Weekend Box Office: WARM BODIES Wins Super Bowl Frame with $20 Million

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It wasn’t even close. Against a handful of holdovers and one weak new release, Summit Entertainment’s Warm Bodies walked off with this year’s Super Bowl box office prize. From 3,009 locations, the zombie comedy earned an estimated $20 million – more than twice the total of the number two title. Bullet to the Head, the frame’s only other wide release, took in just $4.5 million from 2,404 locations for a sixth place finish.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Warm Bodies $20,025,000 $20
2.  Hansel & Gretel $9,210,000 $34.4
3.  Silver Linings Playbook $8,113,000 $80.3
4.  Mama $6,730,000 $58.2
5.  Zero Dark Thirty $5,300,000 $77.7
6.  Bullet to the Head $4,500,000 $4.5
7.  Parker $3,215,000 $12.4
8.  Django Unchained $3,039,000 $150.9
9.  Lincoln $2,412,000 $170.7
10.  Les Miserables $2,400,000 $141.4

Sung Kang and Sarah Shahi Talk BULLET TO THE HEAD and FURIOUS 6

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In this weekend’s Bullet To The Head, Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal) and Sung Kang (The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift) co-star opposite Sylvester Stallone as his daughter and ‘partner’ respectively, the twosome forming an unlikely romance much to Sly’s chagrin. After Taylor Kwon’s (Kang) corrupt police partner is murdered, he teams up with the betrayed hit-man responsible (Stallone) to uncover who put the hit on in the first place. As the duo get closer to those responsible (Christian Slater, Jason Momoa, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), the villains attempt to get some leverage of their own turning their sights onto Sly’s estranged daughter Lisa (Shahi).

In the following interview with Shahi and Kang, the twosome talk working opposite Stallone, what drew them to the project and breaking conventional stereotypes. In addition, Kang discusses his ‘tragic’ Fast and Furious character Han and what to expect in Furious Six. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Friday Box Office: WARM BODIES Takes First with $8.1 Million; BULLET TO THE HEAD Misfires

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Conventional wisdom tells us that people don’t go to the movies on Super Bowl weekend. Of course, that wisdom has been tested by the big debuts of Hannah Montana: The Best of Both Worlds, Taken and Dear John, in recent years. In 2013, Warm Bodies should become the latest title to buck Super Bowl convention. The teen-zombie romance earned an estimated $8.1 million from 3,009 locations on Friday, including $600,000 from its midnight premieres. That puts the film on track for a three-day total of $20 million instead of the low-to-mid teens that had been projected. Projections also failed to gauge the future of the frame’s second wide release: Bullet to the Head. The Sylvester Stallone action movie was expected to earn between $6 and $7 million this weekend – in the manner of Schwarzenegger’s recent The Last Stand. Instead, Bullet to the Head took in an estimated $1.7 million from 2,404 locations on Friday, placing its three-day prospects at just $4.6 million. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Warm Bodies $8,100,000 $8.1
2.  Hansel & Gretel $2,923,000 $28.1
3.  Silver Linings Playbook $2,420,000 $74.6
4.  Mama $2,300,000 $53.8
5.  Bullet to the Head $1,735,000 $1.7

3 New Clips from BULLET TO THE HEAD Pit Sylvester Stallone Against Jason Momoa, Plus Fifteen Minutes of B-Roll Footage

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If you need a little encouragement to go see Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head this weekend, we’ve got three new clips that will give you a shot in the arm.  Bullet to the Head stars Sylvester Stallone as Jimmy Bobo, a hitman out to avenge his dead partner, Sung Kang as Washington, D.C. detective Taylor Kwon and Jason Momoa as Keegan, their common enemy.

For more on Bullet to the Head, be sure to read up on Steve’s set visit, two interviews with Walter Hill, plus more on-set interviews with Jason Momoa, Sarah Shahi and Sung Kang.  Bullet to the Head is in theaters now.  Hit the jump to watch the clips plus an additional fifteen minutes of B-roll footage.

Director Walter Hill Talks BULLET TO THE HEAD

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There is no writer who’s left as indelible a mark on screenwriting than the great Walter Hill. The Driver, The Getaway, Streets of Fire – all master-classes in the lean, efficient minimalist style that has become de rigueur for industry screenwriting. This alone would make a career — but Hill also doubles as a great filmmaker, his range extending from the cult (The Warriors) to the blockbuster (48 Hours). The man quite simply is one of the best and his absence from the big screen (2002’s Undisputed: his last credit) is a damn shame.

