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Box Office: 'Ant-Man' knocks out 'Pixels,' 'Southpaw' and 'Paper Towns' for no. 1

26 July 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It came down to something of a photo finish, but Walt Disney Studios' "Ant-Man" held on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. Newcomer "Pixels," which was expected to take the crown, ended up making just $765,000 less and Marvel's miniature hero remained on top. "Ant-Man" dropped an Ok 56.7% from its initial frame earning $24.7 million for $106 million overall domestic.  At this point it is just $8 million ahead of where "The Incredible Hulk" was during its run in 2008.  That Marvel Studios and Universal Studios collaboration ended up with $134.8 million.  At this point, it appears as though "Ant-Man" will top out around $150 million domestic. "Pixels" opened to a flat studio estimate of $24 million which likely means it will come in under when actuals are released on Monday.  Sony Pictures attempted to hide polarizing star Adam Sandler's involvement, but the marketing may have had »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Weekend Box Office: Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Out Runs Sandler's 'Pixels' for #1

26 July 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

My, oh my, at one point Adam Sandler was a comedian that could do no wrong, at least in the eyes of the general moviegoing audience, but the stench has finally caught on and people are looking the other way. Sandler's films used to be easy $40 million openers and $100+ overall domestic releases, and he did manage as much in 2013 with Grown Ups 2, but other than that sophomoric effort it's been numbers like $14.2m (Blended), $13.4m (That's My Boy) and $25m (Jack and Jill) over the last few years and now Pixels, carrying an $88 million budget, can't even secure the top spot over the second weekend of a less-than-stellar Marvel release. Ant-Man takes the top spot again, dipping a rather hefty 56% for a second weekend $24.9 million, bringing its cume to $106 million. As for Pixels, it opened with $24 million and a "B" CinemaScore. I guess there is a shelf life for subpar comedy, »

- Brad Brevet

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UK TV ratings: Prized Apart ends with nearly 3 million viewers on BBC One

26 July 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb

Emma Willis's Prized Apart concluded with nearly 3 million viewers last night (July 25), according to overnight figures.

The BBC One show averaged 2.93m (19.3%) from 7pm, as Kennedy and Julia took the crown.

The National Lottery: Five Star Family Reunion then rose to 3.49m (20.8%), before Casualty remained steady with 4.15m (22.7%) from 9pm.

On BBC Two, a Dad's Army repeat entertained 1.31m (7.4%) from 8.40pm. Dancing Through the Blitz: Blackpool's Big Band Story averaged 1.43m (8%) between 9.10pm and 10.40pm.

ITV aired Despicable Me from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.26m (14.3%). Later on, The Nation's Favourite '80s Number One appealed to 1.86m (10.4%).

On Channel 4, Anna Kendrick film Pitch Perfect was caught by 1.83m (10.9%) from 9pm.

Over on Channel 5, Transporter: The Series garnered 394k (2.2%) from 9pm. A repeat of Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away had 750k (4.5%) earlier on in the 8pm hour.

On the multichannels, »

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Five New Releases Dominate Home-Video Sales

23 July 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a banner week for new releases, the five top-selling discs on the national homevideo sales charts for the week ending July 19 are all newcomers that hit stores the previous Tuesday, the designated day when new product is put on display.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Longest Ride,” a romantic drama with $37.5 million in theatrical earnings, debuted at No. 1. Based on the Nicholas Sparks book, the film follows a young couple whose lives change after meeting an older man who was in a car crash, as he reflects on his own past romance.

Bowing at No. 2 was the comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” a sequel to the 2009 cult hit from Sony Pictures. The original grossed $146.3 million and generated quite a buzz with its Segway-riding antihero and his laughable misadventures. The sequel earned $70.7 million theaters.

“Ex Machina,” from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 3. The film, in which a young programmer is »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Why Marvel shouldn't consider Ant-Man a box office failure

21 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

With the news this week that Ant-Man marked the lowest opening weekend since Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk, it seems to be viewed in some quarters as a failure.

But we would argue that Marvel should be pleased with the performance of its latest film and be prepared for more relatively modest successes further down the line.

The trouble with Ant-Man

It's small wonder that there has been some surprise over Ant-Man's opening weekend Us gross of $57,225,526 (£36,807,903). The Edward Norton-starring, largely forgotten 2008 film Incredible Hulk (which took $55,414,050 / £35,645,019) was Marvel Studios' first official release, and since then their profile and success has been consistently on the rise.

Ant-Man was a challenge for Marvel, and the company didn't make it easy on itself. It wasn't the first release on the more obscure end of its catalogue, but 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy overcame scepticism with what was probably »

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From Kewpies to Minions: A Brief History of Pop Culture Cuteness

21 July 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's seldom an accident. It's not a lightning strike or a shooting star — more like a mad science. It's specifically designed to make viewers weak in the knees and unable to suppress an "Awwwww" while held in its thrall. (Resistance is futile.) It's the art of manufacturing mass-produced, all-consuming Pop Culture Cuteness — and it's huge business.

