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Final Update, Monday, 2:12 Pm: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox’s The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow Sept. 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren’t so lucky with A Walk Among the Tombstones. The picture didn’t appeal to the female audience — that same demo which helped Non-Stop open to $28.8M earlier this year for the actor. Tombstones ends this weekend with $12.7M. This is Where I Leave You opened to mediocre numbers after having a less than expected Sunday. It will take in only $11.5M for Warner Bros.
- Anita Busch
The Maze Runner sprinted to the front of the pack with one of the biggest September debuts ever; add in strong international sales, and a new young-adult franchise was born this weekend.Meanwhile, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell short of modest expectations.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner opened to $32.5 million this weekend. That's nowhere close to Divergent, though it is bigger than Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief ($31.2 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million).What separates The Maze Runner from those comparisons is its relatively modest budget*it cost just $34 million, or less than half of those movies*and its strong international prospects. Full international details can be found below in the Around-the-World Roundup.As is always the case with young-adult adaptations, The Maze Runner's success can be attributed in part to the strong fanbase that's developed around author James Dashner's book series. »
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On Friday morning, first-time feature director Wes Ball was sweating bullets. His debut film was opening and he was nervous despite the early positive numbers that were already flooding into the box office reporters. “I just don’t want anything to go wrong,” said the young filmmaker in an interview for Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Well, clearly nothing has gone awry with the director’s first entre into feature filmmaking.
For the male-populated young adult adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling novel The Maze Runner racked up an estimated $32.5 million for a first-place finish, giving Twentieth Century Fox all the necessary »
- Nicole Sperling
The Maze Runner, a big screen version of James Dashner’s 2007 novel, will not be the latest Ya adaptation to go down in box office flames. Bucking the trend that saw page-to-screen conversions like Vampire Academy and The Giver open to disappointing numbers, The Maze Runner looks like it may actually exceed expectations. The Fox release was originally projected to open to $27 million but, after earning a strong $11.2 million on Friday, the sci-fi thriller is now looking at an opening weekend of $35 million or above. That’s not quite the level that Divergent hit back in March ($54.6 million) but it is well above the $27 million that Ender’s Game claimed last November. Details and Friday’s top five after the jump. While The Maze Runner got off to a sprint, fellow newcomer A Walk Among the Tombstones set a more leisurely pace. The latest R-rated drama to star born-again tough guy Liam Neeson, »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Maze Runner jumped out to the front of the pack on Friday with $11.25 million. Otherwise, business was relatively quiet: A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell a bit short, while No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 fell hard going in to their second weekends.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner debuted to more than twice as much as recent young-adult misses like The Giver ($4.75 million) and The Host ($5.3 million). Still, it only opened to around half as much as March's Divergent ($22.8 million), which puts it squarely in the middle of the young-adult range.A closer comparison is last November's Ender's Game, which opened to $9.8 million on its way to a $27 million weekend. If The Maze Runner follows Ender's pattern, it will finish the weekend with just over $30 million (a very good result).Opening at 2,712 theaters, A Walk Among the Tombstones took second place with $4.7 million. »
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Fox’s The Maze Runner grabbed $1.1M in late-night showings at 2,200 locations starting at 10 Pm. The best comparison is probably the sci-fi actioner Ender’s Game, which launched with $1.4 million in November 2013 and went on to have an opening weekend gross of $27M (on the other hand, it cost three times more than Maze Runner). So, perhaps Fox is more on the money with a lower estimate for this weekend.
