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Rosario Dawson is also on board to co-star in the pic.
The film marks Heigl’s return to the studio, where she previously starred in the Greg Berlanti-directed and Di Novi-produced “Life As We Know It.” The casting is a big step forward for the film, which looks to be one step closer to production following “Belle” director Amma Asante’s departure earlier this year.
Heigl most recently starred in the independent feature “Jenny’s Wedding” with Tom Wilkinson that premiered at this year’s Outfest Film Festival. This year she also starred in the Ami Mann directed independent feature “Jackie & Ryan. »
- Justin Kroll
Di Novi has produced a long list of films for Warner Bros., going back to Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” in 1992 and including “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “If I Stay” and the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films.
- Dave McNary
The once-winning Nicholas Sparks formula of a young couple.s quest for love being derailed by illness, death or other misfortune seems to be losing its allure at cinemas.
The Longest Ride, a romantic melodrama based on Sparks. 2013 novel, rang up $1.45 million on 220 screens, including previews, last weekend.
That.s better than the anaemic $758,000 debut last year of The Best of Me, which ended up with $2.2 million,. but it's debatable whether the film will have the legs to match previous Sparks adaptations such as The Notebook (which made $6.4 million back in 2004) and Nights in Rodanthe. ($4.55 million in 2008).
The Longest Ride follows the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood, son of Clint), a former champion rodeo rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophie (Britt Robertson), a college student who's about to embark on her dream job in New York City's art world.
Alan Alda is along for the ride as Ira, »
- Don Groves
A little under nine years ago most of Hollywood thought Universal Studios' "Fast and Furious" franchise was dead in the water. The third installment in the series, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," had earned just $62.5 million domestically. How times have changed. Today, after a second weekend haul of $60.5 million, "Furious 7" has made $252.5 million in just 10 days. More impressive, it's grossed $800 million globally and is on track to cross $1 billion. Frankly, even based on the success of the last few "Furious" films it's an astonishing achievement for all involved. Moreover, "Furious 7" may hold on to the no. 1 spot at the box office for the next two weekends until "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens on May 1. As for the rest of this weekend's box office results, DreamWorks Animation's "Home" continued to withstand the "Furious" storm dropping just 29% for another $19 million and $129.5 million. It's taken in $242.2 million worldwide so far. »
- Gregory Ellwood
With $59.6 million, Furious 7 easily held on to first place at the domestic box office. It also got off to an incredible start in China, where it set the opening day record with $68.8 million.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's 60 percent drop was a slight improvement over Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, both of which fell over 62 percent in their second frames. On Sunday, it passed Fast & Furious 6 to become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise with $251.5 million. Without any serious competition for the next two weeks, the movie is guaranteed to earn at least $350 million total.Worldwide, Furious 7 is already the highest-grossing Fast movie with $801 million. It's now on track to become one of the biggest movies ever with at least $1.2 billion.DreamWorks Animation's Home (2015) held on to the second spot with $18.5 million, which is down 31 percent from last weekend. To date, its earned $129.1 million, »
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Just over a week after release, Universal's "Furious 7" has already past the $800 million mark at the worldwide box-office. This essentially guarantees that the film will become the first in the series, and the first Universal film, to top the $1 billion mark.
It also has already surpassed the $789 million total worldwide gross of the previous film in the series, "Fast & Furious 6". Domestically, "Furious 7" earned a further $60.6 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $252.5 million.
The film got a boost internationally thanks to the $68.6 million opening in China where it also scored the highest-grossing one-day result ever in the country. It also opened to a solid $15 million in Russia.
The only major wide opener this weekend in the U.S., the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Longest Ride," came in third with $13.5 million which is about on par with other films based »
- Garth Franklin
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