Weekend Box Office: DUMB AND DUMBER TO Claims First with $38 Million

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After a decisive victory on Friday, Dumb and Dumber To held on to the top spot this weekend and beat most expectations in the process.  An expected challenge from Disney holdover Big Hero 6 fell a bit short, which left the comedy sequel the undisputed box office champ.  DDT opened with an estimated $38 million this weekend – easily surpassing the high end of its projections.  The sequel now ranks as the highest domestic debut ever for the Farrelly Brothers, topping 2000’s Me, Myself and Irene even after adjusting for inflation.  Both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar  had strong sophomore holds, though neither was able to overtake Harry and Lloyd in the end.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Dumb and Dumber To $38,053,000 $38
2.  Big Hero 6 $36,010,000 $111.6
3.  Interstellar $29,100,000 $97.8
4.  Beyond the Lights $6,500,000 $6.5
5.  Gone Girl $4,625,000 $152.7
6.  St. Vincent $4,025,000 $33.2
7.  Fury $3,810,000 $76
8.  Nightcrawler $3,038,000 $25
9.  Ouija $3,025,000 $48.1
10.  Birdman $2,450,000 $11.57

 

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Box Office: DUMB AND DUMBER TO Takes Friday with $14.2 Million

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Twenty years after Dumb and Dumber introduced audiences to two guys named Harry and Lloyd – and the most annoying sound in the world – the long-awaited (?) sequel has finally hit theatres.  Dumb and Dumber To opened to an estimated $14.2 million on Friday, which puts the comedy on track for between $30 and $35 million through Sunday.  That’s in line with expectations for the Universal release, though the weekend is still too close to call in the comedy’s favor.  Both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar  saw strong holds on Friday, and the animated Disney pic is also tracking in the $30 million range for its sophomore frame.

Details and Friday’s top five after the jump.

T.J. Miller Talks BIG HERO 6, Breathtaking Animation, Doing Voice-Over Without Cursing, GORBURGER, SILICON VALLEY Season 2 and More

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Now playing in theaters is Walt Disney Animation Studios Big Hero 6.  Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the fantastic film follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with T.J. Miller.  He talked about what it was like doing the voice-over work, the incredible animation, how the story changed during production, what it’s been like working with Mike Judge on Silicon Valley and what’s coming up on season 2, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Weekend Box Office: BIG HERO 6 Knocks INTERSTELLAR into Second

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In this weekend’s box office showdown, Big Hero 6 took the title over Interstellar.  But there were no real losers on the first frame of the 2014 holiday movie season.  It’s been months since the last high-profile animated film was in theatres, so the fact that Big Hero 6 came out on top makes sense.  And while the sky-high expectations for director Christopher Nolan’s latest were not realized, Interstellar did come close to matching the $55.7 million debut of Gravity – without the advantage of 3D pricing.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Big Hero 6 $56,200,000 $56.2
2.  Interstellar $52,151,000 $52.1
3.  Gone Girl $6,100,000 $145.4
4.  Ouija $6,017,000 $43.4
5.  St. Vincent $5,707,000 $27.3
6.  Nightcrawler $5,512,000 $19.7
7.  Fury $5,500,000 $69.2
8.  John Wick $4,075,000 $34.7
9.  Alexander… $3,495,000 $59.2
10.  The Book of Life $2,800,000 $45.2

 

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TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Gets an Official Title, First FURIOUS 7 Trailer, BIG HERO 6, First Trailer for CHAPPIE

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If you prefer your action/sci-fi blockbusters both slick and smart, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more fitting title made in the last several years than director Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. Adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film only reinforces what I already believed: that Tom Cruise is the greatest living movie star in the world. He’s right in his wheelhouse as Major William Cage, a military officer who’s far more versed in the ways of spin and public relations than in actual combat. When a run-in with a rare alien leads Cage to be repeatedly thrust into the heart of a destined to fail military attack, the result is a thrilling and surprisingly funny ride that Cruise and Emily Blunt deftly carry. Watching Cruise replay the loop time after time, learning from his mistakes and inching closer to finality with each retry, may become tedious to some. For me, it was akin to learning the pattern of a video game only to finally reach the final boss on your last continue. All told, Edge is probably my favorite Cruise film since Minority Report and while it fails to reach the level of greatness, the fact that it’s even in the same conversation should tell you that it’s absolutely worth watching.

