September 22, 2013 |
Riding a wave of enthusiastic reviews, the Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal kidnapping tale “Prisoners” opened to strong business of an estimated $21.4 million at the box office, according to figures released Sunday. Produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros., the R-rated film from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had to overcome disturbing themes and imagery and a 2 1/2-hour run time, and audiences seemed to like “Prisoners” as much as critics, giving it an A- CinemaScore.
September 23, 2002 |
"Diamond Men" is proving to be no diamond in the rough. The small, indie film starring Robert Forster as a salesman who must mentor a young replacement when his company downsizes was originally released last September on the East Coast. Who would have dreamed that one year later it would still be humming along in limited release in city after city, building strong word of mouth wherever it screens with virtually no advertising?
August 8, 2012 |
"The Master," writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's profile of a cult leader that appears to be a thinly veiled look at the Church of Scientology, has been added to the competition lineup at the Venice International Film Festival. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, "The Master" is scheduled to be shown in Venice on Sept. 1, two weeks before its limited release starts in the United States. It is unclear if the film from the director of "Magnolia" and "There Will Be Blood" will be shown at other festivals, particularly the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend and the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept.
January 3, 2013 |
There won't be much buzz at the box office on the first weekend of the new year, as only one new movie -- "Texas Chainsaw 3D" -- hits theaters nationwide. The horror flick starring the serial killer made famous in 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is expected to debut with a respectable sum of about $16 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The movie is to premiere in a handful of theaters at 10 p.m. on Thursday, before expanding nationwide on Friday to 2,654 locations.
December 8, 2002 |
Studios bring out movies in a variety of ways during the holiday season. The nationwide releases bombard us with TV ads and talk-show appearances by their stars as they vie for the instant hit, but for more specialized films, the ones seeking Oscar glory and the ancillary lucre, it's a little tougher to clarify when they are coming to a theater near you. Many films take a strictly traditional path, opening in a few major markets before expanding.
January 20, 2012 |
The fourth movie in Sony Pictures' "Underworld" vampire series should lead the box office this weekend as Hollywood hopes to continue what has been a strong January in theaters. People who have seen prerelease audience surveys are confident that"Underworld: Awakening"will debut with between $20 million and $25 million. There's less certainty around another new entry,"Red Tails. " The George Lucas-produced movie about the World War II Tuskegee Airmen is tracking for an opening of around $15 million, gaining momentum recently among African American audiences.
August 20, 2012 |
Robert Pattinson may still be better at selling tabloids than movie tickets. The "Twilight" star's latest film, "Cosmopolis," opened in limited release this past weekend and took in $96,437, according to an estimate from distributor Entertainment One Films. Playing in three theaters, that amounted to a per-location average of $24,109 - a decent figure but one far behind some of the year's more successful smaller releases. By comparison, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" took in an average of $130,749 in the four theaters it launched in back in May. "Cosmopolis," directed by David Cronenberg, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last spring to mixed response, and has since divided critics - the film notched a 64% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
May 31, 2012 |
There probably will be a happily-ever-after ending for "Snow White and the Huntsman" at the box office this weekend. The adaptation of the classic fairy-tale -- the second take on "Snow White" to hit theaters this year -- is expected to open with a solid sum of $40 million to $45 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The studio behind the film, Universal Pictures, is projecting a softer opening of between $30 million and $35 million. Either way, the movie should open with far more than March's "Mirror Mirror," Relativity Media's more comedic spin on Snow White starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts, which launched with a weak $18 million domestically and ultimately collected $62 million.
September 16, 2012 |
A 3-D version of “Finding Nemo” was expected to dominate the box office upon its debut, but the animated film sank to the runner-up position at the multiplex this weekend. Instead, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” the fifth installment in the popular Milla Jovovich science-fiction thriller franchise, claimed the No. 1 position. However, both films missed industry projections. Pre-release audience polling had suggested that “Retribution” would take in around $27 million during its first weekend in theaters, but Sony Pictures estimated that the film actually opened with a decent $21.1 million.
April 7, 1998 |
Much is being made about "Lost in Space" sinking "Titanic" this weekend, but in many ways, the more interesting tale involves "Grease," a 20-year-old picture currently in its second week of re-release, at No. 4 on the box-office charts. In its 10 days of re-release, in fact, "Grease," the '50s-themed musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, has grossed a stunning $20.2 million; its opening weekend take of $12.