Box Office: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Stays on Top; Passes $225 Million Domestic

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If last weekend’s box office debut of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was a tad underwhelming, it made up some ground with a big Thanksgiving haul.  The sequel took in an estimated $56.8 million for the three-day weekend and brought its domestic total above $225 million after twelve days.  That left only table scraps for this weekend’s box office newcomers.  The Penguins of Madagascar came in second with an estimated $25.8 million while Horrible Bosses 2 opened way back in fifth place with $15.7 million.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Mockingjay – Part 1 $56,875,000 $225.7
2.  Penguins of Madagascar $25,800,000 $36
3.  Big Hero 6 $18,770,000 $167.2
4.  Interstellar $15,800,000 $147
5.  Horrible Bosses 2 $15,700,000 $23
6.  Dumb and Dumber To $8,295,000 $72.2
7.  The Theory of Everything $5,082,000 $9.6
8.  Gone Girl $2,470,000 $160.7
9.  Birdman $1,880,000 $17.2
10.  St. Vincent $1,773,000 $39.3


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Weekend Box Office: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Claims 2014 Record with $123 Million

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It’s by far the highest box office opening of the year, but the domestic debut of Mockingjay – Part 1 missed the mark in terms of previous Hunger Games releases.  And by a lot, not a little.  The penultimate chapter in the series was expected to open with at least $150 million but claimed $123 million from 4,151 locations instead.  That’s a 22% drop from Catching Fire, which opened on the same weekend one year ago.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Mockingjay- Part 1 $123,000,000 $123
2.  Big Hero 6 $20,086,000 $135.7
3.  Interstellar $15,100,000 $120.6
4.  Dumb and Dumber To $13,820,000 $57.4
5.  Gone Girl $2,815,000 $156.8
6.  Beyond the Lights $2,630,000 $10.1
7.  St. Vincent $2,354,000 $36.6
8.  Fury $1,900,000 $79.1
9.  Birdman $1,855,000 $14.4
10.  Nightcrawler $1,208,000 $27.1


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Friday Box Office: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Claims Highest Debut of 2014 with $55 Million

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Those who have been paying attention to 2014’s box office coverage know that there have been two regular refrains over the past eleven months: “Wow, this year kind of blows,” followed by, “But wait until Mockingjay hits!”  In a year that offered more misses than hits, it seemed like a safe bet that the penultimate chapter of the wildly successful The Hunger Games series would provide at least one weekend of hyperbolic box office goodness.  Huge crowds on opening night, maybe even a record or two?  So color me confused to have to say that, after all that buildup, Mockingjay – Part 1 is not the box office savior many of us were expecting.  At least not yet.

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It’s hard not to be impressed by blockbusters right now.  2013’s top three films were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 and Frozen.  All good to great movies.  Catching Fire proved the most successful of the lot, grossing well over $400 million, and even outperformed the first film.  Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who is forced to compete in a battle royale yet again in the savage Quarter Quell with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) at her side, and with her love Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) watching from a distance.  My The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Training Compound in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features Clip

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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download is director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  While some were wary about a new director taking over the insanely popular franchise from Gary Ross, Lawrence turned in a pleasantly surprising and thrilling feature that stood head and shoulders above most of the big studio tentpoles released last year.  In anticipation of the film’s home video release, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the bounty of bonus features included on the Blu-ray.  This particular clip focuses on how the Catching Fire team turned a parking garage into the impressive training compound in the film.  The sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Liam HemsworthJosh HutchersonJena MaloneSam Claflin, Elizabeth BanksWoody Harrelson, Philip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.

Hit the jump to watch the bonus features clip. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is available on home video now.


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A deleted scene has been released from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as well as another deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World.  The Catching Fire scene has Sam Claflin explaining how his learning to tie a noose in less than ten seconds ultimately went to waste, and while this scene does show more of his character Finnick Odair being charming, I can understand why it was left on the cutting room floor.  As for the scene from Thor, it’s a brief fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and some Asgardian guards, and that’s about it.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scenes.  Click here to pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will be released on March 7th.  Thor: The Dark World is now available to own, and you can click here to go buy it.


