Weekend Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Leads Weak Field with $19 Million

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After three relatively strong frames, a January chill has hit the box office. Three new titles opened nationwide but only one managed to top $10 million: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with an estimated $19 million from 3,372 locations. That was good enough for first place and higher than Friday’s results suggested, but it was not high enough to put a positive spin on the weekend.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $19,000,000 $19
2.  Mama $12,860,000 $48.6
3.  Silver Linings Playbook $10,000,000 $69.4
4.  Zero Dark Thirty $9,800,000 $69.9
5.  Parker $7,000,000 $7
6.  Django Unchained $5,005,000 $146.2
7.  Movie 43 $5,000,000 $5
8.  Gangster Squad $4,200,000 $39.6
9.  Broken City $4,000,000 $15.2
10.  Les Miserables $3,900,000 $137.2

Friday Box Office: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Tops PARKER and MOVIE 43 with $6 Million

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Nearly a year after it was first scheduled to hit theatres, Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is poised to take first place at the weekend box office. The R-rated fantasy starring Jeremy Renner earned an estimated $6 million from its 3,372 locations on Friday, suggesting a three-day total of $15 million. That’s $5 million short of studio expectations; but it’s not bad for a film with a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fellow-newcomer Movie 43 claimed a 6% RT rank and see what happened? On Friday, the collection of comedy shorts earned $1.8 million from 2,023 locations and is looking at a weekend of just $5 million. FilmDistrict’s Parker, the last of the R-rated newcomers, saw an opening of $2.1 million from 2,224 locations. The action movie could get as high as $6 million by Sunday: an opening that would fall below both Killer Elite and Safe on the list of Jason Statham’s recent disappointments. Check back tomorrow for full results.

Title Friday Total
1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $6,025,000 $6
2. Mama $3,800,000 $39.5
3. Silver Linings Playbook $2,337,000 $61.8
4. Zero Dark Thirty $2,325,000 $62.4
5. Parker $2,130,000 $2.1

SAFE Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 80 days ago

The idea of a Jason Statham film is often better than thing itself. Statham is one of the few working action stars, and that means he churns out a film or two a year that tend to be low budget with an international cast and setting to better maximize their worldwide value. Safe is easily one of his best films and delivers a solid action movie with a good story and enjoyable action sequences. Our review of Safe on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – THINK LIKE A MAN Stays On Top with $18 Million as New Releases Underwhelm

by     Posted 2 years, 235 days ago

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Thought last weekend, when the comedy Think Like A Man took first place from the heavily-favored The Lucky One, was a surprise? Then check out this weekend’s estimates. Not only has Think Like A Man defied all expectations by holding the top spot for a second week; it did so by beating the heavily-favored rom-com The Five-Year Engagement from super-producer Judd Apatow. Could it be that post-racial America has finally arrived? Or is everyone just saving their money to see The Avengers? You be the judge.

Title Weekend Total
1 Think Like A Man $18,400,000 $60.8
2 Pirates! Band of Misfits $11,400,000 $11.4
3 The Lucky One $11,325,000 $39.9
4 The Hunger Games $11,250,000 $372.4
5 The Five-Year Engagement $11,156,800 $11.1
6 Safe $7,720,000 $7.7
7 The Raven $7,250,000 $7.2
8 Chimpanzee $5,460,000 $19.1
9 The Three Stooges $5,400,000 $37.1
10 Cabin in the Woods $4,500,000 $34.6

Friday Box Office – THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Can’t Beat Holdovers THINK LIKE A MAN and THE LUCKY ONE on Seriously Slow Friday

by     Posted 2 years, 236 days ago

What a difference 12 months makes. On this weekend in 2011, summer started early when the surprise blockbuster Fast Five sped past $86 million on its debut run. And this year? Out of four new wide releases on Friday, not one could challenge last weekend’s number one comedy Think Like A Man. Hell, none of them could beat last weekend’s number two movie The Lucky One, for that matter. Best effort came from the Judd Apatow-produced The Five-Year Engagement, which debuted with an estimated $3.5 million from 2,936 locations or about half of what was expected. Sony’s animated Pirates! Band of Misfits made it into the top five with $2.8 million (and could climb higher if family audiences turn out on Saturday); but both Lionsgate’s Safe and Relativity’s The Raven had to settle for ‘also-ran’ status with $2.6 and $2.5 million, respectively. Overall, it looks like a pretty lifeless weekend, which only means that we’ll have much more hyperbole to work with when The Avengers – which is already breaking records overseas – hits next Friday.

