The Disney pic eclipsed the worldwide milestone yesterday, with the international cume now at $154.2M to go along with $152.9M domestic. Oz The Great And Powerful is likely to pass $175M on Sunday in North America, with spring break vacation and the Easter weekend still to come. Sam Raimi’s 3D fantasy crossed $100M in six days after its huge $80M+ domestic debut March 8 — the biggest opening of 2013 and the third-best March opening ever — and it held its No. 1 spot this past weekend with little in the way of competition for family eyeballs.
Disney unveiled a special look at its Oz The Great And Powerful last night during the SAG Awards, part of a full-court press campaign ahead of the pic’s March 8 premiere. That push includes a separate tease for an ad that will play during the Super Bowl. Here’s the clip from last night — they’ve packed quite a bit into one minute and it’s the best look yet at the Sam Raimi movie:
Disney debuted the first trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great And Powerful back in July at Comic-Con. Today brings a new, longer look at the film that stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Based on the books by L. Frank Baum, the origin story centers on Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician of dubious ethics, who’s hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. There, he meets three witches who aren’t so sure he’s the great wizard everyone has been expecting. The movie comes on March 8, 2013.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
The Disney panel at Comic-Con offered the first trailers for Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great And Powerful and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Raimi’s Oz impressed and revealed plot details. New trailer for Burton’s Frankenweenie looks pretty much as expected amd Wreck-It Ralph shows 10 minutes of videogame crossover fun.
Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick introduced the latest Frankenweenie trailer in 3D (the one that’s been everywhere online, but its mix of retro-Universal monster-style narration and black-and-white stop motion looked great on the big screen). When Tim Burton, who was on hand, was asked what informs his sense of comedy, he replied “Growing up in Burbank.” Here’s the Frankenweenie trailer:
There was also a funny clip was shown in which a foreign-accented, Vincent Price-like science teacher becomes, shall we say, excessively enthusiastic about describing the science behind a man being struck by lightning. This leads to all the kids in the classroom speculating about why the town is cursed with so much lightning: is it the creepy windmill? The souls of dead miners? Funny stuff, and stays securely in the ’50s B mold.
The second clip included a very cool 3D moment of stop-motion fish in a giant tank, as the Igor-like kid blackmails Victor into trying to revive a dead fish for him. They succeed, but it turns out to be invisible except for the skeleton. Igor promises not to …
The Studio previously announced it had reached a record high on November 12, when it surpassed the $3.791 billion set in 2010. In July, Disney was the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for the year, a threshold it has achieved for eight consecutive years. In August, in record time, Disney reached the $2 billion international box office threshold for the fourth year in a row, and in early November the studio surpassed its previous all-time international box office record of $2.302 billion, also set in 2010.
“With incredible results from our Marvel, Disney and Pixar brands, this is a phenomenal achievement and we still have seven weeks and three exciting films to go this year,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “What all of our films have in common is not only quality but great characters and universal stories that connect with people around the world, which is so important to us.”
In July, Disney was the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for the year, a threshold it has achieved for eight consecutive years. In August, in record time, Disney reached the $2 billion international box office threshold for the fourth year in a row, and in early November the studio surpassed its previous all-time international box office record of $2.302 billion, also set in 2010.
The announcement comes as Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues to dominate the global box office. The film opened domestically November 8 with $85.7 million and has earned $348.5M million worldwide since beginning its international rollout October 30.
EXCLUSIVE: The year of Wizard Of Oz continues with the sale of another high-profile Oz-themed drama project. Lifetime has put in development Red Brick Road, from the Wolper Organization, Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Horizon. Written by Tim Schlattman (Dexter) based on an concept by artist Rob Prior and executive produced by Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh, Red Brick Road is described as an edgy, Game Of Thrones take on the world of Wizard Of Oz. In the classic 1939 feature, when Dorothy set off for the Emerald City, she followed the Yellow Brick Road. But among the yellow bricks at Dorothy’s feet, there was also a swirl of red bricks. They’ve been there the whole time in plain sight. Unnoticed. Unexplored. Which raises the question — just where do they go? Red Brick Road will answer that by following Dorothy down that fateful path, taking her to the oldest, darkest and most dangerous parts of Oz to find what became of her friends who all have gone missing.
