The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surprised no one by setting a new record for a November opening. Earning an estimated $161.1 million from 4,136 locations, the high-profile sequel easily topped the previous record of $142.8 million, set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. Perhaps more significantly, Catching Fire also managed to place fourth on the list of all-time domestic debuts, putting it ahead of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
Here is what the top ten looks like, as of this morning:
||Marvel’s The Avengers
||Iron Man 3
||Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2
||The Dark Knight Rises
||The Dark Knight
||The Hunger Games
||Twilight Saga: New Moon
||Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2
Analysis and this weekend’s top ten after the jump.
Like many others I presume, I can reduce my yesterday down to one common denominator: waiting. Waiting for my Xbox One to arrive in the mail, waiting for the “Day One” update to wrap-up, waiting for Call of Duty: Ghosts to install to my hard drive, waiting for Ghosts‘ mandatory 1Gb update to complete. All told, it was about a two and a half hour process from the time my console arrived at my door until I was able to fire my first virtual shot. Although I’d be lying if I said the delays weren’t tedious, at the end of the day it was absolutely worth it. Microsoft’s next-gen console isn’t perfect, but its ambition and by-and-large its initial execution are pretty damn impressive. Controlling the console via voice commands with Kinect is way smoother than I expected it to be. Directing my satellite television via the console is a feature that I believe, when mastered, I’ll wonder how I ever lived without. And that seems to be the general idea of the Xbox One: to make you reconsider what a video game console can and should do. Even if all of the pieces aren’t in place yet to make it a “must have” (I expect a steady barrage of software updates in the coming days, weeks, months, etc.), I’m having too much fun with it right now to care.
My initial Xbox One impressions aside, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and more, Dave’s Out of the Furnace set visit recap, Christopher Nolan strapping an IMAX camera to a Learjet for Interstellar, Delivery Man interviews with Vince Vaughn and more, and a new trailer for Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac that you’ll likely only feel halfway guilty for watching. Per the drill, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
Opening this weekend is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man. The film is a remake of director Ken Scott’s 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck and stars Vince Vaughn as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Vince Vaughn. He talked about how he got involved in the project, playing a character with so many kids, what he collects, his Anchorman 2 cameo, future projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
When possible, I like to prepare for movies by reading or watching the source material because they can provide a better understanding of their adaptation or remake. On Monday night, I watched Ken Scott’s Starbuck on Netflix Instant. It was pleasant and undemanding. The following night, I went to go see the remake, Delivery Man (also directed by Scott), and discovered I had seen almost the exact same movie in less than 24 hours. The original didn’t warrant a second viewing, and yet there I was, watching it again except this time it was in English and had actors I’d seen in other movies. It was one of the most pointless moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had.
In Delivery Man, based on the original screenplay Starbuck, David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) led a simple life as the delivery driver for his family’s meat company, until he finds out that he is the biological father of 533 children who are the result of some donations he made when he was younger. With his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) pregnant and 142 of his children suing to learn his identity, David’s life is about to change, in a very big way.
At a press conference for the film, co-stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt (who plays David’s best friend and a father of four rambunctious kids) and Cobie Smulders talked about which aspects of the story they could personally relate to, reflecting on their own families during shooting, and feeling an internal shift when they each became parents themselves. Pratt also talked about jumping right back into things at home, after returning from London where he was filming Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and the type of roles he’s looking to do next, while Smulders talked about what it’s like to be shooting the final season of her TV series How I Met Your Mother and why she’s attracted to playing such strong women. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release date updates. Briefly:
- The Fantastic Four will now open in the midst of summer on June 19, 2015 instead of March 6, 2015. Josh Trank directs.
- The Assassin’s Creed movie has been pushed from June to August 7, 2015. Michael Fassbender is producing and will star in the video game adaptation.
- Director Matthew Vaughn’s graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service has been pushed out of 2014 to March 6, 2015, taking over Fantastic Four’s previous date.
- The spy comedy Susan Cooper will open on May 22, 2015. Paul Feig directs and Melissa McCarthy stars, possibly opposite Jason Statham.