Title Friday Total
1 Think Like A Man $5,500,000 $48.4
2 The Lucky One $3,900,000 $40.1
3 The Five-Year Engagement $3,500,000 $3.5
4 The Hunger Games $3,000,000 $372.4
5 Pirates! Band of Misfits $2,800,000 $2.8

Posters for AMERICAN REUNION, CABIN IN THE WOODS, LOCKOUT, SAFE, BEL-AMI and WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

by     Posted 2 years, 258 days ago

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Six new posters for our Friday round-up. Here they are at a glance:

  • American Reunion – In this fourth installment in the American Pie franchise, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein and more meet up for their characters’ high school reunion.
  • Cabin in the Woods – Written by Joss Whedon and written/directed by David Goddard, this movie, starring Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, follows five friends camping at a remote cabin; bad things happen.
  • LockoutFrom Luc Besson, this sci-fi actioner follows Guy Pearce as he attempts to rescue Maggie Grace from an outer space, maximum security prison.
  • SafeJason Statham must rescue a young Chinese girl from Mafia thugs, coax a secret safe combination out of her and use it to outsmart the Russian mob, the Chinese Triad and corrupt NYC officials.
  • Bel AmiRobert Pattinson stars in this 1890s period piece in which he uses his powers of seduction to rise from rags to riches; also stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney.
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting – A look at five connected couples expecting a child and the twists of fate that life delivers each of them.  Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro and more star.

Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.

New Posters for MEN IN BLACK 3, THE RAVEN, SAFE and WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

by     Posted 2 years, 283 days ago

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In this week’s poster round up, we’ve got a nice selection of advertising from various genres of films. There’s sure to be something you like in the mix. Here’s what we’ve got:

Hit the jump to see the posters and for more on each film.

TV Spot for SAFE Starring Jason Statham

by     Posted 2 years, 296 days ago

Lionsgate has released a new 60-second TV spot for the action film Safe starring Jason Statham.  Going only by the TV spot, I’m not really sure what the plot is.  I think Statham has to protect a little girl because she knows something.  It’s the excuse for Statham’s character to beat people up, and I’m sure eventually we’ll reach the point where Statham’s movies are titled Jason Statham Kicky Punch Fun Time.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  Safe opens April 27th.

New Images from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, SAFE, AFTERSHOCK, CASA DE MI PADRE, BYZANTIUM, THE CROODS and THE LORDS OF SALEM

by     Posted 2 years, 311 days ago

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We’ve got a bunch of new images for you from the following projects:

Hit the jump to check them out.

Exclusive Official Poster for SAFE Starring Jason Statham

by     Posted 2 years, 337 days ago

We’re happy to share with you the exclusive poster premiere for Lionsgate’s actioner Safe. Jason Statham stars as an ex-cop from New York who witnesses the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl. After rescuing her, Statham’s character learns that the girl has memorized a code that the Triads, the Russian Mafia, and corrupt New York officials all want. Directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), the film also stars Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon, Reggie Lee and James Hong. Hit the jump to check out the first poster. Safe opens April 27th.

New Trailer for SAFE Starring Jason Statham

by     Posted 3 years, 41 days ago

Criminals are now so afraid of Jason Statham that they’re mobilizing an entire city to take him down…and it still might not be enough. In a new trailer for Safe, just released from Lionsgate, Statham plays Luke Wright, an ex-cop from New York who witnesses some tough guys attempting to abduct a twelve-year-old girl. After rescuing her, Wright learns that the girl has memorized a code and that the Triads, Russian Mafia and corrupt NYC officials all want it. They’ll do anything to get it, but they’ll have to go through Wright first.

