Highlights: Maleficent (DIS) crosses $500M global led by China bow; How To Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) scores No. 1s in 30+ markets; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) adds $21.3M; The Fault In Our Stars (FOX) shines bright with $19.9M; Godzilla (WB) cumes $67.7M in China; 22 Jump Street (SONY) shows muscle in World Cup markets; Jersey Boys (WB) plays to upscale crowds for $1.6M.
FINAL UPDATE, MONDAY, 6:03 PM: All final numbers in for Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, Disney’s Maleficent, Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Sony’s 22 Jump Street and Heaven Is For Real, the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla from Warner Bros., Fox’s tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the female-centric comedy The Other Woman and the billion-dollar grosser Frozen, which is still at No. 1 for a 15th week in a row in Japan and Paramount’s final grosses for Noah (which debuted in Japan last weekend). Transcendence added on Tuesday at 10:45 AM.
UPDATE, SUNDAY, 7:04 PM PT: This weekend was ultimately pretty stable against last with just a 5% drop across the top 10 titles internationally. That’s not altogether surprising given last weekend was largely a Hollywood holdover frame with some new market plays and only one major new entry in How To Train Your Dragon 2. That movie rolled into a further 28 markets this weekend, but with Maleficent hitting China in its 4th frame, HTTYD2 missed the top overseas spot by a scant $1.2M in the estimates. Disney’s fairy tale spin starring Angelina Jolie earned $21.8M in China and an overall $47.9M extra this weekend. HTTYD2 grossed $43.5M, notably scoring the second-biggest animated opening ever in Brazil with $6.8M and the No. 1 spot. Given that Fox also has the No. 2 film in that market, teen romance The Fault In Our Stars, the World Cup counterprogramming strategy there is paying off. The latter was even up 6% this weekend with a local cume of $18.26M after three frames. See the original post below for the other pics still running notable plays. Read More »
Drama 'All The Way' Snags Record Take For Non-Musical
There were some surprises in week 4 of the new Broadway season, including drama 'All The Way' taking the No. 4 slot, Deadline's Jeremy Gerard reports.
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OPENING: Think Like A Man Too (SONY/SCREEN GEMS) to come in at No. 1 and around $29.2M as first predicted; Jersey Boys (WB) at No. 4 at $13.3M.
6th UPDATE, MONDAY 3:16 PM: The first half of 2014 is flat so far — as in no growth year from last year — up only .5% in terms of box office revenue. The summer box office so far is actually down around 15% this year as well so Transformers: Age of Extinction will be a welcome offering this weekend. One note is that last summer and last year both were revenue records, driven by such top hits as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, and Man of Steel to name a few. This year is kind of seen as a transition year before sequelmania hits in 2015.
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'Think Like A Man Too' & 'Jersey Boys' Highlight Weekend Box Office
In a summer of tentpoles and sequels, there's something a little different out there this weekend. Well, kind of different. There's no one in a mask or with a high-tech exoskeleton, but 'Think Like a Man Too' is, of course, a sequel, and director Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' is based on the massively successful Broadway musical. Nonetheless, as Deadline's master of all things box office Anita Busch explains, this might be the quiet before the transformative storm.
Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Late Nights $1.8M Giving Sony Strong Weekend
Morning Report, Friday June 19
'Think Like A Man Too' leads the weekend box office race, Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black dominates at the Critics Choice TV Awards, England is out of the World Cup, but UK private broadcaster ITV scores big in the ratings wars. Dominic Patten reports.
BOX OFFICE: ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Late Nights $1.8M Giving Sony Strong Weekend
Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Named Best Series; ‘Fargo’ Wins 3
World Cup: England v Uruguay Scores Biggest UK TV Audience Since 2012 Olympics
The Los Angeles Film Festival ended Thursday night on a high note (a really high note, in fact) at LA Live with the premiere of Clint Eastwood‘s movie version of the smash Broadway jukebox musical, Jersey Boys which has been running nearly a decade — and with no end in sight. The film, which I thought was terrific but very different from what I saw on stage, will almost certainly goose the sales of the play. The conventional wisdom used to be that when a movie came out, the live show was toast. But in recent years Chicago, The Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia!, and even Rock Of Ages have flourished on Broadway long after their film counterparts have come and gone. I expect no different from Jersey Boys; in this case there might even be more interest since both are really different animals telling the same story. And what a story it is. So far, critical reaction has been divided down the middle, but I guess it all depends on your life experience. Eastwood isn’t exactly known for doing musicals (and let’s not remember his acting role in 1970′s flop Broadway transfer Paint Your Wagon, where he sang “to the trees”). But he has a strong musical sense (having directed the Charlie Parker biopic, Bird and scored many of his own films as well as being a well-known jazz aficionado). This story of the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the tough neighborhoods of Jersey has been given grit and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Shortly before he opens in the role of Frankie Valli in the Clint Eastwood-directed Jersey Boys, John Lloyd Young has signed with Gersh. This is all happening very quickly for Young, who was cast after playing Valli during the stage run of the smash hit musical. He’s not a big feature name yet — his most notable credit alongside Jersey Boys is the lead in a comedy called Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! In his Broadway debut, he won the Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award in 2006 for playing Valli. Eastwood decided to cast the film from the actors who played the roles onstage, and that’s how Young is the star of his first major studio feature, which opens Friday.
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business.
Fleming: The success that Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 had with The Fault In Our Stars has me entertaining the unthinkable. Is it possible that between the giant lizards, robots and superheroes that populate studio tentpoles, there is room for thoughtful sleeper films in the summer? The Fault In Our Stars might be the most stirring summer sleeper success I can remember since 1990’s Ghost, another movie about loss. The Fault In Our Stars was particularly sad, young teens facing their mortality because of cancer, struggling to seize life while they can, and helpless parents who’ll never recover from outliving their kids. By the way, the big star is John Green, writer of the book. How’s that for a blockbuster formula in an escapist summer season? Next up is Jersey Boys, where the starpower comes solely from director Clint Eastwood and Frankie Valli’s famous falsetto!
Bart: If John Green is unexpectedly the Man of the Moment, Clint Eastwood has every right to wonder how some of that zeitgeist can be transferred to Jersey Boys. Clint’s new film, out June 20, is not tracking well and his rather melancholy take on the brash … Read More »
Snowpiercers And Jersey Boys And Everything In Between
The Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off its 20th edition with the arty action pic from Bong Joon-ho. Deadline's Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten discuss what's in store at Hollywood's hometown fest leading up to Clint Eastwood's closing-night film just ahead of its box office bow.
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Four Singers, Two Box Offices
Director Clint Eastwood's appearance at the Tony Awards on Sunday made it clear that Broadway is eyeing a 'Jersey Boys' bump after the feature film debuts next week. Deadline's Jeremy Gerard reports.
Related: Tony Awards Show Sings Hollywood’s Praises
The Cannes Film Festival is getting underway next week and represents the first important stop of the year for what we hope will be Oscar-worthy movies. Of course most of those movies will not open until the fall when the usual glut of contenders descends on Hollywood. So far the 2014 pickings have been slim, but that is usually the case. There could be scattered nominations here and there for the likes of Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Movie and last weekend’s art house opener Belle among the precious few movies so far in 2014 that have a chance of turning up somewhere on Oscar’s list. Mainly what we have seen so far is just preparation for the race and anticipation. The National Board of Review was the latest group to announce their dates this week and will vote early on December 2nd. The major guilds, Golden Globes and Oscars have already staked out their key dates.
But before we get to fall (the earliest 2013 Best Picture nominee, Gravity, didn’t open until early October), we have a long hot summer to get through after the highs (and hopefully not too many lows) of Cannes are over. But Oscar pickings seem even more slim than usual from a survey of the summer months leading up to the fall festival trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto. I remain hopeful, but what can you say about a season where the strongest Best Picture prospect — in terms of gravitas and quality — is going to debut on HBO?
