Weekend Box Office: THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Excel while ADMISSION Struggles

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For those who overlooked the record-breaking success of The Hunger Games one year ago, it was a great weekend at the US box office. Two of the three new releases exceeded expectations, with Olympus Has Fallen nearly doubling studio projections. Only the Tina Fey comedy Admission stumbled – barely topping what Spring Breakers brought in from half as many locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Croods $44,700,000 $44.7
2.  Olympus Has Fallen $30,500,000 $30.5
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful $22,031,700 $177.5
4.  The Call $8,700,000 $30.9
5.  Admission $6,445,000 $6.4
6.  Spring Breakers $5,000,000 $5.4
7.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $4,275,000 $17.3
8.  Jack the Giant Slayer $2,965,000 $59
9.  Identity Thief $2,500,000 $127.6
10.  Snitch $1,930,000 $40.3

Friday Box Office: Strong Starts for THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN; SPRING BREAKERS Expands

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Although the top ten films combined won’t match the debut of last year’s The Hunger Games, overall it looks like a good weekend at the domestic box office. Things look especially promising for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, which is on track for the second-highest debut of 2013 with over $40 million. In its first day in 4,046 locations, The Croods earned an estimated $11.6 million: just under the opening of DWA’s How to Train Your Dragon in March of 2010. In second place, FilmDistrict’s Olympus Has Fallen also looks strong. The R-rated thriller exceeded expectations on Friday with an estimated take of $10 million from 3,098 locations, and is now on track to top $25 million through Sunday. After setting records in just three theatres last weekend, Spring Breakers expanded into 1,104 venues yesterday and earned an estimated $2.1 million for fifth place. The only new release headed for trouble, in fact, is Admission. The comedy opened in sixth place and will fall short of $7 million from its 2,160 dates this weekend. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title  Friday Total
1.  The Croods  $11,600,000 $11.6
2.  Olympus Has Fallen  $10,040,000 $10
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $5,645,000 $161.1
4.  The Call  $2,675,000 $24.8
5.  Spring Breakers  $2,100,000 $2.5

ADMISSION Review

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Paul Weitz is a director I have come to dread.  About a Boy was a long time ago, and in the interim he has done some truly abysmal films such as Cirque du Freak, American Dreamz, and Being Flynn (I didn’t even bother with Little Fockers).  But after a 12-year-drought, Weitz has delivered a film that’s almost as funny and sweet as About a Boy.  His new movie, Admission, is a playful, nice little story where leads Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have the room to exercise their comic and dramatic abilities, and do so with a charming screenplay from Karen Croner.  Even though it heads towards safe places, Admission never feels gratingly familiar.

Lily Tomlin Talks ADMISSION, Working with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, EASTBOUND & DOWN, and More

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Director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) comedy-drama Admission opens this weekend.  The film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental high school in New Hampshire.  Admission also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria Reuben.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer and six clips.

The other day I got to speak with Tomlin here in Los Angeles.  We talked about how she got involved in the project, her thoughts on the script and her character, how much improv they did, if she ever tried to make Tina Fey laugh on camera, and her great work last season on HBO’s Eastbound & Down.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Paul Weitz Talks ADMISSION, Turning the Book into a Script, Deleted Scenes, Lily Tomlin’s Tattoo Ideas, Writing for Woody Allen and More

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Director Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us- the college admissions process.  At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college.  Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher.  The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.

Recently I landed an exclusive interview with director Paul Weitz.  He talked about the process of turning this book into a script, working with stars Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin, deleted scenes and Lily Tomlin’s outrageous tattoo ideas, working with his brother Chris Weitz and writing for Woody Allen in AntzClick after the jump to continue reading.

Nat Wolff Talks ADMISSION, Working with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, BEHAVING BADLY, and PALO ALTO

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Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us—the college admissions process.  At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college.  Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher.  The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.

At the press day for the film, Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) spoke to a small group of reporters about the film and the experience of making it.  He talked about working with Fey and Rudd, his “ghetto” audition tape, and preparing for the role.  He also gave the scoop on the other projects he’s worked on in the past year, which include Behaving Badly with Selena Gomez, and Palo Alto with James Franco, based on Franco’s short stories and in which Wolff says he plays a version of a young Franco.  Wolff also told us of a childhood acting lesson with his idol Dustin Hoffman and the advice the film vet gave to the aspiring actor.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Paul Rudd and Tina Fey Talk ADMISSION, Improv, the Comedy Community, Participating in a Live Reenactment of SIXTEEN CANDLES, and More

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Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us- the college admissions process.  At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college.  Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher.  The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.

