The Blu-Ray and digital versions of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have finally hit the streets, and EW has an exclusive look at one of the many behind-the-scenes clips you’ll find on the home video version of Peter Jackson’s latest epic.
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Box office report: 'Frozen' freezes the latest 'Paranormal Activity' out of the top spot with $20.7 million
As much of the Northeast was trapped in a winter wonderland not unlike its snow-cursed setting, Disney’s Frozen managed to reclaim the No. 1 spot at the box office for the first time in three weekends. The animated film took in $20.7 million, which is a nearly 28 percent drop from last week’s numbers but still impressive considering it’s no longer a holiday and the film is already in its sixth weekend of wide release. It’s now inevitable that the Disney hit will cross the $300 million mark, as it’s currently sitting pretty at $297.8 million. That’s $97 million more than 2010’s Tangled –Disney’s previous CG-animated adaptation of a fairy tale with a past participle for a title—made in its entire domestic run. Meanwhile, Frozen‘s worldwide total has reached $639.9 million. READ FULL STORY
The biggest mistake made by the disappointing The Blair Witch Project sequel Book of Shadows was in assuming that the success of the first film was a fluke, that people wouldn’t line up again to watch a bunch of simpering, slobbering hikers shake a camera around in the woods and get the life scared out of them. But the Paranormal Activity franchise has always understood the most important (and profitable) tenet of sequels in the current moviegoing age: “Second verse same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse.” The latest things-that-go-bump-into-your-camera film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is technically the fifth to be released in less than five years (although there’s yet another, called Paranormal Activity 5, set to come out in October) and the series still going strong. The spin-off, which was created in part to appeal to Hispanic audiences with its all-Latino cast, raked in a healthy $8.7 million on Friday despite the blizzard that covered much of the Northeast in snow. READ FULL STORY
Well, it’s time to kick off a whole new year of box-office coverage! And since it’s January, you know what that means — you’ll be seeing a lot of horror movies (and expanding Oscar contenders). This weekend, only one new wide release screams its way into theaters: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. If it weren’t for snowy conditions — both in real life and on screen — it would have a very clear shot at No. 1, but it will have to work hard to overcome Frozen, which has quickly evolved into a box-office behemoth. Here’s how the weekend might play out:
1. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – $19 million
The horror franchise cranked out four “found footage” films in four years, and all of them were massive successes thanks to their micro-budgets. But Paranormal Activity 4 earned a series low $53 million in October 2012 (down from PA3‘s $104 million haul), and Paramount wisely kept itself from killing its mega-profitable franchise by choosing to not release a new installment in October 2013. Instead, the studio is pushing this Latino-oriented spinoff in January in hopes of reaching the same crowd that has led demonic possession movies like The Devil Inside to huge grosses. The Marked Ones probably can’t be expected to match PA4‘ $29 million debut, but the Paranormal series has been very well-received on the whole, and it certainly has a loyal fanbase. If not for a snow storm that has much of the Northeast frozen over, The Marked Ones could score a debut in the mid-twenties. For now, though, I’m going with a $19 million debut. Not bad considering it cost Paramount just $5 million! READ FULL STORY
No one deserved a Hobbit cameo more than Stephen Colbert, the man who Peter Jackson called the biggest Tolkien geek he’d ever met. This is a man, after all, who dedicated an entire week of The Colbert Report to the first Hobbit movie last year, who visited the sequel’s set in New Zealand. It’s almost like he was auditioning for a role!
Well, mission accomplished, Stephen.
Long rumored — Colbert recently described it as a Where’s Waldo? role — the late-night star pops up in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He plays a hooded spy in Laketown. It’s difficult to recognize him at first, but then, when he breaks into a Sondheim song, there’s no denying it’s Colbert.
Okay, so he doesn’t break out into song. (Wasted opportunity.) But it’s undeniably Colbert. A GIF on Reddit reveals Colbert’s calculated thespian turn, with a twist of malevolence.
Box office report: 'The Hobbit' beats 'Frozen' with $29.9 million; '47 Ronin' bombs with $9.9 million
In a remarkably tight race, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held onto its gold at the box office this weekend, earning $29.9 million over the three-day frame and taking the top spot. The fantasy epic’s domestic total is now $190.3 million after three weeks, a robust number that still trails last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which had already earned $221.6 million at the 17-day mark. Peter Jackson’s earlier Tolkien epic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, had made a princely $290.4 million by its third weekend in 2003, headed toward a final gross of $377.8 in the states and $1.119 billion worldwide. Smaug looks likely to end up below Unexpected Journey‘s total haul of $303 million, whereas each of the Lord of the Rings films managed to outgross its predecessor. The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the trilogy’s final film, is slated for release on Dec. 17, 2014.
Reclaiming the top spot in its sixth weekend, Frozen made an estimated $10.3 million on Friday — enough to snag the top spot during a hectic post-holiday frame that saw five new wide releases competing at the box office. Disney’s animated fairy tale has made a total of $229.8 million so far and has a shot at holding the crown for the weekend, although it’ll have stiff competition from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The fantasy sequel earned an estimated $10.1 million on Friday, making it the second-highest grosser that day and bringing its total to $170.6 million. The Hobbit is playing on 3,928 screens compared to Frozen‘s 3,335.
With holiday lights twinkling and the eggnog flowing, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street were neck and neck at the Christmas Day box office. In the end, Smaug had more presents under the tree, firing up $9.3 million to Wolf‘s $9.15 million. But could Leonardo DiCaprio’s moral-free banker still come out on top this weekend? READ FULL STORY
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