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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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Critical Mass: Is Michael Fassbender out of order in 'The Counselor'?

For someone who oozes movie-star charisma, Michael Fassbender doesn’t seem to care a whit whether we like his characters or not. There was Shame, of course, in which he played a depressing sex-addict. In 12 Years a Slave, he is a sadistic Southern plantation tyrant who abuses his slaves in every possible way. And in The Counselor, which opens today, he plays a greedy lawyer who gets in way over his head with the Mexican drug cartel.

The movie is full of big names — Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz — but they all submit their stardom to author Cormac McCarthy, who penned the script, his first screenplay. McCarthy is best known for his heart-of-darkness novels, like No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, and The Road, so The Counselor is certainly the most colorful of his tales — at least in the superficial sense. But underneath director Ridley Scott’s florescent-tinted veneer, The Counselor is McCarthy to the bone. Very bad things happen to people — some who deserve them, some who don’t.

The critics seem to be torn about the R-rated movie, with few pundits wavering on the fence. It’s either wackadoodle brilliant, or, as EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote, “a jaw-dropping misfire.” Click below for some other opinions before you head to the theater this weekend. READ FULL STORY

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

'The Counselor' international trailer released

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The international trailer for The Counselor has been released and by the looks of it, Michael Fassbender, who plays a lawyer who gets involved with a drug deal, is going to get in lots of trouble.

Directed by Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Blade Runner), The Counselor also features author Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay.

The trailer opens with lovey-dovey shots of Fassbender and Penélope Cruz (fiancé Laura) before some cuts to Cruz and Cameron Diaz (with a crazy-lookin’ cheetah print back tattoo) on a masseuse table, and some threatening dialogue from Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem (with a zany hairstyle to rival his Anton Chigurh days).

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'The Counselor' trailer: Michael Fassbender makes bad look good in Cormac McCarthy thriller -- EXCLUSIVE

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“Have you been bad?” Penélope Cruz asks of her fiancé, the titular lawyer played by Michael Fassbender, at the end of the new trailer for The Counselor. From the looks of things, the answer is a resolute “Yes.”

Despite the fact that the title sounds like an adaptation of a middling John Grisham novel, Ridley Scott’s latest feature was written by Cormac McCarthy in what is his first original screenplay. Fassbender stars as a man seduced by the promise of easy cash who eventually gets drawn into a seedy world of vicious criminals, international drug-running, beheaded motorcyclists, and at least a couple of cheetahs. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz, who looks like she’s gotten her hands on a pretty meaty role. Check out the trailer below.
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Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender speak Cormac McCarthy's language in Russian trailer for 'The Counselor' -- VIDEO

All trailers for Ridley Scott movies based on Cormac McCarthy screenplays must be in Russian!

The Counselor, which stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz, opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25, but the Kremlin got the first look at this dark tale. Fassbender plays the counselor in question, who learns the hard way that you can’t be just “a little” involved with the drug trade. The mere plucking of that wire-clothesline — essentially a highway garrote — sets the tone for this dusty, stylistic journey into the heart of McCarthy’s west.

Plus, cheetahs. The visuals alone look like McCarthy penned his own southwest version of Scarface. READ FULL STORY

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