Weekend Box Office: OUIJA Wins with $20 Million; JOHN WICK Second with $14.1 Million

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On a relatively quiet pre-Halloween weekend, teen horror flick Ouija reigned.  Based on the Hasbro toys property and released by Universal, Ouija took in an estimated $20 million from 2,858 locations for first place.  John Wick was second with $14.1 million.  While not quite at the level of recent R-rated fare like The Equalizer and Fury, the male-skewing action pic did manage to top last month’s A Walk Among the Tombstones – and its own pre-release projections.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ouija $20,000,000 $20
2.  John Wick $14,150,000 $14.1
3.  Fury $13,000,000 $46
4.  Gone Girl $11,100,000 $124
5.  The Book of Life $9,800,000 $29.9
6.  St. Vincent $8,058,000 $9.1
7.  Alexander and Terrible… $7,023,000 $45.5
8.  The Best of Me $4,736,000 $17.6
9.  The Judge $4,345,000 $34.3
10.  Dracula Untold $4,302,000 $48.3

 

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Friday Box Office: OUIJA Conjures Easy Win; JOHN WICK Strong in Second

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After four adult-skewing frames in a row, teen audiences will regain control of the box office with Ouija this weekend.  The PG-13 horror movie starring Hasbro’s venerable “board game,” earned $8.3 million from 2,858 locations on Friday despite receiving some of the worst reviews of the year.  Ouija is not going to break out like R-rated Annabelle did a few weeks back, but the Universal release should have no trouble summoning over $20 million on its first weekend in theatres.  John Wick took second place yesterday, earning an estimated $5.45 million from 2,589 locations.  The R-rated drama marks the return of Keanu Reeves to the action genre after a less than stellar run in 47 Ronin last year.  Originally expected to bring in under $12 million, good reviews and strong word of mouth should get John Wick closer to $15 million through Sunday.

More box office news and Friday’s top five after the jump.

Olivia Cooke Talks OUIJA, Re-Shooting Half the Film, BATES MOTEL: Season 3, and More

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Ouija is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears, as they attempt to make contact with the other side and unleash an evil that that they may never be able to stop.  When Laine’s (Olivia Cooke) childhood best friend Debbie (Shelley Hennig) suddenly dies, she discovers an antique Ouija board that she thinks can be used to say goodbye to her friend, but instead it quickly turns into a dangerous game where they might all meet the same fate as their friend.

At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, actress Olivia Cooke spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she wanted to be a part of this project, how she related to her character, just how much the story changed and evolved, re-shooting 50% of the film, who she’d want to contact with a Ouija board, the most challenging aspect of the shoot, having so much fun with this cast, and why she doesn’t think she’d return for a sequel.  She also talked about shooting Me & Earl & the Dying Girl for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the experience of shaving her head for the role and how close they’re sticking to the book that it’s adapted from, as well as what fans can expect from Season 3 of her A&E TV series Bates Motel.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Fall 2014 Horror Preview: ANNABELLE, OUIJA, THE GUEST, ABCS OF DEATH 2, and More

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It’s been a rather rough year for horror.  So far, there hasn’t been a surprise hit like The Conjuring or very many strong films at all for that matter.  The Purge: Anarchy and The Sacrament are good enough, but if I’m tallying up the 2014 releases that I’ll probably watch again in the coming years, there’d only be three on the list – Stage Fright, Afflicted and Oculus.

But the good thing is we’ve still got four more months to go, and September and October alone have a lot to offer.  Hit the jump to find out which upcoming horror movies could be worth checking out in our Fall 2014 Horror Preview.

Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, What They Had to Fight to Include

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the endlessly popular characters created by comic book writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, four Ninja Turtles – known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.  As Shredder and his evil Foot Clan commit crimes and spread fear through the streets of New York, the Ninja Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), in order to thwart Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination.

While at the film’s press day, director Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why they decided not to overly sexualize the film, what they were dead-set on including, deciding what they could hold back on, how long it took before they saw the first Turtle brought to life with the first line of dialogue, how hard they had to work to earn everything with the film, possible behind-the-scenes footage for the Blu-ray, and finding the right balance in the tone.  Form and Fuller also talked about what Platinum Dunes has coming out next, film wise, the status of The Monster Squad remake, and working on the script for Friday the 13th, due out in November 2015.  Check out our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interview after the jump.

First OUIJA Trailer, Poster and Images: When Board Games Kill

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The idea of a horror movie inspired by a Ouija Board never really sounded like a great idea, but now the very first Ouija trailer is here and sadly, it confirms it.  The film marks Stiles White’s feature directorial debut and involves a group of friends using a Ouija Board to contact Debbie (Shelley Henning), another friend who just passed.  Turns out, Debbie’s death was no accident.  She started messing with a Ouija Board she found and the thing killed her.

We get horror movies about folks contacting spirits all the time, but what could have (and should have) made Ouija a standout is using the familiar board game in a nostalgic manner, just like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller did with The Lego Movie.  Just having your leads sit at a table in a dark house with the board won’t do that, especially when they’re also being drowned in genre clichés as well.  Ouija is due in theaters on October 24th and stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Ana Coto.  Hit the jump to catch the new trailer, poster and images.

Olivia Cooke Talks THE QUIET ONES, BATES MOTEL, ME, EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam ClaflinOlivia CookeErin Richards, and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion postersthe trailer, and all of our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Olivia Cooke.  She talked about making the film, getting cast, how she shot it before getting cast in Bates Motel, when she first realized she wanted to be an actor, the advice Jared Harris gave her while making the movie, how she likes to work on set, The Signal, Ouija, Bates Motel season 2 and 3, that she’ll be filming Me & Earl & the Dying Girl this June, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Olivia Cooke Talks BATES MOTEL, Season 1 Surprises, Emma’s Relationship Statuses, Love Interests, Scares, and Murders, Plus THE QUIET ONES and OUIJA

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After the explosive events that occurred in the first season of Bates Motel, things are only going to keep getting tougher and more dangerous for Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), especially with the economic livelihood of the motel being threatened. On top of that, Dylan’s (Max Thieriot) business is in a precarious position, Norma’s brother (Kenny Johnson) is in town, and there are new love interests for the characters.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Olivia Cooke (who plays quirky teenager Emma Decody) talked about what most surprised her about Emma’s journey in Season 1, what she most enjoys about playing this character, how anxious she is to get tidbits of information about what’s to come, the status of Emma’s friendship with Norman, how close Emma is getting to Norma, what Emma’s new love interest will be like, that Emma will have a scare involving her Cystic Fibrosis, and that she’d love to see Emma caught up in a murder.  She also talked about her work in the upcoming feature films The Quiet Ones, a horror movie about a university physics professor who assembles a team to help create a poltergeist, and the thriller Ouija.  Check out our Olivia Cooke interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers. 

Universal Unveils 2015 Release Dates & Synopses for PITCH PERFECT 2, CRIMSON PEAK, and EVEREST; Also Slates OUIJA, WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, More

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Universal Pictures has announced a slew of release dates for some of its upcoming films, unveiling the first synopses for some highly anticipated pics (including the latest from Guillermo del Toro) in the process.  Briefly:

  • As Above, So Below – From Legendary Pictures, the psychological thriller directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) will open August 15, 2014.
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones – The Liam Neeson/Dan Stevens thriller directed by Scott Frank will hit theaters September 19, 2014.
  • Ouija – Universal’s adaptation of the popular board game produced by Michael Bay is slated for October 24, 2014.
  • Everest – Director Baltasar Kormakur’s (2 Guns) survival drama starring Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D February 27, 2015.
  • Pitch Perfect 2 – The music-centered sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, will be aca-released May 15, 2015.
  • Crimson Peak – From Legendary Pictures, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort, starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam, will haunt traditional theaters and IMAX on October 16, 2015.

Hit the jump to read the synopses for the aforementioned films.

Producer Brad Fuller Shares Details on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE PURGE 2, FRIDAY THE 13th Sequel and More

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Michael Bay upset the nerd cart a couple of years back when he called the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles part of an “alien race”.  Just in case there’s any residual ill will left over from that faux pas, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller is here to sort it all out.  In addition to verifying the origin of the heroes in a half-shell, Fuller also commented on upcoming sequels to The Purge and Friday the 13th.  Fuller even talked about the progress of that Ouija project.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

KNOWING Scribes Juliet Snowden and Stiles White to Rewrite and Direct OUIJA

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Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Knowing) have been tapped to rewrite and direct Universal’s low-budget adaptation of the board game Ouija.  The project was originally intended as one of Universal’s tent poles based on Hasbro properties, but dumped all of them when it was clear that Battleship was going to sink at the box office.  Hasbro was then able to retool the project with a $5 million budget, and Universal picked it back up with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum on boardMichael Bay will also produce through his Platinum Dunes banner along with partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

Variety has no details on what Snowden and White are intending for the adaptation beyond a thriller involving the infamous board that supposedly connects to a supernatural dimension that functions like Yahoo! Answers.  Universal plans to release the film next year.  Ouija will be the directing debut for Snowden and White.

