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‘The Grey’ $20M Opening Shocks Showbiz, ‘One For The Money’ $11.7M, ‘Man On A Ledge’ $8.2M

Jan. 27-29 Weekend Actuals
 
1. The Grey (Open Road) NEW [3,185 Theaters] R
Friday $6.5M, Saturday $8.2M, Sunday $5M, Weekend $19.7M

2. Underworld Awakening (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [3,078 Theaters] R
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $5.5M, Sunday $3.5M, Weekend $12.4M (-51%), Cume $45M

3. One for the Money (Lionsgate) NEW [2,737 Theaters] PG13
Friday $4.1M, Saturday $4.7M, Sunday $2.7M,  Weekend $11.5M

4. Red Tails  (LucasFilm/Fox)Week 2 [2,573 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.8M, Saturday $4.8M, Sunday $2.8M, Weekend $10.4M (-45%), Cume $33.9M)

5. Man On A Ledge (Summit) NEW [2,998 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.5M, Saturday $3.6M, Sunday $2M, Weekend $8M

6. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros) Week 6 [2,630 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2M, Saturday $3.2M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $7M (-31%),  Cume $20.9M

7. Contraband (Universal) Week 3 [2,650 Theaters] R
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $3M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.7M (-44%), Cume $56.6M

8. The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) Week 11 [2,001 Theaters] R
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.9M, Sunday $1.7M, Weekend $6.4M (+170%),  Cume $58.7M

9. Beauty And The Beast 3D (Disney) Week 3 [2,145 Theaters] G
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $2.4M, Sunday $1.6M, Weekend $5.3M (-40%), Cume $41.1M

10. Haywire (Relativity) Week 2 [2,441 Theaters] R
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $4M, Cume $15.3M

SUNDAY AM, 5TH UPDATE: COMING

 

Sources are telling me that the No. 1 movie at the North American box office is projected as Open Road Films acquisition of Liam Neeson-starrer The Grey with $6.5M for Friday and projected $17.6M for the weekend from 3,185 locations. Audiences gave it a ‘B-’ CinemaScore. At No. 2 is Lionsgate’s opener One For The Money starring Katherine Heigl and based on the Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel. It came on stronger than the disaster which Hollywood thought it would be and received a ‘B-’ CinemaScore. It took in $4.1M for Friday and maybe … Read More »

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UPDATE: Lionsgate-Summit Offering Discounted Movie Tickets For 2 Films Opening This Weekend

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 12:50pm PST

Summit Entertainment Living SocialBREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: This is a fast-moving story so it’s hard getting all the facts straight. Summit Entertainment is pacting with Living Social to offer discounted movie tickets for Man On A Ledge. While its new parent company Lionsgate has done a Groupon movie ticket discount for One For The Money. The deal for Groupon is consumers can buy up to two tickets at a cost of $6 each. The promotion went live last night at midnight and continues for 48 hours until end of Friday. The tickets can be redeemed until March 31st. The Living Social deal is $12 for two tickets valid for up to 4 weeks. The ability to get the promotion starts tomorrow and lasts through Saturday. This is one of the few weekends when both Lionsgate and Summit will be competing with one another at the box office. Obviously this problem happens when you integrate companies and won’t continue much longer. But for now it’s awkward as hell. Thankfully each movie is going after a different audience: one decidedly male and one decidedly females. 

Lionsgate was among Hollywood’s first studios to pact with Groupon for discounted movie tickets. That’s when theater owners still get full price with third parties paying the difference. Last spring’s opening-weekend Groupon discount of The Lincoln Lawyer had Lionsgate paying the difference as a promotional cost. But theater owners are leery of letting moviegoers become accustomed to having someone else set ticket prices, especially discounted ticket prices. Fellow studios … Read More »

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Vendome Hires Former Paramount Vantage Boss Guy Stodel As Production President

By | Wednesday October 19, 2011 @ 12:51pm PDT

Guy Stodel, who ran Paramount Vantage until falling victim to a round of layoffs back in June 2009, has been tapped as president of production at Vendome Pictures, the producer behind Summit’s Source Code and Universal’s Larry Crowne. Stodel, who became an indie producer after leaving Paramount, will be charged with overseeing development of and ramping up Vendome’s slate; the ultimate goal is to produce 2-3 films per year. He will report to Vendome president and CEO Philippe Rousselet and co-CEO Fabrice Gianfermi. “I’m excited to work with Philippe and Fabrice at Vendome,” said Stodel, whose credits as a producer include the English-language remake of the French comedy Le Mac starring Ed Helms. “I’ve admired their passion, good taste, and commercial instincts for some time now and look forward to putting Vendome’s existing projects and new ones into production.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Man On A Ledge’