Today, Hill returns to the cineplex with the Sylvester Stallone hit-man-avenging-his-dead-partner-after-a-deal-gone-bad actioner Bullet To The Head (a film he most unfortunately didn’t write as well). Regardless — it’s great to see Walter Hill back on the marquee. In the following interview with Hill, he discusses directing another’s script, his mark on screenwriting, and the thematic undercurrent of his work. For the full interview, hit the jump.

TOP 5: J.J. Abrams Directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, BULLET TO THE HEAD Set Visit, WARM BODIES, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, Sundance 2013

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Even though we’re nearly three months removed from Halloween, I want to use this week’s opening paragraph to throw some support behind director Michael Stephenson‘s touching documentary, The American Scream. I recently caught the film via Netflix where it’s available to “Watch Instantly” and I was impressed to say the least. Stephenson’s previous entry, the indelible Best Worst Movie, quickly became one of my all-time favorite docs for the unexpected emotional punch it packed in following the lives of those impacted by Troll 2. Scream delivered on a similar level with its themes of family, community, and the pursuit of one’s passion (in this case, home haunting). If you haven’t seen it already, I recommend either checking it out on Netflix or picking up a copy for yourself from the film’s website.

All recommendations aside, much to the surprise of no one, this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the announcement that J.J. Abrams will direct/produce Star Wars: Episode VII with accompaniment by our Bullet to the Head set visit, Warm Bodies video interviews with Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and more, a G.I. Joe: Retaliation set visit preview and interviews with director Jon M. Chu and more, and all of our coverage out of Sundance 2013 to date. A brief recap and link to each is hidden in plain view after the jump.

Collider Goes to the Set of Walter Hill’s BULLET TO THE HEAD Starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa is dressed in a sharp black suit with his hair slicked back.  With his size and stature, he’s clearly someone you don’t want to fuck with.  He’s walking towards the back of a local Crescent City (New Orleans) bar, and after walking down a short, narrow hallway, he gets to an open door.  As he turns to enter the room, he quickly glances around to take in the surroundings.  Sitting at a table in a small room are four men playing cards, with another reading the local paper.  The man reading the paper appears to be the one in charge.  As Momoa moves closer to the table, he says to the man reading the paper, “Open the safe.”  The man responds, “What did you say?” Momoa responds, “Open the safe.”  Surprised by Momoa’s statement, the man says, “Who the fuck do you think you are?” Then, almost a millisecond later, Momoa responds, but not with words but with bullets.  Boom. Boom. Boom.  And just like that, Momoa has shot three of the people in the head.  “I said open the safe.”  A moment later, Boom! He’s shot the final card player at the table in the head.  “Please, open the safe.”  Clearly taken aback by the brutal killings, the final man left alive stands up, and leads Momoa towards the safe, opens it and takes a step back.  As Momoa reaches in to grab a thin tan file, we hear “Boom!” He’s shot the boss in the head.

Let me back up a second.  It’s August 23, 2011, and I just left New Orleans. I’m sitting on a plane flying back to Los Angeles because I spent yesterday on the set of director Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head.  For more on the visit, hit the jump.

Director Walter Hill Talks About Finally Working With Sylvester Stallone, Film vs. Digital, and Adapting the Graphic Novel on the Set of BULLET TO THE HEAD

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If you’re a movie fan, the name Walter Hill is synonymous with action classics like 48 Hours, The Warriors, Red Heat, Streets of Fire, and The Driver.  Growing up, I must have watched a few of these over a dozen times, and if you had told my teenage self that one day I’d get to watch Hill direct up close, I’d never have believed you.  But last year, when his new film Bullet to the Head was shooting in New Orleans, I got to visit the set along with a few other online reporters, and we saw up close the way the director likes to work.  During a break in filming, we got to speak to him and he talked about collaborating with Sylvester Stallone, what drew him to this film, film versus digital, how things changed on set, how much they used the graphic novel as a template, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Jason Momoa Talks Body Count, His Sadistic Villain Character, and Axe Fights on the Set of BULLET TO THE HEAD

