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WB Promotes Music SVP Following ‘Gravity’, ‘Lego’ Hits

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:59pm PDT

WB Promotes Music SVP Following ‘Gravity’, ‘Lego’ HitsWarner Bros. has boosted Niki Sherrod to SVP,Music as the film music exec goes into her eighth year with the studio. Sherrod had most recently served as VP Music after joining the company in 2006 following stints at Atlantic Records’ soundtrack division and Warner Music Group, where she served as creative director for film and TV. At WB she has overseen music including the Billboard-charting soundtrack for teen party pic Project X featuring the likes of Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Tyler the Creator – and, on the other side of the spectrum, the Oscar-winning original score for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Read More »

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‘The Lego Movie’ & ‘Captain America’ Top U.S. Grossers In First Half Of 2014 So Far As ‘Transformers’ Readies In Wings

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 3:23pm PDT

‘The Lego Movie’ & ‘Captain America’ Top U.S. Grossers In First Half Of 2014 So Far As ‘Transformers’ Readies In WingsPrior to Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age Of Extinction bow this weekend — and it’s tracking to big numbers and could be the first movie in 2014 to have a $100M opening –  the first half of the year has been fairly flat compared to last year. It has, however, seen two movies in a virtual dead heat for the title of biggest grosser domestically so far. Warner Bros’ The Lego Movie, which opened February 7, and Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, released April 4. After this weekend, these two films are only $6,038 apart. Meanwhile, Disney’s Maleficent is expected to pass Godzilla by the end of its run. The Angelina Jolie-starring fantasy film opened to $69.4M already has grossed $185.8M and is still playing strong in its fourth week of release. By comparison, Godzilla opened to $93.1M six weeks ago and is at $194.98M after grabbing another $1.8M over the three-day.

Here are the biggest domestic grossers of 2014 for the first half of the year. Ranking six to 10 are Maleficent, Divergent (LGF), Neighbors, Ride Along and Rio 2. And the Top Five that U.S. audiences reacted to?

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Warner Bros Dates Lego Spinoff ‘Ninjago’ For Fall 2016

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 5:24pm PDT

Warner BrosWarner_Bros._Pictures_intro has slotted the animated 3D action pic Ninjago for September 23, 2016. Building off the Lego Group’s popular ninja-inspired minifigures, Ninjago will mark the directorial debut of Tron: Uprising’s Charlie Bean. The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are producing. Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, NinjagoJames Packer and Steve Mnuchin are executive producing and Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley penned the screenplay.

In March, Warner Bros set Chris McKay to direct its sequel to The Lego Movie, so the Ninjago pic would be more precisely called a spinoff. And why not: The first film has turned in a worldwide gross of $452.4 million since its February release. McKay was animation co-director on The Lego Movie, which was made under the direction of Lord and Miller. They are producing both pics, with Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern writing a treatment for Lego Movie 2.

In making today’s announcement, Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said: “Following the huge success of The Lego Movie, we are very excited to build on the Lego franchise. We know there are already Ninjago collectors who can’t wait to see their favorite characters on the big screen. This promises to be a terrifically fun and thrilling entry into our Fall 2016 slate, with broad audience appeal.”

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Movie Ticket Outlays Averaged $7.96 In Q1

movie-ticketThat’s up just 2 cents vs the same period in 2013, and down from $8.35 in Q4 according to domestic numbers out this morning from the National Association of Theater Owners. The drop from the end of the year mostly reflects the fact that theaters in Q1 were filled with kids’ films including Frozen, Mr. Peabody And Sherman, and The Lego Movie. They typically drive the ticket averages down because they include a lot of low-priced children’s tickets and matinees. Remember that several factors influence the average price — including how many people pay a premium to see a film in 3D or on an IMAX screen. The Q4 number included 3D hits with Warner Bros’ Gravity (80% of its domestic gross came from 3D venues) and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and Disney’s Thor: The Dark World. The quarter also had several popular films targeted to adults including Paramount’s The Wolf Of Wall Street and Sony’s American Hustle. The average outlay for a movie ticket in 2013 was $8.13.

