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Box office report: 'Bad Grandpa' spoofs its way to $32 million debut

This weekend, a Ridley Scott-directed drama starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt got trounced at the box office by Johnny Knoxville in an old-man costume. Yep, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa topped the chart with an excellent $32 million in its first three days, giving Knoxville his sixth No. 1 movie after his three Jackass films, Men in Black II, and The Dukes of Hazzard. Not a bad run for a guy who built his career on getting pushed into street curbs while sitting inside shopping carts!

Bad Grandpa, which Paramount made on a $15 million budget, didn’t feature the entire Jackass crew, but it still posted numbers in line with the rest of the irreverent prank franchise. While the film opened below 2010′s Jackass 3-D, which debuted with $50 million (boosted, in part, by 3-D ticket prices), it beat the openings of both Jackass: The Movie ($22.8 million) and Jackass: Number Two ($29 million). Audiences gave it a middling “B” CinemaScore grade, but if it performs similarly to its Jackass predecessors, Bad Grandpa should finish with about $70-80 million total.
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Box office update: 'Bad Grandpa' wins Friday with $12.6 million as 'The Counselor' flops with 'D' CinemaScore

Even without the rest of the Jackass crew, Johnny Knoxville scored with his latest irreverent prank movie, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which topped the chart on Friday with an excellent $12.6 million. The film, which cost Paramount about $15 million to make, is expected to gross $30 million this weekend. Not a bad return on investment! Audiences issued the film a lukewarm “B” CinemaScore grade.

Bad Grandpa‘s success meant that Gravity finally had to give up its spot atop the chart. Warner Bros’ $100 million space drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney grossed $6.2 million yesterday, a drop of just 32 percent from the previous Friday, which sets it up for a $21.5 million weekend and just over $200 million total after four frames.
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Box office preview: 'Bad Grandpa' ready to take down 'Gravity'

Gravity hasn’t given up the top box office spot since its October 4 debut, but the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney outer space adventure will likely come back down to earth this weekend. And it has nothing to do with the release of Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, another adult-targeted drama. No, the big threat to Gravity is the ultra-cheap comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which appears poised to ride its shopping cart all the way into first place.

Here’s how the chart may look this weekend:

1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $29 million
Paramount’s $15 million Jackass-spinoff, which features Johnny Knoxville in an old man costume (but not the rest of the Jackass crew), has advertised itself as an irreverent, bawdy hidden-camera production — a tactic that has worked very well for previous installments of the Jackass franchise. That series’ last iteration, Jackass 3-D, opened to $50 million in 2010, and while Bad Grandpa won’t reach those heights (especially without the 3-D ticket price boost), according to Fandango it’s selling more tickets ahead of release than We’re the Millers, which opened with over $26 million earlier this year. Bad Grandpa may walk away with about $29 or $30 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Gravity' scores third weekend win with $31 million; 'Carrie' and 'Escape Plan' both underwhelm

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There’s no force strong enough to pull Warner Bros.’ $100 million smash Gravity back down to Earth. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, easily maintained its perch atop the box office in its third weekend, dropping just 28 percent to $31 million — good for a $170.6 million total after just 17 days.

Gravity is already the tenth highest-grossing film of 2013 in the U.S. (it surpassed Bullock’s other vehicle, The Heat, this weekend), and appears to be headed for a finish of at least $250 million, which would put it ahead of director Alfonso Cuaron’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which grossed $249.5 million in 2004. Worldwide, Gravity has already earned $284.8 million.

Sony’s $55 million Tom Hanks drama Captain Phillips spent a second week in second place, dipping 33 percent to $17.3 million for a $53.3 million total after ten days. The well-reviewed film is playing well ahead of Argo, which had earned $43 million at the same point in its run last year en route to a $136 million finish. Captain Phillips will need some major awards attention in the following months to reach those heights, but thanks to great word-of-mouth, it should reach (or get close to) $100 million domestically. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Gravity' stays on top with $9.1 million, 'Carrie' off to disappointing start

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Gravity can not be stopped — not by a telekinetic teenager, not by a WikiLeaks hacker, not even by the hulking threat of Arnold Schwarznegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Warner Bros.’ $100 million drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney drew another $9.1 million on Friday, marking a scant 28 percent drop from last Friday. Gravity may pull in about $32 million over the weekend, which would bring its total to an incredible $171 million after just 17 days.

