Weekend Box Office: GONE GIRL Defeats DRACULA UNTOLD for Second First Place Finish

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For the second weekend in a row Gone Girl is on top of the domestic box office.  And for the second weekend in a row the R-rated drama got the win despite losing Friday to another title.  Last week’s Friday winner was the horror prequel Annabelle, while this week it was Dracula Untold that got the brief taste of glory.  Universal’s horror-fantasy was a lot stronger out of the gate than many expected, though not quite strong enough to chase down Gone Girl.  After taking in an estimated $78.2 million in ten days, the Fox drama is on its way to becoming the biggest hit of director David Fincher’s career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gone Girl $26,800,000 $78.2
2.  Dracula Untold $23,460,000 $23.4
3.  Alexander… $19,100,000 $19.1
4.  Annabelle $16,365,000 $62.1
5.  The Judge $13,330,000 $13.3
6.  The Equalizer $9,725,000 $79.8
7.  Addicted $7,600,000 $7.6
8.  The Maze Runner $7,500,000 $83.8
9.  The Boxtrolls $6,676,000 $41
10.  Left Behind $2,909,000 $10.9

 

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Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey and Dylan Minnette Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, Working with Steve Carell, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey and Elise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.  For more on the film, watch the trailer here.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey and Dylan Minnette.  They talked about working with Steve Carell, who ruined the most takes, how much they practiced their facial expressions for the poster, if they watched any specific films prior to filming, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, Who Ruined the Most Takes, CURLY SUE, and More

by     Posted 49 days ago

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Opening this weekend is director Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey and Elise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.  For more on the film, watch the trailer here.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.  They talked about working with the kids, who ruined the most takes from laughing, being able to share the film with their families, and what Curly Sue taught Carell about working with kids.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bella Thorne Talks ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, the Junket game, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey and Elise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.  For more on the film, watch the trailer here.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Bella Thorne.  She talked about her character, what drew her to the project, who ruined the most takes from laughing, the junket game, what the last year has been like for her, Amityville: The Awakening, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Miguel Arteta Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, His Love of John Hughes, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey andElise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.  For more on the film, watch the trailer here.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Miguel Arteta.  He talked about how the project came together, assembling the cast, if the Wreck-it Ralph mention was in the script or his idea, what he learned from the test screening process, his love of John Hughes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, Working with Dick Van Dyke & Miguel Arteta, More

by     Posted 52 days ago

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Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey and Elise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner talked about having input into the character’s family life, why Miguel Arteta was the right director for this job, working with Dick Van Dyke, encouraging your kids to have the whole range of emotions, having a very bad day during filming, what they hope families get out of this movie, and how they hope this film brings more live-action family films.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Posters for BIRDMAN, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, ALEXANDER, and ABCS OF DEATH 2

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

  • Birdman – A new Birdman poster for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ambitious drama shows a flying Michael Keaton amidst a stark black-and-white pattern.  The film opens in theaters on October 17th.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – A series of rather unfortunate character posters for Shawn Levy’s otherwise promising drama highlight the dynamic ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver.  The film opens in theaters on September 12th.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Two posters for Disney’s children’s book adaptation show the before and after of the film’s titular day.  Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, the pic opens on October 10th.
  • ABCs of Death 2 – The official poster for Magnet’s second anthology collection of horror shorts portrays a rather menacing-looking Death.  The film will be available VOD on October 2nd and hits theaters on October 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

First ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Trailer Featuring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner

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The first trailer for Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has landed online.  When the adaptation was originally announced, I was curious to find out just how Disney planned on expanding the story of one young boy’s worst day ever into a feature-length film.  Well, this trailer answers that question quite well, as its apparent that it’s not only Alexander who’s having a crappy day, but his entire family.  There’s the expected amount of schmaltz on display, but also a few truly funny one-liners scattered throughout and plenty of physical humor to go around.  Looks like a fun family movie, but it’ll be quite a few months before we get a look at the full film.

Director Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of the Judith Viorst book stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Bella Thorne, Dylan Minnette, Megan Mullally and Ed Oxenbould, and opens October 10th.  Hit the jump to watch the first Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day trailer. [Update: We've also added the first poster.]