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Warner Bros Builds ‘Lego’ Sequel With Chris McKay Directing

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 8:01am PDT
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legomovieEXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has set Chris McKay to direct its sequel to The Lego Movie, the film that opened last month and has so far turned in a worldwide gross of $361 million. McKay was animation co-director on the first film that was made under the direction of Phil Lord & Chris Miller. That duo is producing, and Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern are writing a treatment for the next installment. They are still working all this out, but this will be straight sequel, even though the studio is contemplating a spinoff film that broadens the Lego empire by focusing on the character Ninjago.

"The Lego Movie" Los Angeles PremiereAt the same time, McKay is also negotiating a first-look producer deal at the studio. Dan Lin & Roy Lee are also producing. Who’s McKay? The Chicago native cut his teeth mixing animation with irreverence on the small screen, winning an Emmy for his work on Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken, on which he has directed over 40 episodes, and the film Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode 3. He also directed and produced Titan Maximum for Adult Swim. The sequel is being overseen by Courtenay Valenti for Warner Bros and Lego’s Jill Wilfert is executive producer.

McKay is repped by UTA, Mosaic and attorney Jeff Endlich.

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Non-Stop’ And Powerful ‘Son Of God’ Fly Past ‘Lego’ On Wings And A Prayer; ‘Lego’ Passes $200M, ‘Frozen’ Passes $1 Billion

BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Non-Stop’ And Powerful ‘Son Of God’ Fly Past ‘Lego’ On Wings And A Prayer; ‘Lego’ Passes $200M, ‘Frozen’ Passes $1 Billion

OPENING: Non-Stop (UNI) the Liam Neeson airplane suspense thriller looks to take No. 1 with a new $28.5M to $30M estimate on Sunday and a final of $28.8M; Son Of God (FOX) a blessing from $23.5M to $25M now expected at $25M+ to $29M for No. 2 with a final of $25.6M; NOTEWORTHY: Expanding is The Wind Rises (DIS) to take a nice $1.5M for the three-day. Sony released the Russian hit Stalingrad in 3-D on 308 IMAX screens this weekend. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PAR) in re-release grossed another $1.3M to raise its cume to $126.5M.

Box office3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 1:15 PM: The final numbers are in and Non-Stop ended up with $28.8M for Universal who had it estimated higher this weekend. Son Of God took in $25.6M in its debut for Fox. There were some changes in positions when the dust cleared today, with Relativity’s 3 Days To Kill displacing The Monuments Men for the four spot, but  No. 3 was solidly with The Lego Movie which has grossed $20.8M for a whopping $209M in only four weeks for Warner Bros.

Next weekend, audiences will see new releases of Warner Bros.’ 300: Rise Of An Empire which will start on 8 PM showings Thursday night and the animated family film from Fox, Mr. Peabody And Sherman. When I went to see Frozen and the trailer for Peabody  ran prior to, the kids around me were already repeating the film’s lines and laughing aloud. The family film has already bowed overseas and has grossed around $38.6M, according to Fox’s most recent numbers today.

Non-Stop (2014) -- Screengrab from exclusive EW.com clip.1). Non-Stop (UNI) 3,090 theaters / 3-day cume: $28.8M / Per screen average: $9,345 / Wk 1

2). Son Of God (FOX) 3,260 theaters / 3-day cume: $25.6M / Per screen: $7,853 / Wk 1

3). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,770 theaters (-120) / 3-day cume: $20.8M (-33%) / Per screen: $5,525 / Total cume: $209.1M / Wk 4

4). 3 Days To Kill (REL), 2,872 theaters (0) / $3-day cume: $4.9M (-60%) / Per screen: $1,724 / Total Cume: $20.7M / Wk 2

5). The Monuments Men (SONY) 3,002 theaters (-62) / 3-day cume: $4.9M (-38%) / Per screen: $1,646 / Total cume: $65.6M / Wk 4

6). RoboCop (SONY/MGM) 2,885 theaters (-487) / 3-day cume: $4.5M (-54%) / Per screen: $1,563 / Total cume: $51.2M / Wk 3

