Breaking: After coming through a major fall restructure and flying out of the gate with two box office hits in 2014 and overhauling Fast & Furious 7 so it can resume production in March, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has extended her contract through 2017. Langley, who oversaw the production businesses of Universal Pictures and Focus Features, is adding oversight of international production and international and domestic marketing to her duties. Marketing president Josh Goldstine and International president David Kosse will now report to Langley. Like Langley, they will also report to Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman Jeff Shell, whom Comcast installed as head of Universal Studios last September as part of a shakeup that saw Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson ousted and co-chairman Langley upped to sole chairman while Ron Meyer was named NBC Universal vice chairman of NBC Universal. Related: Universal Shakeup: Adam Fogelson Out, Donna Langley Sideways, Jeff Shell In, And Ron Meyer »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
A month-long bootcamp was just the start, as the story of a botched Navy SEALs assignment became a mission in itself. And next up for the actor? Lance Armstrong's training regime
Lone Survivor has surprised many. It's the story of Operation Red Wings – a 2005 reconnaissance mission which found four Navy SEALs ambushed by anti-coalition militia on an Afghan mountain – adapted from Seal Marcus Luttrell's memoir of the events. Written and directed by Peter Berg, who last coughed up the hideous Battleship, it's everything that film wasn't: heartfelt and exciting in all the right places. No 1 at the Us box office, it's doubled its $40m budget and garnered frenzied reactions from both ends of the political spectrum.
This was very much a passion project for Berg, whose father was a Marine. He'd been working on it since 2007; after getting to know Luttrell and the families of the 19 SEALs killed in Operation Red Wings, »
- Alex Godfrey
Update: The Nut Job is a Huge success, making more money in its opening weekend than any other indie animated film. So, of course, the companies behind the nutty film will make a sequel! Nothing else is secured, like if director Peter Lepeniotis or any of the stars will be back. When a movie is expected to be a success, usually they have the stars sign a contract promising to come back but with a small film made out of South Korea, I feel pretty certain they did Not make a deal for future films with the film's key voices, Katherine Heigl or Will Arnett.
April 11, 2013 - The Nut Job isn't looking so squirrley anymore. Open Road Films, the folks behind The Host, has picked up the 3D animated film about a squirrel and a rat who plan to steal the nuts from a nut store. It will be in theaters Jan. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
For those that visit the site regularly, you will be aware that we are incredibly, almost unnaturally excited for Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The Lego Movie and today we have been given an incredibly brief look at DC superhero The Flash in the latest TV spot. As with the promos, it’s bright, over the top and damn entertaining; check it out after the official synopsis...
"The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."
- Gary Collinson
It’s good to be Kevin Hart and Ice Cube this weekend. The increasingly ubiquitous Hart, who recently told EW that Ride Along is “my baby,” scored big with a $41.2 million opening weekend for the buddy-cop comedy. That should jump to an estimated $47.8 million when one factors in the Monday Mlk Jr. holiday. Not only does the impressive haul surpass expectations for Universal’s leanly budgeted $25 million comedy, but it also breaks the record for a January opening. (If you’re still not sold on the Hart/Cube pairing, whose chemistry lifted the film to an “A” approval rating with CinemaScore audiences, »
- Karen Valby
Kevin Hart is clearly a box office draw as Ride Along hit theaters this weekend and smashed expectations, bringing in $41.2 million, making it the largest January opening ever, topping Cloverfield's previous record of $40 million. Word of mouth on this one might not be too bad either as it scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. I expect Ride Along 2 will be announced shortly and I can only hope this time they surround Hart's comedic talent with a good screenplay. Speaking of January records, last weekend Lone Survivor tried to break Cloverfield's record, but fell a little shy as it now has the third largest January opening ever. Even better news for the film is that it only dipped 39% off that opening number for $23.2 million this weekend, bringing its cume to over $78 million. Yes, that's more than Peter Berg's Battleship made in its entire domestic run ($68 million). As for the weekend's other newcomers, »
- Brad Brevet
