Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Battles RIO 2 for the Top Spot, While HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Trumps TRANSCENDENCE

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This Good Friday wasn’t so great for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, the sci-fi drama Transcendence, as the film debuted in a sub-$5 million opening.  The film barely managed to stay ahead of this weekend’s other overlooked (and for good reason) debut, A Haunted House 2, and that’s only if current estimates hold.  The Johnny Depp-starrer received no help from critics as it currently holds a 19% rating on RT, and failed to impress our own Matt Goldberg.  What did impress audiences this week, or at least a certain subsection of them, was the religious-themed Wednesday debut, Heaven Is for Real, which claims Friday’s third spot (and reclaims its budget) leading into Easter weekend.

None of the new entries, however, proved to be a contest for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2, which repeat their box office rivalry from last week.  It’s still pretty close, as estimates only separate the top two spots by a paltry (to some) $300,000 or so.  Will Cap win the weekend, or will the family-friendlier animated sequel reap the holiday audience rewards?  Check back tomorrow to find out!

Title  Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  $9,566,000 $184.5
2.  Rio 2  $9,200,000 $62.1
3.  Heaven Is for Real  $7,850,000 $14.9
4.  Transcendence  $4,815,000 $4.8
5.  Haunted House 2  $4,030,000 $4.0

Posters for MILLION DOLLAR ARM, PALO ALTO, and A HAUNTED HOUSE 2

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A few posters to round up before the night ends:

  • Million Dollar Arm - Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin star in the Disney sports drama, directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night).
  • Palo Alto - Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer star in Gia Coppola‘s debut feature about a group of teens, based on short stories by Franco.
  • A Haunted House 2 - Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, and Cedric The Entertainer star in the horror spoof sequel, directed by Michael Tiddes.

Check out the posters after the jump.

First Trailer for A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 Starring Marlon Wayans and Gabriel Iglesias

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The first trailer for the horror spoof sequel A Haunted House 2 has been released online.  The film finds Marlon Wayans reprising his role from the first film (which only opened in theaters 11 months ago), as he attempts to rid himself of ghostly hauntings by moving into a new house, only to find that his new home is also haunted.  The first film grossed nearly $60 million worldwide against a budget of only $2.5 million, so it’s possible that the Haunted House franchise could follow the same low budget/high profits blueprint that the wildly successful Paranormal Activity series has enjoyed—the very franchise that Haunted House is spoofing.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Gabriel Iglesias, Jamie Pressly, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, Dave Sheridan, and Ashley RickardsA Haunted House 2 opens on March 28, 2014.

Weekend Box Office: ZERO DARK THIRTY Leads with $24 Million; A HAUNTED HOUSE Edges Out GANGSTER SQUAD for Second Place

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In its first weekend in wide release, Zero Dark Thirty easily captured first place with an estimated $24 million from 2,937 locations. With months of press coverage, great reviews and a Best Picture nomination behind it, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the CIA thriller won the frame. A bit more surprising is the position claimed by A Haunted House. The low-budget genre spoof overcame the higher-profile (and higher-budgeted) Gangster Squad for second place at this weekend’s box office.

Title Weekend Total
1. Zero Dark Thirty $24,000,000 $29.4
2. A Haunted House $18,817,000 $18.8
3. Gangster Squad $16,710,000 $16.7
4. Django Unchained $11,065,000 $125.3
5. Les Miserables $10,127,000 $119.2
6. The Hobbit $9,080,000 $278.8
7. Lincoln $6,314,000 $152.5
8. Parental Guidance $6,100,000 $60.6
9. Texas Chainsaw 3D $5,150,000 $30.7
10. Silver Linings Playbook $5,000,000 $41.3

Friday Box Office: ZERO DARK THIRTY Tops GANGSTER SQUAD and A HAUNTED HOUSE with $9 Million