EXCLUSIVE: The summer of Wizard Of Oz continues with another sale of a high-profile Oz-themed drama project. I’ve learned that the CW is in negotiations for Dorothy Must Die, a drama from the Heroes trio of creator/exec producer Tim Kring and exec producers Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster. Written by Armus and Foster with Kring supervising, I hear the project is based on the upcoming young adult novel Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. It is a revisionist take on the classic tale set in present day, 80 years after Dorothy Gale supposedly came home. In reality, the magically-ever-youthful Dorothy has stayed in Oz, presiding over a now fascist fairyland with her perfectly manicured iron fist and the help of her henchmen – the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But when another young woman from Kansas is swept up in a tornado and magically dropped into this war-torn Oz, our hero discovers a revolutionary underground of witches and enchanted beings only to learn that she is destined to lead their people in the fight to reclaim Oz from a power-hungry Dorothy’s ruthless clutches. The book will be published by HarperTeen next April, with digital prequel novella, No Place Like Oz, available now. The property originated at James Frey’s book-packaging company Full Fathom Five, with him and Todd Cohen, President of Film and Television, exec producing alongside Armus, Foster and Kring.
Dorothy Must Die, which is yet to be laid off at a studio, is the fourth Wizard Of Oz TV project sold in the past two months. It joins NBC drama Emerald City, a dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones from writer Matthew Arnold, CBS’ Dorothy, a medical soap inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard Of Oz, and Syfy’s miniseries Warriors Of Oz from director Timur Bekmambetov, a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story. The great interest in Wizard Of Oz is not entirely unexpected as the title has been getting a lot of attention in conjunction with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the 1939 feature, which will include a 3D re-release of the Judy Garland starrer. It also comes on the heels of the success of Oz The Great And Powerful earlier this year.
The Roundabout Theatre Company has set Alan Cumming to play Emcee and Michelle Williams to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in a limited run revival of Cabaret. Sam Mendes is directing and Rob Marshall is co-directing and choreographing, returning to the roles they played in the 1998 production that won the Tony Award. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the John Van Druten play and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Since Cumming starred in that version, the new wrinkle here is Williams, the three-time Oscar nominee who’s coming off Oz The Great And Powerful.
Look out Eminem — Superman and Batman are heading to Detroit. The Michigan Film Office today announced that Warner Bros’ untitled Man Of Steel sequel has been awarded a state incentive of $35 million to film there in early 2014. The office says that the sequel — in which Ben Affleck debuts as Batman and Henry Cavill reprises his Superman role from this year’s blockbuster — is expected to have $131 million worth of in-state expenditures when it films in and around Motor City. The now-bankrupt Detroit will serve as both Metropolis and Gotham in the first feature team-up between the two top DC Comics heroes. “Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” said director Zack Snyder in a statement Thursday. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators and we are looking forward to working together on this film.” The Man Of Steel sequel is set to be released July 17, 2015.
NBC Buys ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama From Matt Arnold As Frank Baum’s Classic Becomes The Hottest TV Property This Season
EXCLUSIVE: A century after the release of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard Of Oz series, the books have become the toast of this TV development season. NBC just nabbed Emerald City, an Oz-themed drama from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold. Two weeks ago, CBS put in development Dorothy, a medical soap inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz. I hear there is another Oz drama making the rounds from Heroes alums Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, with Heroes creator Tim Kring supervising. And just last month, Syfy picked up for development a miniseries titled Warriors Of Oz from director Timur Bekmambetov, a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story. The great interest in Wizard Of Oz is not entirely unexpected as the title has been getting a lot of attention in conjunction with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the classic 1939 feature, which will include a 3D re-release of the Judy Garland starrer. It also comes on the heels of the success of Oz The Great And Powerful earlier this year.
Emerald City, which Arnold is writing and executive producing through Universal Television, is described as a dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books.
