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Rival executives privately predict that the film will hit or exceed $200 million and is poised to set a new record for a domestic debut. They note, however, that with a film like “The Force Awakens,” that has nearly universal awareness attached to it, it can be difficult to accurately gauge where the final box office numbers will land.
With a month to go, “The Force Awakens” is already shattering records. The seventh film in the massively popular franchise has generated more than $50 million in advance ticket sales.
Even if an opening weekend record remains elusive, “The Force Awakens” should have no trouble doubling the current high-water mark for a December opening held by 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at $84.6 million — giving it roughly $170 million. »
- Dave McNary and Brent Lang
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already smashing box office records, and with less than a month to go until its release it is being reported that the film has sold a staggering $50 million of advance ticket sales in North America alone. That figure is double the previous record of $25 million, which was set by The Dark Knight Rises back in 2012.
No film has ever opened to more than $100 million in December, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting $85 million on its opening weekend, but The Force Awakens will comfortably reach that milestone, and must surely have a chance of topping Jurassic World’s $208 million to claim the biggest opening of all time.
Star Wars will also have its eye on Jurassic World’s total global haul of $1.67 billion for the title of the biggest movie of the year, which would place it third in list of the all-time highest grossing movies. »
- Gary Collinson
Less than a month before its release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made more than $50 million in advanced ticket sales in North America, making it the biggest pre-seller in history according to The Wall Street Journal. That's twice the previous record of $25 million in pre-sales tickets, which was set by The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. The WSJ reports that several theaters are adding extra screenings to accommodate demand for the film. While most current predictions have the film beating the record $209 million opening set by Jurassic World this June, Variety cautions that no film has opened to more than $100 million in December — the biggest December opening to date has come from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which made $85 million the weekend of its release. Still, unless The Force Awakens is entirely about Ewoks, and performed and spoken entirely in Ewok, it's hard to imagine that predictions will »
- Jackson McHenry
Insiders confirm that the seventh film in the hugely popular franchise has generated more than $50 million in advance ticket sales. Fandango tells Variety that the picture is the biggest pre-seller in the history of the ticketing company, trumping the first “Hunger Games.” Most Imax screenings have sold out, but outside of those premium formats, there are tickets remaining to many shows on opening weekend. Theater chains are continually adding extra showtimes to keep up with demand, a Fandango spokesman said.
The excitement surrounding the new “Star Wars” is a mixed blessing for Disney, which is trying to reboot the series and kick-off a new trilogy and spin-off adventures. While it doubtless is galvanized by the reception, it must also massage expectations.
Pundits are already »
- Brent Lang
Back in August, Warner Bros. announced an R-rated Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, which debuted on Digital HD last month and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD November 17. No details were given as to why this version was R-rated, but Youtube user Joshalots has posted a 15-minute video with new scenes from this edition, which helps illustrated why this was given the restrictive rating. There is a lot more blood and guts in this video than we saw in the theatrical edition, and we also get a new scene towards the end, which shows what happens to the cowardly Alfrid (Ryan Gage), who tried to escape the battle by dressing up as a woman.
The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition will also be available, featuring the extended editions of all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug »
Actors are chameleons, by their nature masters in convincingly becoming other people. But actors can only go so far in persuading an audience that they are from a different galaxy, are actually a different species, lived hundreds of years ago, have become seriously disfigured, and/or are 40 years older than they are. Assisting them in this task are makeup artists and hairstylists. The Academy Award for Best Makeup & Hairstyling has its nominees chosen in a different manner than any other branch. Notably, there are only three nominees. Interestingly, they are chosen from a list of seven (who are chosen after what is frequently called the “bakeoff”). Those seven finalists make submissions and presentations to the branch, leading to the trio chosen as actual nominees. Up to three makeup artists and/or hairstylists can earn a nomination for a film, though it is often difficult to predict who they will be in advance, »
- Gerard Kennedy
The Last Witch Hunter is set in a world never before seen on screen, with a story spanning over 800 years of one man’s quest to keep an army of vicious supernatural creatures determined to wipe out humanity at bay. Perfect movie for Halloween and Wamg has your passes to the advance screening!
