Definitely not a weekend to remember, with newcomers and recent holdovers coming in mostly flat. Roman Polanski was the weekend’s star addition, though that wasn’t hard: Sundance Selects’ Venus In Fur grossed over $26K, averaging $13,100 per screen. The Cannes 2013 pic is kicking off a platform release, rolling out to the top 15 markets throughout July. Elsewhere in the specialty world, gastronomy die-hards can take some solace in Cohen Media Group’s Le Chef, which sliced off a morsel of attention in New York. The Berlinale 2012 comedy opened in one theater, grossing $10,894.
Sony Pictures Classics bowed Paul Haggis‘ Toronto feature Third Person in five locations. It grossed just over $42K, averaging $8,419. Haggis said at the pic’s NYC theatrical premiere at the Sunshine that the 2-hour-plus feature demands attention with its parallel stories set in three cities. He joked with the crowd to use the restroom before it began and to “watch carefully.” His previous film, The Next Three Days, was a completely different game back in November 2010 when it bowed stateside. The action-thriller opened in more than 2,500 theaters, grossing over $6.5 million and ranking No. 5 that week with a $2,552 PTA. It went on to gross $21.1M domestically. The weekend wasn’t that busy for the bigger releases either, as two Sony sequels topped the domestic box office at what’s looking like less than $30 million each, while indie-seeming Clint Eastwood-directed musical adaptation Jersey Boys hit a false note, opening in fourth. Read More »
Paul Haggis’ Toronto ’13 debut Third Person will be this weekend’s major counter-weight to the studios’ summer blitz. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde and James Franco, the film had its NYC debut earlier this week with a fashionable crowd at Manhattan’s Sunshine Theater courtesy of the Cinema Society. Haggis introduced some key cast members and warned everyone to “use the restroom” before the screening began and urged everyone to “watch carefully.” The feature is of course, one of a number of specialties opening this weekend. Among them is Oscilloscope’s Coherence which exploited its low budget roots and made a splash at last year’s Fantastic Fest. Music Box Films is opening Scandinavian discovery The Last Sentence and Big World will finally bow Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale stateside. The weekend’s largest roll out in terms of theater count among the limited release titles comes courtesy of Bollywood. Fox International Productions will bow comedy Humshakals across North America. Noteworthy this week is the upcoming Richard Linklater film Boyhood. The title, made over 12 years, had a boisterous premiere at the opening of BAMcinemafest in Brooklyn Wednesday night with a star-studded event that brought out Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and more. Speculation among insiders at the party last night was that the July opener will be a box office powerhouse and a serious awards contender.
Director-writer: Paul Haggis
Cast: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Maria Bello, Loan Chabanol
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
After Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days (2010) was completed, he immediately dove into writing a script for what would be Third Person. Set in Rome, Paris and New York, the romantic drama is the story of three interlocking love stories involving three couples. It took me two-and-a-half years to write the script only because I allowed the characters to take me where they wanted to take me,” Paul Haggis said at the Sunshine Theater Tuesday night at the premiere of the film hosted by the Cinema Society and Revlon. Read More »
NEW YORK (November 7, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to Paul Haggis’ THIRD PERSON. Written and directed by Haggis, the film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and features an all-star cast including Academy Award®-nominee Liam Neeson, Academy Award®-winner Kim Basinger, Academy Award®-winner Adrien Brody, Academy Award®-nominee James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Maria Bello. Michael Nozik of Hwy61 and Haggis produced the film along with Paul Breuls of Corsan, who also provided the financing. THIRD PERSON wends its way through three cities and three tales. The various stories, situated in Paris, Rome, and New York, are, at first glance, all separate, but Haggis effortlessly makes connections among them as the film unwinds, concentrating on three men and their romantic entanglements. Gradually, each one of these stories unveils its secrets, testifying to the whims and complexities of life. Surfaces are deceptive in the Haggis universe, but as each story is explored we discover untold pleasures and pains. Life is never easy: it can be deceptive, inhabited by anger and jealousy, but it can also be surprisingly joyous. Sony Pictures Classics, CAA and Paradigm negotiated the deal.
Related: Liam Neeson Among Those Lining Up For ‘Third Person’
In May, I reported that offers were going out to Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde to star in Paul Haggis’ upcoming drama, Third Person. Today, Belgian production and finance company Corsan announced that it’s in negotiations with Neeson and Wilde, along with Mila Kunis, Casey Affleck, James Franco and Moran Atias.
The Haggis-scripted film follows three intersecting storylines set in Paris, New York and Rome. Each section represents a different stage of love from the beginning to the middle and the end of a relationship.
Shooting begins in Rome on Oct 17 on a budget in the high teens, Corsan said. The company, which previously backed The Devil’s Double, is funding, producing and handling foreign sales. Haggis and Michael Nozik are producing via their Hwy61 shingle. Paul Breuls is producing for Corsan. Haggis, Neeson, Franco and Kunis are repped by CAA. Wilde, Affleck and Atias are repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Haggis must have a thing for the number 3. His last film was The Next Three Days and the director’s upcoming drama, Third Person, is now headed to Belgian company Corsan for world sales here in Cannes. Offers are understood to be going out to Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde to star in the film that follows three interconnected storylines set in Paris, New York and Rome. The Paris section chronicles an on/off affair between a frustrated writer and his lover. In New York, a woman who denies trying to kill her son, is trying to regain custody. And in Rome, an American businessman falls for an Italian woman and must help free her daughter who has been kidnapped by a local gangster. Paul Breuls is producing with Haggis and Michael Nozik. Haggis wrote the script. He’s repped by CAA, and that agency packaged the film and is co-representing domestic rights with Paradigm.
Corsan previously backed and co-produced The Devil’s Double starring Dominic Cooper. Here in Cannes it’s also handling Lee Tamahori’s thriller Emperor, Roland Jaffe’s Singularity with Josh Hartnett and Killing Season starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta.