Weekend Box Office: 2 GUNS Leads with $27.3 Million; SMURFS 2 Struggles in Third

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Universal’s 2 Guns took top honors at the domestic box with an estimated $27.3 million this weekend. That’s a solid debut: meaning the action comedy is neither a disappointment nor a breakout hit. But this morning’s bigger story may be Sony’s Smurfs 2. Two years after The Smurfs became a surprise blockbuster worldwide, the sequel is failing to generate interest at the domestic box office.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  2 Guns $27,300,000 $27.3
2.  The Wolverine $21,725,000 $95
3.  Smurfs 2 $18,200,000 $27.7
4.  The Conjuring $13,660,000 $108.5
5.  Despicable Me 2 $10,391,000 $326.6
6.  Grown Ups 2 $8,100,000 $116.4
7.  Turbo $6,400,000 $69.4
8.  Red 2 $5,650,000 $45.1
9.  The Heat $4,725,000 $145.5
10.  Pacific Rim $4,570,000 $92.9

Friday Box Office: 2 GUNS Shoots Past SMURFS 2 with $10 Million on Opening Day

by     Posted 1 year, 108 days ago

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Summer 2013 reached its pinnacle in July: closing as the second-most lucrative month of all time behind July 2011. Of course, after you reach the top, there is nowhere to go but down so.. welcome to August!

On the first Friday of summer’s final month, 2 Guns was the clear winner. The action comedy earned an estimated $10 million from 3,025 locations, including $1.27 million from Thursday night previews. Universal was expecting 2 Guns to hit $23 million through Sunday (about what White House Down earned for its June debut) but it looks like the R-rated release is aiming now for a debut of $28 million or higher. The weekend’s second new title actually caught the tail end of July. On Wednesday, Smurfs 2 opened in first place with $5.2 million from 3,866 locations. Based on Friday’s estimate, Smurfs 2 is expected to earn $18 million through Sunday, or about half of what The Smurfs realized in its first weekend back in July 2011.  We’ll have full details on this weekend’s box office tomorrow.

 Title   Friday   Total
1.  2 Guns   $10,000,000   $10
2.  The Wolverine   $6,425,000   $79.7
3.  Smurfs 2   $5,500,000   $15
4.  The Conjuring   $4,325,000   $99.2
5.  Despicable Me 2
  $3,100,000   $319.7

New Trailer for THE SMURFS 2

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for the animated sequel The Smurfs 2.  Directed by Raja Gosnell, the film finds Gargamel (Hank Azaria) creating his own version of Smurfs called “Naughties” in the hopes of bottling the powerful “Smurf-essence.”  Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) finds herself caught up in the plan and is at risk of turning into one of the Naughties herself.  The new trailer highlights plenty of goofy shenanigans that kids may or may not find funny, but the film looks like it has a very limited appeal for adult audiences.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays and features the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John OliverThe Smurfs 2 opens in 3D on July 31st.

New Posters for THE SMURFS 2 and DreamWorks Animation’s TURBO, Plus New Posters and Images from PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

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We’ve got some new posters and images to share with you from the following films:

  • The Smurfs 2 – The animated sequel starring Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, and featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver will debut in theaters on July 31, 2013.
  • Turbo – DreamWorks Animation’s snail tale features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz and Michael Bell.  Turbo opens July 17th.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – The live-action sequel adapted from the popular Rick Riordan books reunites Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters opens August 7th.

Hit the jump to scope out the new posters and images.

First Trailer for SMURFS 2 Plus a New Image

by     Posted 1 year, 336 days ago

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The first trailer has been made available for The Smurfs 2. This time around, it looks as if Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is making his own version of Smurfs called “Naughties” in the hopes of bottling the powerful “Smurf-essence.” Poor Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) gets caught up in the plan and runs the risk of turning into one of the Naughties herself, unless the other Smurfs can rescue her.

The Smurfs director Raja Gosnell returns to direct the sequel, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, and featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John OliverThe Smurfs 2 will debut in theaters on July 31, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

SMURFS 2 Teaser Trailer and Synopsis

by     Posted 1 year, 364 days ago

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Audiences who liked The Smurfs know what they’re getting in The Smurfs 2 (and again in The Smurfs 3), so this new teaser trailer doesn’t try too hard to win over new viewers. It’s just a cutesy reminder that the little blue critters still exist and that they’ll have a movie coming out next summer.

The Smurfs director Raja Gosnell returns to direct the sequel, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays, and featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 will debut in theaters on July 31, 2013. Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.

New Posters for THE SMURFS 2, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, and ARGO

by     Posted 2 years, 55 days ago

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Let us all gather round and check out a few new posters:

  • The Smurfs 2 - Smurfs director Raja Gosnell returns to direct the sequel, featuring the voices of Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver.
  • Rise of the Guardians - Mythical figures Jack Frost (Chris Pine), Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter bunny (Hugh Jackman), the tooth fairy (Isla Fisher), and the sandman team up to fight the boogieman Pitch (Jude Law).
  • Argo - Ben Affleck directed and stars in the political thriller about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.  Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishé, and Kyle Chandler co-star.

Hit the jump for the posters.

Who Wants to Be an Extra on IRON MAN 3, MACHETE KILLS, GROWN UPS 2, THE WALKING DEAD and More?

by     Posted 2 years, 154 days ago

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Now that we’ve told you what’s filming where, instead of just watching the action from behind the police barricades, perhaps you’d like to be in front of the cameras.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in pursuing, let us point you in the right direction towards the people who are hiring this key element to any movie.  They’re referred to in different ways: background artists, atmosphere and the most common sobriquet—extras. Pretty much every film needs them, and some more than others.  If Iron Man is saving the population of entire cities, they can’t all be in the other room.  Audiences need to see hundreds of people running and screaming in the midst of the controlled chaos.  When Jackie Robinson makes history by taking the field, it would be a pretty hollow effort if no one is in the stands to cheer him on.  You get the idea.  So are you ready for your close-up?  Hit the jump for more on Iron Man 3, Machete Kills, CBGB, Grown Ups 2, The Smurfs 2, The Walking Dead, and more.