The film stars Vin Diesel (The Fast & Furious film franchise), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Rose Leslie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey”) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar).
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world.
Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, »
- Movie Geeks
Ricky Gervais has stated that his favourite sound in the world is the giggle of one Martin Freeman. Given that Gervais happens to be in possession of one of the greatest guffaws in showbiz, that's saying something.
Though Freeman most likely came to the attention of Anglophiles the world over for his fantastically funny work in the Gervais's original "Office," to pigeon-hole the actor as a comedian would be unfair. As his Hobbit director Peter Jackson recently pointed out, Freeman is really a dramatic actor with a killer sense of comic timing. For a prime example, you only need look to his BAFTA award-winning performance as John Watson in the BBC's mind-blowingly brilliant "Sherlock" opposite his Desolation of Smaug co-star Benedict Cumberbatch. Though "The Office" brought him both critical and audience acclaim, it's his stellar performance as Watson that has earned him his devoted legion of Freeman Fanatics (see: Tumblr »
- Emma Badame
New Force Awakens pics revealed in the new issue of Empire magazine.
A whole batch of new Force Awakens pics have just arrived online. They are all courtesy of the latest edition of the world’s biggest movie magazine Empire, where J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens features on the cover.
The new issue of the magazine is about to roll into news agents across the planet. Inside is a massive winter preview of the films coming our way in the coming months, leading up to that special day of December 18th when Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally reaches cinemas.
The new images provide us with new looks at Kylo Ren, John Boyega‘s Finn – in Stormtrooper gear no less, the Bb-8 droid on the subscriber’s cover, and much more.
The latest issue of Empire magazine is out today (August 27). Check out the fold-out covers and the images below. »
- Paul Heath
Fathom Events, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures will present all three extended editions of The Hobbit Trilogy across a three-night theatrical event, featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Monday, October 5; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Wednesday, October 7; and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies on Tuesday, October 13. Each of the features will play at 7:30 p.m. local time. This is the first time that the extended editions have been shown in movie theaters, including the never-before-seen extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. In addition to the events, there will be a special on-screen introduction from the Trilogy's director, co-screenwriter and producer Peter Jackson. To celebrate this announcement, Warner Bros. Online has released a new trailer for this three-night theatrical event that any fan of The Hobbit trilogy shouldn't miss.
We reported yesterday that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »
In case you felt "The Hobbit" films weren't long enough (each clocked in around three hours), the extended editions of the three movies are coming soon to theaters.
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures Wednesday released a trailer for the extended editions, which arrive in theaters for a one-night only engagement in October. Watch the trailer below:
Each film will include a special introduction from director Peter Jackson. And here are the dates for when you can go back to Middle-earth:
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - Monday, October 5
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" - Wednesday, October 7
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" - Tuesday, October 13
Note that 20 minutes of additional footage means that the "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition" will be rated R. (Even more orc beheadings!) And "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition" includes "fleeting nudity." (Fleeting Nudity is »
- Sharon Knolle
Yesterday, it was announced that The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is getting an R rated extended edition release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD this November. But fans who want to see it early and on the big screen are getting that chance. We have a new The Hobbit extended edition trilogy trailer, and it shows off some of the new, never-before-seen moments from the final chapter in this epic fantasy saga. And we have have new information on when and where the movie will be playing this fall as part of a bigger theatrical event.
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are thrilled to bring The Hobbit Trilogy back to select cinemas nationwide for an exclusive series of three in-theater events. The three movies include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition on October 5, 2015; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition on October 7, 2015; and the world »
For those who thought The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was too tame, Middle Earth will soon be bringing additional - and violent - content to the Blu-ray and DVD Extended Edition.
The final instalment of the adventures of Tolkien's characters will include an additional 20 minutes of footage which bumps up the rating from PG-13 to R.
As well as additional footage cut from the film, the Extended Edition will also include a whopping nine hours of special features content (that's 2.15 Return of the King extended editions), including audio commentary from director Peter Jackson and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the film's production.
It will be released digitally on October 20, and is slated to be released on November 17 in the Us - but there's no UK release date yet.
