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Welcome to one of the most unique categories at the Oscars. Best Makeup & Hairstyling is the only category to still feature the "bake-off” phase, where three nominees are chosen from seven finalists after those finalists each make a pitch-via-reel to the branch. Every year features surprise omissions and inclusions, both among the final seven and the final three. The category seems almost uniquely immune to being overwhelmed by the overall reputation of a film. (Best Costume Design is its only rival in this respect.) Films of questionable quality are nominated nearly every year. While some lament the titles that have earned the moniker "Oscar nominee” ("Norbit” perhaps being the most infamous example), I for one love the fact that this branch actually strives to do what it is tasked with. While these macro-level characteristics of the category permeate the nominations process, trends among the nominees are nevertheless observable. The category tends to award monster makeup, »
- Gerard Kennedy
It's certainly not "Catching Fire," but America took a big bite out of "Mockingjay" on Thanksgiving. The third installment of the "Hunger Games" franchise ruled the box office on Thursday pulling in another $11 million for $168.6 million in its first seven days. That's dramatically below the $222.1 million "Catching Fire" earned at this point in its run a year ago. The good news for Lionsgate, however, is that that international grosses are already at $201.4 million and should end up at least matching "Fire's" $440 take. DreamWorks Animation's "Penguins of Madagascar" grossed another $3.9 million in second place for $10.2 million in just two days. "Penguins" should have a major bump today and tomorrow when more families are free. It still has a shot at making $50 million over its first five days. "Horrible Bosses 2" took advantage of antsy under 35-year-olds for no. 3 and another $3 million. The all-star sequel has made $7.3 million and it looks like »
- Gregory Ellwood
Update, Friday Am: As is traditionally the case, box office for Thanksgiving Thursday was softer than on Wednesday across the top films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 still leads the pack, grossing an estimated $11.05M on Thursday, down from Wednesday’s $14.55M. The domestic cume is now $168.6M. On the international front, however, the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer has flown past $200M for an estimated worldwide cume of $370M thus far.
Penguins Of Madagascar, in 3,654 theaters on Thursday, was down 37% from the previous day with an estimated $3.95M. The cume is now $10.2M domestic and I’ll have international numbers on Sunday as the DreamWorks Animation adventure directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J Smith is rolling out in 40+ markets.
The other new entry, Horrible Bosses 2, took a 28% pay cut on Thursday, earning $3.06M at 3,321 dates. With a B+ CinemaScore, the comedy has now cumed $7.31M over two days. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is here and Amazon.com's holiday sales are in full swing with the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
This posting will be updated each day between now and Cyber Monday on December 1st with the best deals on the e-tailer. As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly and are only available for a very limited time so keep an eye on it.
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- Garth Franklin
“The Hunger Games” continued to give Lionsgate reasons to be thankful this holiday season after “Mockingjay – Part 1,” the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, dominated the box office.
Katniss Everdeen and her band of rebels hit the bullseye, delivering $11.1 million on Thanksgiving. Though “Mockingjay – Part 1″ will fall short of its predecessor “Catching Fire’s” record-breaking $110 million over last year’s five-day holiday, it is on pace to be the week’s top-grossing film with roughly $80 million. Domestically the film has made $168.6 million and has crossed $200 million internationally, bringing the estimated worldwide total to $370 million to date.
With “Hunger Games” establishing a commanding lead, the week’s other new releases, “Horrible Bosses 2″ and “Penguins of Madagascar,” are struggling to carve out some space at the table. “Penguins of Madagascar,” a spin-off of DreamWorks Animation’s $1.8 billion grossing “Madagascar” franchise, picked up $3.9 million from 3,750 theaters. The film cost $132 million to make »
- Brent Lang
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 2014.
Directed by Francis Lawrence.
The phenomena of The Hunger Games has been interesting to watch and as we come to the penultimate film it’s been a pleasure to see the franchise develop and for its star Jennifer Lawrence to flourish in the box office and indie scene. Saying that Mockingjay – Part 1 is the weakest so far and has fallen into the commercial trap of splitting the final book into two films.
