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This weekend was a busy pre-Easter frame, with three new titles of varying genres debuting in the Spring – and it made no difference. The hero of the U.S. continued to dominate despite the crowded field, and overall theaters saw close to a $20 million increase over last year.
Here’s how this weekend’s box office played out:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Gross $41.4 million (Cume $159 million; Week 2)
Marvel’s ongoing dominance is unsurprising, but the strong accolades for this entry might have still turned a few heads. The raves were large, and likewise the business. This will easily beat out the original, and should become a top-5 grosser all time for the studio.
2. Rio 2 — $39 mil ($39 mil)
This animated lark (damn, that’s clever!) benefitted from weak performances by other family films on the market. Blue Sky Studios, the animation company behind Ice Age, continues a second franchise with Rio 2. »
- Brad Slager
News Matt Edwards 4 Apr 2014 - 10:55
In ten years, when everyone has some distance from it, we might be lucky enough to get a documentary about the production of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. There must be some stories to tell. Production delays, leaks, script rewrites and now new casting just four months out from release.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, two new actors are joining the cast to provide the voices of mo-capped characters Leonardo and Splinter. It’s also worth noting that Deadline suggests that Paramount had always considered voice recasting a possibility for the film. So, while late casting may look bad, this may be less a production flap than a decision that was scheduled to be made further into the production, »
Breaking just one week after the debut of the film's first trailer is the news (arriving today via Deadline ) that Paramount Pictures has added the voice talents of both Johnny Knoxville ( Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa , The Last Stand ) and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk," Pain & Gain ) to the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles . Knoxville will voice Leonardo while Shalhoub will be providing the voice of Master Splinter. The characters are performed by Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn, respectively. In the movie, also set to star Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett and William Fichtner, darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future »
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
"Noah" stormed the box office over the weekend, debuting at #1 domestically with $44 million. As Russell Crowe enjoyed his biggest opening ever in a lead role, Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered his lowest since leaving office as California's governor. Schwarzenegger's ultra-violent "Sabotage" flopped harder than "The Last Stand" and "Escape Plan," opening at #7 with just $5.3 million Despite controversy regarding the film's relation to its source material, "Noah" received a 75 percent score on Rotten ...
By Ryan J. Downey »
Sabotage continues a disappointing run of box-office performances in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comebacks, after The Last Stand and Escape Plan previously failed to do big numbers. Since stepping down from political office, Schwarzenegger has shared success in The Expendables films (the third of which arrives summer 2014), but none of the films that he have led have had the same impact. According to The Wrap, Sabotage's $5.2m weekend take marks the lowest of his career (Escape Plan fared better with $9.2m, The Last Stand opened with...
- Matt Maytum
Once the storm clouds over "Noah" finally cleared this weekend, Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic claimed an estimated debut of $44 million, about $9 million more than most pundits had predicted. The reason may be that the movie played to an underserved demographic who, thanks to canny marketing, were inspired to leave their sofas and come to the multiplex to see it. No, not Christians, but rather, older filmgoers.
In fact, this week's box office chart suggests that older viewers are making a big difference for hits throughout the marketplace. By the same token, the failure of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Sabotage" offers a cautionary lesson about what happens when you depend on those older viewers and they don't show up.
Controversy over whether or not Christian viewers would find Darren Aronofsky's imaginative retelling of the Genesis tale sufficiently reverent to the Biblical text led to much speculation over whether such religious »
- Gary Susman
News Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 06:51
Arnold Schwarzenegger's new film opens to his lowest numbers in three decades. Are Arnie's leading man days over?
We think we can fairly safely say now that Arnold Schwarzenegger's days as a leading man capable of opening a movie are long gone. Outside of the Terminator franchise (and other assorted film series), finding a studio chief willing to write a big cheque for one of his movies is about to get much, much trickier.
