Friday Box Office: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and WORLD WAR Z Top Giant Day at the US Box Office

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In the wake of last week’s giant Man of Steel premiere, the domestic box office is poised for another blockbuster frame, thanks to Monsters University and World War Z. No surprise, Pixar’s fourteenth studio release took top honors Friday: earning an estimated $30.5 million from 4,004 locations (including $2.6 million from Thursday evening shows). That puts the Monsters, Inc. prequel on track for $80 million through Sunday – the second highest Pixar debut, after Toy Story 3.

No disrespect to Sully and Mike, but the bigger story this weekend may be World War Z. The adaptation of Max Brooks’ popular zombie-plague novel was dogged by production problems and bad press on its way to the screen, resulting in modest first-weekend projections of about $40 million. But after earning $25 million from 3,607 locations on Friday (including $3.6 million from Thursday & midnight previews), World War Z  is now expected to over-perform to the tune of $60 million through Sunday. That would mark a career high for producer/star Brad Pitt, whose previous best was 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. We’ll have more on what should be the biggest June weekend of all time tomorrow, including an update on Man of Steel – off by 71% on day one of its sophomore frame.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Monsters University $30,510,000 $30.5
2.  World War Z $25,000,000 $25
3.  Man of Steel $12,700,000 $181.4
4.  This Is The End $4,100,000 $48.8
5.  Now You See Me $2,450,000 $89


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At a nascent stage in the development of World War Z, someone must have said, “I want a zombie action movie,” and somehow no one else decided to build upon that.  The checklist was “Zombies” and “Action”, and everything else that makes a movie was chucked in as an afterthought.  “Family” became the “humanizing” element of a paper-thing protagonist, and zombies became nothing but a generic threat with well-established rules and an entrenched fan-base who don’t seem to mind the horror sub-genre growing weaker and more thoughtless with almost each new property.  Despite its valuable resources like strong source material, an international setting, and a talented lead actor, World War Z is content to deliver some thrilling action scenes, and then leave the audience with nothing but a rotting carcass.

THE LONE RANGER Horses Around in New Featurette, Plus New TV Spots for WORLD WAR Z, R.I.P.D. and PACIFIC RIM

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Check out a collection of featurettes and TV spots from the following films:

  • The Lone RangerGore Verbinski’s latest action film starring Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner and James Badge Dale opens July 3rd.
  • World War ZMarc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale opens June 21st.
  • R.I.P.D.Robert Schwentke’s action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges opens July 19th.
  • Pacific RimGuillermo del Toro’s robots-vs-monsters movie starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day opens July 12th.

Hit the jump to watch all the videos.

Get to the Chopper in New Clip from WORLD WAR Z

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While you mull over whether to buy a ticket or a “mega ticket” to World War Z, Paramount has released a new clip from the movie.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who traverses the globe in a race to stop a growing zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity.  But before he can save humanity, our hero first has to save his family, and in the event of a zombie apocalypse, helicopters are a sound way to travel (contrary to what this teaser poster would have us believe).

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse, and Daniella KerteszWorld War Z opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on Friday.

Limited Paper: WORLD WAR Z Invades Poster World with New Artwork from Marko Manev, David Moscati, Matt Ferguson, Chris Garofalo and Marie Bergeron

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Like a lot of you guys, Limited Paper’s intrigued to get a look at Marc Forster’s World War Z, the  big-budget, epic-scale, Brad Pitt-starring adaptation of the beloved Max Brooks novel.  But whereas everyone else has been asking questions like “How’s the CGI on the zombies?” or “How faithful is the film to the book?”, our primary concern is this:  “Will there be World War Z posters?”

There will, in fact, be World War Z posters, and we’ve got the images and specs direct from the people at Paramount to prove it.  Wanna see the prints that artists Marko Manev, David Moscati, Marie Bergeron, Matt Ferguson, and Chris Garofolo created in anticipation of the film’s June 21st release?  Wanna know where to get ‘em, and how some very cool World War Z fan are is involved?  Answers await you after the jump, folks.

Why Buy a Regular Ticket to WORLD WAR Z When You Can Buy a Mega Ticket?

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You could buy a regular ticket when you go to see Brad Pitt in Marc Forster’s World War Z, or if you’re lucky enough to live in one of five select cities, you’ll have the option of buying a “mega ticket.”  Included in that option is “one adult ticket to an advance RealD 3D showing of “WORLD WAR Z” at participating theaters on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. and a small popcorn, one HD digital copy of the movie when it becomes available*, one pair of “WORLD WAR Z” collector’s custom RealD 3D glasses, and one official full-size limited-edition movie poster, while supplies last.”  Hit the jump for full details.

28 New High-Resolution Images from WORLD WAR Z Starring Brad Pitt

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Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Marc Forster’s large-scale zombie pic World War Z.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who traverses the globe in a race to stop a growing zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity.  The pic’s production troubles have not exactly been a secret, but Pitt has been doing everything he can to promote the film so one assumes he’s happy with the finished product.  The prospect of crafting a globe-trotting horror film on a tentpole scale still intrigues me, so here’s hoping everything came together in the end.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse, and Daniella KerteszWorld War Z opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 21st.


