Weekend Box Office: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Tops Slow Weekend with $28 Million

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2013’s box office downturn stretched to its sixth frame this weekend, as Warner Brothers’ Jack the Giant Slayer failed to justify its giant pricetag. From 3,525 locations, the fairytale adaptation took in an estimated $28 million – more than its Friday estimate promised, but less than half of what The Lorax delivered at this time last year. The weekend’s other offerings fared little better though, in the case of The Last Exorcism Part II, a small opening was mitigated by an even smaller budget.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Jack the Giant Slayer $28,010,000 $28
2.  Identity Thief $9,700,000 $107.4
3.  21 & Over $9,000,000 $9
4.  The Last Exorcism Part II $8,030,000 $8
5.  Snitch $7,700,000 $24.4
6.  Escape from Planet Earth $6,726,000 $43.2
7.  Safe Haven $6,300,000 $57
8.  Silver Linings Playbook $5,941,000 $115.5
9.  A Good Day to Die Hard $4,500,000 $59.6
10.  Dark Skies $3,556,000 $13.4

Weekend Box Office: HUNGER GAMES Tops Again for Fourth Weekend in a Row with $21.5 Million

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The Hunger Games cannot be stopped.  Director Gary Ross’s adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins book took the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row with $21.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $337 million with a worldwide haul over $479 million.  Though Lionsgate is presumably extremely happy with The Hunger Games’ performance, they’re currently on the lookout for a director replacement for the sequel Catching Fire after Ross declined to return due to the tight schedule.  They have to start filming the follow-up this August in order for star Jennifer Lawrence to be wrapped in time to move on to the X-Men: First Class sequel in January, and to make Catching Fire’s November 2013 release date.  Hit the jump for details and analysis of the full top 10.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $21,500,000 $337,070,000
2 The Three Stooges $17,100,000 $17,100,000
3 The Cabin in the Woods $14,850,000 $14,850,000
4 Titanic 3D $11,625,000 $44,419,000
5 American Reunion $10,700,000 $39,900,000
6 Mirror Mirror $7,000,000 $49,468,000
7 Wrath of the Titans $6,905,000 $71,251,000
8 21 Jump Street $6,800,000 $120,565,000
9 Lockout $6,250,000 $6,250,000
10 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $3,020,000 $204,483,000

Peeps Invade THE HUNGER GAMES, TITANIC, BRIDESMAIDS and More in Diorama Contest

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Passover is my springtime holiday, but who doesn’t indulge in some Peeps come Easter? The Washington Post celebrates that yummy time of year packed with sugary chicks and bunnies with a Peeps Diorama Contest. This year was the sixth installment and while the big winner was “OccuPeep D.C.,” of the hundreds of entries, quite a few were movie related, and pretty impressive looking, too!

Of the 34 dioramas featured in their “Peeps in Movies” slideshow, naturally, a few hit Panem for some Hunger Games inspired designs, one of which is actually kind of bloody. There’s also a couple of Titanic entries in there and even one dedicated to The Help called “Sometimes Peep Happens.” However, had I had the opportunity to crown a winning movie Peep, it’d undoubtedly be the recreation of the Bridesmaids poster, “Brides Peeps.” Enjoy the holidays this weekend and check out some of the Peeps dioramas after the jump.

Universal Studios President Ron Meyer Talks Franchises, 3D, “Shitty Movies” and Sequels to THE LORAX and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

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NBC Universal Studios President Ron Meyer spoke candidly today on a number of movie-related topics, including franchises, the rising use of 3D and potential sequels for The Lorax and Snow White and the Huntsman.  An opening Q&A session at the 2012 Pulse Conference provided the backdrop for this honest review of certain aspects of the movie business.  Meyer attempted to clarify his earlier comments that “Hollywood makes shitty movies” by saying: “What I said is we make some good movies and some shitty movies. Nobody ever sets out to make a shitty movie.”   He specifically called out his own studio’s Wolfman, Babe 2, Cowboys & Aliens and Land of the Lost.  On a more positive note, he also commented on the success of franchises such as Despicable Me and the studio’s ongoing relationship with Hasbro.  Hit the jump for much more from Meyer, including news related to potential sequels.

Weekend Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Hits $155 Million for Third Highest Opening of All Time!

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The worst-kept secret in show biz is out: The Hunger Games is a hit of record-breaking proportions.  From its 10,000 prints at 4,137 locations, the film earned an estimated $155 million this weekend, blowing away the previous March record of $116.1 million.  The figure also stands as the third-highest opening of all-time and the single highest debut for a non-sequel. Score one for breathless, wall-to-wall media saturation!

