Universal Pictures has provided us with the full photo gallery for director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera and Abigail Spencer.
Opening in theaters on July 29, the action thriller takes audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world.
The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 conjured up a record $168.6 million in North America its first three days, surpassing the previous opening weekend record of $158.4 million set by The Dark Knight in 2008. The final "Harry Potter" movie opened in 4,375 theaters and averaged $38,526 per location. The film also claimed the biggest midnight debut ever with $43.5 million, the biggest opening day ever on Friday with $92.1 million (including those midnight grosses), and the best IMAX debut ever with $15.5 million for the weekend. The studio said that 43% of the opening gross came from 3D theaters.
The movie opened to a worldwide record of $476 million. You can read the full details on the international debut here!
Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped a spot to second with $21.3 million domestically its third weekend. The Michael Bay film is the first to pass the $300 million mark at the North American box office this year having earned $302.8 million so far. The movie cost about $195 million to make, not counting marking costs.
Warner Bros.' Horrible Bosses added $17.6 million its second weekend to bring its total to $60 million. The R-rated comedy was made for just $35 million. In fourth, Columbia Pictures' Zookeeper made $12.3 million and has earned $42.4 million after two weeks. This comedy was budgeted at $80 million though.
Pixar's Cars 2 rounded out the top five with $8.3 million. The sequel, made for $200 million, has collected $165.3 million domestically in four weeks.
The other newcomer to North American theaters was Disney's Winnie the Pooh, which took in $8 million from 2,405 theaters for an average of $3,326. The animated film cost about $30 million to make.
In seventh place, Sony's Bad Teacher added $5.2 million to bring its four-week total to $88.5 million. The comedy was reportedly budgeted at just $20 million.
Also this weekend, Midnight in Paris became Woody Allen's highest-grossing film of all time in North America. The film, which is Allen's 42nd feature he has written and directed and his 4th with Sony Pictures Classics, has grossed $41,792,695 to date.
A few years back, director Ruben Fleischer made his mark with Zombieland, a hilarious take on the zombie comedy starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. Next month, moviegoers will have a chance to see what Fleischer can do with an action comedy sans zombies when his second movie 30 Minutes or Less is released. (Look for some exciting news about that tomorrow.)
ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk with Fleischer about the latter earlier today and inevitably, the topic of doing the sequel Zombieland 2 came up.
Back in September when we spoke to Fleischer on set, he was excited about the script he had read but wasn't sure if it would be his next project. In June, Fleischer told MTV that there's a chance of doing the movie following his next movie--more on that below--but then a month later (and just ten day ago) Jesse Eisenberg was doubtful about it, telling UK website Little White Lies:
"They're writing the script right now but I haven't seen it and I suspect that the longer we wait, the less relevant it will be. I mean, all the actors would love to do it and the director would love to do it but I'm not sure what's happening."
Adding to that is the fact that Emma Stone is now well-committed to the rebooted Spider-Man franchise with next year's The Amazing Spider-Man and Woody Harrelson has signed to play Haymitch Abernathy in Gary Ross' The Hunger Games, which we hope will do well enough to lead to at least two more movies.
One might assume those last two things might delay another movie, but we also optimistically reminded ourselves that it was seven years between Alien and Aliens and the same amount of time between The Terminator and its sequel.
"I can promise you it's something we all want to do," Fleischer told us when asked about the status of the project. "I think the reality of it happening is getting less and less real. It's just harder and harder every day, because everybody's gotten really busy and the reality is that we've never had a script that we've all just fallen in love with. Until there's a script that we all can say, 'This is it,' it's more of an idea than an actual thing that we can work towards prioritizing and realizing."
When we mentioned that the only cast member who might pose some concern about aging is Breslin, who was 12 when she appeared in the zombie road comedy, even that might not be an issue with a movie happening down the road.
"That could be cool and that's definitely something we've talked about," Fleischer said. "It's not like it's going to pick up right where they left off. I think some time passage might be cool."
Meanwhile, Fleischer is full-on into pre-production for the period gangster flick Gangster Squad for Warner Bros. with a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie and more, which is a serious action film about the L.A. authorities fighting the insurgence of organized crime from the East, which may as well be Fleischer's paying of homage to The Untouchables.
