Weekend Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Tops GUARDIANS with $65 Million Debut

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In what could be one of the biggest box office success stories of the summer, Paramount’s rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has easily snatched first place away Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend.  From 3,845 locations, Turtles took in an estimated $65 million – 35% higher than its own studio was expecting just a few days ago.  Guardians rang up $41.5 million in its second frame.  That’s a drop of 56% and was exactly what was expected – if you overlook the fact that Guardians was also expected to spend a second weekend in first place.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $65,000,000 $65
2.  Guardians of the Galaxy $41,530,000 $175.8
3.  Into the Storm $18,020,000 $18
4.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $11,120,000 $11.1
5.  Lucy $9,330,000 $97.3
6.  Step Up All In $6,580,000 $6.5
7.  Hercules $5,700,000 $63.4
8.  Get On Up $5,012,000 $22.9
9.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $4,400,000 $197.8
10.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $2,419,000 $52.9

 

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Friday Box Office: NINJA TURTLES Surprises with $25.6 Million Opening

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After crushing the August opening record with its $94.3 million debut last weekend, it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy is now in line to get crushed by the return of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Paramount’s live-action reboot of the venerable pop-culture franchise took in an estimated $25.6 million on Friday, including $4.6 million from its Thursday p.m. previews.  That suggests a first weekend gross of over $60 million – well above the $42 million that Paramount was expecting.  TMNT‘s big opening will send Guardians into second place in its sophomore frame.  It’s a scenario that was always possible but somehow didn’t seem plausible until this morning.

Full story and Friday’s box office breakdown after the jump.

Producer Juliet Blake Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Putting the Project Together, Sean Connery, TED, FARSCAPE, and a Lot More

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Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or our exclusive video interviews with Lasse Hallström and Charlotte Le Bon.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with producer  Juliet Blake.  She talked about producing her first feature, how she acquired the rights from author Richard C. Morais, getting Steven Knight to adapt the book, deleted scenes, changes during production, how Spielberg considered directing the project, her history with Sean Connery and how he recently watched the film, putting Connery’s granddaughter in the film, being part of Ted and Farscape, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Manish Dayal Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Meeting Spielberg, His Real-Life Culinary Skills, Working with Helen Mirren, and More

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Manish Dayal weaves intoxicating magic between two cultures as Hassam Kadam, a young culinary genius who embarks on a life-altering journey that transforms him into a world-class chef in Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey.  When his restaurateur family leaves their native India and settles in a quaint village in the south of France, they open a boisterous Indian curry house directly across the street from the chic, Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  As cultures, personalities, and culinary styles collide, everyone discovers they share much more in common than they first realized.  Opening August 8th, the film also stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, Dayal revealed his real life culinary skills, what he learned about the art of cooking and cuisine in France versus India while preparing for the part, the huge role food plays in his culture and in bringing cultures together, what appealed to him about the script’s treatment of the immigrant’s journey, the similarities between Puri’s character and his own father, his most memorable moment with Mirren who introduced him to frog legs, meeting producer Steven Spielberg and geeking out with him over Jurassic Park, Hallström’s bold imagination, and the importance of embracing life’s uncertainties.  Hit the jump check out our Manish Dayal interview for The Hundred-Foot Journey.  Disney releases the film on August 8th.

Charlotte Le Bon Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Her Favorite Food Movies and Skyping With Steven Spielberg

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Charlotte Le Bon makes her American film debut in The Hundred-Foot Journey as Marguerite, a smart, quick-witted and charming sous chef in the kitchen of Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant in the south of France.  Marguerite falls under the spell of Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), a culinary ingénue for a colorful new Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai, which opens directly across the road from her establishment.  Hassan weaves culinary magic between their two cultures and invites Marguerite to step out of her comfort zone and cross over into unfamiliar territory. The film, directed by Lasse Hallström also stars Om Puri.

At the film’s recent press day, the Canadian actress spoke about the modeling career that brought her to France, her transition from speaking Québécois French to France French, how she first became involved in the project, her culinary skills, her favorite Québécois food, what she learned working opposite Mirren, her genuine chemistry with Dayal, the perils of food foreplay, how her own life experiences worked their way into the story, the timelessness of the film and her costumes, her favorite movie about food and skyping with producer Steven Spielberg.  Hit the jump to check out our Charlotte Le Bon interview for The Hundred-Foot Journey.  Disney releases the film on August 8th.

Lasse Hallström Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Turning Down CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, How CASANOVA Affected His Career, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Lasse Hallström.  He talked about how he got involved in The Hundred-Foot Journey, film versus digital, his shooting style, the first cut, deleted scenes, turning down Catch Me If You Canhow the failure of Casanova affected his career, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Helen Mirren Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Working with Om Puri, What She Looks For in Choosing Projects, TRUMBO, and More

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Helen Mirren’s fascination with wanting to be a French actress leads to a bold and captivating performance in The Hundred-Foot Journey as Madame Mallory, the exacting chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a fancy Michelin-starred French restaurant in the south of France.  Her icy protests against Maison Mumbai, the new Indian restaurant across the road from her own establishment, escalate into a heated competition between the two restaurants until she recognizes her culinary rival Hassan Kadam’s (Manish Dayal) gift as a chef and his passion for French haute cuisine.  Opening August 8th, the film directed by Lasse Hallström also stars Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri.

