Evil Dead was the clear box office champ this weekend. The horror remake earned an estimated $26 million from 3,025 locations, or about $5 million more than originally projected. The weekend’s only other ‘new’ release was Jurassic Park 3D. With $18.2 million from 2,771 runs, the converted-classic fell to fourth behind the more-current 3D hit, The Croods.
|| Evil Dead
|| G.I. Joe Retaliation
|| The Croods
|| Jurassic Park 3D
|| Olympus Has Fallen
|| Tyler Perry’s Temptation
|| Oz the Great & Powerful
|| The Host
|| The Call
The April box office is off to a promising start with the launch of Evil Dead. From 3,025 locations, the horror remake earned an estimated $10.1 million on Friday – including $1.8 million from its Thursday 10 pm and midnight screenings. Evil Dead will fall short of recent genre remakes like Friday the 13th ($40.9 million); but the reboot of the 1983 cult-classic is already running ahead of projections and could realize as much as $28 million through Sunday. Jurassic Park 3D, the latest blockbuster to receive a digital makeover, took in a more modest $7 million from 2,771 locations. Though good enough for Friday’s second spot, the re-release is expected to fall behind G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods on the weekend chart. We’ll have full details tomorrow.
|| Evil Dead
|| Jurassic Park 3D
|| G.I. Joe: Retaliation
|| The Croods
|| Tyler Perry’s Temptation
It’s been twenty years since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park stomped into theaters, but the 3D re-release is only a few weeks away. In order to scare up some interest in seeing the remastered classic on the big screen, two new TV spots have been made available. They’re quick montages of some of the scariest and most iconic scenes from the film, but are clearly aimed at drawing in audiences by nostalgia instead of pitching a film to a completely new viewers.
Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight and Richard Attenborough, Jurassic Park 3D opens April 5th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spots.
We’ve got some new posters from the following films:
- Jurassic Park 3D – The 3D re-release of the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic now has a new poster to mark the IMAX 3D debut on April 9th.
- The Host – From Twilight author Stephenie Meyer comes this sci-fi movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel and Max Irons, featured in these new character posters. The Host opens March 29th.
- The Numbers Station – The new thriller starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman opens April 26th.
- Dark Skies – A Russian poster for the sci-fi thriller starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo and J.K. Simmons. Dark Skies opens stateside on February 22nd.
- Kiss of the Damned – Written and directed by Xan Cassavetes, starring Josephine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport and Riley Keough, Kiss of the Damned will be available on iTunes/On Demand March 28, 2013, and in theaters May 3, 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.
We’ve got a host of new images from the following Universal Pictures films opening in 2013:
- About Time – A new image featuring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, who star in this time-traveling sci-fi dramedy from writer/director Richard Curtis. About Time opens May 10th.
- Fast and Furious 6 – One new image of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel who return for the sixth installment of the streetcar franchise directed by Justin Lin. Fast and Furious 6 opens May 24th.
- Identity Thief - 16 images from director Seth Gordon’s crime comedy starring Jason Bateman as a victim of Melissa McCarthy’s thieving. Identity Thief opens February 8th.
- Jurassic Park 3D – A new image from the 3D re-release of the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie, roaring into theaters on April 5th.
Hit the jump to see the images.
Jurassic Park recently received a 3D post-conversion for re-release even though the film is astounding without the 3D. I don’t know if it will make the film any better (probably not), but now it will be getting the IMAX treatment as well. I wish the movie would get the IMAX without the 3D like Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I can’t deny the temptation to see Jurassic Park on an IMAX screen.
Hit the jump for the press release. Jurassic Park 3D opens April 5th. The IMAX engagement is for one-week.
The first trailer for the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic Jurassic Park has been released. The trailer makes great, playful use of John Williams‘ iconic score and drums up a major dose of nostalgia. Whether 3D is your thing or not, it’s gonna be incredibly hard to pass up seeing Jurassic Park on the big screen again once this thing returns to theaters. Even though it’s been 20 years, the effects actually look like they hold up pretty well (thank you, Stan Winston), and Jeff Goldblum‘s dry delivery remains spot-on. Hold on to your butts.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Wayne Knight, and Samuel L. Jackson. Jurassic Park 3D hits theaters on April 5th, 2013.
Three really great new posters for some highly anticipated upcoming films have surfaced. Briefly:
- Jurassic Park 3D – The first poster for the 3D iteration of Steven Spielberg’s classic does a nice job of promising some big fun for the film’s 20th anniversary. The film hits theaters in three dimensions on April 5th, 2013.