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If you enjoyed watching Jason Momoa kick ass as the warlord Khal Drogo on HBO’s awesome series Game of Thrones, you’ll probably want to check out Bullet to the Head.  In director Walter Hill’s action flick, Momoa plays a mercenary who really enjoys killing.  During a group interview on the New Orleans set, Momoa described his character as an, “evil sadistic bastard who likes to shoot people in the head.”  In addition, Momoa also talked about getting to fight Sylvester Stallone with an ax, how he prepared for the role, the way the action compares to his previous projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Sarah Shahi Talks Learning How to Play Sylvester Stallone’s Daughter, Fake Tattoos, and More on the Set of BULLET TO THE HEAD

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In director Walter Hill’s upcoming action thriller Bullet to the Head, Sarah Shahi (The L Word) plays Sylvester Stallone’s daughter.  On the New Orleans set last year, Shahi said the best way to play his daughter is to, “use your hands, puff up your chest a little bit, and sit with your legs slightly apart.  And constantly practice your golf swing.”  In addition to talking about playing Stallone’s daughter, Shahi talked about her character, her fight training, fake tattoos, what it’s been like working with Walter Hill, filming in New Orleans, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Sung Kang Talks Doing Action Scenes with Sylvester Stallone, Working with Walter Hill, the Film’s Humor, and More On the Set of BULLET TO THE HEAD

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When Bullet to the Head was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set along with a few other online reporters.  During a break in filming, we got to speak with Sung Kang (Fast Five) who plays Taylor Kwan, a Washington D.C. detective investigating his former partner’s shady activities.  When his partner gets killed, he’s forced to team up with a local hitman (Sylvester Stallone) that also lost his partner, and they try to find the men responsible.  However, while Stallone’s character will kill anyone that gets in their way, Kang is trying to obey the law.  It makes for an interesting dynamic.

During the interview, Kang talked about doing action scenes with Stallone, the humor, how things changed on set, how most of the characters shoot people in the head, collaborating with Walter Hill, how he got involved in the project, the success of the Fast and Furious franchise, filming in New Orleans, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

First Clips from JOBS and BULLET TO THE HEAD

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We’ve got a pair of first clips from the following movies to share today:

  • jOBS – Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, this first clip shows off the passionate vision and understated genius of the respective Apple co-creators.  jOBS opens this April.
  • Bullet to the Head – Starring Sylvester Stallone as hitman Jimmy Bobo, this first action-packed clip reveals Bobo’s bathroom brawl with Keegan (Jason Momoa), a precursor to the eventual ax fight.  Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head opens February 1st.

Hit the jump to watch both clips.

20 New High-Resolution Images from BULLET TO THE HEAD Starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of high-resolution images from director Walter Hill’s upcoming action-thriller Bullet to the Head.  The graphic novel adaptation stars Sylvester Stallone as Jimmy Bobo, a New Orleans hitman who teams up with a New York City cop (Sung Kang) to bring down the killers of their respective partners.  These images show off plenty of Stallone toughness, as well as looks at supporting players Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sarah Shahi, Jon Seda, and of course Jason Momoa.

Hit the jump to check out 20 high-resolution images from the film, and click here to see 14 more images.  Bullet to the Head opens on February 1st.

New Hi-Res Images from THE GREAT GATSBY, 42, WE’RE THE MILLERS, BULLET TO THE HEAD, and GETAWAY

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Warner Bros. has released a number of new high-resolution images from some of their upcoming 2013 titles.  Briefly:

  • Bullet to the Head – Written and directed by action veteran Walter Hill, the film stars Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, and Jason Momoa.  The film opens on February 1, 2013.
  • 42 – Directed by Brian Helgeland, the Jackie Robinson biopic stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, and Jon Bernthal.  The film opens on April 12, 2013.
  • The Great Gatsby – Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this 3D adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan.  The film opens May 10, 2013.
  • We’re the Millers – Directed by Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball), this pot comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Emma Roberts.  The film opens on August 9, 2013.
  • Getaway – Directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy, this thriller set within the confines of a car stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight.  The film opens on August 30, 2013.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

14 New Images from Sylvester Stallone’s BULLET TO THE HEAD Feature a Bloody Christian Slater

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Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head has already released a few trailers for the film, but a slew of new images have just been made available online. The graphic novel adaptation stars Sylvester Stallone as Jimmy Bobo, a New Orleans hitman who teams up with a New York City cop (Sung Kang) to bring down the killers of their respective partners. The new images feature plenty of shots of Stallone and Kang, along with a bloodied-up Christian Slater. Also starring Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeJason Momoa and Sarah Shahi,  Bullet to the Head is set to debut in theaters on February 1, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the new images.

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