Sam Worthington Talks AVATAR Sequels, Working with Schwarzenegger on TEN, How He Doesn’t Think There Will be a Third CLASH OF THE TITANS, and More

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Before going off to Romania to shoot his next film, The Keeping Room, about a Civil War soldier who has broken off from the Union Army encounters a group of women who have been left to fend for themselves, Collider got the opportunity to chat with actor Sam Worthington about the surf drama Drift, which is available on demand July 2nd and in theaters everywhere August 2nd.

While we will post what he had to say about that film in June, we did want to share what he had to say about some of his other upcoming projects.  During the interview, he talked about how different his character in The Keeping Room is, how working with director David Ayer on the action thriller Ten was the best experience, what it was like to work with someone as iconic as Arnold Schwarzenegger, that James Cameron will start shooting the Avatar sequels whenever he’s ready, and how he doesn’t think there will be a third Clash of the Titans films.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: HUNGER GAMES Tops Again for Fourth Weekend in a Row with $21.5 Million

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The Hunger Games cannot be stopped.  Director Gary Ross’s adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins book took the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row with $21.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $337 million with a worldwide haul over $479 million.  Though Lionsgate is presumably extremely happy with The Hunger Games’ performance, they’re currently on the lookout for a director replacement for the sequel Catching Fire after Ross declined to return due to the tight schedule.  They have to start filming the follow-up this August in order for star Jennifer Lawrence to be wrapped in time to move on to the X-Men: First Class sequel in January, and to make Catching Fire’s November 2013 release date.  Hit the jump for details and analysis of the full top 10.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $21,500,000 $337,070,000
2 The Three Stooges $17,100,000 $17,100,000
3 The Cabin in the Woods $14,850,000 $14,850,000
4 Titanic 3D $11,625,000 $44,419,000
5 American Reunion $10,700,000 $39,900,000
6 Mirror Mirror $7,000,000 $49,468,000
7 Wrath of the Titans $6,905,000 $71,251,000
8 21 Jump Street $6,800,000 $120,565,000
9 Lockout $6,250,000 $6,250,000
10 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $3,020,000 $204,483,000

Weekend Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Remains Victorious While Nostalgia-Fueled AMERICAN REUNION and TITANIC 3D Follow

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May the box office be ever in your favor! The Hunger Games outlasted competition from newcomers American Reunion and not-so-new Titanic 3D to top the box office for the third weekend in a row.  Hunger Games pulled in an estimated $33.5 million, a drop of about 43% from last week’s numbers, but still managed to cross a $400 million worldwide mark.   Second-week showings of Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror rounded out the top five respectively. Hit the jump for the analysis, including a big mover who almost cracked the top ten.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $33,500,000 $302M
2 American Reunion $21,500,000 $21.5M
3 Titanic (3D) $17,350,000 $25.7M
4 Wrath of the Titans $15,010,000 $58.9M
5 Mirror Mirror $11,000,000 $36.4M
6 21 Jump Street $10,200,000 $110M
7 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $5,000,000 $198M
8 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $975,000 $4.64M
9 John Carter $820,000 $67.9M
10 Safe House $581,000 $125M

Friday Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Tops Again with $12.9 Million, Crosses $400 Million Worldwide

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It looks like The Hunger Games will be named the victor yet again on this fine Easter weekend, as the film brought in an estimated $12.9 million on Friday for a potential weekend haul of around $40 million.  The film has now crossed the $400 million mark worldwide against a budget of around $80 million, solidifying its status as a bona fide hit.  Lionsgate is working fast to get the sequel, Catching Fire, before cameras this fall (which Gary Ross may or may not be directing).  Elsewhere in the box office landscape, American Reunion opened to $9.2 million for a weekend total around $22 million, and Paramount’s Titanic 3D took in $7.1 million on Friday.  The re-release opened on Wednesday, so its cumulative is at $15.5 million and should fall short of the projected $30 million weekend, though James Cameron‘s original had famously strong legs in its initial run, so don’t count the disaster love story out just yet.  Additionally, 21 Jump Street has reason to celebrate as the ridiculously funny film has now hit $100 million cumulatively.  Check back tomorrow for details and analysis.

