Box Office Update: ‘Mitty,’ ‘Dinosaurs’ Worldwide Totals May Surprise

Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were flooded with films. Many of those pictures opened to less than stellar numbers in the U.S. and are all but forgotten as box office reporting goes onto the new openers. But, some of those holiday films are doing well overseas, and worth noting like the Fox marketed/distributed The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty which has grossed $161.2M worldwide to date. So, I’m compiling a few of the more interesting holiday openers just to revisit where they are in their worldwide runs. This is not to say that they are profitable films, only to note that their total worldwide cumes are rather surprising. Mitty and Walking With Dinosaurs are but two of these films. cover1762399bigAllMitty opened at Christmas and has grossed a total U.S. of $55.7M to date but has received roughly 66% of its entire box office from international markets with $106.2M. Meanwhile, the kid-friendly dinosaur film that got stuck in the sludge in the domestic marketplace when it opened on December 20, Walking With Dinosaurs at $106M has grossed roughly 67% of its worldwide cume overseas with $72.2M for a worldwide total (as of last Sunday). The overseas figure is more than double Dinosaurs domestic box office to date of $34.4M. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: All Totals In But Paramount Gives Only Estimates; Overhype Comes Back To Bite Them, ‘Hobbit’ No. 1,’Frozen’ Slides Past Over-Estimated ‘American Hustle’ For Third Spot; ‘Thor 2′ Crosses $200M

8th UPDATE, MONDAY PM:  Here are today’s final Top 10 studio-reported actuals for the December 20-22 box office frame, courtesy of Rentrak. Paramount Pictures is the only studio to report estimates to Rentrak on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Go figure. Disney’s Frozen did slip past Sony’s American Hustle to take the No. 3 spot with $19.6M (see below). Sony is reporting $19.0M, down from an over-estimation. Yes, Paramount wasn’t alone, but at least the other distribs thought Hustle could be higher, too. The Christmas crunch comes on Wednesday. Final numbers (except for Paramount estimate on Anchorman 2). See the full Top 20 at the bottom of the file.

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x206__131207011855 Warner Bros., $31,505,278, 3,928 locations, $8,021 average, $127,550,695, Week 2.

2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Paramount, $26,234,000, 3,507 locations, $7,480 average, $39,457,000, Week 1. (ESTIMATE)

3. Frozen, Disney, $19,642,107, 3,540 locations, $5,549 average, $192,034,117, Week 5.

4. American Hustle, Sony, $17,901,068, 2,507 locations, $7,140 average, $19,014,436, Week 2.

5. Saving Mr. Banks, Disney, $9,344,381, 2,110 locations, $4,429 average, $9,969,867, Week 2.

6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate, $8,764,479, 2,949 locations, $2,972 average, $371,718,275, Week 5.

7. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Lionsgate, $8,384,980, 2,194 locations, $3,822 average, $28,155,257, Week 2.

8. Walking With Dinosaurs, 20th Century Fox, $7,091,938, 3,231 locations, $2,195 average, $7,091,938, Week 1.

9. Dhoom 3, Yash Raj Films, $3,152,590, 239 locations, $13,191 average, $3,422,590, Week 1.

10. Thor: The Dark World, Disney, $1,341,763, 1,116 locations, $1,202 average, $200,779,871, Week 7.

OPENING: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount, wide after Wed. opening) Paramount says $40M for 5-day; others estimates well under, and in fact it looks like $39.4M, American Hustle (Sony, wide) great set up for Christmas week, Saving Mr. Banks (Disney, wide) respectable, Walking with Dinosaurs (Fox/Reliance/IMG Global, wide) in the tar pits, Dhoom 3 (Yash Raj Films, ltd) Top Ten surprise and record breaker. Her (WB) is strong and The Past (Sony Pictures Classics) is in the past. NOTEWORTHY: Disney’s Thor: The Dark World goes over $200M mark.

7th UPDATE, MON. 7:45 AM: Paramount finally came to its senses this morning, downgrading its Sunday overstatement that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues would gross $40M for the three-day — an overhype that had everyone rolling their eyes. This morning, it has a new number: $34.2M for the five-day. The Paramount brass ordering up this over-inflated nonsense should take a breath. Still, $34.2M is nothing to sneeze at guys. The sequel took in $26.2M for the three day weekend pre-Christmas.

In addition, when the dust cleared this morning, it appears as though Disney’s Frozen slid passed  Sony’s American Hustle to take 3rd place this weekend. Read More »

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By Mike Fleming Jr. – The long-rumored crowning of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is finally happening. He is Marvel’s choice to star as the title character in the Edgar Wright-directed film.

Warner Bros Sets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As Star Feature Vehicle For Josh Gad
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: Remember Gilligan’s Island, the venerable 1960s TV series about seven castaways who wind up stranded on a tropical island after a torrential storm shipwrecks their yacht The S.S. Minnow? Warner Bros is charting a course for a feature film based on the series.

OSCARS: Nine Films On Foreign Language Shortlist; ‘The Past’, ‘Wadjda’ Miss Cut
By Nancy Tartaglione – Last weekend, I profiled 15 films that had a lot of heat ahead of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist unveiling today. Of those 15 (plus a handful of wildcards), seven have ended up among the Academy’s nine selections that will move on to the second round of voting.