At the press day for the film Admission, Collider was present as stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd spoke to a small group of reporters about the film and their experiences making it.  The two discussed meeting each other for the first time, working with director Paul Weitz and the atmosphere on set.  They also spoke about how improv influenced their acting, the comedy community, if it’s too soon for a 30 Rock reunion, and discussed a shared experience doing a live reenactment of Sixteen Candles that sounds too good to be true.

6 Clips from ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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With director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) comedy-drama Admission opening March 22, Focus Features have provided us with six clips from the film.  The film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  The simple idea of Fey and Rudd together sounds like a pitch-perfect comedic pairing, and the trailers hint at some strong dramatic material as well.  Hopefully the full film delivers on both fronts.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria Reuben.

Over 25 New High-Resolution Images from ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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Focus Features has released a large batch of new high-resolution images from the upcoming comedy-drama Admission.  Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  The simple idea of Fey and Rudd together sounds like a pitch-perfect comedic pairing, and the trailers hint at some strong dramatic material as well.  Hopefully the full film delivers on both fronts.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria ReubenAdmission opens on March 8th.

Collider’s Most Anticipated 2013 Movies: January to March

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2012 is now officially over, and over the past few weeks we’ve been looking back at what the best of 2012 had to offer.  As we turn our attention to the year ahead, it’s time for the latest installment of our “Most Anticipated” feature.  Throughout 2013, we’ll once again be taking a quarterly look at what Collider’s editors are most looking forward to, and today we’re focusing on the films that will be hitting theaters from January through March.

Hit the jump to see the films that Matt, Adam, Brendan, and Dave are most anticipating in the next few months.

New Trailer for ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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A new trailer has been released for Paul Weitz‘ dramedy Admission.  The film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  Most of the footage was in the previous trailer (which has been pulled for some reason), but there are a few new jokes.  Some audiences may be surprised at a lower-key comedy from the film’s leads, but I’m sure they’ll handle the dramatic aspects as well.  My real concern is with Weitz.  About a Boy was a long time ago, and most of his filmography is wretched (I rented Being Flynn and couldn’t power through it even though I was on an airplane with nothing else to do).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Admission opens March 8, 2013.

Poster Round-Up: THIS IS 40, IDENTITY THIEF, and ADMISSION

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • This Is 40 – The new one-sheet for writer/director Judd Apatow’s “sort-of sequel” to Knocked Up features Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s adorably frustrated family.  The film opens on December 21st.
  • Identity Thief – A new poster for director Seth Gordon’s (Horrible Bosses) comedy in which a character played by Melissa McCarthy steals the identity of a man played by Jason Batman.  The film opens on February 8, 2013.
  • Admission – The first poster for About a Boy director Paul Weitz’s comedy-drama starring Tina Fey and, again, Paul Rudd.  Watch the film’s first trailer right here.  The pic opens on March 8, 2013.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

First Trailer for ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

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The first trailer for the comedy-drama Admission has been released.  Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school.  Based on the casting of the two leads one might assume that this is a straight comedy, but the trailer refreshingly shows a much more nuanced and dramatic side of Fey that we’ve yet to see played to its full potential.  Weitz struck a wonderful chord with About a Boy, and I’m hoping a similar tone runs throughout Admission.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben, Wallace Shawn, and Michael SheenAdmission opens on March 8, 2013.

New Release Dates for Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP, PARANOIA, DEAD MAN DOWN, DARK SKIES, BEARS and ADMISSION Starring Tina Fey

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Let’s take a look at some new and shuffled release dates:

  • Shawn Levy’s The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, moves up a few weeks from June 28th to June 7th, 2013.
  • Paranoia, from director Robert Luketic and starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, moves back from September 27th to October 4th, 2013.
  • Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard and Dominic Cooper, moves up a month from April 5th to March 8th, 2013.
  • Scott Charles Stewart’s thriller Dark Skies starring Keri Russell and Dakota Goyo gets a release date of February 22nd, 2013.
  • Disneynature’s Bears, directed by Keith Scholey (African Cats) and Alastair Fothergill (Chimpanzee), gets the somewhat less generic release date of April 2014 (it was previously listed as Spring 2014).
  • Admission, the comedy from director Paul Weitz that stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, gets a release date of March 8th, 2013.

Hit the jump for plot info on each film.

Kristopher Higgins for DEVIL’S KNOT; Brooke Smith, Alexie Gilmore and Lucas Hedges Join Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY; Sonya Walger Boards ADMISSION

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Some end-of-the-week casting notes for your enjoyment.  Here they are in brief:

Hit the jump for more on each film.

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