Title Friday Total
1 The Hunger Games $12,900,000 $282,239,000
2 American Reunion $9,200,000 $9,200,000
3 Titanic 3D $7,140,000 $15,500,000
4 Wrath of the Titans $5,425,000 $49,314,000
5 Mirror Mirror $4,580,000 $30,053,000

Weekend Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Stays Ahead of WRATH OF THE TITANS and MIRROR, MIRROR

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Surprising no one, The Hunger Games stayed in first place for a second week in a row with an estimated $61.1 million, or a decline of 60%.  Meanwhile this weekend’s new releases – Wrath of the Titans and Mirror, Mirror – had to settle for second and third, respectively. And, again, we’re back to being really, really not surprised.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $61,100,000 $251
2 Wrath of the Titans $34,200,000 $34.2
3 Mirror, Mirror $19,000,000 $19
4 21 Jump Street $15,000,000 $93
5 The Lorax $9,010,000 $189.5
6 John Carter $2,005,000 $66.2
7 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $1,274,000 $3.1
8 Act of Valor $1,006,000 $67.7
9 A Thousand Words $915,000 $16.5
10 Journey 2 $835,000 $98.4

TOP 5: ANCHORMAN 2, WRATH OF THE TITANS, Debut of our Podcast THE COLLISION, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in Lego Form, Trailer Recap

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Last week presented me with the first opportunity I’ve had in a while to catch two movies in a theater within 24 hours of one another (cue the scoffing of real cinephiles). While I’ll sure that I’ll be hammered for that previous statement when it comes time to renew my movie blogger certification, the truth is that, in the small market I call home, only the most mainstream of the mainstream films ever make it to the silver screen. So, with that said, I’d just like to thank the creative forces behind 21 Jump Street and The Hunger Games for giving me the opportunity to spend 1/6 of a day at the movies with films that, while drastically different in almost every conceivable metric, were solid from beginning to end.

Moving on, in this week’s installment the Top 5 is offering modest coverage of Anchorman 2‘s forward progress, Wrath of the Titans interviews with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, director Jonathan Liebesman and more, the debut of our new podcast, The Collision, The Dark Knight Rises trailer in Lego form, and a recap of some of the week’s top trailers. Per usual, you can find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

Friday Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Passes $200 Million On Second Friday; WRATH OF THE TITANS Takes Second; MIRROR, MIRROR a Distant Third

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After The Hunger Games surprised us all by claiming the third highest opening in box office history last weekend, there was little doubt that it would stay on top for a second frame. The runaway hit earned another $18.9 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to an amazing $208.8 million in eight days and promising a $250 million domestic gross by Sunday. The Hunger Games kept all of its 4,137 locations this weekend, but lost most of its IMAX screens to Wrath of the Titans. The sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans remake (you remember: “Release the Kraken!”) took in $12.4 million on Friday – less than half of the $26 million its predecessor earned on its first full day in theatres. Wrath should top $33 million by Sunday; not quite the $61.2 million of Clash but about what Warner Brothers was expecting. Finally, Mirror, Mirror opened in 3,603 locations to $5.9 million on Friday. The first of 2012’s ‘Snow White’ movies, the family-oriented film is expected to claim $20 million by the end of its debut weekend.   Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Hunger Games $18,900,000 $208.8
2 Wrath of the Titans $12,400,000 $12.4
3 Mirror, Mirror $5,900,000 $5.9
4 21 Jump Street $4,700,000 $82.7
5 The Lorax $2,000,000 $183.5

 

Toby Kebbell Talks WRATH OF THE TITANS, AKIRA and THE EAST

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Opening today is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes). The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.  For more on the film, here’s five clips.

During my interview with Kebbell, we talked about how he got involved in the project, what did he want to bring to his character, what surprised him about making the movie, and what’s his favorite director, actor and movie.  In addition, we talked about director Zal Batmanglij‘s (Sound of My Voice) The East and his thoughts on the live-action Akira.  Hit the jump to watch.

WRATH OF THE TITANS Review

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2010′s Clash of the Titans was an absolute mess.  The story made no sense, the movie wasted its cast, and the film was clearly cut to hell with perhaps a more interesting tale left on the editing room floor.  The problems were compounded by thoughtless action scenes and atrocious 3D.  Wrath of the Titans solves the confusing-story problem by making the plot stolid and obstinate.  The action scenes are just as big but even more pointless, and the 3D looks fine but adds nothing to the experience.  There are some brief, glorious moments where strong performances peak through, and we get a glimpse at some imaginative designs.  These few moments help the sequel barely clear the low bar set by its predecessor.

