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The Hobbit comes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

22 December 2014 9:16 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a movie-going truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. 

Aided by popularity on Imax screens, The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the pre-Christmas frame with a five-day haul similar to the franchise's previous entry, The Desolation of Smaug, even if its actual debut weekend was notably less than both prior "Hobbit" movies. In its second week of release overseas, Warner Bros.' Five Armiesadded $105.5 million to bring its two-week global total past $350 million.

Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., said the healthy weekend of moviegoing was a welcome respite after an "upsetting and so disturbing" week. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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The Hobbit 3 Dominates Box Office Weekend, Night at the Museum 3 and Annie Bomb

22 December 2014 2:53 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," which is the last installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, took first place at the domestic box office by earning $56 million, bringing its worldwide total to $355 million. Despite the amazing results, both previous "The Hobbit" films performed better. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opened to $84.6 million in 2012 and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opened to $73.6 million last year. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has a 61% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking second place is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which is also a third film in the franchise. It earned a very disappointing $17.3 million, far lower than the original "Night at the Museum" ($30.4 million) and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" ($54.2 million). "Secret of the Tomb" cost $127 million to make, which means that it will heavily rely on international box office to keep loses to a minimum. »

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Box Office: No 'Battle' as 'The Hobbit 3' beats 'Night at the Museum 3' for no. 1

21 December 2014 11:17 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" took no prisoners easily winning the weekend at the U.S. box office with $56.2 million.  The final installment in the second Middle Earth trilogy has grossed $90.6 million so far. That's actually under pre-release polling which expected "Hobbit 3" to do $100 million plus over the five-day. Considering what a rough year its distributor, Warner Bros., has had and how most "blockbusters" have underperformed over the past 12 months, $90 million should illicit sighs of relief more than anything else. It also doesn't hurt that the adventure has already pulled in a mammoth $265 million overseas.  Moreover, while there are five new releases opening on Christmas day stateside, "Hobbit" is still expected to dominate into early January. Debuting at no. 2 was "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which features one of the last cinematic performances of Robin Williams.  The Shaun Levy directed comedy pulled in just $17.3 million, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Rules Them All With $90.6 Million

21 December 2014 8:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Moviegoers helped Peter Jackson bid farewell to Middle Earth in style, pushing “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” to $90.6 million over its first five days in theaters.

The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range. For its inaugural three-day weekend, the fantasy adventure earned $56.2 million.

“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.”

This “Hobbit” faced stiffer competition than the previous installments in the form of two major family releases, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Previous Jackson films, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug, »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ Finale Marching Toward $88 Million

20 December 2014 8:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is marching toward a box office victory.

The final installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy grossed $16.6 million on Friday in the U.S. on its way to hauling almost $54 million this weekend, which would put its five-day total at $88 million. This is far above recent estimates of $80 million.

The fantasy adventure is miles ahead of the other newcomers this pre-Christmas weekend. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is headed for $19 million, while the reboot of “Annie” trails slightly behind with $18.5 million. The films are in a neck-and-neck race after initial forecasts as late as Friday pegged “Secret of the Tomb” as the clear winner.

Aside from giving a much-needed boost to the U.S. box office, if estimates hold, “Five Armies” will have the year’s eighth highest-grossing opening, behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Despite the strong showing, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb – The Review

18 December 2014 11:13 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during  the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment. »

- Jim Batts

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Forecast (cont.): 'Night at the Museum,' 'Annie' Open Ahead of Christmas Holiday

17 December 2014 2:14 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Continued from 'Forecast: Will Moviegoers Show Up One Last Time for 'The Hobbit'?Playing at 3,783 theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is also aiming to be the final chapter in its franchise: the poster's tagline reads "One Final Night To Save the Day."After opening on this same weekend back in 2006, the original Night at the Museum wound up earning a massive $250.9 million. Two-and-a-half years later, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian wasn't quite as impressive, earning $177.2 million (down 29 percent from the first movie).There's been a five-and-a-half year gap between the second and the third installment, which begs the question: does anyone care about this series anymore? Star Ben Stiller has been down this road before with Little Fockers, which opened six years after its predecessor. That didn't work out so well, as Little Fockers wound up earning 47 percent less than Meet the Fockers. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Review

17 December 2014 8:45 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Eight years is a long time in the life of a child. While critics are lining up to award Richard Linklater for exploring such an idea, a much larger viewing audience unfamiliar with Boyhood may experience a similar feeling of time passing them by while watching Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Advertising itself as the finale of the soon-to-be billion dollar grossing Night at the Museum trilogy, Secret of the Tomb lays it on thick with pretences of finality and closure. In truth, the film doesn’t bring the journey to a stop, and instead simply hits the blinker on a lucrative franchise vehicle that’s always been operating in cruise control.

Ben Stiller once again straps on nightshift blues and a flashlight as security guard Larry Daley, who spends his evenings corralling the magically sentient exhibits of the Natural History Museum. Over the course of his adventures, »

- Sam Woolf

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Robin Williams' Widow Susan Schneider Attends Night at the Museum 3 Premiere, Costars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais Pay Tribute: Details

12 December 2014 10:18 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Robin Williams was remembered by his friends and loved ones at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb film premiere in NYC on Thursday, Dec. 11. His widow, Susan Schneider, was also in attendance to celebrate the star's final role. She looked relaxed and smiled while walking the red carpet. Williams played Teddy Roosevelt in the adventure comedy franchise, appearing in Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and the third movie before his tragic death back in [...] »

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Robin Williams' Widow Susan Schneider Attends Night at the Museum 3 Premiere, Costars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais Pay Tribute: Details

12 December 2014 10:18 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Robin Williams was remembered by his friends and loved ones at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb film premiere in NYC on Thursday, Dec. 11. His widow, Susan Schneider, was also in attendance to celebrate the star's final role. She looked relaxed and smiled while walking the red carpet. Williams played Teddy Roosevelt in the adventure comedy franchise, appearing in Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and the third movie before his tragic death back in [...] »

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'Minecraft' Movie Loses Director Shawn Levy

9 December 2014 10:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros.' video game adaptation Minecraft has lost director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), just two months after he signed on to direct and develop the project. Screenwriters Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) have also left the project, after helping develop the adaptation. Both the director and writers presented their ideas to the studio, but their story, "didn't mesh with what the video game developers were looking for," and both sides thought it would be best to part ways.