In Part One (Read It here) of our interview with Steve Jablonsky, composer of films like Transformers, The Island, Pain And Gain, Steamboy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and most recently, Battleship, Ender's Game, and Lone Survivor, we talked about how he got into composing and his earlier work. In Part Two we discuss Transformers: Age Of Extinction, his collaboration with Explosions in the Sky for Lone Survivor, working with Michael Bay, future projects, and a certain superhero movie »
- Paul Shirey
Listen up, nerds! Everyone’s favorite fantasy card game-slash-reason that you and your three other AP-lovin’ friends never left your rec room junior year of high school is finally getting the movie adaptation treatment it justly deserves. Magic: The Gathering will make the leap from playing cards to the big screen, as Fox has acquired the rights from Hasbro to transform the multiverse of the planeswalkers into something on as large of a scale as the Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings franchises. This is great news coming from the studios that brought us Battleship as their last game-based film offering, although casting hasn’t been set yet, so there’s always still time for Rihanna to be announced as a beautiful wizard. A sprawling Magic franchise at the same level of complexity and quality as Lotr or Harry Potter seems like a hefty order to fill, but Fox has some ammunition on their side »
- Samantha Wilson
Peter Berg might not have set the box office alight with his last film, blockbuster failure Battleship (which was slightly underrated in my book). However it turns out that if you give this man a vastly smaller budget, he can turn it into box office gold. His new film, Lone Survivor, has been critically very well received (including five stars from us here at Thn) and it looks like the Us audience have taken it to heart as well. The film, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch, debuted at number one and took in over $38.5 million, which is very close to the film’s reported budget. Great news for its financiers at Universal. Frozen also continues to rake in the money for Disney as it only dropped to number 2 and still managed to rake in over $15 million. Frozen has now earned around $317 million in the states alone! »
- Esben Evans
The experiences of a Us Navy Seal hunted by the Taliban hit mighty numbers while The Legend of Hercules limped in at No 4
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Lone Survivor holds its own
Lone Survivor has Mark Wahlberg heading a solid cast in an unapologetically gung-ho action tale based on the experiences of Marcus Luttrell, a Us Navy Seal on the run from the Taliban after his recon unit encounters an unexpected source of peril. Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship) is no Kathryn Bigelow so don't expect deep intrigue, but it still works as a balls-to-the-wall survival story. The movie was financed independently and Universal picked up Us distribution rights, choosing to launch it in two theatres last week to generate buzz before expanding into 2,875 sites at the weekend. The plan worked, and Lone Survivor took an estimated $38.5m – a pretty mighty number. Will it hold »
- Jeremy Kay
Jesse Plemons, who established himself as a gentle, kind and extremely loyal friend in Friday Night Lights and then redefined himself as a gentle, kind and extremely dangerous psychopath in Breaking Bad, is under serious consideration for a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII. According to The Wrap, Plemons' initial audition was "well received" and he will meet with director J.J. Abrams this week. The casting process has been shrouded in secrecy, with no confirmation of any of the actors so far, not even the long-rumored return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. Beyond his two signature roles so far, Plemons has demonstrated his talents in feature films as varied as Peter Berg's Battleship and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. He is 25...
- Peter Martin
When "Lone Survivor" expanded from limited release to 2,875 theaters this weekend, box office experts didn't expect much. "Zero Dark Thirty" aside, movies about the fighting in Afghanistan haven't done very well. Predictions ranged from $17 million to $27 million -- nothing that would upset the annual January doldrums. So everyone was taken by surprise with the movie opened wide with an estimated $38.5 million. That's the biggest January debut for any movie since "Cloverfield" earned $40 million in 2008.
How did "Lone Survivor" outperform expectations by so much? Here are some possible reasons it became such a huge hit.
Based-in-fact: Unlike most movies about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this one was based on a true story. Plus, Marcus Luttrell (the Navy Seal played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie) turned his harrowing story into a best-selling book, so there was a fair amount of audience pre-awareness before "Lone Survivor" went wide.
