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With summertime approaching, once again Hollywood will be happily engaging us in our desire for death and destruction that ranks an 11 out of 10 on the apocalypse meter. Indeed, our appetite for all things end of the world seems to know no bounds or ages ,whether its superhero blockbusters, the weekly trials of the survivors of The Walking Dead, or even books aimed at young people like The Hunger Games and Divergent series. Maybe it has something to do with the fantasy though. Maybe it’s fun to live vicariously in a broken world for a couple of hours through the magic of the screen, or the written word. After all, you can’t live in a post-apocalyptic world in real-life, can you?
That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because the answer given in Above and Below is that you can. At one point, a man named Rick, who lives »
- Adam A. Donaldson
For the fourth weekend in a row, Furious 7 took first place at the domestic box office. Also, thanks to its record-setting performance in China, Furious 7 is now just the third movie ever to earn over $1 billion overseas.Meanwhile, Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted in 44 international markets and earned a stunning $201.2 million. In nearly all of those markets, it opened above The Avengers and Iron Man 3.For more coverage on Avengers and Furious 7, see the Around-the-World Roundup below.In the U.S., Furious 7 eased 37 percent to an estimated $18.3 million. The last movie to hold on to the top spot for four weekends in a row was The Hunger Games, which did so back in March/April of 2012.So far, Furious 7 has earned $320.5 million at the domestic box office. If it can hold decently against Avengers next weekend, it has a strong shot at reaching $350 million. »
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“Furious 7″ continues to race past box office records.
The hugely popular sequel crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, becoming only the third film to pull off that track. It’s in some pretty rarefied company in that regard, joining “Avatar” and “Titanic.” With a global haul of $1.3 billion, “Furious 7″ is now the fifth highest-grossing film in history.
“Furious 7,” which is the last film in the series to feature actor Paul Walker, is also the highest-grossing film in China. Its $323 million gross in the People’s Republic exceeds “Transformers: Age of Extinction’s” record-breaking $319 million bounty.
Domestically, “Furious 7″ became the first film since “The Hunger Games” in 2012 to top box office charts for four weeks in a row, picking up a leading $18.3 million and driving its Stateside total to $320 million.
The 2013 death of Walker in a car crash forced Universal to suspend production, but »
- Brent Lang
For the fourth weekend in a row, Furious 7 is the number one movie at the domestic box office. That puts the film in rarified company, as only the fourth film of the past decade to spend four consecutive weeks in first place. The other three four-time champions were Avatar, The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games. To give credit where it’s due, Avatar actually spent seven weeks in first place in 2009-2010 (what were we all thinking back then?) and Guardians of the Galaxy had four wins last summer – just not in a row. According to studio estimates, Furious 7 earned another $18.2 million between Friday and Sunday, or a drop of just 37% over last weekend. That brings the film’s domestic total to $320.5 million after 24 days. But the real story continues to be F7’s momentum overseas. Already the fastest film to break $1 billion in global sales (17 days »
- Nicole Pedersen
In the calm before the storm (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Furious 7 continued its dominance over the North American box office, while The Age of Adaline had a respectable debut in third place. The sixth sequel amassed another $18.3 million, getting its best hold yet with a 37% drop. It is the first movie since The Hunger Games in 2012 to top the box office for four straight weekends. Of course, without major new competition before the summer box office begins next weekend, another crowning position on the charts was expected.
The racing behemoth has already surpassed the $320 million mark and generally, it would be a lock to cross the $350 mark at this point. However, with Avengers: Age of Ultron set to assemble massive audiences next weekend – and likely gun for the opening weekend record, beating its predecessor – Furious 7 should lose much of its firepower, along with its IMAX and high format screens. »
- Jordan Adler
The mega-grossing sequel took the top spot at the weekend box office with $18.3 million, becoming the first film to come in first for four consecutive weekends since “The Hunger Games” in March of 2012. “Furious 7″ is one of only 29 films to pull off the feat. Its winning streak will almost certainly draw to a close next weekend when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” enjoys what most analysts project will be an opening of more than $200 million. Domestically, “Furious 7″ has earned $320.5 million.
