New to Blu-ray: ELYSIUM, PRISONERS, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Weekend Box Office: LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Serves $25 Million Debut; KICK-ASS 2 Falls to Fourth

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This weekend may have hosted four new titles, but audiences showed love to only one. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – a film that was barely on the radar when the summer began – opened in first place with an estimated $25 million. That left Kick-Ass 2 with a very disappointing fourth-place start and the biopic Jobs a distant seventh. Meanwhile, with just $3.5 million from 2,459 locations, new release Paranoia failed to make the top ten entirely.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $25,010,000 $25
2.  We’re the Millers $17,780,000 $69.5
3.  Elysium $13,600,00 $55.9
4.  Kick-Ass 2 $13,568,000 $13.5
5.  Planes $13,141,000 $45
6.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $8,375,000 $38.9
7.  Jobs $6,700,000 $6.7
8.  2 Guns $5,600,000 $59.2
9.  The Smurfs 2 $4,600,000 $56.9
10.  The Wolverine $4,425,000 $120.4

Thor Freudenthal Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Working with a Bigger Budget, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Freudenthal.  He talked about how he landed the job, what it was like to work with a much bigger budget, making sure certain things from the books made it into the movie, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: ELYSIUM Leads with $30.5 Million; WE’RE THE MILLERS in Second; PLANES Fails to Lift Off

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Welcome to another very crowded weekend at the domestic box office. As expected, Elysium took top honors with an estimated $30.5 million but still fell short of pre-release expectations. We’re the Millers held on to second place with $26.5 million, making it the only feature to top initial projections for its first weekend. That leaves Disney’s Planes grounded in third and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters right behind it as each failed to improve significantly on their modest Friday performances.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Elysium $30,500,000 $30.5
2.  We’re the Millers $26,555,000 $38
3.  Planes $22,525,000 $22.5
4.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $14,600,000 $23.4
5.  2 Guns $11,128,000 $48.5
6.  Smurfs 2 $9,500,000 $46.6
7.  The Wolverine $8,000,000 $111.9
8.  The Conjuring $6,700,000 $120.7
9.  Despicable Me 2 $5,700,000 $338.2
10.  Grown Ups 2 $3,700,000 $123.8

Friday Box Office: ELYSIUM on Top Opening Day; May Face Close Race with PLANES to Win the Weekend

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Two wide releases opened Friday: the sci-fi effort Elysium is in first place with $11.2 million—the Disney cartoon Planes follows in third with $8.1 million.  However, Planes should see the animation bump on Saturday and Sunday.  Epic and The Croods (recent animated movies that opened on a Friday in the same box office range) earned 72-73% of their weekend box office on Saturday and Sunday.  If Planes follows a similar path, it should reach $28-31 million for the weekend.  Elysium is more likely to resemble recent actioners 2 Guns and Pacific Rim, which peaked on Friday and grossed 61-63% of their weekend box office on Saturday and Sunday.  That track would also land Elysium in the $28-31 million range for the weekend, so it could be a close race.

We’re the Millers opened Wednesday and looks good in second place with $8.5 million, on its way to making back the listed $37 million budget by Monday.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters also opened Wednesday, and lags behind with a $4.9 million Friday.  Check back tomorrow for full details on the weekend box office.

Title Friday Total
1. Elysium $11,200,000 $11.2
2. We’re the Millers
$8,510,000 $20.0
3. Planes $8,105,000 $8.1
4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
$4,900,000 $13.8
5. 2 Guns
$3,400,000 $40.8

TOP 5: New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, ELYSIUM Interviews, New DOCTOR WHO, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.

Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.

Alexandra Daddario Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE, and When Will WB Cast Her as WONDER WOMAN

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Opening this week is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Alexandra Daddario.  She talked about when she first heard they’d be making a sequel, what she wants for her character, what it’s like making a film for adults and kids in the same year, who she plays on HBO’s True Detective, and when Warner Bros. will cast her as Wonder Woman (which I think she could pull off).  Hit the jump to watch.

Logan Lerman Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Making the Sequel, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, Future Projects, and More

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Opening this week is director Thor Freudenthal’s fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean.  For more on the film, watch five clips, the trailer, or read Matt’s review.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Logan Lerman.  He talked about what the last year has been like working in a number of high-profile projects, when he first heard that they’d be making the sequel, how much fun he had making the film, his thoughts on The Butterfly Effect being remade (he played the younger version of Ashton Kutcher in the original), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Review

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters makes a great case for second chances.  I haven’t read Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson novels, but the 2010 adaptation of the first book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was abysmal.  There wasn’t one good thing about the film, and it felt like the series would go the way of other stillborn fantasy franchises.  But in the demigod’s second adventure, director Thor Freudenthal find a place for the young hero by tapping into a solid PG adventure movie that takes the maturity of its cast and pairs it with fun action pieces, charming humor, and an enthusiasm that gives Percy Jackson a rare second chance at a first impression.

