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2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The following contains spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1.
If the last five minutes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were like clinging to a pole for dear life with one arm and a whole lot of daddy issues this side of The Empire Strikes Back, its followup The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is like watching one trailer for Return of the Jedi over and over and over again, and then being told to wait another year to see what actually happens. With the revolution of Panem actually coming in 2015, the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise has the ring of the distinctly less-thrilling episode of a TV series, where characters are treated more like chess pieces, being neatly put into place before a big strike … later.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is a part of a new phenomenon that is bigger than its own franchise, »
- Nick Allen
By Anjelica Oswald
It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.
More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
I understand that we can’t put the genie back in the bottle on these two part movies. Harry Potter might have actually needed to make two movies for The Deathly Hallows but Twilight certainly didn’t and what Peter Jackson is doing to The Hobbit will hopefully go down as one of the greatest crimes in cinema. Now we have things like splitting an Avengers movie in to two parts, which is insane when you consider that it’s not an adapted work at all. It used to be important to tell a complete story when making a movie and now audiences don’t care and it’s certainly more profitable to do one big shoot and then get multiple admissions for it. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 does not have enough story for a two hour movie and the character arc is less about real change and »
- Arthur Tebbel
5th Update, Monday 6:05 Pm Pt: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend’s big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of Ya rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual adjustments. Next week, we’ll see Penguins Of Madagascar expand beyond the Middle Kingdom as well as the Horrible Bosses 2 crew conspiring in several major markets. Also of note, Paddington will steam into the UK on the heels of strong reviews and a little bit of controversy to add heft to this fuzzy bear of a family film (see below the original posts for more).
Numbers have been updated below on the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
When does scoring the biggest opening weekend of the year count as a disappointment? Well, when you are part of the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise and your film’s debut dips 22% from the previous instalment, that can be a tad troublesome. So, despite boasting the healthiest opening weekend of the year, with an estimated $123 million, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1‘s first three days were not up to par with expectations. In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke the November opening weekend record last year, taking in $158.1 million. The film had the sixth biggest opening for the month, all behind much-anticipated adaptations of best-selling novels from the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games franchises.
On the bright side, this was easily the biggest debut of 2014. Unless you buy Paramount’s opening weekend tally for Transformers: Age of Extinction – many in the industry have noted that the numbers »
- Jordan Adler
People are either going to focus on the fact The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 as a winner or a loser this weekend. On one hand, with a $123 million opening it has managed the 15th best ever domestic opening, just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (coincidencec). Of course, that number is 22% less than what The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in last year and even 19.5% less than what The Hunger Games opened with in 2012. The differencec One big difference is Mockingjay didn't play in IMAX theaters thanks to Interstellar hogging them all. On the bright side, Mockingjay brought in an additional $152 million overseas. It also scored an "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, though I think even that will be looked at as low considering opening day audiences for this film are likely to be packed with non-discerning fans, not to mention both the first »
- Brad Brevet
In the wake of the resounding success of the first Hunger Games movie, Lionsgate raised some eyebrows by announcing Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy would be spun into four films. The third book Mockingjay would be split in two. This raised predictable outcry of a cash grab. But two years later, we're finally seeing where director Francis Lawrence has divided the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen. And frankly, it's perfection. Warning: The following will contain spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. There were some serious concerns when Lionsgate announced The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 & 2. Chief among these was how could such a short book support two movies. At 390 pages, there was in theory a lot less ground to cover than the 750-some pages of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows or Twilight: Breaking Dawn offer. But while The Hunger Games books were solely embedded with »
When filmmakers Abis Rizvi and Kamal Sadanah embarked on the journey to make Roar: Tigers Of The Sundarbans, their objective was to give the audience a taste of action, drama and thrill of the amazing Sundarbans and the majestic tigers in the best possible way. For this, they roped in Anibrain, one of Asia's leading VFX agencies, famous for their work in Hollywood films like The Amazing Spiderman, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Ghost Rider and Resident Evil among others.