Another comparison title is this year’s other Ya sci-fi actioner — Divergent (Summit/Lgf). It grabbed $4.9M in late nights that started at 8 Pm and went on to gross $54.6M in its first weekend out. Of course, that one was driven by the young female demo. The Maze Runner is tapping in with the young male audience better, so we will have to see how that translates tonight — which will probably be front-loaded with Ya fans. Fan reviews for the film are pretty good. »
- Anita Busch
After a few quiet weeks, business should pick up substantially this weekend. Three major new releases hit theaters, and young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner will likely finish at the front of the pack.Opening at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner is the latest attempt to cash in on the young-adult craze that's led to successful franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.For every hit, though, there's at least two misses: in the past two years, the young-adult graveyard includes Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Vampire Academy.Ahead of the weekend, it's pretty clear that The Maze Runner is going to avoid falling in to the latter category. While the existing fanbase is more-or-less on par with other would-be franchises*and much lower than The Hunger Games or Divergent*20th Century Fox has done a good job campaigning to non-readers.Marketing has nicely established the movie's mysterious premise, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Three new pictures bow this weekend with Fox’s sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner leading the way. It opens tonight at 10 Pm, having already made a strong bow overseas to heavily outpace Divergent and gross $8.5M so far. After this weekend’s bow in the states, the picture will likely have grossed its production budget back — said to be around $35M+ but they got a tax incentive from shooting in Louisiana which brought the net cost down. That’s not including marketing and distribution costs, but this should be yet another profitable film for Fox (which has been on a roll). CGI was also handled out of the U.S. (in Vancouver) through a company called Method. Here’s the thing, Divergent was heavily skewed female so the question is will the boys come out for Fox the same way girls (who tend to go to movies in packs) came out for March 2014 release? »
- Anita Busch
Before sitting down to watch the new Liam Neeson movie, audiences have been prepped to see the weary-faced action star kicking ass with class, thanks to entertaining flicks like “Taken,” “Non-Stop,” and “The Grey.” But, for every “Taken” there’s a “Taken 2,” and if one year the grizzly Irishman can come out with something as forceful as “The Grey,” the following year “Battleship” can sink people’s opinions once more. It’s just not simple to put a finger on the prospects of a new Neeson film, particularly one directed by screenwriter-turned-director Scott Frank. The only previous feature Frank has directed was the overlooked and underrated “The Lookout,” and he's also got “Get Shorty” and “Out Of Sight” under his writing belt, as well as the less memorable “Flight Of The Phoenix.” With this combined pedigree from the actor and writer-director, the two dominant forces behind “A Walk Among The Tombstones, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
News that Universal had collared Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to reteam for another chapter in the Bourne series is not a surprise. Even while Jeremy Renner took on the series mantle in his brief time under the New Action Hero spotlight he still lived in the shadow of the duo. Now the popular spy series is set to be reborn.
Rumours spun wildly through the production of the underrated Green Zone (mis-sold as a quasi-Bourne IV thanks to a startling lack of faith from the marketing department) that another Bourne film was imminent, that Renner was a stop-gap, that there were more stories to be told. As has been pointed out this morning in the social media fallout it seemed (cinema) Jason Bourne’s story ended with the name David Webb, but Legacy proved there are many more chapters to this story. So, why were Universal so set on the reunion? »
- Jon Lyus
Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) announced that director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, the team behind indie home invasion festival hit You're Next (review), have signed on to his long gestating remake of the epic Korean revenge thriller I Saw the Devil.
For those of you paying attention, I Saw The Devil was one of the most highly acclaimed films of 2011 topping many best lists. It was easily one of my favourite films of that year and may be the finest revenge film ever in how it twists the tired genre into something bold, epic and totally original.
