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Hot Trailer: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′

The gang’s all back for the sequel to the 2011 comedy that banked more than $209M worldwide. This time, workaday dudes Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis try to launch their own business in Horrible Bosses 2, which also returns Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. Franchise rookies Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz turn up as our hero trio’s new adversaries. High jinks ensue when the boys hatch a plan to kidnap the adult son of a rogue investor who has taken over their company. Sean Anders, who co-wrote the script with John Morris, is in the director’s chair for this go-round. Warner Bros releases the New Line pic during Thanksgiving week. Here’s the first trailer:

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WB Dates Whitey Bulger Pic ‘Black Mass’ For Fall 2015

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 6:10pm PDT

WB Dates Whitey Bulger Pic ‘Black Mass’ For Fall 2015Warner Bros. announced today that their untitled Whitey Bulger film starring Johnny Depp, also known as Black Mass, will hit theaters on September 18, 2015. Universal’s Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke true life disaster pic Everest is the only wide-release competition currently slated for that weekend. Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) is helming the drama about Boston gangster Bulger’s notorious relationship with FBI agent John Connolly, which also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochran, Julianne Nicholson, and Adam Scott. Kevin Bacon joined the cast last week as the film continues to shoot through the summer.

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WB Recruits Ashleigh Powell To Adapt Female Commando Pic ‘The Athena Project’

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 5:46pm PDT

WB Recruits Ashleigh Powell To Adapt Female Commando Pic ‘The Athena Project’EXCLUSIVE: Women may comprise only 2.9 percent of director hires at Warner Bros. in the past five years, according to a recent viral infographic (the best numbers, over at Disney, hit only 7.4 percent), but the studio is off to a solid start with their female-centric action pic The Athena Project. Neophyte scribe Ashleigh Powell has been hired to adapt Brad Thor’s New York Times bestseller about an all-lady commando team, which has UFC fighter Ronda Rousey attached to star.

If you’re keeping tabs on up and coming female voices in genre, here’s one to add to a woefully short list. Powell landed on WB’s radar with the 2012 spec sale of her Black List script Somacell, a dystopian thriller about a female prison guard who discovers that the virtual reality process that rehabilitates convicts is not all it promises to be. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Mother Nature Has No Mercy In ‘Into the Storm’

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 2:15pm PDT

Hot Trailer: Mother Nature Has No Mercy In ‘Into the Storm’Warner Bros./New Line released a full-length trailer for their Aug. 8 title Into the Storm  and amid the onslaught of franchise films bowing that weekend (Lionsgate/Summit‘s Step Up All In and Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) this is one of the more underrated spectaculars on the summer release schedule. Clips were shown at Wondercon, and the film, helmed by Avatar VFX supervisor Steven Qualeliterally puts the audience in the middle of the film’s small town, Silverton, that’s being beaten up by a series of twisters. Richard Armitage plays a single father trying to shield his teenage son from this bad weather day. Matt Walsh (Veep), changing his comedy hat for action, plays an obsessed stormchaser who along with his meteorologist associate portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), cuts through the puddles like butter in their armored Titus vehicle as seen here.   Though it looks like a tank  from G.I. Joe, the Titus is based on an actual stormcashing vehicle and was constructed for the film out of an old Dodge pickup truck.

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Scoot McNairy Taking Sides In ‘Batman V. Superman’

Scoot McNairy Taking Sides In ‘Batman V. Superman’Versatile actor Scoot McNairy is joining Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, though nobody at Warner Bros will confirm it or tell us what the role is. The Zack Snyder-helmed pic is already shooting scootmwith Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man Of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter also starring. Pic bows May 6, 2016 and leaves the participants (at least those not killed off) moving right into the Justice League movie. McNairy’s repped by WME and The Group. He’s coming off 12 Years A Slave, the just-opened The Rover, and Non-Stop.

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Warner Bros Collars YA Horror Series ‘Monstrumologist’

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Warner Bros Collars YA Horror Series ‘Monstrumologist’Warner Bros has acquired the feature rights to Monstrumologist, the four-book YA novel by Rick Yancey. Jessica Postigo (The Mortal Instruments) has been set to adapt. The books revolve around a doctor and his orphan assistant. The doc studies dangerous creatures and monsters and in the middle of the night in 1888, monstwo specimens arrive at his home. It’s a half-eaten girl and an anthropuphagi, a vicious maneater without a head. The young assistant is tasked with helping his peculiar caretaker find more of the creatures.

