Specialty movies openers bowed mostly middling at at best, and a couple of pictures may have suffered residual Hurricane Sandy trauma. Adopt Films’ Café De Flore took the per-theater-average crown with $10K in one location. Entertainment One’s A Late Quartet bowed in 9 theaters with a fairly solid average of 8,433, although the distributor suggested the figure was lower than it might have been if The Sunshine in Manhattan’s Lower East Side had been able to re-open sooner. The cinema regained power midday Saturday. TWC’s This Must Be The Place hit the skids with a $3,526 average in a pair of locations, while Radius’ The Details managed only a modest $1,427 average. Roadside/Lionsgate’s art-thriller The Bay bottomed out with a $932 average from 23 theaters. But Anchor Bay’s Vamps fizzled with $500 in one theater. Magnolia Pictures opted not to report numbers for its opener Jack And Diane because it didn’t open in NYC until today because of the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Read More »
Box office repercussions of Hurricane Sandy likely will continue this weekend in the Specialty market. Two releases, A Late Quartet and This Must Be The Place were set for launches at the Sunshine Theater in Manhattan’s Lower East Side which is still without electricity. Con Edison notified customers in the area today that power is estimated to return Saturday at 11PM. Magnolia Pictures will roll out Jack And Diane whose director Bradley Rust Gray lured a nice cache of talent. And Roadside takes on theatrical distribution for Barry Levinson‘s sci-fi thriller The Bay, which centers on an ecological disaster.
Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Michael Wallach
Cast: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Christoph Denham, Michael Beasley
Distributor: Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate
Lionsgate initially picked up Barry Levinson’s sci-fi thriller The Bay after viewing a promotion reel. Oddly apropos to the Hurricane Sandy disaster, the story unfolds in a small Maryland town. “We’re positioning it as a horror movie for film lovers,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen. “Barry Levinson is loved and we’re hoping for a more sophisticated audience as opposed to the regular horror audience.” Read More »
The Weinstein Company has debuted the domestic trailer for director Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch. Penn plays a bored ex-rock star who at age 50 lives off his royalties in Dublin until family drama starts him on a quest across America. Release date is November 2nd:
This Must Be The Place is one of four movies added today to the lineup at next month’s Sundance Film Festival. Sean Penn plays a retired goth rock star who sets out to find the Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz. The movie, which also screened at Cannes, was directed by Paolo Sorrentino and written by Umberto Contarello and Paolo Sorrentinost. Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch co-star.
The Sean Penn-starrer This Must Be The Place is among the four films that were added to the Sundance Film Festival slate today. The quartet bring the total number of feature films at the fest, set for January 19-29, to 117. Previous late additions to Sundance include The Kids Are All Right, which premiered there in 2010 and ended up being nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. This Must Be The Place, about a retired rock star who sets out to find the man who persecuted father at Auschwitz, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S., joins the Spotlight sidebar and represents the film’s North American premiere; another late addition to the Spotlight sidebar is Oslo: August 31st. The Premieres lineup has added Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s Predisposed, a comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg as a piano prodigy who enlists the help of a hapless drug dealer (Tracy Morgan) on the of an important audition. Melissa Leo also stars. Meanwhile, director-screenwriter Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End has been added to the Park City at Midnight program. Based on David Wong’s novel, it centers on a drug that allows users to drift across time and dimensions, with horrific results. Paul Giamatti co-stars.
BREAKING: In the culmination of talks that go back to the Cannes Film Festival last May, The Weinstein Company acquired North American distribution rights to This Must Be the Place, the Paolo Sorrentino-directed drama that stars Sean Penn as a retired rock star who comes out of seclusion to continue the hunt for the ex-Nazi war criminal who humiliated his father, who has just died. The film is produced by Lucky Red, Indigo Film and Medusa Film. It was an official selection at Cannes and there was distributor interest in the film for an awards season release for the performance by Penn, who as an aging rock star looks a lot like The Cure’s Robert Smith. At this point, it’s going to be too late to launch the film for this year’s Oscar race, particularly because TWC has other films that are expected to be in the Oscar hunt, including The Artist and the Meryl Streep-starrer Iron Lady. So expect to see This Must Be the Place in 2012. Nicola Guiliano and Francesca Cima produced with Andrea Occhipinti. UTA Independent Film Group repped the film and made the deal with TWC COO David Glasser. “Sorrentino is a true auteur,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “We were gripped by his film and are excited to share it with American audiences. Sean proves once again that he is one of the finest actors of our time.”
The 55th BFI London Film Festival has set its slate for the 16-day festival that runs Oct. 12-27. It’s composed mostly of the high-profile films that will have made their debuts at the Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals. The festival previously announced Fernando Meirelles’ 360 as its opener, and other highlights include George Clooney’s The Ides of March as well as The Descendants, the Alexander Payne film that stars Clooney. Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna, Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous, Madona’s W.E., Steve McQueen’s Shame, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Michel Hazanavicius’ celebrated silent film The Artist are all on the docket for the Gala Premiere section.
The Film on the Square program includes the Roman Polanski-directed Carnage, Gus Van Sant’s Restless, the Paolo Sorrentino-directed Sean Penn-starrer This Must Be the Place, Oren Moverman’s Rampart, Dee Rees’ Pariah and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene.