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In a strong week for homegrown films in China after weeks of Hollywood dominance, Tiny Times 3.0 took in $50.12 million in its opening four days in the world's second-largest movie market and led the box office ranking, according to data from the research group Entgroup. The latest film in the tween franchise had 188,491 screenings and reached 9.76 million admissions, the data shows. The box-office revenue beat out Transformers: Age of Extinction, which continues to do well in China. Based on Guo Jingming’s best-selling novels of the same name, Tiny Times 3.0
- Clifford Coonan
Aspirational Chinese tween movie “Tiny Times 3” ran away with the China box office this weekend.
But the weekend was also notable as the frame in which Transformers: Age of Extinction” officially passed $300 million at Middle Kingdom theaters.
“Tiny Times 3” grossed $50.12 million in four days from some 9.7 million ticket sales. “Transformers 4” added $26.1 million, keeping it in second place, and putting it on a 24-day cumulative total of $306 million, according to data from Entgroup.
The counter-programming and social marketing tactics of Tiny Times 3 distributors Le Vision Pictures and Huace Film appear to have worked well, and goes some way to justifying Huace’s $120 million investment in director Guo Jingming’s films and comic book company late last year.
The opening weekend of the third instalment exceeded the final $47 million gross of “Tiny Times 2” which was released in August last year as a pre-planned quick-fire follow-up to the first episode. »
- Patrick Frater
In a shocking and dispiriting turn of events, Wally Pfister, the talented cinematographer of Inception, The Dark Knight and practically every other Christopher Nolan film, chose Transcendence, surely one of the most jaw-droppingly brainless sci-fi movies in years, as his first directing gig. And Pfister will hopefully get out just about unscathed from this agonizing trainwreck, because his consistently stylish and visually pleasing direction is the only reason Transcendence should get any stars.
But I still must ask, what was he thinking? How is it possible that an Academy Award winner who worked on one of the best and most thoughtful sci-fi films of the last decade could have looked at the story of Transcendence and thought, “Yup, sounds good”? I can’t think of a wannabe blockbuster in recent memory that has ever been as gruesomely mauled to death by its script as Transcendence – after learning that screenwriter Jack Paglen »
- Isaac Feldberg
Seoul – Shanghai Film Corporation has struck a deal to install a further 19 IMAX screens in its theaters throughout China.
The deal, described, as “significant” by IMAX is the third largest it has struck in China and makes Sfc IMAX’s fifth largest partner worldwide, with a total of 22 sites when the deal is completed.
The new theaters will be built into new construction projects that are part of the company’s Shanghai Film Corporation (Sfc), Shanghai United Circuit Co. Ltd. (Suc) and Shanghai Sfg-epr Cinema Development & Management Co. circuits. Moist of the sites have been positively identified and all will be installed by the end of 2015.
Since Sfc opened the first in 2004, IMAX’s giant screen concept has been a huge hit in China. The total number of sites in commercial operation was xxx at the end of June. In a statement IMAX said that year-to-date box office increased by »
- Patrick Frater
2Nd Update, Monday 3:20 Pm Pt: Updated figures for the international weekend have come in with all studios reporting. Among the top movies in the marketplace, Transformers: Age Of Extinction‘s 4th frame was up from original estimates to $84.6M in 58 territories ($662.6M cume), and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was slightly higher than predicted in its 2nd frame with $61.93M on 10,347 screens in 51 markets ($103.6M cume). Also of note, Fox’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has officially passed $110M internationally, adding $491K in 15 territories this weekend. Meanwhile, Boyhood, which Universal is releasing most everywhere overseas, […] »
Paramount Pictures has stepped up the promotion for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by releasing a brand new poster and TV spot for the live-action reboot, as well as a music video for ‘Shell Shocked’ by Taylor Gang’s Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign. Take a look below…
“The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for release on August 8th in the States and on October 17th in the UK, with »
- Gary Collinson
Here are your estimated three-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $36.0 million ($138.9 million total) 2. The Purge: Anarchy - $28.3 million ($28.3 million total) 3. Planes: Fire & Rescue - $18.0 million ($18.0 million total) 4. Sex Tape - $15.0 million ($15.0 million total) 5. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $10.0 million ($227.1 million total) 6. Tammy - $7.6 million ($71.2 million total) 7. 22 Jump Street - $4.7 million ($180.5 million total) 8. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $3.8 million ($160.6 million total) 9. Maleficent - $3.3 million ($228.3 million total) 10. Earth to Echo - $3.2 million ($31.9 million total) The Big Stories At least two of the three big newcomers this weekend were thought to...
