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The announcement comes on the heels of the box office success of “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which has made $56.5 million domestically on a $20 million budget. Perry has been a staple of Lionsgate’s slates, with the studio releasing the likes of “Madea’s Witness Protection,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” and “Alex Cross,” all of which featured the actor. Together they have made nearly 20 films. Madea is the truth-telling grandmother character that Perry created and essays on screen. Critics tend to hate the films, but they have a loyal and devoted fanbase.
Lionsgate did not give any details about the other Perry project.
- Brent Lang
This weekend’s openers did not look like standouts on paper. But two star vehicles, Tyler Perry’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Lionsgate) and Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher: Never Look Back” (Paramount), both exceeded their expected $20 million openings. The reason? They gave moviegoers, who may be feeling a tad rattled during this tempestuous election season, something familiar and safe.
Add in the middling “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Universal) and the flop “Keeping Up With the Joneses” (20th Century Fox) and the unusually heavy release schedule (before the must-to-avoid Halloween weekend) reversed recent sliding gross totals. Temporary? We’ll see. But it’s better news for sure.
The Top Ten
1. Boo! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 34; Est. budget: $20 million
$27,600,000 in 2,260 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,212; Cumulative: $27,600,000
2. Jack Reacher: Never Look Back (Paramount) New – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 47 ; Est. budget: $60 million
$23,000,000 in 3,780 theaters; PTA: $6,085; Cumulative: $23,000,000
- Tom Brueggemann
Today in film history, October 19, 2012, Lionsgate/Summit’s “Alex Cross,” starring Tyler Perry, opened in USA theaters, and quickly (maybe not surprisingly) vanished, thanks to lackluster box office results for Perry’s entry into action-hero movie territory – a move that… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Hdnet Movies Horror Marathon: Los Angeles – October 10, 2016 – Trick or Treat with Hdnet Movies this October, as the network presents a three-day Halloween Weekend block, featuring 16 sci-fi, suspense, and slasher classics. The special event begins on Saturday, Oct. 29, and runs through Monday, Oct. 31.
The thrills and chills kickoff with an out-of-this-world “Sci-Fi Saturday” on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting with Nathan Fillion as the captain of a spaceship harboring a mysterious stowaway in the 2005 Joss Whedon adventure Serenity at 7pE. Next up is Henry Thomas as a young boy who befriends a stranded alien in the Stephen Spielberg opus E.T., with Dee Wallace and Drew Barrymore, at 9pE; and Bruce Willis travels back in time to save the »
- Derek Anderson
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.
The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the »
- Edward Douglas
The deal will close in the mid-seven figure range for multiple territories, including the United States. The project sold out of the Toronto Film Festival. Although it wasn’t an official selection, “What Happened to Monday?” was screened to buyers at several private screenings, where it received favorable responses.
CAA packaged and sold the movie.
“Whatever Happened to Monday?” is directed by Tommy Wirkola (“Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters”) and co-stars Willem Dafoe. Rapace takes on six different roles in a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where families are forced to only have one child.
As Toronto reaches its halfway point, few deals have closed for finished projects. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
If Tuesday’s two-hour premiere was any indication, CBS’ Zoo is going all in with Season 2.
Whereas Season 1 of the James Patterson adaptation took things a bit seriously as it explored the mystery of a manmade genetic mutation within the entire animal kingdom that turned our fine feathered and furry friends against us, Season 2 — or at least the effects-laden premiere, which for all I know blew the entire budget — is going full-tilt bananas (no pun intended, monkeys). We’ve got multi-animal assaults, a luxury jet that would make S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Zephyr jealous, new characters and »
Tagline: "You are Humanity's Last Stand." As Armstrong Williams stated: "if it bleeds, it leads." In this case, a distraught mother pays the ultimate price. The promotional material for the apocalyptic Pandemic continues to show dire situations. This film is slated for an early April release, through XLRator Media. And, Pandemic stars Rachel Nichols (Alex Cross), Mekhi Phifer (Dawn of the Dead) and Alfie Allen. Dustin T. Benson developed the script, with John Suits directing. The film's latest clip is hosted here. Fans of zombified feature are surely starting to piece together the film's storyline. For others, a virus is going global, turning the infected into bloodthirsty animals. A team of scientists and researchers are tasked with entering a quarantined zone, to find clues for possible immunization. However, an army of killers stand in this team's way. The film has been shot with the viewer as the protagonist. Viewers will »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Jessalyn Wanlim (Alex Cross) has joined the fourth season cast of BBC America’s clone drama Orphan Black, which premieres in April. She will recur as Evie Cho, a spokesperson advocating research for women’s health. Evie is a powerful, seductively articulate bio-engineer that preaches empowerment to those oppressed by sexism and physical aliments. Wanlim joins a cast that includes star Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and… »
Foresight Unlimited has announced that The Fast And The Furious and Alex Cross director Rob Cohen has signed on to helm the upcoming disaster action thriller Category 5. The planned film will follow "a team of tech hackers, who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102M in cash, just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane, the storm of the century, is about to strike and... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The past decade hasn't been too kind to director Rob Cohen. The director, who is perhaps best known for directing Vin Diesel in the "Fast and the Furious" and "xXx" in the early 2000s hasn't done much for me to be excited about in recent years. In 2005, he directed "Stealth," the forgettable plane movie starring Jamie Foxx. In 2008, he directed the third "Mummy" flick, which effectively ended the franchise. In 2012, he directed the terrible "Alex Cross" movie, and most recently, he helmed the Jennifer Lopez vehicle "Boy Next Door," which wasn't any better received by viewers or critics.
It's now been revealed that Cohen will be going back to the crazy silly action genre with "Category 5," a film that "follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102M in cash, just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane, the storm of the century, »
- Joseph Medina
“Category 5” follows a team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102 million just as a disastrous Category 5 hurricane is about to strike and level it to the ground. The only other two people left in the town, a meteorologist and a treasury agent, must survive the storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.
Casting is currently underway, and production is slated for the spring and summer. Foresight Unlimited will handle foreign sales and introduce the film to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival next month.
“Crossing a heist movie set amidst the intense action of a »
- Dave McNary
The story follows a group of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility on a small coastal town to steal $102 million, doing so just before a disastrous Category 5 hurricane hits the area and wipes out any trace of their crime.
The only two people left in the town, a meteorologist and a treasury agent, must survive the storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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