Though Tommy Wirkola's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters didn't exactly light the box office on fire here in the States (it raked in just $54 million domestically), the flick did big business elsewhere, earning $151 million overseas, bringing its total box office to $205 million worldwide. You know what that means.
Deadline is reporting that a sequel to the flick is on its way courtesy of Paramount and MGM. No word yet on whether or not Wirkola or stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will be coming back for more, but we hope that this next flick has more Derek Mears. You can never have too much after all.
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- Uncle Creepy
Paramount and MGM have thrown into development a sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The move is eye-raising since the movie was a bomb in North America, where it grossed only $54 million, but it shows the impact that the international box office has on Hollywood studios; the two companies are citing the more than $150 million grossed abroad as the inciting factor for the sequel.
The announcement comes on the heels of the movie crossing the $200 million worldwide. Among the countries where the action fantasy has
- Borys Kit
All but confirming the end of America as a superpower, Paramount has begun developing a sequel to Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, despite the dark fairy-tale reimagining performing rather modestly at the U.S. box office and receiving mostly dismal reviews from snooty critics who expected more from the film than a reliably mechanical process. But because it crossed $200 million at the global box office, and because America can no longer be considered the predominant force in the world’s marketplace, there will be more witches getting shot in the face by good-looking people in leather. Whether those people »
Who says that January is the graveyard for movie releases? Apparently enough people went to go see Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters to make it worthwhile for the studio to greenlight a sequel. You wouldn't think a movie that grossed $54 million in the United States would be considered a success, but look at it from a business standpoint: the movie cost $50 million to make, so it recouped it's budget in North America Alone. The other $150 million is just gravy. Gone are the days where »
- Alex Maidy
Director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) , whose erotic drama Two Mothers (aka Perfect Mothers, with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright) is due out April 3rd, 2013 in France, confirmed to Allocine that her next film will be a big screen version of Posy Simmonds graphic novel, Gemma Bovery. While Fontaine was kind of ‘superstitious’ I guess in that she didn’t like to talk about the casting, French actor Fabrice Luchini revealed that he’ll be starring with Arterton, who he refers to as a ‘British atomic bomb’. The story of an English couple who comes to live in Normandy is told in flashback, detailing the tragicomic... Related posts: Cannes 2010: Tamara Drewe Starring Gemma Arterton Tamara Drewe Clips Tamara Drewe Trailer and Poster Gemma Arterton in Hansel and Gretel Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton In Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters First Look »
- Nick Martin
After a recent fad of fairytale movies swept Hollywood (Snow White and The Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Mirror Mirror etc.), the focus seems to have shifted to Biblical epics, with Darren Aronofsky hard at work on Noah, Ang Lee eyeing Gods and Kings and now, Ridley Scott’s Exodus, which has caught the eye of Christian Bale.
The film was originally penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage but the new draft was written by Steve Zaillian. Scott is hoping to shoot the film once he finishes up The Counsellor and Fox is hoping to move quickly on this one, seeing as Gods and Kings (also a Moses based film) is starting to shape up.
