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Brad Pitt’s ‘Killing Them Softly’ Dies With ‘F’ CinemaScore As Twilight Saga, James Bond, And ‘Lincoln’ Dominate Box Office Yet Again

By | Sunday December 2, 2012 @ 3:30am PST

SUNDAY 7:30 AM,  3RD UPDATE: No change in the three top movies’ order at the domestic box office: Summit Entertainment’s Twilight Saga finale Breaking Dawn Part 2 is #1 for the third weekend in a row, the Eon Productions/MGM/Sony Pictures’ James Bond actioner Skyfall is a close #2, and Steven Spielberg’s Oscar buzzed Lincoln from DreamWorks/Fox/Disney is #3. It was a lean Friday but a fat Saturday. Ben Affleck’s Academy Awards-touted Argo crossed the $100M benchmark this weekend. While during the week, Wall Street called DreamWorks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians “one of the most disappointing releases in the company’s history” – enough to hurt the public company’s share price. Analysts who expected to see $55M-$58M for the toon over Thanksgiving – not $32.6M - join Hollywood in still struggling to understand why audiences rejected the film. Toon is probably all in at just $80M.

Traditionally the weekend after Thanksgiving gives new definition to the term ‘quiet’. I’m told it’s failed to produce a wide release hit for 20 years and counting. So there were low expectations for producer Brad Pitt‘s R-rated ruthless star turn in Killing Them Softly (2,424 theaters) from his Plan B production company and Oracle heiress Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures which financed it for $15M. But Friday night it received a miserable ‘F’ CinemaScore from audiences despite decent reviews and a stellar cast including Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, and James Gandolfini. Little wonder that distributor … Read More »

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Legendary Pictures Fantasy ‘Waterproof’ Getting Rewrite From Melton & Dunstan

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 12:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, have been hired by Legendary Pictures to rewrite the supernatural thriller Waterproof. It’s their second recent rewrite job for Legendary, after they came in to do work on the Guillermo del Toro-directed Pacific Rim.

In Waterproof, a teen boy accidentally unleashes monsters on his small town after finding an order form in an old comic book.

The scribes, who are currently writing Rise for Warner Bros and God Of War for Universal, are best known for writing Saw 4, 5, 6 and 7. Dunstan just directed their script The Collection, a  film that puts them back in the fright game. It just had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The scribes are repped by WME and Underground. Here’s the new trailer for The Collection:

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