outperformed Depp's The Rum Diary. Even with all three titles missing the mark to various degrees, overall box office was up around 10 percent from the same frame last year when Saw 3D let with $22.5 million. Puss in Boots's debut was the lowest for a DreamWorks Animation movie since 2006's Flushed Away, though that was a co-production with Aardman Animation. It's also less than half of Puss's last big screen appearance, Shrek Forever After, which opened to $70.8 million last May. It did at least manage to barely top Saw III ($33.6 million) for top Halloween weekend opening ever. According to distributor Paramount Pictures, the audience was 59 percent female and 55 percent 25 years and older. Additionally, 35 percent of the audience was Hispanic. »
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Paramount and DreamWorks Animation's "Puss in Boots" broke the Halloween weekend box office record as it opened with $34 million.The previous record holder was 2006's "Saw III," which had a $33.6 million opening. According to Variety, Paramount's "Paranormal Activity 3" placed No. 2 as it took in $18.5 million for a domestic cumulative of $81.3 million. Twentieth Century Fox's sci-fi film "In Time" opened in the No.3 spot with $12 million.Paramount's "Footloose" came in at No. 4 with $5.4 million for a domestic cumulative of $38.4 million.FilmDistrict's "The Rum Diary" opened in the No.5 spot with $5 million. »
- Adnan Tezer
A combination of a major snow storm and Halloween parties could have affected Puss in Boots' performance over its opening weekend, but it still did well enough to move the animated spin-off from the Shrek series into first place - and into the record books. Puss in Boots' solid but not spectacular $34 million take was enough to earn it the title of best Halloween weekend opening, barely squeezing past Saw III's $33.6 million. Meanwhile, In Time and The Rum Diary failed to catch on with ticket buyers who choose Paranormal Activity 3 over the new releases. Justin Timberlake + Amanda Seyfried + sci-fi wasn't the right mix, as In Time managed just $12 million from over 3,000 screens. But In Time fared better than Johnny Depp's The Rum Diary which proved Depp's appeal does have its limit with audiences.
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The adorable cat has some box office magic without his friends Shrek and Donkey. Paramount Studios and DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss In Boots” managed with $34 million over the Halloween weekend. Although the animated film opened less than other DreamWorks Animation’s films, it still had the largest Halloween weekend gross all time in nominal dollars. The previous record holder for the Halloween weekend was with 2006’s “Saw III” with $33.61 million. “Puss in Boots” did not open close to its previous “Shrek the Fourth” film, which grossed over $70 million last year. But, it’s still not a bad result for an animated film that was originally planned as a direct to DVD movie. The animated film is a prequel story about the famed swashbuckling cat before his meeting with Shrek and company. The films voice cast included Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Twentieth Century Fox’s “In Time, »
By Pete Hammond
Hollywoodnews.com: This cat may have the Halloween record in his hat. Despite the East Coast early snows and massive power outtages , Puss In Boots, Dreamworks Animation’s first spinoff of their cash-cow Shrek franchise is meeting Dwa boss Jeffrey Katzenberg’s highest expectations with an estimated $34 million for the opening weekend. If it holds on Monday that would be enough to best Saw III’s $33.6 million by just a hair (or whisker if you’re up for puns today). Audience and critics certainly liked what they saw. The sharply-written and animated ‘toon got a nice A- Cinemascore audience satisfaction rating and has scored a Rotten Tomato meter friendly 81% fresh ranking (86% among top critics). Does it deserve the love? Absolutely. Ever since his debut in Shrek 2 in 2004 as a supporting player this sly character voiced brilliantly by Antonio Banderas has proved no pussy. But sometimes when »
- Pete Hammond
By Scott Mendelson
Hollywoodnews.com: Dreamworks seems to have paid a price for their risky release date, as Puss In Boots (review) debuted with a comparatively soft $34 million over the weekend. We’ll find out for sure on Monday if it broke the Halloween opening weekend record (Saw III grossed $33 million on this weekend in 2006), it’s still a pretty disappointing number and well below the norm for major Dreamworks cartoons. The studio has had a healthy run on the first weekend in November for the last several years (Megamind, Madagascar 2, Bee Movie, Flushed Away), but the decision was made recently to move the film back one weekend right into the heart of the kid-friendly holiday known as Halloween. As it stands for the $130 million production, the debut is the lowest opening for a Dreamworks cartoon since Flushed Away, which debuted with just $18.8 million in November 2006 (an Aardman Animations production, »
- Scott Mendelson
The new all-time Halloween weekend box-office champion is not a horror movie, but an animated film about a fairy-tale cat.
"Puss in Boots" made an estimated $34 million in its opening weekend. If that figure holds up, it will become the highest-grossing opener on a Halloween weekend ever. The current record is held by "Saw III," which made $33.6 million on its 2006 opening.
The $34 million take for "Puss in Boots" is pretty much in line with forecasts after it made $9.6 million on Friday. Most predictions had it in the $35 million range, but snow in the Northeast may have kept the movie's take a little lower than it would have otherwise been.
