July 25, 2011 |
"Captain America: The First Avenger" outmuscled its competition at the box office this weekend, including Harry Potter, and had the most forceful opening of any big-budget superhero movie released this summer. The 3-D film, which stars Chris Evans as a puny military reject transformed into a superhero via a secret government program, grossed a solid $65.8 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. That was over $10 million more than both "X-Men: First Class" and "Green Lantern" collected upon their debuts in June and just a tad above the $65.7-million opening weekend for "Thor" in May. "Captain America" was also able to take down Warner Bros.' mighty box office wizard.
March 25, 2014 |
On-screen, he's Captain America. But what Chris Evans really wants to do is direct. Evans, the star-spangled, shield-toting hero of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Avengers," said in a recent interview with Variety that he's ready to leave acting behind and focus on directing once his six-film contract with Marvel is up. "I've known for a while I wanted to direct," Evans said . "But [time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, 'You know what -- I have to do this.' " The 32-year-old actor spent his winter break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe directing his debut feature, a love story tentatively titled "1:30 Train.
March 26, 2014 |
Chris Evans fans should not expect to see their hunk on the big screen as anyone other than Captain America in the foreseeable future, because the actor says he's pretty much quitting his day job. Why? Well, as they say, what he really wants to do is direct. "I've known for a while ... ," the 32-year-old actor told Variety . "But [time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what - I have to do this.
April 13, 2014 |
In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin. "Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its second weekend, down 56% from its $95-million opening. The Marvel superhero movie, released by Disney, has a domestic haul so far of $159 million. The 3-D sequel is already close to matching the total $176.7-million domestic take of 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger.
April 26, 2014 |
The revenge comedy "The Other Woman" is on its way to topping the box-office charts this weekend, the first film to surpass the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" since that film's release. Directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, "The Other Woman" was greeted with mostly negative reviews, including one critic for National Public Radio who called the film "a conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise. " But that didn't dissuade audiences, who came out to give the film an estimated $9.3 million on its opening night.
April 7, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before the NCAA Championship game. The Skinny: I saw "Rob the Mob" on Sunday. While some of the cast was enjoyable -- particularly Griffin Dunne and Ray Romano -- overall I was a little disappointed in the movie about a young couple who come up with the brilliant idea to rob mob social clubs. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box office recap and a look at the legal battle over unpaid interns. Also, Yahoo wants to try the video business again. Finally, the legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday.
April 10, 2014 |
A flock of tropical birds will play the villain to Captain America at the box office. The 3-D computer-animated family comedy "Rio 2" and last weekend's No. 1 movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are each expected to gross around $40 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. A $40-million debut for "Rio 2," the latest release from 20th Century Fox's animation company Blue Sky Studios, would likely put it neck-and-neck with the red-white-and-blue-clad hero for the top of the box-office charts.
January 22, 2011
How do you sell a movie called "Captain America" to an overseas market? In South Korea, Russia and Ukraine, apparently, the answer is you don't even try. The film "Captain America: The First Avenger" will have its title truncated to, simply, "The First Avenger" in those three overseas markets, according to Marvel Studios insiders. The choice was made by Marvel, Paramount Pictures' international team and distributors in those three countries based on market research results. Those involved in the decision are being careful to frame the move as a matter of brand management and consumer awareness and not as a decision tilted by cultural or political winds.
April 24, 2014 |
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned -- and this weekend, three of them are poised to take down a proven force at the multiplex. After three weeks atop the box office, the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is expected to narrowly lose out to the romantic comedy "The Other Woman. " Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and supermodel Kate Upton, the latter film is likely to debut with a healthy sum of around $18 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
April 21, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before catching up on "Mad Men. " The Skinny: I had trouble concentrating on "Mad Men" last night so rather than miss a detail, I turned off the TV. Now I just have to avoid all social media until I finish the episode. We have a pretty eclectic mix of stories today. Not only is there the box-office recap, but also profiles of Comcast insider David Cohen and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition, the Washington Post had a very interesting story on "Meet the Press.