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Here’s a look at the new posters available for the following films:

  • Man of Steel -Starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel opens June 14th.
  • Killing Season – Director Mark Steven Johnson’s thriller starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta and Milo Ventimiglia opens July 12th.
  • The ButlerLee Daniels’ biopic of Cecil Gaines starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman and Cuba Gooding Jr. opens August 16th.
  • The HeatPaul Feig’s buddy cop comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock opens June 28th.
  • CarrieKimberley Peirce’s horror remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer opens October 18th.
  • World War ZMarc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse and Matthew Fox opens June 21st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See WORLD WAR Z

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World War Z has become a question mark.  It’s loosely based on a best-selling novel of the same name, stars Brad Pitt, and has zombies, which is a fairly popular disaster trope.  On the other hand, there were the production problems that managed to become public, and the studio spent more money to get the film back on track.  So has the problem been solved?  I hope so.  While I’ve been a bit bummed that we haven’t gotten to a good look at the zombies in the trailers or posters, World War Z has the advantage of taking a zombie flick to a global setting, which is where the genre really hasn’t gone before.  It’s still a question, but we’re giving you a chance to find out the answer early.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away 15 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of World War Z.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, and David MorseWorld War Z opens in 3D on June 21st.

New Clip from WORLD WAR Z and a Red-Band Clip from THE KINGS OF SUMMER Both Offer Some Advice

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Check out two new clips full of good advice from the following films:

  • World War Z – This new clip from director Marc Forster’s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel features an officer giving some good advice to Brad Pitt and his family about why one should always remain with their vehicle during the zombie apocalypse.
  • The Kings of Summer – There are more law enforcement types to be found in this red-band clip from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ film, though star Nick Offerman handles their advice a bit differently.

Hit the jump to watch both clips.

New Clip from WORLD WAR Z Featuring Brad Pitt, Plus a Red-Band TV Spot for THIS IS THE END Starring James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel

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There’s more than one way to end a world.  Here are two examples:

  • World War Z – This new clip from director Marc Forster’s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel explains why Brad Pitt’s character is needed to help stop the epidemic, although it will require him leaving his family.
  • This Is the End – A new red-band TV spot highlights the beginning, middle and end of the apocalyptic tale starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride.  It’s a bit spoilery so steer clear if you’re not into that.

Hit the jump to watch them both.

New Banners for WORLD WAR Z, KICK-ASS 2, and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES

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Today, we have a collection of banners from three upcoming films.  First up, four new banners for World War Z highlight the “World” part of the title as we see major cities burn.  If nothing else, the zombie film will have the distinction of not having the protagonist (Brad Pitt) confined to one location, and that global perspective is one of the best aspects of the book.  Moving on, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) get the graffiti treatment in new banner for Kick-Ass 2.  Finally, four banners have been released for Hayao Miyazaki‘s upcoming film, The Wind Rises.  The movie centers on Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II.

Hit the jump to check out the banners.  World War Z opens in 3D on June 21st.  Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.  The Wind Rises opens in Japan on July 20th, but currently has no U.S. distribution.


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New posters have been released for World War Z, Girl Most Likely, and Getaway.  The international poster for World War Z gives us a look at Mireille Enos (who plays the wife of Brad Pitt‘s character) and their two daughters not really showing a lot of panic as the stampeding zombie horde closes in behind them.  If anything, it looks like one of the daughters has a tummy-ache.  Moving on to the international poster for Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene), it’s about as lazy as posters get, which is fine since the film follows suit with its forced quirky humor.  Finally, there’s the teaser poster for Getaway, which tells you nothing about the movie other than it stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez getting away in a car.  I would be more interested if the garage door slightly opened to reveal a rascal scooter.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  World War Z opens in 3D on June 21st.  Girl Most Likely opens on July 19th.  Getaway opens August 30th.


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New posters have been released for World War Z, Pacific Rim, and The Conjuring.  Starting with World War Z, Paramount seems determined to make sure that no zombies are shown in the marketing beyond a faceless hoard.  This new poster also copies the previous one, and so we’re stuck with a handsome guy looking over devastation.  Is that enough to get people interested?  Moving on to Pacific Rim, it’s a giant robot about to take a nasty-looking blade to a giant monster.  It’s easy to understand, and easy to like.  Finally, the UK poster for The Conjuring is sadly generic and rests on the power of a creepy doll.  This could be used for countless horror movies.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  World War Z opens in 3D on June 21st.  Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.  The Conjuring opens July 19th.

James Badge Dale Talks IRON MAN 3, His Audition Process, the Character’s Physicality, WORLD WAR Z, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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From director Shane Black, Iron Man 3 has certainly gotten the blockbuster movie season off to a pretty incredible start.  This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor James Badge Dale, who plays Extremis agent and all-around bad-ass Eric Savin, talked about how he came to be a part of the film, having to read pages from a cop movie for his audition, due to secrecy, how he finally gut a full script after negotiations for the role were finished, what it means to him to get to be a part of the Iron Man franchise, how he viewed Savin, and what he wanted to bring to the character’s physicality.  He also talked about his roles in two more upcoming blockbusters, World War Z with Brad Pitt and The Lone Ranger with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, and the great experiences he had on each.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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