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The Best Lines About 2014′s Worst-Reviewed Films (So Far). Thanks, ‘Tammy!’

By and | Sunday July 6, 2014 @ 2:08pm PDT

The Best Lines About 2014′s Worst-Reviewed Films (So Far). Thanks, ‘Tammy!’Lost in a long and sleepy holiday weekend’s ennui, we couldn’t help ourselves: We’ve pulled together lines culled from the funniest/worst movie reviews so far this year, pulling out some jewels. Here’s what we came up with:

Tammy (Opened July 2, 27% Rotten Tomatoes Score)
Melissa McCarthy‘s film sees her once again working the schtick as an in-your-face femme, this time on the road with her just-as-crass granny (Susan Sarandon). Given that the film seems to be headed into a ditch after a weak open, one can’t help wondering whether the Bridesmaids thesp’s routine is aging fast.

“The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse… It’s about as funny as a liver transplant.” — New York Observer’s Rex Reed, who already had a bone to pick with McCarthy last year. Read More »

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Casts $69.4M Spell; ‘A Million Ways To Die In the West’ Flatlines At $16.7M; ‘X-Men’ Falls 64% In Second Week

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Box Office Winners And Losers

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch offers her post-mortem for the weekend, which saw Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' score big (especially overseas), while Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' went south fast.

OPENING: Maleficent (DIS) conjures up $69.4M ; A Million Ways To Die In The West (UNI) done for at $16.7M.

box_office_weekend_3202008-12-22-12299667655th UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:40 PM: Disney’s announced $70M for numbers on Maleficent even though no one else could conceive of it making that number, but the studio sure got its $70M headline around the world, didn’t it? We didn’t bite and kept it in the $68M+ to $69M+ range. Perception is reality, but the reality is it made $69.4M and now (surprise) the international numbers for Frozen just happened to come in higher in Japan. A bit of a balancing act to squeeze out their $2 billion worldwide box office boast. Would one day have mattered? Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated roustabout MALEFICENTMALEFICENTA Million Ways To Die In The West will end up with less than $17M. MaleficentWhen the dust cleared this morning, the raunchy comedy kicked in only $16.7M for Universal which saddled up for this disaster in anticipation of MacFarlane’s Ted sequel. Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past fell, as reported, 64% in its second weekend and Warner Bros’ Blended and Uni’s Neighbors (in its fourth weekend) were neck in neck all weekend and ended up only $64,000 apart. Blended took the No. 5 spot.

Next Weekend Openers: The Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow from Warner Bros. The screenwriter on the pic, which also stars Emily Blunt, is Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked with Cruise before on Jack Reacher and Valkyrie. The film already bowed overseas to a soft $20M in 28 markets. From 20th Century Fox (I can’t help but think this should have been a Fox Searchlight release) will be the highly anticipated adaptation of the YA John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars with Divergent‘s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Egort starring. It will open day and date in about 20 markets. Chef, which has been getting tremendous word-of-mouth, expands next weekend to around 1,200 theaters. Here’s the final weekend chart: Read More »

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘X-Men’ $110.5M Opening Is One Of The Best Memorial Day Debuts Ever; ‘Blended’ $17.7M; ‘Godzilla’ Takes 67% Second Weekend Hit; ‘Neighbors’ Crosses Threshold To $116.8M

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 3:17pm PDT
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Morning Report: Tuesday, May 27

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past Wipes Up At Weekend Box Office, CBS' Les Moonves, Disney's Bob Iger Among Highest-Paid CEOS In 2013, '24: Live Another Day' Debut Gets DVR Bump In Live+7. Dominic Patten reports.

OPENING: X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) Fox’s estimates were $91.4M 3-day, $111M and it ended at $90.8M and $110.5 for the 4-day to become the No. 5 all-time Memorial Day opener; Blended (WB), we estimated $14M+ for the 3-day, $17M to $18M 4-day. WBros. had it at $18.1M and it ended at $14.2M and $17.7M.  NOTEWORTHY: Neighbors (UNI) crossed $100M; Chef (OPRD) expansion to land it in the Top Ten.

X-Men-Days-of-Future-PastFINAL UPDATE, TUES., 2:17 PM: Final numbers are in and Memorial Day weekend is off 26.8% from last year. X-Men: Days Of Future Past tallied $110.5M for the four-day Memorial Day holiday, and $90.8M for the three-day. Blended came in at $17.7M, lower than the $18.1M Warner Bros. predicted yesterday, so we’re glad we stuck to our estimates across the board for all films.  The question is what the second weekend drop for X-Men will be when Angelina Jolie arrives in Disney’s Maleficent. Without further ado, here is the final Top 10 Box office chart and will be updated to Top 20 when we receive the Rentrak numbers.

