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With only a small lead over Disney toon “Frozen,” Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is expected to win the Thanksgiving extended frame with upwards of $85 million.
The actioner earned $20.7 million Wednesday, bringing its domestic cume to $206.4 million in only six days. It is now the sixth fastest film to cross the $200 million mark after “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “The Dark Knight Rises” (“Rises” also took six days, but wound up with $211.8 million).
“Frozen” bowed Wednesday to $15.2 million and is expected to earn between $70 million and $80 million catering to families with young children this weekend. Though Thanksgiving Day isn’t generally a big moviegoing day, “Frozen” should see about 11% of its five-day haul from the holiday itself.
Other openers counterprogramming the weekend’s big bows are doing so with mixed success.
Open Road bowed »
- Michael Sullivan
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: ‘Midnight’ shows nearly 30% ahead of ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, raked in a remarkable $25.25 million from evening shows on Thursday, November 21, 2013, in North America (playing at 4,163 locations on Friday), according to estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That’s 28 percent higher than the $19.74 million at 2,565 locations earned by its predecessor, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games; it’s also one of the biggest domestic "midnight" debuts ever. (See more on that below. Scroll down to check out a video of Jennifer Lawrence yelling back at yelling photographers at the Catching Fire New York premiere. And see also: “‘Catching Fire’ Weekend Box Office: Poised to Surpass ‘New Moon,’ ‘The Hunger Games’?”) Now, in the paragraph above »
- Zac Gille
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
David Yates hasn't directed anything since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," but it's not for lack of trying. He's been circling a number of projects such as "Cicero" and "Your Voice In My Head" only for them to meet various bumps in the road, while "Tarzan" was gearing, then put on hold, and then kicked back to life. He's still accumulating stuff to do, signing on to the "Scarface" remake over the summer, and now another project is crossing his very busy desk. THR reports that Yates will direct an adaptation of the graphic novel "Who Is Jake Ellis?" for Fox. The premise follows Jon Moore, a mercenary spy on the run, who is protected only by Jake Ellis, a man invisible to everyone except Jon. Sound a bit like "Fight Club" or "Memento"? Well, don't be shocked that it's being compared to those two movies along with the 'Bourne' series, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director David Yates hasn't been back behind the camera since 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, his planned Tarzan movie shutting down due to budgetary concerns, but it appears as though the filmmaker his now ready to get back into the game with a new project. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to the comic series Who Is Jake Ellis? and have attached Ellis to serve as director. First published in 2011 and written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Tonci Zonjic, the comic follows a former CIA analyst named Jon Moore who, during his time with the agency, was the forced subject of illegal experiments related to extra sensory perception. One of the side effects of the tests is that Jon begins to see a ghostly figure named Jake Ellis who has a strangely deep knowledge about espionage - »
The Harry Potter movies have altogether grossed over $7.7 billion at the box office alone, so it was always hard to imagine that Warner Bros. would keep such a lucrative franchise on the shelf for long. Sure enough, it only took two years from the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for the studio to announce that J.K. Rowling is writing a spin-off movie based on the series’ spin-off book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and its author Newt Scamander.
“Fantastic Beasts” is mentioned in the main novels as one of the textbooks that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts, but in 2001, Rowling ...
Click to continue reading ‘Harry Potter’ Trademarks for Possible Spin-Off Movies Secured by Warner Bros
- H. Shaw-Williams
When Titanic grossed over $1 billion at the box office, it was a monumental occasion. It was the first film to do so, and remained the highest grossing film of all time until James Cameron topped himself twelve years later with the release of Avatar. Since then, more and more films have joined the “billion dollar club,” joining Cameron’s works amongst the biggest winners at the global box office.
There are, currently, seventeen films that hold that honor. In order of worldwide gross from bottom to top they are: The Dark Knight, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jurassic Park, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Toy Story 3, The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Iron Man 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, »
- James Garcia
Ever since yesterday's (September 12) announcement that Jk Rowling and Warner Bros are venturing back into the wizarding world together for a new series of Harry Potter-inspired films, we've been riding a wave of Potter nostalgia.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them won't be an unfamiliar title for any true fan; it's one of the required textbooks for first-year students at Hogwarts, and a real-world version was published by Rowling in 2001.
