Weekend Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Leads Weak Field with $19 Million

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After three relatively strong frames, a January chill has hit the box office. Three new titles opened nationwide but only one managed to top $10 million: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with an estimated $19 million from 3,372 locations. That was good enough for first place and higher than Friday’s results suggested, but it was not high enough to put a positive spin on the weekend.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $19,000,000 $19
2.  Mama $12,860,000 $48.6
3.  Silver Linings Playbook $10,000,000 $69.4
4.  Zero Dark Thirty $9,800,000 $69.9
5.  Parker $7,000,000 $7
6.  Django Unchained $5,005,000 $146.2
7.  Movie 43 $5,000,000 $5
8.  Gangster Squad $4,200,000 $39.6
9.  Broken City $4,000,000 $15.2
10.  Les Miserables $3,900,000 $137.2

Friday Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Tops PARKER and MOVIE 43 with $6 Million

by     Posted 1 year, 278 days ago

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Nearly a year after it was first scheduled to hit theatres, Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is poised to take first place at the weekend box office. The R-rated fantasy starring Jeremy Renner earned an estimated $6 million from its 3,372 locations on Friday, suggesting a three-day total of $15 million. That’s $5 million short of studio expectations; but it’s not bad for a film with a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fellow-newcomer Movie 43 claimed a 6% RT rank and see what happened? On Friday, the collection of comedy shorts earned $1.8 million from 2,023 locations and is looking at a weekend of just $5 million. FilmDistrict’s Parker, the last of the R-rated newcomers, saw an opening of $2.1 million from 2,224 locations. The action movie could get as high as $6 million by Sunday: an opening that would fall below both Killer Elite and Safe on the list of Jason Statham’s recent disappointments. Check back tomorrow for full results.

Title Friday Total
1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $6,025,000 $6
2. Mama $3,800,000 $39.5
3. Silver Linings Playbook $2,337,000 $61.8
4. Zero Dark Thirty $2,325,000 $62.4
5. Parker $2,130,000 $2.1

Weekend Box Office – THE GREY the Clear Winner with $20 Million; ONE FOR THE MONEY in Third

by     Posted 2 years, 275 days ago

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Newbie distributor Open Road Films has claimed its first number one opening with the wolf vs. man thriller The Grey.  From 3,185 locations, The Grey took in an estimated $20 million, or well above the mid-teens that was projected.  Second place was claimed by Underworld Awakening, pushing the adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel, One For the Money, into third.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20
2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45.1
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11.7
4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33.7
5 Man on a Ledge $8,250,000 $8.2
6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21.1
7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58.8
8 Contraband $6,532,200 $56.4
9 Beauty & the Beast 3D $5,345,000 $41.1
10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15.2

Friday Box Office – THE GREY Bares Its Fangs In First; ONE FOR THE MONEY Stronger Than Expected

by     Posted 2 years, 276 days ago

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Open Road’s The Grey debuted in first place on Friday with an estimated $6.5 million from 3,185 locations.  That is only a bit less than the debut of Unknown, Liam Neeson’s last turn as a tough-guy, but substantially more than Open Road saw from Killer Elite, its first release last September. The thriller is projected to earn $18.5 million for the weekend, giving 2012 its fourth winning frame in a row.  Friday’s number two was Lionsgate’s One For the Money, which made an estimated $4.1 million from 2,737 venues. It is unclear, however, how much of an impact the film’s Groupon ticket deal had on its debut, but, so far, Money is not looking like the confirmed disaster that many expected/hoped for.  Discounted tickets were also offered for Summit’s new Man On A Ledge.  From 2,998 locations the PG-13 thriller took in a reported $2.5 million – enough for fifth place behind holdovers Underworld Awakening and Red Tails.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Grey $6,500,000 $6.5
2 One For the Money $4,100,000 $4.1
3 Underworld Awakening $3,400,000 $36
4 Red Tails $2,800,000 $26.1
5 Man On A Ledge $2,500,000 $2.5

 

