Weekend Box Office: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Brings in $100 Million for 2014′s Highest Opening

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It’s official.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014’s undisputed box office champion… at least in terms of its opening weekend.  The sequel earned an estimated $100 million from 4,233 locations, making it the first film of the year to hit triple digits in its debut and replacing Captain America: The Winter Soldier as this year’s highest opener.  As expected, Transformers 4 is also a big hit overseas, earning a reported total of $201 million worldwide in its first three days.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Transformers 4 $100,000,000 $100
2.  22 Jump Street $15,400,000 $139.8
3.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $13,100,000 $121.8
4.  Think Like A Man Too $10,400,000 $48.1
5.  Maleficent $8,237,000 $201.8
6.  Jersey Boys $7,610,000 $27.3
7.  Edge of Tomorrow $5,210,000 $84.1
8.  The Fault in Our Stars $4,800,000 $109.5
9.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $3,300,000 $223.3
10.  Chef $1,694,000 $19.4

 

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Weekend Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Shines with $48.2 Million; EDGE OF TOMORROW Falls Flat

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After a stellar launch, The Fault in Our Stars fell back to Earth a bit on Saturday.  In the grand tradition of front-loaded teen fare before it, the romantic drama leveled off as the weekend progressed.  Fox is now reporting estimated earnings of $48.2 million for the three-day weekend instead of the $55 million or higher that looked likely yesterday.  Meanwhile, the news did not get better for Edge of Tomorrow overnight.  The well-reviewed sci-fi pic earned an estimated $29.1 million from 3,490 locations, or a bit more than Non-Stop brought in its own debut… at the end of February.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Fault in Our Stars $48,200,000 $48.2
2.  Maleficent $33,523,000 $127.3
3.  Edge of Tomorrow $29,105,000 $29.1
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $14,700,000 $189.1
5.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $7,200,000 $30.1
6.  Godzilla $5,950,000 $185
7.  Neighbors $5,200,000 $137.8
8.  Blended $4,050,000 $36.5
9.  Chef $2,600,000 $10.3
10.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $1,900,000 $196.2

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Friday Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on Track for Stunning $50+ Million Weekend with $26.1 Million Friday; EDGE OF TOMORROW Disappoints

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Summer doesn’t have to be all about superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend’s box office is a refreshing reminder that not everybody wants Transformers all the time.  Fox 2000’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars is off to a stellar box office debut,  as the adaptation of the beloved John Green book pulled in $26.1 million on Friday, putting the film on track for an incredible $50-$52 million opening weekend—at least; that’s a bigger opening day than Woodley’s large-scale sci-fi thriller Divergent.  The film is benefitting from positive reviews, excellent buzz, and the popularity of its lead actress Shailene Woodley, as director Josh Boone’s $12 million movie about two cancer patients who fall in love is proving to be the box office surprise of the summer.  We could see the mammoth opening coming over the past month or so, but even then early estimates were conservative, putting the opening weekend at somewhere between $35-$38 million.  Instead, the pic is overperforming, leaving the one and only Tom Cruise in its wake as his also-excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow pulled in a so-so $10.6 million on Friday, putting the smart and thrilling pic on track for an opening weekend around $30 million.

Hit the jump for more on the Friday box office, including the full Top 5.

Sharlto Copley Talks MALEFICENT, Finding His Character, Backstory That Was Cut, and Working with Angelina Jolie, Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE, and More

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  This untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty shows the level of betrayal that ultimately turned Maleficent’s (played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie) pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

While at the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actor Sharlto Copley (who plays Aurora’s father, King Stefan) at both a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview where he talked about how he came to the film, easily finding his way into the character, whether he thinks his character ever regretted his actions, that some of the backstory had to get cut for time, finding the character’s voice, and what it was like to work with Angelina Jolie.  He also talked about playing a robot in Chappie, having his movements animated, why he’s finding his stride with director Neill Blomkamp now that they’ve done three films together, and why their collaborative relationship is so important to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: MALEFICENT Rules with $70 Million; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Stumbles in Third

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The final weekend in May had room for only one regent – and it wasn’t Seth MacFarlane.  Disney’s Maleficent ruled the box office with an estimated $70 million from 3,948 locations while MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West settled for a disappointing third place debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Maleficent $70,000,000 $70
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $32,600,000 $162
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $17,069,000 $17
4.  Godzilla $12,225,000 $174.6
5.  Blended $8,425,000 $29.6
6.  Neighbors $7,715,000 $128.6
7.  The Amazing Spider-Man $3,775,000 $192.7
8.  Million Dollar Arm $3,700,000 $28
9.  Chef $2,009,000 $6.9
10.  The Other Woman $1,425,000 $81.1

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TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Friday Box Office: MALEFICENT Casts a Spell; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Misfires

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On its first day in theatres, Disney’s Maleficent earned an estimated $24.2 million from 3,948 locations, including $4.2 million from Thursday evening previews.  That puts PG-rated fantasy on track for over $60 million through Sunday, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  Maleficent pushed last weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past into second place.  The all-star mutant sequel picked up a few large format theatres formerly held by Godzilla, but was still down 73% on Friday.  The X-Men are expected to earn about $30 million in their sophomore frame, bringing their global cume close to $400 million.

