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BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Is Lord Of Business, Costner’s ’3 Days To Kill’ No. 2 Buries ‘Pompeii’; ‘The Wind Rises’ To Expand

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 1:34pm PST

OPENING: 3 Days to Kill (REL) opens in second for an est. $12.2M 3-day; Pompeii (SONY) takes No. 3 with $10.3M. The Wind Rises (DIS) very strong in limited release. NOTEWORTHY: Oscar-nominated films still in theaters held well.

UPDATED: MONDAY, 1:34 PM: Final numbers are in. Everything looks as expected with one, two, three is The Lego Movie, 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii. In their second weekend out, About Last Night and RoboCop got nudges upwards and Endless Love faltered from previous estimates but Winters Tale was done before it began. wind risesThe Wind Rises ended up with a very strong $14,941 per screen this weekend in limited release for Disney. The animated picture from writer/director Hayao Miyazaki was only on 21 screens as the studio is releasing slowly and is expected on 500 screens this weekend.

Other openers on Oscar weekend will be 20th Century Fox’s Son of God, reality TV king’s Mark Burnett’s theatrical version (clipped together with footage from The Bible series on the History Channel and new footage). Burnett is smartly and heavily promoting through Christian groups. In fact, he is working with a company called Compassion International which is buying up tickets and giving away parishoners to churches in 40 U.S. cities. Will be interesting to see how this film is received in light of two other Bible-themed films coming out this year including the Russell Crowe-starring Noah Read More »

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: ‘Lego’ Can’t Stop Building, But No. 2 Is Up For Grabs

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 1:40pm PST

legoWarner Bros.’ The Lego Movie will, undoubtedly, take this weekend over newcomers Pompeii from Sony Pictures and the Kevin Costner actioner 3 Days To Kill from Relativity Media. But the interesting thing is that we have four pictures this weekend vying for the No. 2 spot and three of them are from one studio. hr_Pompeii_6Sony not only has Pompeii, a love story set against the backdrop of an angry Vesuvius, which one former distribution executive (Jim Amos) calls Cloudy With A Chance Of Lava, but also the holdover MGM title RoboCop and the Kevin Hart-starring comedy About Last NightThis is a testosterone-pumped weekend as not only are the newcomers — 3 Days To Kill and Pompeii — both skewing to various ages up and down the male demo but so is RoboCop. All four pictures at this point in the game are looking to make anywhere from $10M to low teens. Fandango is showing that 42% of ticket sales belong to Lego. (FYI: Pompeii was fully financed by Constantin Films with FilmDistrict providing the marketing and distribution funds). Read More »

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Super Bowl Ad Teaser: ‘Pompeii’

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 10:03am PST

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii is a lot of things: he-man gladiator tale, disaster film, upstairs/downstairs romance. But that last part is relegated to the sidelines in this 30-second peek at the ad that will air during tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jessica Lucas star in Sony TriStar’s swords-’n’-sandals-’n’-volcano flick, which opens February 21. Here’s a taste:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pompeii’

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT

Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Ann Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jessica Lucas star in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii. The action-adventure film centers on an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. The Sony TriStar Pictures film is set for a February 2014 release. Check out the trailer:

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FilmDistrict Acquires U.S. Rights To Paul W.S. Anderson’s ‘Pompeii’

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT

FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Pompeii, the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed action adventure film, set for a February 28, 2014 release. Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Ann Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jessica Lucas star. The film centers on an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. Jeremy Bolt, Anderson, Robert Kulzer and Don Carmody are producing with Martin Moszkowicz, Peter Schlessel and Jon Brown serving as executive producers. Lee and Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson and Julian Fellowes penned the screenplay. FilmDistrict will distribute through Sony’s TriStar Pictures. Lionsgate will handle international sales.

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Carrie-Anne Moss Joins ‘Pompei’ Toga Party

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 8:16am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Carrie-Anne Moss has joined the cast of Pompeii, the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed 3D action adventure film. Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris also star in the film, which began shooting last month in Pompeii and is now in Toronto. Set in 79 A.D., Milo, a slave-turned-invincible gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Flavia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman General. As Mt. Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once-magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Moss is playing Flavia’s mother. Read More »

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‘Evil Dead’s Jessica Lucas Joins Paul W.S. Anderson’s ‘Pompeii’

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 2:36pm PDT

Jessica Lucas PompeiiEXCLUSIVE: Hot off of Sony’s TriStar and FilmDistrict’s #1 weekend opener Evil Dead, Jessica Lucas has lined up a role in Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D period adventure. She’ll play the slave/confidante to Emily Browning’s Flavia in Pompeii, which began filming last month on location in Italy and will next move to Toronto. Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jared Harris also star in the pic, which unfolds as Mount Vesuvius erupts in the famously doomed city. The Canadian-born actress first broke out after 2008′s Cloverfield and was a series regular on The CW’s Melrose Place before landing the lead on the network’s Cult. She’ll next be seen opposite Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller in Treehouse Pictures’ comedy Are We Officially Dating? Lucas is repped by Gersh, Thruline Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, Nicholas, Adler & Feldman.

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Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D ‘Pompeii’ Adds Jared Harris

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 4:33pm PDT

Sherlock Holmes star Jared Harris has joined Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones) in Paul W.S. Anderson‘s period 3D action-adventure. Harris will play Lucretius, a wealthy merchant whose daughter Flavia (Browning) is imperiled as Mount Vesuvius erupts and slave-turned-gladiator Milo (Harington) races to save her. The project, produced by Constantin Film and Impact Pictures, has been kicking around for a while now. Anderson was set to start shooting last spring when Summit was shopping the title to foreign buyers at Cannes, but filming was pushed to this year and is underway now in Pompeii, Italy, moving to Toronto at the end of March. The Resident Evil/Three Musketeers helmer is directing from a script by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson, and Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). Roman Polanski years ago tried his hand at a competing Pompeii project adapted from Robert Harris’ novel before he bailed.
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