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Consumers were eager for fresh entertainment the week ending Jan. 25, as four of the five top-selling discs were new theatrical releases.
“Lucy,” the sci-fi actioner with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman that grossed more than $126 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.
“Boxtrolls,” an animated adventure with a domestic theatrical gross of $51 million, debuted at No. 2, again on both charts. According to Nielsen research, the film sold 41% as many discs as “Lucy,” but still managed to outperform 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” which slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart its second week in stores.
“Gone Girl” had debuted at No. 1 the prior week. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ruled the international box office this weekend with $54.3 million, most of which came from its excellent debut in China.The final installment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequel trilogy opened to $49.3 million in China, which is its final major market. That's the biggest opening ever for Warner Bros. International, and is nearly on par with what the first Hobbit movie made in its entire run.So far, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has earned $617.1 million overseas and over $866 million worldwide.Playing in 57 markets, Taken 3 added $26 million this weekend. That includes a huge $8.2 million debut in France and a very good $2.2 million opening in Brazil (over twice as big as Taken 2). Taken 3 has now grossed $132.7 million overseas, and remains on track to come close to the last movie's $236 million total.American Sniper expanded to a total »
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Best-ever Warner Bros. opening there lifts “Battle of Five Armies” past $600 million mark overseas
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” crossed the $600 million mark at the overseas box office, led by a record $49.5 million debut in China this weekend.
That’s the highest non-holiday three-day opening for any movie there, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday, and it pushed the foreign total for the finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster franchise to $619 million. It also helped the Middle Earth epic to easily become the weekend’s No. 1 movie internationally, with a total of $54.2 million from 62 markets.
After ringing up a $249 million domestic haul, »
- Todd Cunningham
Focus Features continue to crank up the marketing campaign to tease fans of the upcoming film adaptation of that saucy book by debuting new photos and a TV spot for director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Check them out…
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette), Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (Godzilla), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Rita Ora (Southpaw), Callum Keith Rennie (Memento) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Into the Wild).
See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey
A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, »
- Scott J. Davis
Two new releases, both about missing women, topped the national home video sales charts last week.
The top seller, by far, was 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” an acclaimed mystery about a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance that grossed more than $167 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Bowing at a distant second, also on both charts was “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a theatrical underperformer from Universal Studios starring Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. The film only earned $26.3 million in theaters after opening below expectations on the big screen in September.
Nielsen data shows “Tombstones” sold less than 38% as many copies as “Gone Girl.”
“Gone Girl” generated 38% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
There’s a lot of curiosity about director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The E.L. James erotic tale has captured the imagination of woman all over the world, and the movie is sure to be a big success. It was recently reported that it's the fastest selling rated-r movie in Fandango history. I guess that's saying something.
A global phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (2012) explore the couple.s deepening relationship. The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the .Fifty Shades. trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.
- Joey Paur
Paris – Powered by Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and Christophe Gans’ redo “Beauty and the Beast,” French films punched the second-best year outside France on record, scoring €640 million ($768 million) from 111 million admissions at the international box, Gallic promo org UniFrance announced Friday in Paris.
Last year was only the second time in over two decades that French movies passed the 100 million international tix sales benchmark. Past decade average is around 80 million.
Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” broke all-time records for a French film abroad, running up €302.8 million ($363.4 million) at international cinemas by year-end. But 2014 was more than a one-movie wonder. “Weddings” grossed €55.2 million ($66.2 million), “Beast” €25.0 million ($30.o million).
In 2012, Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp; “The Intouchables”; and Academy Award winner “The Artist” drove international territory box office for French movies to a total 144.1 tix sold and some $1.2 billion in box office. That record remains. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
In case you haven't heard, Taken 3 is pretty terrible. It's boring, has awfil action, a predictable story, stupid villains and still doesn't measure up to that surprisingly great first film. But thankfully, it looks like Taken 4 is going to be infinitely better. Sure, Taken 3 may still be in theaters, but this sequel looks so damn exciting that you're going to be anticipating this one more than The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this one, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finally gets the co-star he's always needed: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Honestly, this could reinvigorate the entire franchise. Watch! Here's the trailer for Taken 4 with Liam Neeson and Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night: Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional) and Robert Mark Kamen (The Transporter franchise). Ex-covert »
- Ethan Anderton
Have you seen Taken 3? I thought Taken 2 was so terrible that I refused to check out the third movie in the franchise, but I guess I was alone in that sentiment because the third film is currently the number one movie at the box office.
Jimmy Kimmel and his team put together a fake trailer for Taken 4 which you can watch below, and while star Liam Neeson famously went on the record years ago saying a third movie would be ridiculous, it seems he's learned his lesson this time: he told Fox News that he'd be open to doing a fourth one.
"There’s always…I think if audiences go and see it and they like these characters, I mean, I'd love to do something with Forest again, and if it's in a 'Taken 4' scenario…great."
So don't be surprised if you see Bryan Mills bust some skulls again in the future. »
- Ben Pearson
Several new theatrical features arrived on disc last week, but none could budge Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “The Equalizer” from the No. 1 spot on the national home video sales and rental charts for the week ending Jan. 11.
The crime thriller, starring Denzel Washington, earned more than $100 million in U.S. theaters and topped the Nielsen VideoScan overall and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the second consecutive week, as well as Home Media magazine’s rental chart.
