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International Box Office UPDATED: ‘Frozen’ Crosses $800M Worldwide; ‘I, Frankenstein’ Strong In Russia; Battle Underway In China For No. 1

xthe-wolf-of-wall-street-leonardo-dicaprio-poster_jpg_pagespeed_ic_-p9xvpOtUxUPDATED, MONDAY 3:55 PM: International numbers are flowing in and will be updated as they arrive in the below market by market breakouts. The Wolf Of Wall Street continues to show its teeth, grossing $17.4M in eight markets holding the No. 1 spots in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Australia and Switzerland. Norway will be the next (and final) release date on Friday, January 31 for UPI, but the picture is expected in other markets with other distribs. Just to update on Universal’s 47 RoninThe mega-budgeted pic which is playing strong in Russia, has now cumed $83.7M internationally and $38M domestically for a worldwide total of $121.7M. It has 14 more markets to play, most notably Germany. Frozen is over $813M now globally and The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug added another $5.7M this weekend for worldwide box office of total of $947.6M ($595.3M internationally). Paramount’s numbers have not arrived on Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, but Universal’s Despicable Me numbers have been revised upwards to $5.2M in China in 4,500 runs for a total of $43.5M. It’s still too close to call to see who will be No. 1 in this all-important territory but the numbers should arrive from China tomorrow.

the-book-thief-starring-sophie-nelisseUPDATED, SUNDAY 7:30 PM: The international box office is off about 50% from last year when Django UnchainedRead More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Ride Along’ & ‘Lone Survivor’ One-Two Punch For Universal; ‘Nut Job’ No. 3; ‘I, Frankenstein’ Not Alive

Opening: I, Frankenstein (LGF) on 2,753 screens, 95% are large format (IMAX, 3D), no monster, opens to No. 6; NOTEWORTHY: Ride Along (Uni) 21.1M; The Nut Job (Open Road) still cracking at No. 3 with $12.1M.

Box office3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 1:23 PM: Final numbers are in with Universal’s Ride Along pulling in $21.2M and Lone Survivor (Emmett/Furla) taking in $12.9M. The studio now has a $75.5M grosser for its Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy and $93.9M for its war hero pic. Pretty good for a January, guys. Disney’s Frozen slid up a notch to edge out Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with a final box office gross of $9.1M vs. $9M by (only $34K). And Open Road’s The Nut Job made more than the industry expected with a tidy $12.1M. I, Frankenstein didn’t open chasing in only $8.6M total, however, it opened very strong in one territory overseas — Russia — so its current worldwide take is $14.9M.  Next weekend is the Super Bowl, when moviegoing shifts from the big screen to the small screen. Ride Along #1 box officeWarner Bros. is re-releasing Gravity in IMAX 3D which is breathtaking when you watch it on the format, while Disney is releasing a sing-along version of Frozen in some markets (which parents will likely be dragged to mid-Happy Meal). Openers next weekend are Focus Features’ That Awkward Moment (Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan); Teller starred in Whiplash which won both the Grand Jury and Audience honors at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night and was just picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Also bowing is Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day (starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) from Indian Paintbrush. Full chart follows:

1). Ride Along, (UNI) 2,759 theaters (+96) / 3-day Cume: $21.2M (-49%) / Per screen: $7,720 / Total Gross: $75.5M / Wk 2

2). Lone Survivor, (UNI) 3,162 theaters (+173) / 3-day Cume $12.9M (-42%) / Per screen: $4,120 / Total Gross: $93.9M /Wk 5

3) The Nut Job, (OPRD) 3,427 theaters (+45) / 3-day Cume: $12.1M (-38%) / Per screen: $3,485/ Total Gross: $40M / Wk 2

4). Frozen, (DIS) 2,757 theaters (-222) / 3-day Cume: $9.1M (-23%) / Per screen: $3,308 / Total Gross: $347.8M / Wk 10

5). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, (PAR) 3,387 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $9M (-41%) / Per screen: $2,682 / Total Gross: $30M / Wk 2

6). I, Frankenstein, (LGF) 2,753 theaters / 3-day Cume: $8.6M / Per screen: $3,128 / Total Gross: $8.6M / Wk 1

7). American Hustle, (SONY) 2,304 theaters (+100) / 3-day Cume: $7M (-28%) / Per screen: $3,065 / Total Gross: $127M / Wk 7

8). The Wolf Of Wall Street, (PAR) 1,804 theaters (-126) / 3-day Cume: $5.4M (-23%) / Per screen: $3,037 / Total Gross: $98.5M / Wk 5

9). August: Osage County, (TWC) 2,411 theaters (+360) / 3-day Cume: $5M (-32%) / Per screen: $2,086 / Total Gross: $26.5M / Wk 5

10). Devil’s Due, (FOX) 2,544 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $2.7M (-66%) / Per screen: $1,095 / Total Gross: $12.9M / Wk 2 Read More »