OPENING NEXT WEEKEND: Maleficent (DIS), the PG-rated film from Disney starring Angelina Jolie that is already scaring kids just on its trailer alone; A Million Ways To Die (UNI), Seth MacFarlane’s western. Mel Brooks he ain’t, but either you love him or hate him, right? Should be a fun box office weekend. Finally! Top 20 are in just in time for the 5 PM happy hour (yes, this ranks as the worst box office weekend of my life):

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UPDATED INT’L BOX OFFICE: Fan-Tastic ‘X-Men’ Bows To Biggest Fox Opener Ever And No. 1 In Every Market; ‘Godzilla’ Second Weekend Pushes WB To $1B 2014; ‘Blended’ Rolls Out Slowly; ‘Neighbors’ Still Partying, More

OPENING: X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), bows spectacularly in 118 markets at $172M and No. 1 in every market; is now at $193.7M thru Monday; Blended (WB) opening in 6 markets, including the UK/Ireland and Germany; Godzilla grabs another $35M in its second weekend. Grace Of Monaco opens in Russia and Her rolls out in Korea; The Grand Budapest Hotel crosses $100M with a worldwide total of about $157M; Frozen skates into the record books again.

xmen_days_of_future_past4th UPDATE, TUESDAY, 2:33 PM: Final and updated weekend numbers are in. Neighbors and Godzilla both did better than expected. The freshest number for Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is $193.7M through yesterday, which brings its worldwide total up to $304M. It’s on 24,378 screens and in 118 territories. Included in this write-thru are updates on X-Men, Godzilla, Grace of Monaco, Spanish Affairs — which is back in its No. 1 slot in Spain (13 weeks!) — Her and Million Dollar Arm. Just added The Other Woman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rio 2 to bring all numbers up to date. More updates to come throughout the evening, like Divergent Transcendence which just arrived late from Lionsgate. My colleague, Nancy Tartaglione, will be back next weekend and will do territory-by-territory breakdowns instead of picture by picture.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘X-Men’ $111 Opening is Top Five Best Ever Memorial Day Debuts; ‘Blended’ Softer Than Expected; ‘Godzilla’ Takes 67% Hit; ‘Neighbors’ Nears $117M

Opening Next Weekend: The Angelina Jolie-starring Disney title Maleficent day-and-date with the U.S. in 50 markets; Seth MacFarlane’s Western spoof A Million Ways To Die In The West in 22 territories, including the UK/Ireland, Germany and Australia. His previous pic, 2012′s Ted, did well in those three territories (and Japan), so it’s no wonder Uni is releasing in the same markets to kick off its international release.

3rd UPDATE, MONDAY, 12:19 PM: Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla did better than expected overall, and its weekend international cume in 64 markets is now $35M. 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is now up to $302M worldwide with a four-day U.S. Memorial Day holiday estimated gross of $111M. The seventh film in the franchise had a three-day take of $91.4M which includes Thursday late night grosses (started at 7 p.m.) of $8.1M.

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DeadlineNow: ‘X-Men’ To Dominate Weekend Box Office (Video)

Today kicks off our DeadlineNow video news service, in which Deadline’s journalists offer instant analysis and commentary on the news as it happens. Check back throughout the day for more reports.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Eyes $100M

Deadline Film Editor Anita Busch looks ahead at the Memorial Day holiday weekend box office, which includes the opening for 'Blended,' and holdovers 'Neighbors', & 'Godzilla.

Related: Box Office: ‘X-Men’ Nabs Stellar $8.1M In Late-Night Thursday Opening For Expected $100M+ Weekend

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: ‘X-Men’ Expected $100M Memorial Day Weekend; ‘Blended’ Pairs Sandler, Barrymore … Again

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 12:28pm PDT

imagesX-Men: Days Of Future Past is going to be the Memorial Day box office mutant king with a huge $100M expected opening for 20th Century Fox over the four-day weekend. It’s debuting tonight to fanboys on about 2,700 theaters starting at 10 PM. In comparison, Godzilla bowed last weekend on a similar number of theaters but starting at 7 PM and stomped through with $9.3M.

The other difference between the two is that X-Men is not going to bow on IMAX; it will be on 352 large format screens which will come from Cinemark, Regal, AMC, Carmike and Cineplex Canada. Although not having the franchise play on IMAX usually shaves a bit off the top, the Cinemark PLF on 96 runs did 26% of the PLF gross last weekend, while 53 runs in Cineplex Canada did roughly 23.7% of the $93.1M Godzilla business for Warner Bros./Legendary Pics. Meanwhile, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is, not surprisingly, accounting for 90% of Fandango’s Memorial Day weekend ticket sales and they say, besting its own previous incarnation of the franchise, that of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which went onto gross $102.7M over the three-day and $122.8M over the four-day weekend. This marks the return of Bryan Singer to the franchise who last directed X-Men 2 in 2003.
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Hot MTV Movie Awards Trailer: ‘Blended’

