Emma Roberts To Star With Sam Worthington In Action-Thriller ‘For The Dogs’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 8:50am PST
Mike Fleming

emmarobertsEXCLUSIVE: Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in the Jonathan Mostow-directed action thriller For The Dogs. The film is an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel. Paul Leyden originally adapted, … Read More »

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‘Elysium’ #1 But Can’t Break $30M, ‘The Millers’ #2, ‘Planes’ #3, ‘Percy Jackson: Monsters’ #4; ‘Smurfs 2′ Now $156M Global

Related: World War Z Cracks $500 Million Worldwide For Brad Pitt’s Biggest

MONDAY 7 AM, 7TH UPDATE: This weekend’s total moviegoing was $158M which is +11% from last year. Overall a too-crowded marketplace. Meanwhile, I’m seeing a big schism separating audiences and critics as Summer 2013 continues. CinemaScores are coming in higher and higher for pics that Rotten Tomatoes is rating lower and lower. Who’s out of touch: movie reviewers or filmgoers? Well, Rotten Tomatoes scored 3 of the 4 newcomers only 24%-34% for positive reviews even though they received high CinemaScores. Hmm, interesting development.

Sony Pictures’ futuristic Elysium (playing in 3,284 theaters) received only a ‘B’ CinemaScore from audiences but 67% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and written/directed by Neill Blomkamp, it was sitting in the #1 spot as of Sunday but didn’t break $30M domestic. Sure, Elysium was sci-fi, R-rated, and cool – yet it still underperformed because of summer movie fatigue. Film did deliver a best-ever August opening on IMAX screens. Opening weekend demos show audience was 61% male and 39% female and 52% was under 30. Studio is banking on foreign coin. Earning $10.9M from 17 markets, Russia, Tawan, and Ukraine launched #1 with Russia grossing $6.8M which was 46% bigger than the opening of District 9. Problem is that domestically pic hasn’t been as well-received as Blomkamp’s previous District 9 sleeper hit which opened to $37.4M in mid-August 2009 on its way to earning $210.8M worldwide. Elysium cost Sony $115M for worldwide rights since it was packaged, financed and produced by Media Rights Capital and produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp, and Simon Kinberg.

R-rated comedy We’re The Millers (3,260 theaters) ended the three-day weekend with $26.5, good enough for #2, and $38M for its first five days in theaters. New Line used to wear the Hollywood box office crown when it came to laugh-out-loud comedy. Not so much anymore. (Remember that bomb The Incredible Burt Wonderstone earlier this year?) So parent company Warner Bros is pleased to see We’re The Millers look like a hit for only a $37M production cost. “That put Millers way in front of the costly Elysium including the entire IMAX footprint,” a Warner Bros exec snarked. Including $1.7M for Tuesday’s 8 PM late shows in 2,700 locations, pic came in around $6.8M Wednesday for an easy #1 opening. Its ‘A-’ CinemaScore built word of mouth helped by omnipresent marketing and endless flacking by the boring Jennifer Aniston. (Who was all-too-willing to show off her stripper moves to get attention. So, Stephen Huvane, can your funnywoman make as reliable movie coin these days as Melissa McCarthy?) Toby Emmerich has successfully reteamed Aniston and her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis to satisfy moviegoers’ craving for summer comedies since The Heat, Grown Ups 2, and This Is The End only whetted their appetites.

Disney’s 3D Planes (3,702 theaters) received an ‘A-’ CinemaScore but only 24% positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes – and placed 3rd. PG toon is a Cars spinoff and resembles a Pixar product but isn’t. Instead, it’s from direct to DVD unit DisneyToon Studios and this pic was supposed to debut on home entertainment but didn’t. Planes opened to underwhelming $22M weekend theatrical grosses after the hand-holder turnout stayed low. It also was too crowded a family fare market where Despicable Me 2, Turbo, and Smurfs 2 are still playing. Internationally, the little blue guys/gals earned $34.6M in its second weekend of release, bringing the overseas cume to $110M and $156.6M worldwide.

With a ‘B+’ CinemaScore, PG-rated Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters based on the best-selling book came in 4th through Sunday after opening Wednesday. With a CGI-heavy cost of $90M, this Harry Potter wannabe made only $23.4M for its first five days after pic’s TV ads ran incessantly during Discovery’s Shark Week. (Sea monsters, get it?) Exit polling showed that moviegoers were 59% female and 41% male with 61% under age 25 and 39% age 25 and over. Fox stressed that exits and CinemaScore were nearly identical to the first Percy with strength and playability in the middle of the country as well as Canada. The first Percy movie made $88.8M domestic and $138M international, so let’s see if this sequel can match both numbers. Percy 2 opened for $9.8M internationally after opening in 6 territories – Chile, Ecuador, Malaysia, Philippines and big markets Mexico and the UK – this weekend for 1,799 screens. More than 70 territories roll out through August with 15 more in September, and Japan and Venezuela in November.

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Hot Trailer: ‘We’re The Millers’ Red Band

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 10:50am PDT

Warner Bros releases New Line’s comedy We’re The Millers on August 7 with Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Ed Helms and Emma Roberts starring. The red-band trailer that just hit highlights the raunchier aspects of the story of a pot dealer and a stripper who team to fake being … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Jennifer Aniston And Jason Sudeikis’ ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 5:25pm PDT

Jennifer Aniston as a stripper. Ed Helms as a drug lord and Jason Sudeikis as a small-time dealer and his reluctant mule. Nick Offerman as a swingin’ camper. Emma Roberts as a gutter punk. Warner Bros just released the first trailer — a red band — for … Read More »

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Warner Bros Fills Out 2013 Slate, Dates ‘Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Millers’, ‘Prisoners’

Warner Bros has shifted the date of its Vera Farmiga horror thriller The Conjuring and added three movies to its 2013 release schedule. The new pics: The Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will … Read More »

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Emma Roberts Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 6:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Emma Roberts is in talks to join the Rawson Thurber-directed New Line comedy We’re The Millers opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Roberts will play Julia, a 20 year-old runaway with a dark side who pretends to … Read More »

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‘Narnia’s’ Will Poulter Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 5:03pm PDT

Will Poulter has joined the cast of We’re The Millers. The actor joins Jennifer Aniston and SNL’s Jason Sudeikis in the film. Poulter, who starts shooting on the movie on July 18, plays “Kenny” a teen … Read More »

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Ed Helms Sets Two Film Roles Before Returning To ‘The Office’

Mike Fleming

Ed Helms MoviesEXCLUSIVE: Before he returns for another season on The Office, Ed Helms will star opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in They Came Together, the David Wain-directed comedy that Wain and Michael Showalter wrote for … Read More »

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Jennifer Aniston Circling ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Monday April 9, 2012 @ 3:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Am now being told by sources close to Jason Sudeikis that he’s more than circling the male lead as I reported below.

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Aniston is circling We’re Read More »

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