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Andres Muschietti, who directed Universal’s surprise hit horror movie Mama, is circling a deal to come aboard the studio's reboot of its Mummy franchise. The move comes after an intense search caused by the late July exit of Len Wiseman.
It is also one of the first decisive moves made by Donna Langley, who was made chairman of Universal Pictures after Monday’s dramatic shake-up that saw the exit of chairman Adam Fogelson and the elevation of Jeff Shell to chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. (To be clear, however, Muschietti first
- Borys Kit, Kim Masters
Its main star may be a dead guy, but Summit’s new release Warm Bodies exhibited nothing but life in its first day at the box office.
The zombie-themed romantic comedy (zom-rom-com?) easily topped the chart on Friday with $8.7 million. Last year, the teen superpower adventure Chronicle earned $8.6 million the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday and finished the frame with $22 million. Since Warm Bodies, which is based on the popular novel by Isaac Marion, already has a built-in following, it’s likely that it will be more frontloaded and finish the weekend with about $20 million. Still, that’s a tremendous »
- Grady Smith
None of the weekend's new releases got anything even remotely close to good reviews-- the closest is Parker, with a 35% Rotten Tomatoes score-- but the people need something to see, and it seems they've chosen Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Well, sort of. The R-rated revisionist fairy tale brought in $5.9 million on Friday, on track for a $17 million weekend and first place-- though not nearly the kind of numbers you might expect for something action-packed and in 3D. Coming in behind it wasn't either of the other new releases but Mama, which made $3.8 million and, according to Deadline, will have a total gross of $47.5 million by the end of the weekend. You have to go all the way down to #5 to find the next new release, Jason Statham's Parker, which made $2.1 million, and right behind it is Movie 43, which brought in $1.8 million. That one actually only cost $6 million, »
For the second week in a row, three new movies entered cinemas, and only one of them is scoring healthy grosses, leaving the other two to languish right out of the gate.
Almost a year after its originally scheduled March 2012 release, Paramount’s $50 million Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters topped the chart on its first Friday with $6.0 million from 3,372 theaters. The poorly reviewed film (a phrase that applies to all this weekend’s new releases) stars Gemma Arteron and Jeremy Renner, but the Avengers star has demonstrated little drawing power as a leading man so far. Hansel and Gretel »
- Grady Smith
As reported yesterday, Jessica Chastain accomplished the rare feat of simultaneously starring in both the number one and number two movies in the country this weekend (not to mention, crushing two new releases in the process), and that stayed true over the extended holiday frame.
Over the four-day weekend, Mama scared up a tremendous $33 million (its three-day cume was adjusted up to $28.5 million), making the $15 million film a huge winner for Universal. Horror movies play particularly well in January — just two weeks ago Texas Chainsaw 3D topped the chart — but Mama had a lot working in its favor. Its female »
- Grady Smith
According to Film.com, "Mama" brought in an impressive $28.1 million, while "Zero Dark Thirty" held strong in second place with $17.6 million. And, oh by the way, Chastain also won the Golden Globe last weekend for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama and picked up an Oscar nomination to boot.
With Chastain pretty much dominating everything in the world, there was little room for anyone else at the box office, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose new film "The Last Stand" bombed out in a distant tenth place. For the full details of that disaster, plus the rest of the box office chart, head to Film.com. »
- Scott Harris
Jessica Chastain is having a moment. Not only did the red-headed Oscar nominee win a Golden Globe last weekend for her work in Zero Dark Thirty, which forced her to take a night off from her Broadway run — yes she’s starring in Broadway’s The Heiress during the thick of awards season — but she’s now achieved something few actors have ever managed: she currently holds the number one and number two movies at the box office.
Chastain’s latest vehicle, Mama, crushed the competition over the three-day weekend with a whopping $28.3 million. Universal, who produced the PG-13 film for only $15 million, »
- Grady Smith
The horror movie "Mama" roared past Oscar contenders and other openers featuring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Arnold Schwarzenegger and is on its way to winning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday box office weekend with $33 million. The Guillermo del Toro-produced supernatural thriller is the second horror film to win the weekend box office this month, with "Texas Chainsaw 3D' the top moneymaker two weeks ago. Universal's supernatural thriller, starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, far exceeded the $22 million analysts had projected for the four days. So how to explain »
- Todd Cunningham
Hasta la vista, baby. In a box office upset, new horror pic Mama -- starring Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain -- is easily winning the long Martin Luther King weekend and badly beating two R-rated films packing plenty of male heat, the Mark Wahlberg-Russell Crowe action-thriller Broken City and Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand.
