It might actually be easier to retrieve a skyscraper from the villainous hands of Alan Rickman than to have avoided seeing an action film produced by Joel Silver, whose blockbuster credits merely begin with The Matrix, Lethal Weapon, and — yes — Die Hard. Silver’s most recent hit was the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed Non-Stop, which stars Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, and, of course, Liam Neeson in the lead role of an air marshal desperate to figure out who is orchestrating the deaths of people on a transatlantic flight. To mark this week’s release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, Silver talked to Entertainment Weekly about the movie, the likelihood of a non-plane-set sequel, and why his 12-year-old son probably deserves an increase in his allowance.
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It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.
The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein of the insanely successful Fast & Furious films.
Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club also opens in under 2,000 locations for Lionsgate and the female-driven pic hopes to reach a very different audience, but it’s unlikely to beat the 3-D cars to the finish line.
Here’s how things might play out.
Box office report: '300: Rise of an Empire' conquers the weekend with $45 million; 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' sets record
300: Rise of an Empire speared its competition and kept on raking in the dollars on its opening weekend.
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s hyper-stylized 3-D sequel earned an estimated $45 million from 3,470 theaters. Despite lackluster reviews, audiences turned out in droves to watch Eva Green’s Atremisia and the rest of the scantily clad warriors take to the sea for battle in the $108 million pic. Smart People director Noam Murro took the helm from Zack Snyder this time around — though Snyder produced and wrote the film. Audiences (62 percent male) slapped the epic with a B Cinema Score.
The lure of IMAX helped. The 342 IMAX screens brought in $6.8 million (or 15 percent) of the film’s weekend earnings, while 3-D showings accounted for 63 percent of the grosses. 300: Rise of an Empire is also performing quite well internationally with $87.8 million from 58 markets. Still, it doesn’t even come close to Zack Snyder’s $70 million March 2007 opening for 300. Nevertheless, the sequel should enjoy a healthy box office life.
Not even the world’s smartest time-traveling dog could beat the warriors of 300: Rise of an Empire at the box office, Friday.
The Zack Snyder-produced sequel to his 2007 blockbuster earned an impressive $17.7 million from 3,470 theaters. Thursday night the R-rated Warner Bros. and Legendary pic had brought in a decent $3.3 million from early showings. With a $108 million price tag, the Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton-led epic should still net around $45 million this weekend — right on track with predictions.
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman claimed the second place spot with an $8 million Friday from 3,934 theaters. The $145 million, PG-rated family romp seems to be connecting well with audiences who gave it an A Cinema Score. It should earn around $30 million by the time the weekend closes out.
After a modest February, things should start picking up across the board at the box office as we enter March. This weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s macho sequel 300: Rise of an Empire debuts against DreamWorks’ animated family pic Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Clearly neither are going after the same audience, and both are primed to hit decent $30 plus million debuts, but the Greeks versus Persians sword-and-sandals epic is going to win the weekend and redeem the genre from Pompeii‘s and Hercules‘ poor 2014 box office showings.
Here’s how things might play out: READ FULL STORY
January and February are traditionally regarded as dumping grounds for Hollywood’s lesser movies — the time when studios release the films not good enough for Oscar season and not promising enough for the summer box office. But with a surprising string of winter action hits, beginning with 2009’s Taken, that window might also be termed Neeson Season. “Neeson’s imposing 6’4” frame, haunted eyes, and knack for snapping limbs like celery stalks have elevated throwaways such as Unknown, The Grey, and Taken 2 into something more than the sum of their parts,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “They may not all be memorable films, but they’d be utterly forgettable without the high-gloss patina of a class that he gives them.” Twenty years after playing Oskar Schindler, the 61-year-old Irish actor is the star of his own B-movie sub-genre, and in Non-Stop, he gets to take the gimmick to new heights.
Neeson plays Bill Marks, a sad air marshal whose transatlantic flight from New York to London is interrupted by a text message threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is wired to an offshore account. Everyone is a suspect, including Marks. Might it be the pretty businesswoman with the window seat, played by Julianne Moore? The macho NYPD cop played by House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll? The other air-marshal on board, played by Anson Mount? Or is it one of the other dozen or so possible suspects? Suspense!
Reuniting Neeson with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, the film also stars Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery as a skeptical flight attendant, with 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o also making a before-she-was-famous appearance.
Click below to see what some of the nation’s leading film critics are saying about Non-Stop before buckling in for Neeson’s latest.
This weekend is a box office wild card.
Liam Neeson is an earnings force unto himself, and his latest turn as an air marshal on a hijacked transatlantic flight in Non-Stop should evict The Lego Movie from its three-weekend stronghold on the No. 1 spot. But the big, looming unknown is Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God. Its weekend prospects have analysts stumped, with estimates ranging anywhere from $12 million to $30 million. And even the high end of that could be wildly off.
With that said, here’s how things might play out. And, to change things up a bit, if you’re so inclined, sound off in the comments with your own top five and estimates for each. READ FULL STORY
Liam Neeson is back to kicking butt in his latest action flick, Non-Stop. This time, the actor plays an air marshal aboard a transatlantic flight who must spring into action after an unknown terrorist threatens to kill one passenger every 20 minutes unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. Things get a little tricky, however, when the passengers begin to turn on him.
Watch Neeson attempt to convince passengers aboard the flight that he’s not trying to hijack their plane in an exclusive clip from Non-Stop below:
Liam Neeson, whose last major movie airplane ride literally fed him to the wolves, takes flight again for Non-Stop, his latest kick-ass action movie. Here, he plays a U.S. Air Marshal flying from New York to London who is either being set up by a devious fellow passenger or is simply certifiably crazy.
His Unknown director, Spaniard Jaume Collet-Serra, is behind the camera, but what makes this bumpy thrill ride somewhat tantalizing is the eclectic supporting cast. Julianne Moore has to be flying first-class, of course, and her character might know more than she’s letting on. But then there’s Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, and 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o as the flight attendants. House of Card‘s Corey Stoll gets tasered! Flying the plane is Linus Roache, who Neeson bragged about killing in Batman Begins! Karma at 40,000 feet, Neeson!
Watch the totally original, not evocative-of-any-other-action-movie trailer below: READ FULL STORY
2014 may seem like a long time from now, but studios are already filling their slates and shifting around release dates for later this year and into next. Below, a few of the latest release date changes:
The Expendables 3, the latest in the Lionsgate franchise that has rounded up action heroes of the ’80s like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is set for an Aug. 15, 2014 release, the same late summer weekend that the first two Expendables films opened in 2010 and 2012. Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, and Milla Jovovich recently began final negotiations to appear in the threequel. READ FULL STORY
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