Fox Searchlight had another solid debut this weekend with its initial limited opening of Belle in four New York and L.A. theaters, while foreign-language feature Ida showed some traction in a trio of locations despite the Spider-Man 2 juggernaut. While certainly nowhere near the stratospheric numbers of its fellow Searchlight roll out The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this year, British-set period drama Belle nevertheless managed a regal bow, grossing over $104K, giving the film a $26,123 theater average. Searchlight said the feature outgrossed Spidey at the Landmark in West LA and was the second highest grosser at the Arclight in Hollywood. In New York, it also had strong numbers at Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine theaters.
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“We’re pretty happy with how it opened. It’s an interesting thing with a film that’s very sophisticated like this and you’re hoping to get the cinephile crowd out,” Searchlight’s EVP of Distribution Frank Rodriguez told me Sunday morning. “The secret of this film is to keep it in theaters and see if it can get some traction. We know we have a great art film and we know we’re going to do well with it. The real goal here is to see if it can go a little mainstream. To do that with Spider-Man and the like will be interesting. Perhaps it’s a bit of counter-programming, but if we had had a $15 – 25K [PTA this weekend] I would have been happy, so we’re at the high end of that. In this business anything can happen, but we’re going into the right theaters and targeting a sophisticated audience.” Read More »
Walk Of Shame‘s long walk to release started when its original premiere date of September 2013 was pushed by original distributor FilmDistrict, eventually landing on a March 2014 date. Then FilmDistrict and Focus Features combined, and in the divvying up of titles this one ended up at Focus’ alternative distribution arm Focus World, which finally set a date of April 25. Elizabeth Banks stars as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised when a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown LA without a phone, car, ID or money — and eight hours to make it to a big job interview. Steve Brill wrote and directed. Here’s the first trailer:
First, the FilmDistrict rom-com was set for release this past September. Then in June it was pushed to March 14. Now Walk Of Shame has a new opening date — April 25 — and will be released by Focus World, the alternative-distribution initiative of Focus Features. Elizabeth Banks stars as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised when a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown LA without a phone, car, ID or money — and eight hours to make it to a big job interview. Steve Brill wrote and directed the film, which now will open against Echo, the adventure pic that Relativity acquired from Disney in July, and Fox’s Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman.
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FilmDistrict said it will now release Walk Of Shame wide on Friday, March 14, 2014. It originally was scheduled for September 20. The Elizabeth Banks-starrer written and directed by Steve Brill is a romantic comedy about an aspiring reporter (Banks) whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown LA without a phone, car, ID or money — and eight hours to make it to a big job interview.
The Elizabeth Banks-starrer Walk Of Shame will bow wide September 20, 2013. That’s the date FilmDistrict originally planned to release its horror sequel Insidious Chapter 2, but the distributor has now shifted that title up a week to a September 13, where it will face Open Road’s Machete Kills and Screen Gems’ drama Battle Of The Year. Steve Brill wrote and directed Walk Of Shame, a romantic comedy about an aspiring reporter (Banks) whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown LA without a phone, car, ID or money – and eight hours to make it to a big job interview. Read More »
Bill Burr, Liz Carey, Willie Garson, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Oliver Hudson, Alphonso McAuley, Kevin Nealon, Tig Notaro, Ethan Suplee and Sarah Wright will join Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden in Lakeshore and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment‘s Walk Of Shame. Steven Brill wrote and is directing the comedy, about a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car, and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life. Gillian Jacobs and Ken Davitian also are aboard. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing with Sidney Kimmel.
Borat co-star Ken Davitian treads Steven Brill’s Walk of Shame with James Marsden and Elizabeth Banks as Mr. Prioslav, the creepy cabbie who mistakes the uptight news anchor Meghan (Banks) for a stripper and puts her into some embarrassing situations. Davitian was seen most recently in the Oscar winning The Artist and will can next be seen with Jon Lovitz in the comedy Sharkproof plus a guest role on the new CBS series Friend Me. Davitian is repped by the Priluck Company and Mavrick Artists Agency.
Kathleen Rose Perkins has joined the Duplass Brothers project The Skeleton Twins. The comically stacked cast includes Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson and Bill Hader. Perkins also appears on Showtime’s Episodes and has parts in Diablo Cody’s Lamb Of God and the Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project. In Twins, she will play Wiig’s friend and former high school classmate. Perkins is managed by Devon Jackson.
James Marsden is heading to Walk Of Shame with Elizabeth Banks. He will play Gordon, Banks’ character’s love interest in the comedy written and directed by Steve Brill. Walk Of Shame follows an uptight news anchor (Banks) whose path to a big job interview spirals into a series of misadventures after being locked out of her place with no money, phone or ID. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi of Lakeshore Entertainment are producing with Sidney Kimmel. FilmDistrict is distributing domestically, with Sierra/Affinity selling the international rights. Marsden, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, will next be seen in Lee Daniels’ White House saga The Butler playing John F. Kennedy. He also will be in 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg coming out next year.