THURSDAY 7 AM UPDATE: Several movies opened Wednesday for the start of the all-important holiday moviegoing season as 2012 draws to a close. This is when multiples really strut their stuff. The normal multiple for a movie the rest of the year is 3x opening weekend, with a great-playing pic getting to a 4x multiple. Granted, films opening the weekend before Christmas open to much smaller box office (what with shopping, travel, family) but play to a much higher multiple. So the studios insist that a 4x multiple is the worst they’ll do, and many of their movies do 6x, 7x or 8x multiples. (Think of Fox’s We Bought A Zoo last holiday season; it opened at just $9M and then did $75M.)
No surprise, on the wide release front, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeystill rules the domestic and international box office by a lot. That’s $6.4M more from U.S./Canada for the MGM/Warner Bros/New Line epic (-19% from Tuesday’s cume) for $106.6M cume. The Middle Earth trip’s worldwide total now rounds $300M after joining the domestic $100+M club in its first 5 days of release. Quite another story is Skydance Productions’ cheap $40M comedy The Guilt Trip (2,431 theaters) pairing odd couple … Read More »
Paramount Pictures has moved the release date for the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Tripto December 19, 2012, six days earlier than its original December 25 date. It now will open against Buena Vista’s Monsters, Inc. (3D) and Sony/Columbia’s Zero Dark Thirty. The Anne Fletcher-directed pic (previously known as My Mother’s Curse) tells the story of an inventor (Rogen) who hits the road with his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country adventure as he tries to sell his new product. Along the way he reunites mom with a lost love. Dan Fogelman penned the screenplay.
Here’s a first look at the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly known as My Mother’s Curse). The Anne Fletcher-directed pic tells the story of an inventor (Rogen) who hits the road with his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country adventure as he tries to sell his new product. Along the way he reunites mom with a lost love. Dan Fogelman penned the screenplay. It’s slated for release on December 25.
Flight, which marks Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action feature since 2000′s Cast Away, has been given a November 2, 2012 wide release date, Paramount announced today. To make room for the drama, the studio has shifted the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen comedy The Guilt Trip from that date to Christmas Day. Denzel Washington stars in Flight, the John Gatins-scripted story of a commercial pilot who averts a plane crash and is hailed a hero, but an investigation discovers he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Guilt Trip, formerly knows as My Mother’s Curse, now lands on a date that also houses the Weinstein Co’s Django Unchained, Warner Bros’ The Great Gatsby, and FilmDistrict’s Playing The Field.
A day after Cirque du Soleil’s one-off performance at the Oscars (pictured), Paramount Pictures has announced that it will release its 3D concert pic Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away on December 21, 2012, the Friday before Christmas. Deadline told you last month that the studio acquired worldwide distribution rights to the feature that Shrek and Chronicles Of Narnia helmer Andrew Adamson wrote and directed and James Cameron executive produced. Cameron and his tech partner Vince Pace oversaw the 3D work on the pic, which features performances from Cirque productions.
Also today, Paramount said it is shifting the release of its teen comedy Fun Size from October 12, 2012 to October 26. And the title of its road trip comedy My Mother’s Curse – starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen — has been changed to The Guilt Trip. Its release date remains November 2.