Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims New Record with $96.2 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a new opening weekend record for April with its estimated debut of $96.2 million.  That tops the opening of Thor: The Dark World, last November, and beats Captain America: The First Avenger by 48%.  For proof of how dominant Captain America was this weekend, just take a look at the difference between first and second place: poor, poor Noah.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 $96.2
2.  Noah $17,000,000 $72.3
3.  Divergent $13,000,000 $114
4.  God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 $32.5
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 $33.3
6.  Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 $42.1
7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5,300,000 $102.2
8.  Sabotage $1,908,000 $8.7
9.  Need for Speed $1,836,000 $40.8
10.  Non-Stop $1,827,000 $88.1

Full story after the jump.

Friday Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Targets April Record After $37 Million Opening Day

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After collecting $10.2 million from its Thursday night previews, Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned an estimated $37 million from 3,938 locations on Friday – setting a new record for the highest domestic opening day in April.  That means that The Winter Soldier should also secure a new weekend record for the month with close to $95 million.  April’s previous box office champ was Fast Five, which took in $34.3 million on its first day and $86.2 million for its first weekend in 2011.

After Thursday’s estimate, it looked like Captain America: The Winter Soldier would have a shot at hitting $100 million in its debut: a number that would put the First Avenger in the company of Batman, Iron Man and other blockbuster superheroes who hit triple digits on their first weekends.  This morning, however, it looks like Captain America will fall short of that mark – though it will still best the $85.7 million debut of Thor: The Dark World last November.  The Winter Soldier has already earned almost $100 million from its international markets since last weekend, which means the Disney/Marvel sequel will be close to $200 million in worldwide grosses after ten days.  That’s already over half of the final global total of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger – and that’s before China releases its estimate for the sequel’s opening this weekend.  We’ll have full details and the weekend top ten tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $37,041,000 $37
2.  Noah $4,913,000 $60.2
3.  Divergent $4,180,000 $105.2
4.  God’s Not Dead $2,223,000 $27
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $1,825,000 $28.9

Weekend Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Leads Biggest Memorial Day Box Office of All Time

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So far, 2013 has been a little light on winning weekends – even the phenomenal success of Iron Man 3 represented a decline from 2012 when The Avengers reigned. But the ridiculous bounty of big-time releases this holiday weekend has delivered a win over last year’s frame and set a new record for the biggest Memorial Day box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Fast & Furious 6 $98,528,000 $98.5
2.  The Hangover III $42,400,000 $54.2
3.  Star Trek Into Darkness $38,000,000 $146.8
4.  Epic $34,200,000 $34.2
5.  Iron Man 3 $19,424,000 $367.5
6.  The Great Gatsby 3D $13,705,000 $114.4
7.  Mud $1,980,000 $14.5
8.  42 $1,245,000 $91
9.  The Croods $1,215,000 $179.2
10.  Oblivion $815,000 $87.2

Friday Box Office: FAST & FURIOUS 6 Blows by THE HANGOVER III to Start Crowded Memorial Day Weekend

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Today is like Christmas for box office nerds – giant franchises, an over-packed holiday schedule, all-time records on the line? In my world, it’s about as exciting as it gets. Three major new releases join an already saturated marketplace this weekend – The Hangover Part III, Fast & Furious 6 and the animated Epic. For weeks, box office watchers have wondered how the unusual decision to set two major studio sequels (targeting roughly the same audience) opposite each other would play out. Now its time to open our presents.

The Hangover III got an early start (opening Thursday with an estimated $11.7 million including Wednesday pm and midnight previews), but Fast & Furious 6 will be the undisputed Memorial Day winner. From 3,658 locations, the Universal release took in an estimated $38.2 million. That’s a new record for the 12 year-old franchise, topping the $34.4 million of 2011’s Fast Five. At this point, Fast 6 is expected to take in close to $100 million through Sunday and $119 million for the four-day holiday frame. In contrast, The Hangover III is struggling. Just two years after The Hangover Part II broke records with its $85.9 million opening weekend, its follow-up is expected to earn just $64 million over its first five days. Overall, the 2013 Memorial Day weekend is on track to become the most lucrative of all time, so check back tomorrow for more on this crazy-busy holiday box office.

 Title Friday    Total
1.  Fast & Furious 6 $38,200,000    $38.2
2.  The Hangover III $14,530,000    $26.2
3.  Star Trek Into Darkness $10,200,000    $119
4.  Epic $9,350,000    $9.3
5.  Iron Man 3 $5,113,000    $353.1

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.

Dwayne Johnson Tweets First Image from FAST SIX

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Dwayne Johnson loves tweeting information to his fans, like set photos from his movies or hinting that Osama Bin Laden is dead.  Today, he has tweeted the first image from his upcoming film, Fast Six.  The image doesn’t show anything major.  It’s just Johnson and co-star Gina Carano (Haywire) standing around and being bad-asses.  If you wanted to see a blend of friendliness and the ability to beat the life out of you, this is the picture for you.

Hit the jump to check out the full image.  The movie also stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Joe Taslim, and Luke Evans.  Not much is known about the film other than it involves dueling heist teams.  Fast Six opens May 24, 2013.

Peter Segal May Direct Vin Diesel in THE MACHINE

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Peter Segal (Get Smart) is reportedly in talks to direct Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious) in the action film, The Machine for MGM.  At the moment, Segal is currently attached to Warner Bros. pictures Grudge Match and the adaptation of the manga, Bleach, so this more than likely won’t be his next feature.  Segal is producing Bleach and may end up directing the picture, while he is attached to direct the Grudge Match, about a boxing rematch between aging fighters. Diesel, meanwhile, is currently in post-production on The Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel, which we can expect to see sometime early next year.  Hit the jump for more information on his involvement in The Machine, as well as the picture’s plot synopsis.

