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This week on Blu-ray, a couple of this summer’s theatrical releases are already hitting home video, and the most recent seasons of a few well-loved television series get the Blu-ray treatment in anticipation of the upcoming fall TV premieres.  Briefly:

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

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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

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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

Weekend Box Office – THINK LIKE A MAN On Top with $33 Million; THE LUCKY ONE Second with $22.8

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After surprising us on Friday with its first-place debut, Think Like A Man has surprised again with its estimated $33 million haul from 2,015 locations.  That is the best per-screen average of the week (wide releases) and it nearly doubles expectations for the comedy. In second place, The Lucky One earned a solid $22.8 million and then there’s The Hunger Games… not sick of hearing about that one yet, are you?

Title Weekend Total
1 Walk Like a Man $33,000,000 $33
2 The Lucky One $22,805,000 $22.8
3 The Hunger Games $14,500,000 $356.9
4 Chimpanzee $10,205,000 $10.2
5 The Three Stooges $9,200,000 $29.3
6 Cabin in the Woods $7,750,000 $26.9
7 American Reunion $5,232,000 $48.2
8 Titanic 3D $5,000,000 $52.8
9 21 Jump Street $4,600,000 $127
10 Mirror, Mirror $4,114,000 $55.2

Friday Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Finally Falls; THINK LIKE A MAN and THE LUCKY ONE Open Strong in First and Second

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After a remarkable four weekends at number one, the reign of The Hunger Games is over.  But you probably saw that coming.  What seems a bit more surprising is the film that is taking its place at the top: Think Like A Man. Until a few days ago, the Sony/Screen Gems comedy looked like it would see a three-day opening in the mid-teens but, on Friday, it drew an estimated $12.2 million from 2,015 locations.  That should translate into a weekend close to $30 million for the Steve Harvey vehicle.  At number two on Friday, The Lucky One is also pulling in bigger-than-expected numbers, though it probably won’t challenge for first place, as was originally expected. The seventh feature from novelist Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One earned an estimated $9.1 million from 3,155 locations for what should be $25 million by Sunday.  Finally, the latest doc from DisneyNature, Chimpanzee, opened in fourth on Friday with $3.5 million from 1,563 dates – a better start than either African Cats or Oceans… Full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Think Like A Man $12,200,000 $12.2
2 The Lucky One $9,100,000 $9.1
3 The Hunger Games $4,000,000 $346.4
4 Chimpanzee $3,500,000 $3.5
5 Cabin in the Woods $2,500,000 $21.7

Author Nicholas Sparks and Producer Denise Di Novi Talk THE LUCKY ONE, Adapting a Book for Film, and More

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Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks and producer Denise Di Novi sat down with us for a roundtable interview to talk about The Lucky One, which marks the fourth Sparks’ novels that Di Novi has brought to the big screen.  In the film’s central role, Zac Efron stars as Logan, a U.S. Marine who returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive — a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know.  He embarks on a journey of discovery and healing that leads to her and the realization that she could be much more than his good luck charm.

Sparks and Di Novi talked about their collaboration, what Zac Efron brought to the role, and the way they approached bringing the story to the big screen to ensure the character of Logan remained universal, original and interesting.  They also revealed how Efron invested a lot of passion, enthusiasm and hard work into transforming himself to make his character believable and to honor the experiences of young Marines who had served in Iraq.  Sparks also discussed the differences between a novel and a script and the principles he follows whenever he works on a film to make sure it maintains the spirit and the intent of the overall story.

Director Scott Hicks Talks THE LUCKY ONE and SHINE

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The age-old question of whether things happen by accident or if there really is such a thing as destiny is at the core of Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, The Lucky One. Scott Hicks, who directed the screen adaptation of The Lucky One, was immediately drawn to the premise that a chance event – finding a photo in the middle of nowhere — could change not only one man’s life, but the lives of everyone he comes into contact with – and it hooked him at the onset.  He liked the idea that the notion of destiny is quite central and that it was treated in a very realistic fashion.

We sat down with the Academy Award-nominated writer/director at a roundtable interview to talk about the genesis of the project and how he came to direct the movie after he was approached by Warner Bros. producer Denise Di Novi.  He told us why the actuality footage his son sent him links to on YouTube inspired the film’s visceral opening sequence, how he consulted with the Marines to lend authenticity to the film, how the shores of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain passed for locations in Iraq, and what amazed him about Zac Efron’s and Jay Ferguson’s strong performances.  He also discussed the lasting impact of Shine.

Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling Talk THE LUCKY ONE, ARGO, THE PAPERBOY and More

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Zac Efron takes on his most mature role yet in the adaptation of  Nicholas SparksThe Lucky One playing U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault who has defied the odds during three tours of duty in Iraq.  When Thibault discovers a photograph of an unknown woman (Taylor Schilling) half-buried in the sand and pulls it out, it becomes his lucky charm that he credits with keeping him alive.  After he returns stateside, the picture becomes the catalyst for an unusual and moving journey of discovery and healing.

