It’s usually a tipoff that something’s wrong when an earnings release talks about how much cash a company gave back to shareholders in a quarter, and then focuses on future endeavors. But in Viacom‘s case, on first glance, the fiscal Q2 results out this morning look merely blah, not bad. Net income at $502M was +5% vs the first three months of 2013, on revenues of $3.17B, +1.2%. The top line was a hair shy of the $3.2B that analysts expected. Earnings at $1.13 a share beat forecasts for $1.05. The main Media Networks business saw operating income rise 9% to $949M on revenues of $2.38B, +6%. Rate hikes to pay TV distributors resulted in an 11% pop in affiliate revenues. Domestic ad sales increased 2% while worldwide was up 3%. The Paramount-led Filmed Entertainment unit told a different story with operating income down 83%, to $11M, on revenues of $831M, down 12%. Viacom attributes the drop to “lower carryover revenue from prior period releases.” The Wolf Of Wall Street didn’t howl enough to prevent a 17% drop in theatrical revenues. Home entertainment fell 30% as the studio offered fewer releases. CEO Philippe Dauman reminded shareholders that the company “returned another $2B to investors through our share buyback and dividends” and noted that Paramount “kicked off its highly-anticipated summer slate with the successful release of Noah at …
‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Financiers Steeped In “Illegal Activity”, Producers Claim; Red Granite Says Claims Are “Baseless”
The long-simmering Dumb & Dumber To producers’ lawsuit has really heated up in recent weeks. Noting allegations that I reported back in late January, Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy are now claiming that financiers Red Granite is awash in “ill-gotten gains” and dirty money. “Red Granite is funded with monies that include proceeds from unlawful activities,” says an amended complaint filed late last month by the two producers (read it here). “Defendants have engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity, in that they have engaged in multiple financial transactions within the United States — including financing of The Wolf Of Wall Street and then separately financing Dumb And Dumber To — with knowledge that the property involved represented the proceeds of unlawful activity and with knowledge that the transactions were designed to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of the illegal activity,” the 25-page March 25 filing adds alleging violations of much Mob-used RICO Act. Red Granite principal Riza Aziz is the stepson of the Prime Minister of Malaysia and has been accused by the likes of former UK PM Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law of financing the company through illicit funds from that country and others.
A pair of flicks that were shut out at the Oscars on Sunday lead the field for the erstwhile music network’s film nods. American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street snagged eight noms apiece for the 23rd MTV Movie Awards. Close behind are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with seven and We’re The Millers with six, including a coveted Best Shirtless Performance nom for Jennifer Aniston. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Dallas Buyers Club, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is The End and Best Picture champ 12 Years A Slave are next with four apiece. Conan O’Brien will serve as host of this year’s festivities, which air live on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The show — which last year switched from its longtime post-Memorial Day date to April — again relishes is such signature categories as Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-S**T Performance and #WTFMoment, The telecast is exec produced by Jesse Ignjatovic. Here are the nominees:
The best holds going into the Oscar weekend in the Top 20 at the box office are, as expected, those films nominated for Best Picture. There are two things that traditionally happen at the box office right before the Academy Awards. First, all the nominated films still playing receive a bump the weekend before and of the Awards show. And secondly, overall, movie going for the older female demographic drops slightly on Sunday (around 15%). The result for all grosses is negligible, however.