Which brings us to A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Seth MacFarlane Western earned an estimated $6.1 million from 3,158 locations on Friday – well below even the lowest projection for the R-rated comedy.  Though Westerns have had a hard time breaking through at the box office, Universal hoped that MacFarlane’s success with Ted would be enough to secure at least $25 million for his follow-up’s first weekend.  Instead, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in under $15 million in its first three days – about what Adam Sandler’s Blended opened with one week ago. Ouch.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Maleficent $24,248,000 $24.2
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $9,400,000 $138.8
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $6,100,000 $6.1
4.  Godzilla $3,305,000 $165.7
5.  Neighbors $2,400,000 $123.2

Director Robert Stromberg Talks MALEFICENT, Joining the Film, Finding the Look for the Title Character, Casting Angelina Jolie, and Editing the First Act

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  This untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty shows the level of betrayal that ultimately turned Maleficent’s (played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie) pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

While at the film’s press day, Collider spoke to director Robert Stromberg at both a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview where he talked about how he ended up directing this film, that he’s always been a Disney fan, the process for finding the look of the character, why Angelina Jolie was the perfect choice for the role, that his initial cut was about 15 minutes too long, and how he had to rework and condense the first act.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Check Out Art from Rhys Cooper’s “Femme Fatale” Spoke Art Gallery Show Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Poison Ivy, and More

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There are quite a few iconic women of fiction in Rhys Cooper’s “Femme Fatale” show, all of which highlight the traits and mythologies so revered by fans of the characters.  It’s nice to see such strong examples of heroines (and villainesses) on display, favoring their sources of power and authority rather than their sexuality (though many of them do share a particularly bold choice of lipstick).  The bold screen-prints feature both regular and variant editions of such memorable characters as Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Rogue, Little Red Riding Hood, and more.  The Spoke Art gallery solo show kicks off May 31st in San Francisco.  Hit the jump for more information and a sample of Cooper’s work.

MALEFICENT Review

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In our current age of blockbusters suffused with CGI, I imagine we’ll keep coming back to this line from a recent editorial by Drew McWeeny at Hitfix: “We are living in an age of casual magic.”  Maleficent doesn’t just exemplify this sentiment; it’s a movie where the main character literally does magic in a casual fashion.  Director Robert Stromberg has created an animated movie that happens to have flesh-and-blood humans in it.  And yet for all his efforts in creating a lush, colorful world, the movie is a hollow, cursory adaptation of Sleeping Beauty where the only life comes from star Angelina Jolie, whose performance is more vibrant than all the digital creations surrounding her.

Sam Riley Talks MALEFICENT, Settling on the Final Make-Up Design, His Favorite Disney Film, Studying Ravens, and More

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  This untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty shows the level of betrayal that ultimately turned Maleficent’s (played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie) pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

During a roundtable at the film’s press day, actor Sam Riley (who plays Maleficent’s constant companion Diaval, a raven that she transforms into whatever suits her) talked about his daily make-up process, going through different versions before they settled on the final one, seeing Angelina Jolie in her full costume and make-up, his favorite Disney film, growing up, studying the behavior and movements of a real raven, how this is the only film of his that his son will be able to watch before he’s 18, the character’s deadpan humor, how he came to acting, and his failed dream of becoming a rock star.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Elle Fanning Talks MALEFICENT, Working with Angelina Jolie, the New Take on the Relationship Between Aurora and Maleficent, and More

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  This untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty shows the level of betrayal that ultimately turned Maleficent’s (played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie) pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

During a roundtable at the film’s press day, actress Elle Fanning (who plays Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty) talked about what it was like to work with Angelina Jolie, their first meeting, exploring the tender side of the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora, working with green screen, acting while her character was supposed to be sleeping, and how strange it is to have a toy of herself.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

MALEFICENT: Watch 4 Clips, 6 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and a Music Featurette from Disney’s Villain Origin Story

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Disney has released a slew of material from its upcoming villain origin tale Maleficent.  Directed by Robert Stromberg, the film tells the story of how the titular Sleeping Beauty villain turned antagonist, as Angelina Jolie plays a woman whose betrayal sets off a drive of revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides.  In anticipation of the film’s release next weekend, Disney has unveiled a batch of clips, six minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and a four-minute clip of the recording of James Newton Howard’s score.  For those itching to see this new spin on the classic tale, these supplements should tide you over for the next seven days.

Hit the jump to watch the Maleficent clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and music clip.  The film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto CopleySam RileyImelda StauntonJuno Temple, and Lesley Manville.  Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th.

Angelina Jolie Talks MALEFICENT, Getting into Character, Wearing the Costume and Horns, Directing UNBROKEN, Balacing Work and Family, and More

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Every villain is the hero of their own story, which can certainly be said for the title character in Maleficent.  Played to wickedly delightful perfection by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Maleficent is so much more than just a villain.  Once you learn about the elements of the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone and led her to place an irrevocable curse upon the infant Aurora, you will begin to understand how she got her reputation.  Directed by Robert Stromberg and written by Linda Woolverton, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites.

At the press day, Collider was invited to participate in a small roundtable with the film’s star, Angelina Jolie, who talked about realizing that there was no half-way, once she put on the full costume and horns, what ultimately sold her on her daughter, Vivienne, being in the film and what she was like on set, how big of a role motherhood played in her accepting this project, the process of getting into character, each day, whether she’d consider returning to this character, and how she feels about this film being watched, for generations to come.  She also talked about the experience of directing her second film, Unbroken, why it was so much more daunting than her first, why its subject, Louis Zamperini, is so important to her, and how she manages to balance her big family with her hectic career.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

The Cannes Film Festival Gets Underway: See Posters for TRANSFORMERS 4, THE EXPENDABLES 3, THE HOMESMAN, AWOL 72, and More

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The Croisette is abuzz with reporters, film critics, wannabes and tourists.  It is time for the annual event that puts all those attending in a cinematographic bubble for ten days.  The rest of the world is being attacked by aliens for all we know, but we would go on unawares. Or the reigning cinematic ambience would annihilate them.  This is, after all, the biggest film festival and market on the planet where imagination, movie stars and clever publicity abound.

Hit the jump for our first report from Cannes, including posters from Transformers: Age of Extinction, How to Train Your Dragon 2The Homesman, The Expendables 3, Awol 72, and more.

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