New SMURFS 2 Logo, SMURFS 3 in Development

by     Posted 2 years, 192 days ago

 

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After Sony’s The Smurfs grossed a grand total of $563 million at the global box office last year, they waited a grand total of 12 days before green lighting a sequel.  The studio has released an official logo (above) for the sequel, titled The Smurfs 2, but there was another surprising Smurf-related development today.  Apparently, Sony has enough confidence in their sequel writers Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche, that they’re now giving the go-ahead on The Smurfs 3. Given that the production of The Smurfs 2 is already underway with much of the original cast returning (plus a few new faces), things must be coming along quite nicely.

Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013.  Hit the jump for news on The Smurfs 3.

Brendan Gleeson, J.B. Smoove, and Christina Ricci Set for SMURFS 2

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In case you forgot, a sequel to last year’s The Smurfs is on its way (sigh).  Nearly the entire cast from the first pic—including Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria and Katy Perry—are returning, and now THR reports that Brendan Gleeson and J.B. Smoove will be joining the cast as newcomers.  In addition, THR noted a few days ago that Christina Ricci will also come onboard.  Ricci will be playing Vexy, an evil version of the lovely Smurfette (Perry), while Smoove will voice a new character named “Hackus” who is described as “naughty” (the Smurfs have always walked a fine line between children’s fare and inappropriate).  Gleeson, meanwhile, will play Harris’ stepfather, Victor Doyle.  Given that this is a kids’ film, I can only assume that the stepfather will be somewhat evil.

Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first Smurfs film, returns as director for the sequel which also stars Sofia Vergara, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver. The Smurfs 2 is set for release on July 31st, 2013.

Is the CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Sequel Called CLOUDY 2: REVENGE OF THE LEFTOVERS? Plus a First Look at Promo Poster

by     Posted 2 years, 263 days ago

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I love the animated adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  It is delightfully strange, witty, and at times, downright darkly comic (it still blows my mind that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller got away with the scene where Flynn charges into a house, and basically uses snowballs to murder a family).  I was a little bummed that the duo wouldn’t be returning for the sequel, but I’m encouraged that Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are handling the script, and new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn worked on the first movie.  We still don’t know what the sequel will be about, but we might know what it’s called.  We were sent a promo poster for the movie and the title reads: Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers.  As you may recall, the leftovers created a crazy avalanche that forced out the poor citizens of Swallow Falls, so haven’t the leftovers already had their revenge?

Again, this could just be a working title, and to be honest, I don’t really care what the movie is called.  I’m just hoping the flick is as funny and memorable as Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs.  Hit the jump to check out the promo poster.

97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

by     Posted 2 years, 331 days ago

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

Weekend Box Office – IMMORTALS Stays On Top with $32 Million; JACK AND JILL Second with $26 Million

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Jack and Jill gained some ground on Saturday, though not enough to slay the Immortals.  The 3D action/fantasy film finished first with an estimated $32 million from 3,112 locations. Considering that the film’s distributor was expecting a top opening of $26 million that has to be seen as a win.  And even if the film’s total does look somewhat anemic compared to past 3D hits, with the year we’ve had I’d prefer to focus on the positive.

Title Weekend Total
1 Immortals $32,000,000 $32
2 Jack and Jill $26,000,000 $26
3 Puss In Boots $25,500,000 $108.8
4 Tower Heist $13,200,000 $43.9
5 J. Edgar $11,470,000 $11.5
6 Harold and Kumar 3D $5,900,000 $23.2
7 In Time $4,150,000 $30.6
8 Paranormal Activity 3 $3,625,000 $100.8
9 Footloose $2,735,000 $48.8
10 Real Steel $2,000,000 $81.7

18 Animated Feature Films Submit for 84th Annual Academy Awards

by     Posted 3 years, 15 days ago

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Under consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature will be 18 contenders, some of which have yet to have their qualifying runs on screen. Major features include The Adventures of Tintin, Rango and Cars 2. Disney/Pixar has won 6 out of 10 years, while winning the last four in a row, but with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots in the running, it could very well be their turn. Though there are some dark horses in the mix.

Submitted films must satisfy the category’s qualifying rules, including their theatrical release, in order to continue the submission process. In order to activate the award category at all, no fewer than 8 animated features must be released in theaters in Los Angeles County within the calendar year. If these films meet requirements for other categories, including Best Picture, they may be eligible for those awards as well. Hit the jump to see the full list.

Weekend Box Office – THE HELP Jumps to First with $20 Million, Topping All New Releases

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After two weeks on top, Rise of the Planet of the Apes swapped places with last week’s number two The Help on top of the weekend box office.  That left places 3-5 for the major new releases, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Conan the Barbarian, and Fright Night.  Even One Day managed only a middling per-screen average in its smaller release.  Details after the jump.

Title Friday Total
1 The Help $20,479,000 $71.8
2 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $16,300,000 $133.8
3 Spy Kids 4 $12,020,000 $12.0
4 Conan the Barbarian $10,000,000 $10.0
5 Fright Night $8,300,000 $8.3
6 The Smurfs $8,000,000 $117.7
7 Final Destination 5 $7,705,000 $32.2
8 30 Minutes or Less $6,300,000 $25.8
9 One Day $5,127,567 $5.1
10 Crazy, Stupid, Love $4,950,000 $64.4

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