New to Blu-ray: LABOR DAY, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the latest from filmmaker Jason Reitman, an independently produced retelling of the Hercules tale, one of Meryl Streep’s three Oscar-winning roles, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Sets New MLK Record with $41.2 Million Debut

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Ride Along has established a new record for the three-day MLK Day weekend.  Estimates put the comedy at $41.2 million after three days.  That tops the former record of $40 million, established by Cloverfield back in 2008.  Surpassing even its most optimistic early projections, Ride Along has also secured the best January debut of all time while effectively eclipsing the frame’s other debuts, including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $41,200,000 $41.2
2.  Lone Survivor $23,200,000 $74
3.  The Nut Job $20,550,000 $20.5
4.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17,200,000 $17.2
5.  Frozen $11,971,000 $332.6
6.  American Hustle $10,600,000 $116.4
7.  Devil’s Due $8,500,000 $8.5
8.  August: Osage County $7,592,000 $18.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $7,500,000 $90.2
10.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,147,000 $75.3

Friday Box Office: RIDE ALONG Aims for MLK Day Record; JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Softer Than Expected

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On this very crowded MLK Day weekend, Ride Along is by far the strongest new title.  The comedy took first place on Friday with an estimated $14.5 million and is now expected to pull in $39 million through Sunday and $45 million for the four-day holiday.  That’s significantly higher than projected and puts the Universal comedy in the running for both the all-time January and MLK Day opening records.  At the moment, both titles still belong to 2008’s Cloverfield.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opened in third place on Friday with an estimated $5.43 million.  That’s a disappointing start for Paramount’s latest take on the Tom Clancy hero, which was expected to top $20 million in its first three days.  Instead, look for Shadow Recruit to come in with just under that by the end of the four-day weekend.  Devil’s Due took in an estimated $3.5 million yesterday.  The supernatural horror film was expected to hit $15 million through Monday, but $9 million now seems more likely.  Finally, The Nut Job earned $4.8 million on Friday, towards what looks like $25 million in four days.  Should this critically-savaged animated film come out that far ahead of Jack Ryan, it would mark quite an upset – differing demographics notwithstanding.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ride Along $14,500,000 $14.5
2.  Lone Survivor $6,700,000 $57.5
3.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $5,430,000 $5.43
4.  The Nut Job $4,800,000 $4.8
5.  Devil’s Due $3,500,000 $3.5

Viral Video for DEVIL’S DUE Proves Some People Just Aren’t Cut out for Parenthood

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Opening this weekend is directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s new horror film, Devil’s Due.  The picture focuses on a newlywed couple, played by Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Allison Miller (17 Again), who begin to suspect that their earlier-than-expected pregnancy may have sinister origins.  In order to drum up interest, some creative folks behind the scenes of the film took the devil’s spawn to the streets of New York to surprise some unsuspecting bystanders. Hit the jump to watch the results.

For more on Devil’s Due, check out the film’s trailer, some images, and a recap of a recent Q&A with the filmmakers.

Radio Silence Talks DEVIL’S DUE, Screens Footage at Filmmaker’s Presentation and Q&A Hosted by Eli Roth

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Arriving in theaters on the 17th is Devil’s Due, a story of satanic impregnation through the lens of  a newlywed’s video diary.  The recently betrothed Samantha (Allison Miller) and Zach (Zach Gilford) come home from their honeymoon unable to remember one of the nights of their trip.  When Samantha turns out to be unexpectedly pregnant the couple’s life rapidly descends into a new, dark and sinister direction.  The film marks the first feature effort from the creative team Radio Silence, who’s segment “10/31/98” stood out as a fan favorite in the 2012 horror anthology V/H/S. 

Last month Collider was invited to the 20th Century Fox lot to get a first look at what Devil’s Due has to offer.  Filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella were joined by Fox’s Executive Vice President of Production Steve Asbell to introduce select clips from the film and to answer questions in a Q&A moderated by Eli Roth.  They talked about the influence of Rosemary’s Baby, their thoughts on the found footage format, making their first studio film and their advice to aspiring filmmakers.  Check out my thoughts on the footage and highlights from the Q&A after the jump.

New Images from DEVIL’S DUE Starring Allison Miller and Zach Gilford

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We’ve got a collection of new images from directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s new horror film, Devil’s Due.  The picture focuses on a newlywed couple, played by Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Allison Miller (17 Again), who experience strange occurrences related to an earlier-than-expected pregnancy.  While recording the events, they begin to realize the pregnancy is not normal and may even have sinister origins.

Devil’s Due opens January 17th.  Hit the jump to view the new images.

First Trailer for Found Footage Horror Film DEVIL’S DUE Starring Zach Gilford and Allison Miller

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s horror thriller Devil’s Due.  The film stars Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Allison Miller (17 Again) as a married couple expecting their first child who start to encounter strange goings-on with their pregnancy, which may or may not be harboring Satan’s spawn.  It’s essentially a found footage version of Rosemary’s Baby, with a dash of Chronicle thrown in for good measure.  The film doesn’t really look to bring anything new to the table, and as with most found footage films the staging device makes little logical sense.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Devil’s Due opens on January 17, 2014.

Taylor Kitsch Joins THE NORMAL HEART, Zach Gilford Takes DEVIL’S DUE and Abigail Spencer Joins BEAUTIFUL NOW

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Check out the latest casting news from the following films:

  • Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) will join The Normal Heart, Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play that stars Julia RobertsMark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, and will debut on HBO.
  • Zach Gilford (The Last Stand) will star opposite Allison Miller (17 Again) in Devil’s Due, the Twentieth Century Fox thriller with found footage elements.
  • Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens) has joined Beautiful Now, an indie drama from writer/director Daniela Amavia that centers on a passionate dancer who asks herself if she likes what she sees when her life flashes before her eyes.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

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