That pay network’s The Normal Heart from director Ryan Murphy has all the earmarks of a true Oscar player except for one thing: It’s not eligible since it’s not a theatrical release. Small detail, but I have a feeling that if HBO had decided to try for theatres first it could have figured strongly at the Academy Awards. Instead, this story set in the early days of the AIDS crisis and penned first as a play by Larry Kramer, who wrote this adaptation, promises to sweep the Emmys in August in many categories including for actors Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer (the latter heartbreakingly standing out among a uniformly fine supporting actor cast). Emmy voters have already received the screener of the movie which doesn’t debut on HBO until May 25th. It’s no wonder so many A-list actors are flocking to the small screen when a net like HBO offers a home for projects like this that have been so consistently rejected by movie distributors that it takes an iron will just to get them made. You could easily have imagined last season’s Oscar juggernaut, Dallas Buyers Club, going the same TV route as Normal Heart had its producers given up — particularly Robbie Brenner (with Rachel Winter) along with Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey persevering and virtually willing it into theatres leading to that Oscar triumph March 2nd.
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The story of an East Coast pop sensation will wrap up the West Coast event next month. The premiere of Clint Eastwood stage-to-screen adaptation Jersey Boys, about the rise of the Four Seasons, is the closing-night pick for the 20th anniversary Los Angeles Film Festival, set for June 11-19 at LA Live. LAFF’s Gala Screenings will include Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, Justin Simien’s Dear White People and Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January.Presented by Film Independent, the fest will will screen more than 200 features, shorts, music videos from 40-plus countries. Lisa Cholodenko will serve as Guest Director for the event, which will include such signature programs as the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film Nights at The Grammy Museum, LA Muse and master classes. Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive the Spirit of Independence Award. A conversation with them will be followed by a screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000). Here is LAFF’s lineup: Read More »
Here’s the first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway smash about legendary early-rock group the Four Seasons. Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys has taken a serpentine road to the big screen. It originally was at Sony before Graham King signed a multi-year deal with Warners in September 2012 and moved the project over with him. John Lloyd Young — who won a Tony for his role as Frankie Valli — Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star as the boys in the band, with Christopher Walken playing a notorious mobster. Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice wrote the screenplay and musical book, with song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The GK Films pic opens June 20. Have a look — and especially a listen:
If CinemaCon delegates were waiting for a busload of movie stars to show up at the convention, Warner Bros granted their wish this afternoon delivering, by far, more star power to the stage of the Caesars Palace Colosseum Theatre than the other studios combined. Clint Eastwood, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Melissa McCarthy , Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis were among the names who were trotted out by the studio to the delight of theater owners in the audience. But sometimes it gets awkward up there. Tatum and Kunis just read their lines off a teleprompter, and Depp couldn’t seem to figure out if he had any. Usually at these things he just walks across the stage and waves. Sandler actually was quite funny, bantering with a very pregnant Barrymore, who was still in tears she said over the preceding clip from Godzilla. Eastwood managed a standing ovation and, in talking about the very high-decibel sound levels of the film clips, charmed his way through a brief introduction to footage from his forthcoming musical Jersey Boys.
The heavy star presence distinguished Warners’ turn in the spotlight, the last of the major studios to come to bat, in a presentation that was otherwise very corporate in its approach. Warners had much to crow about and clearly knew it after coming off a record $5.03 billion year, 10 Oscars and a personal-best 21 nominations. It also had a 2013 summer that produced another record: All seven releases earned more than $100 million each. And Warners touted early results in 2014 as being just as promising, with The Lego Movie earning $400 million worldwide so far and the sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire already up to a symmetrically perfect $300 million. Whether the studio can continue on this kind of roll is anyone’s guess as it has a year ahead that’s almost totally lacking in bread-and-butter sequels. Read More »
The Clint Eastwood-directed Jersey Boys will hit the big screen on June 20, 2014, and Live By Night, the next movie written and directed by Ben Affleck, will be released on Christmas Day 2015. Warner Bros made the scheduling announcement today. The new date for the Broadway adaptation is the latest in a long ride for the musical, which was originally at Sony before Graham King signed a multi-year deal with Warners in September 2012 and moved the project over with him. At the time a Christmas 2013 date was penciled in. Now it will be released wide on a date that so far includes Sony/Screen Gems’ sequel Think Like A Man Too. Live By Night is Affleck’s follow-up to Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing. Affleck will also produce and star in the adaptation of epic period crime novel by Dennis Lehane, who also was the author of Affleck’s first directorial effort Gone Baby Gone.
