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Jupiter Ascending has launched in Australia with $2 million in four days on 415 screens, one of the more respectable debuts for the sci-fi action-adventure.
That's a long way short of recouping the production cost reported to be between $175 million and $205 million, and the hefty P&A bill.
So Jupiter Ascending is shaping as yet another misfire for siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski following WB/Vrp.s Speed Racer ($120 million budget, $93.9 million in global B.O.) and the independently-financed Cloud Atlas ($100 million cost, $130.5 million B.O.).
Pro-rata, the Australian opening is slightly ahead of the $18.4 million Us debut, to the surprise of some exhibitors. Wallis Cinemas program manager Bob Parr tells If, .I didn.t expect that at all because of the Us result, »
- Don Groves
Last week, discussing Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming Netflix series Sense8, Ted Sarandos let slip that he had seen a four-hour cut of the directors’ 2012 film Cloud Atlas “that will blow your mind.” Sarandos was naturally trying to do some damage control in the wake of the failure of the Wachowskis’ recent release Jupiter Ascending; Netflix has invested a lot of money in their new show. But it’s also understandable that the Wachowskis, with their imaginations always working in overdrive, might have a better, more effective cut of the troubled, divisive Cloud Atlas somewhere. This news also came right as the Berlin Film Festival was preparing to screen a director’s cut of 54, the clubland opus starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Philippe, and Mike Myers, that came and went back in 1998; it turns out director Mark Christopher had been forced to remove about 37 minutes, much of it having to »
- Bilge Ebiri
London — Spain’s “Hierro” has been named the best co-production TV series project presented at the European Film Market’s Berlinale Co-Production Market.
“Hierro” is set on the Canary Islands, where the corpse of a young islander is found floating in the sea following an earthquake. This marks the starting point for a tense political drama. Boomerang TV Group’s Galician subsidiary Portocabo is preparing the series for Spanish network La Sexta.
“Hierro” has been chosen to participate in the next edition of Series Mania, one of the most important TV series festival in Europe, to be held in Paris April 17-26.
The other TV series projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market included “Babylon Berlin,” from director Tom Tykwer (“Das Parfum,” “Cloud Atlas”), set against a vibrant 1920s Berlin; and the Belgium series “Tabula Rasa,” directed by and starring actress Veerle Baetens, who is best known for the film “The Broken Circle Breakdown. »
- Leo Barraclough
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 6th February to Sunday 8th February 2015…
Despite four new entries cracking the top ten this week, Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service held firm in first and second place this past weekend, with Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie putting up the most competition, the animated feature debuting in third with £2,095,061.
The Wachowskis’ critically-mauled sci-fi Jupiter Ascending took fourth place with an opening weekend of £1,349,938, which was up on the filmmaking siblings’ previous efforts Speed Racer (£362,000) and Cloud Atlas (£544,725), while Selma pulled in £792,365 in sixth and The Interview managed just £283,811 in tenth.
Number one this time last year: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
1. Big Hero 6, £2,540,116 from 513 sites. Total: £7,476,518 total (2 weeks)
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, £2,190,090 weekend; £8,245,752 total (2 weeks)
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie, £2,095,061 weekend (New)
4. Jupiter Ascending, £1,349,938 weekend (New)
5. American Sniper, £980,434 weekend; £11,084,808 total (4 weeks)
6. Selma, »
- Gary Collinson
The Flickering Myth Podcast learns about bees…
Bees are very loyal and they don’t lie. Or something.
In this episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Luke Owen and Rohan Morbey review Jupiter Ascending, the latest big budget science fiction blockbuster from The Wachowskis. Is it any good? Is Eddie Redmayne really that bad? Well, let’s find out…
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- Luke Owen
Go big or go home. That seems to be the motto of directing duo the Wachowskis, who pulled out all the stops for Jupiter Ascending, their very own space opera, cramming this thing so full of backstory and character history, that it might have been better suited for a dozen novels instead of one two-hour fairy tale. Will it go down as a underrated gem a la Speed Racer? A misunderstood near masterpiece a la Cloud Atlas? Or is it something closer to Star Wars -- particularly the prequel trilogy -- for better or worse? Previously on Stripped: Dumb and Dumber To, Big Hero 6, Interstellar, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the...
- John Gholson
With a hugely underwhelming opening weekend in the Us of just $19 million, Jupiter Ascending is another in a long line of films from the Wachowski siblings where the box-office has failed to match the grand, epic-scale ideas of their films. Their previous two films, Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer, both flopped on release, with final grosses of $130 million and $95 million respectively from budgets of considerably more.
Speaking just before Jupiter Ascending’s opening to The Wall Street Journal, the sibling duo had already spoken about how their access to hundreds of millions of studio dollars may be about to come to an end.
