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Update, 5:20 Pm Pt: Depending on how we slice it, the international weekend was down about 13% across the Top 10 studio titles versus last weekend. Then again, it was up about 15% if we factor in big local movies from China and India. Regardless, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies continued its assault on the offshore box office with a $105.5M take in its 2nd frame while the No. 2 (non-studio) title was China’s Gone With The Bullets at $36M, and the 3rd major player was Aamir Khan-starrer Pk which opened in India and 21 other markets for a $25.6M cume. Among other solid performers, Penguins Of Madagascar was up over last frame with an added $16.5M, including from openings in Mexico and France, where, in the latter, a local movie about a deaf family is making a lot of noise.
New studio entry, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb opened in 28 markets, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Though The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies didn't surpass the first film's $100.2 million haul, but it still took the top spot at the box office, with $56.2 million for a five-day total of $90 million. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb marked a low for the series, bringing in $17.3 million over the weekend. Meanwhile, Annie did almost just as well while playing in almost 400 fewer theaters with $16.3 million. Otherwise, last week's box office winner Exodus fell a cursed 66.6% to bring in just $8 million. The Hunger Games meanwhile stuck around the top five with $7.7 million bringing its total to $289.2 million. It now sits in second on the 2014 list behind Guardians of the Galaxy, which leads with $332.6 million. Meanwhile, Top Five had a rougher second week as it expanded slightly, bringing in just $3.6 million. Reese Witherspoon's Oscar »
- E. Alex Jung
2014 was a good year for women in film. Recently, it was revealed that the top ten most searched stars on IMDb this year were all women. This on its own might not mean much, given the off-screen personas of today’s women and the fascination with their personal lives. Coupled with a careful examination of the roles that women, especially young women, have played on screen this year, it’s easy to see that women’s roles in Hollywood may be headed in the right direction.
Emma Stone provided the first indication of this in 2014, with her work in The Amazing Spiderman 2. Though the movie is problematic on many levels, her performance as Gwen Stacy is one of the few things that make it work. Her Gwen is intelligent, ballsy, and determined, unafraid of the dangerous situations she finds herself in and unwilling to simply wait around for Peter Parker. »
- Joseph Allen
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has topped the Us Box Office.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is new at two with $17.3m, while Annie is also new at three with $16.3m.
Comedy spin-off Penguins Of Madagascar is at nine and Pk is new in at 10.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for December 21 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows:
1. (-) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - $56,220,000
2. (-) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Part 1 - $17,300,000
3. (- »
The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range. For its inaugural three-day weekend, the fantasy adventure earned $56.2 million.
“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.”
This “Hobbit” faced stiffer competition than the previous installments in the form of two major family releases, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Previous Jackson films, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug, »
- Brent Lang
Berlin — Despite major projects this year, including Steven Spielberg’s latest Cold War drama and the “Point Break” remake, Germany’s Studio Babelsberg is expecting a €2.5 million ($3 million) loss for 2014.
In an interview with German financial newspaper Handelsblatt on Friday, Studio Babelsberg president and CEO Charlie Woebcken said he hoped the studio would survive next year. Separately, the studio’s vice president and chief operating officer, Christoph Fisser, told German news agency Dpa that the company lacked planning certainty after two key productions it was banking on this year failed to materialize.
The studio is forecasting 2014 revenue of €50 million ($61.1 million), down from €81.9 million ($100.1 million) last year.
Studio Babelsberg has regularly fluctuated between annual losses and profits over the years, depending on the number of international co-productions they had in any given year. In 2013, for example, the studio posted a profit of €843,000 ($1.03 million) after suffering a hefty loss of €7.2 million ($8.8 million) the year before, »
- Ed Meza
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” powered to with $16.5 million at the Friday box office, and the finale in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogy is heading for a five-day total in the $85 million range for Warner Bros.
The weekend’s two other wide openers — “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and the Sony musical “Annie” – were battling for second. The Fox comedy sequel took in $5.6 million on Friday, a little ahead of the big-screen version of the Broadway hit, which brought in $5.3 million. That puts both on track for a $17 million-$18 million weekend total.
That’s better news for “Annie, »
- Todd Cunningham
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is marching toward a box office victory.
The final installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy grossed $16.6 million on Friday in the U.S. on its way to hauling almost $54 million this weekend, which would put its five-day total at $88 million. This is far above recent estimates of $80 million.
The fantasy adventure is miles ahead of the other newcomers this pre-Christmas weekend. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is headed for $19 million, while the reboot of “Annie” trails slightly behind with $18.5 million. The films are in a neck-and-neck race after initial forecasts as late as Friday pegged “Secret of the Tomb” as the clear winner.
Aside from giving a much-needed boost to the U.S. box office, if estimates hold, “Five Armies” will have the year’s eighth highest-grossing opening, behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Despite the strong showing, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
2014 brought back some of our absolute favorite movie duos while new fictional pairs made their big-screen debuts.
Classic couples like Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker and Miss Piggy and Kermit reminded us why we fell in love with them in the first place. New romances like Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters shared in The Fault in Our Stars proved that falling in love can be the most magical and heartbreaking experience in the world.
We've compiled a list of our absolute favorite movie couples of the year. Check out the list below and watch the video above to see our beloved characters in action!
The cutest muppet duo starred in this year’s sequel to 2011’s The Muppets and their witty back-and-forth banter about marriage made us laugh, like always. Taking place in Europe, Constantine, a nearly-exact twin to Kermit and criminal mastermind extraordinaire, swaps places »
Giving the U.S. box office a badly needed boost, the finale of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy is heading toward as much as $80 million in its first five days.
