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'Inferno' Has a Meltdown, 'Madea' is #1 Again & 'Doctor Strange' Opens with $86M Overseas

'Inferno' Has a Meltdown, 'Madea' is #1 Again & 'Doctor Strange' Opens with $86M Overseas
Sony's Inferno experienced an opening weekend meltdown as the third film in the Robert Langdon series fell $10 million shy of expectations. As a result, and thanks to a strong second weekend hold, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween scored a second weekend atop the box office, dropping just 41% from its opening weekend. Meanwhile, Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange stormed the international box office. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened in approximately half the overseas markets where it brought in an estimated $86 million ahead of its domestic release next weekend. With an estimated $16.67 million Boo! A Madea Halloween took the #1 spot at the weekend box office domestically for a second week in a row. The film's cume has now grown to $52 million as it fell just 41% in its second weekend, a spectacular performance following the film's $28.5 million opening last weekend. As noted in our weekend preview, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection
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'Inferno' Takes on the World Series as 'Doctor Strange' Debuts Overseas

'Inferno' Takes on the World Series as 'Doctor Strange' Debuts Overseas
Saturday Am Update: Sony's Inferno is looking at a weekend opening well below expectations after taking in an estimated $5.6 million on Friday from 3,576 domestic locations. It was enough for a first place finish on Friday and it looks as if it will take the #1 spot for the weekend somewhere around $16 million, but Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween is proving formidable. The Tyler Perry holiday comedy brought in an estimated $4.59 million on Friday and is expected to bring in a strong $15 million for the three-day, a drop right around 47%. Meanwhile, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is looking at a much steeper drop than projected. The film brought in an estimated $2.9 million on Friday and is looking at a second weekend around $9.7 million, a 58% drop. Fip's limited release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is looking strong already with an estimated $765,000 on Friday, heading toward a weekend that could top $2.5 million and a top ten finish.
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Weekend Box Office: 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Falls Well Short of 'Unexpected Journey'

To no surprise, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took the #1 spot at the box office with $73.6 million, but I can't say I expected it to come in $11 million below the opening weekend of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Clearly the first film failed to impress audiences and I can't help but wonder how much of a grain of salt I should take the "A-" CinemaScore for Smaug considering the opening day audience is likely to be made up of the built-in fanbase. In fact, is it telling that the CinemaScore wasn't higherc Smaug skewed 60% male with 49% of the audience catching it in 3D. After a $31.2 million opening on Friday it was down to $17.9 million. Worldwide, Smaug managed $204.9M down $17 million from the first film. Suffice to say, the film is still clearly a big money earner, but the bloom may be off the rose. In second was Frozen with $22.1 million,
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Tyler Perry Explains Why His Name Is In All His Movie Titles...

One question we've wondered here on S&A is why all the titles of Tyler Perry's films have his name in them, as in Tyler Perry's Temptation (which just opened), Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, and even a film he didn't write nor direct - Tina Gordon Chism's We The Peeples will be released as Tyler Perry Presents Peeples. We've always assumed that it's a branding thing, which I can understand. But as Tambay asked in a post a couple of weeks ago: I wonder if he'll ever drop the "Tyler Perry's" that begins almost all of his titles. It might actually work in his favor. I'd like to watch a Tyler Perry film without knowing beforehand that it's a Tyler Perry film, because my reactions...
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Forecast: 'G.I. Joe' Sequel Set to Rock Easter Weekend

Thursday Update: G.I. Joe: Retaliation earned an estimated $10.5 million from 3,719 locations on Thursday. That figure includes $2.2 million from Wednesday night and midnight showings. While it's better than A Good Day to Die Hard's $8.2 million Thursday debut last month, it's less thna half of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's $22.2 million Friday opening in August 2009. Through Sunday, Retaliation is now guaranteed to gross over $40 million, though $50 million could be tough. Forecast: Billed as "the first blockbuster of the year," G.I. Joe: Retaliation should deliver one of the highest Easter openings ever this weekend. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation hit The Croods will likely take second place ahead of other newcomers The Host and Tyler Perry's Temptation. Opening at 3,719 locations*and with $2.2 million in the bank already from Wednesday night showings*G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the follow-up to 2009 hit G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. After Paramount/Hasbro scored with the first
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The Week in Spandex - Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Man of Steel, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Aquaman and more

Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Kick-Ass 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, Justice League, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Aquaman, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Super Clyde and more...

2013 is set to see some of comics' biggest names returning to the big screen, but while Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine and Superman battle it out for box office supremacy, underdog Kick-Ass will quietly go about his business in Universal Pictures' crime-fighting sequel Kick-Ass 2, which received its first red-band trailer and official poster this past Wednesday. If the trailer is any indication, it seems that director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) has ramped up the action for the follow-up
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Dave Bautista joins Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax the Destroyer

Director James Gunn (Super) has found his second Guardian, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that former WWE star Dave Bautista has joined the cast of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in the role of Drax the Destroyer - a human whose spirit is brought back from the dead and placed into a powerful new body in order to kill the Mad Titan, Thanos (in the comics, at least).