You can look for more on that and the rest of our interview with Reuben, including his revelation of what may be the only franchise he'd be interested in doing, right before 30 Minutes or Less comes out on August 12. Oddly, we're also chatting with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for their new movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. tomorrow so maybe we'll get some comments from them on the two movies.
Warner Bros. Pictures released the following statement on the record-breaking worldwide debut of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2:
With an astounding estimated worldwide box office total of more than $476 million, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” shattered multiple domestic and international box office records in a history-making opening weekend. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, and President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.
The finale of the globally beloved film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” earned a stunning $168.5 million at the domestic box office, which not only is the biggest Harry Potter opening weekend but also obliterated the industry’s opening weekend record, including holiday weekends. Among the other records broken were single-day box office (Friday at $92.1 million), Friday box office, and opening day box office.
Opening day-and-date in 59 territories, the international box office take was a staggering $307 million, making it the biggest international weekend of all time. Led by record-breaking grosses in the UK ($36.6 million) and Australia ($26.7 million), all markets have performed exceedingly well, including Germany ($25.7 million), France ($23.9 million) and Japan ($21.5 million).
Globally, it also broke the IMAX opening weekend record with a worldwide gross of $23.5 million, which includes setting a new record in North America with $15.5 million.
The film began breaking records even before its opening, as unprecedented advance ticket sales gave the first indication of just how huge the box office bow would be. Midnight opening screenings not only met but exceeded those expectations, with $43.5 million at the domestic box office alone.
Dan Fellman stated, “These numbers are amazing, but they are only part of the story. It is impossible to quantify how thrilled and grateful we all are that both critics and audiences—especially loyal Harry Potter fans—continue to support the film. This is the culmination of an extraordinary decade, and a reflection of the hard work and dedication of many, many people on both sides of the camera, beginning with the brilliant J.K. Rowling, as well as producer David Heyman. We applaud them all.”
Veronika Kwan-Rubinek remarked, “Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over. Whether in German, French, Japanese, Russian, or any language, international audiences have embraced the Harry Potter films over the years, with the powerful finale punctuating just how special the property is. We congratulate everyone associated with the films on this monumental achievement.”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright. The film was directed by David Yates, and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and J.K. Rowling. Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the first Harry Potter film to be released in both 3D and 2D. Concurrently with its nationwide theatrical distribution, the film will be released in select IMAX® theatres. The film has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology.
Opening nationwide on July 15, the film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It has been rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
TheOneRing.net has your first look at Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. The character is described as follows:
As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin’s kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge.
Scream Queen Danielle Harris steps behind the camera to direct her first full-length feature film, Among Friends. The screenplay was written by and stars Alyssa Lobit. Lobit also wrote and played the lead character in the award winning film The Things We Carry.
Chris Backus, Jennifer Blanc Biehn, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis, Dana Daurey, Danielle Harris, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit, Chris Meyer and Tanya Newbould have all signed on to star in the picture.
Long time friends Danielle Harris and Jennifer Blanc Biehn recently worked together in Michael’s Biehn’s The Victim, a Grindhouse inspired movie due out later this year.
The project is financed by production companies Three Little Birds and Hollywood Treasures Inc. Jay Lobit and Bill Allison are executive producers for Among Friends.
Last month, "Jurassic Park" fans seeking a fourth film saw a glimmer of hope when it was revealed that Steven Spielberg was discussing story options with screenwriter Mark Protosevich.
The director of the third film, Joe Johnston (Captain America, The Wolfman), did a bit of gabbing himself about the sequel. He tells Screen Rant: "We are in discussions about 'Jurassic Park 4.' The most important thing I can tell you is that it starts a new trilogy that will go off in a different direction — a completely different direction that is very exciting, and different from anything we've seen. It starts with the history of the first trilogy, but it spins it off in a completely different direction. That's all I can tell you."
None of this is new, mind you. Joe said the same thing back in 2010 right here AND in 2009 right here. So, how close is Johnston to Jurassic Park 4? You have to wonder, especially with Spielberg and Protosevich off having their own discussions.
AMC has delivered as promised, dishing the gory goods with a sneak peek of The Walking Dead season 2. This clip aired during the season premiere of "Breaking Bad" and we'd like to thank "Sean" for drawing our attention to it. Click here to see Rick Grimes dispense with a shambling corpse.