Weekend Box Office – THINK LIKE A MAN Stays On Top with $18 Million as New Releases Underwhelm

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Thought last weekend, when the comedy Think Like A Man took first place from the heavily-favored The Lucky One, was a surprise? Then check out this weekend’s estimates. Not only has Think Like A Man defied all expectations by holding the top spot for a second week; it did so by beating the heavily-favored rom-com The Five-Year Engagement from super-producer Judd Apatow. Could it be that post-racial America has finally arrived? Or is everyone just saving their money to see The Avengers? You be the judge.

Title Weekend Total
1 Think Like A Man $18,400,000 $60.8
2 Pirates! Band of Misfits $11,400,000 $11.4
3 The Lucky One $11,325,000 $39.9
4 The Hunger Games $11,250,000 $372.4
5 The Five-Year Engagement $11,156,800 $11.1
6 Safe $7,720,000 $7.7
7 The Raven $7,250,000 $7.2
8 Chimpanzee $5,460,000 $19.1
9 The Three Stooges $5,400,000 $37.1
10 Cabin in the Woods $4,500,000 $34.6

Weekend Box Office – THINK LIKE A MAN On Top with $33 Million; THE LUCKY ONE Second with $22.8

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After surprising us on Friday with its first-place debut, Think Like A Man has surprised again with its estimated $33 million haul from 2,015 locations.  That is the best per-screen average of the week (wide releases) and it nearly doubles expectations for the comedy. In second place, The Lucky One earned a solid $22.8 million and then there’s The Hunger Games… not sick of hearing about that one yet, are you?

Title Weekend Total
1 Walk Like a Man $33,000,000 $33
2 The Lucky One $22,805,000 $22.8
3 The Hunger Games $14,500,000 $356.9
4 Chimpanzee $10,205,000 $10.2
5 The Three Stooges $9,200,000 $29.3
6 Cabin in the Woods $7,750,000 $26.9
7 American Reunion $5,232,000 $48.2
8 Titanic 3D $5,000,000 $52.8
9 21 Jump Street $4,600,000 $127
10 Mirror, Mirror $4,114,000 $55.2

Jordana Brewster Talks About the Success of FAST FIVE and FAST SIX

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At the TNT portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour, actress Jordana Brewster was in attendance to talk about her role in the summer series Dallas. While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the series premiere, we did want to post what she had to say about the Fast & Furious franchise and why she thinks it’s so enduring with fans, her hopes that she will be able to schedule it with her new TV show, how motherhood will affect her character, and that she is looking forward to working with Michelle Rodriguez again in Fast Six. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

Director Justin Lin Comments on TERMINATOR, FAST AND THE FURIOUS Franchises

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Two weeks ago we brought you the news that Justin Lin would not be helming a Terminator reboot in the immediate future due to a scheduling conflict with The Fast and the Furious 6 (Fast Six?). While that remains the case, Lin has certainly been vocal in his reverence for both franchises. After the runaway success of Fast Five (which has currently brought in over $616 million), Lin plans to finish up his involvement with that franchise in two more installments before moving on to the Terminator reboot:

“Creatively, I’ve had to put some stuff on hold and walk away from some projects that I’d really love to do, but this is an opportunity for me and for us to close out the franchise the right way. It comes with a price but it’s something that I look forward to.”

I’ll translate that into: I can make a boat-load of money on this sure thing first before taking chances with a problem-riddled franchise. Hit the jump for more quotes from Lin.

FAST FIVE Blu-ray Review

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Justin Lin’s Fast Five is preposterously entertaining in all the right ways. Modern cinema likes to couch its action movies these days in special effects and the sci-fi and fantasy genres so much that a film about a heist and people driving cars really fast comes across as a breath of fresh air. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson star in the fifth entry in the Fast and Furious franchise, this time taking place in Rio where Brian O’Connor (Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Diesel) go head to head with evil crime boss (Joaquim de Almeida) and have to assemble a team out of the actors who’ve previously appeared in the franchise. Our review of the Blu-ray of Fast Five follows after the jump.

Director Justin Lin Already Has 12-Minute Final Sequence from FAST SIX Pre-Vised

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In case you haven’t had your fill of Justin Lin stories for the week, we’ve got one more for you. Yesterday we reported that Fast Six will be the director’s next film, and he’s no longer attached to direct the Highlander reboot. Today word comes that he’s already got the final scene from Fast Six done. Before he was even finished with Fast Five, the director storyboarded, pre-vised and cut the 12-minute final sequence for the next installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Exclusive: Tyrese Gibson Talks TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, FAST FIVE and FAST SIX, Music, Twitter, His Book, More

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Shortly before Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released, I got the chance to speak with Tyrese Gibson on the phone.  Since I hadn’t yet seen the film, I couldn’t ask specific questions about the plot or his character.  However, since I was able to visit the editing room earlier this year, where I also saw about 15 minutes of the film before its release, I knew enough about the story and the insane Chicago action sequence that we had plenty to discuss.  In addition, Gibson talked about Fast Five and Fast Six, filming Transformers in 3D, if he has the desire to direct, how he ended up writing a bestselling book (How to Get Out of Your Own Way), his new album Open Invitation, Twitter, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the audio and transcript.

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