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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Directed by Francis Lawrence
The anticipation that comes with the release of the final installment of a massively popular and beloved film franchise is always palpable. The Return of the King, Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars fans, at the very least, were still excited in 2005, and they are numerous), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2; each franchise had the respective studio behind it bombastically announcing the arrival of the final chapter. How would the storyline conclude? Where would characters that audiences had come to love see their journeys end? Here we are once again, this time with the concluding episode of the Hunger Games series, one that has, it should be noted, proven to be refreshingly consistent with respect to the quality of its entries. »
- Edgar Chaput
Eddie Redmayne, you look so dashing...and magical...and familiar. It's been more than four years the final and eighth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, hit theaters and yes, we agree, that's far too long. Luckily, J.K. Rowling blessed us with a prequel story, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its movie, the start of a new...wait for it...trilogy, is due next year. Its first photo was revealed in the form of EW magazine's Nov. 3 cover. The image shows Redmayne, this year's leading actor Oscar winner for The Theory of Everything, as Newt Scamander and is dressed in a brown and tan suit, paired with a long, teal »
Wands at the ready, because something magical is about to happen! It’s been more than four years since the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, hit theaters, but fans can now return to that universe, thanks to Entertainment Weekly. The magazine’s new cover features Eddie Redmayne in the first image from the upcoming Potter-adjacent film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Oscar winner, 33, plays magizoologist Newt Scamander, the “author” of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts textbook, which Harry and [...] »
Every October, ABC Family treats viewers to 13 straight nights of spooky movies leading up to the scariest night of the year: Halloween. The schedule is out for this year's annual marathon, and there are a lot of terrifying movies to look forward to. Ok, they're mostly Halloween movies for wimps, but they're still great! Most of the real scary stuff starts at midnight, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Poltergeist II: The Other Side. The scarefest started this week, so take a look below to plan which movies you want to tune in for, and if you need Halloween costume ideas, we have those too! And if you're looking ahead, here is the lineup for 25 Days of Christmas! Oct. 19 1:30 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 5 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 12 a. »
- Maggie Pehanick
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
ABC Family has announced the full lineup for its annual "13 Nights of Halloween" celebration, and its offerings of both kid- and adult-friendly fare signify that it's already beginning its transition into its upcoming rebranded network, Freeform.
The schedule includes perennial favorites like "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1," "Hocus Pocus," and "The Addams Family," which appeal to tweens and teens alike, along with flicks to attract a younger crowd, including "Frankenweenie," "Monsters University," and "Toy Story Of Terror!"
But the more-adult movies -- aimed at that so-called "becomer" demographic of viewers in their late 20s and early 30s -- begin late at night, and wouldn't have been caught dead on ABC Family's schedule before. These new flicks -- including Johnny Depp's "Sleepy Hollow," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and the original "Poltergeist" -- clearly signify the shift to Freeform, and should hopefully attract the audience that the network craves. »
- Katie Roberts
Every October, ABC Family treats viewers to 13 straight nights of spooky movies leading up to the scariest night of the year: Halloween. The schedule is out for this year's annual marathon, and there are a lot of terrifying movies to look forward to. Ok, they're mostly Halloween movies for wimps, but they're still great! Most of the real scary stuff starts at midnight, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Take a look below to plan which movies you want to tune in for, and if you need Halloween costume ideas, we have those too! Oct. 19 1:30 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 5 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 12 a.m. - Corpse Bride Oct. 20 4 p.m. - Corpse Bride 6 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 9 p.m. - Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special 12 a. »
- Maggie Pehanick
With Toho-Towa distributing, the film earned $3.6 million on 308,000 admissions, giving it the top spot in a country where chart positions are typically measured by admissions numbers.
The gross was a 36% improvement on the opening by the first “Ted” film, which finished with $35 million in 2012. Including its Friday release takings “Ted 2”’s three-day total was $4.7 million from 400,000 admissions.
Three-week box office leader “Jurassic World,” which is also handled by Toho-Towa, slipped to second place with 301,000 admissions.