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This week’s new Blu-ray releases includes the most recent winner of the Best Picture Oscar, the highest grossing film of 2013, an American remake of a South Korean revenge classic, a few older titles, and more.  Briefly:

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Becomes Domestic Top Grossing Film of 2013 with $409.4 Million

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Though 2013 was filled with plenty of superhero and blockbuster films that did solid business at the box office, it appears that Katniss has come out the victor.  Lionsgate announced today that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now grossed $409.4 million domestically, which surges past Iron Man 3’s $409.0 million total to make Catching Fire the top grossing film of 2013.  That’s quite an impressive feat considering Catching Fire didn’t enjoy the 3D surcharge that other top grossing 2013 films like Man of Steel and Despicable Me 2 did.  In fact, Catching Fire and Fast & Furious 6 are the only films in 2013’s Top 10 highest grossers that didn’t play in 3D.  Catching Fire’s worldwide total now stands at an astounding $832.2 million, and it’s the first film with a solo female lead to take the top box office spot since 1973′s The Exorcist.  Here’s hoping Catching Fire‘s success is a sign of things to come.  The series continues with this November’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

For more on 2013′s box office, be sure to check out our resident math genius Brendan’s latest installment of Cinemath, which features a fascinating and in-depth look at last year’s box office.  Read the full press release after the jump.

3-Way Tie Leads to Seven Nominations from Cinematographers Society; Costume Designer Guild Nominates Braless Wonder AMERICAN HUSTLE

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The major guilds have all chimed in with their nominees, and as Adam has pointed out in his Oscar Beat column, this gives us a clearer picture of who might be getting Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week.  But it’s important to remember that guilds usually share members with the Academy, and now the American Society of Cinematographers and the Costume Designers Guild have chimed in with their nominees.

If you need proof that 2013 featured some beautifully shot pictures, the ASC ended up nominating seven films instead of five because there was a three-way tie.  As for the costume designers, the plunging necklines of American Hustle earned a nomination as did the also-glamorous The Great Gatsby.  I’m also pleased with the nomination for Her.  One of the things I noticed on my third viewing was the subtle way that designer Casey Storm provided a “futuristic” fashion by having the men wear high wool pants and button the top button of collared shirts.  It’s just another nice touch to a great movie.  Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees from both guilds.

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Stays on Top with $31.4 Million; ANCHORMAN 2 in Second with $26.7 Million

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may have pulled off a (very narrow) victory on Friday, but the weekend treasure remained in Bilbo’s hands.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was down 57% from its debut, earning an estimated $31.4 million and a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  Anchorman 2 came in second with $26.7 million: a softer launch than the sequel’s omnipresent marketing suggested.  Meanwhile, American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks made their first appearances in the top ten, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World hit important milestones.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $31,455,000 $127.5
2.  Anchorman 2 $26,776,000 $40
3.  Frozen $19,163,000 $191.5
4.  American Hustle $19,100,000 $20.2
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,321,000 $9.9
6.  Catching Fire $8,750,000 $371.7
7.  A Madea Christmas $8,500,000 $28.3
8.  Walking With Dinosaurs $7,300,000 $7.3
9.  Dhoom 3 $3,305,000 $3.3
10.  Thor: The Dark World $1,328,000 $200.7

75 Songs Eligible for Best Original Song Oscar Including Tracks from FROZEN, THE GREAT GATSBY, and ANCHORMAN 2

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After unveiling the list of scores that will be competing for the Best Original Score Oscar last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has now unveiled the list of 75 songs that are in contention for Best Original Song.  The fantastic “Let It Go” from Frozen is already an early favorite, and five songs are eligible from Baz Luhrmann’s music-heavy The Great Gatsby including “Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Rey and “Over the Love” by Florence and the Machine.  As for pleasant surprises, it would be most excellent to see the emotional rap “So You Know What It’s Like” from Short Term 12 land a nomination.  Upcoming films that have eligible original songs include “Doby” from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and “The Moon Song” from Her.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of songs eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar.  The 86th Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 16th, followed by the Oscar ceremony on March 2nd.

Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci Talk SOME VELVET MORNING, Making a Movie in One Space with Two Actors, 1:30 TRAIN, CATCHING FIRE and More

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WARNING: The only way to experience the full effect of Some Velvet Morning, is to walk into the film knowing nothing at all. You have been warned.

After putting colossal productions like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on their resumes, Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci opted to do a complete 180 with Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning.  Eve and Tucci are the only two actors in the film, the entire narrative plays out in a single location and in real time, over the course of 83 minutes.  Hit the jump for more.

Weekend Box Office: FROZEN Edges Out CATCHING FIRE for First; OUT OF THE FURNACE in Third

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Frozen managed to climb past Catching Fire on its second weekend in theatres, giving the Disney hit its first win with an estimated $31.6 million.  The sequel to The Hunger Games was not far behind with $27 million but,  after that, box office estimates dropped precipitously on this notoriously low-grossing post-Thanksgiving frame.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Frozen $31,641,000 $134.2
2.  Catching Fire $27,000,000 $336.6
3.  Out of the Furnace $5,300,000 $5.3
4.  Thor: The Dark World $4,740,000 $193.6
5.  Delivery Man $3,775,000 $24.8
6.  Homefront $3,384,000 $15.2
7.  The Book Thief
$2,700,000 $12
8.  The Best Man Holiday
$2,673,000 $67.2
9.  Philomena $2,282,000 $8.2
10.  Dallas Buyers Club $1,458,000 $12.4

Friday Box Office: CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN Remain Hot; OUT OF THE FURNACE Fails to Light

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After the record-breaking feast audiences enjoyed over the Thanksgiving holiday, this weekend will look a bit stingy by comparison.  Traditionally one of the slower frames of the year, this weekend will come down to a showdown between major holdovers The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and FrozenCatching Fire had the edge on Friday, adding an estimated $7.7 million to its domestic total.  Frozen should pull ahead on the weekend chart, however.  The Disney hit is projected to pull in about $30 million on its sophomore frame, compared to Katniss’s $28 million.

Yesterday brought only one fresh wide release: Relativity’s Out of the Furnace.  The R-rated thriller took in an estimated $1.8 million from 2,001 locations on Friday after posting an uninspiring $27,076 from four locations on Wednesday and Thursday.  Compare that to the $123,340 that Inside Llewyn Davis claimed from its four locations on Friday.  On its first day in theatres, the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen averaged almost $31,000 per screen for one of the best limited debuts in recent memory.  We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Catching Fire $7,700,000 $317.4
2.  Frozen $6,815,000 $109.4
3.  Out of the Furnace $1,880,000 $1.9
4.  Thor: The Dark World $1,292,000 $190.1
5.  Delivery Man $1,158,000 $22.1

Weekend Box Office: CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN Set New Thanksgiving Records

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It was feast or famine at this year’s Thanksgiving box office, as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen eclipsed all other offerings.  Both films did better business than forecast and each surpassed long-standing records for the holiday frame.  Homefront and Black Nativity saw the flipside of Thanksgiving’s bounty, but overall grosses were still high enough to make this the biggest Thanksgiving box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Holiday Total
1.  Catching Fire $74,500,000 $110.1 $296.5
2.  Frozen $66,713,000 $93 $93
3.  Thor: The Dark World $11,108,000 $15.49 $186.7
4.  The Best Man Holiday $8,491,000 $11.12 $63.4
5.  Homefront $6,970,000 $9.7 $9.7
6.  Delivery Man $6,931,000 $9.6 $19.4
7.  The Book Thief $4,850,000 $6.4 $7.8
8.  Black Nativity $3,880,000 $5 $5
9.  Philomena $3,789,000 $4.6 $4.7
10.  Last Vegas $2,785,000 $3.8 $33.1

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