Weekend Box Office – ACT OF VALOR Remains Victorious; WANDERLUST Falters

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After a strong debut on Friday, Act of Valor went on to win the weekend with an estimated $24.7 million from 3,039 locations.  Considering that this is an R-rated feature without any major stars, that’s a pretty remarkable start. Then again, with the fistfuls of cash Relativity devoted to marketing this Navy SEALs drama, anything less than first place would have felt un-American.

Title Weekend Total
1 Act of Valor $24,700,000 $24.7
2 Good Deeds $16,000,000 $16
3 Journey 2 $13,475,000 $76.7
4 Safe House $11,365,000 $98
5 The Vow $10,000,000 $103
6 Ghost Rider 2 $8,800,000 $37.8
7 This Means War $8,500,000 $33.5
8 Wanderlust $6,625,000 $6.6
9 Gone $5,000,000 $5
10 Secret World of Arrietty $4,500,000 $14.6

Friday Box Office – ACT OF VALOR Shoots Down Competition with $9 Million Debut

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Looks like that big Super Bowl buy paid off for Relativity, whose Act of Valor easily captured Friday’s top spot. From its launch in 3,039 locations, the R-rated Navy Seals’ drama earned an estimated $9 million – indicating a weekend in excess of $25 million. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds took second on Friday with $5.4 million from 2,132 venues.  At this point the romantic-drama is tracking under the $20 million that has become standard for the filmmaker. I was personally expecting more from Good Deeds (especially after Perry’s much-lauded eulogy for Whitney Houston last Saturday), but it looks like the film will end its first three days with around $18 million, or the low end of recent Perry projects. Speaking of lows, the comedy Wanderlust is poised to set the nadir for a Judd Apatow-produced feature. From its launch in 2,002 locations, the Universal comedy earned just $2.2 million on Friday in eighth place, and is expected to gross around $7.5 million by Sunday – less than Drillbit Taylor, in other words. Things look even bleaker for the Summit thriller Gone, however, which debuted in ninth place with $1.7 million for a projected weekend of $5.5 million.  Full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Act of Valor $9,000,000 $9
2 Good Deeds $5,400,000 $5.4
3 The Vow $3,300,000 $96.3
4 Journey 2 $3,200,000 $66.4
5 Safe House $3,100,000 $89.7

 

Amanda Seyfried Talks GONE and LES MISERABLES

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In the curtly titled Gone, Amanda Seyfried stars as Jill, a pill-popping, suicidal chronic liar whose sister may or may not have been kidnapped by the same mystery-man that abducted Seyfried (or did he?) two years prior. The lack of conviction in the previous sentence could be due to any of the aforementioned pill-abusing/emotionally unstable/duplicitous attribute(s) of the character.  But Seyfried/Jill sure does seem convinced that something terrible is afoot. It honestly doesn’t matter if Jill’s right/wrong/crazy/lying/all-of-the-above — because you can’t help but want her to be true. Reality doesn’t matter, only conviction.

In the following interview, Amanda Seyfried discusses the morally grey nature of Jill and the difficulties in playing a scene all by your lonesome. Seyfried was also more than excited to discuss Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables – in particular the live recordings for the musical. Gone opens everywhere this Friday. For the full interview, hit the jump.

3 Movie Clips from GONE Starring Amanda Seyfried

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We’ve been provided with three clips from the thriller GoneAmanda Seyfried stars as a young woman who suspects that her missing sister has been abducted by the same serial killer who kidnapped her two years prior.  She sets out to track down the killer before her sister succumbs to his terror.  The impressive ensemble includes Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Sebastian Stan (Captain America), Wes Bently (American Beauty), Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer), and Daniel Sunjata (Grey’s Anatomy).  Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Gone opens February 24th.

First Images and Synopses for THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, GONE, SINISTER, STEP UP 4, and More

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Summit has released images and synopses for their 2012 line-up.  We already showed you the first image from Warm Bodies, and now we have the first images from Gone starring Amanda Seyfried, Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, and Step Up 4 starring people you probably don’t know.  The studio has released synopses for all of their 2012 movies.  We don’t have images for every one of their films and some of the synopses are really just log-lines, but you’ll know more about these films than you did before.

Hit the jump to check out the images, read the synopses, and learn things.

New Posters for WANDERLUST, GONE, and THE BAYTOWN DISCO

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We’ve got a few new posters to share with you this morning. First up is the one-sheet for Wanderlust. Directed by David Wain (Role Models), the film stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a couple who stumble upon a nudist colony and decide to give communal living a try. We’ve also got new poster for the abduction thriller Gone starring Amanda Seyfried and Wes Bently, and a teaser poster for the southern comedy The Baytown Disco starring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria.

Hit the jump to check out the posters. Wanderlust opens February 24th, Gone is slated for February 24th, and The Baytown Disco is currently awaiting a release date.

First Trailer for Thriller GONE Starring Amanda Seyfried

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The first trailer for the thriller Gone has been released. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as a young woman who suspects that her missing sister has been abducted by the same serial killer who kidnapped her two years prior. The trailer’s actually not bad, as it sets up the movie almost as a revenge flick with the authorities refusing to believe Seyfried’s story. The young woman decides to set out on her own to track down the killer in order to free her sister. The pic looks like it could be a pretty intense little thriller in the vein of Minority Report.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bently, and Sebastian Stan. Gone opens February 24th, 2012.

