Box Office: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Stays on Top; Passes $225 Million Domestic

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If last weekend’s box office debut of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was a tad underwhelming, it made up some ground with a big Thanksgiving haul.  The sequel took in an estimated $56.8 million for the three-day weekend and brought its domestic total above $225 million after twelve days.  That left only table scraps for this weekend’s box office newcomers.  The Penguins of Madagascar came in second with an estimated $25.8 million while Horrible Bosses 2 opened way back in fifth place with $15.7 million.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Mockingjay – Part 1 $56,875,000 $225.7
2.  Penguins of Madagascar $25,800,000 $36
3.  Big Hero 6 $18,770,000 $167.2
4.  Interstellar $15,800,000 $147
5.  Horrible Bosses 2 $15,700,000 $23
6.  Dumb and Dumber To $8,295,000 $72.2
7.  The Theory of Everything $5,082,000 $9.6
8.  Gone Girl $2,470,000 $160.7
9.  Birdman $1,880,000 $17.2
10.  St. Vincent $1,773,000 $39.3

 

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Christoph Waltz Talks HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, How He Prepares for a Role, Working with Tim Burton on BIG EYES, David Yates’ TARZAN, and More

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Sean AndersHorrible Bosses 2 is now in theaters with Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprising their roles from the first film.  This time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx all return for the sequel.  While Horrible Bosses 2 isn’t going to win any awards, I’ll admit that I laughed a lot mostly from the great chemistry between Bateman, Day and Sudeikis.  For more on the film, watch some clips, read Matt’s review, watch the trailer, or here’s all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Christoph Waltz.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, how he prepares for a role and if he does anything different for a comedy, if his process has changed over his career, what it was like working with Tim Burton on Big Eyes, collaborating with director David Yates on Tarzan, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or watch what he had to say.

Friday Box Office: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Soars Over New Thanksgiving Releases

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The 2014 Thanksgiving box office won’t set any new records, but the complete domination of Mockingjay – Part 1 will at least prove that there’s a lot of life left in The Hunger Games franchise.  After opening more than 20% below Catching Fire last weekend, the penultimate chapter in the saga of Katniss Everdeen had no trouble staying ahead of Thanksgiving’s new releases: The Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2.   Both opened on Wednesday, though the two films combined didn’t come close to Mockingjay – Part 1’s $49.7 million estimate for the first three days of the long holiday frame.  As expected, Katniss cleaned up on Black Friday with an estimated $24.1 million, or a drop of 56% from the film’s opening one week ago.

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HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Review

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While 2011′s Horrible Bosses doesn’t hold up quite as well as I had hoped it would, the chemistry between leads Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis is still a lot of fun.  Watching the three actors bounce off each other is electric as they bicker and argue like foul-mouthed children.  Comedy sequels are always tough, but Horrible Bosses 2 makes the wise decision to shake things up not only in terms of avoiding a rehash of the first film’s plot, but also changing the tone of the comedy and the trio’s dynamic.  Although the movie falters at the end, Horrible Bosses 2 feels surprisingly fresh while never losing what made the original work so well.

Jason Bateman Talks HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, THE FAMILY FANG, What He Learned Directing BAD WORDS, IPO MAN, and More

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Sean AndersHorrible Bosses 2 opens tomorrow with Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprising their roles from the first film.  This time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx all return for the sequel.  While Horrible Bosses 2 isn’t going to win any awards, I’ll admit that I laughed a lot mostly from the great chemistry between Bateman, Day and Sudeikis.  For more on the film, watch some clips, the trailer, or here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Jason Bateman.  He talked about not wanting to make a “stinky sequel,” what it was like on set working with Sudeikis and Day, if he likes to check out the movie while it’s in the editing room, how it’s going on his second feature, The Family Fang, his hope it will premiere at Telluride, working with Shawn Levy on This is Where I Leave You, the status of IPO Man, what he learned directing Bad Words that he wants to apply on future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jennifer Aniston Talk HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, Building Chemistry, Ad-Libbing, and More

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If you thought the first film was crazy, Horrible Bosses 2 is wilder and crazier, upping the ante on every level.  After what happened with the bosses from hell, the first time around, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) have decided to become their own bosses by launching their own business.  But when they’re outplayed by an investor (Christoph Waltz), the three best friends hatch another misguided plan, this time to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to get their company back.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis were joined by Jennifer Aniston (who plays Dr. Julia Harris, the hot dentist with an overactive libido that she’s trying to get a handle on) to talk about building their chemistry, how much ad-libbing there was, saying such raunchy dialogue, upping the ante, getting Christoph Waltz to laugh, adding Chris Pine to the mix, making sure they got this film right, after the success of the first one, and whether they’d consider a third movie.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Watch 9 HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Clips Featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine and Jamie Foxx

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We just saw Nick (Jason Bateman) unknowingly step into a sex addiction group therapy session and the guys go at it with Kevin Spacey’s Dave Harken in prison, but now it’s time for seven additional Horrible Bosses 2 clips.  They’re not all big winners, but the “kidnaping” gag from the film’s trailers works wells and the chemistry between Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis still packs the power to entertain and put a smile on your face.  This new batch of clips also includes some material with Jamie Foxx as Nick, Dale and Kurt’s personal murder consultant Dean “Motherf*cker” Jones and Christoph Waltz as Burt Hanson, the investor who steals Nick, Dale and Kurt’s big idea, but it’s Chris Pine as Burt’s rather unhinged son, Rex, who looks to be one of the more promising supporting characters on the roster.

