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Specialty Box Office: ‘Metallica’ Master Of Newcomers; Gandolfini’s ‘Enough Said’ Expands Strong

By | Sunday September 29, 2013 @ 10:20am PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Indie FilmsPicturehouse re-opened shop with its first title, Metallica Through The Never, opening exclusively in 305 IMAX theaters over the weekend. The action/concert feature grossed over $1.67 million, easily the weekend’s highest grossing specialty newcomer, averaging $5,482. The weekend’s gross is already more than the cume of the previous film centered on the popular heavy metal band. Docu Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster cumed over $1.22 million domestically in 2004. It opened in three theaters in July of that year, averaging $15,453.

“It’s our first film and it’s going to be totally different as a release because it’s going to be in all IMAX theaters – a first time for an indie,” said Picturehouse chief Bob Berney this week. “It will be in IMAX for a one week exclusive. We think IMAX and Metallica is such a perfect match.” Predators helmer Nimród Antal directed the pic. Picturehouse will expand Metallica Through The Never to 650 runs next Friday.

The weekend’s biggest grosser, however, was a second week holdover. Fox Searchlight‘s Enough Said held strong with a significant expansion. The film directed by Nicole Holofcener added 223 theaters in 67 markets in week 2, grossing $2.1 million for a solid $9,317 PSA. Noted Searchlight Sunday: “It is a very well written film which appeals primarily to the underserved adult audience, however we are beginning to see that a wider and somewhat younger demo of moviegoers are becoming fans of the film. This is evidenced by the strong showing in suburban theaters and upscale multiplexes nationwide.” The film also placed 11th in the overall box office. Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Metallica Through The Never’, ‘Muscle Shoals’, ‘Shepard & Dark’, ‘We Are What We Are’, ‘Morning’, ‘The Wicker Man’, ‘On The Job’, ‘The Network’

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Picturehouse makes a heavy metal return with the roll out of Metallica Through The Never. The reincarnation of the brand once a Time Warner entity, is taking a unique approach to its first release with an exclusive IMAX weekend run. September is going out with a bang in terms of number of releases. The weekend is packed once again, though one exec told me off the cuff that he sees it as “lifting all boats,” while another disagreed. The Specialty Box Office has had more losers than winners – though isn’t that always the case – theatrically, though last week’s Enough Said managed great numbers despite the flood of fellow newcomers. Docs make a plentiful showing this weekend including Magnolia’s Muscle Shoals, which debuted at Sundance and Music Box’s TIFF ’12 premiere Shepard & Dark along with SXSW’s The Network, which FilmBuff will roll out theatrically. Entertainment One will open the English-language version of We Are What We Are, while TV actor Leland Orser takes a turn as film director with Anchor Bay’s Morning. Rialto has three openers this weekend including the 40th anniversary restoration of The Wicker Man and Well Go USA will bow its Cannes premiere, On The Job.

Metallica Through The Never
Director-writer: Nimród Antal
Writers: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich
Subjects: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Jeremy Raymond, Mackenzie Gray, Toby Hargrave
Distributor: Picturehouse

Action/music feature Metallica Through The Never is the first release of the second manifestation of Picturehouse, the former New Line Cinema and HBO Films label formed in 2005 that later closed house and then was revived by its head, veteran film exec Bob Berney along with wife/partner Jeanne Berney. The feature centers on Trip, a young roadie for Metallica who is sent on a mission during the band’s show, but what was meant to be a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure. Read More »

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Picturehouse Puts Band On Road For ‘Metallica Through The Never’ Premieres

By | Saturday September 21, 2013 @ 1:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: If World War Z benefited from Brad Pitt showing up in theaters around the country on opening weekend, what’s the value when real rock stars get involved? Picturehouse is putting the members of Metallica on the road to greet audiences next week when the distributor opens the 3D pic Metallica Through The Never (check out the trailer below). The band plays together tonight at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. I don’t know their plans tomorrow, but it would be a shame if they don’t head to nearby Yankees Stadium for the team’s farewell ceremony for Mariano Rivera, who is as identified with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” anthem as he is for his unhittable cut fastball.

Related: The Berneys Are Back With Picturehouse, And They’ve Got Metallica

After that, the members split up and hit the road to stump for the film. Lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield heads to San Francisco to host a 10 PM appearance at a theater to be determined, and midnight at the AMC Emeryville on Thursday; drummer Lars Ulrich will host two screenings in Los Angeles that night, including a 10 PM at the Chinese, and the following day heads for Riverside’s AMC Tyler Galleria and Norwalk’s AMC Norwalk; guitar virtuoso Kirk Hammett hosts a 10 PM Thursday screening at the AMC Mayfair in Wauwatosa, WI and midnight at the AMC Woodfield in Schaumburg in Chicago, before heading on Friday to the AMC Gulf Point in Houston and the AMC Northpark in Dallas; bassist Robert Trujillo spends Thursday at the AMC New Brunswick in New Jersey at 10 PM and midnight at Philadelphia’s AMC Franklin Mills, and next day at D.C.’s Regal Majestic 20 and Boston’s AMC Boston Commons. Read More »

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Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Metallica: Through The Never’

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 10:08pm PDT

Not much to say here, right? If you dig the band, you’ll dig the new trailer for Metallica: Through The Never, which was unveiled Friday at Comic-Con. If you don’t, well, we’re surprised you clicked on the link. But Nimród Antal’s 3D pic is much more than a mere concert film. Sure, it features Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. But there’s also Dane DeHaan — Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — as a crew member whose life is turned upside down when he’s sent on a seemingly simple errand during a show. The R-rated pic — the first distribution effort from the rebooted Picturehouse — arrives September 27 with a one-week IMAX run in North America then expands October 4. To the converted, nothing else matters:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Metallica: Through The Never’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 10:03pm PDT

The first trailer has dropped for Nimród Antal’s 3D concert-suspense pic Metallica: Through The Never. It features band members Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo along with Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan as a crew member whose life is turned on its head during a show. There are pretty cool visuals in this first look along with some serious heavy metal music. The pic rolls out for a one-week IMAX run in North America on September 27 and expands October 4. Check it out:

Related: Cannes: Exclusive Media Rocks With ‘Metallica: Through The Never’

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Cannes: Exclusive Media Rocks With ‘Metallica: Through The Never’

Metallica: Through The Never was the first release set by Bob and Jeanne Berney when they rebooted Picturehouse in January. Exclusive Media has now boarded international sales on the film from Predators and Kontroll director Nimród Antal. The 3D concert/suspense pic features band members Lars Ulrich (here in Cannes this week), James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo along with Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan as a crew member whose life is turned on its head during a show. Charlotte Huggins produces. Metallica: Through The Never rolls out for a one-week IMAX run in North America on September 27 and expands October 4.

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‘Metallica Through The Never’ Pic Opens September 27 With IMAX Run

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT

Bob Berney’s rebooted Picturehouse has set the release pattern for its first distribution effort, the 3D feature starring Metallica’s band members and Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan. Metallica Through The Never is written and directed by Nimrod Antal and marries groundbreaking concert footage and editing techniques with a feature film narrative, in which a band crew member (DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring show. While out, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down. Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth) produced. The pic will get an exclusive one-week IMAX run in North America beginning September 27 before expanding into more theaters October 4.

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