Universal Puts OUIJA Back on Track with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Producer for 2013 Release

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Almost two years ago, a bevy of board games were targeted for big-screen adaptations. Stretch Armstrong, Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, etc. have all been in the development line towards big-screen adaptations, but recently (and on the heels of the release of Battleship) movement on the aforementioned projects has slowed. McG was set to direct an adaptation of the supernatural game Ouija, but Universal decided to pass on the project back in August. Hasbro continued to develop Ouija, and after numerous rewrites, the studio has now changed its mind and is now moving forward with a completely retooled version of Ouija for a targeted 2013 release.

Compared to McG’s previous $100 million Ouija, Deadline reports that this new version will be produced by Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum for a budget close to $5 million. Blum has made a name for himself with low budget/high profit films like the Paranormal Activity series and Insidious, and now it appears Universal plans to take that approach with Ouija. Hit the jump for more.

McG Talks THIS MEANS WAR, SPRING AWAKENING, TINK, TERMINATOR SALVATION Original Ending & Deleted Scenes, PUZZLE PALACE

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Opening this weekend is the action-comedy This Means War. Directed by McG, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends…until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).  Rather than giving up and allowing one of the two to continue seeing Witherspoon, Hardy and Pine put their CIA gadgetry and know-how to work in order to derail each another’s relationship with the girl.  For more on the film, here’s six clips and Matt’s review.

During the recent Los Angeles press junket, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with McG.  We talked about making This Means War, the battle with the MPAA over rating and what they had to cut to get a PG-13, test screenings, deleted scenes, and what will be on the Blu-ray (it’ll have a Bond-style title sequence).  In addition, with McG attached to so many other projects, I got updates on his TV pilot Guilty (about a lawyer that’s been disbarred), Spring Awakening, Dead Spy Running (a spy movie that Stephen Gaghan is writing and possibly directing), Face It (a romantic comedy), Monster Squad (he’s not involved anymore), Medieval (the status is up in the air at Regency), Tink (will star Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President (they haven’t cracked the script yet), Puzzle Palace (a thriller like Die Hard about a boy who has to break in to 1 Police Plaza in New York), Ouija (he’s not involved anymore), The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League (will star Amanda Seyfried as a girl who steals someone’s identity to attend an Ivy League school), and we also talked about the 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes from Terminator Salvation and an alternate ending where Skynet wins.  Hit the jump to watch.

Marti Noxon to Re-Write Script for OUIJA

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The feature film adaptation of the Hasbro board game Ouija continues to cycle through screenwriters.  Last November, TRON Legacy screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were hired to come up with a script based on the black magic that comes from a piece of cardboard and plastic pointer you can buy at Target.  Then Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Lion King 1 ½) was hired to work on the script, and now Heat Vision reports that screenwriting duties have now passed to Marti Noxon (Fright Night).  Noxon was also hired last May to write a new draft of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a film which can’t keep its directors or find bankable lead actors.

McG was attached to direct Ouija, but there’s no mention of him in Heat Vision’s story.  Losing McG would not be the worst thing that could happen to any movie.  Ouija is still looking for a home after Universal dropped the film back in August, but Hasbro still envisions the movie “as a family adventure in the tone of The Mummy centering on a family who has to deal with otherwordly chaos that is unleashed.”  Hopefully, the family will learn the danger of buying Hasbro games.

Exclusive: McG Talks OUIJA, Future Film and TV Projects, and the Possibility of a TERMINATOR: SALVATION Director’s Cut Release

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At the press junket for the new interactive web series Aim High, starring Jackson Rathbone (Jasper in The Twilight Saga) and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), executive producer McG was there to express his passion for the cutting edge project that will incorporate viewers’ personal Facebook profiles into the story of a high school student (Rathbone) living a double life as a government operative while dreaming of the most popular girl in school (Teegarden).

While we will run that portion of the interview closer to the web series’ October 18th premiere, we did want to let you know what he had to say about what else he’s currently juggling. In post-production on the action-comedy This Means War (starring Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine) and with six television series currently in development for next season, McG said that he’s looking at a few films right now and will probably decide what he’ll focus on next before the holidays. With so many things on his plate, not everything will end up actually getting made, which he said may be the case with the Ouija board movie that Universal dropped from their production schedule. And, while he knows they did a lot of things right with Terminator: Salvation, he also knows that they did a lot of things wrong, so only time will tell whether or not that director’s cut with all the additional footage will ever be released on DVD/Blu-ray. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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