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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” swung into theaters and snagged an estimated $73 million domestic debut this weekend from audiences looking for a blockbuster with brains.
The 20th Century Fox release unspooled across 3,967 U.S. theaters and was fueled by a glowing reviews, with many critics calling it the summer’s best popcorn film.
“It’s one of those rare times when critics and audiences agree and the confluence created a perfect storm for a phenomenal opening,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox. “A lot of the movies over the last couple of weeks have been received on the tepid side, shall we say, so the market was ripe for a high quality, visually-stunning film.”
Overseas, the film brought in $31.1 million from 26 markets, most of them smaller territories with the exception of Australia and South Korea.
Its U.S. debut exceeds the $60 million bow »
- Brent Lang
Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie has topped the UK box office for the second weekend running.
Brendan O'Carroll's big-screen spin on his hit BBC sitcom earned £2.1 million to secure first place ahead of The Fault in Our Stars. The film has now grossed more than £9.2 million from UK and Ireland cinemas after opening on June 27.
Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie stuns UK box office on opening weekend
Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie: How the feck did it get on the big screen?
Transformers: Age of Extinction pulled in £4.7 million over the weekend after bowing on July 5, but isn't eligible for this week's chart as this is drawn from Friday to Sunday totals.
Michael Bay's sequel is a certainty to take the number one slot next week thanks to its nine-day opening run.
In addition to its truly patriotic purpose, Independence Day weekend is typically a celebration of Hollywood bombast and spectacle, with huge CG blockbusters playing non-stop in air-conditioned multiplexes around the country. It’s often the halfway point in the year where studio executives can look at the grosses and their bottom lines, exhale, uncork a nice bottle, and think, “We’re going to be alright this year.”
Not this year.
In fact, the financial data for July 4-6 was downright terrifying. Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year’s holiday, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, but it was Hollywood »
- Jeff Labrecque
1. Somebody really likes "Transformers." For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay's giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It's like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cruised easily to No. 1 because no other wide release film was willing to challenge it. This weekend, it faced three new wide release challengers and still came out far ahead of all of them. It lost 64 percent of last week's business and still grossed an estimated $36.4 million, more than $15 million ahead of its nearest rival, and enough for a ten-day total of $174.7 million. If everyone hates these movies so much, who are the 22 million people who've already paid good money to see the fourth installment? Show of hands, please, and don't be shy.
2. Eric Bana is not a movie star. »
- Gary Susman
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" remained at the top spot at the domestic box office by adding another $36 million to bring its worldwide total to $575 million in just the first twelve days. And that's without being released in Latin America and most European countries yet. Out of the new releases, Melissa McCarthy's R-rated comedy "Tammy" performed worse than expected, but was still able to take second place with $33 million on a budget of only $20 million. That's still less than McCarthy's "The Heat" ($39 million) and "Identity Thief" ($34.6 million). The new comedy, which is a directorial debut of McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone, has a 23% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Eric Bana's "Deliver Us From Evil" horror film landed in third place with $15 million, which is less than the expected $20 million. The movie, which has a 32% fresh rating, cost $30 million to make, which means that it will likely become profitable. Meanwhile, Disney's "Earth to Echo »
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Plenty of people – especially those dismayed by the continued dearth of women who occupy Hollywood power seats – want Melissa McCarthy to continue to prove herself to be the female equal of such bankable male laugh-getters as Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell both onscreen and behind the scenes. She has already steamrolled over such rom-com princesses as Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz as cinema’s top-banana funny lady after last year’s top-20 box-office hits “The Heat” and “Identity Thief.” But “Tammy,” her first film as a solo headliner (with an assist from scene-stealer Susan Sarandon) that offers an uncommon opportunity for a comic actress to flex her multi-hyphenate muscles as star, co-writer and co-producer (with hubby Ben Falcone directing), is causing even her most zealous supporters concern. “Tammy,” a bumpy road-trip adventure with too few belly laughs that reduces the usually large-and-in-charge McCarthy to small-town sad-sack status, »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Amir here with the weekend’s box office report. ‘twas quite a sad one at the multiplex; Positive adjectives were hard to come by. Tran4mers topped the charts again, but even that franchise has tired its audience so much that it now lags significantly behind the previous installments. Tammy came in second, but this one is also way behind last year’s Melissa McCarthy vehicles like The Heat. Maybe people are finally realising that having a superstar who doesn't fit Hollywood's notions of traditional beauty is completely different from having a superstar who doesn't fit Hollywood's notions of traditional beauty solely to make fat jokes about her.