For the most part, the cuteness-industrial-complex runs parallel to the zeitgeist, but sometimes — when the stars align to shine a certain twinkle down upon us — it violently butts into the mainstream. The recent arrival of Minions, »

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Why Girl Minions Don't Exist

20 July 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In the last five years, movie-goers have seen a sea of the little yellow rascals known as "Minions" hit the big screen, both through two Despicable Me movies and a solo film (which just dropped in theaters earlier this month). One mystery that has persisted about the creatures, however, is why they are all portrayed as male. Well, now the creator of the characters has answered this question, and revealed the very simple truth: he couldn't imagine women being as stupid as the Minions are. Prior to the release of the Minions movie, The Wrap had the opportunity to interview the film's co-director Pierre Coffin, and it was during their conversation that the filmmaker (who also voices the Minions) revealed why all of the yellow creatures are boys. He explained, Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are, I just couldn.t imagine Minions being girls. This explains Coffin's approach »

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Composer Heitor Pereira Discusses The Music, Sounds And Rhythms For His Minions Score

20 July 2015 5:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Photo by Jim Ruymen/Upi

How does a composer create musical voices for a population of yellow creatures who speak their own language? If you’re Grammy Award-winning musician/composer/songwriter Heitor Pereira, it’s one groovy journey.

Playing in theaters now, Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. »

- Michelle McCue

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Meet Max & Gidget From The Secret Life Of Pets

20 July 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The humans creators of Despicable Me have a new film, The Secret Life Of Pets, coming out next Summer.

Illumination Entertainment’s and Universal Pictures’ comedy is about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Want to get to know these sweet little furry people? Check out the latest tiny-sized videos.

However, the funniest is still Chloe!

Watch the teaser for the loveable film below.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life Of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.

Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

The Secret Life Of Pets »

- Melissa Thompson

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Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Wins the Weekend Box Office with $58M

19 July 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Marvel's winning streak continued this weekend with Ant-Man becoming the studio's 12th consecutive superhero movie to open in the top spot at the box office. Marvel's final Phase Two movie opened at #1 this weekend with just over $58 million domestically, with an additional $56.4 million internationally for a three-day global haul of $114.4 million. The opening was more than enough to take the top spot from last weekend's winner, Minions, which dropped to second place with $50.2 million. But the gross was still on the low side for the McU.

Ant-Man's three-day tally is the second lowest in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, behind the $55.4 million opening weekend gross of 2008's The Incredible Hulk. The figure was on par with many industry expectations. Part of the reason for this "low" opening is because the coveted teenage audience didn't flock to the movie, with Deadline reporting that teens only accounted for 13% of the audience, compared »

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Paul Rudd's Ant-Man debuts on top and beats Minions at Us box office

19 July 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ant-Man took the top spot at the Us box office this weekend, beating last week's number one movie Minions.

The superhero movie, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily, brought in $58m on its first weekend with Minions closely behind with $50.2m.

The Despicable Me spin-off, starring Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton, easily debuted at number one last weekend with $115m. Its total earning is now at $216.69m.

Along with Ant-Man, there were also two other new releases - Amy Schumer's rom-com Trainwreck and Ian McKellen's Mr Holmes.

Trainwreck landed in third place with $30.2m, while Mr Holmes came in tenth place with $2.48m.

Based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mr Holmes is the latest film about the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes

Two of the summer's biggest movies Inside Out and Jurassic World still remain in the top five movies after their release a month ago. »

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Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Tops With $58 Million, ‘Trainwreck’ Impresses With $30.2 Million

19 July 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” landed with a solid $58 million at the weekend box office, while “Trainwreck’s” Amy Schumer put her own raunchy spin on romantic comedies to the tune of a $30.2 million debut.

It marks Marvel’s 12th consecutive first place opening, although “Ant-Man” isn’t at the level of other, bigger-name costumed heroes like Captain America, Thor and Iron Man, all of whom performed better out of the gate with their solo adventures. Going into the weekend, analysts expected “Ant-Man” to top $60 million, but its opening is similar to “The Incredible Hulk,” which earned an initial $55 million on its way to a $134 million U.S. haul.

“They are a victim of their own success,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Any time you have a brand like Marvel, the expectations get blown out of proportion.”

That may be, but the studio sounds disappointed it couldn’t elevate »

- Brent Lang

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Weekend Report: 'Ant-Man' Raids Box Office

18 July 2015 10:18 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

[Update] Ant-Man opened to $57.2M (was $58M) at the domestic box office, slightly under its projected $60-$65M opening, becoming the 12th film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe to open at #1. On 3,856 screens the film's per screen take was $14,840 (was $15,051). It's a good thing that the Paul Rudd superhero film has an "A" CinemaScore as that's the lowest per-screen average of any of the 12 films. Coming in just slightly above Ant-Man is 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($15,810 per) Thor ($16,618) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($17,512). Disney/Marvel's marketing team must be given some kudos though. Even given the strong Marvel brand, the challenges of marketing a character unknown to the public at large, whose power is getting really tiny and controlling ants, was obvious. They wryly dealt with it head-on in their first trailer, where Paul Rudd's character asks if "it's too late to change the name," a scene that, though this »

