March 30, 2014 |
Moviegoers were not afraid to hop on Noah's ark this weekend -- and share their opinions after the credits rolled. Director Darren Aronofsky's “Noah” met studio expectations, generating an estimated $44 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to Paramount Pictures, which released the film. Though moviegoers gave "Noah" an average grade of C, according to polling firm CinemaScore, the audience in one packed AMC theater in Santa Monica gave the film a standing ovation at the end. “At first I thought maybe we walked into the wrong movie -- it was a little cheesy of a start,” said Astacia Christenson, 36. “But it worked out because you got into the characters, there was some good acting and the story picked up and got more interesting.
March 28, 2014 |
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, pulled in $1.6 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates. The $130-million Old Testament epic, starring Russell Crowe as the title character, debuted in about 3,000 theaters before launching its full 3,500-theater run on Friday. A $1.6-million take is slightly more than the $1.4 million that Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" generated from its Thursday evening bow last October.
March 27, 2014 |
An Old Testament epic will storm theaters this weekend with hopes of attracting a boatload of moviegoers. Director Darren Aronofsky's $130-million-budgeted "Noah" is expected to generate around $40 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, which is releasing the film, has predicted a softer gross of $30 million to $33 million. An opening in the projected range for the special effects-heavy, big-budget disaster film - starring Russell Crowe as the biblical boat-builder - will almost certainly make it the No. 1 movie at the domestic box office.
January 30, 2014
The Writers Guild of America, West handed out its awards Saturday evening, with "Her" taking the honors for original screenplay and "Captain Phillips" winning for adapted screenplay. Below is a full list of winners and nominees. Screen nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "American Hustle," written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (Columbia Pictures) "Blue Jasmine," written by Woody Allen (Sony Pictures Classics) "Dallas Buyers Club," written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Focus Features)
January 28, 2014 |
Paramount Pictures reiterated to exhibitors this week its plans to embrace the digital format, but added that it would make exceptions for some movies. "In keeping with the digital direction of the studio's exhibition partners, we have moved forward with the conversion to primarily digital projection," Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, wrote in a letter to exhibitors on Monday. "This resolve follows the successful release of Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated film 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' and it is the first Paramount feature to be released nationwide entirely in digital.
January 17, 2014 |
In a historic step for Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has become the first major studio to stop releasing movies on film in the United States. Paramount recently notified theater owners that the Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which opened in December, would be the last movie that would it would release on 35-millimeter film. The studio's Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street” from director Martin Scorsese is the first major studio film that was released all digitally, according to theater industry executives who were briefed on the plans but not authorized to speak about them.