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment has released a trailer for Man on a Ledge, the drama that stars Sam Worthington as a disgraced ex-cop who climbs out on a ledge on the roof of a Manhattan hotel to protest his innocence. It’s clear from the trailer there is more going on here than a simple desperate plea for justice. Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie also star in the Asger Leth-directed film, which Summit releases Jan. 13.

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Release Dates: ‘Man On A Ledge,’ ‘Final Destination 5′

Summit Entertainment’s Man on a Ledge, which stars Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks and is directed by Asger Leth, has been slated for wide release Jan. 13, 2012. Worthington plays an ex-cop and wanted fugitive who threatens to jump off a New York high-rise, and Banks is the hostage negotiator who tries to talk him down.

Warner Bros has shifted its 3D sequel Final Destination 5 to Aug. 12, 2011, up from its original Aug. 26 date.

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Kyra Sedgwick Joins ‘Man On A Ledge’

Mike Fleming

Kyra Sedgwick has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment’s Asger Leth-directed thriller Man On A Ledge. Sam Worthington plays a disgraced cop who stands on a ledge atop a high rise threatening to kill himself. Sedgwick plays the reporter trying to figure out if he means it or has an ulterior motive. She joins Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie and recent additions Ed Harris and Titus Welliver. Script’s by Pablo Fenjves and Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Mark Vahradian and David Ready. Aside from starring in the TNT series The Closer, Sedgwick’s most recently starred in the films Gamer and The Game Plan.

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‘Man On A Ledge’ Adds Ed Harris And Titus Welliver

Mike Fleming

Ed Harris has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment’s Asger Leth-directed thriller Man On A Ledge. Titus Welliver, who’s pulling double duty as an Irish arms dealer on Sons of Anarchy and also on The Good Wife, has also joined the cast that now includes Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie. Harris, who appears in two Oscar season films: Peter Weir’s The Way Back and Touching Home, plays a powerful businessman who is integral to the plot of a disgraced ex-cop who threatens to jump off the ledge of a building, while his brother pulls a heist nearby. Welliver plays a touch Bronx detective in charge of the crime scene.

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Elizabeth Banks Joins ‘Man On A Ledge’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Banks will play the female lead in Man On A Ledge, the Asger Leth-directed Summit Entertainment drama that stars Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie. Banks will play an NYPD crisis negotiator who tries to talk a suicidal detective (Worthington) off a ledge. She has a past relationship with the ex-cop, who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Script was written by Pablo Fenjves, with Darkest Hour‘s Chris Gorak doing a rewrite and Red‘s Erich and Jon Hoeber doing a final polish. Read More »

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Jamie Bell Joins Thriller ‘Man On A Ledge’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Bell has been set to star in Man On A Ledge, the Summit Entertainment crime drama that will star Sam Worthington. Reports have The Hurt Locker‘s Anthony Mackie also negotiating. The film’s being directed by Asger Leth, best known for his documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil. He’s gathering a strong cast for his Hollywood debut, a nice rebound after the implosion of Cartel, the La Scorta remake Leth was set to direct until its plug got pulled by Universal last April, seven weeks from shooting with Josh Brolin in the starring role. Read More »

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Prince Of Darkness Is Suing Yet Again…

By | Tuesday August 31, 2010 @ 5:44pm PDT

Gavin Polone is smart and snarky and Hollywood’s erstwhile bad boy. He keeps earning his nickname as the Prince Of Darkness by today filing yet another lawsuit against an entertainment company. (His now infamous lawsuit against a former talent agency employer exposed oodles of bad behavior…) This time, it’s Summit Entertainment which the manager/producer is suing for breach of contract along with the screenwriter Pablo Fenjves over the film Man On A Ledge. Polone claims he and his Pariah production company were cut out of the deal. The Hollywood Reporter‘s legal eagle Matt Belloni has  details but they’re boring.

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