Specialty Box Office: ‘Grand Budapest’ Extends Reign In Expansion; ‘Nymphomaniac’ Bows So-So Theatrically

Specialty Box OfficeThe Grand Budapest Hotel maintained its box office magic over in its third weekend following an expansion, even as a slew of newcomers bowed with mixed results.

Lars von Trier’s much ballyhooed and anticipated Nymphomaniac: Vol. I culminated with a 25 theater bow this weekend, grossing a so-so $175K for a $7K theater average. Magnolia noted the film, the first part of two Nymphomaniac films (the next opens in theaters April 4) has already been available via VOD and digital platforms, so conceivably a sizable portion of audiences may have wanted to experience the romp in the privacy of home.

On a straight theatrical comparison, Magnolia opened LVT’s previous film Melancholia in 19 theaters, grossing over $257K for a $13,535 PTA in November 2011. nymphomaniacMelancholia went on to cume just over $3.03M domestically. Still, his 2009 release Antichrist opened in just 6 theaters in October 2009, averaging $11,900 ($404,122 domestic cume). Magnolia noted Sunday reporting its Nymphomaniac numbers: “The first volume of Nymphomaniac finally opened after months of buildup and anticipation – from audiences and from us. It did well across the country and lived up to our expectations for it. Combined with a really great VOD take so far, it’s a winner. We’re excited about Volume II, which is on VOD now and in theaters April 4.” On the other end of the spectrum, Freestyle Releasing’s God’s Not Dead blitzed the box office with $8.9M in 780 theaters; read more on that in Anita Busch’s mainstream b.o. report. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Checks In With Lofty $55K PTA In Expansion; Bateman’s ‘Bad Words’ Solid

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 11:11am PDT

Specialty Box OfficeThe Grand Budapest Hotel continued to charm audiences as it expanded, cashing in. The Fox Searchlight powerhouse moved into 66 theaters in its second weekend, grossing a cool $3.64M for a still dazzling $55,152 per-theater average. The Wes Anderson film shattered a slew of records last weekend when it opened in four theaters with a $200K screen average. It is still a must-see in its second round and even surpassed Anderson’s last film Moonrise Kingdom in the b.o. in its second week. That film played in 16 theaters in its second weekend after a record-breaking opener $130K-plus average back in May 2012. In its second weekend, Moonrise averaged $53,043 and went on to cume over $45.5M.

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grand-budapest_2813768bBudapest placed 8th in the overall box office. Noted Searchlight Sunday reporting the numbers: “The film is reaching a wide audience beyond the core Wes Anderson fans. While moviegoers have been visiting Art houses and Specialty venues in record breaking fashion this weekend, there have also been great results in the few mainstream multiplexes that we opened as well. It appears that the film has as opportunity to cross over to an audience who may not have seen his films before, but are now ready to check into The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Searchlight will take Budapest to an additional 40 markets next week and will expand in existing cities, taking the feature to 275 – 325 theaters. And it will expand further later in the month and into April. Read More »

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Berlin: Wes Anderson & Cast Talk ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, Stefan Zweig & Pajamas

BerlinFilmFestival_badgeWes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel screened for the press here in Berlin this afternoon before officially opening the event tonight in competition. Reactions were greatly positive — one journalist at the film’s press conference looked about to cry over its beauty — although official reviews won’t appear until later this 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Press Conference - 64th Berlinale International Film Festivalevening. Stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan and Tilda Swinton attended the press conference to talk about the movie that follows the adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The nostalgic Euro caper involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.

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‘SNL’: Ed Norton Spoofs Wes Anderson

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 11:15pm PDT

Wes Anderson, horror maven? Here’s Edward Norton channeling his Grand Budapest Hotel co-star Owen Wilson and nailing Anderson’s twee trademarks in one of the night’s few bright spots:

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 7:48am PDT

Fox Searchlight yesterday set a March 7, 2014 release date for Wes Anderson‘s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and his trusted friend, lobby … Read More »

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ To Bow March 7, 2014

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 11:02am PDT

Fox Searchlight has dated the Ralph Fiennes-starrer for March 7, 2014. The timing is interesting since Wes Anderson‘s films usually get a lot of Oscar buzz and it’s sometimes hard to remember those pics released early in … Read More »