Peter Jackson’s movies are to return to Us multiplexes with extra footage, despite complaints that the original cuts already contained enough padding
If you’ve ever sat in a cinema wishing Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies were just that little bit longer, your dreams are about to come true. Variety reports all three films in the trilogy are to return to Us multiplexes in extended form.
The longer editions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies have been put together for DVD releases. But with the film saga having scored close to $3bn (£191m) at the global box office, studio Warner Bros clearly believes there will be demand for more Hobbity fun on the big screen.
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- Ben Child
“The Hobbit Trilogy” is returning to select theaters for a three-night event in which the extended additions of the films will be presented.
Fathom Events, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures are coming together to present the event. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will play Oct. 5; “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” will follow Oct. 7; and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will finish it up Oct. 13. The showings, in 500 theaters in the U.S., will start at 7:30 p.m. local time.
“We are excited to give fans the first chance to see the extended editions of this trilogy in cinemas,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “The incredible cinematography and action in each feature will be even better on the bigscreen and will give ‘Hobbit’ fans a chance to binge-watch as a community.” Fathom is a consortium comprising the AMC, Regal and Cinemark chains. »
- Jacob Bryant
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion when The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, is released as an all-new R rated Extended Edition on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the extended cut of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy includes 20 minutes of extra footage and more than 9 hours of bonus features that will complete every Hobbit fan's collection. The film, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 17 and will be available early on Digital HD on October 20.
In addition, The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition will also be available, featuring the extended editions of all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, »
Fans of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films have been anxiously awaiting the release of the inevitable extended version of The Battle of Five Armies, and today Warner Bros. have officially revealed when fans can pick it up, along with which new special features are included. Come inside to take a look!
I think I've made it clear over the last few years, that I haven't exactly been a fan of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy (for a variety of reasons). However, I have felt that the extended edition versions of the movies have been more enjoyable for me as I watched them. Perhaps that will be the case with Battle of the Five Armies, which hits blu-ray on November 17th, with 20 extra minutes of footage.
And yes, as rumored/revealed a little while ago, this new version is in fact rated R. Take from that what you will, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
MGM Holdings has reported a 9.1% decline in second quarter earnings to $37 million, on a 13% slide in revenues to $274.3 million, despite the success of James Bond’s “Skyfall.”
The privately held company blamed lower home entertainment sales, which slid 36.8% to $85 million, as international revenues for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” were lower than “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
MGM also cited the strong dollar and last year’s release of “RoboCop” as reasons for the decline. The studio also noted that it has a “strategic moratorium” on James Bond releases to help a promotion planned for the upcoming Bond film “Spectre,” which opens November 6.
TV licensing rose 15% to $159.6 million, thanks to the initial free U.S. availability of “Skyfall” and the continued licensing of “Skyfall” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
“Skyfall” is the most successful Bond film, having grossed $1.1 billion in worldwide box office.
Theatrical revenues »
- Dave McNary
Earlier this week we learned that Peter Jackson's extended edition version of his "The Hobbit" trilogy would be coming to theaters for a limited event screening in October. Audiences have already seen the padded out versions of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," however extended version of "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" isn't due to hit home video until November. And now there's an intriguing new twist. Rope Of Silicon reports that the 'Battle Of The Five Armies' extended cut has been stamped with an R-rating for "some violence" by the MPAA. This is a bit surprising given that the ratings board tends to be pretty soft on violence if there's no blood, and while Jackson's fantasy films have their share of massive battles, and various showdowns, I can't recall any being particularly gruesome. It seems that has changed for 'Armies, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It was recently announced Warner Bros. and Fathom Events would be releasing the extended versions of The Hobbit trilogy in theaters beginning October 5. The three films would be shown over the course of three nights and will include an exclusive introduction from director Peter Jackson. One new and rather interesting piece of information regarding the upcoming extended release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is that the MPAA has awarded it an "R" rating for "some violence". The movie was added to yesterday's ratings bulletin after I had already posted it, but the rating is official and Battle of the Five Armies is listed as rated R on the MPAA's official site. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (Extended Edition) Rated R For some violence. Note: Edited Version. Content Is Different From PG-13 Rated Version, Bulletin No. 2351 (12/3/14). Release Date: November 3, 2015 (Home Video Release) The previously »
- Brad Brevet
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