- Zero Dark Thirty – A new poster for director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the decade-long manhunt and eventual assassination of Osama bin Laden trades the first poster’s secrecy for some good old fashioned patriotism. The film opens in limited release on December 19th, and opens wide on January 11th, 2013.
- Killing Them Softly – Also getting in on the election season patriotism is a new artful poster for director Andrew Dominik’s crime drama. The Brad Pitt-fronted pic apparently has some highly political undertones, so this gun-centric poster seems appropriate. The film opens on November 30th.
We’ve quite a bit of release date news to share this fine morning, as Universal has announced a slew of schedule changes. Briefly:
- With production set to begin in a matter of weeks, Kick-Ass 2 has been slated for a June 28th, 2013 release.
- The Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg thriller 2 Guns has been given an August 16th, 2013 release date.
- Director Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) romantic time travel pic About Time, starring Rachel McAdams, has been dated May 10th, 2013.
- The Keanu Reeves samurai pic 47 Ronin, originally set for a November 2012 release, has now been pushed back even further to Christmas 2013.
- The re-release Jurassic Park 3D has been moved to April 5th, 2013.
- The supernatural actioner R.I.P.D. starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds has been shifted to July 19th, 2013.
- The Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief has been moved up to February 8th, 2013.
Hit the jump for all the details, folks.
Opening this weekend is writer/director Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy. For those unfamiliar with the franchise reboot, this time around, a government task force led by Edward Norton‘s character is assassinating all their genetically-modified assets to prevent another Bourne situation. However, one member of the program, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), manages to escape with a scientist (Rachel Weisz), and the two go on the run for their lives. The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, Corey Stoll, and Donna Murphy. For more on the film, here’s five clips.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with producer Frank Marshall (insane resume here). During our wide ranging conversation, we talked about making The Bourne Legacy, deleted scenes, extended cuts, test screenings, and more. In addition, since Marshall has produced so many awesome movies, we also talked about how close Who Framed Roger Rabbit came to getting a sequel, the likelihood of Indiana Jones 5 happening, Jurassic Park 3D and Jurassic Park 4, whether anyone has talked about rebooting the Back to the Future movies, the amazing Nike Back to the Future sneakers, The Secret Life of Houdini, the remake of Tell No One, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The 2012 Licensing Expo is currently underway in Las Vegas, and it’s brought the first looks at some posters for 2013 and 2014′s major films. It’s also brought the announcement of Rio 2, which shouldn’t be too surprising since the original film grossed $484 million worldwide. The Expo also showed off a nice, detailed look at some of the costumes from Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
Hit the jump for a first look at a gallery of the posters, which also includes R.I.P.D., Jurassic Park 3D, Robocop, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, After Earth, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Epic, and Iron Man 3.
Update: We’ve now got video of the Man of Steel costumes.
Since 3D re-releases seem to be all the rage these days (thanks to The Lion King), we’ll soon get the opportunity to re-watch some fan favorites in theaters. Disney has a full slate of 3D re-releases planned, including Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid, and now comes word that dinosaurs will once again terrorize movie theaters, though this time it’ll be in three dimensions. Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that Jurassic Park is set for a 3D re-release on July 19th, 2013. That weekend is currently only home to the DreamWorks Animation film Turbo, but it’s also a couple weeks after Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse hits theaters.
Steve (the Collider one) spoke with producer Kathleen Kennedy about the possible 3D re-release of Jurassic Park back in December. At the time she said they only wanted to do the 3D conversion if they could do it right, with Kennedy clarifying that that means Spielberg and director of photography Janusz Kaminski would be sitting down and evaluating the film frame-by-frame. Hit the jump to see what else she had to say about Jurassic Park’s 3D conversion.
Opening on Christmas Day is director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse. Based on the Award winning play (which is based on Michael Morpurgo’s book) and set during World War I, War Horse tells the story of “the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert (Jeremy Irvine), who tames and trains him.” And don’t just take my word for it, early screenings have been very positive and the drama is heading into Oscar season with very positive buzz, especially after the National Board of review named War Horse one of the best 10 films of the year. The film also stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Kebbell. You can watch the trailer here and here’s seven clips.
To help promote the film, DreamWorks recently held a press junket in New York City and I was able to land an exclusive interview with producer Kathleen Kennedy. As the longtime producing partner of Spielberg (she produced A.I., Munich, E.T., and Jurassic Park just to name a few), she talked about the way they make movies, how they pick projects, who gets to see the movies first, and the making of War Horse. In addition, Kennedy gave me updates on Jurassic Park 4, a 3D re-release of the original Jurassic Park, the status of the Tintin sequel, Lincoln, Robopocalypse, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.