Bautista - whose acting credits include House of the Rising Sun, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, The Man with the Iron Fists and the upcoming sci-fi sequel Riddick - has secured the role of Drax ahead of competition from Jason Momoa (Bullet to the Head), Isaiah Mustafa (Madea's Big Happy Family) and Brian Patrick Wade (Generation Kill). He becomes the second actor to join the film, with Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) announced as having secured the role of the Guardians' leader Star-Lord last month.
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Bounce TV To Premiere New Original Comeday Series 'Off The Chain' On Monday, Oct 22

Atlanta, Oct. 19, 2012 -- Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the fastest growing African American network in television, will premiere its newest original series, Off The Chain, on Monday, Oct. 22 at 9:00 p.m. (Et) with two episodes back-to-back. The new half-hour stand-up comedy series will feature performances by some of the country's most talented African American comics. Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Mo'Nique Show) hosts Off The Chain. Perry was the co-host of The Mo'Nique Show on Bet as well as a host of TV One's Who's Got Jokes. He has been the opening act for such top comedians as George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey...
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Bounce TV Renews 'Uptown Comic,' Rodney Perry To Host Season 2 Of Original Comedy Series

I guess Joe Torry's out as host... Atlanta, Aug. 16, 2012 -- Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com), the fastest growing African American network in television, will premiere the second season of its original comedy series Uptown Comic this fall with actor and comedian Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, Mo'Nique Show) as host, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz. Uptown Comic is a half-hour series featuring stand-up performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming comics in the country. The show's second season will begin production in Atlanta this month. "Uptown Comic was an instant hit with Bounce TV...
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Friday Report: Crowds Go Wild for 'Ted,' 'Mike'

The lure of original movies won out at the box office on Friday, with Ted and Magic Mike drawing huge crowds to movie theaters. Brave held on decently as well, and Madea's Witness Protection performed in line with past Madea movies. As a result, four movies earned over $10 million on Friday, which appears to be the first time that's ever happened. Ted took first place with an estimated $20.2 million, which is the highest opening day ever for an original R-rated comedy ahead of the first Hangover's $16.7 million. It's also ranks third all-time for R-rated comedies behind The Hangover Part II ($31.6 million) and Sex and the City ($26.8 million). Universal is projecting an opening weekend around $51 million, though plenty of comparisons put it a bit higher (up to $55 million). Considering the strong word-of-mouth the movie seems to be generating, along with the utter lack of comedy competition for the next month, Ted
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Box Office: Magic Mike Movie / Ted Overperform

Box Office: Magic Mike movie and Ted performed beyond expectations at the North American box office on Friday. Starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, and Adam Rodriguez, Magic Mike is expected to be the no. 2 movie at the box office this weekend. The no. 1 hit is Mark Wahlberg's Ted, which may reach as high as $50m by Sunday evening. In addition to Wahlberg, Ted also features Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane, who also directed. At no. 3 on Friday was Tyler Perry's Madea Witness Protection, which may outperform Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. At no. 8 was People Like Us, a new entry directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D'Addario, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass, and Philip Baker Hall. Note that Rupert Sanders / Kristen Stewart / Charlize Theron / Chris Hemsworth / Sam Claflin's Snow White and the Huntsman, Tom Cruise
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'Madea's Witness Protection' Review: If Anyone Should Be in Hiding, It's Tyler Perry

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'Madea's Witness Protection' Review: If Anyone Should Be in Hiding, It's Tyler Perry
Viewers who are unfamiliar with the Madea movies may be tempted to lump them all together, but not all of these films are created equal. Behold the slippery slope that has brought us from the best one so far, last year's "Madea's Big Happy Family," to the very worst, "Madea's Witness Protection." Despite his love of possessory credits, Tyler Perry is not what one might call the most disciplined filmmaker working today. But even by his standards, this is a slipshod, lazy and seemingly thrown-together piece of work. It wastes the talents
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Forecast (cont.): 'Madea,' 'People Like Us' and Predictions

<< Continued from "'Mike,' 'Ted' Try to Unseat Merida"Madea's Witness Protection marks Tyler Perry's 12th directorial effort in the past six years, and his fourth movie to feature his most popular character, Madea, in the title. The prolific writer-director-star's two best debuts came from two of his Madea movies: Madea's Family Reunion opened to $30 million in 2006, while Madea Goes to Jail holds the Perry record with $41 million in 2009. Unfortunately, Madea's Big Happy Family only opened to $25.1 million last year, and other recent Perry movies have also underperformed a bit. Still, a movie's potential often comes down to the strength of its premise, and Witness Protection has a clearer one than nearly any of Perry's past efforts. It's also broadened its potential audience with American Pie stalwart Eugene Levy, and Lionsgate has been marketing the movie not only to Perry fans but also to comedy fans in general (for example,
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June Preview (Part 2): 'Brave,' 'Abraham Lincoln,' 'Ted' & More

The last two weekends of June 2012 are also the most crowded so far this Summer: there are a total of seven nationwide releases on the schedule, which is as many as there were throughout the entire month of May. Disney/Pixar's Brave is the only certain hit, though Ted should also be a strong contender, while Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter continues to look like it's going to have a tough time attracting attention. For a look at the first three weeks of June, check out part one of our June Preview here. June 22 - Merida vs. Abraham Lincoln vs. Steve CarellThe fourth weekend of June is only the second weekend this Summer to feature three new nationwide releases, and included in there is one of the most anticipated of the season. Brave is Pixar's first original movie since 2009's Up, and it's also their attempt at getting back on track
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Is Tyler Perry Still Box-Office Gold?

During our Summer Movie Box-Office Draft, I considered taking Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection as a film that could bolster my overall total. However, Madea's Big Happy Family faltered at the box-office compared to the two that came before it. Our draft was based on taking a film's overall worldwide gross minus two-and-a-half times the budget. Let's take a look at previous installments. In 2006 Madea's Family Reunion was made on a reported budget of $6 million. It made $63.3 million worldwide, which would end up netting $48.3 million. Good money. In 2009 Madea Goes to Jail was made for $17.5 million and made $90.5 million, which nets $46.75 million. A small dip, but still solid returns. Then last year, Madea's Big Happy Family was made for a reported $25 million and ended up making $53.3 million for a net loss of $9.2 million. Not good. Then I looked at his most recent film, Good Deeds, which was made for
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Madea's Witness Protection Teaser Trailer Goes Up In The Air

If you've never seen one of Tyler Perry's movies, you might be surprised to know that just because his famous character Madea in the title doesn't mean she's actually the main character. In most of the Madea films-- Madea's Big Happy Family, Madea Goes To Jail-- her antics play a supporting role to the melodrama at the center of the story, in which a woman learns to leave her abusive spouse, a father learns the true meaning of family, or an extended family learns to rely on each other-- or some variation on that theme. But Madea is also Perry's most popular creation, so when it comes to marketing these movies, it's all Madea, all the time-- even if that has barely anything to do with the movie itself. So while you watch the below trailer for Madea's Witness Protection, bear in mind that Madea isn't even the
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Back Stage Hosts 'Fresh Faces' Auditions in New York

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Back Stage is holding a "Fresh Faces" audition event on Monday, March 26 to find the best actors, singers, and dancers of tomorrow. At the auditions, performers will have the opportunity to act, sing, or dance for a panel of prestigious industry experts, who will consider the performers for possible future projects and representation. Expected panelists include: Kim Williams (film and TV casting director whose credits include Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family" and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"); Charlie Walk (TV producer and president & CEO of Cwe Media); Doug Scott (executive director of Branded Content and Entertainment at Ogilvy & Mather); Barry Habib (producer of "Rock of Ages" and multiple movies); and Tony-nominated actor-singer Constantine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages"). To add to the excitement, a major cable network will be present to capture some of the audition action.These auditions are for male and female triple-threat performers, actors,...
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Giveaway: Calling Tyler Perry's Biggest Fan! Tell Us What Your Favorite Tyler Perry Movie Is, Win Tickets to His 'The Marriage Counselor' Summer Premiere

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Well, it's been a while since the release of theTyler Perry movie, Madea's Big Happy Family. So it seems about right that a new movie is hitting the big screen soon and sure enough, in two weeks, Perry's latest film, Good Deeds will be released.  And Perry fans can look forward to summer, when his stage play The Marriage Counselor hits the big screen on July 27. Want a pair of tickets to the premiere of The Marriage Counselor? All you have to do is tell us what your favorite Tyler Perry movie is in the comment section below [one comment per person, please!] until Mon., 2/27/12. The premiere will take place during the last week of July in Los Angeles, location to be determined.    We'll randomly select the winner, and get in contact regarding eligibility and...

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Lionsgate Acquires Summit Entertainment for $412.5 Million

Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment today announced that Lionsgate has completed a transaction to acquire Summit for a combination of cash and stock valued at $412.5 million.

The transaction unites two leading studios with powerful brands and complementary assets, solidifying Lionsgate's position as the world's largest and most diversified independent entertainment company. By acquiring Summit, Lionsgate enhances its feature film and home entertainment offerings and further broadens its 13,000 title filmed entertainment library to include such titles as The Twilight Saga, The Hurt Locker and Red. The integration of both Summit's domestic and international theatrical film operations will significantly enhance Lionsgate's production and distribution capacity, while also extending the Company's worldwide reach and creating a dominant international sales organization.

The transaction brings together Summit's Twilight Saga feature film franchise, which has already grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and Lionsgate's highly anticipated The Hunger Games franchise, which
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Kristen Wiig, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Julia Roberts?: Golden Globe Contenders Best Actress Drama/Comedy

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jean Dujardin, George Clooney, Johnny Depp?: Golden Globes 2012 Best Actor Drama/Comedy Contenders

The Best Actress – Drama list seems complete, though there are several possible runners-up: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for The Help, Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn. That matches our SAG predictions last night — and the SAG nominations themselves earlier this morning. Those are also the likely Best Actress Oscar contenders.

The possible upsets are Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Emma Stone for The Help, and Sandra Bullock for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Kirsten Dunst is a runner-up runner-up for Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Due to her lesser star wattage, an even less likely contender is Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene. Like Crazy's
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