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She may have been overlooked by the Academy, but director Kathryn Bigelow has been avenged at the box office. Zero Dark Thirty, the “controversial” CIA thriller that has been enjoying incredible success in limited release, is now a success on a much wider scale. The Best Picture nominee took first place on Friday with an estimated $9 million from 2,937 runs. With its three-day take expected to top $25 million, Zero Dark Thirty will remain on top through Sunday, giving Bigelow the first number one hit of her career. Once the presumptive pick for the top spot, Warner Brothers’ Gangster Squad had to settle for third on Friday. The R-rated crime drama, which has had its own share of controversy following the events in Aurora and Newtown, earned an estimated $6.6 million from 3,103 locations – just under the $6.7 million estimate of the new R-rated comedy A Haunted House. With Django Unchained in fourth, it looks like the four highest-grossing domestic films will all carry an R-rating this weekend – the equivalent of a solar eclipse in box office parlance. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1.   Zero Dark Thirty $9,000,000 $14.4
2.   A Haunted House $6,700,000 $6.7
3.   Gangster Squad $6,665,000 $6.6
4.   Django Unchained $3,456,000 $117.7
5.   Les Miserables $2,800,000 $111.8

New Posters for GREAT GATSBY, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, A HAUNTED HOUSE and ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

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Our latest poster round-up includes the following films:

  • New character posters for director Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby feature Isla Fisher front and center as Myrtle Wilson and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan. The Great Gatsby opens May 10, 2013.
  • A slightly tweaked UK version of the recent poster for A Good Day to Die Hard features tell-tale Eastern Orthodox church structures in the background because…Russia. A Good Day to Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney, opens stateside February 14, 2013.
  • A new poster for A Haunted House, the horror-comedy starring Marlon Wayans that spoofs the Paranormal Activity films. A Haunted House opens January 11, 2013.
  • The animated space adventure Escape from Planet Earth has launched a new poster. Featuring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, James Gandolfini and Jane Lynch. Escape from Planet Earth opens February 14, 2013.

Hit the jump to see the new posters along with the films’ synopses. 

New Red Band Trailer for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Spoof A HAUNTED HOUSE Starring Marlon Wayans

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A new red band trailer for the spoof A Haunted House has been released online.  Co-writer and star Marlon Wayans looks to be trying to recapture some of that Scary Movie magic with this pic, as it basically combines elements from Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside with the same type of parody comedy that the Wayans Brothers used to great success with the Scary Movie franchise.  The results here are fairly stale, as Scary Movie itself spawned numerous terrible copycat films that drove the parody genre into the ground.  There are one or two mildly funny moments in this sex joke-heavy red band trailer, but nothing to suggest that A Haunted House is a must-see comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Directed by Michael Tiddes (Dance Flick), the film also stars Essence Atkins, David KoechnerNick Swardson, and Cedric the Entertainer.  A Haunted House opens on January 11th.

New International Posters for JACK REACHER, THE IMPOSSIBLE and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, Plus the First Poster for A HAUNTED HOUSE Comedy

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Our latest poster round-up includes some international looks at familiar properties and a first look at a new comedy:

  • The Russian poster for writer/director Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher breaks up an image of title character Tom Cruise with some of his co-stars. Jack Reacher opens December 21st.
  • The Impossible, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, now has a new German poster. Director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible opens in LA on December 21st.
  • The Swedish version of the Silver Linings Playbook shows off a colorized version of the American one-sheet. Directed by David O. Russell and starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook opens November 21st.
  • The first poster for A Haunted House has premiered. From star/co-writer Marlon Wayans and directed by Michael Tiddes, this Paranormal Activity spoof opens January 11, 2013.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses. 

First Trailer for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Spoof A HAUNTED HOUSE, Starring Marlon Wayans

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Remember when Scary Movie came out, made a bunch of money, and invaded the zeitgeist?  Well Marlon Wayans hopes you do, as the first trailer for his new Paranormal Activity spoof A Haunted House has landed online.  It’s looks exactly like you’d expect it to, but there are one or two chuckles sprinkled in between the fart jokes and screaming.  The film tackles the “found footage” craze, most prominently spoofing Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside.  I’m interested to see if these kinds of comedies even appeal to moviegoers anymore.  Will audiences show up or have the endless Scary Movie sequels killed the horror spoof genre that the Wayans brothers practically invented?

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Directed by Michael Tiddes (Dance Flick), the film also stars Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Nick Swardson, and Cedric the EntertainerA Haunted House opens on January 11th.

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