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R.I.P. Actor Kumar Pallana

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 8:50pm PDT

Kumar Pallana was a favorite of director Wes Anderson, who cast the India native as the butler in The Royal Tenenbaums after he’d appeared in the director’s Rushmore and Bottle Rocket. Pallana, who later acted in Anderson’s Read More »

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Col-Coa Unveils Partial Lineup; Wes Anderson Programs ‘Le Feu Follet’

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 4:02am PST

The annual City of Lights, City of Angels film festival runs in L.A. this year from April 15-22. Col-Coa, presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund — a partnership of the DGA, WGAW, MPAA and France’s SACEM – showcases new and vintage French movies and this year has given carte blanche to director Wes Anderson to program a classic title. Anderson has gone with Le Feu Follet (The Fire Within), Louis Malle’s 1963 drama that stars Maurice Ronet and Jeanne Moreau. Moreau also stars in Jacques Demy’s La Baie Des Anges (Bay Of Angels), whose restored version is getting a screening on its 50th anniversary. New on the program is the Focus on a Producer initiative with Anne-Dominique Toussaint the inaugurual guest. Toussaint’s credits include César winner Les Beaux Gosses and 2007 sleeper Caramel. The Focus on a Filmmaker will be dedicated to Alain Resnais with a special presentation of 1974′s Stavisky starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The 90-year-old filmmaker’s latest work, Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vu (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet), which premiered in Cannes last year, will have its U.S. debut at the festival ahead of its May release. Read More »

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Exclusive Featurette: Original Screenplay Oscar Nominee ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 2:39pm PST
Pete Hammond

With a Best Picture nomination from the Producers Guild Of America, one of AFI’s Top Ten Films of the Year  and nominations for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, WGA Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards (along with Best Feature there too), Director Wes Anderson and his … Read More »

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Fleming Q&A’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Director Wes Anderson

By | Sunday December 30, 2012 @ 6:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

Moonrise Kingdom amounted to Wes Anderson at his best. It was a relate-able story of first love, injected with Anderson’s playful wit, his sense of the absurd, and his singular visual style. The result was a $66 million worldwide gross … Read More »

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Ralph Fiennes To Star In Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 5:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Ralph Fiennes will star in Grand Budapest Hotel, which is Wes Anderson’s followup to the summer hit Moonrise Kingdom. The film is coming together quickly with Anderson producing with Scott Rudin and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales, Anderson’s collaborators on Read More »

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Johnny Depp To Star In Wes Anderson’s Next Film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By | Monday July 16, 2012 @ 5:51pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Johnny Depp Wes Anderson MovieEXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp will star in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the next film that Wes Anderson wrote and will direct.

Anderson is going right back into business with his collaborators on Moonrise Kingdom, which is … Read More »

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ To Open Cannes; Lineup Includes Lee Daniels’ ‘Paperboy’, Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly’, John Hillcoat’s ‘Lawless’, Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud’

Related: Full Lists Of The 65th Cannes Film Festival Selection

UPDATE: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom will open the fest and play in competition. The competition is rife with directors hailing from English-speaking territories. As expected Lee Daniels is in with Paperboy, Andrew Dominik will be there with Killing Them Softly, John Hillcoat’s Lawless has a berth and so do David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Jeff Nichols’ Mud and The Angels’s Share from Ken Loach. Walter Salles’ English-language On The Road is locked. The full list of competition films follows:
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Hot Trailer: ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

By | Thursday January 12, 2012 @ 1:47pm PST

Moonrise Kingdom, which Focus Features is releasing May 25, 2012, definitely has that Wes Anderson feel and co-stars members of his usual troupe including Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The film is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, when a pair … Read More »

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Focus Features Acquires Worldwide Rights To Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Mike Fleming

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights from Indian Paintbrush on Moonrise Kingdom, the Wes Anderson-directed film that stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Fran McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. Anderson has begun filming, from a script he wrote with … Read More »

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Guillermo Del Toro Starting Stop-Motion ‘Pinocchio’ Feature With Henson And Pathe

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company and Pathe are ready to go on Pinocchio, a 3D stop motion animated adaptation of the Carlo Collodi fairy tale that will be edgier than the 1940 animated Disney classic. Gris Grimly will co-direct with Mark Gustafson, and production will begin later … Read More »

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Steven Rales Staffs Indian Paintbrush

Mike Fleming

Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior  veep … Read More »

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Wes Anderson Attracts Killer Cast For ‘Moon Rise Kingdom’

Mike Fleming

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