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Box Office Report: Insurgent Surges To #1, Gunman Misses Mark

22 March 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For the second weekend in a row, young girls packed movie houses while their fathers ignored new R-rated thrillers. Leading the pack this weekend was Insurgent, which grossed an estimated $54 million. That is slightly below the $54.6 million that Divergent began with exactly one year ago. Considering the muted response to its predecessor – the film only has a 6.8 user rating on IMDb – and competition from Cinderella, that is a solid start to the young adult adaptation. Regardless, with 3D surcharges and more interest in 2014 breakout stars Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller, some expected the film to easily best Divergent‘s initial sum.

Nervetheless, that is still a fine total. Remember: the first sequel in the Harry Potter franchise, Chamber of Secrets, made less in its opening weekend ($88.4) than Sorcerer’s Stone ($90.3 million). While sequels have a certain rush-out factor, Insurgent was actually less front-loaded than Divergent. It made an estimated $21.3 on Friday, »

- Jordan Adler

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'Insurgent' Trails 'Divergent' on Friday

21 March 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Divergent Series: Insurgent opened nearly on par with its predecessor, while The Gunman and Do You Believe? each started off with less than $2 million on Friday.Insurgent opened to an estimated $21.3 million, which is slightly lower than Divergent's $22.8 million on the exact same day last year. When it comes to sequels, dropping a bit from one installment to the next is actually above-average. Still, if there is going to be a bump, it usually takes place between the first and second installment, so it's a bit disappointing that it didn't happen here. If Insurgent plays like Divergent, it will earn just over $50 million this weekend.At the start of its second weekend, Cinderella (2015) fell 59 percent to an estimated $9.53 million. That drop is roughly on par with Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent, but is noticeably off from Oz The Great and Powerful. If Cinderella follows the same pattern as Oz and Alice, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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What's in a Trailer Viewc Do Viewing Records Even Matterc

20 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

By the end of 2014, the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey was the most viewed trailer of the year with a reported 93 million total views. Second was the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens with 81 million after it was reported earlier in the year the Star Wars trailer had amassed 58.2 million views in its first four days, besting the current record (at the time) held by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which finished 2014 with an estimated 78 million online views. What does all this meanc Well, one thing is for certain, it means if your movie gets a lot of trailer views it's likely to make a lot of money. This is good news for the likes of Jurassic World and Furious 7, but what of the recent press release from Sony announcing the trailer for Pixels was the studio's #1 trailer launch of all timec Sony announced the »

- Brad Brevet

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Sony Heads To Verona

19 March 2015 6:50 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

What light through yonder studio exec’s window breaks? Tis the dawn of a new version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, Verona, that Sony is currently looking to bundle onto its slate, like an apothecary stocking up on marketable potions.   Perhaps the original Ya yarn, the Bard’s tragic romance has been revisited and reimagined so frequently that Tybalt is starting to get Rsi in his sword arm, but producer Joe Roth (Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful) is overseeing something a little different this time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Verona is conceived as a stylised take on the teen romance set in “a 300-style world”. Altogether now: “This… is… Verona!”Roth, who also has Alice In Wonderland and Snow White And The Huntsman sequels on his plate, is keeping further details under wraps but we do know that the script is a spec written »

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Josh Hutcherson Boards In Dubious Battle

18 March 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Just a couple of days ago word arrived that Nat Wolff had secured a role in James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle, but the actor/director isn’t finished bolstering his already impressive cast. He now has Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly aboard to appear.Franco is also starring as Jim Nolan, a man who becomes involved in the labour movement and learns about the struggles of workers during a strike in a California valley.The new arrivals join Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, John Savage and Sam Shepard in the cast for the film, which Franco has now started shooting in Georgia, working from a script by Matt Rager.Hutcherson, of course, has largely been busy with the Hunger Games films, though he’s squeezed other work in between. He’ll »

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Box Office: Does 'Run All Night' Mark the End of Liam Neeson's Run of Action Hits?

16 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's no surprise that "Cinderella" beat "Run All Night" among newcomers this weekend. The Disney live-action fairy tale was widely expected to suck all the oxygen out of the box office, and its estimated $70.1 million debut is in line with predictions.

