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Rentrak has announced that the 2015 Christmas holiday weekend was the highest-earning Christmas weekend in North American box office history, and the second weekend to ever surpass the $300 million threshold.
A wide assortment of movies brought record numbers of patrons to movie theaters across the U.S. during the Christmas holiday weekend, giving the industry its biggest overall Christmas weekend take in North American box office history, with an estimated $300 million from Friday through Sunday. This record comes just one week after the opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first $300 million-plus weekend in box office history.
On the seventh chapter of the Star Wars saga, Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst, Paul Dergarabedian says, “the franchise demolished more records as it hit the $1 billion mark in just 12 days, faster in than any other film in box office history and also became the fastest film to hit $500 million »
- Movie Geeks
Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing through Chernin Entertainment with Hany Abu-Assad directing “The Mountain Between Us.” The project is based on the 2010 novel by Charles Martin about a man and woman who fall in love after being stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash.
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Dave McNary
The final “Hunger Games,” Pixar’s look at the Jurassic age and the return of Rocky didn’t pack a big enough punch to break records at the Thanksgiving box office.
However, the combined ticket sales of “Mockingjay – Part 2,” “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed” did outpace last year’s holiday by 12%. Overall domestic receipts clocked in at $257 million between Wednesday and Sunday, according to Rentrak. That pales in comparison with Thanksgiving 2013, when “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” powered ticket sales to $293.7 million, establishing a high-water mark.
In fact, this year’s five-day figure and its three-day weekend total both rank as the fifth-biggest Thanksgiving for the domestic box office. In addition to 2013, this year falls short of 2012 (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” “Skyfall”), 2009 (“Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Blind Side”) and 2010 (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”).
Most analysts expect that this will be the first »
- Brent Lang
Already thinking about what you're going to do on Halloween? Though it may be contrary to popular belief, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year to stay in. Why? Because there are loads of scary movies and TV marathons on. We already have the full lineup for ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween, and several other networks have released exactly what programs are airing when. We've already started gathering the listings for Oct. 31, so take a look, and mark down the movies and shows you don't want to miss. Don't forget - use your DVR to record all the stuff you can't get to, and you can be watching classic horror movies for weeks! Oh, and if you are going out, we can help with that, too. ABC Family 7 a.m. - Batman 10 a.m. - Batman Returns 12:30 p.m. - Poltergeist 3 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow 5:30 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Wondering what you’ll watch when The Hunger Games franchise is over? We’ve got some ideas…
As well as sequels, remakes, and comic book adaptations, there’s one kind of movie you can feel fairly sure is going to keep popping up at a cinema near you: young adult adaptations. Stories about teenagers are still doing big business in the book trade, and thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, Hollywood is convinced of the genre’s appeal, too.
A couple of new franchises have already been kicked off – there’s still at least another Divergent sequel on the way, and another Maze Runner sequel – but what’s more interesting is the list of Ya novels that have been optioned and may soon be taking over the box office. Now, not all of the adaptations on this list will see the light of day, »
All Nippon Entertainment Works and Nippon Television are teaming with Chris Weitz for an English-language remake of Japanese thriller “Shield of Straw.”
Nippon TV’s Naoaki Kitajima and Depth of Field’s Weitz, Andrew Miano and Dan Balgoyen will produce. The husband-wife team of Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (“Olympus Has Fallen”) is adapting the screenplay.
The original 2013 film, directed by Takashi Miike, centered on a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim. The film, starring Takao Osawa and Nanako Matsushima, unspooled in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
“What struck us most about the original film was how at the core of this action thriller, there was an intense morality tale,” Weitz said. “It’s one that analyzed the gray area between the law and justice, as well as what rights »
- Dave McNary
According to the actor's Spotlight page, he has been cast as Senator Jebel in the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff.
Star Wars Anthology spinoffs we want to see: From Max Rebo to Dude, Where's My Jar (Jar)?