Published in 2009, the original title was followed by The Curse Of The Wendigo, The Isle Of Blood and The Final Descent. Ellen Goldsmith Vein and Robert Teitel will produce and Eric Robinson and George Tillman Jr will be exec producers. Newly minted senior veep Drew Crevello and creative exec Jon Gonda will oversee for Warner Bros. Gersh reps Postigo, and CAA reps the author.

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LA Film Festival: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ Gets Closing Night Send-Off With Rousing Premiere

By | Friday June 20, 2014 @ 2:27am PDT
Pete Hammond

The Los Angeles Film Festival ended  Thursday night on a high note (a really high note, in fact) at LA Live with the premiere of Clint Eastwood‘s movie version of the smash Broadway jukebox musical, Jersey Boys which has been running nearly a decade — and with no end in sight. The film, which I thought was terrific but very different from what I saw on stage, will almost certainly goose the sales of the play. The conventional wisdom used to be that when a movie came out, the live show was toast. But in recent years Chicago, The Phantom Of The Opera, Mamma Mia!, and even Rock Of Ages have flourished on Broadway long after their film counterparts have come and gone. I expect no different from Jersey Boys; in this case there might even be more interest since both are really different animals telling the same story. And what a story it is. So far, critical reaction has been divided down the middle, but I guess it all depends on your life experience. Eastwood isn’t exactly known for doing musicals (and let’s not remember his acting role in 1970′s flop Broadway transfer Paint Your Wagon, where he sang “to the trees”). But he has a strong musical sense (having directed the Charlie Parker biopic, Bird and scored many of his own films as well as being a well-known jazz aficionado). This story of the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons from the tough neighborhoods of Jersey has been given grit and … Read More »

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R.I.P. Jim Miller, Former Longtime Warner Bros Exec

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 11:46am PDT

Longtime Warner Bros executive James (Jim ) R. Miller who worked at the studio for 20 years and guided many of its financial deals and joint ventures, died June 6 at age 72. He was battling pancreatic cancer but was undergoing a surgery on Monday and was expected out. He died suddenly and no exact cause of death is known yet.

Miller initially joined the studio in 1979 and was instrumental in creating off balance-sheet financing and financial joint ventures that propelled slate after studio slate. Simply put, he was the financial brains behind the studio to get movies financed and produced — the financial architect, if you will. He began at the studio as VP of business affairs and left in 2000 as president of worldwide theatrical business operation. He set the entire financial course for all of the studio’s motion picture operations.

Miller helped establish long-term relationship with Village Roadshow, helped with the PolyGram deal to acquire CastleRock Entertainment, and also  set up the joint venture between such companies as Arnon Milchan’s New Regency Enterprises; Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek; producer Jerry Weintraub; producers Joel Silver; and Jon Peters.

“Jim was an extraordinary executive,” said Bob Daly (former Warner Bros. co-chair) in a statement, “and the way Warner Bros. approaches deals today reflects the creativity and strategic thinking he instilled during his long tenure at the studio.” He was known as a smart guy in structuring deals but also known as a tough guy and negotiator for the studio. And … Read More »

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Warner Bros Ready To Reboot ‘Scooby-Doo’

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT
Mike Fleming

Warner Bros Ready To Reboot ‘Scooby-Doo’EXCLUSIVE: The gestation period for reboots seems to be getting short. Warner Bros in the early stages of launching a new Scooby-Doo. The studio made a Raja Gosnell-directed live-action comedy out of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon that starred Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Isla Fisher as the young sleuths. The film grossed $268 million worldwide, and Warner Bros and Gosnell made a sequel two years later. Now the studio is starting from scratch, setting Randall Green to craft a new adventure. There are no other attachments at the moment beyond original producer Charles Roven, who will produce this one for Atlas.

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Final Int’l Box Office: ‘Godzilla’ Thrashes Again With $38.4M Weekend Led By China; ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Fires Up $24.4M; ‘Fault’ On Fire In Brazil

Highlights: Godzilla (WB) lords over China with $38.4M open; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) stilil sharp with $37.3M; Maleficent (DIS) adds $37.2M; How To Train Your Dragon 2 enters 28 markets with $24.4M (total $26.1M); X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) flies over $450M; The Fault In Our Stars (FOX) shines with $16.1M; 22 Jump Street cops to $7M; Noah (PAR) enters Japanese waters, crosses $250M; More…

cinemaworldUPDATE, 3:44 PM, PT: Final numbers are in for Sony’s 22 Jump Street, Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, Tom Cruise’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla, Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Universal’s A Million Ways to Die in the West and Neighbors, and the festival fave Boyhood, the animated Rio2, the Viggo Mortenson, Oscar Issac thriller Two Faces of January and local Spanish hit, Spanish Affairs, Paramount Pictures’ Noah in Japan and more.