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UPDATE: International Box Office: ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Overseas Cume Nears $75M Led By France; ’12 Years A Slave’ Rises In UK; ’47 Ronin’ Crosses $25M In Russia; More

cinemaworld1UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 3:58 PM: I’ve earlier reported strong international numbers for The Wolf Of Wall Street based on the several territories where Universal is handling the film with all No. 1s across the board. But this is a movie that also has a lot of independent distributors around the world. Wolf backer Red Granite now has chimed in with its latest figure for the ex-U.S. cume, including Universal’s patch, and it’s an impressive $74.7M from 52 territories (for those keeping score, that’s 1,245 times what Jonah Hill says his payday was for the film). Domestic, the movie is at about $91M and notably, Wolf‘s strongest overseas market to date by far is France. It’s released there by the Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Filmexport. The French take according to the latest numbers I have is $21.17M. Although it opened on Christmas Day in France, it has taken more than half of its 2.4M admissions in 2014 and had a drop of only 12% in its 4th week that ended January 21. In the UK, the movie took an impressive $7.5M in its opening this past weekend; there it’s rated 18 which is basically an NC-17, and in France, where the ratings board tends to take sex scenes with less issue, it’s rated so that anyone over 12 can be admitted. That’s a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio fans. There’s for sure heat on this movie given the controversies surrounding it, but as I’m often told — and as I have experienced over 20 years here — a director’s name means a helluva a lot, and coupled with a major star, in a country of cinephiles like France it’s not surprising that they are lapping up this latest. Outside France and the strong Universal territories noted below, The Wolf Of Wall Street is also hot in Belgium ($2.49M) Holland ($3.56M) and Poland ($3.58M) as of the latest figures.

Related: Jonah Hill Says He Was Paid Only $60,000 For ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 9:51 AM PT: With Universal’s final figures in for The Wolf Of Wall Street overseas this past weekend, the international cume from its territories is now $28.5M. Actuals were a touch off in the UK ($7.5M vs an estimated $7.6M), but higher than expected in Germany, Spain, Austria and German-speaking Switerland. In other Universal news, 47 Ronin has been having a strong run in Russia despite its underperformance elsewhere. In its 3rd frame there this weekend, the film placed No. 3 and broke the $25M barrier. Fox’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty also had a better than previously estimated weekend, with an international cume to date of $106.2M. And the heavily Oscar-nominated 12 Years A Slave added $7.62M for an international take of $23.92M and a worldwide haul of $64.2M. It’s currently playing in 21 international markets with Belgium and France opening today. The first 2 PM showing in Paris this afternoon sold 2,400 tickets on 32 screens, outperforming Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises and Stallone/De Niro vehicle Grudge Match. The Martin Luther King holiday slowed the release of some final international weekend figures, but numbers have been updated as they’ve come in below: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 23 – The Oscar Nominations Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch podcast 23In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione talks with host David Bloom about which overseas titles survived the largest-ever field of candidates to nab an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and one notable director who was left out once again; the flood of announcements that are finally bringing this year’s Berlin Film Festival into focus, including the latest film by Richard Linklater; and red-hot director Justin Lin’s new Chinese-language, 3D blockbuster of a remake.

They also take their weekly look at the global box office, marked this time around by one of Walter Mitty’s biggest dreams, or at least that of his producers; Jack Ryan’s Chinese debut; and The Wolf of Wall Street, set loose in Europe’s box offices.

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Deadline Awards Watch 59: The Oscar Nominations Podcast

By and | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:27pm PST

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with host David Bloom about today’s Oscar nominations, which produced a very strong field of competitors and inevitably left some worthy contenders on the outside looking in.

We’ll get Pete’s take on just about everything Oscar, from Best Picture to Best Boy, who got in and who didn’t and what it will all mean come March 2.

Among the most interesting tidbits: that Best Song nominee from a movie virtually no one had heard of; record-setters for Meryl Streep, David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence; disappointments for Inside Llewyn Davis and Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks, and what may still be a seven-way race for Best Picture.

Separately, Pete also talks about two of this week’s movie debuts, the reboot of a durable Tom Clancy franchise, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine; and Ride Along, a cop comedy featuring rising star Kevin Hart trying to win over his grumpy future brother-in-law, played by Ice Cube.