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By Anita Busch – Gotta take Paramount Pictures to task with their inflated estimates for the five-day estimated gross for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. There’s not a distributor in town who agrees that the five-day number will hit $40M. Read More »

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Is ‘Anchorman’s Paul Rudd Superhero Material? ‘Ant-Man’ In The Offing

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 6:52pm PST
Mike Fleming

antThe long-rumored crowning of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is finally happening. He is Marvel‘s choice to star as the title character in the Edgar Wright-directed film. Rudd has proven himself adept at light drama and he is exceptionally good at  comedy, but I never really thought of him as superhero material. Wright, who wrote the Ant-Man script with Joe Cornish, showed at Comic-Con two years ago a demonstration of the technology developed that displayed a speck-sized Ant-Man running down the barrel of a gun and then re-emerging in actual size to put a hurting on a bad guy. It was pruddpretty cool stuff, but Wright put the whole thing down to make The World’s End first. He did that mainly because the film’s producer, Working Title’s Eric Fellner, was diagnosed with cancer. Wright — who felt that Shaun Of The Dead — the first leg of what would become the Cornetto trilogy wouldn’t have gotten made if it wasn’t for Fellner — never would have forgiven himself if he didn’t make the third film in the series quickly, just in case the producer’s condition worsened. Marvel relented, and Kevin Feige agreed to wait. Fellner got his movie and, more important, a clean bill of health.

Related: Disney Moves Up ‘Ant-Man’ Release To Summer 2015
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Paul Rudd And ‘Anchorman 2′ Castmates Storm ‘SNL’: Video

SNL Paul Rudd Bill BraskyHost Paul Rudd and his Anchorman 2 cohorts Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and David Koechner kept the promo train chugging along for Ron Burgundy’s December 18 return to screens last night on Saturday Night Live. First Anchorman 2 cast mate and former SNL grand dame Kristen Wiig lampooned NBC’s universally panned The Sound Of Music Live in a cold open featuring Dooneese, then the Anchorman 2 gang backed Rudd in a monologue face-off against boy band One Direction. They closed the show with a Bill Brasky sketch penned by Anchorman director/co-writer Adam McKay, reviving the character first created by Ferrell and McKay. Check out the Channel 4 News team moonlighting on SNL and other highlights below (opening monologue video not available):

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VIDEO: Ron Burgundy Hijacks North Dakota Newscast

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 8:39am PST
Mike Fleming

The roadshow for Anchorman 2 rolled into North Dakota this weekend, where Will Ferrell, in Ron Burgundy garb, hosted a local newscast. Here’s the broadcast, if you’ve got half an hour. You’ve really got to give Ferrell credit for commitment to promoting this film. It doesn’t get … Read More »

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Ben & Jerry’s ‘Anchorman 2′ Ice Cream Wants To Take You To Pleasure Town

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 8:23pm PDT

Will Ferrell‘s ’70s-classy character seems to have a permanent case of brain freeze. Now he has a potential excuse. With Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a couple of months away, Ben & Jerry’s is following such … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT

Ron Burgundy and company return December 20 in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. We’ve had two teaser trailers up to now featuring the main cast of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner. Here’s a fresh look that fleshes out what the fab four … Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 10:25am PDT

Ron Burgundy & Co. are back December 20 in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Paramount’s unleashed another teaser for the currently-filming sequel with more in-character riffing but no actual footage, in what plays like outtakes from last year’s first peek:

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‘Anchorman 2′ Adds Meagan Good And Dylan Baker

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:39pm PST

Meagan Good Anchorman 2EXCLUSIVE: With filming set to begin soon in Atlanta, Paramount’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues is still quietly adding thesps to its growing roster. Deception‘s Meagan Good is the latest to … Read More »

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James Marsden Set For ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST

James Marsden Anchorman 2EXCLUSIVE: X-Men‘s James Marsden is the latest cast member to join Will Ferrell & Co. in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. While plot details have been kept largely under wraps, sources tell Deadline he’ll play a rival anchor and nemesis to Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy in the sequel. Secrecy has been high as production ramps up for a March shoot in Atlanta, although Christina Applegate slipped news of Kristen Wiig’s casting on Twitter earlier this month. Adam McKay is directing the December 20, 2013 Paramount release for Gary Sanchez Productions and Apatow Productions with much of the original Anchorman cast reprising their roles, including Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner.
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UPDATE: Kristen Wiig Joins ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 10:03pm PST

UPDATE, 10 PM: Paramount insiders tonight confirmed to me what Christina Applegate tweeted a few hours ago: “So excited Kristen Wiig has joined our cast for Anchorman 2.” The sequel formally titled Anchorman: The Legend Continues Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 9:06am PDT

Paramount released a primer for its sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues in front of The Dictator this weekend in theaters. The fab four from the original are back, led by Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy himself, and the film is set to be released sometime next year.

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‘Anchorman 2′ Teaser Ties To ‘The Dictator’

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 1:23pm PDT
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Anchorman 2 DictatorA teaser for Paramount Pictures‘ sequel to Anchorman will go up with prints of the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator. Why, Ron Burgundy himself just tweeted it. Here it is, verbatim: ”Dont get Twirter. Anchorman2 teaser … Read More »

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Will Ferrell To Return For ‘Anchorman 2′

Will Ferrell Anchorman SequelEXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: I’ve learned the sequel finally came together today. The comedy Anchorman 2 will be produced under mogul Judd Apatow’s banner with Will Ferrell’s and Adam MKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay will direct as well as write … Read More »

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