Friday Box Office: THE PURGE: ANARCHY Edges Out APES Sequel; SEX TAPE Struggles

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If the Friday box office is any indication, it’s going to be another meh weekend at the movies.  After pulling in an impressive $72.6 million in its debut, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should remain on top for a second frame – although it was surpassed on Friday by newcomer The Purge: Anarchy.  The successor to last summer’s R-rated thriller earned an estimated $13 million and took first place on Friday.  For its first weekend, however, the sequel is expected to earn $28 million, and that means Apes 2 should overtake it in the three-day race.  In its sophomore frame, Apes is expected to bring in about $34 million, which would give it one of the best holds among this summer’s major releases.

Details on Sex Tape, Planes: Fire & Rescue and Friday’s top five are after the jump.

Julie Bowen Talks PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, Getting Involved with the Sequel, Working inside the Recording Booth, and Her Most Bizarre Fan Encounter

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Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes:  Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard.  Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires.  She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook).  When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement.  Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi.

At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, what it was like working inside the recording booth, how Shaun Cassidy inspired the mindset of her hopelessly romantic character, what it was like meeting Dane at the cast and crew screening, her most bizarre fan encounter, and the impact the syndication of her ABC comedy, Modern Family, has had on how people see her. Hit the jump to read the interview.

Dane Cook Talks PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE, Reprising His Role, Being Part of the Disney Family, Telling a Deeper Story, and the Theme of Second Chances

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Dane Cook returns as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the crop duster turned world-famous air racer, in Planes:  Fire and Rescue.  After a successful racing season, Dusty comes home to his friends in Propwash Junction, but life takes an unexpected turn when a fateful training run leads to a new career with the elite Aerial Fire Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base.  Opening July 18th, the animated adventure-comedy directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi.

At the film’s recent press day, Cook talked about reprising the role, what it means to be a part of the Disney family, how he wanted to tell a deeper story with Dusty this time around, why the theme of second chances resonated with him, the parallels in the story to his own life experiences, how G-rated animation brought back his R-rated stand-up comedy, why it’s cool having his own talking toy, which cartoons inspired him growing up, why he loves the peril inherent in The Incredibles, Bambi, The Lion King, Toy Story 3, and now Planes 2, his upcoming comedy special that he’s directing for Showtime, and the possibility of a Planes 3.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

New to Blu-ray: THE WORLD’S END, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Collector’s Edition, 2 GUNS, and More

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

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Oscar Beat: 19 Animated Features Submitted for 86th Academy Awards

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19 animated feature films have been submitted for consideration for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, and it’s clear that this is a very thin year for the Best Animated Feature race.  Monsters University and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 feel like the biggest standouts, and while MU is certainly a strong effort from Pixar, it’s tough to imagine those two rousing the same kind of passion that previous nominees like How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, or even ParaNorman instilled.  DreamWorks Animation has two contenders in the bunch with The Croods and Turbo, while Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2, Blue Sky’s Epic, and Disney’s Planes and Frozen are also eligible for nominations.  Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature The Wind Rises is also among the submitted films.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of submitted features and for my early thoughts on the Best Animated Feature Oscar race.  The 86th Oscars will be held on March 2, 2014.  To catch up on all of our Oscar Beat coverage thus far, click here.

First Trailer for PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE

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The first trailer for Planes: Fire and Rescue has landed online, confirming that the unnecessary Disney sequel does in fact exist.  The follow-up to this summer’s Planes finds Dusty (voice by Dane Cook) taking his talents to the world of firefighting, as he joins a “quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park.”  This trailer maintains the cheesy humor from the first film, but apparently kids are quite fond of the anthropomorphic vehicles so it’s unlikely Fire and Rescue will be the last we hear from the Planes world.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Planes: Fire and Rescue opens on July 18, 2014.

Friday Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Grabs $9.3 Million on First Day

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After an animation dry spell that left Disney’s Planes the only feature flying for nearly two months, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 lifted-off on Friday. The sequel to 2009’s 3D hit earned an estimated $9.3 million from 4,002 locations, which means that a new September record is probably not on the menu for the Sony release. At this time last year, Hotel Transylvania banked $10.9 million on its way to that record-setting $42.5 million first weekend. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 seems destined for about $37 million by Sunday – short of a record but well ahead of the $30.3 million debut of the first Cloudy.

After a good start in just five locations last weekend, Ron Howard’s Rush expanded its run on Friday. From 2,297 locations, the racing drama earned an estimated $3.7 million for second place. The frame’s remaining new releases ran about even on Friday: R-rated comedy Don Jon (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) took in $3.27 million from 2,422 locations while romantic comedy Baggage Claim booked $3.29 from 2,027 runs. Check back tomorrow for full details.

   Title Friday Total
1.    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $9,300,000 $9.3
2.    Rush $3,700,000 $3.96
3.    Prisoners $3,380,000 $31
4.    Baggage Claim $3,290,000 $3.29
5.    Don Jon $3,275,000 $3.27

Priyanka Chopra Talks Disney’s PLANES, Playing the Character Ishani, Hoping to Inspire Children with Her Confidence, Her Love of Flying & Her Competitive Spirit

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Priyanka Chopra stars in Disney’s new 3D animated comedy, Planes, voicing the character of Ishani, the reigning Pan-Asian champion racer from India who’s easy on the eyes, but ruthless in the skies.  Exotic and mysterious, Ishani becomes Dusty’s (Dane Cook) love interest when the rookie racer turns to her for advice.  Opening August 9th, the all-new action-packed adventure from Disneytoon Studios is directed by Klay Hall and features a talented voice cast that includes Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Sinbad and Gabriel Iglesias.