KILLER ELITE Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 285 days ago

Jason Statham is like the only fast food restaurant in a small town. There’s really no other actor who can be counted on to deliver action films on a regular basis, and Statham fills that need at least once or twice yearly. Sometimes you just want a burger, and sometimes you just want to see Statham kick the crap out of someone. Killer Elite brought together Statham, Robert De Niro, and Clive Owen for playtime, and though the two others are relatively serious actors, here they’re playing on Statham’s turf. The results are a little sluggish, but deliver what’s expected. Our review of Killer Elite on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – THE LION KING 3D Keeps Its Crown; MONEYBALL Slides to Second with $20.6 Million

by     Posted 3 years, 36 days ago

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Once again, it looks like I was foolish to bet on Moneyball.  Blinded by the strong opening day of this long-time underdog, I completely forgot that last weekend’s champ would have a home field advantage on Saturday.  The final score put The Lion King 3D back on top and added another $22.1 million to the re-release’s lifetime stats.  Moneyball had to settle for second, though the estimates between it and the week’s newest family film, Dolphin Tale, are close enough that the baseball flick could conceivably fall to third by Monday.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lion King 3D $22,100,000 $61.6
2 Moneyball $20,600,000 $20.6
3 Dolphin Tale $20,300,000 $20.3
4 Abduction $11,200,000 $11.2
5 Killer Elite $9,500,000 $9.5
6 Contagion $8,565,000 $57.1
7 Drive $5,771,000 $21.4
8 The Help $4,400,000 $154.4
9 Straw Dogs $2,100,000 $8.8
10 I Don’t Know How She Does It $2,053,000 $8

TOP 5: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, COMMUNITY, KILLER ELITE, J. EDGAR Trailer, How to Talk to Your Kids About STAR WARS

by     Posted 3 years, 37 days ago

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In this, the first official Saturday of fall for countries in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m happy to report that temperatures in the Midwest are down to a brisk 60 degrees Fahrenheit. As someone who can’t be in the sun/heat for more than fifteen minutes without experiencing incapacitating sunburns, this is a welcomed change to be sure. On a separate note, readers of the site may have noticed that my productivity has decreased in the last week. In a bittersweet piece of news, I’ve taken on full-time employment in the wide world of telecommunications thus explaining my absence. Nevertheless, I’m going to do my level best to keep the “Top 5″ coming each and every weekend for as long as I can. As for today…

…In this week’s installment, you can find the new, nearly four-minute trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Community interviews with Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and more, Killer Elite interviews with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski and director Gary McKendry, the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and an ultra-important PSA teaching parents how to talk with their kids about Star Wars. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.

Friday Box Office – MONEYBALL Delivers First Place Finish with $6.8 Million

by     Posted 3 years, 37 days ago

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Now that is a title I never thought I would write.  Two years ago it looked like Sony’s tale of baseball underdogs was dead in the water, but look at Moneyball now!  Number one on Friday with an estimated $6.8 million and almost guaranteed to win the weekend with a projected $20 million.  That is a bit higher than original studio estimates and, if achieved, would give Moneyball the biggest opening ever for a baseball-themed feature.  At number two after its big re-release last weekend is Disney’s The Lion King 3D, which means that the new family heart-warmer, Dolphin Tale, had to settle for third and an estimated $5.1 million.  The weekend’s third and fourth new releases round out the top five: Lionsgate’s Abduction, with Taylor Lautner, scored an estimated $3.8 million while Killer Elite, with Jason Statham and Clive Owen, was not far behind with $3.4 million.  Both films are currently looking at an opening of $11 million or so.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Moneyball $6,800,000 $6.8
2 The Lion King 3D $6,100,000 $45.6
3 Dolphin Tale $5,100,000 $5.1
4 Abduction $3,800,000 $3.8
5 Killer Elite $3,400,000 $3.4

Director Gary McKendry Video Interview KILLER ELITE

by     Posted 3 years, 39 days ago

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At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to land an exclusive interview with Director Gary McKendry for his new action-thriller Killer Elite.  Starring Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Yvonne Strahovski, the flick centers on a retired special ops agent (Statham) who is tasked with rescuing his mentor (De Niro).   I caught the film at TIFF and if you’re a fan of Statham and the rest of the cast, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Here’s the trailer.