My Tom Cruise lovefest aside, this week’s Top 5 features an interview for and Matt’s review of Interstellar, Star Wars: Episode VII getting an official title, the first trailer for Furious 7, interviews for and Matt’s review of Disney’s Big Hero 6, and the first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi actioner Chappie. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: INTERSTELLAR Leads BIG HERO 6 at Start of Competitive Weekend

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2014’s holiday movie season has officially arrived, and with it two of the year’s most-anticipated titles.  Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan’s first release since The Dark Knight Rises, took first place on Friday with an estimated $17 million from 3,561 locations.  That gives the film, which bowed in 370 IMAX locations and 249 traditional theatres on Wednesday, a domestic total of $19.1 million.  For its first weekend, Interstellar should earn close to $55 million, which is on par with both studio projections and the 2013 debut of Gravity.  But while impressive, it probably won’t be enough to secure Interstellar the weekend win.  That honor will belong to Disney’s Big Hero 6.  Based on the Marvel comic series, the animated feature earned an estimated $15.8 million from 3,561 locations on Friday and should wind up with at least $60 million on its opening weekend.

Friday’s top five after the jump

Baymax of BIG HERO 6 Speaks Out Against Robot World Domination and Sitting

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Interviewing an animated character is an odd experience especially under the pretense that said animated character is actually real. These were the mandated circumstances in which I interviewed Baymax – the lead robot of Disney’s newest feature Big Hero 6. But per the interview instructions, there is no movie, no characters — only a real talking robot and his motley crew of friends. Pay no heed to the man behind the curtain. Acknowledge only the animated ‘toon’ on the screen in front. And so I did.

Baymax, when he’s not saving the world with his creator Hiro Hamada, has a day job as a Health Care Companion. The machine can read your vitals and tell you what physical ailments might be troubling you. I decided to exploit this particular aspect of Baymax’s programming by using the machine to assess my own physical and metaphysical ailments. Things did not turn out as planned and somehow this interview ends with me doing squats in a room in front of a cartoon on a screen. Hit the jump to discover “why you probably shouldn’t eat a table or glass”.

BIG HERO 6 Review

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Too often in superhero tales, science falls in the realm of the baddies.  The scientists are the cackling madmen (and almost always men) in white lab coats.  They’re irresponsible with their genius.  Meanwhile, the hero has their superpowers thrust upon them.  What they lack in smarts, they make up for in determination.  Big Hero 6 flips the script by making science cool, but never loses the cute and nerdy heart of heroes who are still out of their depth.  Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, Disney Animation Studios’ new movie is filled with gorgeous designs, exciting action, and endearing characters—especially the cuddly robot Baymax (Scott Adsit)—but its most noble deed is getting younger audience members to see science as heroic.

Genesis Rodriguez & Jamie Chung Talk Line Readings, Character Changes and Technical Jargon in BIG HERO 6

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Animated voice-over work has always seemed like a pretty good gig for an actor.  You show up for a couple sessions for a few hours and voila you’re the star of a film.  A far cry from the usual twelve-hour-a-day three-month shoot required for those pesky live action films.  But in talking with Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung, it quickly becomes apparent how difficult an animated feature is for an actor to gage their performance.  By acting out so many different permutations for each line reading, a performance can be skewed in any number of directions.  It’s a real testament to the trust developed between an actor and director (here Chris Williams & Don Hall) – that Rodriquez and Chung’s performances not only work but also feel consistent.  In Big Hero 6, the two actors co-star as Honey Lemon & Go Go, two wicked smart science students, suddenly thrust into a situation where they must use their technical prowess to battle a masked vigilante.

In the following interview with Rodriguez and Chung, the duo discuss the preparation process for Big Hero 6, how many different variations they do for a line reading and the most difficult lines to deliver.

