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Michael Bay’s ‘Pain & Gain’ Tops $20M Slow Weekend; Robert DeNiro’s ‘Big Wedding’ Bombs $7.5M

Pain & Gain Box Office Michael BaySUNDAY 3 AM, 4TH UPDATE: Summer 2013 can’t start quickly enough for me when I’ll have some decent grosses to go gaga over. For now 2 newcomers debuted during a slow $84M weekend down -19% from last year. Pain & Gain (2,950 theaters) is #1 this weekend. My sources say it opened with $7.4M Friday – including $750K in Thursday evening/Friday midnights – and $7.7M Saturday for a $20M weekend. That’s so-so for the Paramount Pictures true crime comedy that had uneven reviews and a mediocre ‘C+’ CinemaScore from audiences – but only a $26M budget. Pain & Gain was part of Michael Bay’s 2-picture deal with Paramount that also included Transformers 4. Stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson deferred their compensation in return for big back ends. Surprising that the combination of them couldn’t open this pic with a bigger number. Hey, the studio encouraged Bay to do his best Coen Brothers imitation and produce/direct his little passion project considering all the Transformersmoolah he has made for Brad Grey, Rob Moore, Adam Goodman, et al. Wahlberg (now in Bay’s Transformers 4), Johnson, and Anthony Mackie play 1990s Florida bodybuilders whose crime spree to get rich goes horribly wrong. Supporting cast includes Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, and Bar Paly. The screenplay credited to Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely is based on a Miami New Times article by Pete Collins about Florida businessman … Read More »

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CinemaCon: Theater Owners Down On ‘Pain & Gain’

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

I’m in the trenches with the exhibition community through Thursday reporting on their reactions to the Hollywood studio slates shown at CinemaCon. A number of theater owners late last night and this morning had mixed reactions to Paramount‘s full Pain & Gain screening. Too long and too gory are frequent complaints. The broad comic tone contrasting with the disturbing real-life crimes the protagonists committed (murder, kidnapping, torture) left some uncomfortable. Owners of small and mid-sized theaters I spoke with aren’t expecting a huge hit at their theaters, although Mark Wahlberg and The Rock have appeal and it’s opening against Lionsgate’s romantic comedy The Big Wedding next Friday. But considering it’s Michael Bay aiming for Coen brothers territory, that’s not a huge surprise. UPDATE: Paramount just released a new clip for the movie so you can judge for yourself:

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CinemaCon: Paramount Kicks Off ‘Star Trek’, Brad Pitt, Michael Bay At Convention

Pete Hammond

CinemaCon kicked off tonight at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a presentation from Paramount. In only its  3rd year, what used to be ShoWest is proving to have the magic touch as once again all the major studios plus Lionsgate will be doing dog and pony shows for the nation’s exhibitors before the confab ends on Thursday. Paramount and its Vice Chairman Rob Moore were first and offered the theater owners a slickly produced and very quick reel of upcoming product, along with extended looks at its hoped-for summer blockbusters Star Trek Into  Darkness and World War Z, as well as a complete screening of Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain which opens next week.

With director J.J. Abrams stuck in L.A. still mixing the film to make its May 17 release date, Star Trek sequel writer/producer Damon Lindelof (Lost) filled in and interviewed cast members on hand including CinemaCon’s Male Star Of The Year Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve and John Cho. Pine talked about the “vulnerability” of Kirk in this installment, while Quinto emphasized Mr. Spock’s previously not-fully-explored “emotional” side. Quinto also said it was the most physical of the Trek films at least for him. The 18 minutes of footage shown in 3D certainly confirmed that, with hair-raising scenes set in a volcano, underwater, and for a sequence where Kirk … Read More »

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Real Life Victim Slams Michael Bay’s “Atrocious” ‘Pain & Gain’

By | Saturday April 13, 2013 @ 11:54am PDT

Florida businessman Marc Schiller survived kidnapping, torture, and attempted murder at the hands of the Sun Gym Gang, portrayed as bumbling antiheroes by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Anthony Mackie in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. He’s less than amused by the flashy, comedic trailers for Paramount’s April 26 pic (Schiller declined an invitation to screen the full film):

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pain & Gain’ Red Band

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT

Michael Bay‘s $25M true crime comedy stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as 1990s Florida bodybuilders whose plot to get rich via kidnapping and extortion goes horribly wrong. Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, and Rob Corddry round out the supporting cast. Paramount releases Pain & Gain on April 26. Here’s the new redband trailer:

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