FROZEN Eclipses IRON MAN 3 to Become Fifth Highest Grossing Film of All Time Worldwide

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Disney’s Frozen continues to steamroll any and everything in its path.  Though the film first opened all the way back in November and is already out on home video stateside (and dominating everything in that market too), the pic is continuing its international rollout and recently hit another box office milestone.  At a worldwide gross of $1.219 billion, Frozen has now become the fifth highest grossing film of all time, besting Iron Man 3’s worldwide gross of $1.215 billion.  That’s a hefty sum for any film, but it’s refreshing to see a non-sequel, non-franchise property doing so well.

Hit the jump for more, including where Frozen stands on the all-time domestic chart.

Drew Pearce Talks about His Marvel One-Shot ALL HAIL THE KING, Working with Marvel, NO HEROICS, the RUNAWAYS Movie, and More

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The Marvel One-Shots have continued to increase in quality, and the latest one, All Hail the King, is the best yet.  Written and directed by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce, All Hail the King is funny, clever, has some exciting twists, and is probably best viewed with a group of friends.  At the very least, it’s a welcome extra on the upcoming Blu-ray for Thor: The Dark World.

I recently spoke with Pearce about the short film, the process of creating a One-Shot, the “brutal” shooting schedule, the generous support from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Co-President Louis D’Esposito, working with Ben Kingsley again, and more.  We also talked about the possibility of his British sitcom No Heroics reaching a wider audience, his script and enthusiasm for Runaways, if he’s ever talked with Whedon about it since Whedon did a run on the comics, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Thor: The Dark World will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 25th.  Click here to pre-order.

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced; AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nominations Each [Updated with Commentary]

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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations.  Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom HanksHer, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list.  The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Becomes Domestic Top Grossing Film of 2013 with $409.4 Million

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Though 2013 was filled with plenty of superhero and blockbuster films that did solid business at the box office, it appears that Katniss has come out the victor.  Lionsgate announced today that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now grossed $409.4 million domestically, which surges past Iron Man 3’s $409.0 million total to make Catching Fire the top grossing film of 2013.  That’s quite an impressive feat considering Catching Fire didn’t enjoy the 3D surcharge that other top grossing 2013 films like Man of Steel and Despicable Me 2 did.  In fact, Catching Fire and Fast & Furious 6 are the only films in 2013’s Top 10 highest grossers that didn’t play in 3D.  Catching Fire’s worldwide total now stands at an astounding $832.2 million, and it’s the first film with a solo female lead to take the top box office spot since 1973′s The Exorcist.  Here’s hoping Catching Fire‘s success is a sign of things to come.  The series continues with this November’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

For more on 2013′s box office, be sure to check out our resident math genius Brendan’s latest installment of Cinemath, which features a fascinating and in-depth look at last year’s box office.  Read the full press release after the jump.

First Look at the Return of Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery in the Marvel One-Shot ALL HAIL THE KING

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Last fall, we learned that Ben Kingsley was shooting a “secret Marvel project”, and last week we reported that the upcoming Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray would contain the latest Marvel One-Shot, “All Hail the King”.  Unsurprisingly, that’s the “secret Marvel project”, and now we have the first images and details regarding Kingsley reprising his role as delightful dupe Trevor Slattery.  The short will be an epilogue to Iron Man 3 and see Trevor receiving the acclaim and adulation he’s always wanted albeit from within prison.  However, not everyone is a fan, and writer-director Drew Pearce (who co-wrote Iron Man 3) says this short will actually provide some comfort to the comic book fans who were upset that Kingsley wasn’t actually the Mandarin.

Hit the jump for more including four images from the short.  Click here to pre-order Thor: The Dark World, which will be released on February 25th.

Cinemath: Year-End Report on the 2013 Box Office

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I love diving deeper into box office numbers whenever I get the chance.  Ideally, the market would let me wait until March or so, when the final tallies for the holiday fare are locked in.  But the window for year-end coverage is nearly shut, so today I present a report on the 2013 box office for Cinemath.

We look at the domestic and worldwide grosses of 143 wide releases with a few questions in mind: How dominant are sequels and remakes at the top of the charts?  Which movies had greater appeal overseas?  Which releases had “legs,” and kept audiences coming back week after week?  After the jump, I break down the past year in box office by total gross, international earning, staying power, studio, release date, and MPAA rating.  From About Time ($15.3 million) to World War Z ($202.4 million):

Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

Year in Review: Top 15 Movie Moments of 2013

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Forgettable films are a waste of time because they leave us with nothing.  Being completely inoffensive is arguably worse than being terrible because at least terrible movies give us something to talk about.  We may be ragging on it, but at least it’s not something like After Earth, a film where the only thing I remember about it is how forgettable it is.  But to focus on the positive, the best movie moments move us in a positive way.  They provide more than a target for snarky putdowns or jaw-dropping examples of complete incompetence.  The best movie moments can inspire us, shock us, exhilarate us, and bring us absolute joy.