The milestone for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures — hit yesterday — marks the fastest time the studio has reached $2 billion in overseas grosses and the fourth year in a row. Disney is on track to have its biggest year internationally; still to come in 2013 is the remainder of the territory rollout for Disney’s Planes as well as Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (it begins releasing overseas November 8 ) and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen (international release starts November 20). This year’s releases of course include Oz The Great And Powerful, Iron Man 3, Monsters University and The Lone Ranger, the latter of which has made $130.1M of its disappointing $217.8M global cume overseas.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Mundial To Sell ‘Wolf At The Door’; BFI Hires Tricia Tuttle For Festivals; Venice Lauds Andrzej Wajda; More
Mundial Grabs Sales For Kidnap Drama ‘A Wolf At The Door’
Mundial, the joint venture from IM Global and Canana, has boarded international sales on Brazilian title A Wolf At The Door. Written and directed by first-time feature helmer Fernando Coimbra, the dark suspense pic centers on the distraught parents of a kidnapped child. Leandra Leal (Cazuza: Time Doesn’t Stop), Milhem Cortaz (Elite Squad) and Fabíula Nascimento (Estomago: A Gastronomic story) star in the film which bows in Toronto.
BFI Taps Tricia Tuttle As Deputy Head Of Festivals
Tricia Tuttle has been named to the newly created role of deputy head of festivals for the BFI, responsible for delivering the annual programs for the BFI London Film Festival and the BFI Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She will manage a team of programmers and program advisors to increase audience reach, attendance, participation and satisfaction and ensure cultural and commercial objectives are achieved. Tuttle previously was senior manager for film and skills at BAFTA.
The Casting Society of America‘s 29th annual Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting will be awarded November 18 at simultaneous ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton and at the XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge in New York. The 22 categories repping film, TV and theater recognize CSA members who use the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. Here are the 2013 nominees announced today:
James Franco continues his scorched-earth march through Hollywood, this time setting his sights on Fox‘s primetime with a two-episode story arc on the network’s The Mindy Project, starting with the show’s season debut September 17. This time Franco — who, Fox assures us, is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation — plays a charismatic OBGYN named Dr. Paul Leotard, who replaces Mindy (Mindy Kaling) while she is in Haiti on a volunteer mission. Seems Leotard is a former fashion model — seriously — who accidentally walked off a runway at fashion week and was saved by a pregnant woman. From that day forward, he devoted himself to helping pregnant women and immediately applied to medical school. (Read Fox’s announcement after the jump.)
Everyone knows just how nasty the movie business is. So while Hollywood enjoys the box office bombing of The Lone Ranger, Disney today becomes the first studio to reach $1B at the domestic box office this year. It’s the 8th year in a row that the studio has passed that threshold. Results have been driven primarily by three pics: Iron Man 3 ($406M), Oz The Great And Powerful ($235M), and the Pixar prequel Monsters University ($225M in three weeks and passing box office milestones faster than any Pixar film except Toy Story 3). What’s most impressive is that those three films have racked up over $2B globally so far. The Lone Ranger is only Disney’s 4th release this year, and six more are on the schedule. That’s an ultra-light release year by any standard. But still to come are another Marvel sequel, Thor: The Dark World, two more animated Disney films including the tentpole Frozen, two DreamWorks pics, and Saving Mr. Banks (whose trailer was just released yesterday).
Comic-Con‘s just-announced Day 3 schedule will see many of the San Diego convention’s biggest panels for film and TV, including presentations of Marvel Studios‘ Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. WB and Legendary are also rolling deep with their slate of upcoming genre titles, including Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Gravity, and The LEGO Movie.
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On the TV side, The CW‘s bringing the familiar and the new to Comic-Con. They’ll preview The Vampire Diaries and Arrow along with TVD spin-off The Originals and new series The Tomorrow People. Fans will also get peeks at A&E’s Bates Motel, HBO‘s True Blood, and NBC‘s Grimm and Revolution, along with a look at the upcoming Dracula. Here’s the full Saturday schedule