Monday, April 27, 2015

“FURIOUS 7″ ROARS TO THIRD WIN

April 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Furious 7 easily held off competition from newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended, earning an estimated $29.1 million to remain No. 1 at the box office for a third weekend. The film has now earned about $294 domestically. And while that figure may seem impressive, it pales in comparison with the $856 million […]

FIRST FILM BY A FEMALE DIRECTOR TO OPEN CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

April 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After the critical and commercial flop that Grace of Monaco, last year’s opening film at the Cannes Film Festival, turned out to be, the festival has given the prestigious opening slot this year to a far less glittering production, La TĂȘte Haute, by director Emmanuelle Bercot. In making its announcement, the festival noted that it […]

ISABELLA ROSSELLINI TO HEAD JURY FOR CANNES SIDEBAR

April 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Enhancing the cachet of the secondary Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year, festival officials have selected famed Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini, 62, to head the jury assessing the films selected for the peripheral screenings that recognize new talent and innovative and daring filmmaking. Rossellini is the daughter of legendary Italian […]

“FURIOUS 7″ SPEEDS TO $143.6M DEBUT

April 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Furious 7: $143.6 million. Never had the month of April seen such an opening-weekend result at the box office. Long regarded as the lead-in month to the summer season during which studios release dicey commercial fare, April, in the minds of studio executives, would appear to evince the sentiments in the vintage song “April Showers” […]

“FURIOUS 7″ PRODUCES THIRD-BIGGEST FRIDAY BOX OFFICE OF ALL TIME

April 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Talk about “fast and furious!” Universal’s Furious 7 vroomed off to a $51.8-million total at the box office on Friday, the third-biggest Friday haul in box-office history, behind only The Avengers with $61 million and Iron Man 3 with $53.2 million. Together with the $15.8 million in ticket sales for limited preview screenings at midnight […]

“HOME” HITS A HOMER

March 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation’s Home soared past analysts’ predictions over the weekend, pulling in an estimated $54 million. The pundits and tracking researchers had figured that it would earn around $30-35 million. For the struggling DWA, there had been no place like Home for far too long. Mr. Peabody and Sherman opened in second place last year […]

INGRID BERGMAN TO BE THE FACE OF CANNES

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One year after featuring the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni on its official posters and signage, the Cannes Film Festival announced today (Monday) that three-time Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman will be the face of the festival for 2015, the 100th anniversary of her birth (Bergman died on her 67th birthday on August 29, 1982.) In […]

“DIVERGENT’S” AUDIENCE RETURNS FOR “INSURGENT”

March 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Presumably the same audience that turned out for Divergent last year returned to their local theaters for Insurgent over the weekend. Total ticket sales for the latest installment of the franchise came to an estimated $54 million, virtually identical to the original’s $54.6 million. The film also earned about $47 million from 76 overseas markets. […]

“INSURGENT” LIKELY TO SURGE TO #1 AT BOX OFFICE

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lionsgate’s Insurgent, a sequel to Divergent, which opened at about this same time last year with $55 million, is expected to send Cinderella back to her pumpkin carriage this weekend as it opens with about the same earnings as its predecessor. Like that one, Insurgent is receiving mostly poor to mediocre reviews. Typical is Manohla […]

“CINDERELLA” ENCHANTS MOVIEGOERS WITH $70M DEBUT

March 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s live-action Cinderella awakened a somnolent box office over the weekend, bringing in a princely $70.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. It also captivated audiences in 31 overseas markets, where it brought in an additional $62 million. The film was helped by mostly solid reviews from the likes of Betsy Sharkey of […]

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