Box Office: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ No. 1 With $21.8M; ‘Need For Speed’ Crashes; Tyler Perry’s ‘Mom’s Club’ Only $8M, ‘Budapest Hotel’ Exceptional … Again

OPENING: Need For Speed (DIS) no gas for the DreamWorks pic at $18M to $19M+, then $18M and now at $17.8M; Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club (LGF) is one of the worst openings for him to date with about $9.1M to $9.4M, now at $8M; Veronica Mars (WB) strong per-screen to take more than $2M+ for the weekend and did $1.9M; The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) expanded to 66 screens with another stellar $55,122 per screen; Frozen (DIS) still in Top 10 after 17 weeks with $396.3M cume.

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5th UPDATE, MONDAY 1:18 PM: Final numbers are in, and the No. 1 picture this weekend was the holdover Fox’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman. which, on a $145M negative (not counting marketing/distrib. costs) is now at $63.7M domestically and $149.3M worldwide. See overseas grosses from Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglione’s international box office report. The mystery is solved now, too, as to which film rounded out the Top Ten. It appears that Warner Bros’ Veronica Mars made $1.98M for the 3-day weekend, a step behind Sony’s The Monuments Men with $2M, so it didn’t crack it in its opening weekend. Nevertheless, Rob Thomas‘ film had a tidy per-screen average of $6,833, the highest of any Top 10 player with the exception of The Grand Budapest Hotel, which has done phenomenally well from Fox Searchlight in its limited release. mr-peabody-sherman05The Wes Anderson film has taken in almost $25M worldwide so far. It’s per-screen last weekend was a record-breaking $202,000 and now a remarkable $55,122. For more about this picture, expansion plans below and read Deadline’s Brian Brooks’ specialty box office story. 300: Rise Of An Empire (WB/Legendary) showed a lesser percentage dropthe-single-moms-club-movie-wallpaper-18 on Sunday and ended up with $19.2M this weekend to add to its international cume of $159.6M or $238M worldwide in its second week of release. The budget (not counting marketing and distribution costs) is about $110M. Need for Speed, the disappointing DreamWorks offering distributed by Disney, ended up with $17.8M; it didn’t open. Again, worldwide to date, it looks like it has so far made about $63.4M on a $66M negative. Tyler Perry’s Single Mom Club which had a slightly larger Sunday percentage decrease to take in only $8M, giving Wall Street the jitters. NOTEWORTHY: Disney’s Frozen, still in the top 10, will cross $400M domestically this week.

NEXT WEEKEND OPENERS: Divergent (LGF/Summit; wide) Could be a monster; Muppets Most Wanted (Dis; wide) Should do decent business for this family film (yes, very surprisingly, it crosses over to adults — well, at least this one); The Grand Budapest Hotel (FSL) and Bad Words (Focus) both expand.

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‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Donor Furor Over Inability To Download Movie On Flixster/Ultraviolet

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 8:47pm PDT

Veronica Mars key artAngry comments have erupted on the Veronica Mars Kickstarter site from donors upset that they are unable to download the movie via the service provided: Flixster/Ultraviolet. The film, which was funded on Kickstarter, promised that donors who pledged $35 or higher would “receive a digital version of the movie within a few days of the movie’s theatrical debut, plus the T-shirt, plus the pdf of the shooting script.” After Warner Bros declined to finance the idea based on its 2004-07 TV series, Veronica Mar’s creator/exec producer Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell went to the crowdfunding site with an intention of raising $2M to bring the popular TV series to the big screen, but it quickly ended up raising a whopping $5.7M.

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The comments range from, “This is a bunch of crap. Where is the MP4 download that just works, for everyone, with no problems?” and “This is ridiculous. I can’t even get a full download of Flixter (sic) to even attempt to watch the movie. Both I and my husband have been alternately trying to download it for over an hour. I have never been so disappointed … I’ve been looking forward to this for a year” to “I’m disappointed that the Flixster streaming/download isn’t working when we had a whole evening planned around watching the movie. I ended up paying $7.00 to rent the movie through amazon … ” Others wrote: “What a way to say ‘screw you’ to backers” and “I regret this funding.” And still another: “Giving up getting digital download to work. Happy movie got made but can’t help but feel ripped off for not getting the copy of the movie I was promised.” In response, Thomas sent out this statement to donors:

“We’ve read all of your comments since yesterday’s update. We know that some of you have strong opinions about the decision to provide digital versions of the movie through Flixster. As you’ll see in the original FAQ on our Kickstarter page, we’ve always planned to include Flixster as a digital distribution platform. But I also know that many of you use iTunes, Amazon or other platforms, and would prefer to claim your digital copies on your favorite service, so we hoped we’d also be able to arrange for more options. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible. In the end, Flixster was the best option for getting the digital movie reward out to all of you, worldwide, at the same time.”  He suggests calling the customer support team … okay, a total debacle.

