Open Road Films is back in business with stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias, nabbing worldwide rights to The Fluffy Movie, a comedy concert film that will now hit theaters on July 11, 2014. Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed with Open Road on the animated family pic The Nut Job, financed and produced Fluffy with Gulfstream’s Mike Karz and Bill Bindley, Arsonhouse Entertainment’s Joe Meloche and Ron DeBlasio, Iglesias and his company Fluffy Inc, and Levity Entertainment Group producing. John Bravakis is executive producing. Iglesias had a voice role in Nut Job, which grossed $25.7 million over the MLK Jr holiday frame and has a sequel in the works for January 2016. The concert movie will be filmed at two upcoming shows on February 28 and March 1 in San Jose, CA. “Gabriel has worked incredibly hard to become a massive success in the world of stand-up comedy,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. “With his roles in Magic Mike and The Nut Job and a hilarious performance in our upcoming film A Haunted House 2, he is a rising star on the big screen and this new film is certain to be a hit with comedy lovers everywhere.”
BOX OFFICE: ‘Ride Along’ & ‘Lone Survivor’ One-Two Punch For Universal; ‘Nut Job’ No. 3; ‘I, Frankenstein’ Not Alive
Opening: I, Frankenstein (LGF) on 2,753 screens, 95% are large format (IMAX, 3D), no monster, opens to No. 6; NOTEWORTHY: Ride Along (Uni) 21.1M; The Nut Job (Open Road) still cracking at No. 3 with $12.1M.
3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 1:23 PM: Final numbers are in with Universal’s Ride Along pulling in $21.2M and Lone Survivor (Emmett/Furla) taking in $12.9M. The studio now has a $75.5M grosser for its Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy and $93.9M for its war hero pic. Pretty good for a January, guys. Disney’s Frozen slid up a notch to edge out Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with a final box office gross of $9.1M vs. $9M by (only $34K). And Open Road’s The Nut Job made more than the industry expected with a tidy $12.1M. I, Frankenstein didn’t open chasing in only $8.6M total, however, it opened very strong in one territory overseas — Russia — so its current worldwide take is $14.9M. Next weekend is the Super Bowl, when moviegoing shifts from the big screen to the small screen. Warner Bros. is re-releasing Gravity in IMAX 3D which is breathtaking when you watch it on the format, while Disney is releasing a sing-along version of Frozen in some markets (which parents will likely be dragged to mid-Happy Meal). Openers next weekend are Focus Features’ That Awkward Moment (Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan); Teller starred in Whiplash which won both the Grand Jury and Audience honors at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night and was just picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Also bowing is Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day (starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) from Indian Paintbrush. Full chart follows:
1). Ride Along, (UNI) 2,759 theaters (+96) / 3-day Cume: $21.2M (-49%) / Per screen: $7,720 / Total Gross: $75.5M / Wk 2
2). Lone Survivor, (UNI) 3,162 theaters (+173) / 3-day Cume $12.9M (-42%) / Per screen: $4,120 / Total Gross: $93.9M /Wk 5
3) The Nut Job, (OPRD) 3,427 theaters (+45) / 3-day Cume: $12.1M (-38%) / Per screen: $3,485/ Total Gross: $40M / Wk 2
4). Frozen, (DIS) 2,757 theaters (-222) / 3-day Cume: $9.1M (-23%) / Per screen: $3,308 / Total Gross: $347.8M / Wk 10
5). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, (PAR) 3,387 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $9M (-41%) / Per screen: $2,682 / Total Gross: $30M / Wk 2
6). I, Frankenstein, (LGF) 2,753 theaters / 3-day Cume: $8.6M / Per screen: $3,128 / Total Gross: $8.6M / Wk 1
7). American Hustle, (SONY) 2,304 theaters (+100) / 3-day Cume: $7M (-28%) / Per screen: $3,065 / Total Gross: $127M / Wk 7
8). The Wolf Of Wall Street, (PAR) 1,804 theaters (-126) / 3-day Cume: $5.4M (-23%) / Per screen: $3,037 / Total Gross: $98.5M / Wk 5
9). August: Osage County, (TWC) 2,411 theaters (+360) / 3-day Cume: $5M (-32%) / Per screen: $2,086 / Total Gross: $26.5M / Wk 5
10). Devil’s Due, (FOX) 2,544 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $2.7M (-66%) / Per screen: $1,095 / Total Gross: $12.9M / Wk 2
Open Road’s animated indie pic The Nut Job opened this past weekend and grossed $25.7 million over the four-day MLK Day holiday — a record for the best animated debut for a non-studio film. Now the sequel as been set for January 15, 2016. Will Arnett voiced a mischievous squirrel who plans a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop in order to help his pals in the park gather food to survive the winter. Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Lang, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias and Sarah Gadon also provided voices. Peter Lepeniotis directed from a screenplay by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis. No word yet who is coming back for the second go-round, but we’re hearing those talks are already underway. The pic was a collaboration of Redrover, ToonBox Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures.
BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Ride Along’ A $48M Phenom Breaks Records – Highest MLK Holiday Opener Ever; ‘Lone Survivor’ Takes No Prisoners At No. 2; ‘Jack Ryan’ Who?; ‘The Nut Job’ Biggest Non-Studio Animated Opener
OPENING: Ride Along (UNI) Record Breaker $48.6M change; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PAR) trampled by Lone Survivor; The Nut Job (OPRD) $25.7M weekend?and busted non-studio animated record opener, Devil’s Due (Fox) goes all to hell. NOTEWORTHY: Oscar nominated August: Osage County (TWC) expands to over 2,000; Best Picture Oscar-nominees 12 Years A Slave(FSL), Captain Phillips (SONY), Philomena (TWC) holds strong, Gravity (WB), Dallas Buyers Club (Focus) all add theaters in hopes to cash in but really don’t. American Hustle (SONY) gets best bump and easily trumps The Wolf Of Wall Street (PAR).
UPDATE, TUESDAY, 2: 05 PM: Final numbers are in and Universal was right for Ride Along …. $48.6M for the four-day. Lone Survivor $22M (3-day and $25.9M (4-day). The Nut Job, $19.4M and 25.7M for a terrific, record-breaking opening (see below); Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opened with $15.4M and $18M, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Frozen, taking in yet another $11.7M and $16M in the four-day. The other opener, Devil’s Due was $8.3M and $9.1M for the seventh spot. Kudos to Uni’s Nikki Rocco and her team for getting it right with the $48M-plus prediction and for the one-two punch. American Hustle did solid numbers this weekend with a terrific bounce from the Oscar nominations. Also Philomena held very well this weekend. Here are the final numbers:
1). Ride Along (UNI), 2,663 theaters / 3-day Cume: $41.65 / Per screen 3-day: $15,590 / Estimated 4-day Cume: $48.6M / Total Gross To Date: $48.6M / Wk 1
2). Lone Survivor, (UNI) 2,989 theaters (+114) / 3-day Cume $22M (-42%) / Per screen 3-day: $7,780 / 4-day Cume: $26.9M / Total Gross: $76.7M / Wk 4
3) The Nut Job (OPRD) 3,427 theaters / 3-day Cume: $19.4M / Per screen 3-day: $5,668 / 4-day Cume: $25.7M / Total Gross: $25.7M / Wk 1
4). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PAR) 3,387 theaters / 3-day Cume: $15.4M / Per screen 3-day: $4,562/ 4-day Cume: $18M / Total Gross: $18M / Wk 1
5). Frozen, (DIS) 2,979 theaters (-260) / 3-day Cume: $11.7M (-20%) / Per screen 3-day: $3,952/ 4-day Cume: $16M / Total Gross: $336.6M / Wk 9
6). American Hustle, (SONY) 2,204 theaters (-425) / 3-day Cume: $9.86M (+19%) / 3-day Per screen: $4,477 /4-day Cume: $11.7M / 4-day Per screen: $5,184 / Total Gross: $117.5M / Wk 6
7). Devil’s Due (FOX) 2,544 theaters / 3-day Cume: $8.3M / 3-day Per screen: $3,266 / 4-day Cume: $9.1M / Total Gross: $9.1M / Wk1
8). August: Osage County, (TWC) 2,051 theaters (+1146) / 3-day Cume: $7.3(+3%) / 3-day Per screen: $3,591/ 4-day Cume: $8.8M / Total Gross: $19.3M / Wk 4
9). The Wolf Of Wall Street, (PAR) 1,930theaters (-591) / 3-day Cume: $7M (-20%) / 3-day Per screen: $3,363 /4-day Cume: $8.3M / Total Gross: $91.1M / Wk 4
10). Her, (WB) 1,729 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $4M (-25%) / 3-day Per screen: $2,333/ 4-day Cume: $4.87M / Total Gross: $15.8M / Wk 5
Animated 3D pic The Nut Job follows the adventures of a mischievous squirrel named Surly and his rat friend buddy as they plan a nut store heist. Voice cast includes Will Arnett as Surly, along with Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham. The film is directed by Peter Lepeniotis and scripted by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis, and based on the latter’s 2005 short film Surly Squirrel. Open Road releases the pic on January 17, 2014. Here’s a first peek:
BREAKING: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Nut Job, a 3D animated family film. The distributor has set a January 17, 2014 opening date. The film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham. It’s a comedy focusing on a squirrel and his rat friend as they plan a nut store heist.
The film is directed by Peter Lepeniotis and scripted by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis, and based on the latter’s 2005 short film Surly Squirrel. It’s produced by Graham Moloy and WK Jung and the exec producers are Mike Karz and Bill Bindley of Gulfstream Pictures, Jay Ahn, Daniel Woo, Hong Kim and Tom Yoon, in a co-production between ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co, Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures. The distribution deal was made between Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and Redrover president Hoe-jin Ha. Ortenberg called it “a smart, fresh and funny movie that family members of all ages will certainly enjoy.”
Here’s a look at Lepeniotis’ original short Surly Squirrel that got this whole thing started:
Liam Neeson is already lending his voice to Warner Bros’ Lego: The Piece Of Resistance. Now the Oscar-nominated actor who brought Aslan to life in Disney and Fox’s Narnia pics is joining the voice cast of the indie animation The Nut Job, the first feature from Canadian-based ToonBox and Korea-based Redrover, in association with Warner Bros-based Gulfstream Pictures. Disney and Pixar veteran Peter Lepeniotis is directing the feature based on his own 1995 short Surly Squirrel from a script by Lorne Cameron (Brother Bear, Over The Hedge), about a mischievous squirrel who plots to rob a nut store with his rat friend Buddy.