In second place, Screen Gems and MGM’s $30 million horror remake Carrie stumbled out of the gate with $6.6 million. Since horror movies are typically quite frontloaded, the film will likely finish the frame with about $16 million — well below predictions that had the film earning at least $20 million.

Captain Phillips finished in third place with $5.2 million, but it may surpass Carrie by Sunday night and finish the weekend in second place with about $17 million. Sony’s $55 million Tom Hanks drama will have accrued about $53 million after ten days.

Summit’s Stallone/Schwarznegger action entry, Escape Plan, which cost a reported $70 million to produce, only locked up $3.6 million on its opening day. The prison-escape movie could earn only $9.5 million in its opening weekend — joining the ranks of the stars’ recent flops Bullet to the Head and The Last Stand.

At least Escape Plan fared better than Benedict Cumberbatch’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, which earned an anemic $587,000 from 1,769 theaters, yielding an awful $332 daily per theater average. The film may earn about $1.5 million total over the weekend. Ouch.

1. Gravity – $9.1 million
2. Carrie – $6.6 million
3. Captain Phillips – $5.2 million
4. Escape Plan – $3.6 million
5. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $2.6 million

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

The original 'Carrie' is the movie that made me want to be a critic

The release of Kimberly Peirce’s faithful, solid, efficient, and therefore essentially pointless remake of Carrie gives me the opportunity to look back at the 1976 original, which is still one of my favorite films — and, in fact, one of the most important movies of my life. It’s one of the two films, the other being Robert Altman’s Nashville, that made me want to be a critic. And that’s because Carrie did more than thrill, frighten, and captivate me; it sent a volt charge through my system that rewired my imagination, showing me everything that movies could be. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Carrie, at my local mall the day after Thanksgiving. I was a teenage geek who was fast on his way to becoming a movie freak (in this culture, we all need a role, and that would be mine). But I was still finding my way in cinema world, so even though the film had been out for close to a month, I knew nothing about it. I hadn’t read any reviews; I had never heard of the director, Brian De Palma, or Stephen King, whose 1974 novel the movie was based on, or any of the actors. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'Carrie' bring 'Gravity' back down to earth?

It’s prom night in October, and although horror remake Carrie is eying a solid debut, the film will have to work some major box office magic to prevent Gravity from being crowned queen for a third weekend. Carrie isn’t the only new wide release hitting theaters — there’s also Escape Plan and The Fifth Estate, whose prospects are decidedly dimmer.

Here’s how the box office might shake out this weekend:

1. Gravity – $34 million
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are headed to another massive weekend at the box office. Gravity only fell by 23 percent last weekend — and that was against the opening of Captain Phillips. This time around, there aren’t any well-reviewed adult dramas attracting attention, and Gravity may fall by an even slimmer 20 percent to about $34 million for a remarkable $173 million total.
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Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, 'Carrie' cast talk horror movies

Everyone has a movie they saw too young. It’s basically a rite of passage — being self-aware enough to know that what you’re watching is beyond your years, but suffering through it anyway. Why do you think we include it in our Pop Culture Personality Tests?

At the Los Angeles premiere of Carrie, director Kimberly Peirce’s re-imagining of Stephen King’s 1974 horror classic (and Brian De Palma’s 1976 film), stars Chloë Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer recounted their own tales of the movies that traumatized them in their youth.

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'Carrie' trailer: Chloe Moretz causes some mayhem

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Carrie just wants to be normal.

Unfortunately, that’s not in the cards for the telekinetic teenage loner. Not when your abusive mother tells you that all the kids are going to laugh at you, shames you with bible verses (and some non-textual religious zealotry), and occasionally locks you in a closet as punishment.

Chloe Moretz stars as the tragic title character in Kimberly Peirce’s update of  Stephen King’s novel and Brian De Palma’s 1976 film. Julianne Moore gets the lucky task of playing her psychotic mother.

Take a look at the latest blood-soaked trailer for Carrie after the jump.

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'Carrie' remake: Watch the first trailer here

The first trailer for the Carrie remake, starring Julianne Moore and Chloë Grace Moretz, is here!

Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) the film is billed as a reimagining of the horror classic, based on the novel by Stephen King, which originally starred Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek as the title character.

Trailer verdict: This movie will definitely be better than Carrie 2, which we all try to forget exists.

Carrie opens in theaters Oct. 18. READ FULL STORY

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