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Box Office: ‘Need For Speed’ Late Night Off To Races With $1.1M; Questions For No. 1, 2, and 3 Spots; ‘Veronica Mars’ Midnight Surprise

Mr.-Peabody-And-ShermanUPDATED: 12:45 P.M.: Mr. Peabody & Sherman from Fox/DreamWorks is doing very well today with what looks like a $6M take in early estimates to come in second right now behind Need For Speed which is about $1M to $2M higher. Like I said below, this animated pic will get a nice bump from family audiences this weekend and about 19% of kids are off for early Easter break so that is fueling it. Tight race.

Need For SpeedPREVIOUS, Friday, 9:58 A.M.: Need For Speed, the soft PG-13 cross-country racing film from DreamWorks based on the Electronic Arts video game of the same name, opened with what distributor Disney said is a $1.1M take on Thursday night. The late shows started at 8 PM to grab good numbers — in fact, Oblivion, which opened in April of last year, also took in $1.1M in late nights. Need For Speed is expected to open around $25M-$28M for the three-day weekend to take the No. 1 spot. We’ll see how many gamers come out and bring a friend this weekend.
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PaleyFest: ‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Rob Thomas On A Sequel, Crowdfunding And That Poster Problem

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 8:39pm PDT

Veronica MarsDeadline caught up with Veronica Mars creator and executive producer Rob Thomas tonight at the Dolby Theatre before the opening panel of PaleyFest 2014, which celebrated a reunion of the former CW show’s cast prior to tomorrow’s bow of its Warner Bros feature film spinoff. “There’s language in the cast’s deals about a sequel and Kristen Bell and I have talked about it, but it’s all about hitting that magic [revenue] number with box office and VOD,” said Thomas about the franchise’s long-term prospects. Although Thomas – who leaves for Vancouver in 10 days to start production on his CW pilot iZombie — wouldn’t specify what that magic figure is for Veronica Mars to earn a sequel greenlight, speculation is that Warner Bros has built this project to win. In addition its day-and-date VOD release tomorrow, Warner Paleyfest 2014 logoBros will bow Veronica Mars in 291 theaters and will be content if it generates $1 million in theater ticket sales by Sunday. The studio’s only exposure is in P&A. But even if Veronica Mars falls short, Thomas said: “I wrote the movie in such a way that if we don’t see Veronica Mars again, the audience will be satisfied in a way that Season 3 did not. I wanted to go down swinging on this series.”

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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Opening Scene Hits Web: Video

By | Saturday March 1, 2014 @ 12:30pm PST

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell‘s crowdfunded Veronica Mars movie is slated to make its world premiere next Saturday at the SXSW Film Festival, but an early sneak peek at the film’s first two minutes has been released online. The … Read More »

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WB Going Day And Date In March With ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

By | Saturday February 22, 2014 @ 1:37pm PST

veronicamarsWB’s crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie will hit theaters March 14 globally and on VOD/digital the same day, helmer Rob Thomas announced Friday on the film’s Kickstarter page. The move marks a first for WB which like most major studios has … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Veronica Mars’ Gets Digital Spinoff Series On CW Starring Ryan Hansen

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST
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Veronica Mars MovieUPDATE 7 PM: The Veronica Mars digital series now has a premise and a star, courtesy of series Rob Thomas, which made the announcement on Twitter. “The CW web series: a comedy featuring attempting to … Read More »

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Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ To Open SXSW; ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Among Premieres

By and | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

sxsw__131015160212-200x183Look’s like something’s really going to be cooking in Austin this spring and we don’t mean BBQ. The SXSW Film Conference and Festival said today that Jon Favreau’s Chef will open the confab this year on March 7. It … Read More »