5 Clips from PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion

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Coming soon to a theater near you is Thor Freudenthal’s family-friendly fantasy sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  Logan Lerman returns in the title role, along with partners Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson).  Joining them in their quest to find the Golden Fleece are newcomers Clarisse la Rue (Leven Rambin) and the cyclops, Tyson (Douglas Smith).  This new adventure takes the crew into the heart of the Sea of Monsters and we’ve got five new clips to prepare you for the battle that is to come.

Also starring Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Anthony Head and Sean Bean, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens Wednesday, August 7th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New Featurette for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Brings the Myths to Our World

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20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  This is the first bit of marketing that has me interested in the film since it shows how this time around the mythological aspects carry over into our world rather than mythological creatures simply coming to Percy like in the first movie.  There’s still plenty of emphasis on those creatures, but I like that the sequel looks like it’s willing to have more fun with the myths such as Hermes (Nathan Fillion) running UPS-like delivery service.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Douglas Smith, Anthony Head, Leven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

Brandon T. Jackson and Leven Rambin Talk PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Finding Comedy Amidst the Action and a Near Miss During a Fight Scene

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This summer will feature the return of Logan Lerman as a demigod in the title role of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Also returning for the sequel is Brandon T. Jackson, who plays Percy’s friend, Grover.  A new addition this time around is Clarisse, one of Percy’s Camp Half-Blood adversaries, played by Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games).  Our early sneak peek at the footage from the first act features both actors getting equal parts action and comedy in the Thor Freudenthal-directed picture.  In a recent interview, both Jackson and Rambin talked about working with the new cast members and directors, a near miss in one of their fight scenes and how close the movie gets to the Rick Riordan book.

Also starring Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Douglas SmithPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.  Hit the jump to watch.

International Trailer for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Goes Heavy on Action and Shows Most of the Movie

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An international trailer has been released for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  The follow-up finds Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends venturing to a mythical land known as the Sea of Monsters to retrieve a golden fleece that is essential to the survival of his home and other demigods.  The trailer shows the giant action on display to the point where I’m wondering where a sequel could possibly go.  The villain is the father of the gods, Kronos, with an assist from the previous film’s villain, Luke (Jake Abel).  How do you top the father of the gods?  In any event, like the first movie, there’s a hodgepodge of Greek mythology that brings in the Cyclops, the Golden Fleece, and other icons.  I’m still not sold on the picture even though this trailer basically gives everything away.  But with new director Thor Freudenthal at the helm and no need to go through the origin story, perhaps the sequel will be far superior to the first film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Douglas SmithLeven Rambin, Missi PyleYvette Nicole Brown, and Mary BirdsongPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens in 3D on August 7th.

Thor Freudenthal Talks PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Pulling Material from the Novels, Working with the Sequel’s Cast, and Eventual Blu-ray Material

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Fans of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief will get to see star Logan Lerman back in action in this summer’s sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.  Director Thor Freudenthal was kid enough to share an advanced look at the first act of the film, which has plenty of action and humor to go around.  In a recent interview, Freudenthal talked about his penchant for directing family films, Percy’s character arc in the sequel, pulling from the Rick Riordan books for his own interpretation, and working with the new and returning cast members.

Also starring Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Douglas SmithPercy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.  Hit the jump for the video interview.

New Posters for RIDDICK, PERCY JACKSON 2, RUNNER RUNNER, FRUITVALE STATION, and PRINCE AVALANCHE

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We’ve got a few new posters to share today.  Briefly:

  • Riddick – A new IMAX poster for the Vin Diesel-fronted sequel, which opens on September 6th.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – The gang’s all here in the new poster for the fantasy/adventure follow-up, which opens on August 7th.
  • Runner Runner – Another pretty generic poster for the otherwise promising thriller starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Arterton.  The film opens on September 27th.
  • Fruitvale Station – A new poster for the Sundance tearjerker puts the focus on star Michael B. Jordan.  The film opens on July 12th.
  • Prince Avalanche – Ahead of Monday’s new trailer debut, we’ve got a new poster for the low-key dramedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.  The film opens on August 9th.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.

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