Mama, from Universal, is projected to top the four-day holiday weekend with a better-than-expected $33.2 million after taking in $28.1 million for the three-day stretch. Studio insiders
- Pamela McClintock
The story of today isn't quite what's happening in Park City but what's happening at multiplexes across the country. Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is leading the charge with the top two films at the box office, Andrés Muschietti's "Mama" and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." That ought to put to rest any idle speculation that the former, which is decently reviewed, would somehow "Norbit" her Oscar hopes. It's also rare for an actress, particularly one this fresh on the scene, to have such a dominant force at the box office in two separate films. That will be part of the story »
- Kristopher Tapley
It was Jessica Chastain vs. Jessica Chastain at the box office on Friday night with her new film "Mama" bowing with a strong $10 million, giving it the edge over the Oscar nominee's other current release, "Zero Dark Thirty," which pulled in another $4.5 million in its second week of wide release. Meanwhile, "The Last Stand," Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to leading man status, bombed. "Mama" the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film starring Chastain, is expected to gross around $30 million for the long weekend (which includes the Monday holiday for many schools), a significant sum for the low budget picture. Chastain pulled a double-shift this weekend, also »
- Dave Lewis
Universal’s $15 million Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror film Mama easily topped the box office on Friday with a sizzling $10 million, putting it on pace for a shriek-worthy $31 million over the four-day frame. Mama will become the second straight chart-topper for star Jessica Chastain, who reigned atop the box office last week with Zero Dark Thirty.
Speaking of Zero Dark Thirty, the controversial drama held strong in second place during its second Friday in wide release with another $4.6 million, thereby »
- Grady Smith
Two films starring newly-minted Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain topped Friday’s box office. Zero Dark Thirty, the film that brought Chastain her Best Actress win on Sunday, was expected to run neck-and-neck with Mama, the new PG-13 horror feature, at this weekend’s box office. Instead, with a better-than expected $10 million estimate from 2,647 locations on Friday, Mama should easily claim the Mlk weekend title with over $25 million. Zero Dark Thirty, last weekend’s number one film, will take second with around $15 million through Sunday. Chastain’s one-two sweep upstaged the weekend’s R-rated action debuts: Broken City and The Last Stand. Both underwhelmed - though with its estimate of $3 million from 2,620 locations, Broken City at least made it into Friday’s top five. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand was not so lucky. With just $2 million from 2,913 locations, The Last Stand will finish the weekend near the bottom of the top ten. »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror movie "Mama" is running away with the holiday weekend box-office race after debuting with a strong $10 million Friday. Universal's supernatural thriller, starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is on track for a $30 million haul over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, way above the $22 million analysts had projected. It also gives Chastain the weekend's top two films. Sony's "Zero Dark Thirty," for which she earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination, was running second after ringing up $4.5 million Friday, which should give »
- Todd Cunningham
This weekend, Jessica Chastain, the beloved, ethereal star of "The Tree of Life" and "The Help" (and currently Oscar nominated for her fiercely brilliant performance in Kathryn Bigelow's dazzling "Zero Dark Thirty"), goes to the dark side with the Guillermo del Toro-produced, Andy Muschietti-directed chiller "Mama." She plays a woman struck with a double-whammy: dealing with having to raise her two nieces who were recently recovered from a cabin in the woods where they'd raised themselves for years, and the maternal ghost (dubbed "Mama") who is still very possessive. We got to sit down with the star to talk about what drew her to such dark material, where her tentacle tattoo in the movie came from, what horror movies make her go bump in the night, and what other genres she's eager to get her hands on. What drew you to this material? I had just done "The Tree of Life. »
- Drew Taylor
Jessica Chastain is having a banner week. On Sunday, the statuesque actress won a Golden Globe for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty, which simultaneously topped the box office with $24.4 million. Tomorrow, Chastain will attempt to replace herself at the top of the chart with the Guillermo Del Toro-directed horror flick Mama. And she’s done all this while still performing in Broadway’s The Heiress!
- Grady Smith
Arnold's back, but it looks like Jessica has his number over Martin Luther King weekend.After a decade-long hiatus from leading man status, Arnold Schwarzengger is starring in The Last Stand, which opens in 2,913 locations this weekend. It's going after the same older male audience as Mark Wahlberg drama Broken City, though, which should keep both movies out of the top spot. Instead, it looks likely that first place either goes to holdover Zero Dark Thirty or new horror flick Mama, both of which star Jessica Chastain. Out of the nine brand-new nationwide releases in January, eight of them are rated R. The only outlier is Mama, which is attempting to appeal to the PG-13 horror crowd. While Universal's marketing campaign has been light, it has also very clearly established the movie's scary premise, which finds supernatural occurances ensuing after two young girls are rescued from the woods and brought »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The fact that Guillermo del Toro is an executive producer of "Mama" is a tip-off that this won't be just another horror film with misbehaving and soon-to-be-dismembered teenagers or a drooling, slime-soaked monster. And it's not. But neither is it "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006), the producer-director's brilliant, politically aware gothic fairytale. "Mama" is a fitfully involving supernatural tale of parents and parental figures both good and bad. The feature film debut of director-co writer Andrés Muschietti, it opens with a distraught and possibly criminal father (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) grabbing his two young daughters and »
- Leah Rozen
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