At the film’s recent press day at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, Chopra talked about why Ishani was a fun character to play, how it was a cool experience to see her voice and mannerisms come out of an animated character, why she hopes Ishani’s confidence will inspire children, how she thinks the film will be received in India, why she loves to fly, how her competitive spirit inspires her film choices, her new single Exotic with Pitbull, and her upcoming films including Zanjeer, Krrish 3, Gunday, and an untitled biopic about Mary Kom, the Olympic, five-time world champion boxer from India.  Check out the interview after the jump. 

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

D23 Recap: DisneyToon Studios Presentations for Tinkerbell Films LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST and THE PIRATE FAIRY, Plus PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

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Finishing up our recaps from today’s D23 presentation, including a look at Disney/Pixar’s upcoming slate and new projects from Walt Disney Animation Studios, we have the direct-to-video production wing of Disney, DisneyToon Studios.  Their contributions to D23 include two new Tinkerbell pictures titled Legend of the NeverBeast and The Pirate Fairy, plus a new Planes sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue.  While these DVD/Blu-ray films might not appeal to the broadest base, the D23 presentation did feature some fun guest surprises, including Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Dane Cook (Dan in Real Life).  Hit the jump for my recap.

Gabriel Igelsias and Carlos Alazraqui Talk Disney’s PLANES, Voicing Their Characters, Voice-Over vs Stand-Up, Improv, and Their Upcoming Projects

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Carlos Alazraqui brings to life the charming El Chupacabra and Gabriel Iglesias voices Team Ripslinger’s bombastic racers Ned and Zed in Disney’s new 3D animated comedy, Planes, about Dusty (Dane Cook), a small town crop duster that dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer despite his fear of heights.  Opening August 9th, the all-new action-packed adventure from Disneytoon Studios is directed by Klay Hall and features an awesome voice cast that includes Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, and Sinbad.

At a fun press day held at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, Alazraqui and Iglesias talked about voicing their characters, how it compares to doing voices in stand-up comedy, the challenge of replacing someone who’s already voiced your character when the animation is already set, improvising in the animation booth, why it helps to read against the director, why they knew they could knock their lines out of the park, and their upcoming projects including the sequel, Planes:  Fire & Rescue, an animated film called Book of Life, and a third season of the Comedy Central Show, Stand-Up RevolutionCheck out the interview after the jump.

Dane Cook Talks PLANES, Working on a Disney Animated Movie, Learning Aviation Jargon, and PLANES Sequel

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Dane Cook stars in Disney’s new 3D animated comedy, Planes, voicing the character of Dusty, a small town crop duster that’s not exactly built for racing but dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer despite his fear of heights.  Opening August 9th, the all-new action-packed adventure from Disneytoon Studios is directed by Klay Hall and features a terrific voice cast that includes Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Sinbad and Gabriel Iglesias.

At the film’s recent press day at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, Cook talked about how John Lasseter convinced him to do a Disney film, how the animated feature evolved from a DVD opportunity to a cinematic adventure, how he found it easy to match his voice to his character, what it was like being schooled in the technical jargon of aviation, the emotional experience of working on this project, his special connection to his mother, his work with foster children, how E.T. changed his life and inspired him to entertain, his pinch me moment with Steven Spielberg, the Planes sequel and his upcoming tour celebrating 23 years of stand-up comedy.  Check out the interview after the jump:

Teri Hatcher Talks PLANES, Why Her Character Is a Role Model for Girls, Her Hopes for PLANES 2

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Teri Hatcher stars in Disney’s new 3D animated comedy, Planes, voicing the character of Dottie, the forklift who co-owns and operates Chug and Dottie’s Fill ‘n Fly service station.  Dottie is rookie racer Dusty’s (Dane Cook) pragmatic friend and ace mechanic who always has his back and tries to keep his high-flying hopes grounded in reality.  Opening August 9th, the action-packed adventure from Disneytoon Studios is directed by Klay Hall and features an exciting voice cast that includes Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Sinbad and Gabriel Iglesias.

At the recent press day held at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, Hatcher talked about how much fun she had voicing her character, why Dottie is a role model for girls, how voice work compares to the demands of a series, why she’s grateful to be able to slow down and spend quality time with her daughter and learn something new in cooking school, how she’s passionate about telling women’s stories, her fun two-week road trip adventure, her hopes for a bigger part in Planes 2, and her biggest takeaway from being part of a Disney animated movie.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn Talk PLANES, Switching from Direct-to-Video to a Theatrical Release, the Sequel, and More

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Directed by aviation enthusiast Klay Hall from a screenplay by Jeffrey M. Howard and produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn, Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D comedy featuring Dusty (Dane Cook), a crop duster with dreams of being the fastest air racer in the world.  Set in the skies, above the world of Cars, the film was born largely from executive producer John Lasseter’s active imagination.  Opening August 9th, Planes features a great group of new characters voiced by Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Sinbad and Gabriel Iglesias.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Hall and Balthazor-Flynn who talked about what sparked the idea for a feature film that explores the world of planes and creates a whole new set of fun and exciting characters, the involvement of the Brain Trust in every Disney animated movie, the strategy of tearing down the story again and again to get it right, their thoughts on the online theory that every Pixar film takes place in the same universe, the decision to go theatrical rather than straight to DVD/Blu-ray, and the status of the upcoming sequel, Planes:  Fire & Rescue.  Read the full interview after the jump.

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