During the interview McKendry talked about being at TIFF, getting the great cast, how the project came together, what it was like to direct De Niro, deleted scenes and what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

KILLER ELITE Review

by     Posted 3 years, 39 days ago

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At some point in the script stage, Killer Elite had the potential to be a good movie.  It takes two opposing characters that have equally valid, noble motives and pits them against each other.  Unfortunately, that interesting premise is drowned by paper-thin characters, idiotic writing, action movie clichés, and dull set pieces.  Even as a generic action movie, it falls far short of its low bar.

Exclusive: Jason Statham Talks KILLER ELITE, PARKER and THE EXPENDABLES 2

by     Posted 3 years, 40 days ago

At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to land an exclusive interview with Jason Statham for his new action-thriller Killer Elite.  Also starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Yvonne Strahovski, the flick centers on a retired special ops agent (Statham) who is tasked with rescuing his mentor (De Niro).   I caught the film at TIFF and if you’re a fan of Statham and the rest of the cast, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Here’s the trailer.

During the interview, Statham talked about being at TIFF, getting to work with bigger names, the kind of research he does and what his typical pre-production process is like, how he gets ready to do action scenes, and how many takes he prefers.  In addition, Statham talked about Taylor Hackford’s Parker with Nick Nolte, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis, and how he’s getting ready to film The Expendables 2 with Sylvester Stallone.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Exclusive: Clive Owen Talks KILLER ELITE, CHILDREN OF MEN, HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN and CITIES at TIFF

by     Posted 3 years, 41 days ago

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At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to land an exclusive interview with Clive Owen for his new action-thriller Killer Elite.  Also starring Robert De Niro, Jason Statham and Yvonne Strahovski, the flick centers on a retired special ops agent (Statham) who is tasked with rescuing his mentor (De Niro).   I caught the film at TIFF and if you’re a fan Statham and the rest of the cast, it’s definitely worth seeing.  Here’s the trailer.

During the interview, Owen talked about being at TIFF, how he get involved with Killer Elite, how he prepares for action scenes and how many takes does he like to do, and what’s the typical amount of time to get ready for a role.  In addition, we talked about Philip Kaufman’s Hemingway & Gellhorn with Nicole Kidman (it airs in 2012), Alfonso Cuarón’s amazing Children of Men, upcoming projects like Cities, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the audio and transcript.

Exclusive: Yvonne Strahovski Talks KILLER ELITE, the Final Season of CHUCK & Working With Streisand and Rogen in MY MOTHER’S CURSE

by     Posted 3 years, 42 days ago

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At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to land an exclusive interview with Yvonne Strahovski for her new action-thriller Killer Elite.  Starring Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Jason Statham and Strahovski, the flick centers on a retired special ops agent (Statham) who is tasked with rescuing his mentor (De Niro).  I caught the film at TIFF and if you’re a fan Statham and the rest of the cast, it’s definitely worth seeing.

During the interview, Strahovski talked about how she got involved in the project, the great cast, what’s coming up on the final season of Chuck, if there’s a chance they could do more than 13 episodes, what it’s been like on set with this being the final season, and her experience at Comic-Con this summer.  In addition, she talked about filming My Mother’s Curse with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, and I also asked what her karaoke song is and the last video game she’s played.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Free Tickets to an Advanced Screening of KILLER ELITE in Los Angeles

by     Posted 3 years, 50 days ago

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The action-thriller Killer Elite doesn’t open until September 23, but we’ve been given a limited number of passes to an advanced screening of the film in Los Angeles. Starring Clive Owen, Robert De Niro and Jason Statham, the flick centers on a retired special ops agent (Statham) who is tasked with rescuing his mentor (De Niro). So if you’d like to see it for free at the AMC Century City, hit the jump for details.

4 Clips from KILLER ELITE

by     Posted 3 years, 56 days ago

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Four clips from the action flick Killer Elite have gone online.  The convoluted plot centers on a retired special-ops agent (Jason Statham) who must leave his peaceful life and do some more murdering in order to free his mentor (Robert De Niro).  Meanwhile, he’s being tracked by former SAS operative (Clive Owen) who works for a shadowy organization known as The Feathermen.  If these clips give you the impression that the film isn’t very good, then these clips honestly represent the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Killer Elite opens September 23rd.

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