We're keen to hear your views on the prospect of more big-screen magic from Rowling and Warner Bros, but we also want to reminisce about just how great the original film series was in its finest moments.
Here are ten of Digital Spy's highlights from the eight movies.
1. The Sorting Hat (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
Chris Columbus's opening duo got the Potter franchise off to a somewhat shaky start, laboriously honouring the books in lieu of much flair or depth, »
The "Harry Potter" series didn't end in 2011 with the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" after all. In addition to the continued expansions of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal theme parks around the world, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced on Sept. 12 that a new movie set in the world of "Harry Potter" is in the works.
The film will be based on the "Potter" companion book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which was first released in 2001 during the three-year gap between the book releases of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Much like it helped tide fans over during the agonizing wait to find out what would happen after Voldemort returned in the wizarding world back then, the "Fantastic Beasts" movie will help keep the magic of "Harry Potter" alive for a whole new generation. »
J.K. Rowling might be returning to the magical universe that gave rise to Harry Potter, but Daniel Radcliffe has never looked back since retiring his wand in 2011 — seemingly for good — after a decade playing The Boy Who Lived. In the last several years, Radcliffe has tackled a variety of eclectic parts that almost seemed designed to blow up our image of him as the iconic boy-wizard. There were his performances in the stage revival of Equus and then the song-and-dance Broadway hit, How to Succeed in Business…, and a starring turn in last year’s gothic horror film, The Woman in Black. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Attention all wizards and witches: J.K. Rowling's world of magic will return to theaters with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie, which Warner Bros is planning to expand into a series, will follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the Fantastic Beasts textbook used at Hogwarts. Rowling explained in a statement about the project that it is "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world." One detail Rowling revealed about the story is that it will start in New York, which is exciting news for many American fans.
Rowling wrote Fantastic Beasts as a charity fundraiser, and the book, along with its companion piece Quidditch Through the Ages, have reportedly raised over $25 million for Comic Relief. This will be Rowling's first foray into screenwriting, but we're guessing her screenplays will be just as »
- Mandy McAdoo
‘One Direction: This Is Us’ movie weekend box office: One of steepest Friday-to-Saturday drops ever (photo: One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson) The 3D concert movie One Direction: This Is Us failed to get even close to the $20 million mark at the North American box office this Labor Day weekend (Fri-Sun) despite relatively strong opening-day grosses. Featuring One Direction band members Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson, and directed by Morgan Spurlock, whose Super Size Me was shortlisted for the 2004 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, One Direction: This Is Us debuted at 2,735 locations, pulling in a not inconsiderable $8.9 million on Thursday evening / Friday, August 29-30, 2013, which should have meant approximately $20 million by Sunday evening — especially taking into account that Monday is a national holiday. But it was not meant to be. Whereas Justin Bieber: Never Say Never »
- Zac Gille
Set decorator who worked on all the Harry Potter films and The English Patient
Although she won an Oscar for The English Patient (1996), the set decorator Stephenie McMillan, who has died of cancer aged 71, will be best remembered for the creation of the magical world of Harry Potter on film. Stephenie helped to bring Jk Rowling's intensely imagined world to the screen across all eight films in the series, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.
Directors and cinematographers changed in the course of the series, but the art department that Stephanie and I oversaw remained a constant, providing a real sense of visual continuity. Stephenie's work was always characterised by technical finesse, elegance and wit. She was responsible for the details that brought my vision as production designer to life.
It was Stephenie who organised the thousand-plus »
- Stuart Craig
Congratulations, Internet! You've voted "The Dark Knight" the best blockbuster sequel of all time in Moviefone's Summer Sequel Smackdown.
For the past four months (since April 29, to be exact), you've been casting your votes (hundreds of thousands of votes, to be more specific), narrowing 64 contenders down to the top four sequels from the most popular blockbuster movie genres: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (fantasy), "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (action), "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (sci-fi), and "The Dark Knight" (superhero).
Then, last week, we finally asked you to pick the top sequel from those four. For most of the week, "Empire Strikes Back" and "Dark Knight" were neck-and-neck, but, in the end, the Caped Crusader walked away the victor.