The movie will follow a band of raiders as they attempt to hijack the Empire's massive Death Star base.
Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker was recently cast in a role that is currently shrouded in secrecy.
Ben Mendelsohn is rumoured to be starring in Rogue One as well, but it was recently suggested that he has yet to sign on the dotted line.
The spinoff of the main Star Wars trilogy will follow a band of raiders as they attempt to hijack the Empire's massive Death Star base.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars Rogue One: The cast, plot and latest spoilers
Academy Award winner Whitaker has now agreed to a role shrouded in secrecy for Rogue One, according to Variety.
Ben Mendelsohn has also been linked to Rogue One role as well, although he has been coy on if he'll be portraying a villain.
Jurassic World has smashed industry records, becoming the first film to gross more than $US500 million worldwide in its opening weekend and setting new highs for both the Us and international debuts.
Universal.s dinopic raked in an unprecedented $208.8 million in the Us, beating the record held by Marvel's The Avengers since 2012, and $315.3 million in 68 markets internationally, toppling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.
So the worldwide total is $524.1 million. In Australia,. the action/adventure/horror film starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy and a lot of CGI monsters, rang up $16.06 million.
That.s the biggest opening weekend this year, overtaking The Avengers: Age of Ultron.s $15.7 million, and the market's third best ever behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon..
Just the second film directed by Colin Trevorrow, whose »
- Don Groves
Released in Mexico in October, the tragi-comedy quickly racked up ticket sales to become 2014’s highest grossing local pic, attracting 4.2 million admissions and earning some $13 million (189.2 million pesos) to become the fourth top grossing pic in Mexican film history.
Box office was likely stoked by the controversy around Estrada’s latest opus, a thinly veiled critique of the Mexican media, specifically media giant Televisa, and its alleged collusion with the dominant political party in Mexico, the Pri. Televisa’s distrib Videocine backed out of its agreement to release the satire after seeing a cut. Estrada had to distribute pic himself along with indie distrib Alphaville.
Estrada is no stranger to controversy. His previous pics “Herod’s Law” (“La Ley de Herodes”) and “Hell” (“El Inferno”) skewered the »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Ben Mendelsohn is expected to play the main villain in the first of several planned Anthology movies, »
Production on Suicide Squad may be underway, but that hasn’t stopped director David Ayer from adding to his cast, with Variety reporting that Alex Meraz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, New Worlds) has signed on for an as-yet-unrevealed role in Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain ensemble.
Suicide Squad is set for release on August 5th 2016, and features a cast that includes Will Smith (Focus) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, , Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis (How to get Away with Murder) as Amanda Waller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, Ray Olubowale (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as King Shark, and Common (Selma), Jay Hernandez (Hostel), Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers), Jim Parrack (Fury), Ike Barinholtz »
- Gary Collinson
David Ayer's Suicide Squad is going to be starting production soon, but you didn't really think that was going to stop it from continuing to add to its gigantic cast, did you? This ensemble just isn't ready to stop growing yet, and new reports are now coming in saying that actor Alex Meraz has signed on as the latest addition to the comic book movie. Variety was the first to drop the news online, though what's unfortunate is that they don't seem to have any details regarding what Meraz's role in the movie will be. If you're a fan of sparkly vampire teen fiction, it's likely that you recognize Meraz, as starred in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn - Part 1 as Paul, one of the franchise's many werewolves. He recently also appeared in the British miniseries New Worlds, which also featured Fifty Shades of Grey »
Some critics derided Avengers: Age of Ultron as bloated, bombastic and nonsensical, but Australian moviegoers clearly dismissed or didn.t read the reviews
The Marvel blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon captured $15.7 million last weekend and $17.1 million including Wednesday night previews.
To be fair, the original opened on a Wednesday, Anzac Day, making $6 million on that day, and finished up with a towering $53.2 million.
The Disney release accounted for a whopping 71% of the entire market as nationwide receipts shot up by 34% to $22.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The four-day tally was up 18.5% on last year.