“Everyone says, ‘Why can’t you be simpler?’”, states Lana. “We’re drawn toward difficult subjects, like the disparity of rich and poor….. We’ve been lucky. People at studios have been interested in our crazy, strange brand of complexity. And we’ve been allowed to keep making them. »
- Scott J. Davis
Over the course of their long and eclectic career, Lana and Andy Wachowski have gained a reputation as filmmakers who tend to paint with broad strokes, creating cinematic universes riddled with creativity and imagination. It’s a passionate drive that has been tapered by studios in the past, all in the effort to engineer a feasible, two-hour long experience to attract as wide an audience as possible. But this concession often clips said film’s proverbial wings.
According to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, this stifling effect evidently occurred within the pair’s Cloud Atlas, after he revealed that an extensive four-hour long version of the time-hopping epic exists, and tells the inspiring store free from compromise.
Their film reviews have been brutal, and everything after ‘The Matrix’ didn’t go well, but if you look at the earlier cuts of their films before they had to jam them down to 120 minutes, »
- Michael Briers
Deadline reported grosses on Jupiter Ascending on Sunday at $32.5M and that estimate rose on Monday to $33.8M in Warner Bros’ actuals. There are still Australia, China and Japan releases to come, but with an $18.7M opening domestically and with Fifty Shades Of Grey teed up to begin its day-and-date rollout tomorrow, Jupiter will be pressed to ascend major overseas heights. Elsewhere internationally, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water soaked up $16.2M for a cume of $26.8M after two frames. According to Paramount, that’s 5.5 times bigger than the original Spongebob for the same bucket of markets. The next big players were The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 thanks to a strong China start; Disney’s Big Hero 6; and Fox’s Taken 3. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings rode past the $200M mark as it continues to play in Japan and wraps up in Brazil. Key »
- Nancy Tartaglione
6th Update, Monday Actuals, 3:20 Pm: Paramount’s SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out Of Water came in with $635K less than its weekend estimate reported yesterday of $56M. Still, it’s a great gross for this time of year, especially when there aren’t a lot of kids out of school. Per Rentrak, only 1% of all K-12 and college students were off this Friday. That figure moves to 17% this Friday, and then 15% for the February 20-22 frame.
As reported this morning, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s Jupiter Ascending dropped ducats and is now filing $18.37M while Universal/Legendary’s Seventh Son is a $100K better with a $7.2M actual. They’re in for a hammering this coming weekend as two R-rated mass-appeal pics hit the sked: Universal’s long-awaited E.L. James bestselling adaptation Fifty Shades Of Grey at an estimated 3,600 theaters and 20th Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service on »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Paramount Pictures' SpongeBob Movie earned $56 million in North America, a huge debut for the animated Nickelodeon big-screen transfer, according to estimates Sunday. That finally pushed American Sniper off the top spot after a three-week reign. The Navy Seal drama took in $24.2 million in its fourth week of wide release.
The Wachowskis' lavish science-fiction adventure Jupiter Ascending opened with just $19 million, a meager amount for a $175 million production. Warner Bros. delayed the release of the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, from last summer.
Universal's Seventh Son, a supernatural thriller set in medieval times, debuted with a scant $7.1 million. The film, produced by Legendary Pictures and starring Jeff Bridges, cost nearly $100 million to make.
That gave the box office a couple »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Jupiter Ascending, 2015.
Written and Directed by The Wachowskis.
In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by a ruthless son of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.
If I subscribed to the adage of ‘so bad it’s good’ then Jupiter Ascending might have been one heck of a fun time at the cinema; however, I do not and will never succumb to that way of thinking; so this latest film from the Wachowskis was an unmitigated disaster of galactic proportions. A film so bad and in which every aspect is so poorly handled, no one walks away unscathed – the most afflicted being the paying audience. »
- Gary Collinson
Amir bringing you the weekend’s box office news. While awards season was in full swing this weekend with the DGA, BAFTAs and Grammys, Spongebob: Sponge Out of Water swept in and wiped off its competition while entering the top five best selling February releases of all time. This is one those films that totally slid below the radar for me; then again, the Venn diagram of people who care about this film and people who care about DGAs and BAFTAs is two separate circles. The weekend’s far buzzier title for cinephiles was Jupiter Ascending, the new visualeffectsapalooza from the Wachowski siblings. It is predictably visually stunning with incoherent plotting and confusing editing etc. etc. Like Cloud Atlas, this was mostly a failure, financially speaking, and you have to wonder how long it will be before they stop getting bankrolled for their strange visions. Finally, Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges’ Seventh Son also bombed, »
- Amir S.
Be careful what you wish for.
Originality is a virtue in most creative pursuits, but in Hollywood, it will always be less appealing to studio bosses than more of the same. Audiences and critics often decry the sequels and franchises that flood multiplexes, but when filmmakers like the Wachowskis answer their calls for something original and innovative with a film like “Jupiter Ascending,” they’re often rewarded with a cold shoulder. With a production budget of $179 million, not to mention tens of millions spent to promote the science-fiction adventure, and an opening of only $19 million, “Jupiter Ascending” will likely be one of the year’s biggest flops.