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Hot Clip: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

By | Saturday January 4, 2014 @ 6:05pm PST

Paramount’s action franchise reboot stars Chris Pine as Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan, who goes from analyst to CIA operative as he investigates a Russian businessman’s (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs) terrorist plot to take down the global economy. Here’s a newly released and mildly spoilery extended scene from Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in which Pine’s Ryan takes on Game Of Thrones‘ Nonso Anozie in a luxury hotel room. Pic hits theaters January 17 after being pushed back from Christmas and will go up against Fox horror Devil’s Due, Open Road’s animated The Nut Job, and Universal’s Ride Along:

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‘Anchorman 2′ And ‘Jack Ryan’ Should Be Hits Based On Web Buzz And Data: Adobe

EXCLUSIVE: It was a surprise to me, but Adobe Systems does business with companies that account for as much as 80% of online movie ticket sales. And with that info, plus social media data, today it’s introducing its ability to give studios a weeks-in-advance peek at how upcoming films are likely to perform. “The model, which we built using social data measured by Adobe Marketing Cloud, was able to accurately predict The Conjuring as a surprise winner last summer, a full 20 days in advance of the movie’s release,” says Principal Analyst Tamara Gaffney. “Analysis of social buzz data is a must-have for movie marketers to optimize advertising campaigns and identify potential surprise winners and losers.” Adobe’s putting itself on the line by making a few predictions for the holiday season. Paramount’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (just postponed to January) “will be surprise hits.” In addition, and not so surprisingly, buzz for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Warner Bros’ The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and Disney’s Thor: The Dark World is “well above average”, suggesting that “you can expect all of these movies to generate revenue above the cost.” Adobe is pessimistic, though, about Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game and Disney’s Delivery Man. Chatter for these films is  ”limited and suggests that both movies will be in line with … Read More »

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Paramount Moves ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ To January; Is ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Headed For December 25 Spot?

BREAKING: Another film has dropped off of the busy Christmas season release schedule. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions said Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, previously scheduled on December 25, will now open on January 17, 2014. This offers more proof that Paramount’s plan is ultimately to date Martin Scorsese’s Leo DiCaprio pic The Wolf Of Wall Street for December 25 — just in time for an Oscar run. Nothing official from the studio but we’ll keep you posted. The latest shift comes two days after Sony and Fox moved its George Clooney pic Monuments Men off its original December 18 release date; the period drama will now be released February 7, 2014, Sony said today.

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 1:10pm PDT

On the heels of a domestic trailer released by Paramount earlier this month comes a new international version for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Chris Pine stars in the Kenneth Branagh-directed pic along with Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, David Paymer, Colm Feore and Branagh. It’s set for a Christmas Day release. Check it out:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT

One day after Tom Clancy’s death, Paramount has released the first trailer for the new film based on his most famous character. Chris Pine takes over as the hero of such Cold War-era novels-turned-films as The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games and brings him to the modern day. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit follows Ryan from 9/11 through Afghanistan and into the CIA, where he uncovers a Russian plot to undermine the U.S. economy. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp, it co-stars Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Branagh. The action thriller opens Christmas Day:

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R.I.P. Jack Ryan Author Tom Clancy

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 7:41am PDT
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UPDATE: Statement from Paramount chief Brad Grey: “Tom Clancy was one of the great storytellers of our time and his passing has been deeply felt by all of us at Paramount. We are forever indebted to Tom for making this studio his home, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, and his many fans, at this great loss.”

EARLIER: Reports are coming in that bestselling author Tom Clancy has died at age 66 in a hospital near his Baltimore home. His military post-Cold War espionage thriller novels launched the Jack Ryan film series, and he was one of several authors who, in the 1990s, became franchise fixtures, commanded big bucks, and often fought with the studios that turned his books into films. He co-founded the vidgame developer Red Storm Entertainment, which is now owned by Ubisoft, and he has had his name on numerous mega-selling video games including the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series.

Clancy in later years wrote his books with the help of co-authors, but the star of this former insurance agent and military buff was really launched after it was revealed that President Reagan was a fan of his military thrillers. Paramount launched a franchise based on his signature character, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, with the 1990 Alec Baldwin-starrer The Hunt For Red October.

Clancy’s relationship with the studio and its filmmakers often became contentious, after Paramount chief Brandon Tartikoff bounced Baldwin when he wanted to delay while doing A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway. Tartikoff had just had a movie with Harrison Ford fall apart called Night Ride Down, but they were eager to work together, and the change was made. While Ford took the series through two Phil Noyce-directed screen blockbusters — Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger — Clancy often bristled about how his work was handled, and I think he never warmed to Ford’s portrayal. That was especially true in Patriot Games, where Clancy grew incensed for, among other things, a scene in which an IRA backer delivers info on the culprits who tried to kill his wife. It came in a package with a doll, and Ryan’s child was seen playing with the doll. Clancy hated that. Paramount also owns the series based on a spinoff character, Clark, a mercenary who first appeared in the form of Willem Dafoe in Clear And Present Danger, and who headlined the novel Without Remorse. The studio has tried numerous times over the years to turn that book into a feature and is still trying. Ben Affleck took over the Ryan character in The Sum Of All Fears, and under producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Mace Neufeld, the series was revived with the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, with Chris Pine playing a young Ryan, and Kevin Costner playing his CIA mentor. That film, which was based on Clancy-created characters but an original storyline by Adam Cozad, is in post-production and is set for a December 25 release date, and Paramount has high hopes it will reignite the series. Clancy also has a new novel due out that same month, Command Authority. Read More »

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