This boosted its cumulative total to $58 million or JPY7 billion from 4.75 million tickets. The last foreign live-action film to pass the JPY7 billion milestone was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 »
- Mark Schilling
It's been a whole 15 years (15!) since the Harry Potter cast was announced, and it's making us feel really old.
On this day (August 21) in 2000, we found out that a fresh-faced Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson had signed up to what would become one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.
15 yrs ago today #DanielRadcliffe @EmWatson #RupertGrint Harry Potter casting was announced. #15YearsOfDanEmmaRupert pic.twitter.com/YtVSmZZ9D0
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) August 21, 2015
Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
The BBC One show averaged 2.59m (16.3%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.34m (19.5%). Casualty rose to 4.15m (23.2%) from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 3.1m (18.4%) afterwards.
ITV aired Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.76m (16.5%). Later on, live boxing between Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr drew an audience of 1.6m (10.5%).
As Brad wrote yesterday, Jurassic World did better over its second weekend than initial estimates indicated, raking in $106.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday frame to wrest the crown for best second weekend from Marvel's The Avengers, which pulled in $103.1 million during its second weekend back in 2012. Impressive, yes, but that is far from the only record Universal's latest dino adventure has toppled over the course of its box office run. Through Sunday, Jurassic World has made a whopping $402.8 million at the domestic box office, making it Universal's highest grossing movie ever (not accounting for inflation) and also the fastest film to cross the $400 million mark after doing so in just 10 days of release. The previous film to hold that record was, you guessed it, The Avengers, which isn't a surprise, but perhaps it will surprise you to learn that it took Joss Whedon's superhero team-up a full 14 days to hit that mark, »
- Jordan Benesh
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has tweeted a congratulatory message to the makers of "Jurassic World" for their success scoring the all-time best opening weekend record ($208.8 million) at the North American box office and beating out Marvel's "The Avengers" which had previously held it since 2012 with $207.4 million. The message includes a piece of art from Marvel conceptual designer Andy Park.
Congrats Mr. Spielberg @UniversalPics @Legendary @LeDoctor @colintrevorrow and especially @prattprattpratt pic.twitter.com/5DxlDM8pgK
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) June 16, 2015
The list of records that the film smashed are included below:
Highest-grossing weekend of all time with $524.4 million
(Previous record: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" with $483.2 million)
Highest-grossing international weekend of all-time with $315.6 million
(Previous record: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" with $314 million)
Highest-grossing domestic weekend of all time with $208.8 million
(Previous record: "Marvel’s The Avengers" with $207.4 million)
Biggest domestic June debut
(Previous record: »
- Garth Franklin
“Jurassic World” devoured the record book this weekend with its unprecedented global opening.
It’s been more than two decades since Steven Spielberg first dramatized the dangers of bringing dinosaurs back to life with “Jurassic Park,” but absence appears to have made the heart grow fonder. Moviegoers who remembered seeing the first film in theaters have grown up, have families of their own, and seemed to delight in introducing their own children to the pleasures of the park.
The combination of nostalgia, cross-generational appeal and the presence of “Guardians of the Galaxy” breakout Chris Pratt in a starring role helped to transform “Jurassic World” into a summer smash with few parallels. Analysts expect the film could end its run with as much as $1.5 billion in receipts.
Here’s a look at some of the records “Jurassic World” checked off as it dominated multiplexes:
Highest-grossing weekend of all time with $524.4 million »
- Brent Lang
Chris Pratt is having an excellent summer — again. Last weekend, the dinosaur blockbuster “Jurassic World” blew up the box office with the biggest three-day opening weekend of all time. Pulling in $208.8 million domestically, the sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic, which is the fourth film in the franchise, stomped past the $207.4 million opening weekend of Marvel’s “The Avengers” in 2012. Internationally, the film’s $315.3 million rollout topped the $314 million opening weekend of 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Also read: 'Jurassic World's' Box-Office Rampage: Domestic, Foreign and Global Marks Tumble (Updated) “It feels so wonderful to hear the overwhelmingly positive. »
- Reid Nakamura
Briefly: We’ve been closely monitoring the opening weekend box-office for Jurassic World, and we were expecting the Colin Trevorrow movie to open big, and it look like it has. It is now officially the movie with the highest 3-day box-office take, smashing through the $207 million benchmark set by The Avengers in 2012.
