Weekend Box Office – TED Takes R-Rated Comedy Title with $54.1 Million; MAGIC MIKE Second with $39.1 Million

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The theory that audiences would wait for the tentpole movies of July before opening their wallets went down in flames this weekend as two all-original movies (R-rated ones at that) delivered stellar openings. Ted and Magic Mike bested Brave by taking first and second place: nearly doubling their pre-weekend projections and giving box office watchers a lot more to consider than the imminent arrival of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Title Weekend Total
1 Ted $54,100,000 $54.1
2 Magic Mike $39,155,000 $39.1
3 Brave $34,000,000 $131.6
4 Madea’s Witness Protection $26,350,000 $26.3
5 Madagascar 3 $11,815,000 $180
6 A Lincoln: Vampire Hunter $6,000,000 $29
7 Prometheus $4,925,000 $118.2
8 Moonrise Kingdom $4,872,000 $18.4
9 Snow White & the Huntsman $4,405,000 $145.6
10 People Like Us $4,300,000 $4.3

Friday Box Office – R-Rated Surprise as TED and MAGIC MIKE Smash Expectations

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So, it appears the answer to the question “did I underestimate the blockbuster potential of Ted” is a giant “Oh Hell Yes.”  From its first day in 3,239 locations the R-rated comedy from first-time film director Seth MacFarlane (the Family Guy guy) made an estimated $20.2 million. And this from a movie that was projected to earn only $25 million for its first weekend! With Friday’s huge win, Ted is now poised to take in double that by Sunday – a figure that would top The Hangover as the all-time highest debut from an R-rated (non-sequel) comedy. But Friday’s surprises were not limited to talking teddy bears. Magic Mike, the R-rated male-stripper movie starring Channing Tatum, was also a giant over-performer with an estimated $19.4 million from 2,930 venues. Again, that is just under what Magic Mike was projected to earn in its first three days. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, in 2,161 locations, also had a bigger-than-expected first Friday, taking in an estimated $10.25 million for what should prove a $27 million opening weekend. In fact, of yesterday’s four major new releases, only the Disney-distributed People Like Us played as expected – opening outside the top five with a modest $1.4 million.  We’ll have full details and analysis of this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Ted $20,200,000 $20.2
2 Magic Mike $19,400,000 $19.4
3 Brave $10,320,000 $107.9
4 Madea’s Witness Protection $10,250,000 $10.25
5 Madagascar 3 $3,575,000 $171.7

TOP 5: MAGIC MIKE, LOOPER, PEOPLE LIKE US, TOTAL RECALL, Pixar by the Numbers

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This weekend I find myself deep in the heart of Louisville, KY for Fandomfest Louisville 2012. Part Comic-Con, part pop culture celebration, and part horror film festival, a few guests of note include Bruce Campbell, Sean Astin, Tyler Mane, and slasher icon Kane Hodder. While each of these attendees has a special place in my pop culture heart in one way or another, my mission today is to track down former WCW star Diamond Dallas Page. 10 year-old me loved nothing more than watching DDP and co. weekly on WCW Monday Nitro, and today may be the only opportunity I get to share that joy with someone who was an integral part of it.

All wrestling memories aside, awaiting you on the other side of this week’s Top 5 is a brief recap and link to our Magic Mike interviews with Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh and more, the new international and domestic trailers for Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Steve’s People Like Us video interviews with Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and more, the new Total Recall trailer, and Brendan’s inaugural By the Numbers feature that spans Pixar’s entire filmography to date.

Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks Talk PEOPLE LIKE US, Video Games, and the Sequels to WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and STAR TREK

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Opening this weekend is director Alex Kurtzman’s (co-writer of Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens) feature debut, People Like Us.  Inspired by true events from his own life, the film follows Sam (Chris Pine), a debt-ridden salesman who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) and a sizable amount of money meant for her.  As he struggles with the decision of whether or not to share the money, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sister and her young son.  For more on the film, here’s eight clips and my video interview with Michelle Pfeiffer (she plays Pine’s mother).

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Pine and Banks.  We talked about making the film, how the studios have moved away from making talking dramas, t-shirts, video games, how they prepare for their roles, and the sequels to Wet Hot American Summer and Star Trek.  Hit the jump to watch.

Michelle Pfeiffer Talks PEOPLE LIKE US, Deleted Scenes, Her Early Work in Movies and TV, and If She’s Looking Forward to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Opening this weekend is director Alex Kurtzman’s (co-writer of Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens) feature debut, People Like Us.  Inspired by true events from his own life, the film follows Sam (Chris Pine), a debt-ridden salesman who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) and a sizable amount of money meant for her.  As he struggles with the decision of whether or not to share the money, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sister and her young son.  For more on the film, here’s eight clips.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Michelle Pfeiffer (she plays Pine’s mother).  We talked about making the film, how the studios have moved away from making talking dramas, deleted scenes, her early movie and TV work in projects like CHiPs, Delta House and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, t-shirts, and how she prepares for a role.  In addition, with Pfeiffer having played Catwoman in Tim Burton‘s Batman Returns, I asked if she was looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises.  Hit the jump to watch.

Liz Phair Talks Collaborating with A.R. Rahman for PEOPLE LIKE US, Taking on the Male Rock Establishment, Her New Album and More

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People Like Us is a family dramedy inspired by true events from the life of writer/director Alex Kurtzman. The story follows Sam (Chris Pine), a twenty-something guy who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) that Sam never knew about, and he is forced to re-examine his own life and re-think everything he thought he knew about his family.

