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- Germain Lussier
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August 2014….
Marvel’s latest franchise Guardians of the Galaxy enjoyed a stellar opening at the UK box office, with the film pulling in £6,363,110 over the Thursday – Sunday period to claim first place in the chart in its opening weekend, helping it to a global haul of $160.4 million.
Guardians’ UK debut was one of the biggest ever original Marvel openings in the UK, taking more in its first four days than the first instalments of Iron Man (£5.6m – 4 day opening), Thor (£5.46m – 6 day opening), Captain America (£3.3m – 3 day opening) and X-Men (£4.8m – 4 day opening).
Along with Guardians, three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten this week, with The Nut Job pulling in £666,966 to claim sixth, followed by Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future in seventh with £720,479 and Step Up All In in »
- Gary Collinson
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014….
Despite competition from Dwayne Johnson’s latest film Hercules, Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes retained top spot at the UK box office, pulling in a solid second weekend haul of £3,752,511, with Hercules having to settle for second after mustering a less-than-impressive opening of £1,449,120.
Hot on the heels of Hercules in third place was horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, which debuted with £1,165,143, while two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with Earth to Echo earning £618,379 in sixth and The House of Magic propping up the chart in tenth place with £223,047.
Number one this time last year: Monsters University
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £3,752,511 weekend (2 weeks)
2. Hercules – £1,449,120 weekend (New)
3. The Purge: Anarchy – £1,165,143 weekend (New)
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £990,959 weekend (5 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
Animation has become the UK's favourite film genre for the first time.
British Film Institute figures show that animated films accounted for 20% of box office takings in 2013.
They accounted for £247 million in sales - £100 million more than in 2012.
The genre outstripped comedy, despite only 33 animations released last year compared to 153 comedy movies.
"Part of the recent success of animated films is that they are becoming more sophisticated and appealing to a broader audience," said Oliver Hyatt, the chairman of Animation UK.
"There is no longer the feeling that they are just for a young audience and adults don't feel strange going to see them any more.
"I would say that within the film industry, animation has been playing catch-up for years but the medium is maturing quite fast and there's more of these films, »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July 2014….
20th Century Fox’s simian sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes enjoyed a solid UK opening this past weekend, claiming first place with £8,705,995, which included £1.6 million in previews. That was up on Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ £5.83 million debut, and excluding preview takings, it’s the second-biggest opening of the year here in the UK behind another Fox sequel in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
After opening big with a haul inflated by six days of previews, Transformers: Age of Extinction slipped down into third in its second week behind How to Train Your Dragon 2, and was followed by two live events in Monty Python Live (mostly) and Andre Rieu’s 2014 Maastricht Concert in fourth and fifth, with the broadcasts pulling in an impressive £1,178,091 and £830,586 repesctively.
Finally, the »
- Gary Collinson
Where have all the blockbusters gone?
That’s the question on Hollywood’s lips as the summer box office pants its way past midpoint. With less than two months to go, this season’s crop of tentpole films look shaky, despite a gorilla-sized $73 million opening weekend for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Overall, there have been more raunchy comedies and fewer family films — and, in fact, fewer tentpoles packed the season vs. last year. China’s box office is surging, while the domestic market shrinks. And the endless stream of sequels and reboots has failed to lure away crowds from the World Cup, barbecues and the beach.
Box office revenue from the first week of May through the most recent weekend is down nearly 20%, as “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” failed to match the massive grosses of such 2013 popcorn films as “Iron Man 3, »
- Brent Lang
For the past few weeks, box office observers (including this column) have been worried about a big summer slump. After all, summer revenues are down nearly 20 percent compared to the same point last year, and the overall take for 2014, which was ahead of the previous year's earnings in April, has since fallen to 4 percent below 2013's numbers. Last weekend's Independence Day haul was the lowest since 1999, when Will Smith had a rare bomb with "Wild Wild West."
Not that there have been many huge flops this summer, just a series of high-priced disappointments that earned well below expectations, from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" to "Transformers: Age of Extinction." That lackluster streak has left pundits wondering whether there's still enough time and enough potential hit movies in the pipeline for 2014 to catch up to 2013. Would this weekend's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" spark a turnaround?
The short answer is no, »
- Gary Susman
Before the beginning of summer, this year's domestic box office was 9% ahead of last year's, buoyed by the strengths of springtime hits The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Somehow, in some way, that lead was squandered. Now new reports say that 2014 is off 3.8% from 2013's pace. How did this happen? What's going on at the movies? Variety reports that this summer is down nearly 20% from last summer, following a Fourth Of July that saw middling results for holdovers like Transformers: Age Of Extinction and newcomers like Tammy and Earth To Echo . From the first weekend of May until this point last year, the domestic box office had totaled $2.8 billion. This year? The same number is down to $2.3 billion. Last year's Independence Day period was boosted by the massive $83 million opening for Despicable Me 2, though 2014 had no corollary. 2013 also had holdover hits like The Heat, Monsters University »
The summer box office is down nearly 20% following a July 4th holiday weekend that failed to ignite many fireworks at the multiplexes.