UPDATED SUNDAY, 4:02 PM PT: This was largely a Hollywood holdover weekend with some new market plays and only one major new entry. Of the Top 15 movies internationally, three were from offshore: Korean action thriller A Hard Day in its 3rd frame, Korean action noir For The Emperor in its 1st frame and Hong Kong’s Overheard 3. This is of course the first weekend of full-on World Cup action, which in Asia is not as all-consuming as in Europe. That’s despite Korea and Japan having teams in the mix. The massive sporting event certainly doesn’t seem to have dented box office in China where Godzilla roared to the best opening of 2014 while Edge Of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days Of Future Past continued to perform (see below). In Europe, on days when the major national teams play, box office can be down by about 50%-60% in the home markets, and by about 20% if the home team isn’t involved. The phenomenon may not be as drastic this year because of the time differences between Europe and Brazil which means most games are airing late at night on the Continent.

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However, overseas, across the Top 10 titles, the frame was down 22% on last weekend and 15% on last year. At this same point in 2013, Man Of Steel opened to $71.6M in 24 international markets. After Earth, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III and Star Trek Into Darkness were also still playing. Plus, Chinese action pic Switch flicked on at home with a $22M+ opening. Overall drops are expected this year during the World Cup play, when very few blockbuster type films open. That, however, opens the door for holdovers to stretch and counterprogrammers to pick up some of the slack. The films that tend to work during this period are ones that skew to female, family and older audiences. How To Train Your Dragon 2 was the only big new opener this week, with $24.4M across 28 territories. It dominated market share, while The Fault In Our Stars continued to woo overseas audiences. In other holdovers, Edge Of Tomorrow, Maleficent and X-Men: Days Of Future Past kept churning. Each of those films has received positive reviews (as has Dragon 2) and so given the studios’ strategic plans, could continue to show legs even if they begin to wobble a bit. Next weekend, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys warbles in the UK, France, Italy and elsewhere. The subject matter of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons may be a bit foreign to foreign auds, but moviegoers less concerned with football are likely to seek out a film by the respected director. TFIOS and HTTYD2 are hitting a bunch more markets next weekend as well; especially the latter which flies forth into about 30 including Australia, Mexico and Brazil, each of which were among the first film’s best territories. In Brazil, kids are also off from school. Maleficent, meanwhile, sees its China bow on June 20. See below the original post for key market breakdowns.

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Update: Intl Box Office: ‘Godzilla’ Thrashes Again With $38M Weekend Led By China; ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Fires Up $24.8M; More

Highlights: Godzilla (WB) lords over China with $36M open; Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) stilil sharp with $37.4M; Maleficent (DIS) adds $37.2M; How To Train Your Dragon 2 enters 25 markets with $24.8M; X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) flies over $450M; The Fault In Our Stars (FOX) shines with $16.4M; 22 Jump Street cops to $6.9M; Noah (PAR) enters Japanese waters, crosses $250M; More…

cinemaworldUPDATE, 4:02 PM PT: This was largely a Hollywood holdover weekend with some new market plays and only one major new entry. Of the Top 15 movies internationally, three were from offshore: Korean action thriller A Hard Day in its 3rd frame, Korean action noir For The Emperor in its 1st frame and Hong Kong’s Overheard 3. This is of course the first weekend of full-on World Cup action, which in Asia is not as all-consuming as in Europe. That’s despite Korea and Japan having teams in the mix. The massive sporting event certainly doesn’t seem to have dented box office in China where Godzilla roared to the best opening of 2014 while Edge Of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days Of Future Past continued to perform (see below). In Europe, on days when the major national teams play, box office can be down by about 50%-60% in the home markets, and by about 20% if the home team isn’t involved. The phenomenon may not be as drastic this year because of the time differences between Europe and Brazil which means most games are airing late at night on the Continent.