Bale, of course, has his eye on the lead role, that of Moses. While nothing is confirmed just yet, with the studio hoping to get this into production sooner than later, you »
- Matt Joseph
Vampire adaptation 'Byzantium', which stars Gemma Arterton -below ('Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters') and Saoirse Ronan ('The Host') as the mysterious Clara and Eleanor, will be rolled out in the Us on 28th June courtesy of IFC Films. Such is a sign of the times it'll most likely land on VOD with a post dated limited theatrical opening but either way the Neil Jordan flick based on the play 'A Vampire Story' by Moira Buffini (who also penned the screenplay) is finally seeing the light of day. The movie is already scheduled to hit selected UK theatres from 3rd May and Caleb Landry Jones ('The Last Exorcism', 'Antiviral'), Jonny Lee Miller ('Dexter', Dark Shadows'), Tom Hollander ('Hanna') and Daniel Mays ('Ashes to Ashes') all co-star. »
Coinciding with its domestic launch, Oz The Great and Powerful opened in most foreign markets as well this weekend. While it got off to a fine start in most areas, its grosses paled in comparison to 2010's Alice in Wonderland. Oz earned an estimated $69.9 million from 46 territories, which represent 81 percent of the foreign marketplace. Its top territory by-far was Russia with $14.6 million*, which is narrowly ahead of Alice in Wonderland's $13.8 million. Otherwise, it trailed Alice in the U.K. ($5.6 million), Mexico ($5.2 million) and Australia ($4.9 million). It also lagged in Italy ($3.8 million), Brazil ($3.7 million), Germany ($3.7 million), Japan ($3.6 million) and Spain ($2.6 million). These numbers are nothing to scoff at, but at the same time they add up to about half of Alice in Wonderland's openings across the same territories. Alice wound up with over $690 million overseas; it now looks like Oz will be lucky to gross more than $350 million. Hansel and Gretel »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast where this week we actually don't forget to cover the new DVDs and Blu-rays and, yet again, explore the current state of film, this time looking at the impact age has on filmmakers, discussing the want for quality when money is being spent making a movie and whether or not in-depth analysis of a film can actually hurt or help the appreciation of that film considering the bias of the person doing the analyzing. On top of that we have more of your questions and voicemails, all our regular games and a Box-Office Challenge update with all the latest numbers for all twenty films, including the foreign totals Box-Office Mojo had not yet added into several of the films... the results may surprise you, or, at least Laremy. I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Riding on the box office success of the James Franco-led "Oz: The Great and Powerful," Disney has plans for another adaptation of a childhood favorite, Deadline.com reports.
Disney is reportedly in talks to reinterpret the classic 1991 animated "Beauty and the Beast" as a live-action film called "The Beast."
A number of childhood reinterpretations have hit the box office as of late. Recent successes include "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and 2010's "Alice in Wonderland." Just in its first weekend, "Oz" brought in close to $80 million, while "Alice" reached a lifetime domestic gross of $334 million. However, others have not been so lucky. Recent releases "Jack the Giant Slayer" and "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" have struggled at the box office. Since its release in January, »
- Madeline Boardman
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a perfect horror film. From an aesthetic and narrative standpoint, it is one of the most emulated genre films of the last half century. It has its roots in the bloody chamber archetype, the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale and the literary notion of the Bluebeard. Put simply, it is the cinematic incarnation of the most primal fear mankind experiences, that of being captured and eaten by an animal more vicious than ourselves. Certainly the elemental terror of being trapped, tortured and consumed is grisly fodder enough to base a film around. But Tobe Hooper's 1974 masterpiece uses that as merely the foundation for a multi-layered treatise on the post-Watergate, post-Vietnam cultural schism America was then roiling in. The echoes of the Manson family's ruinous effect on the peace generation reverberate through every frame and the sordid, predatory impulse inherent in Western capitalism is »
- Matt Risnes
With an opening weekend of just under $20 million in North America and a current total of $54 million domestically, it appears as if Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' performance overseas have hugely increased the chances of a sequel. With a budget of only $50 million, the R-Rated movie certainly seems to have performed well enough to warrant a follow-up of some sort and the ending of the movie certainly left the door wide open for a sequel. The actors involved all seemed fairly open to the idea when asked during the rather extensive press tour for the movie. Don't forget, you can read my review of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D by clicking Here. With $10.7M this weekend overseas ($140M total), Hansel & Gretel is nipping at $200M worldwide. Never thought I'd say this, but...sequel?— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 11, 2013 Fifteen years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and »
Oz the Great and Powerful flew in with a lot of hype and expectations. Dead Man Down was just hoping to earn some respect while Admission was a basically a dark-horse armed with a game cast. And as for the audacious, and just completely insane, The ABCs of Death, well, it was just hoping not to die (a.k.a. bottom of the rankings). Here’s how the 2013 movie rankings are shaping up thus far: 1. Side Effects 2. Warm Bodies 3. Escape from Planet Earth 4. Oz the Great and Powerful 5. 21 and Over 6. Snitch 7. Beautiful Creatures 8. Gangster Squad 9. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 10. Dead [ Read More ]
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- Joe Belcastro
Oz: The Great And Powerful opens at No. 1 worldwide with an outstanding estimated weekend gross of $150.2 million from 47 markets. This is the best worldwide opening thus far in 2013.” Be sure to check out our very own Melissa Howland’s “stunning” review here.
