12 Years a Slave won the Best Film trophy today at the BAFTA Film Awards in London. The movie’s star Chiwetel Ejiofor was also victorious in the Leading Actor category. Cate Blanchett won the Leading Actress award for Blue Jasmine while Alfonso Cuarón scored Best Director for Gravity, one of six wins for the Sandra Bullock-starring space drama. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle and Barkhad Abdi won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain Phillips.
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Stomachs weren’t the only thing full over Thanksgiving weekend — so were movie theaters showing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The film pulled in a terrific $110.1 million over the Wednesday-to-Sunday period — $74.5 million of that during the traditional weekend frame — which gives the sequel a stunning $296.5 million domestic total after only 10 days. (The film has already pulled in a total of $573 million worldwide.)
Catching Fire set a new record for both the 3-day and 5-day Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which grossed $57.5 million/$82.4 million in 2001. Lionsgate’s $130 million sequel is now on track to easily outgross The Hunger Games‘ $408 million domestic total. And if it maintains this pace, it could climb above $450 million. READ FULL STORY
Box office update: 'Catching Fire' surges to $31.3 million on Friday, 'Frozen' may score $100 million five-day debut
As previously reported, both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen are headed to record-breaking Thanksgiving weekends at the box office. But Black Friday numbers suggest that both films may be even bigger than originally thought — and both could pull in more than $100 million over the five-day frame!
Catching Fire topped the chart on Friday with a sizzling $31.3 million, which sent it right past the $250 million mark on its eighth day of release. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are the only two films to ever reach $250 million faster. Catching Fire is currently on pace for a Friday-to-Sunday weekend in the $75-80 million range, which would trail only The Avengers as the best second weekend of all time. Factoring in the combined $35 million that Catching Fire earned on Wednesday and Thursday, the film may pull in $110-120 million over five days, giving it a total of $290-300 million. READ FULL STORY
It turns out moviegoers want fire and ice this Thanksgiving.
Both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Disney’s Frozen are thriving at the box office, so much so that the films are on track to break records and achieve the two best Thanksgiving five-day weekends of all time.
Catching Fire earned $20.7 million on Wednesday and $14.9 million on Thursday. That $35.6 million haul puts the film on track for a five-day weekend of about $100-105 million, which will handily beat Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $82.4 million gross over the same period of time in 2001. Remarkably, Catching Fire will have earned about $290 million after just 10 days of release, and if it keeps up this pace, it will easily outdo the original Hunger Games‘ $408 million domestic total.
Frozen is more than holding its own against the behemoth blockbuster. Disney’s animated musical pulled in $26.3 million on Wednesday and Thursday ($15.2 million, then $11.1 million), a substantially bigger start than Tangled, which grossed $19.9 million in its first two days in 2010. That film wound up earning $48.8 million over the following Friday-to-Sunday period (2.45 times its Wednesday/Thursday gross), and if we apply the same metric to Frozen, it’s set to gross $64 million over the traditional weekend frame for a stunning $90 million five-day start.
Much less fortunate were the weekend’s two other newcomers, Homefront and Black Nativity, both of which got the cold shoulder from ticket buyers. The Jason Statham vehicle Homefront grossed $2.8 million over its first two days and may only find about $9.5 million in its first five. Black Nativity fared even worse, with $1.1 million combined on Wednesday and Thursday, which may result in a $3.8 million five-day start. Given the talent involved — Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige — and the proximity to Christmas, that’s a major disappointment.
The Book Thief didn’t draw huge crowds in its expansion into 1,234 theaters. The film pulled in $1.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to gross about $5.5 million through Sunday, which will give it a $6.9 million total. Philomena isn’t taking off, either. Judi Dench’s Oscar contender has grossed just under $1 million from 753 theaters in two days. No numbers for Spike Lee’s Oldboy have come in just yet.
Check back tomorrow for another box office update — and enjoy those Thanksgiving leftovers!
Chances are not many teens have been clamoring to see Philomena, a drama opening Nov. 22 about an elderly Irishwoman (Judi Dench) who goes looking for a son she had to give up 50 years ago. But when The Weinstein Co. appealed to the Motion Picture Association of America to change the film’s rating from an R — which it had received for using the F-word twice — to a PG-13, the studio wasn’t just trying to broaden the movie’s audience or score free publicity.
“The argument was important,” says actor Steve Coogan, who co-wrote the film and costars with Dench. “The MPAA say they represent middle-American parents. It’s okay to dismember someone—just don’t swear.”
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The MPAA has had a change of heart, and we have James Bond to thank.
The Motion Picture Association of American originally gave the new Stephen Frears-directed film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, an R rating because more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” was used as an expletive in the film. The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, argued the rating should be changed to PG-13 based on the subject matter and context.
“We felt the MPAA had made the wrong decision in handing the film, which has no violence or lewd material and the bare minimum of adult language, an ‘R’ rating,” said Frears. “I am overjoyed they’ve changed their ruling in order to give families like mine an opportunity to see this film together. Now we can let the whole world see it.”
Dench and Coogan made videos parodying Dench’s iconic James Bond character M, to get the rating changed. Coogan, who also co-wrote the film, was on hand at the MPAA hearing in Los Angeles today to speak on the film’s behalf.
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The MPAA ratings war over Philomena, the upcoming Judi Dench movie that was tagged with an R-rating for profanity, is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress and co-star Steve Coogan are plotting some double-O shenanigans to put pressure on the movie organization to lighten up and assign them a more box-office-friendly PG-13 rating. It’s a complex and convoluted plan that also might involve killing Adam Sandler.
Click below for the James Bond-inspired video from The Weinstein Company that posted on Funny Or Die:
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Who says the British are snobby?
Judi Dench certainly isn’t in this exclusive clip from her upcoming film Philomena, about a woman looking for the child she gave up for adoption 50 years prior and the journalist who tries to help her find him. In the clip, Dench’s character tries to make a movie selection in her hotel room. Turns out, she’s a Martin Lawrence fan with a sense of humor.
Check out the clip below:
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Dame Judi Dench is a revered Oscar-winning actress, but the kids all know her as M, James Bond’s crusty boss who died a good death in last year’s Skyfall. So what better way to promote her buzzy Oscar-hopeful performance in Philomena than resurrecting M for a special mission?
“Just when you thought I was dead,” non-M M says to the camera in the new marketing gimmick for The Weinstein Company’s movie. “I have an important mission for you… Are you familiar with M.P.A.A?” READ FULL STORY
In Philomena, Steve Coogan’s Martin trades political journalism for human-interest storytelling to help Judi Dench’s title character find the son she put up for adoption decades prior. The quest leads the unlikely duo to America, where it seems they find her long-lost son.
The film, directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity), was a People’s Choice Award runner-up at this month’s Toronto International Festival. Get a sneak peek in the just-released trailer below:
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