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $155, 000,000 $155
2 21 Jump Street $21,300,000 $71
3 The Lorax $13,100,000 $177.3
4 John Carter $5,010,000 $62.3
5 Act of Valor $2,062,000 $65.9
6 Project X $1,950,000 $51.7
7 A Thousand Words $1,900,000 $15.4
8 October Baby $1,718,000 $1.9
9 Safe House $1,390,000 $122.5
10 Journey 2 $1,370,000 $97.1

Friday Box Office – 21 JUMP STREET Shoots to the Head of the Class

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21 Jump Street is off to a very promising start – commercially and critically. Earning an estimated $13.1 million on Friday from 3,121 locations, the big screen adaptation of the former Fox TV series has also put up one of the most impressive Rotten Tomatoes scores of 2012 at 87% fresh.  As the only wide release of the weekend, box office watchers were pretty sure that the R-rated comedy was headed for number one, especially considering it stars two of the most popular young actors of this moment – Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.  With John Carter continuing to disappoint (off 60% from its less-than-stellar debut last weekend), the only challenge for Jump Street was conquering family-friendly holdover The Lorax21 Jump Street is now projected to take in $35 million this weekend; little wonder that a sequel is already in the works.  We’ll have details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 21 Jump Street $13,100,000 $13.1
2 The Lorax $6,700,000 $160
3 John Carter $4,000,000 $43.7
4 Project X $1,500,000 $45.6
5 A Thousand Words $1,100,000 $9.4

Ed Helms Talks JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, THE OFFICE, THE HANGOVER 3, the VACATION Sequel/Remake, and More

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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus) Jeff Who Lives at Home.  Starring Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) as two brothers, with Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) as their mother, Jeff Who Lives at Home follows Jeff (Segel) as he searches for meaning in his life and inadvertently helps his brother, Pat (Helms) discover a truth of his own.  For more on the very funny film, here’s three clips, twenty images, the trailer, and my Toronto Film Festival interview with the Duplass Brothers.

During my recent interview with Ed Helms, we talked about got he got involved in the project, how the movie was mostly shot in order, the way the cast improvised on set, M.Night Shyamalan‘s Signs (which plays a big part in the film), deleted scenes, and more.  In addition, Helms also talked about whether our interview for The Lorax helped with the box office, Ron Swanson, his favorite TV shows, The Hangover 3, and what it’s like to be in the “home stretch” of the series run of The Office.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office – THE LORAX Continues to Soar; JOHN CARTER Falls to Earth

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After its enormous opening last weekend, The Lorax continued to impress – capturing its second number one title with an estimated $39.1 million, or a week-over-week decline of just 44%.  For once, however, people seem more interested in the film that didn’t make it to number one than with the film that did.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lorax $39,100,000 $121.9
2 John Carter $30,600,000 $30.6
3 Project X $11,550,000 $40.1
4 Silent House $7,010,000 $7
5 Act of Valor $7,000,000 $56.1
6 A Thousand Words $6,350,000 $6.3
7 Safe House $4,950,000 $115.7
8 The Vow $4,000,000 $117.6
9 This Means War $3,750,000 $46.8
19 Journey 2 $3,685,000 $90.7

Weekend Box Office – THE LORAX Claims Highest Debut of 2012 with $70.7 Million

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We all knew The Lorax was going to be number one, and a big number one at that.  But most box office watchers were expecting the animated film to land somewhere between $49 and $59 million on its first weekend – making it easily the biggest debut of 2012.  Instead, the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic has earned an estimated $70.7 million from 3,927 locations.  Not only is that the third-highest March debut ever, it also stands as the biggest animated feature debut since Toy Story 3.  In other words, this is huge.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lorax $70,720,000 $70.7
2 Project X $20,775,000 $20.7
3 Act of Valor $13.700,000 $45.2
4 Safe House $7,210,000 $108.1
5 Good Deeds $7,000,000 $25.7
6 Journey 2 $6,925,000 $85.6
7 The Vow $6,100,000 $111.7
8 This Means War $5,625,000 $41.4
9 Ghost Rider 2 $4,700,000 $44.8
10 The Artist $3,900,000 $37

TOP 5: New Trailer for THE AVENGERS, New G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Spot, PROMETHEUS, THE LORAX, THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Set Visit Coverage

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With the 84th Annual Academy Awards nearly one week into our past, I’d be interested in hearing from our readers what the one genuine surprise of the night was for them. For me, it was Meryl Streep’s Best Actress win. Now, don’t get me wrong, Streep is obviously an incredible actress who requires zero justification from a movie blogger. It’s just that, of all the award categories in question, I genuinely expected Viola Davis to win Best Actress. So, if you feel so inclined, sound off in the comments section below about your biggest surprise win/loss of the night. Sarcasm, including “your mom” responses, is encouraged.