Despite hits such as “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “22 Jump Street,” domestic ticket sales have topped out at $2.3 billion from the first weekend in May through Independence Day weekend, off 19.3% from $2.8 billion through the same period in 2013, according to Rentrak.
Lackluster receipts have pushed the total for the year down as well. Currently, the overall box office is off 3.8% from last year, according to BoxOffice.com. That’s a steep drop-off considering that going into the summer, the stateside box office was up nearly 9%.
“When you look at the overall picture and the percentages it’s not pretty at this point,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Thank goodness we have ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ coming, because we need it. »
- Brent Lang
The domestic box office totaled $1.04 billion in June, which is a pretty standard result for the second month of Summer. Unfortunately, it was off a massive 16 percent from last year's $1.25 billion record, which puts the yearly box office in a precarious position heading in to the third quarter.Last June's lineup was unusually strong: Man of Steel, Monsters University and World War Z earned a combined $543 million during the month. In comparison, the Top Three titles in June 2014 earned a more modest $420 million.Maleficent led the way with $153.4 million. This is the first time a May release topped the June box office since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End in 2007. The Angelina Jolie fantasy opened to a strong $69.4 million at the end of May, and has held incredibly well since then. It's on track for around $230 million total, which is nearly on par with last year's Oz The Great and Powerful »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Historically one of the busiest weekends, the Fourth of July frame should see “Transformers: Age of Extinction” retain its B.O. crown with an expected $50 million-plus holiday weekend, although McCarthy’s new comedy “Tammy” will provide plenty of fireworks.
Look for the New Line comedy, which McCarthy co-wrote along with her director (and husband) Ben Falcone, to do north of $40 million in more than 3,300 locations over its first five days of release.
That’s an impressive display of pyrotechnics given that the story of a woman on a road trip with her grandmother cost $20 million to produce, with McCarthy exchanging a lower up-front salary for a piece of the back-end. It will also show that McCarthy is one of the few actors who can “open” a movie, an endangered concept in an era of superhero and CGI stars. »
- Brent Lang
The Very Big Opening of Transformers: Age Of Extinction did nothing to lift the box office for the first half of the year. It’s basically flat when compared to 2013, down .8%. The box office summer — which semi-officially begins the first Friday of May — is way off, down 14.9% from 2013, when the box office was plumped up by such films as Iron Man 3 and Monsters University. We have neither a $300M grosser nor do we have a $100M opening weekend yet. It would be great to see Fox’s The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pull it […] »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Mexico City – Disney's Maleficent is working its magic on Latin American audiences despite a World Cup-related box-office slowdown. After one month in theaters, the dark fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie has surpassed the $100 million mark in Latin America, and it currently ranks fifth of all time among Disney releases in the region, behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. Here in Mexico alone, Maleficent has raked in north of $40 million, making it one of the highest grossing films ever. Photos Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters of 2014 The film's strong performance
- John Hecht
Through the end of April, 2014 domestic box office was up nine percent over 2013. Thanks to a slow Summer season, though, that lead has already completely evaporated.Through June 23rd, the 2014 domestic box office totals $4.96 billion, which lags a bit behind 2013's $4.99 billion. Over the remainder of the Summer, that gap is likely to widen, which will in turn decrease the odds that the full year tops 2013's record $10.9 billion haul.The year-to-year discrepancy can be explained entirely by the lack of a blockbuster on par with Iron Man 3. As of this time last year, the Marvel sequel had earned over $400 million. In comparison, this year's highest-grossing movie is over $140 million below that level (The Lego Movie with $256.7 million).Of course, the rest of the lineup could have made up that difference. Unfortunately, Summer 2014 has been slower than expected. Through Monday, the Summer box office is at $1.79 billion, which is »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New York (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy Think Like a Man Too topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasonsmusical Jersey Boys.
The Kevin Hart sequel Think Like a Man Too narrowly edged out 22 Jump Street, which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The DreamWorks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2 slid to third with $25.3 million.
The top three films are all sequels that moved into the big box-office summer season following surprise hit originals released in the springtime.
Moving into summer's bigger competition actually diminished Sony Screen Gems' Think Like a Man Too. The first film, also directed by Tim Story and starring mostly the same ensemble led by Hart, opened with $33.6 million in April 2012.
Warner Bros.' Jersey Boys, Eastwood's »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
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