godzilla2014-china-poster

However, overseas, across the Top 10 titles, the frame was down 22% on last weekend and 15% on last year. At this same point in 2013, Man Of Steel opened to $71.6M in 24 international markets. After Earth, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III and Star Trek Into Darkness were also still playing. Plus, Chinese action pic Switch flicked on at home with a $22M+ opening. Overall drops are expected this year during the World Cup play, when very few blockbuster type films open. That, however, opens the door for holdovers to stretch and counterprogrammers to pick up some of the slack. The films that tend to work during this period are ones that skew to female, family and older audiences. How To Train Your Dragon 2 was the only big new opener this week, with $24.8M across 25 territories. It dominated market share, while The Fault In Our Stars continued to woo overseas audiences. In other holdovers, Edge Of Tomorrow, Maleficent and X-Men: Days Of Future Past kept churning. Each of those films has received positive reviews (as has Dragon 2) and so given the studios’ strategic plans, could continue to show legs even if they begin to wobble a bit. Next weekend, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys warbles in the UK, France, Italy and elsewhere. The subject matter of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons may be a bit foreign to foreign auds, but moviegoers less concerned with football are likely to seek out a film by the respected director. TFIOS and HTTYD2 are hitting a bunch more markets next weekend as well; especially the latter which flies forth into about 30 including Australia, Mexico and Brazil, each of which were among the first film’s best territories. In Brazil, kids are also off from school. Maleficent, meanwhile, sees its China bow on June 20. See below the original post for key market breakdowns.

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Warner Bros. Promotes Thomas Molter to EVP, International Distribution

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 7:28pm PDT

WB-Tom MolterWarner Bros. veteran Thomas Molter has been promoted from senior VP to executive VP, International Distribution and Exhibition Strategy. He reports to Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures International. The Burbank-based Molter, who has been with the studio a decade, is credited with being a significant player in the studio’s international distribution strategy for such successes as Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy and The Lego Movie.

In addition to his current responsibilities, the studio said he will serve as “key executive on all international exhibition issues,” including digital delivery, deployment strategy, and strategic partnerships. Molter will continue to coordinate with domestic distribution, studio technical operations, post-production and filmmakers on new tech developments.

“Tom has been integral in defining, negotiating and implementing Warner Bros.’ international digital strategy,” said Kwan Vandenberg in a statement. “He is an enormous asset to the division and will be instrumental in the collaboration between Warner Bros. and the exhibition community and technology providers.”

Before joining the studio, Molter served as VP and managing director, worldwide all media, for the Motion Picture Association.  He started his career in television, producing a syndicated outdoor sports program and serving as a business development consultant for Showtime Networks in New York and Samuel Goldwyn Television Production in Los Angeles.

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Guillermo Del Toro Won’t Helm ‘Beauty’ With Emma Watson At Warner Bros

By | Thursday June 12, 2014 @ 3:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo del Toro has withdrawn as the Emma Watson Beauty Moviedirector of Beauty, the live-action revisionist take on Beauty And The Beast that has Emma Watson attached to star. Warner Bros has started the process of finding a new director. Del Toro had other commitments, but he’s still firmly part of the movie. He wrote the script, and he’s producing the film with Denise DiNovi. Del Toro is directing the haunted house pic Crimson Peak.

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Is Amazon Messing With Warner Bros Home Video Preorders?

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 7:53am PDT

hr_The_LEGO_Movie_9The New York Times says the retailer is — part of its effort to secure a bigger piece of the sales, similar to its showdown with Hachette Book Group. And that looks accurate: Amazon‘s pages for disc Amazon logoWarner Bros releases including The Lego Movie (out on June 17), 300: Rise Of An Empire (June 24), Winter’s Tale (June 24), Transcendence (July 22), and Looney Tunes The Platinum Collection 3 (August 12) tell potential buyers to “Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available.” They also aren’t listed on a page for pre-orders. By contrast, Walmart, >Best Buy, and Target’s sites enable customers to preorder discs of the movies. Complaints from consumers on Amazon’s message boards indicate that it began to clip preorders for Warner Bros releases in May.

Related: Stephen Colbert Declares War On Amazon (Video)

Amazon’s curtailing of preorders for Hachette books raised questions about whether the retailer has too much muscle to set terms with its suppliers — what’s known as monoposony power. Amazon controls about half of all book sales in the U.S. Read More »

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Warner Bros Sets Kieran Darcy-Smith To Helm ‘Blackwater’

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 3:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

kieranEXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has tapped Australian actor/filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith to direct Blackwater, a fact-based story that is being scripted by Gideon Yago. Jon Peters brought the project into the studio and is producing.

Blackwater is the true story of the rise of Erik Prince’s privatized military company Blackwater Worldwide, which became a controversial yet key player in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four former guards from the security firm are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed in Baghdad that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe in 2007. The contractors were working for the State Department and Blackwater claimed the deadly force was necessary. Read More »

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WB Comedy ‘The Intern’ Hires ‘Pitch Perfect’s Adam DeVine

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 3:17pm PDT

Adam DeVine Pitch Perfect 2EXCLUSIVE: Pitch Perfect‘s Adam DeVine is suiting up for Nancy MeyersThe Intern opposite Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. He’ll play the head of the interns in Warner Bros’ comedy about a seventysomething widower (De Niro) who enters an intern program and is assigned to the founder of a successful fashion website (Hathaway). Reese Witherspoon was initially set for the web maven role before Hathaway stepped into the lead in February. It’s the latest studio gig to line up for DeVine, who recently reprised his Pitch Perfect role as an a cappella singing competitor in Universal’s Elizabeth Banks-helmed sequel and stars in Sony’s horror flick Final Girls opposite Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, and Alexander Ludwig. Later this month he begins filming the second season of his Comedy Central show Adam DeVine’s House Party before returning for the fifth season of Workaholics next year. He’s repped by WME, Avalon Management Group and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.