Filmmakers Chris Williams & Don Hall Talk BIG HERO 6, Disney Vs. Marvel and Potential Sequels

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Big Hero 6 makes it all seem so very easy. The effortlessly charming film is yet another notch on the belt for Disney Animation, combining light wholesome comedy with weighty tragic undercurrents. That’s been the winning formula for Disney since as far back as Bambi to The Lion King to Frozen to now, of course, Big Hero 6. Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter), a good for nothing teenager, seems poised to end up on the wrong side of the law. That is  — until his older, more responsible brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) takes Hiro under his wing and introduces him to a team of scientists working on the cutting edge of the field. When a tragic event takes Tadashi’s life, Hiro puts it upon himself to complete his brother’s work: a white cuddly robot named Baymax. Assorted hijinks follow as Hiro transforms Baymax into a crime-fighting superhero and fends off against a mysterious masked vigilante with ties to his brother’s demise.

At the film’s press day, filmmakers Chris Williams and Don Hall spoke about fusing the Disney ‘family film’ with the action superhero genre, how much Big Hero 6 changed from conception to final release and whether they have any plans for future films in the series. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Oscars: 20 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Consideration

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A total of 20 films have been submitted for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, with titles ranging from The LEGO Movie to The Boxtrolls to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.  This is an odd year in that there’s really no clear frontrunner yet.  Pixar didn’t release anything, and response to Walt Disney Animation’s sole offering, Big Hero 6, isn’t coming close to the near universal praise of Frozen last year.  DreamWorks Animation has a strong film in How to Train Your Dragon 2, but the sequel suffered a somewhat disappointing box office performance domestically.  Princess Kaguya comes from the revered folks at Studio Ghibli and studio co-founder Isao Takahata, so it could be a formidable force in the race, and I’d say The LEGO Movie is a strong contender to take home the trophy as well given its wildly positive response from critics and audiences alike.

Check out the full list and more commentary on the contenders after the jump.

T.J. Miller & Damon Wayans, Jr. Talk BIG HERO 6

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Big Hero 6A Marriage of Convenience. Somehow this was the conclusion arrived at by the end of my interview with T.J. Miller Damon Wayans, Jr. It was late in the day and the two were justifiably tired and a little loopy from a long day of doing interviews for the Disney feature. So a simple question on injecting their own comedic personas into their animated characters turned into a fairly epic nonsensical rant by Miller on how starring in a Disney film is akin to a marriage and, well, it’s best to just watch and see Miller go off. The gregarious comic has a real knack for mixing absurdity with a deeply acerbic sense of wit. Damon Wayans, Jr’s bemused nonchalance at Miller’s monologue is the cherry on top. It’s also a fair representation of their characters’ interactions within Big Hero 6. Miller as Fred is the wacky crazy comic relief while Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi plays the audience-identifying ‘straight man’, often commenting on just how insane the situation truly is.

Usually at this point, I would list the topic points covered in the following interview – but I have no clue if anything of any merit was actually learned. The interview may be all the better for it. So hit the jump and watch “comedy collide”.

Don Hall and Chris Williams Talk BIG HERO 6, the Ever-Evolving Development Process, Designing Baymax, Easter Eggs, Fred’s Song and More

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day.

At the film’s press day, co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams spoke at a roundtable interview about what drew them to the Marvel comics property Big Hero 6, the freedom they had to really make it their own, the ever-evolving development process, what most helped them to find their story, what led them to this design for Baymax, whether the extended version of Fred’s song might ever be available, how Fall Out Boy ended up writing a song for the film, and all of the many Easter eggs.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez Talk BIG HERO 6, Similarities to Their Characters, Upcoming Projects, and More

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day.

At the film’s press day, voice co-stars Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung spoke at a roundtable interview about how much they got to see of their characters while they were recording the voices, how similar they are to the characters they brought to life (Genesis Rodriguez was actually even on her high school robotics team), how important it is to them that there are two very smart women in the film, telling an emotional story that’s very relatable, their action figures, that the finished film actually brought them to tears, how much improvisation they did, where they’d like to see their characters go in future films, and how strange it is to be a Disney character.  Genesis also spoke about the Kevin Smith trilogy of films that she’s a part of, while Jamie spoke about her Hulu series, produced by Elizabeth Banks.

Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

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There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is that of the superhero movie.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero movies in droves.  With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.

After the jump, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020.  Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.

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