Directed by Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Safe also stars Anson Mount (Straw Dogs), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), Reggie Lee (Grimm) and James Hong (Blade Runner). Safe opens up on March 2, 2012. If you’re a fan of Statham, you’ll want to hit the jump and check out this trailer.

Release Dates for SAFE, PARIAH CORIOLANUS, THE LUCKY ONE, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

by     Posted 3 years, 111 days ago

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Time to catch up with the release dates the studios have announced over the last couple weeks.  Via Box Office Mojo:

  • Lionsgate pushed the Jason Statham actioner Safe from October 28 to March 2, 2012.  The move explains why we haven’t seen a trailer yet.
  • Focus Features scheduled Sundance darling Pariah for December 25
  • The Weinstein Company pushed Ralph Fiennes’ Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus from December 2 to January 13, 2012.  I imagine they may sneak a limited release in before the end of the year to qualify for the Oscars, but the move suggests TWC will focus on My Week With Marilyn, The Artist, W.E., and The Iron Lady for the Oscar push.
  • Warner Bros. will release the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One, led by Zac Efron, on August 24, 2012
  • Fox Searchlight booked The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy on March 9, 2012

More on each movie after the jump.

Posters for Jason Statham’s SAFE, Paul Walker’s VEHICLE 19, Gerard Butler’s MACHINE GUN PREACHER

by     Posted 3 years, 128 days ago

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We’ve got three action-heavy posters tonight.  First up is Safe, in which Jason Statham plays a former elite agent who fights to rescue a 12-year-old girl (Catherine Chan).”  Next up is Vehicle 19, starring and executive produced by Paul Walker.  The new promo poster is accompanied by the first synopsis for the film, which identifies Walker as a recently parolee who gets into trouble with crooked cops when he picks up the wrong rental car.  Last up is Machine Gun Preacher, based on the true story of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), “a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children.”

Hit the jump for all three posters and more info on each project.

Lionsgate Schedules Jason Statham Actioner SAFE for October 28

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Lionsgate has scheduled Safe starring Jason Statham for release on October 28 where it faces Now and The Rum Diary in wide release.  Statham plays a former elite agent who fights to rescue a 12-year-old girl.” Catherine Chan plays the girl; Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, Reggie Lee, and Danny Hoch also star.  Boaz Yakin (Death in Love) directed from his own screenplay.  According to Variety, this is the first of a three-picture distribution between Lionsgate and IM Global — the other two are Dredd and Protection, both dateless.

Statham will next be seen in Blitz, which debuts overseas later this week — no North American release date is currently scheduled.  Statham is also tapped to play a former Navy Seal The Killer Elite, and an ex-SAS agent in both Echelon and The Expendables 2.

Jason Statham Interview THE MECHANIC; Plus Updates on CRANK 3 and THE EXPENDABLES 2

by     Posted 3 years, 331 days ago

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If you’re a fan of Jason Statham action films, you’ll be happy to know his latest movie, a remake of The Mechanic, opens this weekend.  Like the 1972 Charles Bronson film that it’s based on, Statham plays a ‘mechanic’, which is “an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets.”   Unlike some remakes that stray far from the original, Statham’s remake uses the same plot, but updates all the technology and kills.  Also, Simon West directed (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) the film so the action is well done.  I actually thought the remake was a lot of fun and casting Ben Foster to play the apprentice was a smart move as he’s a very talented actor that brings a lot to the role.  For more on the film, watch 4 clips here.

Anyway, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Statham and you can either read a transcript or listen to the audio after the jump.  During the interview with the press shy action star, Statham talked about where his career is going, what it was like to make The Mechanic, his preparation process, upcoming movies like Safe and The Expendables 2, does he ever think Crank 3 could happen, and a lot more:

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