- Erik Childress
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
20th Century Fox
Monkey masks/motion capture balls at the ready; Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is here. The eighth film in a series that’s been chugging on and off since the late-sixties, it’s irrefutable proof that the oft-bemoaned spate of remakes and sequels doesn’t mean Hollywood is bereft of originality. The previous film, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, showed back in 2011 that the series, originally a nuclear war cautionary tale, was still scarily relevant and here Matt Reeves (taking over from original director Rupert Wyatt) only builds on that strong foundation.
This time around the ape visual effects are completely jaw-dropping and there’s some action set to rival the year’s best (get running Quicksilver). A final act turn into franchise building could have been a bit more final, but we’re willing to overlook that thanks to the sheer level of polish on show. »
- Alex Leadbeater
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" remained at the top spot at the domestic box office by adding another $36 million to its $240 million worldwide total and beating three new wide releases, which all underperformed. The first new wide release was "The Purge: Anarchy," which cost only $9 million to make and grossed $28.4 million. While that's a great performance, it's still less than the $34.1 million that the first film earned in June of 2013. "The Purge: Anarchy" landed in second place and has a 54% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking third place is Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue," which earned $18 million, compared to $22 million that "Planes" opened to in August of 2013. It cost $50 million to make, which means that it should have no problem becoming profitable, especially with foreign box office. The sequel has a 44% fresh rating. The last new wide release is the "Sex Tape" comedy, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, »
The evolution of apes was still a big enough draw to keep away the de-evolution of society, as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes topped The Purge: Anarchy at the box office. While The Purge: Anarchy suffered a lot more at the hands of critics, both sequels are doing very well at the box office; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picked up an additional estimated $36 million and closes in domestic success (though it has been successful counting worldwide sales), while The Purge: Anarchy earned an estimated $28.4 million, which is actually a grand success considering its $9 million budget.
Following in their wake are two far less successful debuts; Planes: Fire & Rescue made an estimated $18 million on a $50 million budget, and Sex Tape made an estimated $15 million on a $40 million budget, and neither are getting much help from critical acclaim.
The other six films in the top ten are »
- Seth Paul
Three new movies opened in theaters across the Us this weekend, but none were able to overtake Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The latest film in the long running “Apes” franchise, pulled in another $36 million and has earned a total of $138.9 million in the Us.
In second place was The Purge: Anarchy, which earned a very respectable $28.3 million. There was some uncertainty on how this movie would fare, since it had all new characters and not as much star power as the first, but it got very close to The Purge‘s $34 million opening weekend. With a debut like this, it’s very likely that Blumhouse and Universal will quickly move forward on a third installment.
Planes: Fire & Rescue took third place with $18 million, while Sex Tape placed fourth with $15 million. Transformers: Age of Extinction added another $10 million over the weekend, bringing its Us total to $227.1 million. The »
- Jonathan James
Love it or hate it, the Transformers franchise won't be going anywhere anytime soon. After just four weeks of release, Transformers: Age of Extinction has become the first film of 2014 to hit the $800 million mark globally and is just days away from hitting $900 million. Its current worldwide cume is $886.3 million. That's more than Transformers ($709 million) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836 million). Will it top Tranformers: Dark of the Moon? ($1.12 billion) That's harder to predict, but it will most definitely hit $1 billion in the coming weeks, so it wouldn't be too surprising if it did! The fourth instalment in the Michael Bay helmed franchise did well despite the World Cup distracting moviegoers, and it now holds a number of new records, including being vital box office territory China's highest grossing movie of all-time. How many times have you guys seen the movie? »
All challengers fell under the mighty force of Andy Serkis in motion capture pajamas.
It was a battle of sequels this weekend, with returning champion Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes throwing down against The Purge: Anarchy. However, despite a commendably strong showing from The Purge, it still couldn't take down the mighty force of Andy Serkis's ape army.
While horror fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of The Purge: Anarchy – the film that capitalizes on the brilliant premise that all crime is legal for one night of the year, which was established in the first film and then immediately squandered on a mediocre home invasion plot – watching psychos murder each other in the streets of La didn't carry as much water as watching psycho primates murder humans all across the country.