- Keith Simanton <>

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Box Office: 'Ant-Man' avoids a 'Trainwreck' with $22.6 million Friday for no. 1

18 July 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Marvel's "Ant-Man" was no. 1 at the box office on Friday, but the results are not as avenging as the studio might have hoped for.  The shrinking superhero tale pulled in $22.6 million and is expected to earn between $55-60 million for the three-day.  That would be Marvel Studios smallest debut since "The Incredible Hulk" in 2008.  Granted, "Ant-Man" may over perform with Saturday matinees (it earned an A Cinemascore grade), but it has to be a somewhat disappointing start for the Disney division. Dropping to no. 2 was Universal Studios latest blockbuster, "Minions."  The "Despicable Me" spinoff earned another $14.6 million for a stellar $181 million in just eight days.  That's a little over $33 million ahead of where "Inside Out" was at the same period last month.  Globally "Minions" is a monster earning over $468.8 million so far.   Debuting in third was the Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer collaboration "Trainwreck."  The well-received comedy is another hit »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Get Hard’ Fends Off New Releases Atop Home-Video Charts

17 July 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Home Entertainment’s “Get Hard” held off a pair of newcomers to top the national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week.

The latest Will Ferrell comedy, which grossed $90.4 million at the domestic box office, was No. 1 again the week ending July 12 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc-only chart.

Debuting at No. 2 on both charts was Lionsgate’s “Maggie,” a horror movie in which aging action star Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father whose daughter (Abigail Breslin) comes down with a disease that will ultimately turn her into a zombie. The film opened with a limited theatrical release, and simultaneously debuted on VOD, on May 8.

Another newcomer, Anchor Bay’s “Woman in Gold,” debuted at No. 3 on the First Alert chart (and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart). The film, »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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New Insidious Halloween Horror Nights Maze Announced

16 July 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal invites you to step back into The Further with their new Insidious maze that will include scenes from Insidious: Chapter 3 and open this fall at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Press Release (via /Film): Orlando, Fla., Universal City, Calif. (July 16, 2015) – This fall, it’s not the maze that’s haunted…You Are.

The twisted minds behind Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are teaming up with Focus Features and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to create all-new mazes based on the chilling Insidious film franchise. The announcement comes after the third installment of the film, Insidious: Chapter 3, hit theaters to terrify moviegoers.

At both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando, event goers will be transported into some of the most sinister scenes from all three films in the Insidious franchise. Guests will investigate unexplained phenomena in the Lambert family’s »

- Derek Anderson

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12 Surprisingly Good Movies From 2015 (So Far)

15 July 2015 10:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Even in a movie year as stacked as 2015, there are tons of movies that audiences either won’t watch or go in with low expectations for, simply because what trailers have shown off suggests a film that’s lazy, best saved for a lazy Netflix Sunday, or perhaps just flat-out terrible.

These 12 movies, for a variety of reasons, all invited these expectations for many viewers (and is it any surprise that almost half the list is spin-offs and sequels?), yet the pleasant surprise is that, in fact, each over-delivered compared to what most had let themselves in for.

Whether they flew high over the bar audiences had set for the movie or cleared it effortlessly, these films are the year’s most pleasant surprises so far, from cash-grab sequels that nevertheless entertained, to stuffy art-house fare that proved surprisingly effervescent, and of course, the single most troubled »

- Jack Pooley

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Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ to Tower Over ‘Trainwreck’

14 July 2015 5:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Marvel name is golden. It has the ability to lift up marginal superheroes to the ranks of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.

Witness “Ant-Man,” the latest costumed avenger to hit movie screens. Though hardly a household name, the man with the powers of an arthropod should show some box office heft when the adventure film that sports his name debuts to $62 million this weekend. That’s roughly in line with what “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Thor” did in their initial weekends in theaters, even though “Ant-Man” is a lesser star in the Marvel universe.

“The Marvel brand is strong enough to bring a familiarity to any movie they shepherd to the marketplace,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “It carries weight with an audience. It acts like a sequel would and makes audiences feel more comfortable.”

Ant-Man” rolls out in 3,800 locations, most of which are in 3D. »

- Brent Lang

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‘Minions’ Migrating To FX Networks With ‘Terminator’ & ‘Ted’ Sequels In Tow

14 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Another blockbuster opening, another arrow in FX’s quiver. The network group has procured exclusive U.S. TV premiere rights to Minions, coming off the second-biggest domestic opening for an animated film. The Despicable Me spinoff banked $115.7 million in North America and has passed $400 million worldwide. FX Networks also picked up rights to the current pics Terminator: Genisys and Ted 2, with some creative editing likely in store for the latter. The acquisitions… »

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‘Minions’ Migrating To FX Networks With ‘Terminator’ & ‘Ted’ Sequels In Tow

14 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Another blockbuster opening, another arrow in FX’s quiver. The network group has procured exclusive U.S. TV premiere rights to Minions, coming off the second-biggest domestic opening for an animated film. The Despicable Me spinoff banked $115.7 million in North America and has passed $400 million worldwide. FX Networks also picked up rights to the current pics Terminator: Genisys and Ted 2, with some creative editing likely in store for the latter. The acquisitions… »

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