7). Pompeii (SONY) 2,658 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $4.3M (-58%) / Per screen: $1,630 / Total cume: $17.7M / Wk 2

8). Frozen (DIS), 1,746 theaters (-145) / 3-day cume: $3.6M (-18%) / Per screen: $2,080 / Total cume: $388.7M / Wk 15

9). About Last Night (SONY), 1,804 theaters (-449) / 3-day cume: $3.3M (-55%) / Per screen: $1,875 / Total cume: $43.7M / Wk 3

10).Ride Along (UNI), 1,869  theaters (-321) / 3-day cume: $3M (-34%) / Per screen: $1,625 / Total cume: $127.1M / Wk 7

NOTEWORTHY

The Wind Rises (DIS) 496 theaters / 3-daycume: $1.5M / Per screen $3,059 / Total cume: $1.9M / Wk 2

Stalingrad (SONY) 308 theaters (3D) / 3-day cume: $510K / Per screen average: $1,659 / Wk 1

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues  (PAR) 1,317 theaters / 3-day cume: $1.3M / Per screen: $1,032 / Total cume: $126.5 / re-release

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Non-Stop’ And Powerful ‘Son Of God’ Fly Past ‘Lego’ On Wings And A Prayer; ‘Lego’ Passes $200M, ‘Frozen’ Passes $1 Billion

OPENING: Non-Stop (UNI) the Liam Neeson airplane suspense thriller looks to take No. 1 with a new $28.5M to $30M estimate on Sunday and a final of $28.8M; Son Of God (FOX) a blessing from $23.5M to $25M now expected at $25M+ to $29M for No. 2 with a final of $25.6M; NOTEWORTHY: Expanding is The Wind Rises (DIS) to take a nice $1.5M for the three-day. Sony released the Russian hit Stalingrad in 3-D on 308 IMAX screens this weekend. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PAR) in re-release grossed another $1.3M to raise its cume to $126.5M.

Box office3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 1:15 PM: The final numbers are in and Non-Stop ended up with $28.8M for Universal who had it estimated higher this weekend. Son Of God took in $25.6M in its debut for Fox. There were some changes in positions when the dust cleared today, with Relativity’s 3 Days To Kill displacing The Monuments Men for the four spot, but  No. 3 was solidly with The Lego Movie which has grossed $20.8M for a whopping $209M in only four weeks for Warner Bros.

Next weekend, audiences will see new releases of Warner Bros.’ 300: Rise Of An Empire which will start on 8 PM showings Thursday night and the animated family film from Fox, Mr. Peabody And Sherman. When I went to see Frozen and the trailer for Peabody  ran prior to, the kids around me were already repeating the film’s lines and laughing aloud. The family film has already bowed overseas and has grossed around $38.6M, according to Fox’s most recent numbers today.

Non-Stop (2014) -- Screengrab from exclusive EW.com clip.1). Non-Stop (UNI) 3,090 theaters / 3-day cume: $28.8M / Per screen average: $9,345 / Wk 1

2). Son Of God (FOX) 3,260 theaters / 3-day cume: $25.6M / Per screen: $7,853 / Wk 1

3). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,770 theaters (-120) / 3-day cume: $20.8M (-33%) / Per screen: $5,525 / Total cume: $209.1M / Wk 4

4). 3 Days To Kill (REL), 2,872 theaters (0) / $3-day cume: $4.9M (-60%) / Per screen: $1,724 / Total Cume: $20.7M / Wk 2

5). The Monuments Men (SONY) 3,002 theaters (-62) / 3-day cume: $4.9M (-38%) / Per screen: $1,646 / Total cume: $65.6M / Wk 4

6). RoboCop (SONY/MGM) 2,885 theaters (-487) / 3-day cume: $4.5M (-54%) / Per screen: $1,563 / Total cume: $51.2M / Wk 3

7). Pompeii (SONY) 2,658 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $4.3M (-58%) / Per screen: $1,630 / Total cume: $17.7M / Wk 2

