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Hot Trailer: Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 12:25pm PDT

The 3D sequel comes on the heels after last year’s Planes, which was originally a direct-to-video title before Dane Cook came aboard as the lead voice and Disney put its muscle behind it. The pic has made $90M domestic and $219M-plus worldwide to date after opening to $22.2M in August. Cook is back for the sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, in which Dusty the racing cropduster enters the world of aerial firefighting to help protect an historic national park from a wildfire. The pic is set for a July 18 release. Here’s the trailer that dropped today:

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‘Elysium’ #1 But Can’t Break $30M, ‘The Millers’ #2, ‘Planes’ #3, ‘Percy Jackson: Monsters’ #4; ‘Smurfs 2′ Now $156M Global

Related: World War Z Cracks $500 Million Worldwide For Brad Pitt’s Biggest

MONDAY 7 AM, 7TH UPDATE: This weekend’s total moviegoing was $158M which is +11% from last year. Overall a too-crowded marketplace. Meanwhile, I’m seeing a big schism separating audiences and critics as Summer 2013 continues. CinemaScores are coming in higher and higher for pics that Rotten Tomatoes is rating lower and lower. Who’s out of touch: movie reviewers or filmgoers? Well, Rotten Tomatoes scored 3 of the 4 newcomers only 24%-34% for positive reviews even though they received high CinemaScores. Hmm, interesting development.

Sony Pictures’ futuristic Elysium (playing in 3,284 theaters) received only a ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences but 67% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and written/directed by Neill Blomkamp, it was sitting in the #1 spot as of Sunday but didn’t break $30M domestic. Sure, Elysium was sci-fi, R-rated, and cool – yet it still underperformed because of summer movie fatigue. Film did deliver a best-ever August opening on IMAX screens. Opening weekend demos show audience was 61% male and 39% female and 52% was under 30. Studio is banking on foreign coin. Earning $10.9M from 17 markets, Russia, Tawan, and Ukraine launched #1 with Russia grossing $6.8M which was 46% bigger than the opening of District 9. Problem is that domestically pic hasn’t been as well-received as Blomkamp’s previous District 9 sleeper hit which opened to $37.4M in mid-August 2009 on its way to earning $210.8M worldwide. Elysium cost Sony $115M for worldwide rights since it was packaged, financed and produced by Media Rights Capital and produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp, and Simon Kinberg.

R-rated comedy We’re The Millers (3,260 theaters) ended the three-day weekend with $26.5, good enough for #2, and $38M for its first five days in theaters. New Line used to wear the Hollywood box office crown when it came to laugh-out-loud comedy. Not so much anymore. (Remember that bomb The Incredible Burt Wonderstone earlier this year?) So parent company Warner Bros is pleased to see We’re The Millers look like a hit for only a $37M production cost. “That put Millers way in front of the costly Elysium including the entire IMAX footprint,” a Warner Bros exec snarked. Including $1.7M for Tuesday’s 8 PM late shows in 2,700 locations, pic came in around $6.8M Wednesday for an easy #1 opening. Its ‘A-’ CinemaScore built word of mouth helped by omnipresent marketing and endless flacking by the boring Jennifer Aniston. (Who was all-too-willing to show off her stripper moves to get attention. So, Stephen Huvane, can your funnywoman make as reliable movie coin these days as Melissa McCarthy?) Toby Emmerich has successfully reteamed Aniston and her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis to satisfy moviegoers’ craving for summer comedies since The Heat, Grown Ups 2, and This Is The End only whetted their appetites.

Disney’s 3D Planes (3,702 theaters) received an ‘A-’ CinemaScore but only 24% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes – and placed 3rd. PG toon is a Cars spinoff and resembles a Pixar product but isn’t. Instead, it’s from direct to DVD unit DisneyToon Studios and this pic was supposed to debut on home entertainment but didn’t. Planes opened to underwhelming $22M weekend theatrical grosses after the hand-holder turnout stayed low. It also was too crowded a family fare market where Despicable Me 2, Turbo, and Smurfs 2 are still playing. Internationally, the little blue guys/gals earned $34.6M in its second weekend of release, bringing the overseas cume to $110M and $156.6M worldwide.

