Weekend Box Office – THE HELP Jumps to First with $20 Million, Topping All New Releases

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After two weeks on top, Rise of the Planet of the Apes swapped places with last week’s number two The Help on top of the weekend box office.  That left places 3-5 for the major new releases, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Conan the Barbarian, and Fright Night.  Even One Day managed only a middling per-screen average in its smaller release.  Details after the jump.

Title Friday Total
1 The Help $20,479,000 $71.8
2 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $16,300,000 $133.8
3 Spy Kids 4 $12,020,000 $12.0
4 Conan the Barbarian $10,000,000 $10.0
5 Fright Night $8,300,000 $8.3
6 The Smurfs $8,000,000 $117.7
7 Final Destination 5 $7,705,000 $32.2
8 30 Minutes or Less $6,300,000 $25.8
9 One Day $5,127,567 $5.1
10 Crazy, Stupid, Love $4,950,000 $64.4

Weekend Box Office – RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Still on Top with $27.5 Million; THE HELP a Strong Second with $25.5 Million

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So much for a slow-pace in these final weeks of summer.  Along with a strong holdover performance from Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes at number one, the box office was crowded with four new releases: one which seriously over-performed (The Help), one which very seriously underperformed (Glee The 3D Concert Movie) and two which fell somewhere in between.

Title Weekend Total
1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $27,500,000 $104.8
2 The Help $25,500,000 $35.4
3 Final Destination 5 $18,400,000 $18.4
4 The Smurfs $13,500,000 $101.5
5 30 Minutes or Less $13,000,000 $13
6 Cowboys and Aliens $7,610,000 $81.4
7 Captain America $7,125,000 $146.8
8 Crazy Stupid Love $6,930,000 $55.4
9 Harry Potter 7b $6,875,000 $356.9
10 The Change-Up $6,279,000 $25.7

Friday Box Office – RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Narrowly tops THE HELP for First; FINAL DESTINATION 5 in Third

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It was another photo finish at the box office as holdover champion Rise of the Planet of the Apes battled The Help on the latter’s first Friday.  Apes was just barely ahead with an estimated $7.6 million to The Help’s $7.5 million.  Even with Friday so close, Rise should win the weekend with a projected $25 million.  The Help, which has been overperforming since its Wednesday debut, is expected to earn $23 million from Friday through Sunday.  Friday’s number three was not far behind the top two films.  Final Destination 5 took in an estimated $7.3 million from 3,155 locations for what should equal a first weekend of just under $20 million.  Friday’s final new releases put a bit more distance between their estimates and the top spots: 30 Minutes or Less earned an estimated $4.5 million from 2,888 locations while Fox’s Glee: The 3D Concert Movie fell short of the top five with just $2.5 million from 2,040 venues.  Full details and analysis tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $7,600,000 $84.9
2 The Help $7,500,000 $17.4
3 Final Destination 5 $7,300,000 $7.3
4 30 Minutes or Less $4,500,000 $4.5
5 The Smurfs $3,700,000 $91.7

Exclusive: Director Ruben Fleischer Talks 30 MINUTES OR LESS, GANGSTER SQUAD and More

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Coming to theaters August 12th is Ruben Fleischer’s 30 Minutes or Less. The film, which reunites Fleischer with his Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg, tells the story of a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) who is strapped to a bomb and forced to rob a bank as part of a harebrained scheme hatched by two hapless criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) looking to inherent a fortune. Along the way, Eisenberg enlists his best friend, (Aziz Ansari) to help with the heist.

Recently, I got on the phone with Fleischer to discuss his directorial technique, real world news that echoes the film, the casting process, how he helped to create Between Two Ferns and Rob & Big, some details on Gangster Squad and more.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Exclusive: Jesse Eisenberg Talks 30 MINUTES OR LESS, ZOMBIELAND 2, Woody Allen, THE SOCIAL NETWORK and More

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Coming to theaters today is Ruben Fleisher’s 30 Minutes or Less. The film, which reunites Fleisher with his Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg, tells the story of a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) who is strapped to a bomb and forced to rob a bank as part of a harebrained scheme hatched by two hapless criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) looking to inherent a fortune. Along the way, Eisenberg enlists his best friend, (Aziz Ansari) to help with the heist.