Deliver Us From Evil was a big flop, this one falling behind director Scott Derrickson’s previous films, despite finding some major champions among critics. And if those are not enough underachievers for one week, there was also Earth to Echo, not just beating Deliver Us. »
- Amir S.
Transformers: Age of Extinction easily held on to first place at the box office over a very slow Fourth of July weekend.Melissa McCarthy's Tammy did fine business in second place, while Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo flopped.The Top 12 earned a combined $120.6 million this weekend. That's down a massive 46 percent from last year, when Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger opened. In fact, it's the worst Independence Day weekend since 1999 ($116.5 million). That's a horrible way to kick off the ever-important month of July, and all-but-guarantees that this is going to be one of the lowest-grossing Summer seasons in the past decade.Transformers: Age of Extinction plummeted 63 percent to an estimated $37.1 million. Without any serious competition, Transformers became the first movie since Captain America: The Winter Soldier to repeat in first place. So far, Age of Extinction has earned $175.4 million, and is trailing the last »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Three new movies hit theaters for the Fourth of July holiday, but none of them unseated last weekend's number one. Transformers: Age of Extinction easily held the top spot despite dropping over 60%. Adding $36 million this weekend domestic, that total climbed to $174 million. World-wide its total has climbed to $575 million, which despite being a solid total, is still a long way off from the $1.1 billion global total Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned. On the domestic front, the fourth Transformers entry is lagging behind its predecessors. By day ten of their domestic releases Revenge of the Fallen had banked $269 million and Dark of the Moon was sitting on $228 million. Melissa McCarthy's latest offering Tammy had a slower opening than her other recent movies. At $21 million, it's notably lower than the $39 million opening for the The Heat and the $34 million banked by Identity Thief. Part of that can be put down »
Listen, we feel bad for Melissa McCarthy. She's an incredible actress and comedienne. She became an unexpected box office sensation because of her ability to pull laughs from even the lamest material. She rocked in "Bridesmaids." She made "Identity Thief" watchable on a plane. She ruled "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock. She was even one of the funniest parts of "This is Forty." Her new comedy/dramedy/call it what you will "Tammy"? Unfortunately, not one of McCarthy's finest moments. That being said, we were able to find some positives in the movie. Obviously, you can't throw that much talent into a picture without having something work right? (Right?) We never thought it would be harder to do than our "Best and Worst of Transformers: Age of Extinction," but summer movie season is always full of surprises. Check out our best and worst of "Tammy" in the embedded gallery below. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Tammy is no match for the Transformers. The Melissa McCarthy comedy had a slight shot at snagging the top spot over the holiday, but the Autobots managed to stave off extinction for one more week — at least till the Apes take over next weekend.
Michael Bay’s fourth installment in the toy-based franchise pulled in an estimated $10.6 million Friday, while the R-rated Tammy (C+ Cinema Score) took in $6.44 million from 3,400 theaters. In other words, there were no box office fireworks this weekend.
This isn’t a great showing for McCarthy. Poor reviews and a rotten C+ Cinema Score do not »
- Lindsey Bahr
Today’s film is the 1998 short God. The film is written and directed by John August, and stars Sam Pancake, Martin Yu, and Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy rose to prominence with her role as Sookie St. James on the tv show Gilmore Girls, going on to roles in tv shows such as Samantha Who? and Mike and Molly, as well as movies such as The Nines (where she reprises the character from this short film), Bridesmaids, and The Heat. Her newest feature, titled Tammy, which she also co-wrote, is now playing in wide release in American theatres.
The post Saturday Shorts: ‘God’, starring Melissa McCarthy appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is far from extinct in its second weekend, bringing some heat to a less-than-explosive Fourth of July box office.