Still, "Run All Night" seemed like it would be smart counter-programming, drawing older men who wouldn't be interested in a movie made for young girls. Yet "Run All Night" underperformed even its modest predictions (in the $14 million range), opening instead at just an estimated $11.0 million.

For the third week in a row, then, Hollywood experts will be tearing their hair out, wondering if a formerly sure-fire leading man (Will Smith two weeks ago, Vince Vaughn last week, and now Liam Neeson) has permanently lost his mojo. In each case, despite a recent downward trend, the funeral arrangements seem premature. True, it's not hard to see why Neeson's career appears to be in trouble. »

- Gary Susman

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Weekend Report: 'Cinderella' Shines, 'Run' Stumbles

15 March 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Earning more than the rest of the field combined, Disney's Cinderella (2015) easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend.Liam Neeson's Run All Night got off to a very slow start, while indie horror flick It Follows had a great debut in limited release.Playing at 3,845 locations, Cinderella opened to $67.9 million. That ranks seventh all-time among March debuts. Compared to Disney's recent live-action fantasies, Cinderella's opening was roughly on par with Maleficent ($69.4 million), though it was noticeably lower than Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million). It also opened well above Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million).This is all the more impressive considering Cinderella's budget was a modest $95 million, which is around half as much as the rest of those movies cost.Cinderella's audience was 66 percent female and 66 percent families. The movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore; combine that with great reviews, and this should hold »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Cinderella’ Shows Disney’s Live-Action Fantasy Strategy Is Working

15 March 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Studios has been in the happily-ever-after business since 1937’s “Snow White” ushered in a golden age of feature film animation.

Over the past decade, the Magic Kingdom has been particularly adroit at taking the cartoon fantasies that provided the foundation of its pop culture empire and giving them a fresh live-action spin. This weekend, “Cinderella” was the latest classic Disney film to be revisited, joining the likes of “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland” by dominating the global box office with a massive $132 million haul.

In each case, familiarity has bred contentment, enabling the films to arrive with a built-in awareness and a level of love for the stories of dreams fulfilled that few productions can match.

“People love the characters,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “These movies are still very much in rotation and alive. Generations of women grew up with these characters, »

- Brent Lang

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Cinderella' Dazzles Overseas

15 March 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Opening in 31 markets, Cinderella ruled the international box office this weekend with an estimated $62.4 million.According to Disney, that's up 17 percent from Oz The Great and Powerful, and down 30 percent from Maleficent. It's worth noting here that those movies were in 3D, whereas Cinderella is not.Cinderella's biggest markets were China ($25 million) and Russia ($7.3 million). It was also strong in Mexico ($5 million) and Italy ($4.6 million), while it was less remarkable in Germany ($2.1 million). The movie also had impressive first place debuts across smaller Asian markets like the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.Next weekend, Cinderella expands in to France, Australia, Brazil, Spain and the U.K. It reaches its final market, Japan, in late April.Big Hero 6 continues to defy the odds in China. In the world's second-largest market, the Disney Animation movie fell a light 15 percent to $15.5 million; through three weekends, it ranks third all-time among animated movies with $66.5 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box Office Report: Cinderella Dances Past Liam Neeson For #1 Spot

15 March 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Girls young and old showed up for a Cinderella story this weekend, as Disney’s live-action version of the story had one of the biggest March openings ever, taking in $70.1 million. That is slightly ahead of Maleficent‘s start from last May ($69.4 million), although a bit behind fellow Disney March release Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.1 million). Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation has received good reviews and an A CinemaScore, which bodes well for healthy grosses over the March Break. Due to many kids being out of school on Monday, Disney is predicting a smaller-than-usual 26% drop from Saturday to Sunday.

