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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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‘Vampire Academy’ Midnight Mistake Turns Away Disappointed Fans Anxious To See New Flick

By and | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 9:54am PST

Moviegoers who showed up for thevampire-academy-movie-poster-2 (1) midnight screening of Vampire Academy at a Pacific Theatre in Glendale, CA last night were turned away after buying tickets for the vampire romp — learning upon arrival that the screening was cancelled. Refunds were issued. Turns out that nine theaters across the country jumped the gun, a little too anxious to open midnight shows for the vampire movie. Thursday midnights were never scheduled. Distributor The Weinstein Company noted that it rarely, if ever, schedules midnight shows on Thursday. “As a policy we don’t allow them,” said Erik Lomis, TWC’s president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment. weinstein_logo“They were listed by mistake. The theaters were informed either Wednesday night or Thursday morning as we found out about them.” The Glendale 18 was notified on Tuesday afternoon but tickets were still selling at 4 PM online all the way up to three hours before showtime. There were only nine theaters out of the 2,676 that made the error and certainly those fans who bought tickets Thursday will buy tickets for this weekend.

Related: BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: Little Legos Expected To Make Monster Opening

The daughter of one of the producers, Jillian Preger DeFrehn, who runs the Facebook fan page, showed up at the Glendale 18 to greet fans and ended up apologizing to everyone on … Read More »

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: Little Legos Expected To Make Monster Opening

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 11:08am PST

The Lego MovieWarner Bros.’ will be planting its flag in its tentpole this weekend with The Lego Movie which will dominate the three-day box office. Done in association with Village Roadshow, Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment, the picture is crossing demos from family to older teens with the hopes of pulling in an even older audience. College anyone? It doesn’t hurt that the voices are well-known names: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Chris Pratt leads. It’s the first full-length movie based on the LEGO brand, which by the way, has done a phenomenal job re-inventing itself and keeping relevant with an entirely new generation of consumers.The Monuments Men The 3D animated, PG rated film could take in a whopping $38M to $42Mthe studio thinks, but others think it could go much higher … much, much higher … unless the inclement weather across the nation dampens movie going this weekend. It bows in 3,775 theaters and there is no holdover stopping it so the weekend it is a wide open weekend for Warner Bros. In addition, Fandango let it be known today that The Lego Movie is turning out to be the second biggest advance ticket-seller among all animated films, behind only Toy Story 3. The company says that as of this morning, sales are surpassing advance ticket sales for … Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Vampire Academy’ Out of Valentine’s Day; Now Its Sony’s ‘RoboCop’ v Sony’s Kevin Hart Pic ‘About Last Night’

Vampire_AcademyMV5BMjE3NzcwMzA3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODMwNzIzMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Vampire Academy is moving up and out of Valentine’s Day weekend and will now bow on Feb. 7, giving the horror pic a couple of more weeks to play before RoboCop (MGM) and the next Kevin Hart pic About Last Night coming smashing through theater doors. Okay, now that Ride Along is busting up all Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday records at the box office with an estimated $42.2M take for the three day and $48M-plus for the four-day gross, Valentine’s Day weekend looks interesting given that Sony is releasing both pictures (Robocop on the Wednesday before). About Last Night, which also stars Regina Hall and Joy Bryant, will be released through its Screen Gems moniker. Of course, one is a violent actioner and the other is a romantic comedy so much different pics, but Sony’s gotta be thrilled after seeing these grosses. Read More »

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Year-End: @Deadline’s 20 Biggest Tweets Of 2013

By | Saturday December 28, 2013 @ 9:30am PST

Our biggest tweets 2013The next projects of a hot YouTube star, an Olympic swimmer and YearEnd2013_badgea unidirectional boy band, the latest news for Vampire Academy and Fifty Shades Of Grey movies, and the painful shocks of two much-loved actors’ early deaths were among the year’s 20 most retweeted and shared posts from Deadline on our main Twitter feed, @Deadline. Three subjects earned multiple visits to the Top 20: the band One Direction (if you include the Labor Day box office story on their concert movie) and the Vampire Diaries and Fifty Shades films. Here’s No. 1:

Check out the rest of the timeline here: Our Biggest Tweets 2013. Any surprises for you among the Top 20? Read More »

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‘Vampire Academy’s Lucy Fry Signs With ICM Partners

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 5:41pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Australian actress Lucy Fry (Mako Mermaids, Lightning Point) has signed with ICM Partners after a competitive agency pursuit. The 20-year-old makes her stateside debut next year in The Weinstein Co.’s Valentine’s Day release Vampire Academy, based on Richelle Mead’s best-selling young adult novels. Fry will split her time between Los Angeles and Australia. She’s also repped by IAM’s David Guillod and Mike Gillespie and by Monica Keightley in Australia.

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‘Vampire Academy’ Adds ‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland, Gabriel Byrne & More To Cast

EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company‘s Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters has added the final pieces to its casting puzzle. Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland and Vikings’ Gabriel Byrne will now also be sinking their teeth into the movie based on the books by Richelle Mead. Byrne will play Victor, one of the leaders of the Academy while Hyland will play Natalie, Victor’s daughter and the best friend of the lead Rose and Lissa characters. Lucy Fry and Zoey Deutch have already been announced as Lissa and Rose. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Joely Richardson and Dominic Sherwood have also joined the film. Richardson will play Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi Vampires. Sherwood will be playing Christian, Lissa’s love interest. These latest cast additions come on the heels of the announcement last week that Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods), Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Ashley Charles (White Buffalo) and Claire Foy (White Heat) had joined the ensemble cast. The film also stars Read More »

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‘Oblivion’s Olga Kurylenko Sinks Teeth Into ‘Vampire Academy’

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 5:43pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the global hit Oblivion, Olga Kurylenko has found a new role to sink her teeth into. She’s being set to star as Kirova, the head mistress of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, the screen adaptation of the six-volume Richelle Mead young adult novel series that Mark Waters is directing from a script by Daniel Waters. Production begins in late May, and The Weinstein Company is distributing. The film will star Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures), and Australian newcomer Lucy Fry, who’ll play lead characters Rose and Lissa alongside Russian star Danila Kozlovski (We Are From The Future,) who will play the role of Dimitri. Michael Preger and his Preger Entertainment banner is producing with Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Kintop Pictures’ Deepak Nayer. IM Global’s Stuart Ford is executive producer.

All six books have been bestsellers on The New York Times young adult list since the series debuted in 2007. Two of the books have been turned into graphic novels. The books tell the tale of Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old girl who has a mental and spiritual bond with her vampire best friend Lissa. The two girls attend a special school for Vampires who struggle to retain some humanity while other Vampires become more feral. She’s repped by CAA and Tavistock Wood.

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