The fourth installment of Paramount’s ever-growing franchise is the only release so far this summer to come in no. 1 in the box office for two weeks straight. The lack of a reigning summer champ is partly to blame for the nearly 15% drop in earnings from last summer.
The traditionally busy holiday weekend was also less explosive than last year’s Independence Day, which brought in $230 million thanks to the $143 million launch of “Despicable Me 2.” “The Lone Ranger” flopped with $48 million. However, last year’s movies benefited from the Fourth falling on a Thursday, meaning audiences were free to go to the movies on Friday.
Last weekend, “Transformers” became the first »
- Maane Khatchatourian
With one act of using a sink as an impromptu toilet, Melissa McCarthy proved to be the break out star of Bridesmaids, her over the top, profanity ridden schtick proving to be a massive draw with audiences, one that propelled her to lead roles in Identity Thief and The Heat. It's a routine that has served her well, and one which she employs again as the lead role in Tammy, a movie she co-wrote with husband, and director, Ben Falcone. For the most part, it is McCarthy doing what she does best, but there is also some heart hidden between the f-bombs and down right despicable behavior. Tammy, a slob stuck in a dead end fast food job, is having a very bad day. She has totalled her car, lost her job and husband, and her attempts to leave town and start a new life sees her saddled with her »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
An slightly abridged version of this review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad
One of the best developments of movie advertising this past decade is the use of single scenes as teasers. Remember when The Devil Wears Prada used the opening sequence, fashion magazine peons freaking out about the arrival of Miranda Priestley as a perfect hook? Do you want to see more? Yes Ma’am!
Tammy employed a similar tactic at first giving you a peak at the actual movie instead of a greatest hits montage. The first tease was a single scene of Melissa McCarthy clumsily robbing a fast-food restaurant in a dumb paper bag mask: too large to clear the counter, too blind to lock a storage room door, too sweet to be threatening. “You want some pies? You want pies” It’s a very funny sequence promising a slapstick filled comedy about a bumbling amateur criminal. »
- NATHANIEL R
Director: Ben Falcone; Screenwriter: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy; Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Ben Falcone, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd; Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 15
There's a whiff of white trash (and something else) about Tammy, a comedy fronted, produced and co-written by Melissa McCarthy still riding the success of Bridesmaids and The Heat. She has charisma in spades, and its truest measure is that she remains watchable whilst playing a bland character in a badly-made film where even her veteran co-star, Susan Sarandon, emerges quite scathed.
As an introduction, harming an animal is never the safest way to score points with viewers, but Tammy's high-speed collision with a deer immediately brings out her caring side as much as her carelessness. She tries to revive it in a scene that's more awkward than funny, arguably because she doesn't commit to the mouth-to-mouth gag. Essentially, though, there is no punchline. »
By now, most of us are familiar with Melissa McCarthy's work. From Tammy to The Heat, Bridesmaids, and all the way back to Gilmore Girls, there doesn't seem like there's much more to know about the hilarious actress. In fact, there's a lot you don't know about Melissa. Check it out and tell us which fun fact surprised you the most! »
- Becca Frucht
After years of playing the best friend or the quirky neighbor, Melissa McCarthy has emerged as a bankable leading lady. Since playing the puppy-loving, Fight Club-inspired sister of the groom in Bridemaids, McCarthy has delivered the goods in two box-office hits, Identity Thief and The Heat, that each grossed over $130 million. She’s not playing The Girlfriend in these movies; she’s the main attraction—a rare achievement for a comic actress.
“McCarthy is such a force of nature—she barrels onscreen in a human hurricane of dimples and Crocs and pure, unchecked id—that she feels more genuine »
- Jeff Labrecque
Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women. Yay? Nah. I’m “biast” (pro): love Melissa McCarthy…
I’m “biast” (con): …but despair that she will ever get a film worthy of her talent
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Well, it’s a step in the right direction. I suppose. A tiny one.
There are a lot of women onscreen in Tammy. In the same way that most movies feature a ton of men onscreen doing stupid shit for an hour and half with only occasional interruptions from women. That’s what Tammy is. It’s dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women.
What does Tammy (Melissa McCarthy: The Heat, The Hangover Part III) want? She’s the central character of this aimless collection of random, supposedly comedic setpieces, and we have no idea who she is. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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