The studio sees Minecraft as a very important property, and hopes to find a replacement director before year's end. Warner Bros. acquired rights to the video game back in February from Swedish company Mojang, with Roy Lee and Jill Sobel Messick set to produce. Minecraft is currently one of the most popular "open world" games, with over 100 million registered »

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'Forty Thieves' Short List Includes Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters

12 November 2014 6:17 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Dan Stevens (A Walk Among the Tombstones) are all testing for the lead role in 20th Century Fox's Forty Thieves, which Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) has signed on to direct.

The project is described as a new take on the classic folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which is being crafted as "an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones," according to The Wrap. The aforementioned actors are all testing for the male lead Allen, who may be a stand-in for Ali Baba.

Dan Stevens is the only actor out of this trio who has worked with Shawn Levy before, playing Sir Lancelot in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

It isn't known who is writing the screenplay at this time, or when shooting may begin, »

- MovieWeb

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Ben Stiller Calls In The Troops In New Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

12 November 2014 12:46 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming film, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, and Rebel Wilson, the film is produced by returning director Shawn Levy.

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

The first film in the franchise, Night At The Museum was released on December 22, 2006  and was followed by the sequel Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian on May 22, 2009.

Hop on board this epic journey with the star-studded cast, when the third chapter in the series hits theaters everywhere on December 19, 2014.

Check out Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

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- Michelle McCue

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

4 November 2014 5:25 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastNight at the Museum: Secret of the TombRelease Date: December 19th Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: Family AdventureDirector: Shawn LevyWriters: David Guion & Michael HandelmanCast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek, Ricky Gervais, Rachael Harris, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill CobbsStudio Description: Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.Analysis: Eight years after the first Night at the Museum earned a massive $250.9 million, the franchise comes to an end with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Will this third outing be able to recreate the success of the previous installments?Probably not. The second movie, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian earned substantially less than its predecessor (down 29 percent to $177.2 million), which suggests that moviegoers were already tiring of the »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Poster Teases One Final Night Of Madness

16 October 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Come December, Ben Stiller’s Larry Daley — an unlikely hero among unlikely heroes — will face the ultimate challenge as he and his trusty band of nocturnal artifacts head to London in an attempt to salvage the magic of that all-important tablet for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Billed as the final chapter in 20th Century Fox’s lucrative franchise, the upcoming threequel is said to offer our heroes “one final night to save the day,” as Larry does his utmost to keep the museum folk alive.

Reprising his role as Larry Daley is Ben Stiller, while Shawn Levy’s trilogy-capper will also feature a performance from the late, great Robin Williams. Elsewhere, we understand that Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan and Rickey Gervais are all set to return, while Secret of the Tomb also heralds newcomers Dan Stevens and Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson.

Here’s hoping that »

- Michael Briers

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Robin Williams Passes Away at Age 63

11 August 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Beloved actor Robin Williams passed away at his home in Tiburon, California earlier today at the age of 63, from what appears to be suicide by asphyxiation. Here's the official statement from The Marin County Sheriff's Office.

"On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. »

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Robin Williams Found Dead in Possible Suicide

11 August 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran film and television comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, Calif. on Monday. He was 63.

The cause of death is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation, according to the Tiburon coroner’s office.

According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and recently entered 12-step rehab for drug abuse.

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His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Williams’ residence on Monday at 11:55 a.m. reporting »

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'Night at the Museum 3' Photos Reunite Robin Williams and Ben Stiller

28 July 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ever since it was first announced last February, there have been very few story details released for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final installment of Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy's hit franchise, until now. USA Today has released the first three photos, along with an interview where Shawn Levy reveals why the story shifts from the U.S. to London.

Take a look at the images, which feature returning cast members Ben Stiller (Larry Daley), Robin Williams (Theodore Roosevelt), Patrick Gallagher (Atilla the Hun), Mizuo Peck (Sacajawea) and Skyler Gisondo (Nick Daley), along with our first look at Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens as Lancelot.

While the first two movies in the franchise, Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian were set in New York and Washington D.C., this third and final adventure goes across the pond to London, »

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This Is the 'Midnight Cowboy' Legacy, From A to Z

23 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.

The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly »

- Gary Susman

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Terminator 5: What We Know So Far About Genesis

8 May 2014 8:27 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Terminator movies are certainly considered one of the best sci-fi movie franchises ever, but it hit a serious speed bump in 2009. The McG-directed Terminator Salvation cost an incredibly expensive $200 million, and not only failed to open at number one on its opening weekend (losing to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), but only wound up making $125 million domestically. After years of the rights being bounced around between owners, finally the franchise is ready to get going again with Terminator 5, a.k.a. Terminator: Genesis. Paramount Pictures has dated the next chapter in the series for July 1, 2015, but what can we expect from the movie? Which characters from previous movies are coming back? Who is starring? Read on to find out what we know so far! The Director Alan Taylor has spent years working on the small screen, his work on HBO shows like Game of Thrones, »

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