Of the titles still playing in the top 20, 12 Years a Slave has far and above the best hold weekend to weekend, up 70% for Fox Searchlight. Kudos to Frank Rodriguez at FSL and all of these distribution executives who we have watched week to week deftly handling these pictures. Sony/Annapurna’s American Hustle held strong with a 6% increase (thanks to Jeff Blake and Rory Bruer) and Philomena was up 3% (Erik Lomis at TWC). All added theaters. Of those that shed theaters, Warner Bros.’ Gravity (Dan Fellman and Jeff Goldstein) and Paramount/Red Granite’s The Wolf of Wall Street (distrib head Don Harris) had only slight declines of …
The Oscar nominated best pictures still in the theaters are holding well the last weekend before the Academy Awards. Most are at the end or nearing the end of their runs. Those distributors who re-released their films or upped the number of theaters post-nomination did receive nice bumps to add to their overall cumes. This is the last weekend before the Academy Awards, so traditionally the Oscar-nominated films still in theaters usually see rock solid numbers as moviegoers venture out to see them before the show. Last year’s Oscars brought in 40.3M viewers. Here is how they all look to play out this weekend and their overall cumes based on Saturday morning estimates:
12). American Hustle (SONY), 903 theaters / 3-day cume: $1.8M / Total cume: $144M+ / Wk 11
14). The Wolf of Wall Street (PAR), 627 theaters / 3-day cume: $1.3M / Total cume: $112.8M / Wk 9
15). Philomena (TWC), theaters / 3-day cume: $1.2M / Total cume: $32.7M / Wk 14
17). Gravity (WB), 348 theaters / 3-day cume: $914K / Total cume: $269.3M / Wk 21
20). 12 Years a Slave (FSL), 349 theaters / 3-day cume: $493K / Total cume: $49M / Wk 19
Int’l Box Office: Wavering ‘Wolf’ Reports, ‘Lego’ Building Big Numbers, ‘RoboCop’ No. 1 In 15 Markets, ‘Endless Love’ Opens in 25 Markets and ‘Monuments Men’ in 19
7TH UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 5:50 PM: Most numbers for The Wolf Of Wall Street are now in, putting the overseas cume at $225.5M in 48 markets, according to Red Granite. That number was hard-fought this evening and we’ve spent several hours verifying it. Initally this weekend, Deadline was told the overseas cume was $175M, then we heard $225M, with a pit-stop at $212M. When we inquired as to the potential discrepancy of $50M or therabouts we were ultimately told that differences in reporting times were the culprit. In any case, Wolf openings this week included Taiwan with $988K, Ukraine with $346K and Hong Kong with a three-day take of $550K. Individual territories are updated below with local cumes.
6th UPDATE, TUESDAY 5:00 PM: A flurry of new grosses and big territories added below including Germany, Australia, Japan and Korea. Top five film grosses are available now in each market. All numbers updated, but The Wolf of Wall Street total cumes worldwide.
5th UPDATE, MONDAY, 2:25 PM: Updated grosses on The Lego Movie show that the Warner Bro. film, which is in playing in 42 markets, is higher than previously thought, raising the weekend take to $28.4M for a international cume of $52.3M in only two weeks of release. That means that the animated film is poised to pass the $200M mark worldwide in just a couple of days as the domestic cume is expected to rise to $143.7M after the U.S. Presidents Day holiday weekend. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has a total international cume of $604.2M. Adding in the domestic take of $256.2M and worldwide the second Hobbit picture has grossed $860.4M. The first in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, grossed $714M in its international run, which amounted to 70% of its total worldwide cume of $1B. Smaug is on the same track, with 70% of its box office coming from international markets. It has yet to debut in two major territories: China and Japan. It will hit theaters in China on Feb. 21 and Japan on Feb. 28.
New grosses are added below and will be continually updated in the copy below as they come in throughout the afternoon and evening and into tomorrow.
“You must be sick of me by now — what the hell do you want to hear me say?” Leonardo DiCaprio laughed as we began a phone conversation late last week. He was joking, but it’s not an uncommon thing to hear an actor say that after they’ve been through the promotional ringer of an exhaustive awards season. He was in New York, where he had just participated in a retrospective of his work with Martin Scorsese (he did something similar the week before at the Santa Barbara Film Festival), and would be shortly heading to London for the BAFTA awards, where he was nominated for Best Actor (he lost to 12 Years A Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor). But the fact is since early December and the first screenings of The Wolf Of Wall Street DiCaprio has been very visible — much more than the norm when he’s had a new movie to promote or an Oscar campaign to deal with.
But this one, for which he has already won a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Award (both in comedy) is special to him. He not only stars in Wolf but also was a producer. He has received his fourth and fifth Oscar nominations as a result for the movie that is up for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and the fiercely competitive Best Actor category. He worked for six years to figure out a way to bring to the screen Jordan Belfort’s candid autobiography of his spectacular rise and fall on Wall Street. He wouldn’t give up until Martin Scorsese said yes to directing and until he was convinced they could make the movie their way. It became controversial but it also has now become Scorsese’s most successful movie ever.