8). Frozen (DIS), 1,746 theaters (-145) / 3-day cume: $3.6M (-18%) / Per screen: $2,080 / Total cume: $388.7M / Wk 15

9). About Last Night (SONY), 1,804 theaters (-449) / 3-day cume: $3.3M (-55%) / Per screen: $1,875 / Total cume: $43.7M / Wk 3

10). Ride Along (UNI), 1,869  theaters (-321) / 3-day cume: $3M (-34%) / Per screen: $1,625 / Total cume: $127.1M / Wk 7

NOTEWORTHY

The Wind Rises (DIS) 496 theaters / 3-daycume: $1.5M / Per screen $3,059 / Total cume: $1.9M / Wk 2

Stalingrad (SONY) 308 theaters (3D) / 3-day cume: $510K / Per screen average: $1,659 / Wk 1

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues  (PAR) 1,317 theaters / 3-day cume: $1.3M / Per screen: $1,032 / Total cume: $126.5 / re-release

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday March 2, 2014 @ 4:15pm PST

Before tonight’s Academy Awards, catch up on the top stories you missed this week on Deadline:

Oscar_badgeOscars Finally Here – Record Voting Turnout According To Academy But What Does It All Mean?
By Pete Hammond – The robocalls and emails apparently did the trick as Academy CEO Dawn Hudson reports the 86th Oscar contest is responsible another significant high mark in the Academy’s efforts to turn out the vote.

OSCARS: Pete Hammond’s Absolute FINAL Predictions In Every Category In One Of The Most Competitive Races Ever
By Pete Hammond – With no real clarity from the usually reliable guild contests and critics awards, the best picture race is one of the most80th Academy Awards NYC Meet the Oscars Opening unpredictable in years. Considering the preferential Oscar voting system, it is not probable there will be a winner on the first ballot because it’s unlikely any film in this great year for films will be able to  muster more than 50% of the first-place votes required. The second choice on those best picture ballots could end up being the most important. Read More »

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Video Game Sensation ‘Minecraft’ Coming To The Big Screen As Warner Bros Acquires Rights; ‘Lego’s’ Roy Lee And Jill Messick Producing

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 2:33pm PST

minecraftEXCLUSIVE: Minecraft, one of the hottest video game franchises in the market today, is going to be made into a major motion picture. Warner Bros. just acquired the rights to the wildly popular game from Swedish indie developer Mojang AB (mojang means “gadget” in Swedish). The property already is getting huge interest from writers and filmmakers as Warners is putting together a live-action version. Roy Lee  is going to produce Minecraft via his Vertigo Entertainment production company along with Jill Messick (Mean Girls and Mean Moms) who will also produce in some capacity. Lee produced the megahit The Lego Movie with Dan Lin which launched a franchise for Warner Bros and a sequel is planned. Jon Berg is the executive in charge at the studio. CAA brokered the deal for the film rights.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘The Lego Movie’ Is Lord Of Business Again

warnerbrosMinecraft is one of the top five “open world”-type games, in which players can engage in a virtual world, creating any environment they can dream up with virtual blocks. It often is described as a “open sandbox” where the users can build anything they want. Minecraft has become an Internet sensation since its introduction in 2011. I know, gamers out there will point out that the beta version was introduced in 2009 and were invited to buy and play the game before it was finished — which was a smart move by Mojang because the players basically became the company’s test market and helped develop the game itself. (It didn’t hurt their bank account either). Read More »

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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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Warner Bros Sets ‘Lego Movie’ Sequel For May 2017

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 12:09pm PST

hr_The_LEGO_Movie_9BREAKING: The Lego Movie to date has made $151.7 domestically after two weeks in release and now it is getting a sequel. Warner Bros just announced that it has blocked out May 26, 2017 on the release date schedule. Done in association with Village Roadshow, Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment, the PG-rated Lego Movie has been able to cross demos from family to older teens — it’s a formula for success that made a sequel a no-brainer. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller wrote the screenplay and directed, and Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, Will Forte and Jonah Hill provided the voices. The pic crossed $200 million worldwide Wednesday after a killer $69 million opening weekend and is expected to take first place again this frame.