Even without a major headlining star – Cate Blanchett did not get that much screen time in ads and is not a noted box office performer – Cinderella still had a strong start, even without the benefit of 3D surcharges. Undoubtedly, there was a rush to see the Frozen short film preceding the feature presentation, »

- Jordan Adler

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Friday Report: 'Cinderella' Opens to $23 Million

14 March 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Cinderella ruled the box office on Friday, while Liam Neeson's latest disappointed.Cinderella opened to an estimated $23 million on Friday, which is roughly on par with Oz The Great and Powerful ($24.1 million) and Maleficent ($24.3 million). If Cinderella follows Oz's pace*a likely outcome, given the similarities in genre and time of year*it would end the weekend with at least $75 million.Playing at 3,171 locations, Liam Neeson's Run All Night opened in second place with a weak $3.86 million. That's a fraction of Non-Stop's $10 million debut, and is also below last year's A Walk Among the Tombstones ($4.76 million). For the weekend, the movie should wind up with around $11 million.Focus (2015) took third place with an estimated $1.7 million, which is down 41 percent from last weekend. The movie will reach $40 million sometime today.Kingsman: The Secret Service eased 25 percent to an estimated $1.67 million, which puts it in the Top Four for »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box Office: ‘Cinderella’ Enchants With $23 Million Friday, Heads for $70 Million Weekend

14 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinderella” is belle of the ball this weekend at the U.S. box office.

Disney’s live-action reboot opened to $23 million on Friday as it heads for a royal $70 million weekend. The movie more than outpaced Liam Neeson’s “Run All Night,” which is on track for an $11 million weekend.

This puts “Cinderella” slightly ahead of the studio’s last fairy tale redo, “Maleficent,” which launched to $69.4 million in May 2014. And unlike “Maleficent,” which was fueled by Angelina Jolie’s star power, “Cinderella” is led by a relative newcomer. The “Sleeping Beauty” reimagining went on to earn $758.4 million worldwide.

Aside from its rave reviews (earning it 84% on Rotten Tomatoes), the movie is likely benefiting from its female-driven cast and the fact that its preceded in theaters by a seven-minute long “Frozen Fever” short.

In addition to “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” follows several other successful Disney reimaginings of classic animated titles: 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Box Office: ‘Cinderella’ Looking at Royal $70 Million Weekend

13 March 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Cinderella” reboot is tracking to reign over the weekend box office with an estimated $70 million in ticket sales.

After grossing $2.3 million on Thursday night, the princess picture is expected to waltz to a stellar opening Friday of $25 million.

Cinderella” is looking like it could be nearly as strong as “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which opened March 8, 2013, to $79 million. Also contributing to the pic’s success: the seven-minute long “Frozen Fever” short that runs before each showing.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, “Cinderella” has been earning rave reviews from critics. It stars Lily James as the titular rags-to-riches princess, with Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as her prince and Cate Blanchett in the notorious stepmother role.

The movie opens in 3,845 theaters, 358 equipped with Imax and 337 premium large format. A wide international opening includes China, Russia, Mexico, Italy and Germany.

Cinderella” is the latest in a recent string of successful Disney redos. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Suite Française movie review: enemy mine to love

13 March 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain’t history but a very human now. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for movies about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The story of how Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française became known to the world is amazing. She wrote it as contemporary fiction inspired by the events she was living through — the defeat of France by the Nazis in 1940, and the subsequent German occupation — but then it was lost, packed away unread, until the 1990s, and finally published only in 2004. Némirovsky died before the end of the war, in Auschwitz in 1942, so she never knew how it would all end, and indeed her writing »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Box Office: ‘Cinderella’ Opens with $2.3 Million at Latenight Shows

13 March 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s live-action “Cinderella” is looking like it will be the belle of the box office, launching with an impressive $2.3 million at Thursday night preview showings in the U.S.

That’s significantly above the $2 million Thursday night result for the studio’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” from 2013 and last year’s “Big Hero 6″ with $1.4 million. It’s also well ahead of the $1.6 million preview total for Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” when it opened in 2012.

Cinderella,” starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother and Lily James as the heroine, looks likely to open at around $60 million at 3,845 locations.

It’s the latest in Disney’s live-action fantasy movies, stretching back to “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. “Oz the Great and Powerful” took in nearly $500 million worldwide, and last year’s “Maleficent” cleared $758 million.