That's because his third project since he threw himself fully back into movies, Sabotage, sank heavily at the Us box office over the weekend. Its opening weekend total of $5.3m was a drop from the hugely disappointing numbers for his big comeback movie, The Last Stand. The Last Stand, which we really quite liked, opened with $6.3m. Since then, Escape Plan snared a $9.9m opening weekend, but that's »
Darren Aronofsky's biblical "Noah" film opened to an impressive $44 million domestically, a good enough start to make back its $125 million budget. Internationally it earned another $51 million, bringing its worldwide debut to $95 million. The film has a 75% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The other wide release of the weekend was Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Sabotage" action film, which grossed a lousy $5.3 million, becoming the actor's worst opening in nearly three decades and the worst out of his movies that opened in more than 2,000 theaters. "Terminator" was released in 1,112 theaters and earned $4 million in 1984. "Red Sonja" opened in 1,091 theaters and earned $2.3 million in 1985. Recently, however, this has become a pattern for Schwarzenegger. His "Escape Plan" opened to $9.9 million and "The Last Stand" opened to $6.3 million. "Sabotage" is also getting poor reviews, currently sitting on a 22% fresh rating. On the limited release side, Michael Pena's "Cesar Chavez" biopic opened in 664 theaters, landing in 12th place. »
Paramount's prayers were answered this weekend, as Darren Anonofsky's controversial Biblical epic Noah opened in first place with a mighty $43.7 million.Meanwhile, Sabotage's debut was the worst for star Arnold Schwarzenegger in nearly three decades.At the international box office, Captain America: The Winter Soldier got off to a strong start, while Frozen hit one of its biggest milestones yet.Noah's $43.7 million debut ranks fourth so far this year behind 300: Rise of An Empire ($45 million). It's a significant improvement over star Russell Crowe's Robin Hood*in fact, it's the highest debut ever for Crowe in leading role. Noah has also already earned more than director Aronofsky's first four movies combined.Months ago, word began circulating that Noah deviated significantly from the Old Testament story upon which it's based. This raised the question of whether or not Christian audiences would show up to see a "Hollywood" version »
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It comfortably beat its predicted $30 million opening, knocking Divergent down to number two with $26.5 million.
Muppets Most Wanted slipped to number three and took $11.4 million. Last week, the sequel opened to a disappointing $16.5 million, which was down from the $29.2 million that its predecessor took during its opening weekend.
Mr Peabody & Sherman dropped 19.7% on last week and fell to fourth place on this week's countdown, taking $9,500,000.
God's Not Dead remained consistent with only a slight decrease to $9,075,000 during its second weekend, dropping one place to complete the top five.
Last year, »
Los Angeles (AP) — After weathering a sea of controversy, "Noah" arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount's biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The imaginative take on the tale of Noah's Ark from "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky led some religious groups to claim the story had been inaccurately depicted and prompted Paramount to add a disclaimer to marketing materials noting that "artistic license has been taken" in telling the story. The polarizing attention apparently paid off for "Noah," which features such additions to the well-known Bible story as angelic rock creatures and chic wardrobes for Noah and his family. "Noah," which also stars Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, also sailed smoothly in 22 international markets, such as Russia and Australia, earning $33.6 million abroad. "It certainly feels like the film has really connected with both mainstream moviegoers »
- Derrik J. Lang, AP
Paramount’s Biblical tentpole “Noah” embarked on what looks to be a successful journey globally this weekend, grossing $77.6 million worldwide, of which an estimated $44 million came from Stateside theaters.
As of Sunday, the film has cumed more than $95 million globally, thanks to an early overseas roll out last weekend in Mexico and South Korea. Pic scored $17.2 million in Russia this weekend, the largest bow for a non-sequel locally.
Also bowing early internationally, Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed a stellar $75.2 million from 32 territories, representing approximately 57% of the overseas market place. By comparison, the original “Captain America” grossed only $40 million from the same bucket of territories in 2011.
“With the strong reactions from audiences as they come in, this certainly looks to rank as one of the top Marvel films,” said Disney worldwide distribution topper Dave Hollis.
“Winter Soldier,” which bows next weekend domestically, earned its top grosses from South Korea and the U. »
- Andrew Stewart
Exceeding the $40.5 million tracking, Darren Aronofsky's Noah scores $44 million (plus another $33.6m from overseas), but only comes away with a "C" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. I have yet to see the film and will finally be seeing it early this coming week, but a 76% at RottenTomatoes suggests critics have, for the most part, taken to it. Of course, I'll be the judge of that soon enough... In second, Summit's Divergent has a solid holdover, dropping 52% for a second weekend total of $26.5 million. Continuing the comparisons to other successful Ya franchises, that's a better hold than both The Hunger Games and Twilight, but, of course, both those films did dramatically better business in their opening frame so it only makes sense they would incur larger drops. In fourth is God's Not Dead, which continues to impress, dropping just 2% from last weekend, bringing in another $9 million, boosting its total to $22 million in just ten days. »
- Brad Brevet
The Biblical blockbuster “Noah” has turned the box office tide in its favor.