FilmDistrict and Endgame Entertainment’s Selfless has found a female lead in Natalie Martinez, who will play the wife of Ryan Reynolds‘ character in the Tarsem-helmed sci-fi thriller. Reynolds stars in the tale of a terminally ill billionaire who undergoes an experimental procedure to transfer his consciousness into the body of a younger man, only to be hunted by the killers who murdered his host. Ben Kingsley and Matthew Goode also star in the pic written by Carriers‘ Alex and David Pastor. Martinez stars on CBS’ Under the Dome and recently landed a role in WB’s Run All Night. She’s repped by Mosaic, WME, and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller, Hoberman, and Newman.
Ira Sachs‘ Love Is Strange has added Manny Perez (Third Watch, Rescue Me) as filming continues in NYC. Perez will play Roberto, partner to Cheyenne Jackson’s character, in the drama about an older gay couple (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow) forced to live separately with friends and family shortly after they marry. Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei also star in the pic. Perez stars in 2014′s Crosstown and will appear in the upcoming season of Showtime’s Homeland. He is repped by Zimmerman Management and Don Buchwald.
Sopranos alum Kathryn Narducci … Read More »
UPDATE: The Jersey Boys movie has cast its Bob Gaudio. And they’ve plucked him right off the stage. Erich Bergen will reprise his role of the Four Seasons singer in the film after playing Gaudio in the Tony-winning Broadway show’s first national tour and onstage in LA and Las Vegas. The real Gaudio has a music credit on the film and in real life also wrote songs for Neil Diamond, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson. Bergen makes his feature debut this Fall in How Sweet It Is with Paul Sorvino and Erika Christensen. His TV credits include appearances on Gossip Girl, Person Of Interest, Desperate Housewives, Franklin & Bash, and the CW pilot Joey Dakota. Onstage Bergen recently starred as Billy Crocker in the National Tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes, and appeared in Hero at the Marriott Lincolnshire and Rudi Gernreich in the LA premiere of The Temperamentals. He’s repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Persona Management.
PREVIOUS: Clint Eastwood‘s Jersey Boys adaptation keeps filling out the cast of its jukebox musical cast. Deadline hears that Mike Doyle (Shameless, A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU) has closed a deal to play Bob Crewe, the music producer who helps mold Frankie Valli and his bandmates into the Four Seasons, in a non-singing role. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Director Clint Eastwood has set Christopher Walken to star in Jersey Boys, the Warner Bros and GK Films feature adaptation of the hit stage musical. Walken will play the role of Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, the Jersey mobster who, in the show, served an unofficial consigliere role to the young singers as they tried to build their careers without falling into the grip of organized crime. The film was scripted by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and production begins mid-September in Los Angeles. Graham King and Rob Lorenz are producing and Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio are the exec producers. The Tony-winning stage musical has grossed more than $1 billion for all its incarnations. Deadline revealed that Eastwood was not going to cast major stars to play the young singers but rather select them from the various casts taking the stage nightly. Reports are that Eastwood chose Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda. Walken will be the first of several stars who’ll add some name recognition to the production.
As for Walken, he’s coming off A Late Quartet and Seven Psychopaths, the latter of which he starred in for Martin McDonagh, who directed Walken to a Tony nomination in A Behanding In Spokane. Walken is repped by ICM Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Don’t be surprised if Clint Eastwood is asked to host next year’s Tony Awards; he’s positioning himself to be that popular with the legit crowd. Eastwood is prepping to direct the movie version of Jersey Boys for Warner Bros. Instead of the Hollywood tradition of chasing screen stars, I’m told Eastwood is looking to cast the main role in the movie with the actors who are onstage every night in the various Jersey Boys stage shows all around the world.
It might give Sue Kroll a marketing challenge, but if he goes through with it, Eastwood certainly will deliver to Warner Bros a reasonably priced movie. Production on the film will start at the end of August on the Warner Bros lot. It is produced by Graham King and Rob Lorenz, with Valli and Bob Gaudio serving as executive producers. Read More »