The highest-charting new release was Entertainment One’s “Left Behind,” a remake of the 2000 Christian thriller, starring Nicolas Cage and Lea Thompson, that grossed $14 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart but could muster only a No. 6 debut on the Blu-ray sales chart, given that just 18% of its total unit sales came from the high-definition format.
Next was Sony Pictures’ “No Good Deed,” with $52.5 million in theatrical earnings. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
It’s not that hard to make a sequel to a popular movie. You take the basic formula from the original movie and do all of the same things with slight changes. To make Taken 2 they took just about everything from the original movie and changed it just a little. It wasn’t France it was Turkey, it wasn’t the daughter who was kidnapped it was the mother, it wasn’t about human trafficking it was about revenge. It’s very hard to make a third movie because the audience will make fun of you if you do the exact same things again, the same things they praised you for the first two times they will bury you with the third. Taken 3 tried very hard to find new ground to cover and while they made a very different movie, it’s not a good movie.
- Arthur Tebbel
Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.
Unifrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will kick-off as planned on Thursday (Jan 15), a week after a series of terrorist attacks, in which 17 people were killed, rocked the capital.
France remains on high alert after the shooting of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, by two radicalised brothers offended by its cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed; the shooting of a police woman and the slaughter of four people at a kosher supermarket in the east of the city.
The French government announced on Monday that it was deploying 10,000 troops to protect vulnerable sites across the country — including Jewish schools and neighbourhoods – amid news that security forces believed at least six members of the terrorist cell that plotted the attacks may still be at large.
Charlie Hebdo’s surviving staff have responded to the attack with a new edition of the »
2Nd Update, Tuesday 3:21 Am Pt: Actuals have been reported from most of the studios, with very few discrepancies amongst the major titles. The Top 5 remain the same as projected on Sunday, save for a tie-break between Exodus: Gods And Kings and China’s Miss Granny with the latter landing at No. 4 and the former at No. 5 on the international chart. There are also more markets reporting on The Imitation Game which added $6.6M for a $41.8M cume.
Figures have been updated throughout the below for those films as well as: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Taken 3, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Penguins Of Madagascar, Big Hero 6, Seventh Son, Into The Woods, Ouija, Honig Im Kopf, Unbroken, The Theory Of Everything, American Sniper, Dumb And Dumber To, Let’s Be Cops, The Water Diviner, Boyhood, Horrible Bosses 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Birdman and Gone Girl. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
'It ends here' booms the tagline on the poster to the thoroughly shitty yet hugely successful Taken 3. With over $40m banked in the Us alone over the weekend, the Liam Neeson-headlined series shows no sign of running out of proverbial steam. And it seems that Taken 4 may yet be on the cards.
Back in March 2011, writer/producer Luc Besson told us that "we'll stop at two", adding that "I don't think we'll go like Transporter, for example, with two, three and four".
Chatting to Fox, he was asked whether this was doing to be the last one, »
The original "Taken" film turned Liam Neeson into an action star and became a big hit with earnings of $227 million worldwide on a budget of $25 million. It was never written with sequels in mind, but it didn't take long for a sequel to go into development. Despite a bit of hesitation from Neeson, "Taken 2" followed three years later and earned $376 million worldwide. It was clear that fans wanted more from the franchise, but would Neeson return for a third installment? It took a lot of convincing and a paycheck of $20 million to bring back the actor. And now that "Taken 3" is in theaters, it's becoming clear that the film is already on its way to becoming a huge success. In its first weekend, the movie grossed $40 million domestically and another $50 million internationally, which is twice as much as its budget. Neeson was so against returning for the third »
Updated Final, 2:03Pm: Full Monday actuals per Rentrak are in, and the year’s box office, through 11 days, is at $379.4M, 1.1% behind last year (that’s $4.27M behind). What’s up? While it’s too early to sound the alarm; it turns out that this weekend’s haul of $126.57M — despite Taken 3‘ s great opening — was off 10% from the same frame a year ago, which minted $140.8M. For the most part, we can attribute it to the fact that we’re dogging Frozen‘s carryover from a year ago. While Lone Survivor‘s wide break made $37.8M during the second frame of January 2014, Frozen in its eighth weekend made $14.7M ($3.4M more than No. 2 Selma did over its Fss).
Taken 3 (Fox), $39.2M, 3,594 locations, $10,908 average; total cume: $39.2M, Wk. 1 Selma (Par), $11.3M, 2,179 locations, $5,189 average; total cume: $13.6M, Wk. 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $9.6M, 2,833 locations, $3,373 average; total cume: $105.1M , Wk. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Obviously Liam Neeson doesn't watch his own movies, and considering he pulled in a cool 20 mill for the latest Taken movie (which is, to say the least, shit) why should he. Neeson now says he's up for adding another few digits to his bank account and would return for a fourth Taken movie. Speaking to Fox News he said "There’s always...I think if audiences go and see it and they like these characters, I mean, I'd love to do something with Forest again, and if it's in a Taken 4 scenario, great." With a $40 million opening in the States, Taken 3 shows the audiences have the memory of goldfish, and long gone is the foul taste of Taken 2 as cinema going folk trudge into another pile of shit and part with their hard earned cash. And history will no doubt repeat itself in 2 years time when Taken 4 will no doubt crash into cinemas. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
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