Although it could not elbow “Furious 7″ from its perch atop the box office chart, Lively’s fantasy romance “Age of Adaline” scored a respectable $13.4 million from 2,991 locations. The Lionsgate/Lakeshore release had been projected to pull in $12 million and cost $30 million to produce. The two partners split the costs and any profits evenly between themselves. »
- Brent Lang
“Furious 7,” Universal’s blockbuster hot car sequel, capped its record-breaking run with a fourth consecutive triumph at the box office this weekend. And in the process, it moved past “Frozen” to become the fifth-highest grossing film globally ever. Lionsgate’s “The Age of Adaline,” a fantasy romance starring Blake Lively and “Game of Thrones” actor Michiel Huisman, opened with $13.3 million and on Friday even finished on top, ahead of “Furious 7.” But the action sequel had a big Saturday that powered an $18.3 million weekend and made it the first movie since 2012’s “The Hunger Games” to stay on top of the box office. »
- Todd Cunningham
This weekend is our last before Avengers: Age of Ultron brings the hammer down on the domestic box office. The sequel started its international rollout on Wednesday and took first place in all of its initial markets. In its first two days, Ultron earned $44.8 million. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the deluge to come, as evidenced by the fact that the film is already outpacing Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3 overseas. With so much attention focused on next week – when the official summer box office season begins here in North America – it’s no wonder that this weekend’s box office feels a bit subdued by comparison. The good news for Universal is that Furious 7 should have no trouble holding on to first place for a very rare fourth consecutive frame. The last film to spend four weeks in first place was The Hunger Games, »
- Nicole Pedersen
Blake Lively’s “The Age of Adaline” is giving “Furious 7” a run for the money at the box office this weekend, and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” isn’t far behind. The Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson hot car blockbuster still has the inside track at being the first movie to win four consecutive weekends since “The Hunger Games” did it in 2012. “Furious 7” rolled to $4.8 million from a market-high 3,808 theaters Friday, which Universal estimates will translate into a roughly $16 million three-day total. That would probably be enough for it to reclaim the No. 1 spot it has held »
- Todd Cunningham
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike (Tatum) sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
Magic Mike Xxl opens in the States on July 1st »
- Gary Collinson
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
“Furious 7″ still has plenty of gas in the tank, as the tentpole’s poised to win its fourth straight weekend at the U.S. box office with about $16 million, according to early Friday estimates.
If “Furious 7″ can maintain its lead this weekend, it will become the first film to launch with four consecutive victories at the U.S. box office since Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” in 2012. Marvel/Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” had four straight wins last summer domestically but in its fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh weekends in release.
- Dave McNary
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have released five new international TV spots for their upcoming summer blockbuster Terminator Genisys, which are packed full of new footage from the film. Check them out…
When John Connor (Jason Clarke, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, Insurgent) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
- Scott J. Davis
With filming expected to start in the next couple months, expect to start hearing more and more about casting on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Reports have come in now about two potential cast members being added to the roster. Come inside to check it out!
Thanks to Star Wars Celebration, we now have some official details on Rogue One. It's a heist movie in which rebel forces attempt to steal the Death Star plans. It'll be something like a Dirty Dozen, or Magnificent Seven, kind of film in that it will feature a big group of people working together. Thus, we'll have quite a few cast members to report on before too long. The Wrap got the word on two actors being looked at for roles in the film: Riz Ahmed (who was awesome in Nightcrawler) and Sam Claflin (who most will know from The Hunger Games films).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
- Scott J. Davis
So far, we know that Felicity Jones has been confirmed in the lead role of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (to give it its proper name). Furthermore, Ben Mendelsohn has also been rumoured to be appearing.
And now we can add two more names to the speculation list.
As you might expect, »
With CinemaCon wrapping up its show tonight, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence was in town to collect his award for Director of the Year from the convention. Shortly before collecting his hardware, I landed a few minutes with him backstage and got some updates on how things are going on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Here are a few highlights from our conversation: His first cut of the film was 2 hr 50 min but now it’s 2 hr 7 min without credits. There aren’t many deleted scenes. They still have to film the epilogue and the plan is to film in late May. It’s one scene and it’s a few minutes of the movie. He said they’re planning on going to Comic-Con this year. He’s not sure which of the cast is going but the plan is to be there. Don’t expect »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In the aftermath of last week’s Star Wars Celebration event, during which a plethora of details on the series were unveiled, two new names have been linked to the first standalone movie. As reported by The Wrap, Nightcrawler star Riz Ahmed and The Hunger Games‘ Sam Claflin are being sought for parts in Star Wars: Rogue One. The pair are said to be hot contenders for two separate roles in the movie’s vast resistance army.
Director Gareth Edwards revealed last week that the film would be a step away from earlier Star Wars ventures. “It comes down to a group of individuals who don’t have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy,” Edwards said during the event. Lucasfilm quickly followed that up by releasing the official logline for the movie, which will trace a bunch of resistance fighters who band together to steal Death Star plans. »
- Gem Seddon
Variety reports that Riz Ahmed, best known for Nightcrawler, is in talks to play the male lead in Star Wars: Rogue One. At a Star Wars panel held over the last weekend, we learned that the first Star Wars anthology will involve a group of rebel soldiers who plan to steal the Death Star. Felicity Jones has already been cast in a lead role as one of those rebel fighters. And while there are no details yet about his role, Variety says Ahmed will likely play a rebel soldier, too. Ben Mendelsohn will also reportedly play the film's villain. Rogue One is set for 2016. Update: The Wrap is reporting that The Hunger Games' Sam Claflin is also being discussed for a lead role. »
- Dee Lockett
Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) is the frontrunner to land the lead male role in Gareth Edwards' Star Wars 'anthology film' Rogue One, according to Variety. It is possible that he would star opposite Felicity Jones (and the unconfirmed Ben Mendelsohn) in a band of rebels who attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star. Meanwhile, The Wrap is reporting that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games franchise) is also in talks to join the ensemble cast. Ahmed met with Edwards in London, England last month, per Variety. Apparently he stood out from the rest of the actors Edwards met with, the young actor's chemistry test with the director supposedly going very well. The first anthology film will be a departure from other Star Wars fare as there will be no Jedi...
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