Weekend Box Office – CHRONICLE and THE WOMAN IN BLACK Both Break $20 Million on Super Bowl Weekend

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It didn’t claim the record for highest debut or the greatest attendance, but this year’s Super Bowl weekend still caught most box office watchers by surprise with two bigger-than-expected openings. Fox’s Chronicle was first with $22 million from 2,907 locations, but CBS Films’ The Woman in Black was right on its heels with $21 million from 2,855. That’s the first time that two titles have opened to over $20 million on a Super Bowl frame since… ever.

Title Weekend Total
1 Chronicle $22,000,000 $22
2 The Woman in Black $21,000,000 $21
3 The Grey $9,500,000 $34.7
4 Big Miracle $8,480,000 $8.5
5 Underworld Awakening $5,600,000 $54.3
6 One For The Money $5,250,000 $19.6
7 Red Tails $5,000,000 $41.3
8 The Descendants $4,600,000 $65.5
9 Man on a Ledge $4,460,000 $14.7
10 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $3,925,000 $26.7

I AM NUMBER FOUR Blu-ray Review

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There are filmmakers without much personal style or perceptible storytelling interests. Not every director is an auteur – nor should directors be harshly judged for simply delivering something that’s just entertaining (entertaining is hard enough) – but director D.J. Caruso (Suburbia, Eagle Eye) is a workman to a fault. That in mind, when you partner him with three writers who have specialized in television, and with the open-ended storytelling that comes from adapting a series of books, you get a non-film like I Am Number Four, featuring non-stars Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer and Dianna Argon. It’s not terrible, but it feels more like a pilot than a movie. My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – GNOMEO AND JULIET Beats HALL PASS for First; DRIVE ANGRY Has Lowest 3D Opening Ever

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Oh, the irony.  On the very day that Hollywood will fete its highest achievements of the past year, we are here to consider releases that reside in its creative basement.  After a Friday win, newcomer Hall Pass could not hold off holdover Gnomeo and Juliet. After two weeks at number three, the all-ages animated film won the weekend with an estimated $14.2 million. Sad for Hall Pass but it could have been worse: Drive Angry 3D now holds the record for the lowest opening ever for a 3D wide-release.

Title Weekend Total
1 Gnomeo and Juliet $14,200,000 $75.1
2 Hall Pass $13,400,000 $13.4
3 Unknown $12,400,000 $42.8
4 Just Go With It $11,100,000 $79.3
5 I Am Number Four $11,000,000 $37.7
6 Justin Bieber $9,200,000 $62.7
7 The King’s Speech $7,610,000 $114.5
8 Big Mommas 3 $7,550,000 $28.5
9 Drive Angry 3D $5,100,000 $5.1
10 The Roommate $2,000,000 $36.5

Kevin Durand Exclusive Interview I AM NUMBER FOUR

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In the action thriller I Am Number Four, directed by D.J. Caruso and currently in theaters, actor Kevin Durand plays the imposing commander of the Mogadorian army that is in pursuit of the nine Lorien teenagers who have escaped their own planet with their guardians and come to Earth. It is his job to track them down and eradicate them, one by one, wherever they are hiding.

During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Kevin Durand talked about getting offered this unusual role, developing the character into something more multi-dimensional and playful, learning the complicated Mogadorian language, and trying to keep his make-up from melting off during a Florida summer. He also talked about his role opposite Hugh Jackman in the upcoming action drama Real Steel, opening in November. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – UNKNOWN Leads with $21.8 Million; I AM NUMBER FOUR Squeaks By GNOMEO to Claim Second Place

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After taking first place on Friday by just half a million dollars, the PG-13 thriller Unknown managed to strengthen its hold on the top spot despite the Saturday surge of the week-old family film Gnomeo and Juliet.  Once again, the estimates within the top five are pretty close, which means that these numbers are likely to change by the time the four-day President’s Day weekend wraps up on Monday night.