Recently, I got on the phone with Eisenberg to discuss the film. Unlike most actors, who seem to have been coached to death on what to say to every question, Eisenberg comes off as a genuine and intelligent person who actually considers the topic, rather than just reverting to scripted anecdotes. He even sources his jokes back to their originators. He’s an interesting guy who seems to be interested in acting far more than he is in being a “star”. During our interview, we discussed the pitfalls of action filmmaking, his approach to characters, how he would handle a bank robbery, why he doesn’t think Zombieland 2 will happen, Fred Durst as a director, Woody Allen, the pitfalls of being famous in the age of camera phones and much more.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

30 MINUTES OR LESS Review

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In a summer packed with R-rated comedies, 30 Minutes or Less is the last one out the gate.  It’s not the most emotionally fulfilling (Bridesmaids), it’s not the one that delivers the most laughs (Horrible Bosses), and it’s certainly not the worst (The Hangover Part II).  What 30 Minutes or Less has working for it is that it’s short.  There’s hardly an ounce of fat on it and it races from scene to scene trying to get as many laughs in as possible.  The comic ensemble does a terrific job and while director Ruben Fleischer doesn’t show off the visual flair he demonstrated in Zombieland, he keeps the movie crass, fast, and funny.

Exclusive: Danny McBride Talks 30 MINUTES OR LESS and the Future of EASTBOUND AND DOWN

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Coming to theaters this weekend is Ruben Fleischer’s 30 Minutes or Less. The film, which reunites Fleischer with his Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg, tells the story of a pizza delivery boy (Eisenberg) who is strapped to a bomb and forced to rob a bank as part of a harebrained scheme hatched by two hapless criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) looking to inherent a fortune. Along the way, Eisenberg enlists his best friend, (Aziz Ansari) to help with the heist.

Recently, I got on the phone to talk to McBride about the film.  Unlike his boarish characters on screen, McBride comes off as a thoughtful and well-spoken man who is far more dedicated to creating real characters than many of his detractors would like to admit.  During our interview we discussed how he has refined his on-screen persona, his admiration of Nick Swardson, acting like a monkey on screen, the future of Eastbound and Down as well as several other HBO projects he has in the offing, how he would rob a bank and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview:

Exclusive: Director Ruben Fleischer Talks 30 MINUTES OR LESS, GANGSTER SQUAD and ZOMBIELAND 2 at Comic-Con

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At Comic-Con last weekend, I got to speak with director Ruben Fleischer who was there to promote his new comedy, 30 Minutes or Less.  Here’s our recap of the panel and all our previous coverage.   During the interview, Fleischer talked about being at Comic-Con, the difficulty in editing a film that has so much improv, deleted scenes and what will be on the DVD.

Of course with Fleischer getting ready to direct Gangster Squad (which is going to star Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Holt McCallany and Robert Patrick), we also talked about where and when they’re going to film, the incredible cast, his approach to the material, and the script.  Finally, for all the Zombieland fans, we talked about if there will ever be a Zombieland 2.  Hit the jump to read some of the highlights or watch the interview.

Exclusive: Michael Pena Talks 30 MINUTES OR LESS, TOWER HEIST, END OF WATCH, GANGSTER SQUAD and Doing More Comedies at Comic-Con

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When I sat down with Michael Pena at Comic-Con a few days ago, the first thing I told him was he needs to do more comedies.  Trust me, after you guys see 30 Minutes or Less, you’re going to agree with me, because Pena steals every scene he’s in.  While I thought Pena was awesome in Observe and Report and on the second season of Eastbound & Down, it’s his work as a hitman named Chango that proves he’s ready to carry a movie.  Thankfully, when I brought up doing more comedies, Pena said that’s his plan.  Which makes me very happy.

During the interview we also talked about how he prepares for doing comedies (explains how he looks at documentaries and real people for inspiration for his characters), what was it like to work with Eddie Murphy on Tower Heist, talks about End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and describes their ride-along with a police officer where the perpetrator was shot in the face, Gangster Squad, and he also talks about working with director Ruben Fleischer on 30 Minutes or Less and then Fleischer crashes the interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

Comic-Con 2011: 30 MINUTES OR LESS Panel Recap

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As part of Sony’s massive Hall H panel today, we were treated to a presentation of Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s new film 30 Minutes or Less.  Moderator Ralph Garman began by bringing out Fleischer, Nick Swardson, Michael Pena, and Aziz Ansari. Fleischer explained that Jesse Eisenberg is currently shooting a Woody Allen movie and Danny McBride is busy with Eastbound and Down. However, McBride treated us to a pre-recorded message that began with the actor stating, “If you are viewing this, the apes have won.” In his gut-busting video he proceeded to call every one of the other actors on the panel assholes.  Hit the jump for my full recap.