Paramount-New Regency’s Russell Crowe-starrer ruled the seas on Friday with a $15.2 million debut, on track for an opening weekend in the $41 to $43 million range (bolder estimates are as high as $45 million). The drama drew $1.6 million from late-night Thursday showings.
Last week’s winner, Lionsgate-Summit’s Ya adaptation “Divergent,” came in at a distant second with $8.1 million, headed toward a $25.3 million second frame (down 54%).
Newcomers “Sabotage” and “Cesar Chavez” didn’t crack the top five on Friday. Open Road’s Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner “Sabotage” — financed and produced by Qed Intl. — brought in a disappointing $1.8 million from 2,486 locations. The thriller, which could have suffered from poor reviews (21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), is headed toward a $5.3 million three-day finish and the actor’s worst opening in almost three decades.
Schwarzenegger’s last two films, “The Last Stand” ($12 million »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Noah set sail with a solid $15.2 million on Friday, while Sabotage was the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle to blow up.Noah's $15.2 million debut is a bit up from Russell Crowe's Robin Hood ($13 million), and is also noticeably higher than February's Son of God ($9.5 million). Still, its miles away from disaster movies 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, both of which opened over $23 million.The movie received a poor "C" CinemaScore, which isn't surprising given some of the unexpected fantasy elements in the movie. Assuming that negative word-of-mouth doesn't take effect this weekend, Noah should wind up with around $40 million for the three-day frame.In its second weekend, Divergent fell 64 percent to an estimated $8.1 million. In comparison, The Hunger Games dropped 72 percent at the same point. To date, the young-adult adaptation has already earned $76.9 million.Muppets Most Wanted took third place with an estimated $2.6 million (down 44 percent). Through eight days, »
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The Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback continues apace, though if you've already forgotten that "Escape Plan" and "The Last Stand" came out in the last year, no one would blame you. Can "Sabotage" make a more lasting impression? Not if the critics have anything to do with it: reviews of the DEA task-force thriller have been largely dismissive, which is disappointing considering the promise of director David Ayer ("End of Watch," "Harsh Times") and a classy supporting cast. I haven't seen it myself, so let's open the floor to you: Are the critics right, or does "Sabotage" deliver? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in the poll below. »
- Guy Lodge
Since he left politics and returned to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a couple of decent, unexpected films. Last year’s The Last Stand and Escape Plan gave us somewhat new sides to the onetime action superstar, and showed him taking some risks – the former put him in a rambling ensemble action comedy as an aging sheriff, the latter behind bars as a troublemaking prisoner in a high-tech penitentiary (and playing second fiddle to Sylvester Stallone). For the first hour or so of his latest, you begin to think that he might be going three for three. Sabotage starts off as a fun, nasty, occasionally surprising little piece of genre filmmaking. But it gradually loses the thread.Schwarzenegger plays John Wharton, a.k.a. “Breacher,” the leader of a DEA Special Ops team comprised of hard-playing, hard-working, wisecracking misfits, all of them with G.I. Joe-style nicknames like “Grinder,” “Neck, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Chicago – The crime thriller “Sabotage” is the least predictable and most intense of the handful of post Governator action movies Arnold Schwarzenegger has starred in. Last year’s “The Last Stand” had a sense of humor about it, along with a nod to classic Westerns, that lightened the bloody violence, but here is a gritty film that proudly displays its tattoos and adrenaline in a testosterone-laced delivery.
..that even has its few women posing a legitimate threat to their manly costars. While there is some humor here, it comes from R-rated bro-camaraderie, that is - the kind of jokes you crack after you’ve just turned a bad guy’s head into a squishy tomato during a drug raid.
Veteran John “Breacher” Wharton (Schwarzenegger) leads an elite team of DEA operatives who specialize in “breaching and clearing” (hence the name) drug compounds and safe houses, with the mission being to take down drug cartels. »
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Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s post-Governor career is an interesting, if not wholly successful, mix of a little bit of new and a whole lot of desperate clinging to the past. The former will be on display in the upcoming Maggie where he plays father to a daughter infected with a zombie virus, and the latter has been evident in The Last Stand, Escape Plan, his appearances in The Expendables franchise, and upcoming sequels to past triumphs. His action films have been cartoonishly unrealistic and as interested in being “fun” as they’ve been in being exciting. His latest film though is a far more serious affair. Deadly violent, incredibly gory, and saturated with themes that echo both Schwarzenegger’s past as an action hero and the real life cost of fighting evil. Unfortunately, David Ayer‘s Sabotage also wants to be fun, and therein exists just one of its missteps. John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) is head of an »
- Rob Hunter
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