Title Weekend Total
1 Unknown $21,800,000 $21.8
2 I Am Number Four $19,500,000 $19.5
3 Gnomeo and Juliet $19,400,000 $50.4
4 Just Go With It $18,200,000 $60.7
5 Big Mommas 3 $17,000,000 $17
6 Justin Bieber $13,600,000 $48.4
7 The King’s Speech $6,560,000 $103.2
8 The Roommate $4,100,000 $32.6
9 The Eagle $3,560,000 $15
10 No Strings Attached $3,120,000 $66

Friday Box Office – UNKNOWN in First with $6.7 Million; I AM NUMBER FOUR Close Behind with $6.2 Million

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Hollywood kicked off the four-day Presidents Day weekend on Friday and, no surprise, it looks like this weekend will not come close to 2010’s record-setting totals.  The estimates have been all over the map but it looks like Unknown took Friday with $6.7 million from its 3,045 locations. At number two with $6.2 million is I Am Number Four, the latest ‘young-adult’ book series to go for tent-pole status at the box office.  So far the projections for Four are disappointing, especially considering the film’s slight theatre count edge and its much more substantial advantage in hype.  As expected, this weekend’s third new release is bringing up the rear.  Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was fourth on Friday with $4.8 million from 2,821 locations.  That puts the threequel just behind last weekend’s winner Just Go With It and just ahead of Gnomeo and Juliet, which is expected to surge ahead as the weekend progresses.  Full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Unknown $6,700,000 $6.7
2 I Am Number Four $6,200,000 $6.2
3 Just Go With It $5,200,000 $47.7
4 Big Mommas 3 $4,800,000 $4.8
5 Gnomeo & Juliet $4,300,000 $35.3

I AM NUMBER FOUR Review

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If you wanted to make Twilight but without the personality, you would have a film akin to the cynical cash-grab that is I Am Number Four.  Sure, Twilight‘s personality is creepy and misogynistic, but it’s genuinely offering something to a particular audience even though I find that “thing” (idolization of possessive stalkers) repulsive.  I Am Number Four, on the other hand, is a vapid shell of a presumptuous franchise.  The film never bothers to establish compelling characters or compelling situations.  Every time I Am Number Four could do something interesting or inventive, it scurries away to the most predictable, bland solution it can find.  There’s nothing redeeming about I Am Number Four, from the script, to the action, to the visuals, to the performances, to presumably the craft services.  It rarely even shows the courtesy to be laughably bad.  It simply carries on and on and on and assumes the audience is enraptured in the adventures of dull, attractive teenagers.

Screenwriters Al Gough and Miles Millar Exclusive Interview I AM NUMBER FOUR

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The suspense thriller I Am Number Four, adapted from the YA book of the same name, tells the story of nine members of an alien race, each with their own talents and legacy, who are being hunted on Earth by ruthless enemies sent to destroy them, one by one. The next one in line is Number Four, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), the new kid in a small Ohio town, where he unexpectedly meets his first love, Sarah (Dianna Agron), and a curious teenager named Sam (Callan McAuliffe). As he discovers his powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his destiny, John must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to meet his true potential.

The screenwriting team of Al Gough and Miles Millar were first hired to write the script for I Am Number Four while the manuscript was still in its first draft. In this exclusive interview with Collider, they talked about how they were intrigued by the project from the moment they heard about it, the collaborative process between them and the author, the changes that they needed to make and the things that they wanted to keep the same, and how they left the story open for possible sequels, as it was sold as a four-book series. They also talked about their process of writing together, and how they never like to focus on just one project at a time. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

Screenwriter Marti Noxon Exclusive Interview I AM NUMBER FOUR

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Marti Noxon has written and executive produced for many critically acclaimed television series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Point Pleasant and Still Life. She has also been a consulting producer for Mad Men, Prison Break and Angel. And now, to prove how in-demand she has become, she has also written two highly anticipated feature films for DreamWorks, with I Am Number Four (due out on February 18th) and the re-vamped Fright Night (due out in August).

While at the press day for I Am Number Four, Marti Noxon did this exclusive interview with Collider, where she talked about how she came to the film, what her input and changes were on the script, balancing all of the aspects of such a complex story, why she thinks she can connect so well with high schoolers, why audiences connect so strongly with supernatural stories about young people, and what made her decide to be a storyteller, in the first place. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Alex Pettyfer Interview I AM NUMBER FOUR; Updates on NOW and SHUNT: THE STORY OF JAMES HUNT

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I Am Number Four is a suspense thriller about an extraordinary young man who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Hiding out in the small town of Paradise, Ohio, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is the fourth of nine alien teenagers who escaped the destruction of their home planet, only to be hunted on Earth by a species determined to see their total obliteration. Protected by his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John makes friends with local teen Sam (Callan McAuliffe), who seems to have an inexplicable connection to the aliens, and falls in love for the first time with Sarah (Dianna Agron), a former cheerleader turned outcast, all while discovering how to use his powerful new abilities.