You're going to hear a lot about "TWD" this week. Comic-Con coverage strikes this Wednesday, with a "TWD" panel planned for Friday, and our sister horror site ShockTillYouDrop.com will be there!
Spidey's next villain has reportedly won a role in Bond 23.
The Telegraph claims Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is joining the cast of the Sam Mendes-directed James Bond sequel. The film is being distributed by Columbia Pictures, the studio behind Ifans's next two releases, Roland Emmerich's Anonymous and The Amazing Spider-Man (where he plays the Lizard).
The paper didn't say who Ifans would play, but if Naomie Harris is indeed the new Miss Moneypenny then we think Ifans would make for a great Q.
The Telegraph's source adds that Bond 23 will be shot largely in South Africa.
Ifans previously played Daniel Craig's stalker in Enduring Love, where he shared a kiss with the future 007. Ifans' other credits include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pirate Radio, Notting Hill and Little Nicky.
Kilmer, Ventimiglia, Vandervoort, Sackhoff, Chung and Porter on board
Variety says that Activision has announced new voice casting for its upcoming Spider-Man: Edge of Time and X-Men: Destiny games.
The trade says that Val Kilmer will voice the villain Walker Sloan in Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and will be joined by "Smallville's" Laura Vandervoort as Mary Jane and "Battlestar Galactica's" Katee Sackhoff as Black Cat.
Milo Ventimiglia, Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) and Scott Porter are voicing the three new mutants playable in X-Men: Destiny.
Before it opens anywhere else in the world, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will open first in Comic-Con. Convention goers in San Diego will be the first audience to see one of the summer’s hottest super heroes beginning at noon PST on Thursday, July 21st, 1-day ahead of its US opening. The movie will play exclusively at the UA Horton Plaza with Captain America-themed festivities happening throughout the day. To help kick-off the day, Paramount and Marvel will host an exclusive free fan screening at 10 A.M. with the movie’s star Chris Evans on-hand to introduce the screening.
In addition to being among the first to see the movie, all CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER ticketholders will receive RealD® 3D Collector's Custom red, white and blue Captain America: The First Avenger glasses and a limited edition poster designed exclusively for the fans. A grand prize package of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER merchandise and other Marvel items will be given away to a select audience member at each screening. USO-costumed women will be standing at the American Flag Pole in the Horton Plaza passing out free tickets every hour beginning at 11:00 A.M. to the first 10 people who come dressed as Captain America.
Show times for Captain America: The First AvengeR are 12:00 P.M., 12:45 P.M., 2:45 P.M., 3:30 P.M., 5:30 P.M., 6:15 P.M., 8:15 P.M., 9:00 P.M., 11:00 P.M. and 11:45 P.M. Tickets for Thursday’s shows are available for purchase at Fandango.com.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, directed by Joe Johnston, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). One of a continuing slate of films being produced by Marvel Studios based on the Marvel characters, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER joins Thor which was released on May 6, 2011 and Marvel’s The Avengers which is coming to theaters on May 4, 2012.” Paramount Pictures will distribute CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER nationwide on July 22, 2011.
Warner Bros. Pictures released the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises in theaters with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and the trailer is now officially online.
Written by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, the July 20, 2012 release stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis and Josh Stewart.
Peter David and Luke Ross to team for the comic book prequel
Walt Disney pictures has revealed, through Comic Book Resources, their plans for a prequel to their upcoming John Carter, to be published by Marvel Comics.
The film version, hitting theaters on March 9, 2012, marks the live-action debut of director Andrew Stanton who brings to the screen the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, which celebrate their centennial next year. The film stars Taylor Kitsch as the title hero and Lynn Collins as the Martian Princess Deja Thoris with roles for Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe as well.
The prequel, entitled "John Carter: Worlds of Mars" will run as a four-issue miniseries by Peter David and Luke Ross. Launching this October, it will feature the diverse characters of Burroughs' worlds in adventures that set the stage for the film version, going back as far as fifty years before the events of John Carter.
If you haven't already seen it, click here to check out the film's teaser trailer and take a look at the comic book series' official cover art below.
Including two television trailers for the July 22nd release
With just days left before Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have released a slew of television ads, including six new 30-second spots and two TV trailers. Check them all out here, courtesy of TheMovieBox.net.
Directed by Joe Johnston, the comic book adaptation focuses on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)