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 10, 2013 are below.
Oz: The Great and Powerful – Disney – $80.3M
Jack The Giant Slayer – Warner Bros. – $10.M
Identity Thief – Universal – $6.3M
Dead Man Down – FilmDistrict – $5.3M
Snitch – Lionsgate – $5.1M
21 And Over – Relativity Media – $5.1M
Silver Linings Playbook – The Weinstein Company – $3.7M
Escape From Planet Earth – The Weinstein Company – $3.2M
Last Exorcism Part II, The – CBS Films – $3.1M
Good Day To Die Hard, A – 20th Century Fox – $2.1M
Life Of Pi – 20th Century Fox – $1.6M
Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below. »
The future of film compared to the current state it's in right now is a big topic on today's episode along with reviews for Oz the Great and Powerful and Dead Man Down. In addition we have several voicemails from listeners, questions and our usual array of games. I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and no matter where you live in the world, all you need is a microphone and Internet connection and »
- Brad Brevet
The following contains no spoilers on plot points but does mention who Peter Weller is now playing.
We’ve been fooled by this sort of thing before: a few weeks out from release a distributor will show a few minutes of footage to get audiences worked up. And it’s always good. Always. Let’s face it, no one would show the crap bits as a teaser.
The problem is, that it’s usually not particularly representative of the whole movie. As a guide to how misleading these can be, I saw previews for Battleship and Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, and came out of both thinking the movies might be quite good…. but how wrong I was!
Out of context footage can always be used to sell a movie, as can five or ten minutes from the opening; showing a group of critics the entire first act, however, is far bolder. »
- Ben Mortimer
Disney puts scriptwriter to work on follow-up as first film prepares for huge opening weekend at box office
The studio behind the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful, has already commissioned a follow-up, according to Variety.
Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and featuring James Franco, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams, is due to open today in the Us and UK, but backers Disney are so confident of its success that they hired scriptwriter Mitchell Kapner "several months ago" to work on a second film.
So far, no plot details have emerged, but Kapner, who co-wrote Oz with David Lindsay-Abaire, is expected to draw on more material from L Frank Baum's series of novels, published between 1900 and 1920.
However, some famous elements of the story, such as Dorothy's ruby-red shoes, are out of bounds as they are additions made by film-makers for the original 1939 film, »
- Andrew Pulver
They may not be a patch on the cool new poster we revealed yesterday for Eli Roth's new horror show 'Hemlock Grove' but still we have got our hands on eight new pics from the upcoming series. The collection is no more than a few peeks at various cast members including Famke Janssen ('Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters'), Bill Skarsgard, Lili Taylor ('The Conjuring') and Landon Liboiron. But not a single furry backed sharp toothed one in sight. The new show headed by horror aficionado Eli Roth will air next month on Netflix' streaming service. Check out all the new images below even if its just to remember how hot Famke Janssen still is! »
There's just no pleasing ungrateful audiences like us anymore. Hollywood gives us so many chances to be happy and we just reject them all. First, we complain when our fairy tale movies are too tame or pathetic, like Mirror Mirror. So Hollywood makes a hard left and gives us fairy tales with a distinctive edge, such as Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and then we complain that they're too scary or too weird! Just like that tiny jerk Goldilocks, we're finicky and put off by every different porridge they try to cram down our throats. What's a poor studio to do?! Though you could argue that almost every movie finds a basis in one kind of myth, fable or fairy tale, long gone are the softer days of The Little Mermaid and Ever After. But how did we get from the gentle...
- Amanda Mae Meyncke
I wrote a few weeks ago about how something released this year or perhaps last year might be a signal for the future of the would-be blockbuster, a film whose respective success would spawn a decade or so of like-minded would-be tentpoles. What if I were to tell you that a possible template for future would-be blockbusters had already arrived this very year? What if I were to tell you that the future of big-scale filmmaking may be none-other than Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters? Laugh if you wish, but let’s take a look at what the film represents. To read more go to Mendelson’s Memos »
- email@example.com (Scott Mendelson)
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