Cinemath: Good Movies Do Better at the Box Office; Also Helps to Be Expensive, PG-13, and a Sequel

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It is common to argue that there is a divide between critics and audiences. Critics prefer arthouse dramas, preferably in black-and-white; audiences like things that go boom. Thanks to countless explosions and few positive reviews, the Transformers sequels became a lightning rod for this argument. Compare the 35s of Transformers: Dark of the Moon: 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, $350 million at the domestic box office. Later in the year, a critical darling like Warrior (83% on RT) managed just over $13 million. Is this the general pattern, or are these exceptions to the rule?

For the latest entry of Cinemath, I crunched the numbers to answer this very question. Thankfully the answer is that good movies statistically do better at the box office. After the jump, I try to quantify this effect with an equation that predicts box office using the Rotten Tomatoes score, budget, theater count, plus whether the movie is a sequel and/or rated PG-13.

Gary Oldman Talks THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, His Paralyzing Fear Of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, CALL OF DUTY, and a Lot More

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Gary Oldman wrapped up his 3-day, 7-film retrospective at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Cinema with a fun, extended Q&A after Wednesday night’s screening of his Oscar-nominated performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The first time Academy Award nominee fielded questions from a theater filled with hundreds of his fans with nearly an hour.  Oldman also hung around for autographs, pictures and additional questions.  Hit the jump for stories from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, his paralyzing doubt on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and what he thought while watching Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Oscars 2012: Adam Predicts the Nominees

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As I’ve been covering awards season pretty extensively here on the site over the past few months, I figured it would be appropriate to (foolishly) try to predict the upcoming Oscar nominations. It’s been a fairly tame year, as a few frontrunners were singled out early in the race and have held their ground throughout the grueling awards season. We haven’t been without a few surprises, as Steven Spielberg’s War Horse took a massive tumble following snubs from most of the major guilds, and David Fincher has surged back into the race bringing his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with him.

Though there are plenty of safe bets when it comes to the 2012 Oscar nominations, there are still a few wildcards and tricky categories. I’ve put on my prognosticating cap (those interested can purchase one of these nifty hats at your local Target) and compiled a list of who and what I think will make the cut. Hit the jump to see how I think the nods will stack up when they’re announced on January 24th.

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

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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.

Exclusive: Joel Edgerton Talks THE THING, THE GREAT GATSBY, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden Project

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The upcoming thriller The Thing, opening in theaters on October 14th, is a prelude to the 1982 John Carpenter classic of the same name. Following a team at an isolated outpost in Antarctica, the discovery of an alien creature that is unearthed by a crew of international scientists causes paranoia to spread, as they begin to question which of them have been infected with something inhuman that has the ability to turn itself into an exact replica of any living being. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), helicopter pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton) and the Norwegian scientific team find themselves fighting this terrifying parasite to keep it from killing them off one at a time.  Here’s the trailer.

Fresh off the acclaim for his performance in Warrior, actor Joel Edgerton spoke to Collider in this exclusive phone interview about this very different role for him, what a fan he is of the Carpenter film, how nice it was to have a combination of practical and CG effects, how cool it was to get to use a flamethrower, and why being a massive fan of the original made  Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. the perfect guy for the job of director. He also talked about taking on the role of Tom Buchanan, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, for Baz Luhrmann’s vision of The Great Gatsby, and what attracted him to the Osama Bin Laden project that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are currently working on. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – CONTAGION Stronger Than Expected at Number One with $23.1 Million

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To say the box office has been a bit sleepy of late would be a gross understatement.  Seriously, if I am being bored by the numbers I can only imagine how ordinary movie fans feel.  Four new titles hit theatres this weekend, including Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. The pandemic thriller, and its A-list cast, drew an impressive three day estimate of $23.1 million: more than enough to end the three-week reign of The Help as the nation’s top draw.