DiCaprio previously did a detailed interview with my colleague Mike Fleming for Deadline, and he’s also encountered me a lot on the trail this season. But, with just two weeks to go until the Oscars, he’s still on that trail and very pleased — particularly for Scorsese’s box office milestone. “I am incredibly proud of that. I knew this movie would have to be framed in the right context for the public because, like I’ve said before, it’s punk rock, a major Hollywood epic about hedonism and debauchery and putting this culture up on screen. So I’ve been trying to support it as much as possible, in large part because I want to make movies that take chances like this. I want studios eventually to say ‘Hey, look at what Wolf Of Wall Street was able to do’. Maybe they’ll take a chance on this kind of material in the future even if it doesn’t fit the sort of criteria studios feel is bankable. I really hope if I bring something to a studio or want to develop it in a certain way they will use this as a reference point at the very least,” he said.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Peter Greenaway Set For BAFTA Film Awards Honor; Kenya Cracks Down Of ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Pirates
Peter Greenaway To Be Honored At BAFTA Film Awards
British director Peter Greenaway will receive the 2014 Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday. Greenaway, who originally trained as a painter, is known for his exploration of the cinematic medium, of eroticism and death, and for his ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. Among his credits are classic 1989 pic The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Pillow Book, 8 ½ Women and The Tulse Luper Suitcase movies. His latest film, Eisenstein In Guanajuato, is scheduled for UK release later this year. “Peter Greenaway is an iconic British filmmaker who has worked with many of our most accomplished actors including Michael Gambon, Tim Roth, Ewan McGregor and the recipient of this year’s BAFTA Fellowship, Dame Helen Mirren,” said Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s Film Committee. “I’m delighted that Peter is being recognized with this award for his distinctive and innovative filmmaking career.”
Pirates Face Prison As Kenya Cracks Down On ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’
In late January, the Kenya Film Classification Board banned The Wolf Of Wall Street from any type of distribution in the African state. The org didn’t approve the movie because of what it said were “extreme scenes of nudity, sex, debauchery, hedonism and cursing.” At the time, the KFCB also wrote …
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese continue their Oscar stumping this week as they will take part in a panel discussion Thursday at the Bow Tie Cinemas Ziegfeld Theater on the first night of a two night retrospective that includes screenings of The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and Gangs Of New York. Also taking part in the panel discussion will be Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Wolf scribe Terence Winter. Pic’s up for five Oscars.
International Box Office: ‘Frozen’ Hits China, ‘47 Ronin’ To Pass $100M, ‘RoboCop’ No. 1 in 10 Markets
UPDATED 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 cross 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:
Frozen 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.
‘Wolf Of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill Plan Re-Team In Story Of Richard Jewell; Labelled Hero, Then Falsely Vilified As Bomber At 1996 Atlanta Olympics
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has closed a deal to acquire rights to Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Ballad Of Richard Jewell”, which will be developed for Jonah Hill to play the title subject. Jewell was the security guard who discovered a backpack in the Olympics compound in Atlanta in 1996. Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24 hour news cycle. Leonardo DiCaprio will play a lawyer Jewell knew casually, a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a hellish Twilight Zone that went on even after the FBI officially cleared Jewell’s name three months later.
Brenner, whose VF article was the original source material for the Michael Mann-directed tobacco whistle-blower tale The Insider, accompanied Jewell and his attorney just as it finally became clear he had nothing to do with placing the bomb. The film will be produced by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Hill and Kevin Misher, the latter of whom brought in the article. Misher Films’ Andy Berman will also have a producing role. Mike Ireland is overseeing for Fox.
This comes as both DiCaprio and Hill are up for Oscars for Best Picture nominee The Wolf Of Wall Street. It is particularly a strong role for Hill, who continues his remarkable transition from comic actor to serious roles that started with an Oscar-nominated turn in Moneyball and continues with the Rupert Goold-directed True Story, in which Hill plays Michael Finkel, a disgraced journalist who got the chance at redemption when a suspected killer (James Franco) took Finkel’s name, and would only talk to that journalist. That project is also at Fox, with New Regency.
‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Hits $100M, $225M Worldwide; ‘Lone Survivor’ Next To Pass $100M; ‘Frozen’ Skates Past $350M
The Wolf Of Wall Street crossed the $100M mark last night as the Oscar-nominated film continues its ride into the middle of Awards season. Added to its international cume, the Martin Scorsese romp has taken in $225M worldwide to date at the box office. The question, at the end of the day, however, is will it be profitable? The picture, financed by Red Granite International and marketed and distributed by Paramount Pictures has a hefty price tag … they claim $100M. When you add marketing and distribution costs, and consider the fact that exhibition will take a good chunk of its gross, the question looms large. Wolf, with a 3-hour running time so it has fewer plays during a day in theaters, crosses the mark heading into its sixth week in release. Universal/Emmet Furla’s Lone Survivor will cross the $100M threshold this weekend (its sixth week in release) and currently stands at around $97.7M while Walt Disney’s animated family film, Frozen has just skated past the $350M mark as it heads into its 11th week. The sing-a-long version bows in selected theaters this weekend, which is a clever marketing move for the Mouse House. Fandango reports that because of advance sales, the sing-a-long version has reclaimed the top tickets-seller spot. Only two pictures are bowing this weekend — Superbowl weekend when moviegoing hangs heavily on the female …
Tuesday night at the WGA West’s annual Beyond Words panel, ten WGA Awards-nominated scribes assembled to talk screenwriting and commiserate over the scripting challenges faced on eight very different films. A common theme of the night was distilling fiction from real life, as in Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer’s American Hustle, Billy Ray‘s Captain Phillips, and Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten’s Dallas Buyers Club. Nebraska writer Bob Nelson‘s advice seemed to ring true with more than a few: “The best thing to do as a screenwriter,” he declared, “is to pillage your family mercilessly.” Nelson modeled Bruce Dern‘s cranky Midwestern senior citizen Woody after his own father, and June Squibb‘s domineering character after his mother-in-law. “When my brother saw the movie he said, ‘That wasn’t writing – that was dictation.’”