Last week's winner, "Paranormal Activity 3," took a steep but not unexpected 65-percent drop. It still made $18.35 million, though, and finished second for the weekend. "In Time" finished third with an estimated $12 million, while the weekend's third wide release, "The Rum Diary, »
It's interesting to see people using Game 7 of the World Series and the blizzard in the Northeast to prop this weekend's overall tally up. Shouldn't we also add the fact we have a film claiming the #1 spot and a Halloween weekend record with inflated 3D ticket prices? At what point do we stop with the excuses?
I'll let you decide the answer to that as we take a look at this weekend's box-office top ten... Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 4 Weeks In A Row Puss in Boots Edging out Saw III's $33.6 million back in 2006, Dreamworks Animation posted a $34 million weekend for Puss in Boots. I have to assume this is a safe estimate because the last thing they'd want would be for everyone to write about how it is the new Halloween weekend record holder only to have to take it back once actuals were reported.
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- Brad Brevet
DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots stomped all over weaker rivals In Time and The Rum Diary this weekend, even with topliners Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, as Three Musketeers in 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 both dropped over 60%. Charles Lyons reports on the box office this wintry World Series Halloween weekend.Newcomer Puss in Boots (80% on the Tomatometer) clawed and kicked its way to the top box-office spot this weekend, with an estimated $34 million, landing it on track to surpass Saw III as the top Halloween weekend opener of all time, but did not pass Megamind's $46 million weekend from last November. Paramount moved up the 3-D release from November 4 to get jump on Thanksgiving holiday openers The Muppets and Happy Feet »
Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots was poised to have a killer weekend, but Snowtober had other plans. The 3D Shrek spinoff still claimed the top spot with an estimated $34 million, but a freak snowstorm in the Northeast and Halloween weekend led to this weekend being fairly soft overall. Despite the slow-goings, Puss still managed to earn the record opening for a Halloween weekend, narrowly beating out 2006’s Saw III which took in $33.6 million. The sci-fi actioner In Time opened to an as expected $12 million, while the weekend’s other wide release The Rum Diary made a mere $5 million. Hit the jump for more. Title Weekend Total 1 Puss in Boots $34,000,000 $34,000,000 2 Paranormal Activity 3 $18,500,000 $81,300,000 3 In Time $12,000,000 $12,000,000 4 Footloose $5,400,000 $38,400,000 5 The Rum Diary $5,000,000 $5,000,000 Puss in Boots performed way short of its cousin predecessor, Shrek the Fourth, which opened to over $70 million last year. It’s not really fair to compare the two, as Shrek »
- Adam Chitwood
Originally scheduled for a November 4 release, Dreamworks shuffled the deck and delivered Puss in Boots in theaters on Halloween weekend, recognizing a horror film hadn't already staked a claim on the date. As a result, it looks like an animated family film may end up with the best Halloween weekend opening ever. After $9.6 million on Friday, a weekend north of $35 million is likely, which would be more than enough to top the current king of Halloween, Saw III, which took home $33.6 million on its opening weekend back in 2006. Inflated 3D ticket prices sure do help. Of course, while we may be talking about a record, we aren't exactly talking about a big number. Laremy predicted the film would hit $45.6 million, which is to say he probably should have listened to Dreamworks CEO Jeff Katzenberg, who low-balled his own film and predicted it would top the $33.6 million from Saw III, but didn't go any higher, »
- Brad Brevet
The "Shrek" spinoff/fairy-tale update starring the voice of Antonio Banderas earned an estimated $9.6 million on Friday (Oct. 28). That puts it on pace to earn in the neighborhood of $35 million for the weekend, which would break the all-time record for a Halloween weekend opening. That mark currently belongs to "Saw III," which made $33.6 million in 2006.
"Paranormal 3" came in second on Friday, earning an additional $6.5 million. That's a pretty big drop from its opening last weekend, but it's still on track to make about $20 million by the end of the weekend.
The Justin Timberlake sci-fi thriller "In Time" opened in third place with $4.3 million. The weekend's other wide release, "The Rum Diary," didn't fare as well. The film, based on Hunter S. Thompson's book and starring Johnny Depp, made only $1.8 million to tie for fourth place with "Footloose. »
Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, In Time Assisted by costlier 3D tickets, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots may gross $36-$38 million this Halloween weekend, after taking in an estimated $9 million at 3,952 locations on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That would break Saw III's $33 million Halloween record of five years ago (not adjusted for inflation/3D surcharges) — though it would still be a relatively low figure for a DreamWorks release. Directed by Chris Miller, the Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots features the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Sedaris, and Guillermo del Toro. Other new releases didn't fare nearly as well as Puss in Boots. At no. 3, newcomer In Time drew a so-so $4.9m and may go no further than $12-$13m by Sunday evening. Andrew Niccol directed; Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in the futuristic drama. Reviews have been tepid for »
- Zac Gille
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