In the bag of goodies that is this week’s “Top 5″ you’ll find the new trailer and a ton of new images from The Avengers, a new television spot for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a Prometheus viral video that reassures my suspicions that Guy Pearce could indeed take over the planet if he wanted to, interviews for The Lorax with Danny Devito, Ed Helms, and more, and all of our coverage from the set of Jason Segel and Emily Blunt‘s The Five-Year Engagement. A brief recap and link to each follows after the jump.

Friday Box Office – THE LORAX Sees Green with $17.4 Million Debut

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He is the Lorax! He speaks for the trees… and for dozens of other corporate sponsors if the marketing for the new animated feature is to be believed.  All of that advertising helped the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic The Lorax achieve the highest single-day debut of 2012 with an estimated $17.4 million from 3,729 locations.  That puts the family film on track for a weekend in the $60 million range.  Not only would that be significantly higher than initial tracking indicated, it would also help The Lorax beat the $56.4 million that Despicable Me, the first animated feature from Illumination Entertainment, earned for its own debut in July of 2010. Predictably, The Lorax sucked up most of the available resources at Friday’s box office, though there was enough green left over for Project X to claim a solid launch.  The R-rated Warner Brothers’ comedy earned an estimated $8.2 million on Friday, including $1.15 million from midnight screenings, and is projected to come close to $20 million through Sunday. We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Lorax $17,400,000 $17.4
2 Project X $8,200,000 $8.2
3 Act of Valor $3,800,000 $35.3
4 Safe House $1,900,000 $102.8
5 Good Deeds $1,900,000 $20.6

Danny Devito Talks THE LORAX, the Possibility of a TWINS Sequel, His Favorite Movie, Actor and Director, and More

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From the creators of Despicable Me comes the animated feature film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a beloved cautionary tale of environmental conservation wrapped up in a colorful children’s story.  The 3D-CG animated adaptation is an adventure that follows the journey of idealistic 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) while he searches for a real Truffula Tree for Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find one, he must learn the story of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) from the enigmatic and bitter old hermit, known as the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who let the temptation of greed and success get the better of him.  For more on the film, here’s some images, trailers, 8 clips from the movie, and the Super Bowl spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Danny Devito for our partners at Omelete.  During the interview, Devito talked about how he got involved in The Lorax, how his character changed during the recording process, his favorite movie, actor and director, if he would ever want to do a sequel to Twins, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ed Helms Talks THE LORAX, WALK HARD, and HANGOVER 3; Plus What’s His Favorite Movie, Actor and Director

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From the creators of Despicable Me comes the animated feature film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a beloved cautionary tale of environmental conservation wrapped up in a colorful children’s story.  The 3D-CG animated adaptation is an adventure that follows the journey of idealistic 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) while he searches for a real Truffula Tree for Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find one, he must learn the story of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) from the enigmatic and bitter old hermit, known as the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who let the temptation of greed and success get the better of him.  For more on the film, here’s some images, trailers, 8 clips from the movie, and the Super Bowl spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Ed Helms for our partners at Omelete.  During the interview, Helms talked about how he got involved in The Lorax, how his character changed during the recording process, his favorite movie, actor and director, what’s up with The Hangover 3, is he ever going to release a CD, and do more people want to talk about The Office, The Hangover, or Walk Hard.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE LORAX Review

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Dr. Seuss wasn’t afraid to provide serious messages in his books.  Not everything he wrote was Green Eggs and Ham (which, in all fairness, stresses the importance of trying new things).  Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a moving story that could be read to anyone at any age and still be meaningful.  The Lorax didn’t have the joy and humor of his other books but instead left its readers with a poignant message and dire warning.  Illumination Entertainment’s big 3D CGI-animated adaptation could care less about either.  The Lorax gives a begrudging nod towards environmentalism, a halfhearted tip of the hat to Dr. Seuss, and then pours all of its energy into being hip and funny but succeeded at neither.

Zac Efron Talks THE LORAX, LIBERAL ARTS and Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY; Plus What’s His Favorite Movie, Actor and Director

by     Posted 2 years, 294 days ago

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From the creators of Despicable Me comes the animated feature film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a beloved cautionary tale of environmental conservation wrapped up in a colorful children’s story.  The 3D-CG animated adaptation is an adventure that follows the journey of idealistic 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) while he searches for a real Truffula Tree for Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find one, he must learn the story of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) from the enigmatic and bitter old hermit, known as the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who let the temptation of greed and success get the better of him.  For more on the film, here’s some images, trailers, 8 clips from the movie, and the Super Bowl spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with Zac Efron for our partners at Omelete.  During the interview, Efron talked about how he got involved in The Lorax, how his character changed during the recording process, karaoke, his favorite movie, actor and director, and who he plays in director Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts.  Finally, fans of Joss Whedon might know that Efron’s first acting job was a role on the sci-fi series Firefly. Do you remember who he played? Hit the jump to find out.

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