With a ‘B+’ CinemaScore, PG-rated Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters based on the best-selling book came in 4th through Sunday after opening Wednesday. With a CGI-heavy cost of $90M, this Harry Potter wannabe made only $23.4M for its first five days after pic’s TV ads ran incessantly during Discovery’s Shark Week. (Sea monsters, get it?) Exit polling showed that moviegoers were 59% female and 41% male with 61% under age 25 and 39% age 25 and over. Fox stressed that exits and CinemaScore were nearly identical to the first Percy with strength and playability in the middle of the country as well as Canada. The first Percy movie made $88.8M domestic and $138M international, so let’s see if this sequel can match both numbers. Percy 2 opened for $9.8M internationally after opening in 6 territories – Chile, Ecuador, Malaysia, Philippines and big markets Mexico and the UK – this weekend for 1,799 screens. More than 70 territories roll out through August with 15 more in September, and Japan and Venezuela in November.

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Hot Trailer: Disney’s ‘Planes’

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 5:13pm PDT

Planes tells the story of Dusty – a single-engine crop duster who has dreams of competing as an air racer. Just one problem: he’s afraid of heights. Disney has dropped a new trailer for the studio’s sort-of Cars spinoff which features Dane Cook as the voice of Dusty. Cast also includes Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Roger Craig Smith. Klay Hall directs from a script by Jeffrey M Howard. Planes bows wide on August 9. Check it out:

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Disney’s First Animated Marvel Movie Is ‘Big Hero 6′: Video

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 9:12am PDT

Disney‘s previously untitled 3D animated pic that had secured a November 7, 2014 wide release now has a name: Big Hero 6, which is inspired by the Marvel comics superhero team. The Walt Disney Animation Studios pic is an action comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion — a robot named Baymax —H iro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. The characters first appeared on Marvel’s pages in 1998. (Check out a first-look clip below.)

Disney also said today that its Cars-in-the-air movie Planes will be in 3D. Its August 9, 2013 release date stays the same.

Watch this video on YouTube.

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Hot Teaser: Disney’s ‘Planes’

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT

Dane Cook is officially aboard as the voice of Dusty, a crop-duster who dreams of competing as an air racer but must overcome his fear of heights with the help of a seasoned pro (Stacy Keach). The Cars-in-the-air 3D pic is exec produced by John Lasseter and due out August 9. Klay Hall directs. Here’s a teaser for Planes that Disney is running in AMC Theaters:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Disney’s Planes’

By | Saturday March 16, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT

Here’s the official trailer for Disney’s Planes, the studio’s sort-of Cars spinoff that last month replaced Jon Cryer with Dane Cook as the voice of the main character, Dusty — a single-engine crop-duster with sky-high ambitions with just one problem: he’s afraid of heights. Disney slotted the former direct-to-video title to open August 9th in 3D:

Watch this video on YouTube.

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Dane Cook New Lead Voice For ‘Disney’s Planes’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 10:47am PST

Disney in December set an August 9 wide release date for the semi-Cars spinoff, which originally had Jon Cryer doing the lead voice of Dusty the cropduster.  The animated pic executive produced by John Lasseter had been slated to be a direct-to-video release when it was first previewed at last year’s D23 Expo. Now Cook is aboard. Here’s Disney’s release:

BURBANK, Calif. (February 28, 2013) – Dane Cook has been tapped to voice the lead character Dusty, a plane with high hopes in “Disney’s Planes.” Inspired by the world of “Cars” and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013.

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Disney Dates ‘Planes’ For August 9, 2013

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 10:34am PST

UPDATED: Disney has set a wide release date for its animated feature Planes for August 9, 2013. The pic is a semi-Cars spinoff about airplanes and centers on Dusty, a cropduster, who Jon Cryer was originally going to voice before that fell through. The film had been slated to be a direct-to-video release here when it was first previewed at last year’s D23 Expo, but obviously that strategy obviously has shifted. Klay Hall, who comes from a family of aviators, is directing. Planes is joined on the release-date schedule by the Matt Damon-Jodie Foster sci-fi pic Elysium, which Sony recently shifted to the summer slot; and Warner Bros’ drug-smuggling road-trip comedy We’re The Millers, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.

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