‘Die Hard 5′ Wins Presidents Weekend, ‘Identity Thief’ #2, ‘Safe Haven’ Fades After Valentines Day, ‘Escape Planet Earth’ Weak, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Bombs

TUESDAY 10TH UPDATE… TOP TEN GROSSES BELOW…  This Presidents Weekend overall was a so-so moviegoing weekend and not a good one, even though this holiday is usually one of the hottest domestic. If only the opening pics had been better. Total moviegoing was $164M, or down -15% from last year. The race for #1 was closer than expected. Twentieth Century Fox’s critically panned A Good Day To Die Hard (3,552 theaters) went up more than +45% from Friday to Saturday and held Sunday to win the 4-day holiday. But Universal thought its 2nd place holdover, the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman frenemy comedy Identity Thief, was giving it a run for its money. As a Universal exec told me, “To think we could even scare a #1 film is a great accomplishment.” So it came down to Monday’s grosses with the $92 million budgeted actioner that’s a 25-year-old franchise ending up with an unimpressive $36.7M in its first 5 days. Last time around, 2007′s Live Free Or Die Hard opened on a Wednesday and earned $48.3M for the 5 days and $33.3M for the 3-day weekend. Fox shrugged off the awful reviews – only 13% positive on Rotten Tomatoes – for this R-rated mess directed by John Moore, scripted by Skip Woods, and produced by Alex Young and Wyck Godfrey. (“What reviews? There are reviews on this movie?,” a Fox exec laughed.) On Sunday, Fox released international numbers claiming A Good Day To Die Hard had an “explosive weekend” grossing its biggest weekend ever - $61.5M from 9,595 screens in 63 markets to hold the #1 market position in 32 out of 37 new openers. The worldwide cume went past $80M.

There was another holiday to score: Valentine’s Day, always a huge moviegoing event. (2012′s was a $30 million Tuesday.) Thursday was won by Relativity’s critically panned romantic drama Safe Haven (3,223 theaters) -even though it was worse reviewed than Die Hard 5 with only 11% positive on Rotten Tomatoes. The Lasse Hallstrom-directed PG-13 pic has been fading since VDay. Maybe because this latest tearjerker adapted from romance novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John) starred Josh Duhamel who doesn’t have the sex appeal of Channing Tatum or the acting chops of Ryan Gosling. Both Die Hard 5 and Safe Haven earned ‘B+’ CinemaScores from audiences to help word of mouth. Bruce et al was #2 on Valentines Day because, when you think of romance, you think of Die Hard 5.

As for Friday’s release, The Weinstein Company’s critically panned PG toon Escape From Planet Earth (3,288 theaters) came in 4th Friday, then had a major kiddie business (Saturday +82%). But the $70M movie ($40M cost and #30 to open, according to Weinstein execs) earned only $20.8M this 4-day holiday even though there’s been nothing fresh in the family marketplace for months and most toons do $35M-40M on a 3-day weekend. With no new kid films for the next few weeks, let’s see what the multiple turns out to be. The film was directed by Cal Brunker.

Warner Bros’ Beautiful Creatures (2,950 theaters) opened Thursday as a huge disappointment after its ‘B’ CinemaScore. Scripted and directed by Richard LaGravenese, this PG-13 tween/teen goth romantic fantasy tried to capitalize on the Twilight target audience addicted to the book series – in this case, the first in the Caster Chronicles novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The marketing emphasized social media –from Instagram-released production photography to Facebook-hosted set visit contests to extensive Twitter-based interviews. There even were mall tours. But none of this could overcome the fact that the filmmakers altered the book, which annoyed fans who stayed away from the movie version.
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‘Beautiful Creatures’ Release Moved To Valentine’s Day

By | Monday January 7, 2013 @ 7:18pm PST

Warner Bros has moved the release date for the supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures to February 14, 2013, one day later than its original February 13 date. It will now open against Escape From Planet Earth, A Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Friday November 16, 2012 @ 6:35pm PST

Supernatural Southern Gothic looks like quite a combination. Here’s Warner Bros‘ new trailer for Beautiful Creatures, directed by Richard LaGravenese from his screenplay based on the first of a series of novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It stars Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emmy Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 2:37am PDT

Based on the first of five novels in the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures looks potentially bewitching. Alice Englert, Emmy Rossum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis star in the supernatural Southern gothic tale written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. … Read More »

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Warner Bros Drops ‘Gravity 3D’ To 2013, Moves ‘Gangster Squad’ To Sept. 7

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 4:39pm PDT

The Sandra Bullock space pic Gravity 3D had been scheduled for November 21, but now it will premiere sometime in 2013. Warner Bros already has a full plate in the fourth quarter — Argo, Gangster Squad, The Hobbit and … Read More »

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Alcon Plugs Alden Ehrenreich In For Jack O’Connell On ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Wednesday April 11, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

If you’re keeping score at home, Tetro actor Alden Ehrenreich has replaced Jack O’Connell in the Richard LaGravanese-directed adaptation of the book series Beautiful Creatures. Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Emmy Rossum star. Alcon Entertainment partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing with Erwin Stoff.

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Jeremy Irons Joins Cast Of ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 4:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES MARCH 13, 2012 — Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons is in final negotiations to join the cast of the supernatural love story “Beautiful Creatures,” based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name

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Emmy Rossum To Board ‘Beautiful Creatures’ Cast

By | Friday March 2, 2012 @ 3:37pm PST

Emmy Rossum (Shameless) is in final talks to star opposite Viola Davis and Emma Thompson in Beautiful Creatures. Richard LGravenese (P.S. I Love You) will direct the supernatural love story from his adaptation. Rossum’s credits include credits include … Read More »

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Warner Bros Sets Dates For ‘Chernobyl Diaries’, ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 9:43pm PST

Warner Bros just updated its release calender with a pair of additions. The horror movie Chernobyl Diaries is slated to open May 25, 2012. Diaries, from Alcon Entertainment, is set in Prypiat, the city that housed workers at the Chernobyl … Read More »

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Emma Thomspon In Final Talks To Join ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 6:18pm PST

Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson is in final negotiations to star in supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures. Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) from his own adaptation of the New York Times best selling novel of … Read More »

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Alcon Sets Richard LaGravanese, Viola Davis For ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 3:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES—Alcon Entertainment will finance and produce the supernatural thriller “Beautiful Creatures,” based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name–the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl–it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Film will be released by Warner Bros via Alcon’s output deal.

Alcon, which has film rights to all three books in the series published by Little Brown Books–including Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos–is looking at “Creatures” to kick off a possible franchise at WB.

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