Summit to Release Amanda Seyfried’s GONE on February 24, 2012; Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis’ COLD LIGHT OF DAY Set for April 6, 2012

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Summit Entertainment has set release dates for two of its upcoming projects. First up, Heitor Dhalia’s thriller Gone is now slated to hit theaters on February 24, 2012. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, and Sebastian Stan, the film focuses on a young woman (Seyfried) who suspects her missing sister has been abducted by the same serial killer who kidnapped her only two years prior. As the story so often goes, no one believes Seyfried’s suspicions (which I’m assuming turn out to be right on the money) and she is forced to save her sister all by her lonesome.

THR also reports that the studio has set April 6, 2012 as the release date for its similarly kidnapped-based thriller Cold Light of Day. Starring Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis, Mabrouk El Mechri’s (JCVD) film centers on a man (Cavill) whose family is abducted while vacationing in Spain. As he puts the pieces of their disappearance together, the man uncovers family secrets and a government conspiracy that are responsible for the crime.

Wes Bentley Interview THERE BE DRAGONS

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The drama There Be Dragons is an epic tale of revolutionaries and saints in a time of Civil War. It is a heartbreaking story about the power of forgiveness and overcoming your past, which is something that actor Wes Bentley knows all too well. After being catapulted to fame with his stand-out performance in American Beauty, he turned down several major roles and all but disappeared from the public eye. Now, all these years later, he’s openly talking about only taking roles to be able to pay bills or buy drugs, his current sobriety, and his desire to become the actor he always wanted to be.

At the film’s press day, Wes Bentley talked about how cathartic this particular role was for him personally, the challenge of playing a man from his younger years through the age of 78, reconnecting spiritually in his own life while shooting the film, and how he enjoys acting for the opportunity it gives him to dig into the choices one makes in life. He also talked about his next role as a detective in the abduction thriller Gone, starring Amanda Seyfried. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Sebastian Stan and Socratis Otto Join Amanda Seyfried in GONE

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Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Socratis Otto (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) have been set to join the cast of Gone. Variety reports that the duo will star alongside Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Emily Wickersham (I Am Number Four) and Wes Bently (Jonah Hex) in the thriller. The script by Allison Burnett (Fame) centers on “a kidnap survivor (Seyfried) who attempts to find the same killer whom she believes has abducted her sister.”

Heitor Dhalia (Adrift) is set to direct the film, with Summit Entertainment handling distribution. No word on what roles Stan and Otto will take on, but the film was supposed to start filming sometime this month. Stan will next be seen as Steve Rogers’ sidekick Bucky Barnes in Captain America.

Amanda Seyfried Exclusive Video Interview RED RIDING HOOD; Updates on Heitor Dhalia’s GONE and Andrew Niccol’s NOW

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With director Catherine Hardwicke’s (Twilight, Thirteen) thriller Red Riding Hood opening this weekend, I was able to speak with the cast as a reporter for our partner website Omelete.  In the film, Amanda Seyfried stars as Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between a brooding outsider (Shiloh Fernandez) and the wealthy man of her parents’ dreams (Max Irons).  Unfortunately, one of them may be the wolf that terrorizes her village.   Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, and Julie Christie also star.  Watch some clips here.

During the interview, Seyfried talked about why she wanted to make Red Riding Hood, what kind of research she did into fairy tales, did she get to keep her costumes, what’s the last year been like for her as she’s been working constantly, and she talks about two upcoming projects: Heitor Dhalia’s Gone and Andrew Niccol’s Now.  Hit the jump to watch:

Emily Wickersham, Wes Bentley, and Jennifer Carpenter Join Amanda Seyfried in GONE

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Emily Wickersham (I Am Number Four), Wes Bentley (Jonah Hex), and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) have joined the cast of Gone, a thriller headlined by Amanda Seyfried.  The script by Allison Burnett (Fame) centers on “a kidnap survivor (Seyfried) who attempts to find the same killer whom she believes has abducted her sister.”  The ideal: Gone does for Seyfried what Taken did for Liam Neeson.

Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia (Adrift) will direct; Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi (Gamer) of Lakeshore Entertainment will produce Gone with Sidney Kimmel (Adventureland), Chris Salvaterra (The Visitor), and Dan Abrams of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.  According to Variety, filming is scheduled to begin in April.

Casting Call: Amanda Seyfried to Star in GONE; ER’s Goran Visnjic Joins THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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A couple of casting stories for you this evening. Amanda Seyfried has joined Summit’s thriller Gone. Directed by Heitor Dhalia, the film tells the story of a girl who returns home after the night shift to find her sister’s bed empty. She’s convinced that the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job. Allison Burnett (Untraceable) wrote the screenplay. Seyfried will next be seen in Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood which opens on March 11th.

ER alum Goran Visnjic has joined the cast of David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Visnjic will play Dragan Armansky, the CEO of the security firm that employs the protagonist Lisbeth Salander. His character appears in all three books of the trilogy, and Deadline reports that Visnjic has signed on for the two subsequent film adaptations as well. Dragon Tattoo stars Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgaard, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer and Joley Richardson. Filming is currently underway, with the film set to be released on December 21st.

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