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May 28, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"The Hangover Part II" is now assured a massive box-office take of more than $100 million over the Memorial Day weekend. An even raunchier follow-up to 2009's surprise hit, the R-rated comedy took in $31.7 million on its first day in theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, including $10.4 million from late-night screenings just after midnight. That's the biggest opening day for a live-action comedy and the third biggest Thursday debut of all time, not accounting for ticket price inflation, according to Box Office Mojo.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Bryan Cranston is not a happy camper in the newly released trailer for the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot, and given the widespread destruction all around him, it's easy to see why. As the video surveys downed planes, terrified crowds, smoldering wreckage and hovering military helicopters, a desperate Cranston, playing scientist Joe Brody, seethes. "You are not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster," he says. "You're lying. It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Warner Bros. is opening one of the riskiest movies of the summer this weekend, while Walt Disney Studios is opening one of the most commercially challenged. Warner's thriller "Inception" from director Christopher Nolan will probably top the box office, people who have seen pre-release surveys say, although they're far from certain how audiences will respond to its narrative complexity that's already dividing critics. The movie should open to roughly $45 million but could easily go higher or lower depending on word of mouth.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
20th Century Fox is finalizing a deal to co-produce movies in China with Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese conglomerate that finalized its $2.6-billion purchase of U.S. theater chain AMC Entertainment this week. Discussions about a potential partnership began last year when Fox Co-Chairman Jim Gianopulos and International Productions President Sanford Panitch were visiting China. They continued this week when Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin visited with the leaders of a number of studios during a visit to Los Angeles to mark the closing of the acquisition of AMC. Wang, who has said he intends to invest as much as $10 billion in acquiring American companies and products, met with senior executives at studios including Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
"Godzilla" is not scheduled to set foot in the U.S. for another two years, but things are already getting ugly. Legendary Pictures, the film finance and production company behind "Inception" and "The Hangover," has been sued by a trio of prominent producers for "tens of millions of dollars" in a dispute over a planned remake of the Japanese monster classic. Dan Lin and Roy Lee, along with Lee's partner Doug Davison, filed a lawsuit against Legendary on Thursday after they were removed from the project earlier this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Universal Pictures will release "Warcraft," a film from Legendary Pictures based on the best-selling video game franchise of the same name, on Dec. 18, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday afternoon. "Warcraft," to be directed by "Source Code's" Duncan Jones, is the first Legendary project to get a release date since the production company signed a deal  with Universal in July. Under terms of the arrangement,  Universal, a unit of NBCUniversal, will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Will the kids who turn out for “Despicable Me 2” get the better of the on-screen man-children of “Grown Ups 2”? The two films will battle for No. 1 at the multiplex this weekend, as Guillermo del Toro's 3-D "Pacific Rim" will meanwhile hope to avoid the same fate as recent big-budget flops “The Lone Ranger,” “White House Down” and “After Earth.” "Despicable Me 2," which debuted with a huge $83.5 million, will likely take...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Fee-fi-fo-fum - Hollywood smells the blood of a box office bum. Bryan Singer's nearly $200-million production of "Jack the Giant Slayer" is set to debut with a disappointing $25 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The 3-D fantasy adventure, which stars newcomer Nicholas Hoult, has received generally positive reviews but has not attracted nearly the kind of moviegoer interest that it needs to become a domestic hit. No new release is poised to make a major splash at theaters this weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before making sure my electric bill is paid up. The Skinny: I wonder if that blackout during the Super Bowl would have been as much fun without Twitter around for people to crack jokes and stay interested in the game. I just hope that Joe Flacco's swearing won't lead to another decade-long legal battle between CBS and the FCC. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at the sometimes tense relationship between Legendary Films head Thomas Tull and Warner Bros., and the challenges of trying to make historical films look right.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Ben Fritz and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Law enforcement officials plan to continue an undercover presence in Los Angeles-area movie theaters through at least Sunday, as"The Dark Knight Rises"opened to a very strong $249 million worldwide. There was only one reported incident this past weekend after police were posted in local theaters in an effort to reduce anxiety and prevent copycat crimes following Friday's massacre at a showing of the third film in   Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise in Colorado. A man waiting for the superhero film to begin at an AMC theater in Norwalk was arrested Sunday after fellow patrons reported that he became agitated and said, "I should go off like in Colorado," sheriff's deputies said.
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