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Warner Bros Wants Bert Fields’ Law Firm Tossed From ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Case

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 12:31pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEThe $80 million legal battle between Warner Bros and the Saul Zaentz Company and the estate of The Lord Of The Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien over copyright and digital merchandising just took another turn – this time against some of the lawyers. The warner_bros_logo_by_warnerbrosplz-d4jcoxr-2__130313223131__130711194807studio and its partner in this case this week filed a motion to have Fourth Age’s lawyers Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP disqualified from the case. “Warner and Zaentz bring this motion to disqualify Greenberg as counsel of record for the Tolkien/HC Parties in this litigation and for other relief, because the firm impermissibly gained access to privileged information in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct,” said the motion filed yesterday in federal court. WB and Zaentz have asked for a hearing on July 7 for Judge Audrey Collinsto to rule on their motion (read it here).

The other side says this is all a smokescreen. “There is absolutely no basis for the motion filed by WB and Zaentz yesterday,” said Greenberg attorney Bonnie Eskenazi today. ”Greenberg Glusker acted properly in all respects at all times.  The motion was filed for purely and transparently tactical and strategic reasons. We look forward to the Court vindicating our position.” The filing comes just over two weeks after the court denied a motion by Zarntz seeking to get a review of a document it wanted clawbacked. That ruling allowed the third-party business proposal paperwork with its reference to “tangibility” in the margins to be included in the case.  It is non-tangible merchandising, such as online slot machines and other digital merchandising, that makes up the heart of the Tolkien estate’s case. While a partner in the firm, heavyweight Hollywood lawyer Bert Fields is not directly involved in this case. Read More »

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UPDATE: Int’l Box Office: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Cruises To $60.3M Through Friday; Saturday Lifts China Haul To $16.5M

International Box Office-cUPDATE, SATURDAY 12:31 PM PT: After opening at No. 1 in China on Friday, Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow added an estimated $9.6M on Saturday to bring its local cume to $16.56M. The screen count has been modified from yesterday’s 4,000 to 6,272, or about a third of the available real estate. The two-day haul is nearly double what Cruise’s Oblivion did in its first three days in China which went on to be that film’s biggest non-U.S. territory last year at $23.7M. It’s also a Friday-Saturday increase, something EOT experienced last weekend in several territories. In all, the Friday gross across 36 international markets was an estimated $19.3M, taking the total to $60.3M — that figure does not include the Saturday numbers from China. Next weekend, EOT will face competition from Godzilla in the Middle Kingdom, followed by Maleficent on June 20.

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International Box Office: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Dawns To $3.8M In Korea; Overseas Cume At $33M As Rollout Ramps Up

cinemaworldAfter bowing in 28 overseas territories last weekend, Warner BrosTom Cruise-starrer Edge Of Tomorrow is storming into a further 36 this frame. The initial weekend was worth $20.1M to the Doug Liman-directed pic. Openings yesterday brought in an estimated $6.2M, taking the cume to $33M. The sci-fi actioner had a terrific debut in Korea on Wednesday where it was a public holiday. On 681 screens, it grossed an estimated $3.8M (KRW 3.9B). Excluding Tuesday sneaks, the Wednesday gross was KRW 3.2B, giving Warner Bros’ its biggest opening of all time there. It also ranks as the 4th biggest industry opening, and the XXX EOT-TRL2-01925R.JPG D ENTbiggest ever bow for a Tom Cruise movie — outperforming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol by 70%. With a five-day holiday afoot, Warner says it’s poised for a record-breaking debut. As I noted last week, Edge Of Tomorrow already had No. 1 starts in parts of Asia including Indonesia (also Cruise’s best opening ever) and Taiwan. It heads to China tomorrow which gave Cruise’s Oblivion its best ex-U.S. perf last year with $23.7M.

The movie, that’s got a $178M production budget, is taking advantage of a potentially lucrative pre-World Cup slot and has been expected to build internationally. It’s gotten strong reviews, has good word of mouth, and showed Friday-Saturday increases in important markets last weekend including … Read More »

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