Friday, October 24, 2014

THE OUIJA BOARD SAYS, "I WILL WIN"

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It looks as if it will be another quiet weekend at the box office, with analysts saying that only one film has a chance of opening with more than $20 million. That film is Universal’s horror flick Ouija, which tracking reports indicate will earn between $20 million and $25 million. Fandango said on Thursday that […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: OUIJA

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Much of the $5 million that Ouija cost to make Came from board-game maker Hasbro. And several critics say it shows. As Robert Abele observes in the Los Angeles Times: "Ouija is a tie-in fright flick only a group of toy and movie executives could summon from around a conference table." Unfortunately, comments Ben Kenigsberg […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOHN WICK

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It does seem that a lot of movies have been made about retired hitmen who, driven by revenge, have returned to their former profession. Add John Wick to the list. But lack-of-originality has not weighed heavily in the grading scheme of most critics. As Jeannette Catsoulis notes in the New York Times: "Harboring few ambitions […]

X-MEN SEQUEL DEBUTS ATOP VIDEO SALES CHARTS

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Another fall week, another summer blockbuster at the top of the video sales lists. Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which earned $233.9 million during its domestic run and $746 million worldwide debuted in first place on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts. Placing second was DreamWorks Animation’s […]

IMAX CALLS DISPUTE WITH OWNERS A FAMILY DISPUTE

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

That blowback from exhibitors over the announcement that Imax plans to screen the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the same day that it is offered by Netflix is more like a gentle wind, Imax chief Richard Gelfond suggested today (Thursday) during a conference call with analysts and reporters. "There’s been no real fallout […]

AVENGERS LEAK: DISNEY’S REVENGE

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jiminy Cricket! There it was online Wednesday — the first trailer for Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, underscored with the lyrics from Disney’s Pinocchio: "I had strings but now I’m free." Low resolution, to be sure — but still, the trailer — which wasn’t supposed to debut until an episode of Marvel’s Agents of […]

GOTHAM AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Boyhood and Birdman received the most nominations for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards, handed out annually by the Independent Filmmaker Project. The awards, originally handed out to filmmakers on the East Coast, but now accepts entries from Los Angeles and overseas, selected Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which he filmed over a 12-year period, in four […]

FURY LEADS BOX OFFICE TO ANOTHER VICTORY

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the top films at the weekend box office took in less than analysts had forecast, final figures indicated that overall it was up more than 30 percent above the same weekend last year, when Gravity held on to first place for a third week with $30.02 million. This weekend’s top film was Sony’s Fury, […]

THE TOP TEN FILMS: WEEKEND OF OCT. 17-19

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Studio Systems News (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Fury, Sony, $23,702,421, (New); 2. Gone Girl, 20th Century Fox, $17,511,956, 3 Wks. ($106,780,820); 3. The Book of Life, 20th Century Fox, $17,005,218, (New); 4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, […]

BIRDMAN SCREENINGS SELL OUT

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox Searchlight’s Birdman sold out most of its screenings in two New York theaters and two in Los Angeles over the weekend, earning about $424,397 or an average of $106,099 per theater. (By contrast, Fury, the No.1 film at the box office, averaged $7,470 per theater.) Birdman, which has received sterling reviews at film festivals, […]

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