Hit the jump to check out all nine Horrible Bosses 2 clips for yourself.  The Sean Anders-directed film is set to arrive in theaters on November 26th and also stars Jennifer Aniston.

New HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Clip: Jason Bateman Goes to Sex Addiction Therapy with Jennifer Aniston

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Horrible Bosses 2 is inching closer to that November 26th release date, so Warner Bros. just unleashed another clip from the film.  Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are back, but this time around, they want to be their own bosses so launch a business of their own, but based on what goes down in that clip featuring Kevin Spacey that dropped yesterday, it doesn’t look like they’re very good at it.

A second clip just surfaced showing what happens when Nick walks into Julia’s (Jennifer Aniston) sex addiction group therapy session under the impression that it’s an AA meeting.  I can’t say it’s laugh-out-loud funny, but Bateman, Day and Sudeikis still make for a charming trio and there’s also still some fun to be had with Aniston’s outrageous character as well.  Hit the jump to check out the new Horrible Bosses 2 clip.  The film also stars Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx.

Kevin Spacey Continues to Berate Jason Bateman in First HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Clip

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Warner Bros. has released the first Horrible Bosses 2 clip from director Sean Anders’ upcoming comedy sequel.  Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the first film, and this time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  This first clip sees the return of Kevin Spacey’s scene-stealing character from the first film, and even behind bars he finds hilarious ways to criticize Bateman’s decisions.  We’ve already had one impossibly good comedy sequel this year with 22 Jump Street, so can Horrible Bosses 2 make it two-for-two?

Watch the Horrible Bosses 2 clip after the jump.  The film also stars Jennifer Aniston and Jamie FoxxHorrible Bosses 2 opens in theaters on November 26th.

Check Out 29 New HORRIBLES BOSSES 2 Images Featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and More

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Warner Bros. has released 29 new Horrible Bosses 2 images online.  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the first film, and this time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.

Hit the jump to check out the Horrible Bosses 2 images.  The film opens on November 26th, and also stars Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx.

New Posters from IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, and More

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A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online.  Briefly:

  • In the Heart of the SeaThe first trailer for Ron Howard‘s telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year.  It’s ominous without being overbearing.  The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year.  I don’t know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout.  The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys.
  • American Sniper – The Clint Eastwood drama gets another somber poster.  Bradley Cooper stars as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The film opens in limited release on December 25th.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Kudos to Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz for trying to make the exact same facial expression.  The comedy sequel opens November 26th, and also stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned posters.

New HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis Are Entrepreneurs

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Warner Bros. has released a new Horrible Bosses 2 trailer for the upcoming comedy sequel.  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the first film, and this time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  This trailer isn’t quite as funny as the previous one, but there are still some standout jokes thanks to the main trio.  While comedy follow-ups are incredibly hard to pull off, the chemistry of Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis is fantastically infectious so I’m optimistic here.  Moreover, between this and Stretch, Pine is proving himself to be quite the comedic talent.

Watch the new theatrical Horrible Bosses 2 trailer after the jump.  Directed by Sean Anders, the film also stars Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin SpaceyHorrible Bosses 2 opens in theaters on November 26th.

New HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer Features Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis Finding Their Criminal Groove, Plus a New Poster

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A new full trailer for writer-director Sean Anders’ R-rated comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 is now online.  This cut sees stars Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis finding their groove as criminals who opt to take part in the more lucrative business of kidnapping and ransom rather than murderous revenge.  The change in plot points this time around seems like it frees up the trio to flex their comedy muscles even more than in the original film.  While Horrible Bosses 2 could easily suffer from the usual sequel pitfalls, it’s worth the price of admission just to have these three on screen together.  Be sure to check out the previously released trailer for even more hilarity.

Also starring Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, and Kevin SpaceyHorrible Bosses 2 opens November 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and take a look at the new poster.

TOP 5: DELIVER US FROM EVIL, FOXCATCHER Trailer, Saturn Awards, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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This week I rewatched Errol Morris‘ landmark 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line for the first time in around six years and was reminded of how remarkable it is. Available on Netflix to stream instantly, the film is not only lauded for Morris’ unique use of reenactments and “interrogation” style of interviewing but also because it was the primary catalyst behind Randall Dale Adams having his murder conviction and subsequent life sentence overturned. Morris’ private investigator skills are on full display in the pic as he dismantles the flawed testimony of witnesses that led to Adams’ conviction, culminating in a final taped interview with David Ray Harris that’s as surreal and powerful a conclusion as you’ll find committed to film. I try and avoid using hyperbole as much as possible, and I don’t think I’m overselling it when I say that The Thin Blue Line is among the most important documentaries ever made. If you haven’t already, watch it as soon as possible.

My Netflix recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Olivia Munn and more, the fantastic new trailer for Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, interviews from the 40th annual Saturn Awards, the first trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Images Showcase New Villains

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Just a couple of days after New Line released the trailer, we’re getting a couple of Horrible Bosses 2 images from the sequel directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy). This time we’re treated to a more detailed view of the film’s new villains Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. I actually like the original film, so I could go for another round of Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis trying to channel their inner sociopaths.

When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) takes over, “the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.”  Jennifer AnistonJamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return in for more on November 26th.  Hit the jump to check out the new Horrible Bosses 2 images! 

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