While at the press day to promote the film, which is based on the best-selling book by Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes), British actor Alex Pettyfer talked about all the training he had to do for this role, what he’d like to see happen in the sequel, his desire to do another of these films, and what he hopes teens will take away from it. He also talked about his upcoming role as an assassin in the sci-fi thriller Now, opposite Justin Timberlake, and his dream to play race car driver James Hunt, in a film about his life. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Dianna Agron Interview I AM NUMBER FOUR; Plus an Update on the GLEE Super Bowl Episode

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Actress Dianna Agron is best known to audiences as Quinn, the cheerleader turned singer, on the hit Fox television series Glee, which recently received a Golden Globe Award, People’s Choice Award and an Emmy. Now, she is also hitting the big screen in the suspense thriller I Am Number Four, in which she plays Sarah, the once popular high school cheerleader whose passion for photography has turned her into something of an outcast. When Sarah meets John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), upon his arrival in the small Ohio town of Paradise, they have an immediate connection, even though she has no idea that he’s really one of nine aliens sent to Earth because of the destruction of his own planet.

At an interview during the film’s press day, Dianna Agron talked about how much fun she had stepping into a world so different from Glee, how she hopes viewers will receive the show’s big Superbowl episode, finding the chemistry with I Am Number Four co-star Alex Pettyfer, how she personally identifies with Sarah’s love for photography, and that she would love to return for a sequel, if there is a demand for it. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Al Gough and Miles Millar Exclusive Interview CHARLIE’S ANGELS

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Al Gough and Miles Millar are a prolific writer/producer team with a string of successful hits on both the large and small screens. Currently, they are deep into developing an edgy remake of the 1970s classic television series Charlie’s Angels for ABC, with the pilot set to shoot in March. With Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Rachael Taylor (Transformers) and Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) set as their Angels, and Robert Wagner as the voice of Charlie, the pair are hoping to surprise audiences with a really great show that will confound expectations.

During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Al Gough and Miles Millar talked in-depth about everything from this re-imagined update, to their time on the critically acclaimed CW series Smallville, currently in its 10th and final season, to their upcoming feature film I Am Number Four (due in theaters on February 18th), to their writing partnership. This portion of the interview covers what they had to say about Charlie’s Angels and where they hope to take the series, and you can check it out after the jump:

6 Movie Clips from DreamWorks’ I AM NUMBER FOUR

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In addition to the hi-res images it released yesterday, DreamWorks is taking its promotional efforts up a notch with the release of six new movie clips from its upcoming sci-fi/action film I Am Number Four.  Starring Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant, and Teresa Palmer, the film tells the story of a teen named John (Pettyfer) whose mysterious abilities make him a target for death.  To check out all of our previous coverage of I Am Number Four, click here.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Directed by D.J. Caruso, I Am Number Four hits theaters on February 18th.

DreamWorks Releases a Ton of New Hi-res Images from I AM NUMBER FOUR

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In anticipation of its February 18th release, DreamWorks has released over twenty new hi-res images from their film I Am Number Four.  Starring Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, and Timothy Olyphant, the film follows John (Pettyfer), a teen who is constantly on the run from people trying to kill him as a result of his mysterious abilities.  To check out the new images, hit the jump.  Click here to catch up on all of our previous I Am Number Four coverage.

Screenwriter Marti Noxon Exclusive Interview FRIGHT NIGHT

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Marti Noxon is a versatile writer and producer who works in both film and television, but particularly excels in character-driven genre stories that appeal to a wide audience.  With the suspense thriller I Am Number Four hitting theaters on February 18th, the very busy California native took some time to chat with Collider for this exclusive interview.

While we’ll run the portion of the interview where she talks about that film, starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron, closer to its release date, she also has the revamped Fright Night coming out in August and was happy to share the impression she’s already gotten of that film, her thoughts on the casting, how intense the film will get, and what it’s like to have so many people interested in the project. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

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