What do you think, dear readers? Was "The Dark Knight" really the right choice, or was a different movie more deserving of the top title? »
- Moviefone Staff
FanAddicts! is a new reality series on Reelz that features collectors who go beyond the realm of the merely enthusiastic. When these FanAddicts start collecting items from a franchise, they just never want to stop. Wednesday night's premiere episode will feature Steve Petrick, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of Harry Potter memorabilia. And while there are plenty of great officially licensed Harry Potter items — this Gryffindor Snuggy-type item being near the top of our list — we also really love the stuff that the fans of the series make. Granted, it's not what most collectors are looking for, but it's stuff that will lift the heart of any Potter fan.
A couple of years ago, we made a list of the best hand-made Harry Potter items, and after checking out Etsy again, it turns out that the fans of the franchise get increasingly more creative and artistic as time goes on. »
- Mandy McAdoo
The first poster for Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem and a director's statement have been posted online by The Film Stage.The film, which stars Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Matt Damon (Elysium), David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Tilda Swinton (Moonrise Kingdom), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), and Melanie Thierry (Babylon A.D.), premieres at the Venice Film Festival in a few weeks.
In the director's statement, Gilliam explains his reasons for making the film and also provides an overview:
"When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now. Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many existential ideas he had incorporated into his funny, philosophic, and touching tale.
For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? »
And then there were four.
You voted all summer long and narrowed it down from 64 contenders to the top four sequels from the most popular blockbuster movie genres. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" cast its spell as best fantasy sequel, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" whipped its way to the top as best action sequel, the force was with "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" for best sci-fi sequel, and "The Dark Knight" made Gotham proud, winning the title of best superhero sequel.
But now, dear movie fans, it's time to pick just one.
That's right, summer's not over yet, and neither is the voting. Of these four, which sequel reigns supreme? Vote below, and we'll declare the winner of Moviefone's Summer Sequel Smackdown on Tuesday, August 27.
What's the best blockbuster sequel of all time? »
- Moviefone Staff
Just £100,000 separates the three films battling for the top spot in the weekend chart, with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa edging out the competition to claim bragging rights. Literal bragging on this occasion, with distributor StudioCanal releasing the following statement from the North Norfolk Digital DJ: "Now is not a time for gloating or celebration, more a time for healing old wounds, a time to say: 'Let us join together in thanks that I am No 1 at the box office.' Hallelujah."
The comedy took £2.18m including £744,000 in Wednesday/Thursday previews, just ahead of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, with £2.14m including £861,000 in previews. However, it's the third-placed title – Grown Ups 2 – that won the battle over the Friday-to-Sunday weekend period, with £2.08m, including just £421,000 in previews.
- Charles Gant
Closed Circuit is part international suspense thriller, part courtroom drama with a terrorism twist and tons of intrigue. Focus Features has offered up not only a trailer for the film, but also a Secrets Behind the Camera featurette detailing some major highlights of the story. Throw MI6 into the mix and audiences can't help but think life in peril, mystery and danger, with a healthy dose of mortal jeopardy. Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Ciaran Hinds and Julia Stiles, this is bound to be a thrilling conspiracy. Come on in and find out what Closed Circuit is all about.
Here is the Closed Circuit trailer from Focus Features. After watching the trailer be sure to watch the behind the scenes featurette. It gives an interesting view on the plot and ideas behind a film like this. Cast members like Eric Bana (Troy, Star Trek, Hanna) and Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kyra Dawson)
I don't know if you can top Scarface. I'm not talking about Brian De Palma's 1983 awful, bloated remake. I'm talking about the original Howard Hawks film that's more about emotion and hubris rather than the efficacy of grenade launchers and chainsaws. Either way, the original and the remake have their fans, but Universal is trying to bring the "shame of a nation" back to the big screen again. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is high on a current draft they have for a Scarface reboot, and they have Harry Potter director David Yates in final talks to direct. The new version will presumably take the ethnic and geographical aspects of the previous two movies and then reposition them into a 21st century context. Even though I'm somewhat indifferent to another Scarface movie, I'd be happy to see Yates do anything. His career has been in a holding pattern since »
- Matt Goldberg
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