According to Deadline the film has beat the North American, international and global records for an opening weekend. It made $208.8m in its domestic territory, and officially ended Sunday with a global total of $524.1m and $315.3m internationally. That last figure also smashes the record set by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which made $314m on its debut weekend internationally.
It’s great news for Universal who also became the studio to make $3 billion at the international box-office in the quickest time. An official announcement for a sequel to Jw is surely iminent.
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- Paul Heath
Universal is on a winning streak and blockbuster "Jurassic World" hitting on all cylinders (a record $524 million worldwide and counting) will make 2015 a profitable year indeed for veteran studio chief Ron Meyer and his chairman Donna Langley--probably more than any other studio. Actual numbers pushed "Jurassic World" to the number one highest-grossing opening ever, domestic and worldwide. The movie notched $208.8 million in North America, passing 2012’s "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ($207 million), and internationally, the film’s final gross went up to $315.3 million, passing 2011’s "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" ($314 million). And as of this weekend, Universal Pictures crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, beating the previous record climb achieved on June 22, 2008 by Paramount, and $3 billion worldwide, passing 20th Century Fox, which reached $3 billion on June 30, 2010. Read: Cinemacon: »
- Anne Thompson
Actual numbers are in and "Jurassic World" has opened even bigger than estimated.
With the final figures tallied, Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" grossed $208.8 million at the North American box office. That takes it past the first "The Avengers ($207.4 million) to become the biggest opening weekend ever at the North American box-office.
At the same time, the film also nabbed a further $315.3 million overseas, taking it past the $314 million made by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" back in 2011 and thus taking the title of the biggest opening weekend ever at the international box-office.
The film's combined worldwide opening stands at $524.1 million. It also helped push Universal Pictures past the $1 billion domestic and $3 billion international mark this weekend, beating the previous records held by Paramount in 2008 and Fox in 2010 respectively.
Source: Box-Office Mojo »
- Garth Franklin
Not only has Universal's Jurassic World brought the franchise back from near extinction, but it chewed up and spit out every box office prediction to come in vastly ahead of expectations. The tentpole opened to an estimated $524.4 million at the global box office this weekend, the top showing of all time, stomping previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($483.2 million) and becoming the first film to ever cross $500 million in one weekend. That includes $208.8 million in North America, the No. 1 showing of all time behind The Avengers ($207.
- Pamela McClintock
Universal's Jurassic World is on track to becoming the third-largest opening weekend for a movie ever.
The film made $82.8 million (including previews) on its opening day on Friday (June 12), and Saturday estimates show that Jurassic World could be on its way to making upwards of $180 million in its opening weekend, ComingSoon.net reports.
The figures show that the film has overtaken Marvel's The Avengers' opening and single day takings of $80 million in 2012 to become the third-highest opening ever.
If Jurassic World stays on track with these figures, the film is likely to break the previous record for the highest June release - held by 2013's Man of Steel, which made $116.6 million in its opening weekend.
It could also become the third-largest opening weekend ever, »
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” dominated the global box office this weekend, picking up $168 million in foreign ticket sales.
The comicbook adventure’s worldwide bounty now tops off at $626.7 million after 12 days in theaters — “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened in certain key international territories last week in advance of its domestic debut on May 1.
Among the assorted records it torched, the film has posted the biggest opening weekend of all time in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Ecuador. Last weekend, the picture also scored the highest global haul for an Imax release, with $25 million in receipts.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” has now opened in 71% of the global marketplace, but several key territories remain. The sequel will open in China, the world’s second largest marketplace, on May 12, and Japan, the third largest, on July 4.
A stronger dollar and wilting exchange rates in parts of Europe and Russia are causing »
- Brent Lang
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