Friday estimates showed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” taking in $14 million to $15 million at 3,875 locations on its third day.
That means “Five Armies” will also come out far ahead during the pre-Christmas weekend over two new entries — Fox’s “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which is headed for about $23 million to $26 million, and Sony’s reboot of “Annie” with about $20 million, although some Friday forecasts were far more bullish on “Annie.”
“Five Armies” marched to $34.4 million on Wednesday and Thursday. Its projected $80 million total — slightly above New Line’s recent guidance — would rank as the seventh-highest Wednesday-Sunday opening in U.S. history.
If the numbers hold, “Five Armies” will eclipse the first five days »
- Dave McNary
David Schwimmer will play, ironically, the least famous Kardashian.
Best known for playing Ross on NBC’s “Friends” from 1994-2004, Schwimmer has since appeared in a recurring roles on Showtime’s “Web Therapy” and HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He has also guest starred on an episode of NBC’s “30 Rock.”
See photos: 18 Real-Life Scandals That TV Ripped From the Headlines (Photos)
His film credits include the voice role for »
- Jethro Nededog
Spiridakos will recur as Annika Johnson, a mystery woman who shows up at the establishment.
Bates Motel returns for Season 3 in March 2015.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Broadchurch Season 2 will now premiere Wednesday, March 4, at 10/9c on BBC America, a month after the previously announced Feb. 4 date. Check out a new trailer below:
* Pivot’s first scripted drama Fortitude will debut Thursday, Jan. »
It makes her wanna La La! Ashlee Simpson and her husband Evan Ross are expecting their first child together, Us Weekly can confirm. The recently wed stars will welcome another baby into their family, which also includes Bronx, Ashlee's 6-year-old son. (His dad is Simpson's first husband, Pete Wentz.) Simpson, 30, and Ross, 26, got married this past August in Greenwich, Conn. at the home of his mother, Motown legend Diana Ross. Ross hinted at the possibility of growing his family with his wife last month at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay [...] »
Ashlee and Evan are expecting a baby, E! News first reported.
Video: They're Having a Baby! 6 Best Pregnancy Announcements of 2014
Ashlee, 30, the younger sister of Jessica Simpson, got engaged to Evan, 26, in January after dating for nearly six months. The couple tied the knot in August at a small ceremony in Connecticut.
Video Maternity Couture: The Best-Dressed Bumps of 2014!
This has been a big year for Ashlee and Evan. Aside from their recent nuptials, the newlyweds appeared together in Evan's new music video for his single "How to Live Alone," which was released Dec. 12. Evan, the son of Diana Ross, also appeared as Messalla in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
It's the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend's box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each. These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what's likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woods—all films opening in at least 2,000 theaters each—are all opening Christmas week. While Night at the Museum »
- Ariana Bacle
What an exciting holiday season ahead for Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross! Simpson is pregnant with the couple's first child together, E! News can exclusively confirm. Their little one will join Ashlee's 6-year-old son Bronx in the family fold. She and Ross tied the knot on Aug. 31. Meanwhile...mission accomplished for Evan! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 star told us just last month that he and his wife were "working on" having a family. "I would like [having kids]," he said. "As many as possible!" Breaking news, more to come »
Never leave money on the table, they say. In this case, it's the chart-topping song from The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence's moving rendition of a Lumineers/Suzanne Collins collaboration, "The Hanging Tree." The original is slow and actually quite moving! The remix is ... something else altogether. And there's a good chance you'll be hearing it on the radio. (Or below.)So, what do you think? »
- Lindsey Weber
Thanks to the continued popularity of superhero movies and Ya literature adaptations and now the reignited interest in monsters, the joined genres of science fiction and fantasy are giving us what seems to be more releases than ever. It helps that computer effects are cheaper and easier for the benefit of indies and that so many makers of shorts see simple yet impressively visualized stories involving robots, dystopias and alien invasions as the perfect calling card for Hollywood. The plethora of works dealing with the unreal and as yet impossible means that while last year a Hobbit movie made the cut, this year the final chapter did not. It means that a new sci-fi film from Terry Gilliam, my longtime favorite director, also fell below our limit of the top 14. And it also means there was just too much out there for me to get around to. Apologies to Space Station 76, The Hunger Games »
- Christopher Campbell
Girl, what is your season! Jennifer Lawrence has been popping around Manhattan since Monday, Dec. 15. But while New Yorkers are bundled up to their eyes in puffer coats and Ugg boots to brave 40-degree temps, the Oscar winner has been strutting the streets in little more than light jackets and open-toe sandals on her feet. Lady, aren't you freezing?! The Hunger Games star, 24, was first spotted out and about on Dec. 16 in a thin leopard coat, plunging Rag & Bone varsity sweater, dark blue DL1961 [...] »
Madame Tussauds London has unveiled a new waxwork of Katniss Everdeen.
Katniss sports her famous braided hairstyle and she wears her brown leather hunting jacket, dark charcoal trousers, knee-length tie-up leather brown boots, brown leather quiver and bow.
Likenesses of Katniss have also been placed at Madame Tussauds' New York and Hollywood attractions.
"We are hugely excited to have worked with Lionsgate to launch a Katniss wax figure following The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," said Nicole Fenner from Madame Tussauds London.
"The figure is in its own film-specific backdrop, allowing our guests to get up close to Katniss and the beloved story of The Hunger Games, which we know they'll love."
Paula Kupfer from Lionsgate added: "We are delighted to have worked with Madame Tussauds London, »
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