Here's Adi's announcement:
Here's the trailer for the original film:
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With the release of their thriller The Guest just a couple days away, The Wrap reports filmmaking team Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard are nearing a deal to write and direct the developing remake of Kim Jee-Woon's South Korean film I Saw the Devil from 2010. In fact, it seems to be a done deal because Barrett has already started writing the script and Wingard is already preparing to round up a cast. As we reported late last year, Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar is producing the remake, and he's joined by Keith & Jessica Calder from Snoot Entertainment, the company behind The Guest and You're Next. Just in case you need anymore confirmation, here's Calder addressing the story on Twitter: @GermainLussier Just saw it. We didn’t know about the story breaking, but it’s all true. We’re all obsessed with the original film. — Keith Calder (@keithcalder »
- Ethan Anderton
Liam Neeson has long been a favorite of mine. All the way back to his performance in Suspect . and well before . he has proven to be one of the most powerful actors working in the business. The past few years of course he has become a modern day action hero with Taken and he kicked serious wolf ass in The Grey. He has even charmed the young ones with his terrific work in The Lego Movie. In A Walk Among The Tombstones, Neeson is at his best. In this thrillingly suspenseful film he creates a »
Since 2011’s “The Grey,” director Joe Carnahan has had trouble mounting a followup. First there was his failed pitch for “Daredevil,” then the creative differences with MGM on the “Death Wish” remake, but it looked as if things had turned the corner for the “Narc” filmmaker when he completed work on the low-budget thriller “Stretch.” That is, until Universal dropped the title from its schedule earlier this year. But the Patrick Wilson-starring film is set to premiere on VOD next month, and a few clips have surfaced to give us a glimpse at the delayed film. The high concept thriller follows Wilson as a chauffeur whose night on the job gets crazier thanks to the demands of his billionaire client (played by Chris Pine). Wilson's wild evening brings him into the orbit of a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Coming from Smokin' Aces, The Grey, and Narc director Joe Carnahan, Stretch looks absolutely insane!! Filled with some big name cameos and general off the wall weirdness, the movie stars Patrick Wilson as a limo driver whose life is turned into living by an eccentric billionaire, and also stras Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, and Jessica Alba. No concrete release date has been given for the movie as of yet, but it's social media campaign is already in full swing, and if the rest of the movie is as weird and wonderful as the below clips (yes, that is a blood soaked Norman Reedus playing himself), you will definitely want to get in on Stretch at the ground floor. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
With films such as Narc, The A-Team and The Grey under his belt, you would think it would a little easier these days for director Joe Carnahan to get his films made. However, his latest film Stretch, a low-budget thriller made with small-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was due to bow in March this year, but was dropped by Universal earlier in the year.
The film, which is now set to debut on VOD this month, has some big talent involved, including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), but it seems even they were not enough for the studio to fully back the film.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse is launching a new venture, Bh Tilt, aimed at putting together multi-platform releases »
- Scott Davis
Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Stretch" comedy thriller, starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta, Randy Couture, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms and David Hasselhoff. Check everything out below. Plot: The story focuses on a down-on-his-luck limo driver named Stretch (Wilson) who discovered he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, Stretch vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could settle his score. As the night grows stranger and Stretch is pushed into some dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who shot the film for under $5 million. It will likely not get a theatrical release. »
It's only yesterday that we were talking about one movie that got caught in limbo, and now another has come up, or at least resurfaced. "The A-Team" and "The Grey" director Joe Carnahan spent last year working on a low-budget thriller called "Stretch," about a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) who chauffeurs around a billionaire (Chris Pine) who's trying to sell his book of criminal contacts. Produced by micro-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was originally meant to be released by Universal back in March, but only two months ahead of the opening date, it was dropped unceremoniously by the studio, who apparently didn't feel justified in spending the hefty marketing costs on a wide release, despite the small investment. Carnahan shopped the picture to other studios, but no one bit, and little was heard in the meantime. But in the last few days, Carnahan started sharing the first images from »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Stretch: Director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) released the first images from Stretch, his upcoming action-comedy starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine and Jessica Alba. Carnahan is preparing a new version of the low-budget thriller and hopes to premiere it at a film festival before the end of the year. [Twitter via Collider] Iron Man 4: We're heard rumors since the release of Iron Man 3 that it might be the end of the road for the super-heroic character in a stand-alone series, and now Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that there are no current plans for Iron Man 4. "There isn't one in the pipe," he stated. The actor will, however, play Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron, due out next year, and is also signed for one more Avengers adventure, which is...
- Peter Martin
In his fifth major film release this year, Liam Neeson delivers a riveting performance in Scott Frank’s fast-paced thriller, A Walk Among the Tombstones, adapted from Lawrence Block’s best-selling series of mystery novels. Neeson plays Matt Scudder, a disgraced ex-nypd cop turned private investigator operating outside the law who’s approached by a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) to find the men (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) who brutally kidnapped and murdered his wife. Opening September 19th, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Neeson revealed why he’s attracted to these larger than life roles, how he draws his inspiration from cinematic heroes like Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, the appeal of playing a character like Scudder, his research and preparation for the part, what it was like »
- Sheila Roberts
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