At the press day for The Lucky One, we sat down at a roundtable interview with Efron and Schilling to talk about what drew them to the Nicholas Sparks universe and the story’s interconnecting ideas of luck, love and destiny.  They told us how the friendship they developed on set helped when it came time to film some of the movie’s more romantic scenes, how it was working with Academy Award-nominated writer/director Scott Hicks, and what they have coming up next including Efron’s The Paperboy and Schilling’s Argo. Zac also talked about his progression toward more serious roles, how he transformed himself physically for the role, and why it was important to him to give the most accurate portrayal possible after getting to know the Marines at Camp Pendleton.

7 Clips from THE LUCKY ONE Starring Zac Efron

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We’ve got seven clips from the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One to share today.  The film stars Zac Efron as a marine in the Iraq war who finds a photograph of a woman that brings him good luck while in combat.  He proceeds to seek her out once stateside and strikes up a romance with the woman.  It’s a fairly stalkerish story, but for fans of Sparks’ other adaptations I’m assuming this one’s right up their alley.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Taylor Schilling, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Adam Lefevre and Blythe Danner.  The Lucky One opens on April 20th.


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We have one last set of images and synopses from the comprehensive preview of Warner Bros. 2012 slate. Some of the images are new: Bryan Singer‘s fairy tale Jack the Giant Killer, The Lucky One starring Zac Efron, and Ben Affleck‘s Argo. Many of the images we have seen before: Leonardo DiCaprio as The Great Gatsby, Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island , Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans, the cast of Dark Shadows led by Johnny Depp, Sean Penn as period gangster in The Gangster Squad. But all the images are in beautiful high resolution. Check out all 11 images along with the official synopsis, release date, and cast/crew for each film after the jump.

First Trailer and Poster for THE LUCKY ONE Starring Zac Efron

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The first trailer and poster have debuted for the drama The Lucky One. It’s a Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Zac Efron with a song by The Fray blasting over the trailer, so you’re either squealing in excitement or reaching for a razor blade depending on your affinity for predictable romantic dramas. The film tells the story of a marine in the Iraq war who finds a photograph of a woman that brings him good luck while in combat. He then proceeds to stalk find her once he returns home. The movie looks pretty terrible, complete with every single character beat you’re expecting. The only mystery now, given that it’s a Sparks adaptation, is which one of them dies.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Directed by Scott Hicks, the film also stars Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. The Lucky One opens April 20th, 2012.

Featurette for THE LUCKY ONE Starring Zac Efron

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A featurette for the drama The Lucky One has gone online. It’s a bit odd, considering a trailer has yet to be unveiled, but the featurette itself plays like an extended trailer complete with talking head narration. The film is an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name and stars Zac Efron as a Marine in the Iraq war who finds a photograph of a smiling woman buried in the sand in Iraq that brings him good luck. Once he returns stateside, he sets out to find the woman. Sparks and Efron appear in the featurette talking about the story and Sparks’ popularity among teenage girls readers nationwide.

As for the movie, it looks exactly like you’d expect. It’s sure become a staple of the “Favorite Movies” portion of Facebook pages for girls age 7-17, and that’s okay; these kinds of movies obviously have their audiences. Directed by Scott Hicks, the film also stars Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The Lucky One opens April 20th, 2012.


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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.

First Images of Zac Efron in THE LUCKY ONE

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The first images have surfaced of Zac Efron on the set of The Lucky One, the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book. Directed by Scott Hicks (No Reservations), the film tells the story of a Marine who carries a photograph of an anonymous woman in his pocket during his three tours in Iraq as a good luck charm.  Upon returning home, the soldier seeks out his picturesque dream girl.

Efron stars opposite Taylor Schilling (Mercy), with Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart (90210), and Adam Lefevre (Fair Game) rounding out the supporting cast.  The flick was shot in New Orleans, where the story takes place. Hit the jump for more, and to check out the images.

Taylor Schilling Is THE LUCKY ONE with Zac Efron

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Taylor Schilling (Mercy) will play the female lead in Scott Hicks’ (No Reservations) adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One.  According to THR, the young actress beat out a group of her peers including Abbie Cornish and Katie Cassidy to land the highly coveted role of Zac Efron’s love interest.  The film revolves around Efron, who plays a Marine (naturally) that survives three tours of duty in Iraq and attributes this brand of luck to his carrying the photograph of a woman (Schilling) he has never met.  Of course, when he returns home from duty, he sets out on a seemingly impossible/irrevocably romantic journey to find the woman.

The Lucky One is the latest in a long line of Sparks adaptations which most recently includes: The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, and The Last Song.  As such, we should have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the film’s narrative (at least it doesn’t star Miley Cyrus… yet).  The Lucky One is scheduled to begin filming in the fall with a 2012 release in mind.

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