Tracy Letts, who adapted his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County for the screen, echoed that sentiment. The contentious matriarch Violet, played by Meryl Streep in the film in an Oscar-nominated performance, sprung from Letts’ own memories of his grandmother. “She was a really monstrous figure in my mind,” he said. “When I started to write this I wasn’t looking to find a way to sympathize with her, necessarily, but I was trying to find a way to humanize her. .. what I found to my delight and surprise and horror was that she was your mother, too, and she’s everybody’s mother.”
“Jordan (Belfort) was very much based on my grandmother,” joked Winter, who recalled the task of filtering the real life Wall Street swindler into a protagonist that could win over the audience before revealing his true colors. “We have the most unreliable narrator in history and that’s basically license to tell the story in any manner that character sees fit. I wanted Jordan to sell us his story,” he said.
‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Producers Send Second Cease & Desist To Former UK PM’s Sister-In-Law Over Blog Posts Alleging Corruption
EXCLUSIVE: The legal war of words over where the money to make The Wolf Of Wall Street came from has just heated up again. Late last week, lawyers for financiers Red Granite and principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland sent another dense cease and desist letter to UK-based blogger Clare Rewcastle Brown and her Sarawak Report over her alleged “recent unlawful and outrageous activities in violation of our clients’ rights, including your persistent fabrication and dissemination of false information about our clients and their business.” As of yet, no official legal action has been taken against Brown over her numerous posts about Red Granite, where its money comes from, and who its investors really are. Still, in a 7-page letter (read it here) sent Friday, Red Granite attorney Sunny Brenner of Santa Monica firm Loeb & Loeb says: “Make no mistake: Our clients will not hesitate to take whatever steps they deem necessary or appropriate to safeguard their rights and protect their reputations, and your time to take the necessary corrective action is rapidly running out.”
Brown, sister-in-law of former UK PM Gordon Brown, told me today from the UK that she has no intention of pulling down her posts, which have been published over the past month. “I believe the substance of my articles are correct and much of what I have printed is drawn from already published material in the United States,” she said. “If there are any unintentional inaccuracies, I am always willing to address and correct and indeed apologize for them. However, the pages of blanket and contradictory criticisms from Mr. Aziz’s lawyers only have one objective, which is to threaten and intimidate me into withdrawing my articles in their entirety. This I have no intention of doing.”
Red Granite was first announced in 2011 with a Kanye West concert and a big Cannes party. The producers behind Friends With Kids and Out Of The Furnace provided all of the approximate $100 million budget for the Martin Scorsese-directed Wolf. After winning the Lead Actor in a Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio singled out producers Aziz and McFarland with thanks “for not only being collaborators but for taking a risk on this movie.”
International Box Office UPDATED: ‘Frozen’ Crosses $800M Worldwide; ‘I, Frankenstein’ Strong In Russia; Battle Underway In China For No. 1
UPDATED, MONDAY 3:55 PM: International numbers are flowing in and will be updated as they arrive in the below market by market breakouts. The Wolf Of Wall Street continues to show its teeth, grossing $17.4M in eight markets holding the No. 1 spots in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Australia and Switzerland. Norway will be the next (and final) release date on Friday, January 31 for UPI, but the picture is expected in other markets with other distribs. Just to update on Universal’s 47 Ronin: The mega-budgeted pic which is playing strong in Russia, has now cumed $83.7M internationally and $38M domestically for a worldwide total of $121.7M. It has 14 more markets to play, most notably Germany. Frozen is over $813M now globally and The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug added another $5.7M this weekend for worldwide box office of total of $947.6M ($595.3M internationally). Paramount’s numbers have not arrived on Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, but Universal’s Despicable Me numbers have been revised upwards to $5.2M in China in 4,500 runs for a total of $43.5M. It’s still too close to call to see who will be No. 1 in this all-important territory but the numbers should arrive from China tomorrow.