Title Weekend Total
1 Contagion $23,135,000 $23.1
2 The Help $8,691,000 $137
3 Warrior $5,607,000 $5.6
4 The Debt $4,905,000 $21.9
5 Colombiana $4,000,000 $29.7
6 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $3,875,000 $167.8
7 Shark Night 3D $3,533,000 $14.7
8 Apollo 18 $2,913,000 $15
9 Our Idiot Brother $2,761,000 $21.4
10 Spy Kids 4 $2,500,000 $34.2

Friday Box Office – CONTAGION Catches First Place with $8 Million; WARRIOR in Third

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After three weekends at number one (and twenty five consecutive days), The Help has been handed its box office pink slip.  As expected, Warner Brothers’ disease-thriller Contagion was the clear winner on Friday; taking in an estimated $8 million from 3,222 locations.  The Steven Soderbergh film, and its cast of thousands, is expected to earn just over $20 million through Sunday – more than double the projection for Friday’s number two, The Help.  Of course, Contagion benefitted from the fact that it also had nearly double the screen count of Friday’s other new releases.  Lionsgate’s mixed martial arts drama Warrior debuted at just 1,869 locations and took in an estimated $1.8 million on Friday for what should be a $6 million weekend.  Finally, the R-rated Happy Madison comedy Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star debuted with just $540,000 from 1,500 venues for what will surely be one of the sorriest debuts of 2011.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

  Title Friday Total
1 Contagion $8,030,000 $8
2 The Help $2,672,000 $131
3 Warrior $1,800,000 $1.8
4 The Debt $1,442,000 $18.5
5 Colombiana $1,200,000 $26.9


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The performances and well-choreographed fights are the main event of Warrior, a mixed martial arts drama that delivers counter-punches to the numerous cliches that continuously crop up. Raw emotion and rare truths are explored in this flawed film helmed by writer-director Gavin O’Connor. Equal parts testosterone-filled entertainment and a story of redemption and forgiveness, Warrior has a curious based-on-a-true-story feel. The film isn’t shy about giving you a story, clocking in at 139 minutes, and it’s that devotion to plot and background that will help it cut open a broader audience than the standard fight drama. There are hurdles to overcome as an audience, but the reward is a gritty bit of truth in an unlikely and fun package. Hit the jump for my full review.


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Opening this weekend is writer-director Gavin O’ Connor’s Warrior.   Starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte, and Noah Emmerich, Warrior tells the story of two estranged brothers (Hardy and Edgerton) on their paths to the biggest MMA fight of their careers.  Now I’m going to tell you something that might surprise you: I loved the movie.  One of the surprises about Warrior is the way it shakes the typical narrative structure by having you root for two protagonists.  While your typical sports movie will have you rooting for one character, driving you to cheer them on in the finale, Warrior makes you feel for both characters who each have a very strong storyline.

At the press day for the film, Hardy and Edgerton talked about the challenges of making the movie, the fight scenes, training, how the other fighters helped them, working with Nick Nolte, future projects like The Great Gatsby, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the audio and transcript.

National Sneak Preview of WARRIOR This Sunday

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Lionsgate believes in its upcoming MMA drama Warrior and they should.  I caught the film a few weeks ago and it’s surprisingly good.  It doesn’t break the mold or reinvent the genre, but it’s got strong performances, great fight scenes, and you’re basically getting two Rockys for the price of one.  The studio has been holding promo screenings for the past several weeks but now they’ve announced via press release that this Sunday they’re going to give the whole country and early look by offering a sneak preview.  Audiences will be able to buy tickets to see the film early on September 4th at 7:00 pm at theaters nationwide.  It’s not a bad way to spend a little time on Labor Day weekend.

Click here to purchase tickets and hit the jump for the trailer and synopsis.  Warrior opens September 9th.

