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‘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 Good Day To Die Hard and Safe Haven. Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson star in the coming-of age story set in the South. Beautiful Creatures is directed by Richard LaGravenese from his screenplay based on the first of a series of novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

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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 Rossum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson. Opens February 13th, 2013.

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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. Philippe Rousselot is the cinematographer for the Warner Bros release that opens Wednesday, February 13th:

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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 The Great Gatsby among its titles — so it’s possible the studio wanted to give the Alfonso Cuaron drama some extra breathing room, especially since it will need IMAX’s 3D screens, which are in short supply. George Clooney co-stars in the movie but the big role is Bullock’s, so the studio could also be looking at another Oscar campaign for her (it also released The Blind Side, which won her a Best Actress Oscar).

Meanwhile, Ruben Fleischer’s LA period drama Gangster Squad starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin had moved around twice before, first set for October 19, 2012 before moving up a week to October 12 and now landing on September 7. That date also houses Summit’s The Cold Light Of Day and Oscilloscope’s Hello I Must Be Going. Warner Bros also said its drama Beautiful Creatures is being shifted ahead two days to open on a Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to capitalize on Valentine’s Day weekend.

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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 – the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Irons is the most recent in a flurry of casting announcements, joining Viola Davis (Amma), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine), Emmy Rossum (Ridley), Thomas Mann (Link) and relative newcomers Jack O’Connell (Ethan) and Alice Englert (Lena).

Irons will play the role of Macon Ravenwood, Lena’s mysterious and recluse uncle.

A hauntingly intense coming of age story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” is about two star-crossed teenage lovers, Ethan, a local boy, and a mysterious new girl, Lena, who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town.

Erwin Stoff (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”) will produce along with Kosove and Johnson (“The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli,”) and Molly Smith (“Something Borrowed,” “P.S. I Love You.”) Filming begins next month in and around New Orleans.

Richard LaGravenese (“P.S. I Love You”) will direct from his adaptation.

Irons is currently starring in the FULcritically-acclaimed Showtime drama “The Borgias” whose second season premieres next month and will next be seen in the CBS Films drama “The Words,” where he stars alongside Bradley Cooper, Olivia

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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 Mystic River, The Phantom of the Opera and The Day After Tomorrow.

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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 nuclear reactor. A group of friends vacationing in Europe become stranded in the abandoned city and discover they are not alone. Alcon has an output deal with WB. The supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures, also from Alcon, is scheduled to open February 1, 2013. Directed by Richard LaGravenese, the movie stars Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert. LaGravenese is also adapting the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Filming is expected to begin in April in and around New Orleans.

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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 the same name, Thompson will join current Oscar nominee Viola Davis as well as newcomers Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert. Thompson will play the dual role of Mrs. Lincoln, a small town religious zealot, and Sarafine, who is the dark witch who possesses her. Erwin Stoff (I Am Legend) will produce along with Kosove and Johnson (The Book of Eli) and Molly Smith (P.S. I Love You). Thompson will next be seen in Sony’s MIB3, the third installment in the Men in Black franchise due out in May. Alcon, which has film rights to all three books in the series published by Little Brown Books is looking at Creatures to launch a possible franchise at Warner Bros. Filming will begin in April in and around New Orleans. Alcon recently produced Dolphin Tale, a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. Thompson is repped by WME.

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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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