Watch: How 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Made the Ape Come To Life
And as for the weekend's »
Two sequels — The Purge: Anarchy and Planes: Fire & Rescue — underperformed over the weekend, losing out to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which stayed on top for the second consecutive week with $36 million for a grand domestic total of $139 million. The second Purge film brought in $28.4 million (its predecessor earned $34.1 million) and Disney's second Planes came in at $18 million (the first Planes netted $22 million). Another disappointment was the Cameron Diaz–Jason Segel comedy Sex Tape, which only pulled in $15 million in its debut. Transformers: Age of Extinction rounded out the top five at $10 million. Overall, the box office is down 24 percent from the same time frame last year. Meanwhile, Richard Linklater's Boyhood continued to do well in its — albeit, limited — expansion to 34 theaters, bringing in $1.2 million for a weekend screen average of $35,320, the »
- E. Alex Jung
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” got a major post-World Cup boost at the foreign box office this weekend, taking in a massive $81.2 million from 59 overseas markets. The two highest-grossing territories for the action epic starring Mark Wahlberg were Brazil and Germany, the host nation and champion of the recently completed soccer extravaganza. “Age of Extinction” opened at No. 1 in Brazil with an outstanding $16.5 million. With previews included, it has already topped the lifetime totals of the three previous “Transformers” movies in that country. And it scored the biggest opening of the year so far in Germany with $11.9 »
- Todd Cunningham
On strong word-of-mouth, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held the top spot for the second weekend in a row. Among the new releases, The Purge: Anarchy put up solid business in second place, while Planes: Fire & Rescue missed the mark and Sex Tape flopped.The Top 12 earned an estimated $134.5 million this weekend. That's off 26 percent from the same frame last year; overall, July box office is down over 30 percent year-to-year.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes eased 50 percent to $36 million. In comparison, the other major Summer sequels*The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction*all fell at least 61 percent at the same point. That drop is also roughly on par with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (49 percent).That strong hold can be attributed to positive reviews and word-of-mouth, and unimpressive competition from this weekend's newcomers. Overall, the Apes sequel has earned $139 million, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Beginning its post-World Cup assault, sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes narrowly beat Transformers: Age of Extinction to win the global weekend race with $97 million for an early global cume of $242 million. Age of Extinction still had plenty to brag about in its fourth weekend, becoming the first film of 2014 to cross the $800 million mark globally. The Paramount title is now all but assured of becoming a billion-dollar baby by the end of its run. Over the weekend, the Paramount tentpole took in $91.2 million globally, pushing its total to $886.
- Pamela McClintock
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has emerged as the summer’s biggest global smash, racking up another $81.2 million this weekend and dominating the foreign charts.
The Paramount release debuted in seven new territories last weekend including Brazil, where it opened to $16.5 million, Germany with a $11.9 million bow and France with a $8.8 million score. In China, the picture finally seems to be slowing down, dropping 60% in its fourth week of release and adding $9.6 million to its hefty $285.7 million haul. The picture is a bigger hit in the People’s Republic than it is in the United States.
“Age of Extinction’s” worldwide total stands at $886.2 million.
Coming in at number two, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” scored $61 million while opening in nearly 30 new markets, including the United Kingdom ($14.6 million), Russia ($9.8 million) and Spain ($4.6 million). Its global bounty now clocks in at $241.9 million.
The Chinese tween-skewing romantic comedy “Tiny Times 3.0″ grabbed »
- Brent Lang
Weekend Box Office:
The Purge: Anarchy $28.3 million
Planes: Fire & Rescue $18 million
Sex Tape $15 million
Transformers: Age of Extinction 10 million
Tammy $7.6 million
22 Jump Street $4.7 million
How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3.8 million
Maleficent $3.3 million
Earth to Echo $3.2 millionDawn of the Planet of the Apes94%MovieWeb: 7 reviews91%Rotten Tomatoes: 16 reviews2The Purge: Anarchy67%MovieWeb: 2 reviews54%Rotten Tomatoes: 32 reviews3Planes: Fire & Rescue100%MovieWeb: 1 reviews45%Rotten Tomatoes: 11 reviews4Sex Tape67%MovieWeb: 2 reviews20%Rotten Tomatoes: 45 reviews5Transformers: Age of Extinction90%MovieWeb: 11 reviews18%Rotten Tomatoes: 31 reviews6Tammy40%MovieWeb: 2 reviews23%Rotten Tomatoes: 39 reviews722 Jump Street87%MovieWeb: 3 reviews84%Rotten Tomatoes: 15 reviews8How to Train Your Dragon 288%MovieWeb: 7 reviews94%Rotten Tomatoes: 12 reviews9Maleficent74%MovieWeb: 9 reviews49%Rotten Tomatoes: 38 reviews10Earth to Echo100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews48%Rotten Tomatoes: 40 reviews »
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