Comic-Con 2011: Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton Interview WARRIOR; Future Project Talk Includes THE GREAT GATSBY, MAD MAX, and Al Capone Biopic

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Just a mere matter of minutes ago I had the pleasure of speaking to Tom Hardy (Inception) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) about their upcoming film Warrior. Warrior follows two estranged brothers (Hardy and Edgerton) on their paths to the biggest MMA fight of their careers – against each other. Since Hardy and Edgerton are two of Hollywood’s biggest up-and-coming stars, I wanted to post what they had to see as fast as possible.

Continue reading to see what Edgerton and Hardy had to say about Warrior and their incredible slates of future projects, including The Great Gatsby, Mad Max: Fury Road and David Yates’ Al Capone biopic. And of course, you can expect a very typical Christopher Nolan-esque response from Tom Hardy about his role in The Dark Knight Rises.

New Posters for COWBOYS & ALIENS and WARRIOR

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Two new posters tonight for Warrior and Cowboys & Aliens, tailored to men as much as movie posters can be “for men.”   Four of cinema’s most masculine specimens, staring straight ahead next to or above no-nonsense titles — no smiles allowed, obviously.

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford look cooler than I ever will as the poster boys for Cowboys & Aliens.  Other men in the Jon Favreau-directed film include Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, and Walton Goggins.  There’s a woman billed in the top five (Olivia Wilde), but it’s okay because she’s superhot.  Cowboys & Aliens opens on July 29.

Meanwhile, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are busy looking ripped on the poster for Warrior.  Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte, and Noah Emmerich also star in the mixed martial arts drama.  Warrior opens on September 9.  Hit the jump for the posters and official synopses.

Trailer for WARRIOR Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton

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Lionsgate has released a trailer for the upcoming mixed martial arts fighting drama Warrior.  Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle) the film stars Tom Hardy (Inception) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) as brothers fighting for the mixed martial arts championship.  I like the idea of a Rocky story where we follow both fighters into the ring and both their causes are valid (although the trailer makes it look like Edgerton is really the protagonist).  Unfortunately, this trailer takes you through almost the entire movie to the point where I’m a little surprised that it doesn’t go ahead and reveal the champion.

Hit the jump to see the trailer and for a full synopsis.  The film also stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, and Frank Grillo.  Warrior opens September 9th.

CinemaCon 2011: New Posters and Standees Including FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and HARRY POTTER

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CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest) begins tomorrow in Las Vegas.  If you haven’t heard of CinemaCon, it’s a convention for theater owners and operators to see what’s new in their industry and be wined and dined by the Hollywood Studios.  It’s essentially Comic-Con for people that make big decisions in the movie industry.

In the coming days I’ll be watching tons of footage from many upcoming movies and I’ll try and report what I see. Occasionally they ask us not to say anything, but whenever I can, you can expect video blogs and written reports.  Until then, I managed to snap pictures of the movie posters, standee’s, and escalator artwork that’s on display at the Convention.  Included are new posters for Friends With Benefits, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Larry Crowne and After.  I’ve also got pictures of new banners including Super 8, Captain America: The First Avenger, One Day, Warrior, Bad Teacher, and a DreamWorks one that includes The Help, Fright Night, Real Steel and War Horse.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Tom Hardy’s WARRIOR to be Released on September 9th; Plus Updated Synopsis

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When we brought you the first image from Gavin O’ Connor’s (Pride and Glory) Warrior almost one year ago, there was minimal buzz surrounding the film.  Flash-forward to the present and Warrior is a “Tom Hardy film.”  Now, thanks to Lionsgate sending us some updated information, we know that Warrior is a “Tom Hardy film” that will be released later this year on September 9th.

Briefly, Warrior tells the story of a troubled ex-marine (Hardy) who returns to his hometown.  While there, he faces obstacles regarding his broken family while preparing to fight in an MMA tournament.  To check out a detailed synopsis as well as a hi-res image from the film, hit the jump.  In addition to Hardy, Warrior also stars Nick Nolte, Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show), Joel Edgerton (Smokin’ Aces), and Jennifer Morrison (Star Trek).

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