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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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‘Lego Movie’ Crosses $200 Million At Worldwide Box Office

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 11:28am PST

Lego MovieWarner Bros’ The Lego Movie grossed higher internationally than tracking predicted over the weekend, and the animated pic has now officially crossed $200 million worldwide. The movie, from Warner Bros Pictures, Village Roadshow and LEGO System A/S, opened domestically February 7 to $69.1 million and is currently sitting at $146.3 million here after the Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day frame in which it finished No. 1 again on 3,775 screens with a killer hold (28%). Overseas, the pic is in 42 markets and has grossed $60.4 million to date, with Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Australia and Japan still to come. Warners said the wordwide cume is $206.7 million.

Related: BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Lego’ Blocks ’80s Remakes

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Lego’ Blocks ’80s Remakes, ‘About Last Night’ No. 2; ‘RoboCop’ And ‘Endless Love,’ ‘Men’ Round Out Top 5 In Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day Weekend

OPENING: About Last Night (Sony) No. 2, was estimated at $34.5M for four-day holiday, then $30M and now $28M to $29M, RoboCop (Sony/MGM opened Wed) No. 3 domestically with was $22M, then $25M and now $25M+ as international takes off, Endless Love (Uni) No. 5 was $20M+, then $15.1M and now $14.5M to $15M, Winter’s Tale (WB) soft and No. 7 was $11.5M, then $8.5M and now $8M.

hr_The_LEGO_Movie_96th UPDATE, 1:45 PM: Final numbers, both 3-day and 4-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, are in from the studios. Some of these distribution executives are very smart in how they’ve been handling their films. Ride Along, for instance, shed 283 theaters and Frozen dropped 359 theaters to both keep their strong holds of only 9% drops. Also holding well is The Lego Movie (-28%), and Monuments Men is only down 30% in its second week in the same number of theaters. Highest per screens, not surprisingly, for the three-day were Lego and opener About Last Night. And, interestingly, Frozen in its 13th week of release and Gravity in its 20th week of release has similar per screen averages of about $2,900 which puts them both above the opening of Winter’s Tale. That hurts, but everyone in this business knows, you win some and you lose some. Here are the studio’s final numbers for the Top 20 via Rentrak:

1). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,775 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $49.8M (-28%) / Per screen average: $13,204 / 4-day cume: $62.4M / Total Cume: $142.7M / Wk 2

2). About Last Night (Sony), 2,253 theaters / 3-day cume: $25.6M / Per screen average: $11,384 / 4-day cume: $27.8M / Wk 1

3). RoboCop (Sony) 3,372 theaters / 3-day cume: $21.6M / Per screen average: $6,430 / 4-day cume: $25M / Total Cume: $30M (includes previews) / Wk 1

4). Monuments Men (Sony) 3,083 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $15.4M (-30%) / Per screen average: $5,020 / 4-day cume: $17.9M / Total Cume: $46.5M / Wk 2

5). Endless Love (Uni) 2,893 theaters / 3-day cume: $13.3M / Per screen average: $4,595 / 4-day cume: $14.4M / Wk 1

6). Ride Along (Uni) 2,511 theaters (-174) / 3-day cume: $8.7M (-9%) / Per screen average: $3,460 / 4-day cume: $9.8M / Total Cume: $117.2M / Wk 5

7). Frozen (DIS) 2,101 theaters (-359) / 3-day cume: $6.2M (-9%) / Per screen average: $2,964 / 4-day cume: $8M / Total Cume: $378.2M / Wk 13

8). Winter’s Tale (WB) 2,965 theaters / 3-day cume: $7.2M / Per screen average: $2,461 / 4-day cume: $8M / Wk 1

9). Lone Survivor (UNI), 2013 theaters (-856) / 3-day cume: $4M (-27%) / Per screen average: $2,030 / 4-day cume: $4.6M / Total Cume: $118.9M / Wk 8

10). That Awkard Moment (FOC), 1,922 theaters (-887) / 3-day cume: $3.4M (-34%) / Per screen average: $1,811 / 4-day cume: $3.8M / Total Cume: $21.9M / Wk 3

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Blockbuster $69M; ‘Monuments Men’ Solid Second; ‘Vampire Academy’ Has No Bite

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 1:08pm PST

OPENING: The Lego Movie (WB), blockbuster expected anywhere from $69M; The Monuments Men (Sony), around $22M in 2nd position; Vampire Academy (TWC) anemic with $3.9M.