UPDATED, SUNDAY 7:30 PM: The international box office is off about 50% from last year when Django Unchained …
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were flooded with films. Many of those pictures opened to less than stellar numbers in the U.S. and are all but forgotten as box office reporting goes onto the new openers. But, some of those holiday films are doing well overseas, and worth noting like the Fox marketed/distributed The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty which has grossed $161.2M worldwide to date. So, I’m compiling a few of the more interesting holiday openers just to revisit where they are in their worldwide runs. This is not to say that they are profitable films, only to note that their total worldwide cumes are rather surprising. Mitty and Walking With Dinosaurs are but two of these films. Mitty opened at Christmas and has grossed a total U.S. of $55.7M to date but has received roughly 66% of its entire box office from international markets with $106.2M. Meanwhile, the kid-friendly dinosaur film that got stuck in the sludge in the domestic marketplace when it opened on December 20, Walking With Dinosaurs at $106M has grossed roughly 67% of its worldwide cume overseas with $72.2M for a worldwide total (as of last Sunday). The overseas figure is more than double Dinosaurs domestic box office to date of $34.4M.
UPDATE: International Box Office: ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Overseas Cume Nears $75M Led By France; ’12 Years A Slave’ Rises In UK; ’47 Ronin’ Crosses $25M In Russia; More
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 3:58 PM: I’ve earlier reported strong international numbers for The Wolf Of Wall Street based on the several territories where Universal is handling the film with all No. 1s across the board. But this is a movie that also has a lot of independent distributors around the world. Wolf backer Red Granite now has chimed in with its latest figure for the ex-U.S. cume, including Universal’s patch, and it’s an impressive $74.7M from 52 territories (for those keeping score, that’s 1,245 times what Jonah Hill says his payday was for the film). Domestic, the movie is at about $91M and notably, Wolf‘s strongest overseas market to date by far is France. It’s released there by the Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Filmexport. The French take according to the latest numbers I have is $21.17M. Although it opened on Christmas Day in France, it has taken more than half of its 2.4M admissions in 2014 and had a drop of only 12% in its 4th week that ended January 21. In the UK, the movie took an impressive $7.5M in its opening this past weekend; there it’s rated 18 which is basically an NC-17, and in France, where the ratings board tends to take sex scenes with less issue, it’s rated so that anyone over 12 can be admitted. That’s a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio fans. There’s for sure heat on this movie given the controversies surrounding it, but as I’m often told — and as I have experienced over 20 years here — a director’s name means a helluva a lot, and coupled with a major star, in a country of cinephiles like France it’s not surprising that they are lapping up this latest. Outside France and the strong Universal territories noted below, The Wolf Of Wall Street is also hot in Belgium ($2.49M) Holland ($3.56M) and Poland ($3.58M) as of the latest figures.
UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 9:51 AM PT: With Universal’s final figures in for The Wolf Of Wall Street overseas this past weekend, the international cume from its territories is now $28.5M. Actuals were a touch off in the UK ($7.5M vs an estimated $7.6M), but higher than expected in Germany, Spain, Austria and German-speaking Switerland. In other Universal news, 47 Ronin has been having a strong run in Russia despite its underperformance elsewhere. In its 3rd frame there this weekend, the film placed No. 3 and broke the $25M barrier. Fox’s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty also had a better than previously estimated weekend, with an international cume to date of $106.2M. And the heavily Oscar-nominated 12 Years A Slave added $7.62M for an international take of $23.92M and a worldwide haul of $64.2M. It’s currently playing in 21 international markets with Belgium and France opening today. The first 2 PM showing in Paris this afternoon sold 2,400 tickets on 32 screens, outperforming Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises and Stallone/De Niro vehicle Grudge Match. The Martin Luther King holiday slowed the release of some final international weekend figures, but numbers have been updated as they’ve come in below:
You’d think the producers of The Wolf Of Wall Street – the Martin Scorsese-directed film financed by Red Granite International and distributed by Paramount with a budget they claim is around $100M — could have anted up a bit more for Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill. On Tuesday, Hill — the sidekick to Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf Of Wall Street – said on The Howard Stern Show he was paid only $60,000 for his role before commissions and taxes, adding that DiCaprio was paid probably around $10M (DiCaprio starred and produced). “They gave me the lowest amount of money possible. That was their offer and I said, ‘I will sign the paper tonight. Fax ‘em the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind. I wanna sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can’t change their mind,” Hill said. He said he wanted to work for Scorsese. “I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for him,” added Hill. “This isn’t what you make money for. You do 22 Jump Street or you do other things, and you can pay your rent. I would’ve done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second … This sh*t isn’t about money. You should do things that you care about.” The movie, Hill, DiCaprio and Terence Winter were nominated …