“Audiences are kind of reticent to take a chance on something they don’t know or understand,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “They marketed the heck out of this movie, and it was still tough to bring people through the door. »
- Brent Lang
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Jupiter Ascending' Crushed by Super 'SpongeBob'"Playing at 3,181 locations, Jupiter Ascending opened in third place with a very disappointing $18.4 million this weekend. That's a fraction below the Wachowskis' Speed Racer ($18.6 million); with seven years of ticket price inflation and the addition of 3D premiums, it's likely that attendance for Jupiter was substantially lower.Jupiter Ascending's opening was also around $10 million less than recent big-budget sci-fi movies like Elysium ($29.8 million), Edge of Tomorrow ($28.8 million), After Earth ($27.5 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million), all of which were considered misses on opening weekend.The marketing for Jupiter Ascending never quite found a way to sell the convoluted story, and also struggled to hide the movie's sillier elements. It also doesn't help that the Wachowski brand is essentially worthless now: the massive amount of goodwill generated by The Matrix has faded thanks to two lukewarm sequels followed by »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” soaked up a massive $56 million at the weekend box office, leaving little remaining for two other new releases, “Jupiter Ascending” and “Seventh Son,” both of which flopped.
“Jupiter Ascending,” an ambitious science-fiction fantasy from Andy and Lana Wachowski, eked out $19 million from 3,181 screens, making it the “Matrix” siblings’ third consecutive whiff after “Cloud Atlas” and “Speed Racer.” The film stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and cost a staggering $179 million to produce. It was originally scheduled to open in July, but was pushed back to accommodate complex special effects. Village Roadshow co-financed the film with Warner Bros.
“The Wachowkis have an incredible history of making fan favorite films,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “This didn’t hit the wide audience their films have in the past, but they’ll do better in the future.”
Males were “Jupiter’s” core audience, »
- Brent Lang
In space, no one can hear you scream… with laughter. Which is helpful when watching the Wachowskis’ latest effort
“Bees don’t lie…” When it comes to bonkers, overcooked, overambitious sci-fi, writer/directors Andy and Lana Wachowski really are in a world of their own. It took me three runs to get my head around their adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas but I suspect that this colourfully ridiculous (and strangely archaic) Star Wars/Matrix/Flash Gordon mish-mash has delivered all of its riches on first viewing.
The plot is sub-Hitchhiker’s Guide/Guardians of the Galaxy bunkum about extravagantly coiffured extraterrestrials who rule Earth from afar, but whose plans to “harvest” its riches are confounded by the genetic resurgence of intergalactic royalty in the unsuspecting shape of toilet-cleaning Mila Kunis (she is the one!). Channing Tatum is the wolf/man hybrid who plays Clark Kent to Kunis’s »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is quickly falling in box office estimates to a skimpy $18 million opening. With a budget of $175 million, the Wachowskis’ sci-fi tentpole could lose tens of millions barring a dramatic turnaround overseas.
The forecast for Universal and Legendary’s long-delayed “Seventh Son,” starring Jeff Bridges, isn’t much brighter. The medieval fantasy tentpole has a projected loss of $85 million, as Variety exclusively reported this week, despite earning $82 million at the international box office. It’s on track for only $6.6 million in its U.S. debut.
Neither of the B.O. casualties are a shock — both pics were long-delayed due to poor tracking, and Paramount’s “The Spongebob Movie, »
- Variety Staff
Creating something original isn't easy. The Wachowskis have spent time adapting "Speed Racer" and the novel "Cloud Atlas" into movies, but they are still defined by an original creation, "The Matrix" trilogy. Their latest endeavor, "Jupiter Ascending," is an attempt to fashion another new cinematic world. So far, the critics have not been kind. "Jupiter Ascending" currently has a 40 score on Metacritic and just a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's certainly not good, but it might insinuate there aren't things to appreciate about "Jupiter" which there are (really). And, no, it's not going to "Norbit" Eddie Redmayne's Oscar chances either. Keeping that in mind, check out our best and worst of "Jupiter Ascending" in the story gallery below. Agree or disagree? Share your thought in the comments section. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Lana and Andy Wachowski are two of my favorite current filmmakers. The Matrix rocked my worldview, and Cloud Atlas expanded my worldview, claiming a place as my very favorite movie. We've come to expect the very best from them, but not every movie can rock your world. Sometimes we have to settle for just "really damned good."
Jupiter Ascending encompasses the Wachowskis' grand visions of galactic empire within the confines of a relatively small action-adventure story. Their aesthetic, with a dreamlike quality, seems to draw on influences from every big science-fiction film of the past but mixes them together in new and original combinations. Immediately after it screened for press, Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of complaints from critics calling the movie a mess. It may not be for everyone. It misses a few beats, but it gets more right than it does wrong. If you're on the same wavelength as the Wachowskis, »
- Mike Saulters
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