New to Blu-ray: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, RIDE ALONG, REALITY BITES: 20th Anniversary Edition, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include two directorial projects from Ben Stiller (one from 1994 and one from 2013), a recent Best Picture Oscar nominee, a surprise comedy hit, a directorial effort from Sam Rockwell, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: RIDE ALONG Sets New MLK Record with $41.2 Million Debut

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Ride Along has established a new record for the three-day MLK Day weekend.  Estimates put the comedy at $41.2 million after three days.  That tops the former record of $40 million, established by Cloverfield back in 2008.  Surpassing even its most optimistic early projections, Ride Along has also secured the best January debut of all time while effectively eclipsing the frame’s other debuts, including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ride Along $41,200,000 $41.2
2.  Lone Survivor $23,200,000 $74
3.  The Nut Job $20,550,000 $20.5
4.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17,200,000 $17.2
5.  Frozen $11,971,000 $332.6
6.  American Hustle $10,600,000 $116.4
7.  Devil’s Due $8,500,000 $8.5
8.  August: Osage County $7,592,000 $18.1
9.  The Wolf of Wall Street $7,500,000 $90.2
10.  Saving Mr. Banks $4,147,000 $75.3

Friday Box Office: RIDE ALONG Aims for MLK Day Record; JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Softer Than Expected

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On this very crowded MLK Day weekend, Ride Along is by far the strongest new title.  The comedy took first place on Friday with an estimated $14.5 million and is now expected to pull in $39 million through Sunday and $45 million for the four-day holiday.  That’s significantly higher than projected and puts the Universal comedy in the running for both the all-time January and MLK Day opening records.  At the moment, both titles still belong to 2008’s Cloverfield.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opened in third place on Friday with an estimated $5.43 million.  That’s a disappointing start for Paramount’s latest take on the Tom Clancy hero, which was expected to top $20 million in its first three days.  Instead, look for Shadow Recruit to come in with just under that by the end of the four-day weekend.  Devil’s Due took in an estimated $3.5 million yesterday.  The supernatural horror film was expected to hit $15 million through Monday, but $9 million now seems more likely.  Finally, The Nut Job earned $4.8 million on Friday, towards what looks like $25 million in four days.  Should this critically-savaged animated film come out that far ahead of Jack Ryan, it would mark quite an upset – differing demographics notwithstanding.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Ride Along $14,500,000 $14.5
2.  Lone Survivor $6,700,000 $57.5
3.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $5,430,000 $5.43
4.  The Nut Job $4,800,000 $4.8
5.  Devil’s Due $3,500,000 $3.5

Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl Talk THE NUT JOB, Creating the Voices for Their Characters, Collaborating with the Director and Animators, and More

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Director Peter Lepeniotis’ animated 3D comedy caper, The Nut Job, follows the adventures of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), an enterprising but mischievous squirrel who’s banished from his park by a villainous raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson) for destroying the winter food supply.  To help his pals in the park survive the winter, he plans a heist of his town’s biggest nut shop and takes the ragtag crew he’s assembled on an action-packed adventure they’ll never forget.  Opening January 17th, the film also features the voices of Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, and Maya Rudolph.

At a recent press conference in Los Angeles, Arnett and Heigl talked about creating the voice for their animated characters, the recording process, collaborating with Lepeniotis and the animators, their favorite character in the movie, doing a small independent film compared to a big studio production, their children’s reaction to seeing their work on screen, when they first knew they wanted to become actors, their advice for parents whose children want to act, and the importance of teamwork, redemption and family.  Heigl also revealed her upcoming feature comedy, Jenny’s Wedding.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

Will Arnett Narrates a Holiday Trailer for THE NUT JOB

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Will Arnett (Arrested Development) narrates this new take on “Twas the Night before Christmas” in order to remind you that his animated caper comedy The Nut Job opens early next year.  Arnett voices the protagonist, Surly the squirrel, who is banished from his park when he ruins everyone’s winter food supply.  In order to make things right, he sets up the biggest heist of them all at Maury’s Nut Store.

The film also features the voices of Liam Neeson, Brendan FraserKatherine HeiglJeff Dunham, and Maya Rudolph.  The Nut Job opens in theaters on January 17th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Teaser Trailer for THE NUT JOB Featuring the Voices of Will Arnett and Liam Neeson

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Open Road Films has released the first teaser trailer for director Peter Lepeniotis’ upcoming animated film The Nut Job.  Based on Lepeniotis’ short film of the same name, the film takes place in fictional 1950s Oakton and follows the adventures of the mischievous squirrel Surly and his rat pal Buddy as they plan a nut store heist that gets out of hand.  This trailer has all the clichés of the animated film genre and absolutely none of the charm.  There’s an obligatory pop culture-related dance break that makes zero sense, and of course a fart joke.  Hilarious.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  The film features the voices of Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Jeff Dunham, and Maya RudolphThe Nut Job opens in theaters on January 17th.

Liam Neeson to Voice Raccoon in…Wait for It…THE NUT JOB

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This year will go down in history not only for the amount of attention that an animated raccoon is getting, but for the fact that there is more than one such voice-acting spot available.  While we’re still waiting for news on who will voice Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, we have word today that perennial badass Liam Neeson (Taken) will bring a villainous raccoon to life in The Nut Job.  The feature-length film is based on director Peter Lepeniotis’ short film Surly Squirrel and is planned for release later this year.  Hit the jump for more.

Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser to Voice Characters in THE NUT JOB

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Director Peter Lepeniotis has landed a solid voice cast for his upcoming animated feature, The Nut Job. Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) are among the actors that will lend their voices to characters in the film. The Nut Job will be based on Lepeniotis’ 2005 short film, Surly Squirrel. Disney veteran Lorne Cameron (Over the Hedge) scripted the film, “an action-packed comedy set in the late 1950s in fictional Oakton [that] follows the travails of the mischievous squirrel Surly and his rat pal Buddy as they plan a nut store heist that gets out of hand.” Hit the jump to see who else is joining the picture’s voice cast and to check out Surly Squirrel. 

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