Cinderella” is also launching with a »

- Dave McNary

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How ‘Cinderella’ Succeeds Where Disney’s Other Live-Action Fairy Tales Have Failed

13 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

On paper, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella sounds like Disney’s laziest live-action fairy tale adaptation yet. Unlike Maleficent or Oz the Great and Powerful, it doesn’t claim to reveal some untold story; it doesn’t even offer a new ending, like Alice in Wonderland did. It’s simply a new telling of the same old story. But that, it […]

The post How ‘Cinderella’ Succeeds Where Disney’s Other Live-Action Fairy Tales Have Failed appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Forecast: 'Cinderella' Set to Be Belle of the Box Office Ball This Weekend

12 March 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

After a few slow weeks at the box office, there should once again be some positive news this weekend.While Disney's Cinderella may not quite match Oz The Great and Powerful*which opened to $79 million around this same time two years ago*it is still shaping up to be a huge hit. A debut north of $60 million seems very realistic.Meanwhile, Liam Neeson's Run All Night also opens nationwide this Friday. Don't expect this to wind up on par with past Neeson efforts, though: a result on par with last Fall's A Walk Among the Tombstones wouldn't be surprising.Opening at 3,845 locations, Cinderella is the latest in Disney's recent spell of live-action fantasy movies. The first was Alice in Wonderland (2010), which remarkably earned over $1 billion worldwide. The next installment wasn't quite as successful: Oz the Great and Powerful took in a mighty $234 million domestically, but a comparatively modest $258 million overseas. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box Office Predictions: 'Cinderella' Set to Crush 'Run All Night'

12 March 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Cinderella is the big game in town this weekend, looking for all the world like our latest March titan. Oz The Great and Powerful and The Lorax both mined this fertile ground for monster March openings, and a PG Disney film should rock the box office like a hurricane. I'm going with $68.4 million, but I could see it hitting as high as $80 million. Remember, Alice in Wonderland crushed this slot five years ago to the tune of $116.1 million. That's a hint to predict big. I'm sad to report that at no time during Run All Night did they play the Lionel Ritchie song, "All Night Long". Missed opportunity there. As far as the box office is concerned, this looks like a mix of Tak3n and John Wick. They are marketing it in a big way, at least on the sports channels, so they'll probably bring in the male audience the weekend before March Madness. »

- Laremy Legel

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Grading Mojo's Holiday Forecast

11 March 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As is tradition here at Box Office Mojo, we made domestic box office predictions for holiday 2014 releases ahead of the start of the season. Now that those movies are essentially at the end of their runs, it's time to grade that forecast.As usual, there were a healthy set of very accurate predictions (Big Hero 6, Into the Woods, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), along with a handful that were laughably inaccurate (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Horrible Bosses 2).For each title, we will list the domestic forecast, the actual gross (in most cases an estimate) and the percentage difference [(Actual-Forecast)/Forecast]. Each prediction will be assigned a grade on the following arbitrary scale: A (less than 10% difference), B (10-19.9%), C (20-29.9%), D (30-39.9%) and F (over 40%).The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1Forecast: $385 millionActual: $337 million (est.)Difference: -13%Grade: BThe previous Hunger Games movies each earned over $408 million at »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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The 25 Best Live-Action Fairy Tale Movies Ever, Ranked

11 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Is Disney's new "Cinderella," which opens this Friday, March 13, a little late to the ball? Given the current vogue for live-action adaptations of fairy tales -- a trend that Disney launched with "Enchanted" and kicked into overdrive with "Alice In Wonderland," "Oz the Great and Powerful," and "Maleficent" -- it's a wonder that "Cinderella" didn't arrive sooner.

The trend certainly makes good business sense; live-action fairy tales tend to be based on stories every child already knows, so there's brand familiarity, and they also tend to be public domain, so the screen rights are free. The hard part, though, is execution, generating a fantasy world and magical characters who live up to the versions we've all imagined to ourselves during bedtime readings. Digital effects have finally allowed live-action versions of fairy tales to be as visually imaginative as the Disney animated adaptations have been.

Then again, the history of cinema »

- Gary Susman

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