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Specialty Box Office: Tom Hardy’s ‘Locke’ Drives A Solid Launch; ‘Fading Gigolo’ Strong In Expansion

By | Sunday April 27, 2014 @ 10:19am PDT

Locke Tom Hardy box officeThe weekend welcomed well over a half-dozen new Specialty releases, though most had tepid theatrical launches at best. A24‘s Locke was the sole exception, opening in several locations and grossing over $89K for a solid $22,302 theater average. The result is another feather in the cap for A24, coming on the heels of its Jonathan Glazer-directed feature starring Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin, at the beginning of April. That film is the year’s 3rd highest opener in terms of averages among Specialties ($35K in 4 locations). Locke sold to virtually every territory ahead of last year’s AFM and had a healthy start in the U.K., opening recently. A24 touted its Locke roll out Sunday when reporting numbers: “Locke had the highest per screen average in the country this weekend opening at $89,210 on 4 screens in NY and LA. Steven Knight’s extraordinary film received rave reviews, particularly for Tom Hardy’s one-man tour-de-force performance that is already garnering awards buzz.” The distributor will move Locke into the top 50 markets on this side of the Atlantic in the coming weeks.

Specialty Box OfficeArgentina’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration last year, The German Doctor, had the weekend’s second best PTA among newcomers. It grossed just over $35K in five theaters for a $7K theater average. “It’s a cool thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat,” said Peter Goldwyn this week about the title Goldwyn Films picked up out of Cannes last year. “[Writer-director Lucía Puenzo's] ability to keep this creeping monster in the room is extraordinary.” The German Doctor will expand into major cities throughout May.

Blue RuinRADiUS-TWC bowed fellow Cannes ’13 title Blue Ruin in 7 theaters in addition to a VOD/digital opening this weekend. Blue Ruin, written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, grossed $31,832 for a $4,547 PTA. RADiUS did not reveal actual non-theatrical numbers, but noted its solid showing in the space Sunday via co-president Tom Quinn: “After multiple awards, rave reviews, and an extraordinary Festival run, Blue Ruin is finally unleashed unto the masses. Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘For No Good Reason’, ‘The German Doctor’, ‘Locke’, ‘Who Is Dayani Cristal?’

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 5:39pm PDT

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)Johnny Depp gets another big screen turn, this time in a documentary. Sony Classics will open For No Good Reason in limited release this weekend. The title is among the Specialty newcomers that will bow the last weekend in April. Samuel Goldwyn Films will open Cannes 2013 feature The German Doctor, based on a novel written by the filmmaker. A 24 is opening Tom Hardy starrer Locke. The film was made under an unusual timetable. And Kino Lorber will launch Sundance doc-hybrid Who Is Dayani Cristal? which features Gael García Bernal in a true investigative story about one would-be émigré’s journey north.

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Director: Charlie Paul
Subjects: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director Charlie Paul and his wife, producer Lucy Paul run a UK-based production company Itch Films, which primarily produces commercials. The pair began what would be For No Good Reason 15 years ago. In the bio-doc, Johnny Depp visits Ralph Steadman, the renowned artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson. “Charlie has always been interested in the process of art. He’s an ex-punk and is drawn to counter-culture,” said Lucy Paul. “Ralph holds the torch of that and is one of his artistic heroes.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Locke’

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 10:39am PST

Tom Hardy stars in the drama thriller that’s garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit after screening in Venice and Toronto. The single location film is set entirely in a car as Hardy’s eponymous character Ivan Locke, a successful Welsh construction manager, impulsively drives from Birmingham to London while settling personal and professional problems on the phone. Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight directs from his own script; he will reteam with Hardy on S2 of his BBC series Peaky Blinders. A24 is releasing Locke on April 25:

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Sundance 2014: Festival Unveils Spotlight, Midnight, Frontier Films & New Kids Slate

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 1:01pm PST

sundance 2014Today, the Sundance Film Festival announced more participants for its 30th annual gathering next month with the out-of-competition sections of Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier, along with the latter’s featured installations.Yesterday, the festival revealed its 2014 U.S. and World Cinema dramatic and documentary competition slates and the films in its NEXT section.

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The films unveiled today see appearances by Hollywood stars like Tom Hardy in Locke; Jesse Eisenberg, Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson in Cooties; and a double shot of Mia Wasikowska. Plus there’s a Dead Snow sequel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new variety show, and a video installation featuring multimedia rock star Beck. The upcoming Sundance, which runs January 16-26, also sees the debut of the new Sundance Kids section with films featuring Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall and Paul Giamatti among others. The last slates to be revealed are the Premieres and Documentary Premieres, which are set for Monday. Until then, check out today’s release:
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Toronto: A24 Buys Tom Hardy Pic ‘Locke’

By | Saturday September 7, 2013 @ 7:44am PDT
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A24 acquired North American rights to Steven Knight’s Locke, the first deal on the ground here at Toronto. The IM Global film stars Tom Hardy. It played Venice before a buyer’s screening in Toronto yesterday. Word last night was A24 would make the deal, but I could not confirm it. Knight wrote the script as well, about a man struggling to save his personal and professional life, all filmed over the course of one car ride.

Related: Venice: ‘Locke’ Opens To Enthusiastic Lido Response; Cheers For Tom Hardy

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Venice: ‘Locke’ Opens To Enthusiastic Lido Response; Cheers For Tom Hardy

By | Monday September 2, 2013 @ 2:14pm PDT

From the time Locke was first announced in Berlin, to its first public screenings here in Venice, much had been kept under wraps about the project. But all was revealed today, and judging by the sustained applause and hoots and hollers for star Tom Hardy, most folks felt it was worth the wait. You could say Locke is about a man in a car, driving from Birmingham to London, while dealing with a series of issues on speaker phone. It would be true, but not accurate. It’s much more than that: part thriller, part psychological study, part family drama – and all with only one actor seen on screen. The movie, however, is not in competition so is not up for the major prizes – which many are lamenting. It next heads to Toronto, where IM Global will be looking to close deals. Its specialty label, Anthem, fully financed the Shoebox Films production and Lionsgate has UK rights.

British director Steven Knight, whose last film, Hummingbird (Redemption in the U.S.), was his feature debut, wrote and directed Locke. His writing credits include Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, for which he was Oscar nominated in 2004. He said today that prior to writing Locke, he’d been shooting another digital film with a car at night and it looked so good that he “wondered if there was a story you could weave of one man’s journey as he drove down a motorway. I was trying to bring a huge emotion down into a tiny space.” The movie, incidentally, is in real-time.

Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a construction foreman and concrete expert who leaves his job on the eve of a massive project. When the movie starts, it’s near dusk and he’s settling into a drive in a shiny BMW SUV. After calls to a colleague, his boss, a woman called Bethan, and his wife and sons, the audience starts to understand where he’s headed and why. All 85 minutes of the film are spent in the car with Locke as he makes and receives calls, juggling his own demons and his interactions with the other characters who are voiced by Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Tom Holland and Bill Milner. Read More »

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