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 7:48pm PDT
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I wish I could show you the incredible catch Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki just made, smacking into the rightfield wall to rob David Ortiz of an extra base hit in a one-run game in the 8th inning. Instead, here’s the latest trailer from the MTV Movie Awards, the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore pic Blended:

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Hot Trailer: Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore In ‘Blended’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 5:26pm PDT

Here is 2014′s first new trailer for the third onscreen teaming of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The Gulfstream Pictures/Happy Madison rom-com Blended, which has been retitled twice, follows two single parents who endured a painfully bad blind date and later happen to sign their kids up for the same African safari vacation — and end up sharing a suite for a week. Frank Coraci directed from a screenplay by Ivan Menchell & Clare Sera. The ensemble supporting cast includes Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Kevin Nealon and Terry Crews. Warner Bros opens the flick May 23. Have a look (bonus points if you recognize the near-hit song about a minute in):

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Hot Trailer: Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore’s ‘Blended’

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 5:10pm PST

Two title changes later, the third rom-com teaming Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is coming to a multiplex near you for Memorial Day. Blended tells the tale of two single-parent survivors of a particularly heinous blind date who happen to sign their kids up for the same African safari vacation — and end up sharing a suite for a week. The Warner Bros pic also stars Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon and Terry Crews. Bella Thorne,  Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham play the kids. Frank Coraci directed from a screenplay by Ivan Menchell & Clare Sera. The Gulfstream Pictures/Happy Madison film is produced by Mike Karz, Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, with Barry Bernardi, Josie Rosen, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert and Steven Koren serving as executive producers. Roll the trailer:

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Warner Bros Renames Sandler-Barrymore Pic – Again

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 4:21pm PST

First the romantic family comedy was Blended, then it was changed in the summer to The Familymoon. Now today it’s been re-titled Blended. The release date is still May 23, 2014. I’ll just rewatch Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and director Frank Coraci’s other movie together, The Wedding Singer, until Warner Bros marketing makes up its mind. My money is on Blendedmoon, but I bet Deadline’s loyal readers can do better than that.

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Warner Bros’ Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore Rom-Com Gets New Name

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT

They’ve previously done two movies together and now Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s upcoming Warner Bros romantic comedy about blended families forced together has gotten its second name. The pic formerly known as Blended will now be called The Familymoon, I’ve learned. The reason for the change? Marketing liked it better than the previous title, sources say. Produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison and Mike Karz’s Gulfstream Pictures, the movie follows a couple that, after a terrible blind date, find themselves and their children from past marriages stuck together at a resort for families. You know the script – hijinks ensue and a mutual attraction develops. The movie is scheduled to come out on May 23, 2014.  Frank Coraci is directing from a rewrite Sandler and Tim Herlihy are doing of the original screenplay from Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. Coraci also directed the first Sandler-Barrymore pic, 1998′s The Wedding Singer as well as other Sandler films Click and The Waterboy. The two actors also appeared together in 2004’s 50 First Dates.

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Disney Channel’s Bella Thorne Stuck With Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore In ‘Blended’

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel star Bella Thorne has joined the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy Blended. The Warner Bros rom-com revolves around the parties to a particularly lousy blind date who — each with their kids from a previous marriage — find themselves stuck together in a resort for families. Despite everything they can do to resist, the attraction grows between the two, and their kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. Thorne, repped by WME, KLWGN, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman, will play Sandler’s daughter. Blended is set to open May 23, 2014. Sandler’s Happy Madison and Mike Karz’s Gulfstream Pictures will produce, and Frank Coraci is aboard to direct.

Thorne stars on the hit teen sitcom Shake It Up, which is in its third season on Disney Channel. The 15-year-old also is signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records and has a three-book deal with Random House.

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Warner Bros Dates Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore Pic ‘Blended’, Shifts ‘Transcendence’

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 2:59pm PDT

Blended is the next starring vehicle from Adam Sandler, who is reuniting with Drew Barrymore for the romantic comedy about blended families. Warner Bros said today that the pic has landed a May 23, 2014, release date. Sandler’s Happy Madison and Mike Karz’s Gulfstream Pictures will produce the film, which had been at the studio since 2007 via an original script from Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. Frank Coraci, who helmed past Sandler-Barrymore pic The Wedding Singer as well as Sandler vehicles Click and The Waterboy, is aboard to direct. The logline: After a disastrous blind date, Jim and Lauren — each with their kids from a previous marriage — find themselves stuck together in a resort for families. Despite everything they can do to resist, the attraction grows between the two, and their kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.

Meanwhile, the studio shifted its release date for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, the pic that stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Morgan Freeman. It moves up a week from its original April 25, 2014, slot to April 18 and also will be shown in IMAX venues.

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