February 28, 2013 |
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.
February 14, 2013 |
"Safe Haven" will find no refuge at the box office the weekend, as the latest "Die Hard" movie is set to annihilate the competition. "A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise, is expected to gross a robust $55 million by Monday evening, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. 20th Century Fox, which released the film in theaters late Wednesday evening, is anticipating a softer opening of about $40 million. Either way, the weekend's other three nationwide debuts won't stand a chance at securing the No. 1 position.
January 21, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- In a deal for about $2 million, the Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to the drama “Fruitvale,” shown at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on the record. The deal comes as Relativity Media bought Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story “Don Jon's Addiction” for about $4 million. “Fruitvale” is based on the 2009 shooting of 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists.
January 21, 2013 |
From Park City, Utah In the biggest Sundance Film Festival deal so far, Relativity Media is buying Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story, “Don Jon's Addiction,” for about $4 million with plans to release the film wide later this year, according to two people close to the film. The actor's directorial debut, which Gordon-Levitt also wrote, looks at a young man named Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt) who is obsessed with his own body and random sexual encounters and who can't shake his dependence on pornography.
October 4, 2012 |
Hollywood continues to go crazy for toys and games. Hasbro, the company behind the hits "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" and the flop "Battleship," has signed a deal with independent production and finance company Emmett/Furla Films to make movies based on the board games Hungry Hungry Hippos and Monopoly and the toy Action Man. Rhode Island-headquartered Hasbro, which has a film production office at the Universal Pictures lot, announced the...
September 20, 2012 |
The horror film "House at the End of the Street" should top a crowded but rather lackluster weekend at the box office. Other new movies likely to fall short of the top spots include the baseball film "Trouble With the Curve," starring Clint Eastwood; the British science-fiction action flick "Dredd 3D;" and the police drama "End of Watch. " All of the new movies are expected to have openings of less than $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
September 9, 2012 |
Noted film industry executive Geoff Ammer died Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 62. Ammer had an extensive resume that included a brief stint as the worldwide president of marketing for Relativity Media, as well as a similar title at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he worked on hit films such as "Spider-Man," "Spider-Man 2" and "Panic Room. " Ammer also worked at Walt Disney Co. and 20th Century Fox. For the last year Ammer headed his own Clarius Entertainment, a marketing and distribution firm.
July 1, 2012 |
"Magic Mike" was stripped of the top spot at the box office by a debaucherous teddy bear, as "Ted" dominated ticket sales at the multiplex this weekend. "Ted," an R-rated raunchfest from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, debuted with a strong $54.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. "Magic Mike," loosely based on star Channing Tatum's own experience as a stripper, also overperformed with a robust opening of $39.2 million. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection" - the filmmaker's first movie to hit theaters during the summer - launched with a solid $26.4 million.
May 31, 2012 |
Independent studio Relativity Media has received a much-needed infusion of cash thanks to its new billionaire patron, Ron Burkle. The supermarket magnate, who acquired a large minority share in the movie company behind"Immortals"and"Mirror Mirror"in January, anchored a new $350-million debt-financing round that Relativity has finalized. The money will allow Relativity and its chief executive, Ryan Kavanaugh, to get back into producing movies and start building out the company's 2013 slate.
April 27, 2012 |
It may take half a decade for the couple in "The Five-Year Engagement"to make it to the altar, but the romantic comedy will quickly outrun the competition to the top of the box office this weekend. The movie starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is expected to debut with a solid sum of $18 million to $20 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The film about a troubled relationship is likely to perform far better than three other movies hitting theaters this weekend.