Universal.s Fast & Furious 7 »
- Don Groves
Furious 7 rode into theaters this weekend, smashing box office records to the tune of $143.6 million domestically, the highest opening weekend in April history. The action-packed sequel also took in over $240.4 million internationally, the biggest international opening in Universal Studios history, with a worldwide tally of $384 million in just the first weekend alone. The domestic opening weekend gross stands as the ninth highest all time, just above The Twilight Saga: New Moon's tally of $142.8 million.
Furious 7 bested its predecessor, 2013's Fast & Furious 6's opening weekend gross of $97.3 million internationally and $162 million internationally. Director James Wan's sequel, which marks the final film from late star Paul Walker, took in $61.1 million on Saturday in just over 10,000 international theaters, Universal's highest-grossing Saturday of all time. The sequel was the #1 movie in 64 international territories, 26 of which were the highest-grossing opening weekends in those countries' history, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, »
It's not often that a franchise surges on its seventh installation, but this weekend the Fast and Furious series exceeded all expectations, set franchise records, and set a high bar for the summer blockbuster competition. Furious 7's success is no doubt in large part to the series' star Paul Walker's tragic death with fans turning out to pay homage to his final performance. But the movie stands tall on its own merit as well, garnering a franchise high rating of 82% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie banked $143 million this weekend, throttling to the number one spot. That total is not only the highest in the franchise, it ranks in the top ten openings of all time (ninth place just ahead of The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $142 million 2009 opening) and is higher than some of the domestic totals of previous Fast & Furious flicks (2 Fast 2 Furious topped out at »
We all expected big things. We expected Furious 7 to break the April opening weekend record of $95 million set by Captain America: The Winter Soldier just last year. We expected it to be the first Fast & Furious film to top $100 million in its opening weekend, but not many expected it to be one of the largest openings of all time. With $143.6 million, Furious 7 now holds the record for the ninth largest opening of all-time, besting The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $142.8 million set back in 2009 (not adjusting for inflation). It will be interesting to see where this one ends up in the end. Fast & Furious 6 dropped 63.9% in its second weekend after a $97.3 million opening and I think it's safe to assume Furious 7 is also extremely front-loaded, but just how muchc Fast Five showed a similar drop its second weekend, dipping 62.4% back in 2011. One thing is for certain, »
- Brad Brevet
It looks like "Furious 7's" opening weekend was slightly front loaded, but when you've made $143.6 million in just three days, who's complaining? The latest installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise dipped 31.2% from Friday to Saturday which quashed any dreams of a $150 million+ frame. Trust us when we tell you no one at Universal Pictures or in the "Furious" family is complaining. "Furious 7" blew away "Captain America: Winter Soldier's" $95 million to take the title of largest April opening ever. It also surpassed "The Twilight Saga: New Moon's" $142.8 million for the no. 9 slot on the all-time openings list. Overseas, "Furious 7" earned a monster $240 million for a massive global cume of $384 million. Withstanding the "Furious" onslaught as well as could be expect was this weekend's no. 2 film, "Home." The DreamWorks Animation flick dropped 47.4% for another $27.4 million and $95.6 million in just 10 days. "Home" has earned $179.4 million across the world. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Most franchises don't make it to movie 7 without losing some of the audience and its precious box office take, but the exact opposite is true when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise, which continues to gain fans and grow with each new release. Yesterday saw the opening debut of Furious 7, which exceeded expectations, setting a new benchmark for the action-packed saga. The film pulled in an estimated $67.3 million on Friday (which includes Thursday previews).
Furious 7 serves as an emotional farewell for franchise mainstay Paul Walker, who passed away unexpectedly in the midst of shooting this sequel. The film pulled in $15.8 million when it screened in select theaters across the country on Thursday night, beating the previous April record holder for Thursday screenings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That Marvel release took in an estimated $10.2 million when it opened at this time last year. Furious 7 expanded into over 4,000 theaters on Friday, »
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