Comic-Con 2011: Much Better Version of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Poster; Banners for 30 MINUTES OR LESS, ATTACK THE BLOCK, UNDERWORLD 4, More

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Just a little while ago I posted the first promotional posters/banners for The Amazing Spider-Man.  In the short time since I posted the article, Sony has hung the first official poster on the side of the Hard Rock Hotel .  As you’ll see after the jump, it’s got the logo, release date, and the studio logos.  It’s definitely the first official poster.

In addition, I also snapped banners for Dexter, 30 Minutes or Less, Attack the Block, Underworld 4: Awakening, True Blood, The Amazing Spider-Man, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and The Walking Dead inside the Convention Center here at Comic-Con.  Check it all out after the jump.

Free Tickets to the 30 MINUTES OR LESS Comic-Con Screening Featuring Q&A With Ansari, Swardson, Pena and Fleischer

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With director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) 30 Minutes or Less opening August 12, Sony is using this week’s Comic-Con to help promote the very funny film.  Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria and Michael Pena, the film centers on a pizza delivery guy (Eisenberg) who is kidnapped by two men (McBride and Swardson) and forced to rob a bank at the risk of being blown up.

Anyway, Sony is holding a free screening this Friday night at 8pm and we’ve got tickets to give away to some of our readers.  Since I know no one wants to see a movie by themselves, every person getting tickets will get a +1.  In addition, Ansari, Swardson, Pena and Fleischer will intro the film and then participate in a Q&A following the screening!  Hit the jump for details on how to enter, and you can also watch video messages from Eisenberg and Ansari, as well as McBride and Swardson.

Comic-Con 2011: Schedule for Friday, July 22nd; Includes THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FRIGHT NIGHT, and THE WALKING DEAD

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If you thought Thursday was crazy at Comic-Con, then the schedule for Friday will make your brain break apart. There were some high profile panels on Thursday, but Friday it’s non-stop. Sony is looking to own the day with their 90-minute panel for Total Recall, 30 Minutes or Less, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Hall H will also be hosting presentations for The Adventures of Tintin, Raven, Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, Underworld 4, Batman: Year One, Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost, Mass Effect, and Fright Night.

The TV side is also on overdrive with a pilot screening of Locke & Key, and panels for The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Children’s Hospital, Bones, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The River, Black Dynamite, Eureka, Bob’s Burgers, Falling Skies, ThunderCats, Robot Chicken, Ugly Americans, Warehouse 13, and True Blood. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.

New Posters for FINAL DESTINATION 5, KILLER ELITE, and 30 MINUTES OR LESS

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New posters have been release for Final Destination 5, Killer Elite, and 30 Minutes or Less.  What’s great about each of these posters?  Final Destination 5: You can’t go wrong with exploding skulls.  Killer Elite: Clive Owen ‘stache.  30 Minutes or Less: Absolutely nothing.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  Final Destination 5 opens August 12th.  Killer Elite opens September 23rd.  30 Minutes or Less opens August 12th.

New Trailer for 30 MINUTES OR LESS

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A new green band trailer for director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) comedy 30 Minutes or Less has been released. It’s more or less a clean version of the most recent red band trailer, but it’s still a lot of fun. Everything I’ve seen from this movie so far has been pretty much spot-on. Fleischer’s put together a great cast, and the pairing of Eisenberg and Ansari is fantastic.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria and Michael Pena, the film centers on a pizza delivery guy (Eisenberg) who is kidnapped by two men (McBride and Swardson) and forced to rob a bank at the risk of being blown up. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. If you missed it, check out Steve’s set visit report/video blog, in addition to his on-set interviews with Eisenberg, Ansari and Vadsaria, Swardson and McBride, and Fleischer. 30 Minutes or Less hits theaters August 12th.

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