Director Jonathan Liebesman Talks WRATH OF THE TITANS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, His Julius Caesar Movie, ODYSSEUS, and More

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Opening tomorrow is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes). The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.  For more on the film, here’s five clips.

At last week’s press junket in New York City, I got to sit down with Liebesman for an extended interview.  During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about how he got involved in Wrath of the Titans, his process for addressing the things that didn’t work in the first film, the visual effects, editing, the monsters, how important was it to be accurate with the mythology while still being able to take dramatic license to make the story work, and more.  In addition, Liebesman talked about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (officially titled “Ninja Turtles”), Odysseus, his untitled Julius Caesar movie with producer Basil Iwanyk, the Battle Los Angeles sequel, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Danny Huston Talks New Starz Series MAGIC CITY and Playing Poseidon in WRATH OF THE TITANS

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The new Starz drama series Magic City, created by writer/executive producer Mitch Glazer and premiering on April 6th, takes place in 1959 at the luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, during the tumultuous time when Havana fell to Castro’s rebels. Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the star of his Miami hotel, but to finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston). Ike’s wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko), a former showgirl, and his three kids, which include sons Stevie (Steven Strait) and Danny (Christian Cooke), think he’s an honorable man, but nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Danny Huston talked about how he came to be a part of Magic City, how much he enjoys playing a character that has no good to him, the research that he did for the role, and how factual the show actually is, with creator Mitch Glazer having grown up around there. He also talked about what attracts him to projects now, how much fun he had playing Poseidon in Wrath of the Titans, and how he’s hoping to direct again soon. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson Talk WRATH OF THE TITANS, Character Changes, Action Scenes, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes).  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.  For more on the film, here’s five clips.

During my interview with Worthington and Neeson, we talked about how their characters have changed, what shortcomings of the first film did they want to correct, how they prepared for the sequel, what their most challenging action scenes were, Taken 2, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

WRATH OF THE TITANS Giveaway

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Opening this weekend is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes). The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.

To help promote it’s release, we’ve been given a lot of Wrath of the Titans movie swag to giveaway to our readers.  If you’d like to win some of it, hit the jump for details and for more on the film, here’s five clips.

Director Jonathan Liebesman Talks WRATH OF THE TITANS and the BATTLE LOS ANGELES Sequel

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Opening next weekend is director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) Wrath of the Titans.  In the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is tasked with stopping the titans and saving Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Hades’ stranglehold (Ralph Fiennes). The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell and Danny Huston.  And for those wondering how the sequel turned out, Wrath of the Titans is what I hoped Clash of the Titans would be.  It’s got a solid story, incredible effects, and the 3D is really well done.  I’ve seen it twice (including IMAX 3D) and it’s definitely recommended.

During my interview with Liebesman, we talked about what was the most complicated special effect, the difference between sunlight and darkness for making effects look real, whether he felt added pressure with the 3D conversion after the negative reaction to the 3D in Clash of the Titans, and what’s his favorite director, actor and movie.  In addition, I also got an update on the Battle Los Angeles Sequel.  Hit the jump for more.

Director Jonathan Liebesman Talks Untitled Julius Caesar Movie, ODYSSEUS, and a Sequel to WRATH OF THE TITANS

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Though 2010’s Clash of the Titans wasn’t exactly a critical success—and despite a pretty hefty shellacking for the film’s rushed 3D post-conversion—the action epic rounded up quite a substantial box office haul.  As a result, the studio is taking another shot at the sword and sandals story with the sequel Wrath of the Titans.  Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) was brought in to take the helm, and star Sam Worthington has said that he’s been given the chance to rectify everything he felt they got wrong with the first go-around.  I’ve actually heard really good things about Wrath, and all signs point to a sufficiently entertaining Greek epic.  For more on the film, here’s five clips.

Steve recently got the chance to sit down with Liebesman at the Wrath of the Titans press day, and the director provided updates on a couple upcoming projects on his plate including an epic take on the Julius Caesar story, Odysseus, and his thoughts on returning for a sequel to Wrath. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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