The journey has been long and arduous. From using dogs for the initial test shoots to testing scenes with CG (Computer generated) tigers, Roar brings world-class techniques to the Indian audience for the first time. Says producer Abis Rizvi, "When the CGI tiger was created, we wanted to ensure that it was as close to reality as possible. We have replicated every aspect of the Sundarbans tiger, right down »
The Sundarbans region of West Bengal is one of the most deadly albeit breathtakingly gorgeous places in the world. Because of the unstable terrain and dangers in the form of lethal reptiles and of course, the majestic Bengal tigers, this area remains secluded in mystery and very few people get to experience the visual splendor that this place has to offer. When film-makers Abis Rizvi and Kamal Sadanah embarked on the journey to make Roar: Tigers Of The Sundarbans, their objective was to give the audience a taste of action, drama and thrill of the amazing Sundarbans and the majestic tigers in the best possible way.
For this, they roped in Anibrain, one of Asia’s leading VFX agencies, famous for their work in Hollywood films like The Amazing Spiderman, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Ghost Rider and Resident Evil among others.
The journey has been long and arduous. »
- Stacey Yount
In the past few years, movie franchises based on young adult novels have found a fairly simple way to generate extra sequels once the source material has run out: split the final book into two films. The Harry Potter series was the first to do this when Warner Bros. decided to make The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 in 2010 and 2011, and since then we have seen the strategy copied by Summit Entertainment for both Twilight and Divergent, and then by Lionsgate when they started work on both halves of The Hunger Games Mockingjay. This pattern has proven to be fairly successful thus far, but not every young adult adaptation is following this course. Take, for example, The Maze Runner movies. Despite the fact that the first Maze Runner film has been incredibly successful - having pulled in $223 million worldwide since debuting in mid-September - director Wes Ball has revealed that there »
Even though Avengers: Age of Ultron is yet to be released, or even have its first trailer, many Marvel fans are speculating into what may be included in Avengers 3. Without a doubt Marvel is currently on a roll with their movies. They are both loved by fans and critics alike and making a splash at the box office. The trend with some successful movies at the moments in to split them into two. This allows the studio to make more money, which many people will call selling out but sometimes it can be justified. Sometimes a film can’t be long enough to explore everything the filmmakers want to explore so splitting the film in two helps.
Many people will go on to say that they disagree with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows being split in two, »
- Thomas Roach
A new rumor claims that The Avengers 3 is going to do what quite a few franchise sequels have pulled in the recent past. It will be split into a two-part movie.
This is a trend that started with the Twilight Saga, as the final book in the series was split into The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Harry Potter followed suit with The Deathly Hallows, and it has continued through such franchises as The Hobbit, originally planned as a two film prequel but turned into a three part epic, and Divergent. Anything to squeeze a little extra money out of a franchise.
Splitting The Avengers 3 into two parts is an interesting conceit, since its not based on a novel series, though it could be based on an expansive, existing storyline in the comics. And a good cliffhanger never hurt ticket sales. »
Last week Relativity closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, and today we have a release date. Look for the film in theaters on January 30, 2015.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, »
- Steve Barton
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.
"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, »
- Steve Barton
Why is it that the idea of a child seeing an adult rated movie is bad, but games are not seen as a problem?
The games industry often suffers attacks from the media, taking the blame for various horrible incidents that happen out in the world. As soon as a youth perpetrates some kind of heinous act, it seems that there's no shortage of blame to be slapped onto videogames. GTA, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, Mass Effect and many others have been blamed for everything from murders and drunk driving, to bullying and even rickets (yes, really). Even the harmless sandboxer, Minecraft, has been a scapegoat for school-related violence.
Games are an easy target for this kind of social blame, and they're just the latest in a long line of hobbies, interests and media to take the flak. Movies, music, comics, books, they've all had their fair share of whipping boy duty, »
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black starting with this one which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview. "I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and »
- Steve Barton
“She never forgives… She never forgets… She never left.” Get ready for more creaks, eeks and boos! in this first teaser for Hammer Films’ The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death.
(Yahoo Movies UK)
As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.
One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros.' home entertainment division have announced some details and dates on a pair of blu-rays that action fans are sure to want to pick up. The first is a newer title in Tom Cruise's surprise blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow, and then we have details on a special 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton's classic Batman film starring Michael Keaton. Come inside to check out all the details on both these titles and when you'll be able to pick them up!
Live, Die, Repeat when “Edge of Tomorrow” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), “Edge of Tomorrow” stars Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (“Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”).
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