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A quartet of marketing executives urged exhibitors to ramp up their response to the explosive growth of the Hispanic market in the United States.
“Start thinking about Hispanics as your core customer, not as a segment,” said Disney’s Christine Cadena as part of CinemaCon’s “Step Up Your Game With Hispanics: Enticing the Country’s Most Avid Moviegoers to Your Theater.”
‘The No. 1 thing we’ve learned is Hispanics want to be included,” Cadena added. “We want to be part of the party.”
Hispanics represent 18% of the U.S. population and 53% of population growth, noted Univision’s Pete Filiaci, who moderated the panel. Citing Nielsen statistics, he added that Hispanic customers go to 8.4 movies per year, compared with 7.3 movies for the average moviegoer; and 50% of Hispanic customers attend on a film’s opening weekend, compared to 34% for the average customer.
Elizabeth Barrutia, who worked on campaigns for “The Boxtrolls” and “Delivery Man, »
- Dave McNary
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially unveiled the Blu-ray release for Unfinished Business, directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man) the comedy stars Vince Vaughn (The Internship), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Tom Wilkinson (Belle), Sienna Miller (American Sniper) and Nick Frost (Cuban Fury).
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A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Special Features include:
–Deleted and Alternate Scenes (Blu-ray and Digital HD): Caution: Not safe for work! Keep the party going with 30 minutes of outrageous additional footage you couldn’t see in theaters
- Scott J. Davis
Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
In the noughties, Vince Vaughn and buddies including Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell could do no wrong, with megahits such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball. But the laughs have dried and the audience withered. What went wrong?
Vince Vaughn used to be funny. Or, more accurately, a surprisingly wide international audience used to find Vince Vaughn funny. The rambunctious persona premiered in Swingers – pure id in a party-hard alpha-male – then recycled in hit films such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball, made him a reliably lucrative booking. But last weekend saw his latest comedy – Unfinished Business, a farce about a work trip which gets out of hand – become the biggest flop of his career so far, with toxic reviews and audience apathy.
- Benjamin Lee
Britt Robertson has been dubbed an actress to watch by theater owners.
The “Tomorrowland” star will receive the “Star of Tomorrow” award at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show taking place this April in Las Vegas.
Robertson is a new face on the film scene, but that could change if “Tomorrowland” connects with audiences when it debuts on May 22. The fantasy film also stars George Clooney and is directed by Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”). The plot remains a closely guarded secret, but the talent attached make the film one to watch.
Robertson will next appear alongside Scott Eastwood in “The Longest Ride,” which will be released April 10. She is best known for starring in the CW network’s “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle,” and CBS’ “Under the Dome.” Other film credits include “Delivery Man,” “Dan in Real Life” and “Cake.”
- Brent Lang
Unfinished Business, the latest gross-out comedy from Vince Vaughn, was not press screened for critics in fear that poor reviews would deter people from going to see it. Well, it looks like that didn’t matter all that much.
The movie only managed to pull in a pathetic $4.8 million domestically, and an even worse $2.6 million overseas. With a budget of around $35 million, this is only disappointing news for 20th Century Fox.
This is now the lowest opening of a Vince Vaughn-led comedy movie and yet another disappointing box office performance from the actor following Delivery Man and The Watch. The Internship, with co-star Owen Wilson, did marginally better with $17.3 million, but its far removed from the likes of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ($30 million), Wedding Crashers ($33.9 million), Couples Retreat ($34.2 million) and The Break-Up ($39.1 million).
- Luke Owen
Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
Every now and then, an actor that usually makes good choices will pick a less-than-brilliant movie role that, nevertheless, pays handsomely. Unfinished Business seems to be what happens when you get a whole ensemble cast of players who seemingly have no possible incentive to be here other than the money.
It's no surprise to see Vince Vaughn, but we haven't the foggiest as to what Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, James Marsden and Nick Frost are doing here, if they're not in it for the salary. This mirthless, mercenary comedy is beneath all of them, even Vaughn, although this seems to be the kind of vehicle to which he hitches his wagon all too often these days.
With moviegoers mostly staying away from Chappie and Unfinished Business, the first weekend of March wound up being the slowest one so far this year.On more positive notes, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened to a solid $8.5 million, while American Sniper passed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay*Part 1 to become the highest-grossing movie from 2014.Playing at 3,201 locations, Chappie opened in first place with $13.3 million. In comparison, director Neill Blomkamp's previous movies*District 9 and Elysium*opened to $37.4 million and $29.8 million. Chappie also opened noticeably lower than last month's Jupiter Ascending ($18.4 million).It's unfair to suggest that Chappie should have been opening on par with Elysium, which had an A-list star (Matt Damon) in its lead role and was supported by a bigger, more exciting marketing effort. At the same time, $13.3 million is a pretty poor start for a sci-fi flick from a major studio. So what went wrong? »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
R-rated film fatigue is becoming the ailment du jour among studios and exhibition types looking for explanations for what’s behind a recent box office downturn.
The virus is blamed for the anemic performance of “Focus,” “Chappie” and “Unfinished Business,” all of which were categorized by the Motion Picture Association of America as intended for mature audiences and none of which made much of a stir at ticket booths.
Believers point to the eight R-rated films released since the beginning of the year as evidence that adults are so overwhelmed by the panoply of entertainment options available to them that they’re choosing to forgo the multiplexes altogether. Moreover, there is a statistical basis for the financial hurdles these pictures face. Films with R ratings deliver half the box office punch of PG and PG-13 offerings, according to a recent analysis by TheWrap.
“I don’t want to lay it »
- Brent Lang
Maybe HBO’s “True Detective” will turn things around for Vince Vaughn. The comedy actor’s new film “Unfinished Business” became his fifth consecutive — and worst — belly flop at the box office, taking in an anemic $4.8 million in its debut this weekend for distributor Twentieth Century Fox. Vaughn’s other recent misfires include “Delivery Man,” “The Internship,” “The Watch” and “The Dilemma.” A stint on the hit cable TV series seemed to work for Matthew McConaughey, whose Emmy for his work on “True Detective” was part of a career rebound that included a Best Actor Oscar for the “Dallas Buyers Club, »
- Todd Cunningham
Heading into the weekend, Sony was saying they were expecting $15-16 million for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, but now that the results are in and the opening weekend total is an estimated $13.3 million, the word is "that's about right". Quoted by Deadline, Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said yesterday, "The results for Chappie are within the realm of our expectations." I'll cut him a little slack due to the "within the realm" statement, even though the result was clearly less than their expectations. I'm sure they're at least happy the CinemaScore came in at a "B" for the $49 million production, with a budget that low Chappie isn't likely to be an all-out financial disaster, though it's certainly no peach. If you want to talk disasters, well, look no further than Unfinished Business, which has a 20% RottenTomatoes score and audiences weren't too keen on checking it out either as the bloom »
- Brad Brevet
Overall ticket sales plunged as “Chappie,” a science-fiction adventure about a sentient robot, topped charts with a weak $13.3 million from 3,201 locations. Going into the weekend, Sony Pictures was aiming for a debut of roughly $15 million and some analysts expected the film could hit $20 million. Reviews were tepid, and the picture is the latest in a long line of R-rated new releases such as “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Focus,” which may have hurt it with moviegoers looking for something that appeals to kids as well as adults.
“There’s been a glut of R-rated movies starting from the first of the year,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s worldwide distribution chief. “I think there’s some R-rated fatigue.”
The odds may have been against “Chappie” from its inception. »
- Brent Lang
Faced with two fairly unappealing new releases, audiences avoided heading out to the movies on Friday.Chappie fell short of modest expectations, while Unfinished Business was the latest (and worst) bomb yet for Vince Vaughn.The one bright spot was The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which took third place despite playing in fewer than 1,600 theaters.In first place, Chappie earned an estimated $4.5 million from 3,201 locations. That's a fraction of director Neill Blomkamp's last movie, Elysium, which opened to $11.1 million in August 2013. It's also noticeably lower than last month's Jupiter Ascending ($6.3 million). Chappie could wind up earning less than $13 million this weekend.Heading in to its second weekend, Focus (2015) fell 55 percent to an estimated $2.88 million. The Will Smith/Margot Robbie con artist movie has so far earned $27.4 million.Playing at 1,573 locations, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened in third place with an estimated $2.7 million. That's more than the »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The U.S. box office is as glum this weekend as the dystopian future depicted in one of the new releases.
Although off to a soft start, Neill Blomkamp’s robot thriller “Chappie” is No. 1 at the box office, aiming for a lower-than-expected $13 million to $13.5 million this weekend, while the comedy “Unfinished Business” is giving star Vince Vaughn the worst opening weekend of his career.
Sony’s “Chappie” launched to $4.5 million on Friday in the U.S. Blomkamp’s third film is far behind his previous two (dystopian thrillers as well): “District 9,” which opened to $37.4 million in 2009, and “Elysium,” which launched to $29.8 million in 2013.
Made on a modest $49 million budget (financed partly by Mrc and LStar Capital) and shot in South Africa, much like the low-budget hit “District 9,” the Johannesburg-set film could do better business overseas as it opens simultaneously in 53 markets, including the U.K., Germany, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Vaughn’s R-rated comedy “Unfinished Business,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, is projected to see a dismal $5 million opening from 2,777 locations. The actor’s previous career-low was earned by 2013’s “Delivery Man,” which opened to $7 million domestically.
In the No. 1 position, “Chappie” will finish the weekend with an estimated $15 million, ahead of Fox Searchlight’s “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Warner Bros.’ second weekend of Will Smith’s “Focus,” which will battle for second with about $10 million each.
The two-week slump in the U.S. box office came after a 10% surge in moviegoing this year, with the industry hoping that Disney’s “Cinderella” can reignite business next weekend.
- Dave McNary
Teaming up again with his Delivery Man director Ken Scott, Vince Vaughn trades in his recent run of safe comedies with something much, much cruder with Unfinished Business. Vaughn plays Daniel Trunkman, a troubled small business owner who, along with his two only employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco), travel to Berlin to close an all important deal. But the minute they step off the plane, it’s clear that this routine business trip will be anything but. There is something charmingly old school about Unfinished Business’ story, as one unfortunate incident bleeds into another (in a perfect world, this would have been National Lampoon’s Business Trip), but when it comes down to it, the movie is just an incredibly bland affair. Wasting no time in getting the story up and running, Unfinished Business drops us into a movie already in progress, as Vaughn’s confrontation with his former »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Part of the appeal of Vince Vaughn has been his unpredictable, combustible demeanor; how he can shift, in a matter of seconds, from a smooth talking everyman to a screaming maniac. But in recent years, his mellowness has taken over. Those outrageous spikes in energy, which served him so well in things like "Swingers" and "Wedding Crashers" (and, even to a degree, his woefully miscast role in Steven Spielberg's "Lost World"), has ebbed away, leaving behind an actor who is more comfortable with the lukewarm waters of "Delivery Man" or, god forbid, "The Internship." The spark is gone, and nowhere is that more apparent than in "Unfinished Business," a so-called comedy that has been marketed as a bawdy, dudes-on-a-business-trip lark, but instead plays like a largely unfunny drama that snuffs out any vitality Vaughn might have possessed. "Unfinished Business" opens with a confrontation between Vaughn's Dan »
- Drew Taylor
Flickering Myth chats with Vince Vaughn…
Frustrated with in fighting and office politics, Dan Trunkman quits his secure job to launch his own company with just two associates – the naïve, inexperienced Mike (Dave Franco) and the world weary Tim (Tom Wilkinson) who is nearing retirement. But the new venture is struggling to survive in a harsh economic climate and Dan and his colleagues need to win a lucrative deal with a large, European owned corporation to keep afloat.At first Dan is convinced that the deal is done and heads to Portland, Oregon, confident that it’s in the bag. But once there, he discovers that his old employers, represented by his former boss, Chuck Fortnoy (Sienna Miller »
- Luke Owen
Does Vince Vaughn do actual comedies anymore? Once the poster child for bros-behaving-badly fare, Vaughn has recently begun engaging in an interesting, occasionally perplexing bait-and-switch: Lure us with the promise of wild antics (the posters for Unfinished Business depict Vaughn and co-stars Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco in various states of bacchanalia), then deliver something more somber and sensitive instead. Looking back over my review of Delivery Man, the 2013 sperm-donor comedy-drama Vaughn made with his Unfinished Business director Ken Scott, I see that I basically said the same thing then, too. So maybe I should stop being so perplexed.But still. For its first half, Unfinished Business is surprisingly acerbic and serious, more Up in the Air than Office Space. It opens mid-conversation, as we see St. Louis mineral salesman Dan Trunkman (Vaughn) bickering with his ruthless boss Chuck (Sienna Miller — yes, you read that right) over a 5 percent pay cut. »
- Bilge Ebiri
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