New to Blu-ray: THE JUNGLE BOOK, SHERLOCK Season 3, ENDER’S GAME, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Diamond Edition of Walt Disney’s last film, the latest season of one of the most engrossing shows currently on television, a Best Picture winner, a current Oscar nominee, and more.  Briefly:

Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Write and Direct THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Sequel

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As the only new wide release last weekend, The Best Man Holiday was a surprise hit with a $30 million opening weekend, nearly matching the $34 million total box office of the 1999 original The Best Man.  Universal is eager to develop a sequel, and so has entered negotations with Malcolm D. Lee to write, direct, and produce another Best Man movie.

Deadline believes Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa are not locked in for a second sequel option.  Should the ensemble cast seeks a pay raise, Universal will find it difficult to keep the budget as low as the $17 million Holiday.  It is expected that the turnaround much quicker than 14 years for this sequel.

Weekend Box Office: THOR 2 Retains the Crown but THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Steals Some Thunder

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Bouncing back from its second-place finish on Friday, Thor: The Dark World was back on top this weekend. That victory may have felt a bit more thunderous, however, had it not been for The Best Man Holiday. Instead of opening with the respectable $18 million that was forecast,  Holiday’s weekend estimate came closer to first place than most had imagined.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Thor: The Dark World $38,454,000 $149.9
2.  The Best Man Holiday $30,593,000 $30.6
3.  Last Vegas $8,850,000 $46.9
4.  Free Birds $8,300,000 $42.2
5.  Bad Grandpa $7,670,000 $90.2
6  Gravity $6,280,000 $240.5
7.  Ender’s Game $6,200,000 $53.7
8.  12 Years a Slave $4,700,000 $24.9
9.  Captain Phillips $4,500,000 $97.6
10.  About Time $3,620,000 $11.5

Friday Box Office: THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY Pulls Off Surpise Win Over THOR: THE DARK WORLD

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One week after Thor: The Dark World stormed the domestic box office, the God of Thunder is facing some unexpected competition from The Best Man Holiday. In a surprise finish, Universal’s ensemble dramedy edged out Thor 2 for Friday’s top spot by just over $200,000. The Dark World is still expected to retain its crown with a projected $37 million this weekend, though the surprising draw of The Best Man Holiday may render Thor’s hold a little less impressive than anticipated.

Thanks to some last minute schedule changes, The Best Man Holiday was Friday’s only new wide release. The sequel to the 1999 sleeper-hit The Best Man, Holiday earned an estimated $10.7 million from 2,024 locations on its first day in theatres. That puts the Universal release on track for about $31 million by Sunday, or nearly double the studio’s own projection. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Best Man Holiday $10,700,000 $10.7
2.  Thor: The Dark World $10,489,000 $119
3.  Last Vegas $2,520,000 $40.6
4.  Bad Grandpa $2,302,000 $84.8
5.  Free Birds $1,770,000 $35.6

Paramount’s HERCULES Moves Up to July 25, 2014; Malcolm D. Lee’s Sequel to THE BEST MAN, Now Titled THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, Opens November 15th

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Check out the new release dates below:

  • Hercules – The Brett Ratner-directed fantasy film starring Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in the title role has been moved up a couple of weeks to July 25, 2014.
  • The Best Man Holiday – Director Malcolm D. Lee’s sequel to his 1999 debut The Best Man now has an official title and a new release date of November 15, 2013.

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