Quality: Despite mixed reviews, »
- Gary Susman
It's been awhile since some juicy rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII popped up, and there's a few good ones circulating this weekend, mostly on the casting front. THR has heard that X-Men: First Class and 12 Years a Slave star Michael Fassbender, "Girls" star Adam Driver and The Matrix villain Hugo Weaving are potentially in the mix for roles. They join previously rumored talents like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiorfor and countless others with weak links to the anticipated sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. In addition, a lesser known name but familiar face is supposed to take a meeting too. The Wrap has word that "Breaking Bad" star Jesse Plemons is supposed to meet with Abrams for a potential role this week, but he's one on a long list of actors. Plemons is a rising star and has recently been seen in The Master and Battleship. That seems to be »
- Ethan Anderton
Thanks to a marketing campaign that played up military heroism while avoiding the moral ambiguities associated with U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan war drama Lone Survivor scored one of the biggest opening weekends ever in January. Meanwhile, The Legend of Hercules bombed and Her and Inside Llewyn Davis underperformed in their nationwide expansions.Lone Survivor opened to $37.8 million this weekend, which ranks second all-time in January behind 2008's Cloverfield ($40.1 million). It also demolished a handful of comparable January releases like Zero Dark Thirty ($24.4 million), Contraband ($24.3 million) and Black Hawk Down ($28.6 million). Ironically, it also opened much higher than director Peter Berg's 2012 movie Battleship ($25.5 million), despite costing only a fraction as much to produce.As evidenced by the performance of movies like Green Zone ($35.1 million), The Hurt Locker ($17 million), Lions for Lambs ($15 million) and Rendition ($9.7 million), conflict in the Middle East hasn't exactly been a recipe for box office success. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Battleship was arguably the worst mainstream film of 2012, with actor-turned-director Peter Berg’s cringeworthy Transformers rip-off even more dire than Michael Bay’s last two robotic disasters. However, with his latest actioner – the harrowing true-life war film Lone Survivor – the film easily the pinnacle of Berg’s long career (read our review Here).
Lone Survivor charts the 2005 military operation of a close-knit group of Us Navy SEALs who found themselves ambushed while on a covert mission. Their initial orders to take out a high-ranking al-Queada terrorist are foiled as the enemy closes in on their location near the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of ruthless Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they fight for their lives.
- Craig Hunter
Pete Berg’s gritty combat drama Lone Survivor accomplished its mission at the box office this weekend. The film, based on the true story of former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, grossed $38.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, marking the second best January debut of all time after Cloverfield’s $40.1 million bow in 2008. Audiences, which were 57 percent male and 57 percent 30 or older, issued Lone Survivor a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, suggesting that Universal’s $40 million film will benefit from terrific word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.
- Grady Smith
Winners Of The Week: The Bergs. That'd be director Peter Berg and actor producer Mark Wahlberg. Their Lone Survivor, which opened wide this weekend after two weekends in limited release, proved the first surprise smash of 2014, topping the chart with an estimated $38.5 million. That's better than any three-day January opening except for the $40 million earned by Cloverfield six years ago. Plus, it marks an end to the streak of so-so January openings for Wahlberg (Contraband, Broken City) and reverses Berg's fortunes after the flop Battleship.
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Here's a lesson Hollywood might want to consider: Peter Berg's "Battleship" cost over $200 million and took $25 million on its opening weekend. By contrast, the tough adult war thriller "Lone Survivor" cost $40 million, and almost made up its budget this weekend earning $38 million and taking the number one slot. Just sayin' ... But other than the Mark Wahlberg-starring flick, the box office is still in that weird early winter period of awards season holdovers/expansions. The only other wide release was "The Legend of Hercules," and it's not a shock that a movie starring Kellan Lutz that looked like it cost about five bucks (actually $70 million) opened in fourth place with $8.6 million. Other films of note: Spike Jonze's "Her," pushed to over 1,700 screens by Warner Bros., took $5.4 million but wasn't able to crack the top ten. "Frozen" continues to fill the family audience void as it climbs over $300 million domestic and counting. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lone Survivor shoots to the top! Audiences itching for a gunfight this weekend found just what they wanted, putting the unflinching Lone Survivor at the top of the box office with $38.5 million! The wide release of Peter Berg's ripping action movie drew substantially more attention than the director's previous and far more expensive (and presumably fictional) military exercise Battleship, which opened in May of 2012 with only $25.5 million. (Berg supposedly agreed to »
- Dave Davis
Peter Berg is back. On Friday, the filmmaker's Navy SEALs drama, Lone Survivor, took in a stellar $14.4 million to top the North American box office, where it played especially well in America's heartland. In more good news for Universal, the patriotic-themed movie earned a coveted A+ CinemaScore. Lone Survivor is now expected to gross $37.7 million for the weekend -- the second best opening of all time for the month of January, after Cloverfield ($40.1 million). Berg could use a hit after pricey miss Battleship, his last film. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and
- Pamela McClintock
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