Adam, Dave, and Matt have written about five movie moments that jumped out at them in 2013.  They’re unranked and there could have been far more selections, but these 15 moments are as good as any that came out this year. [Spoilers ahead, obviously]

Oscar Visual Effects Short List Includes PACIFIC RIM, OBLIVION, THE HOBBIT, and GRAVITY; MAN OF STEEL Fails to Make the Cut

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The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its short list for the films that will vie for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.  A total of 10 films will compete in a vfx “bakeoff” in January, where select scenes from each movie are shown to the voting members.  Among the short listed titles are Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness, and of course Gravity.  Curiously, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel failed to make the cut, as did Ender’s Game and The Wolverine.  Though critics were mixed on Man of Steel and Ender’s Game, both films showcased some seriously excellent visual effects—especially Ender’s Game—so it’s surprising to see them left off this Oscar short list.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of films that made the cut, and sound off in the comments with which one you think featured the best visual effects of the year. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014. 

Weekend Box Office: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Claims November Record with $161.1 Million

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surprised no one by setting a new record for a November opening.  Earning an estimated $161.1 million from 4,136 locations, the high-profile sequel easily topped the previous record of $142.8 million, set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.  Perhaps more significantly, Catching Fire also managed to place fourth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, putting it ahead of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Here is what the top ten looks like, as of this morning:

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1. Marvel’s The Avengers $207.4
2. Iron Man 3 $174.1
3. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2 $169.1
4. Catching Fire $161.1
5. The Dark Knight Rises $160.8
6. The Dark Knight $158.4
7. The Hunger Games $152.5
8. Spider-Man 3 $151.1
9. Twilight Saga: New Moon $142.8
10. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 $141

Analysis and this weekend’s top ten after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Earns $70.5 Million on Opening Day

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On its first day in 4,136 locations, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took in an estimated $70.5 million, including $25.25 million from its Thursday night previews.  That is higher than the $67.2 million The Hunger Games earned from its opening in March 2012 as well as the $68.8 million of Iron Man 3.  For weeks, those two films have guided weekend projections for Catching Fire, with the sequel expected to land somewhere between the $152.5 million of its predecessor and the $176.1 million of IM3.

This morning, however, expectations have been scaled back a bit.  Catching Fire is now targeting a more modest $152 million through Sunday, or about $15 million less than originally expected.  Of course, anything above $142.8 million would still be enough to strip The Twilight Saga: New Moon of its record for the biggest November opening of all time.  But, considering that it has been an article of faith that the sequel would top its predecessor, the fact that that is now in doubt qualifies as a surprise.  Check back tomorrow to see how it all plays out.

Weekend Box Office: THOR: THE DARK WORLD Thunders Past $86 Million

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Thor: The Dark World earned an estimated $86.1 million from 3,841 locations on its first weekend in theatres.  That might seem like a step down for the Thunder God after appearing in The Avengers but, Disney will be quick to note, the debut marks a 31% improvement over Thor’s first solo outing, in 2011. And, as for all those predictions that put the sequel in the $100 million range? I’m not sure what we were thinking…

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $86,100,000 $86.1
2.  Bad Grandpa $11,300,000 $78.7
3.  Free Birds $11,180,000 $38.1
4.  Last Vegas $11,100,000 $33.5
5.  Ender’s Game $10,800,000 $44
6.  Gravity $8,405,000 $231.1
7.  12 Years a Slave $6,600,000 $17.3
8.  Captain Phillips $5,800,000 $90.9
9.  About Time $5,172,000 $6.6
10.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $2,800,000 $109.9

Ben Kingsley Says He Recently Finished Filming on a Secret Marvel Project

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[If you haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, stop reading this article] One of the best film twists in recent years was how Shane Black handled the reveal of the Iron Man’s arch-nemesis, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).  It wasn’t just a hilarious surprise, but also a clear sign that Marvel was going to do what was best for their movie rather than try to work around fidelity to the comics (also, there wasn’t much complaining when Ben Kingsley was cast even though he’s not Chinese).  Black and Marvel decided to have their Mandarin turn out to be an adorably clueless actor/drug-addict named Trevor Slattery.  The character was originally supposed to die at the end of Iron Man 3, but thankfully they kept him around, and now it appears we’ll be seeing him again.

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New to Blu-ray: IRON MAN 3, THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: Ultimate Collector’s Edition, HANNIBAL: Season One, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s bountiful new Blu-ray releases:

IRON MAN 3 – JARVIS: A Marvel Second Screen Experience That Allows Playback Control of IRON MAN 3 on Blu-ray

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As an additional component and extension of the Iron Man 3 release on Blu-ray on September 24th, a free JARVIS app will be available, starting September 10th, that works for iPad, iPhone or any iOS device.  It is a utility that you can use in your everyday life, whether it’s to wake you up in the morning, download the nine available ringtones, check the weather or post to Facebook, and the real JARVIS, Paul Bettany, did 20 hours of voice-over, just to provide many different possibilities for the app.  And on top of that, if your Blu-ray player is on the same wifi network as your iPad, you can control the Blu-ray through the JARVIS app by your voice, making it the first voice-controlled Blu-ray disc, ever.

While giving a demo of the app and how it interacts with the Blu-ray disc, Senior Producer Brian Kwan and Director of Interactive Marketing and Production Dave Bushore talked about what inspired the JARVIS app, that the JARVIS on the app will have the same snarky tone as the JARVIS in the films, that you can unlock 42 unique Iron Man suits that will open an additional sneak peek “ghost” file, and that there will continue to be interactive content available.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

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