Disney Unveils New Images ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY; CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and More

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In addition to the first official image and synopsis from Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney has unveiled some new images from the following 2014 films:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Director Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of the Judith Viorst book stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Bella Thorne, Dylan Minnette, Megan Mullally and Ed Oxenbould, and opens October 10th.
  • Captain America: The Winter SoldierAnthony and Joe Russo’s superheroic sequel stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Dominic Cooper, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan and Cobie Smulders, and opens April 4th.
  • Million Dollar ArmCraig Gillespie’s sports drama starring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton and Bar Paly opens May 16th.
  • Need for SpeedScott Waugh’s adaptation of the street-racing video game series stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson, Chillie Mo, Sir Maejor, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek and Michael Keaton, and opens March 14th.
  • The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki’s latest animated effort out of Studio Ghibli lands on American shores February 21st with an English voice cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Elijah Wood, Stanley Tucci, Mae Whitman, Jennifer Grey and John Krasinski.

Hit the jump to view the images.

Filming Begins on ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY; Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge Join Cast

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Production has commenced on Disney’s adaptation of the beloved childrens book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and a couple of new actors have joined the cast.  Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) directs from a script by Rob Lieber, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner topline the pic as Alexander’s parents.  In addition to the start of production announcement, Disney has revealed that Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) have signed on to the film in unspecified roles.  The pic follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.

12-year-old Ed Oxenbould makes his big screen debut as Alexander, with Dylan Minnette (Lost) and Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) set to play his brother and sister, respectively.  Shawn Levy is producing the pic, which will hit theaters on October 10, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes the official synopsis.

Brenton Thwaites Gets THE GIVER; ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY and HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Add to Cast

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Check out the latest casting news below:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Paz Vega to KILL THE MESSENGER; Peyman Moaadi Joins CAMP X-RAY; Disney Casts ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Star

by     Posted 1 year, 156 days ago

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Today’s casting report is rather international:

  • Paz Vega will join Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, the adaptation of Nick Schou‘s non-fiction book directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland).
  • Peyman Moaadi (A Separation) will star opposite Kristen Stewart in the independent drama Camp X-Ray, the feature directorial debut of graphic artist Peter Sattler (Star Trek).
  • Newcomer Ed Oxenbould will play the title role in Disney’s adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DaySteve Carell and Jennifer Garner co-star.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Disney Sets May 2016 and 2017 Release Dates for Untitled Marvel Films; INTO THE WOODS, ALEXANDER, PLANES 2, and More Dated

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Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel.  Briefly:

  • Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
  • The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
  • The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
  • The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
  • A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
  • Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
  • Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.

Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.

Miguel Arteta to Direct Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

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Disney has found a new director for the adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  A few weeks ago, The Kids Are All Right helmer Lisa Cholodenko exited the project, but now Deadline reports that Disney is in talks with Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) to direct.  Cholodenko wrote the script alongside Rob Lieber, but it’s unknown if Arteta will commission a rewrite or if they’ll go ahead and move forward with the existing screenplay.

Steve Carell is attached to star in the film, which centers on a kid who wakes up with gum in his hair and whose day goes downhill from there.  Production is hoping to get underway this fall, and with a new director already in place it appears that Disney will indeed make that start date.  Arteta has plenty of experience blending comedy with drama as he previously helmed the features Youth in Revolt and Cedar Rapids, as well as a number of TV episodes for shows like EnlightenedSix Feet Under, and New Girl.

Director Lisa Cholodenko Drops Out of Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

by     Posted 1 year, 278 days ago

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Disney is on the hunt for a new director for its feature film adaptation of the popular children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  The project has had a fairly rocky road to production, as The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko first signed on to direct in May of 2011 and after securing Steve Carell to star, Fox decided to put the film into turnaround.  Disney picked the project up last fall and development continued with Cholodenko writing the script alongside Rob Lieber, but now Deadline reports that Cholodenko is exiting the film.  No specific reason is given, but one assumes creative differences of some sort are the culprit.

The book is about a kid who wakes up with gum in his hair, and whose day goes downhill from there.  Carell is still attached to play the kid’s father with Shawn Levy producing, and Disney has started the search for a new director with an eye towards beginning production this fall.  I was excited about the prospect of Cholodenko tackling a family film because I figured she wouldn’t talk down to the audience and would hopefully turn out a thoughtful and entertaining feature, so hopefully Disney finds a suitable replacement.  Read a synopsis for the book after the jump.

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