BoxOffice_logo4TH UPDATE, 1 P.M: The Lego Movie ended its weekend run with $69M. Sony is reporting The Monuments Men at $22M (slightly less than yesterday) and the other newcomer distributed by The Weinstein Company, Vampire Academy, ended the 3-day holiday weekend with a mere $3.9M. Next weekend openers are a slew of 1980s back-to- the-future movies with re-worked titles MGM’s Robocop, which opens Wednesday; Sony’s About Last Night, starring Ride Along‘s Kevin Hart; and Universal’s remake of Endless Love. Here are the final numbers as reported from the studios for Top 20 titles from this weekend:

1). The Lego Movie (WB) 3,775 theaters / Est. 3-day Cume: $69M / Per screen: $18,291 / Wk 1

2). The Monuments Men (SONY), 3,083 theaters / 3-day Cume: $22M / Per screen: $7,137 / Wk 1

3). Ride Along (UNI), 2,800 theaters (-67) / 3-day Cume: $9.5M (-20%) / Per screen: $3,425 / Total Cume: $105.3M / Wk 4

4). Frozen (DIS), 2,460 theaters (-294) / 3-day Cume: $6.8M (-23%) / Per screen: $2,794 / Total Cume: $368.6M / Wk 12

5). Lone Survivor (UNI), 2,869 theaters (-416) / 3-day Cume: $5.5M (-22%) / Per screen: $1,940 / Total Cume: $112.8M / Wk 7

6).  That Awkward Moment (FOCUS), 2,809 theaters (0) / $3-day Cume: $5.2M (-40%) / Per screen: $1,864 / Total Cume: $16.5M / Wk 2

7). Vampire Academy (TWC), 2,676 theaters / 3-day Cume: $3.9M / Per screen: $1,466 / Wk 1

8). The Nut Job (OPRD), 3,004 theaters (-468) / 3-day Cume: $3.7M (-48%) / Per screen: $1,249 / Total Cume: $55M / Wk 4

9). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PAR), 2,139 theaters (-768) / 3-day Cume: $3.5M (-34%) / Per screen: $1,651 / Total Cume: $44.4M / Wk 4

10). Labor Day (PAR), 2,584 theaters (0)/ 3-day Cume: $3.1M (-38%) / Per screen: $1,233 / Total Cume:  $10.1M /Wk 2 Read More »

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International Box Office: ‘Frozen’ Hits China, ‘47 Ronin’ To Pass $100M, ‘RoboCop’ No. 1 in 10 Markets

cinemaworld1__140113015419UPDATED Monday, 12:25 P.M.: Spain and Germany have been added and numbers updated. We will continue to add numbers as we receive them. The U.S. box office monster The Lego Movie updated grosses have been input.

PREVIOUSLY, Sunday, 11:28 A.M.: This weekend is down just about 8% off last year, an improvement off last week’s 25% drop in the comparable time frame. Walt Disney Studios’ Frozen pushed past the $900M worldwide mark this weekend to $913.7M. In China, it took in an estimated $13.7M since bowing on Wednesday amid a crowded Lunar New Year field. It is the biggest Disney Animation opening ever in China and the second biggest Disney/Pixar animated opening film there behind Monster’s University. Frozen’s international cume is now an estimated $545.1M. The Lego Movie, which did a whopping $69.1M domestically, debuted in 34 markets and raked in a strong $18.7M from 5,695 screens. It was notably constructive in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Hong Kong where it nabbed the No. 1 spots. In Hong Kong, it ranked ahead of four local titles for the top spot and $1M. Meanwhile, Universal’s 47 Ronin becomes the distributors’ first picture to Lego Moviecross the $100M mark in 2014. It grossed another $4.5M in 39 territories this weekend in 2,184 locales. Its worldwide cume is nearing $138M with six territories yet to open over the next two months. DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman traveled back to the past to score a real-time No. 1 in the UK where it bested new opener Robocop. Robocop, however, opened at No. 1 in 10 markets this weekend for an estimated cume to date of $28.7M ahead of its bow in 30 more territories this week, plus the U.S. on Wednesday. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has so far grossed $602.7M internationally to push its worldwide cume to $858M. Here are the key territory breakdowns for the above and other films this week:

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Blockbuster $69M+; ‘Monuments Men’ Solid Second; ‘Vampire Academy’ Has No Bite

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frozen-two-princesses-618x400Frozen opened in China on February 5, in the waning days of the Lunar New Year celebration that was packed with local pics. The Disney film earned an estimated $13.7M to make it the 2nd biggest Disney/Pixar animated bow ever. The last animated studio film to debut in the country was Universal’s Despicable Me 2 in early January which took $14.4M in its opening frame and now has over $49M. In Korea, Frozen dropped 32% from a weekend earlier for a new cume of $57.7M; it is the highest animated title ever in that territory. Read More »

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‘Everything is Awesome’ Back To Devo Roots For ‘The Lego Movie’ Score, Says Mark Mothersbaugh

By | Sunday February 9, 2014 @ 8:10am PST

Jen Yamato contributed to this report.

hr_The_LEGO_Movie_9The words “everything is awesome,” which became the title of the theme song for what is expected to be a $69.1M+ mega-hit The Lego Movie, were written into the script well before Mark Mothersbaugh even began scoring the animated pic. The man behind the soundtrack of such diverse fare as Wes Andersen’s The Royal Tenenbaums, Sony’s animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and TV shows like HBO’s Big Love said he had to come up with an entirely different sound. “When I saw early cuts of the movie, and there were tiny Lego bricks forming a wave, forming the explosion cloud and when he turns on the shower, water comes out as Lego blocks, so I had to think to myself, what is the sound of that universe? What is the sound of Lego?”

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Blockbuster Now $69M+; ‘Monuments Men’ Solid Second; ‘Vampire Academy’ Has No Bite
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Fox Biz Host Slams ‘Lego Movie’s “Anti-Business” Agenda: Video

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 2:11pm PST

Lego Movie Fox NewsFox Business host Charles Payne took aim at WB’s animated blockbuster The Lego Movie as it raked in the cash on its way to a sky-high #1 opening, “pushing its anti-business message to our kids.” The well-reviewed PG-rated pic tells the story of a construction worker who joins a ragtag team of heroes to battle the evil “President Business,” played by Will Ferrell. Or is it Mitt Romney? Here’s Fox’s panel of experts weighing in on how Lego Movie is following the Muppets and The Lorax in “indoctrinating” the children of America to think everything but big biz is awesome:



Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Blockbuster Est. $58M to $61M
Fox Business Says Muppets Movie Anti-Biz

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Deadline Awards Watch 62: The Talking To Cate And Julia Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 62In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with host David Bloom about which films and performers got an Oscar bump out of the WGA, Annie and Cinematographers awards shows this past Saturday; check in on the Santa Barbara film festival’s celebration of Cate Blanchett and whether the controversy over her Blue Jasmine director in will spill over into the Oscar race; dissect the Academy’s defense of its de-nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” in the face of complaints by, particularly, religious and conservative critics; and discuss the highlights of Pete’s sit-down with Julia Roberts this week to discuss her supporting actress Oscar nomination for “August: Osage County.”

We’ll also get Pete’s take on the week’s notable movie debuts, including the true and likable WWII story The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney with a big-name cast, and The Lego Movie, a fast-moving and smart animated film that Pete suggests could be in the Oscar hunt a year from now.

You can listen to the podcast in your choice of formats here:
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