- An Untitled Vince Vaughn Movie (previously referred to as Business Trip) will open on October 24, 2014.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
About two weeks ago, we reported that Universal had canceled Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld; now it looks like the picture has been rejuvenated. Word has it that QED International and Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the Peter Billingsley-directed picture. Universal will remain involved with domestic distribution of the film. The picture has Vaughn playing a man, “hunted by a ruthless mob, who takes out a life insurance policy on himself to benefit his estranged daughter (Steinfeld), and must survive the next three weeks until it kicks in.” Based on Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow’s graphic novel, principal photography on Term Life will start next year. (Via Deadline)
Universal Pictures has decided not to move forward with the actioner Term Life. The film was set to star Vince Vaughn as a professional thief who finds himself the target of mob bosses, contract killers, and dirty cops, with Couples Retreat helmer Peter Billingsley onboard to direct. Just last month Hailee Steinfeld signed on to play Vaughn’s daughter, whom he takes on the run while he waits for his life insurance policy to kick in so that she can become the beneficiary, but Deadline now reports that Universal has opted not to greenlight the pic.
The move comes as the studio has undergone some changes at the executive level, so perhaps the project didn’t gel with the new regime. Vaughn was set to produce Term Life through his Wild West Picture Productions banner, but it’s unclear if he will try to set the project up elsewhere. The actor is currently filming the comedy Business Trip with Dave Franco and will next be seen in Delivery Man, which opens next month.
Here’s the latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
We got a look at the first full trailer for the upcoming comedy Delivery Man yesterday, and now DreamWorks has released a batch of new images from the film. Vince Vaughn stars as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children. Ken Scott directs the pic, which is a remake of Scott’s own 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck. Yesterday’s trailer showed off a much more heartwarming tone than many were expecting, but I guess it fits right in line with the film’s Thanksgiving holiday release date.
Hit the jump to take a look at some new images. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. Delivery Man opens on November 22nd.
DreamWorks Pictures has released the full theatrical trailer for the upcoming comedy Delivery Man. The film is a remake of director Ken Scott’s 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck and stars Vince Vaughn as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity. This new trailer delves deeper into the film’s plot, as we see that Vaughn’s character eventually tries to act as a “guardian angel” to the fatherless children, trying to help them through their problems anonymously. Scott directs this remake of his own film, and the pic is very much being marketed as a family film as opposed to a straightforward comedy. Chris Pratt is unsurprisingly on point here, but I’m interested to see if Delivery Man‘s heart comes off as genuine or sappy in the full feature.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Cobie Smulders and Britt Robertson. Delivery Man opens on November 22nd.
For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.
In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
What most expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office is making big news for one new release. The Internship is not that release. The Fox comedy earned an estimated $6.55 million from 3,365 locations on Friday and is now on track for a first-weekend in the $18 million range. That’s slightly higher than pre-release projections for the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson feature, but lower than the $20 million-plus that a star-driven summer release should be earning. If The Internship is destined for disappointment, The Purge looks like a legitimate sensation. With an estimated $16.7 million from 2,536 locations on Friday, the low-budget horror film equaled its entire weekend projection in just one day. That puts The Purge on track for a remarkable $36 million through Sunday – a number that would secure both the highest horror debut and the highest R-rated opening of 2013. We’ll have full details tomorrow.
|| The Purge
|| The Internship
|| Fast & Furious 6
|| Now You See Me
A film that feels like one long advertisement shouldn’t be much of a shock. Advertising surrounds us (it even surrounds this review you’re reading), and while some companies will settle for product placement or marketing tie-ins, that’s small-time thinking. Google is a portal to the Internet, and if it’s going to be in a movie, it’s going to be the movie. If most reviews say that The Internship feels like one giant advertisement for Google, that’s only because it’s pretty much true. Shawn Levy‘s comedy is filled with stock characters, lethargic storytelling, and slogs through a bloated runtime as stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to scrap together any laughs they can. Even though Google dominates the picture, The Internship undermines the company by making it look like the most superficial and horrible place to work.
With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening this weekend, 20th Century Fox recently held a press junket at Google where we were able to speak with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film re-teams Wilson and Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. For more on the film, watch these clips.
During the interview, Wilson and Vaughn talked about finding the right tone and a story with meaning, if they agreed to make the movie because they’d get to play Quidditch, the work environment at Google and how it’s like a vacation compared to most work environments, what surprised them about Google, and more. In addition, if you’re a fan of the way Vaughn and Wilson can play off one another, watch the last minute of this interview.