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‘Veronica Mars’ TV Series To Stream On Amazon Prime

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 9:13am PST

veronicamarsAmazon and Warners Bros Domestic TV Distribution have inked a deal to stream the Veronica Mars TV series exclusively on Amazon Prime. The series, starring Kristen Bell, will be available starting today, ahead of the March 14 premiere of the Veronica Mars movie, famously funded by a history-making Kickstarter campaign. The announcement comes a day after CBS and Amazon announced an exclusive streaming deal for upcoming CBS summer series Extant starring Halle Berry. The Veronica Mars TV series,created by screenwriter Rob Thomas, first premiered in 2004. The show is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and follows a high school student (Bell) who moonlights as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father. The Veronica Mars movie reached its Kickstarter goal of $2 million in just 10 hours back in March. At the end of the 31-day campaign, fans contributed $5.7 million, making Veronica Mars the number one funded project in the film category and the third-highest funded project in Kickstarter history. Here’s today’s full release: Read More »

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PaleyFest Unveils Full 2014 Schedule: ‘Lost’ Reunion Among Additions

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 8:47am PST

The-Paley-Center-for-media-logoThis year is being billed as the biggest William S. Paley Television Festival to date thanks in part to the move to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland for the fest that runs March 13-28. Added to the already-announced opening-night event featuring the Veronica Mars Kickstarter-funded reunion movie, organizers have added a lost-logoLost 10th anniversary reunion on March 16, Netflix participation (Orange Is The New Black), and a so-long session for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Also feted this year: Fox’s The Mindy Project and Sleepy Hollow; AMC’s Mad Men; the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Originals; ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Showtime’s Masters Of Sex; HBO’s Veep;     and NBC comedies Parks & Recreation and Community, the latter of which is back for a fifth season due to “popular demand”, the Paley Center for Media says. The full slate of panels announced today includes the already-confirmed ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars, and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, which will close out the fan confab. Here’s the full schedule: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Veronica Mars’

By | Friday January 3, 2014 @ 6:04am PST

Comic-Con attendees were treated to a mini-featurette and trailer for Veronica Mars back in July. Now, the first official trailer has dropped for the March 14th Warner Bros release. The movie made crowdfunding history in March last year when it raised its target Kickstarter … Read More »

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‘Veronica Mars’ Reunion To Open PaleyFest 2014

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 10:04am PST

The-Paley-Center-for-media-logoThe Paley Center for Media’s 31st annual TV confab is set for March 13-28 and is moving across town from the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. PaleyFest 2014 will kick … Read More »

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Pivot Acquires ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ And ‘Veronica Mars’

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

buffyveronicaParticipant Media-owned Pivot – the TV network targeting the millenial (age 18-34) generation – has acquired all episodes of Fox’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Warner Bros’ Veronica Mars. The series … Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Gets March 2014 Release Date

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 5:10pm PST

warnerbros_logoAll those Kickstarter contributors to Warner BrosVeronica Mars movie will be able to reap their rewards now that the studio has confirmed the worst-kept secret in town: the pic has been given a March 14, 2014 release date … Read More »

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Hot Comic-Con Trailer: ‘Veronica Mars’

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT

Here’s the mini-featurette and trailer that Comic-Con attendees saw yesterday during the Veronica Mars panel.

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Comic-Con: ‘Veronica Mars’ Team Says Film Will Be Love Letter To Fans As Pic Nears Production End

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

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UPDATE: Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen On Board For ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 11:00pm PDT

UPDATE: The latest Veronica Mars alum to join the Rob Thomas’ movie, Ryan Hansen, made the announcement with a choreographed video (watch below).

PREVIOUS: Krysten Ritter today made it official, announcing on Twitter that she also is coming back for Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars pic. Read More »

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Tina Majorino Also Back For ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 7:41am PDT
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Like with Arrested Development, the entire cast of Veronica Mars seems to be game about coming back for Rob Thomas’ movie. After Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Francis Capra, Tina Majorino too has signed on … Read More »

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UPDATE: Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III Join ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

By | Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE SATURDAY 1:30 PM: Another day, another Veronica Mars alum boarding Rob Thomas‘ crowdfunded feature. In an email to the project’s Kickstarter supporters, Thomas today announced that the series’ Chris Lowell is … Read More »

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