Part 1 follows the aftermath of Katniss’ destruction of the force field at the end of Catching Fire. Peeta (Hutcherson) has been kidnapped by the Capitol, District 12 lies »
- Helen Murdoch
“The Hunger Games” has become a veritable “Turkey Day” tradition.
Katniss Everdeen set new standards for gorging when “Catching Fire” became the highest-grossing Thanksgiving release ever. This year, “Mockingjay – Part 1″ is also feasting on the holiday box office, earning $14.6 million on Wednesday to kick off a five day bonanza, according to estimates. The film’s domestic box office to date stands at $157.6 million. Globally, the film has earned roughly $350 million.
There’s healthy competition around the Thanksgiving table. DreamWorks Animation is trying to rope in family audiences eager to get out of the house with “Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $6.3 million Wednesday in 3,750 theaters. The spin-off of the “Madagascar” franchise cost $132 million to make and is expected to rack up between $42 million to $44 million for the five days through Sunday.
For older moviegoers eager for some R-rated laughs, New Line is fielding “Horrible Bosses 2.” The black comedy picked up $4.2 million on Wednesday, »
- Brent Lang
Have you ever turned off the sound on a film or a television show and tried to create your own gibberish? Well, that's Bad Lip Reading (Blr) in a nutshell. They're just a bit better at coming up with unintelligible and meaningless dialogue than you or me. In the past, they've entertained us by poking fun at The Amazing Spider-Man, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and of course, The Hunger Games. And unlike Cinema Sins and Screen Junkies, Bad Lip Reading only produces a handful of videos a year, which means the quality is usually of a high caliber. Now check out their two new videos for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family »
See Also: First poster and trailer for Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, »
- Gary Collinson
Patti Smith has always been a renaissance woman. She’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work as a singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the Patti Smith Group; named a commander of the French Ordre des Artes et des Lettres for work as a poet; and awarded the National Book Award for her 2010 memoir, “Just Kids.” And 2014 may have been the year Patti Smith finally went Hollywood.
In her own small, measured way, that is. This past year saw the 67-year-old songstress contribute a tune to Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which is up for consideration in the Oscar original song category, as well as act in Netflix’s “The Killing.” Last year, she wrote and performed an original song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“It’s entirely a happy convergence,” she insists.
She’s certainly earned the cultural capital to experiment with new roles, »
- Andrew Barker
Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ flew to a powerful $14.5 million on Wednesday at the pre-Thanksgiving box office to lift its six-day domestic total to $158 million.
The Jennifer Lawrence franchise outdistanced a solid debut from Fox/DreamWorks’ “The Penguins of Madagascar,” which drew $7 million Wednesday — signaling a total in the $42 million to $44 million range for the five days through Sunday.
New Line’s launch of “Horrible Bosses 2″ also turned in a decent showing on Wednesday in the $5 million range, including $1 million in Tuesday night showings. The R-rated comedy sequel is projected to take in about $35 million for the Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period.
The original “Horrible Bosses” opened in July, 2011, with $28.3 million on its way to $117 million in the U.S. and $209.6 million worldwide.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has been a historically strong day for moviegoing with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” taking in an impressive $20 million on the day last year. »
- Dave McNary
Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 should do decent business over the long Thanksgiving weekend, though its unlikely that the two new franchise titles come anywhere close to taking first place from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.A year ago, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 53 percent over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend. If Mockingjay matched that drop, it would earn $57 million over the three-day weekend, and around $85 million for the five-day frame (including Wednesday and Thursday).However, word-of-mouth for Mockingjay isn't quite as strong, and grosses have dropped off at a slightly steeper rate from Friday to Tuesday. Look for Mockingjay to fall 55 to 60 percent in its second frame, which would put it around $50 million ($70-75 million five-day).Opening at 3,654 locations, Penguins of Madagascar should take second place ahead of Horrible Bosses 2.Madagascar is one of DreamWorks Animation's most successful franchises: all three movies have earned over $180 million in the U. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
By Anjelica Oswald
It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.
More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Update, Wednesday 8 Am: Warner Bros./New Line’s R-rated sequel Horrible Bosses 2 nabbed an early bonus last night with $1 million at Tuesday night previews. The comedy about a trio of wacky business guys who kidnap their investor’s son will be playing at 3,321 locations today and expand to 3,375 on Friday. That figure outstrips the $365K chunk of cash Horrible Bosses stole from late night previews in July 2011.
Previous, Tuesday 1:18 Pm: Penguins will try to carve into a Katniss’ Thanksgiving feast this weekend at the box office but, despite a lower-than-expected debut from the penultimate Hunger Games entry last week, look for the Suzanne Collins adaptation to retain the holiday crown over Madagascar‘s latest entry.
Mockingjay, like Catching Fire last year, has the benefit of Thanksgiving traffic. However, Catching Fire was coming off a franchise record bow and spurred an all-time record for any film, opener or second-framer, »
- Scott Bowles
It's so hard to say goodbye! Jena Malone opened up to Us Weekly exclusively about moving on from her stint as Hunger Games character Johanna Mason. Malone, 30, played the District 7 tribute in 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as in both Mockingjay movies. While the role put her through tough physical situations and intense scenes, the actress said the hardest part of playing Johanna was cutting ties with the character. "For me, probably, the most challenging was just the end," she told Us. "Knowing [...] »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014…
Exactly a year after its predecessor topped the chart, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted in first place at the UK box office, pulling in £12,654,109 – accounting for 2 out of every 3 cinema tickets told and taking home the biggest opening of 2014 to date. It’s also a franchise high, beating out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which opened with £12.2 million.
Despite the success of Mockingjay, The Imitation Game, Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! and Interstellar all managed to crack seven figures, although the life was pretty much sucked out of the rest of the chart, allowing Punjabi animation Chaar Sahibzaade to sneak into the chart in tenth with an opening weekend of £129,328.
Number one this time last year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – £12,654,109 weekend (New »
- Gary Collinson
Yes, no surprises there, opening in almost all overseas markets, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 took a massive $154.3 million internationally, grounding previous leader Interstellar. With $154.3 million from 85 markets, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 marks by far the biggest overseas opening ever for Lionsgate. It’s also slightly ahead of Catching Fire […]
Read International Box Office: Mockingjay Part 1 Grounds Interstellar on Filmonic.
Katniss Everdeen, some cuddly penguins and a trio of hapless kidnappers will crowd around the Thanksgiving box office table.
Among the heavy hitters at the multiplex, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is best positioned to dominate ticket sales. In its second weekend of release the third chapter in the blockbuster franchise should pull in $55 million and $80 million to $85 million for the five day holiday period.
The latest “Hunger Games” had its debut weekend to itself, but it won’t be so lucky this time around. “Penguins of Madagascar,” DreamwWorks Animation’s spin-off from its hit “Madagascar” series, will try to rope in the family crowd, while “Horrible Bosses 2″ takes aim at older audiences looking for some R-rated laughs.
“The market is going to stay healthy,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “I like the combination of ‘Penguins’ and ‘Horrible Bosses.’ That’s smart counter-programming. »
- Brent Lang
If you’ve read the third book of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy, you’re well aware that Mockingjay has problems and is undoubtedly the most difficult book of the series to bring to screen. Whereas The Hunger Games and Catching Fire had the benefit of following the clear-cut chain of events involved in the Hunger Games, Mockingjay is more of a free-for-all. Katniss is holed up in District 13, the Hunger Games are a thing of the past and now it’s just about the rebels trying to figure out how to get an edge on President Snow and the Capitol. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that narrative, but for folks who’ve enjoyed the spectacle and structure of the Hunger Games, Mockingjay could be a serious adjustment. The same is true of the first half of Francis Lawrence’s big screen rendition, but it’s an adjustment worth making. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Happy Hunger Games. Actually, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 things aren't so happy. Now that we think about it, a lot of characters in this world haven't ever really been happy about those games. When we last left Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) there were many crucial elements hanging in the balance. She didn't even know if Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) was alive. Here's a nonspoiler alert, but technically still a spoiler alert: they didn't kill Peeta off. Shocking, we know. When we compared The Hunger Games vs. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel had a decisive 4-1 victory. Let's find out if the sequel's sequel, which is also half of the finale, can beat the second of a trilogy, which turned into a quadrilogy...
- Jeff Bayer
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