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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



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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Lionsgate Moves Katherine Heigl’s ‘One For The Money’ To 2012

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 6:30pm PDT

Lionsgate has confirmed that it is moving the release of its action comedy One for the Money from this July to Jan. 27, 2012. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Janet Evanovich about a bounty hunter, played by Katherine Heigl.

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Debbie Reynolds Lands Role Opposite Heigl

Mike Fleming

Debbie Reynolds, who hasn’t been on camera since Will & Grace in 2006, has been lured back to the screen by Katherine Heigl in One For The Money, the Lakeshore / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel series. Heigl stars as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum for director Julie Anne Robinson, and Reynolds will play Grandma Mazur, the outspoken and outrageous advisor and maternal grandmother to Heigl’s character. “Grandma Mazur is such a great character,” Heigl said. “She’s really feisty and Read More »

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Another Katherine Heigl Film For Sidney Kimmel And Lakeshore

Mike Fleming

katherine_heigl_112Sidney Kimmel, the schmatta magnate who verged on quitting the movie biz after making a bunch of good indie films that flopped, seems reinvigorated with a new strategy: make every film possible with Katherine Heigl.

Kimmel has joined forces with Lakeshore Entertainment on Adaline, an “epic romance” that will star Heigl, with Andy Tennant directing. This comes as Kimmel and Lakeshore have Heigl set to play bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in One for the Money, with Julie Anne Robinson directing the adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel, with Lionsgate distributing. Adaline, written by Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz and revised by Allison Burnett, revolves around a beautiful woman who hasn’t aged in 100 years but hasn’t found love, either. She finally meets that guy who might be worth embracing mortality, and all the wrinkles and sagging that comes with it. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Alix Madigan are producing with Kimmel and Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Heigl, Nancy Heigl and Jim Tauber are exec producers. They hope to shoot early next year.

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St Martin’s Losing Biggest Fiction Author

Mike Fleming

janetIn a shocking development, bestselling author Janet Evanovich is leaving St. Martin’s Press after 15 years. The publisher refused to pay her request for $50 million for her next four books — so now her son/agent Peter Evanovich is expected to shop the deal to other publishers shortly. I’m told Evanovich is St. Martin’s biggest fiction author, best known for her novel series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Katherine Heigl will play her in One for the Money, a Julie Anne Robinson-directed film for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore that Lionsgate will distribute.

The St. Martin’s Press decision is the way that publishing business is going these days, with houses crunching the bottom line and not giving the kind of advances to franchise authors that were commonplace five years ago. Still, publishing industry insiders said Evanovich’s ask was on the high side, despite her bestselling track record. Her latest novel, Sizzling Sixteen, has been near the top of the bestseller lists since its publication earlier this summer. Evanovich’s longtime St. Martin’s editor, Jennifer Enderlin, said, “I’m not commenting on anything.”

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