At the film’s press day, Collider got the opportunity to speak with singer/songwriter Liz Phair, who co-wrote the end credits song, “Dotted Line,” with composer A.R. Rahman.  During the interview, she talked about taking on the male rock establishment 20 years ago, how her music was initially received, making the leap to writing songs for film and TV, getting the call from director Alex Kurtzman to contribute a song to People Like Us, collaborating with composer A.R. Rahman, how comfortable she is now with performing live, what makes a great show for her, and what she had coming up, musically.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Alex Kurtzman Talks PEOPLE LIKE US, STAR TREK 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, ENDER’S GAME and the VAN HELSING and THE MUMMY Reboots

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People Like Us is a family dramedy inspired by true events from the life of writer/director Alex Kurtzman. The story follows Sam (Chris Pine), a twenty-something guy who learns that his father has suddenly died, leaving behind a secret 30-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Banks) that Sam never knew about, and he is forced to re-examine his own life and re-think everything he thought he knew about his family.

At the film’s press day, Alex Kurtzman talked to Collider about deciding to share such a personal story with the world, the advantages and disadvantages in writing something without a set deadline, what made him decide to direct, and how important the casting was for the tone of the movie.  He also talked about the emotional experience of returning to the Enterprise for the Star Trek sequel, what made he and business partner Roberto Orci want to sign on to write the sequel for The Amazing Spider-Man, how they just wrapped Ender’s Game (which takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war) and Now You See Me (about FBI agents who track a team of illusionists that pull off bank heists during their performances) as producers, and how excited they are to be rebooting Van Helsing and The Mummy. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

8 Clips from PEOPLE LIKE US Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks

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We’ve been provided with eight clips from director Alex Kurtzman’s (co-writer of Star Trek and Cowboys & Aliens) character drama People Like Us to share.  The film stars Chris Pine as a debt-ridden salesman who must split a sizeable inheritance with a sister (Elizabeth Banks) he didn’t know about; as he struggles with the decision of whether to share the money or not, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sister and her young son.  In a change of pace from their usual blockbuster/action fare, Kurtzman co-wrote the script with frequent collaborator Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass and Jon FavreauPeople Like Us opens on June 29th.

Poster Round-Up: PROMETHEUS, THE EXPENDABLES 2, KILLER JOE, RUBY SPARKS and PEOPLE LIKE US

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Poster round-up!  Here’s what we got:

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

New Featurette for PEOPLE LIKE US Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks

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A bit over a month after the first trailer for long-lost-sibling drama People Like Us debuted online, a sizzle reel (fancy industry talk for “featurette”) has followed. Basically, it’s a lot of the stuff we’ve seen before (plus some new bits), mixed with footage of first-time director Alex Kurtzman (co-writer of Star Trek and Transformers) and stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks discussing the film. Co-written by Kurtzman, frequent collaborator Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert, the film sees a debt-ridden salesman (Pine) who must split a sizeable inheritance with a sister (Banks) he didn’t know about; as he struggles with the “But it’s so much money!” quandary, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sis and her young son.

If you thought the first trailer betrayed a bit too much schmaltz, this one won’t do much to sway you. But, at the very least, it improves upon its predecessor by cutting the line “Sometimes the past is a present.” Shudder. Hit the jump to check it out. People Like Us (previously titled Welcome to the People) also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, and Mark Duplass. It will hit theaters on June 29.

2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Featuring World Premieres of MAGIC MIKE and Dreamworks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US

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The line-up for 2012′s Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced and, as expected, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love will kick things off.  LAFF 2012 will also feature the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike to close out the festivities.  Between those two screenings, the world premiere of Dreamworks Pictures’ People Like Us will also be featured, along with screenings of Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. The festival runs from June 14th to the 24th at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for its 18th annual showing.  Hit the jump to see more of what you can expect from the eclectic mix of films at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

New Images from PEOPLE LIKE US Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks

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Yesterday we caught a glimpse at the first trailer for the upcoming drama People Like Us (formerly Welcome to People), and now a batch of new images from the film have gone online. The story centers on a man (Chris Pine) who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he never met (Elizabeth Banks). The trailer walks a fine line between cheesey and touching, but I’m a big fan of the cast so hopefully we’ve got a sleeper dramedy in the vein of Crazy, Stupid, Love on our hands.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) and also stars Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael D’Addario, and Mark Duplass. People Like Us opens on June 29th.

First Trailer for PEOPLE LIKE US Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde

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The first trailer for the drama People Like Us (formerly titled Welcome to People) has gone online. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) from a script he co-wrote with writing partner Roberto Orci and relative newcomer Jody Lambert. The story centers on a man (Chris Pine) who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he never met (Elizabeth Banks). Despite the grating pop-rock song, the trailer doesn’t look half bad. Though the story could turn sappy really fast, there look to be some swell performances from the film’s impressive cast. The plot device comes off a bit too Pay it Forward-like for my taste, but hopefully that’s just a result of trying to sell the story in a two-minute trailer. Nevertheless, the film does look to be walking a very fine line between cheese-fest and solid character drama, but I’m sincerely pulling for the latter.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass and Jon Favreau. People Like Us opens on June 29th.

Chris Pine’s WELCOME TO PEOPLE Now Titled PEOPLE LIKE US

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Previously known as Welcome to People, the familial drama from debut director Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) is now titled, People Like Us. Written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and relative newcomer Jody Lambert, People Like Us stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) as a man who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he has never met. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) stars as the sister in question, an alcoholic with a 12-year-old son, who Pine’s character befriends. Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens) also stars in People Like Us as Pine’s girlfriend, Hannah. Pine spoke on the project during a previous interview,  as did Mark Duplass (The League) in a more recent interview that you can read here. Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns) also stars as Pine’s widowed mother. The DreamWorks picture, partially set up by Steven Spielberg himself, will open June 29th of this year.

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