At the film’s recent press day, Mirren talked about the improvisational set, the pleasure of acting opposite the renowned Puri, what they share in common, how she approaches a role, what she looks for in the projects she chooses and why the director is important, how she likes to change things up and alternate between big movies and low budget films, her fascination with French culture, her favorite French film, Woman in Gold, which she’s currently filming with director Simon Curtis, and her upcoming biopic, Trumbo, with Bryan Cranston about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Charlotte Le Bon Talks THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, Robert Zemeckis’ THE WALK, How She Got Into Acting, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Charlotte Le Bon.  She talked about how she got into acting, the experience of making The Hundred Foot Journey, the differences between an American set versus a French set, Lasse Hallström’s directing style, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk (which used to be called To Reach the Clouds), her parents’ acting careers, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Lasse Hallström and Producer Juliet Blake Talk THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Stylistic Differences from CHOCOLAT, and More

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Lasse Hallström’s filmmaking style and sensibility are a perfect match for The Hundred-Foot Journey, a delightful story with a powerful message directed from a screenplay written by Steven Knight based on Richard C. Morais’ best-selling novel.  In a quaint village in the south of France, a heated battle erupts when a colorful new Indian restaurant opens directly across the street from a traditional establishment specializing in French haute cuisine.  Amidst a culture clash of epic proportions, everyone slowly discovers that they share a lot more in common than they realized if only they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.  Opening August 8th, the film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri.

At the film’s recent press day, Hallström and producer Juliet Blake talked about the appeal of the project, how the film differs stylistically from Chocolat, how the sensuality of the performances helped make the food come alive on screen, why they wanted to avoid the usual ways filmmakers show people enjoying food, the role food plays in bringing people and different cultures together, why D.P. Linus Sandgren convinced Hallström to use film, collaborating with composer A.R. Rahman, the decision to cast Mirren and Puri together, why shooting an extra take just for fun often led to the best performance, and what Mirren brought to the film.  Check out the interview after the jump. 

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Featurette: Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Fusing Two Opposite Cultures

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DreamWorks has released a new The Hundred-Foot Journey featurette for director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel of the same name.  The story centers the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef (Helen Mirren) reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy (Manish Dayal) whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Based on the trailer, the pic looks to be a nice, international story in the vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bounty of food porn to boot—and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Not everything needs to be deadly serious or colorfully explosive, and as producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey explain in this featurette, the film also touches on the great gaps that surface between cultures and how there’s more that unites us than divides us.

Hit the jump to watch the Hundred-Foot Journey featurette, which is anchored by Spielberg and Winfrey discussing the pic.  The film also stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon and opens on August 8th.

New Posters for AFFLUENZA, DOLPHIN TALE 2, THE HUNDRED-FOOT-JOURNEY, UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY, and MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

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Take a look at the new posters from the following films:

  • Affluenza – Writer-director Kevin Asch’s drama starring Ben RosenfieldNicola PeltzGrant Gustin, and Gregg Sulkin debuts in theaters and on VOD July 11th.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 - Directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Ashley JuddHarry Connick Jr.Morgan FreemanNathan GambleCozi ZuehlsdorffAustin Stowell, and Austin Highsmith, with Bethany HamiltonDolphin Tale 2 opens September 12th.
  • The Hundred-Foot JourneyLasse Hallström’s adaptation starring Helen MirrenManish DayalRohan ChandOm Puri, and Charlotte Lebon opens August 8th.
  • Under the Electric SkyDan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz’s musical documentary that goes behind the scenes of the Electric Daisy Carnival will be playing in a theater near you starting on June 27th.
  • Magic in the MoonlightWoody Allen’s latest film starring Colin FirthEmma StoneEileen AtkinsMarcia Gay HardenHamish LinklaterSimon McBurney, and Jacki Weaver opens in limited release July 25th.

Hit the jump to check them out.

First Trailer, Poster, and Images for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren and Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg

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DreamWorks has released the first trailer, poster, and images for the drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, and begin a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  If the film looks like it’s based on an Oprah-approved book, that’s because it is.  She’s producing the film along with Steven Spielberg, who previously worked with Winfrey on The Color Purple.  As for the film, it looks like it could be this year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, i.e. a nice movie for older people.

Hit the jump to check out The Hundred-Foot Journey trailer, poster, and images.  The film opens August 8th, and also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.

Writer/Director Steven Knight Talks LOCKE, Keeping a Film Set Entirely Inside a Car Engaging, Casting Tom Hardy, PAWN SACRIFICE, TABOO, and More

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.  On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke (Hardy) receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul even as he fights to salvage all that is important to him.  Opening April 25th, the film also features Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott.

In an exclusive interview, Knight spoke about wanting to direct a film where all the action takes place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, what Hardy brought to the unusual role, what inspires their continued collaboration, how the entire film was shot at night within a short two-week window, how he sustained the pace and kept it visually dynamic while the main character’s life was unraveling in real time, and his cool upcoming projects including The Hundred-Foot Journey with Helen Mirren, Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire, a second season of the Peaky Blinders gangster series, and Taboo, an 8-episode drama for the BBC executive produced by Ridley Scott.  Check out the full interview after the jump:

Production Begins on THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren

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DreamWorks announced today that filming is now underway in southwest France on director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Helen Mirren is set to play the aforementioned chef, while Manish Dayal (90210) will play the Indian boy.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and the film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake.  The cast also includes Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri, and the film is slated for release on August 8, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis.

Helen Mirren Confirmed for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Manish Dayal to Co-Star

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Casting is firming up for DreamWorks’ adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  When we first reported that Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) was going to direct, we learned that Helen Mirren was circling the role of the French chef Madame Mallory.  Now Variety confirms that Mirren has indeed signed on to star in the pic, with Manish Dayal (90210, Switched at Birth) set to play the Indian boy.

Hallstrom is directing from a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  DreamWorks recently dated the pic for release on August 8, 2014, so one expects filming should get underway either later this year or early next year.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

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