April 23, 2014

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Marvel’s The Avengers midnight gross

HollywoodNews.com: The unofficial midnight gross for Marvel’s The Avengers is $18.7 million. That’s the eighth-biggest such midnight haul on record. The seven ahead of it are The Hunger Games ($19.7 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($22 million), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I ($24 million), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($26 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30 million), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part I ($30 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($43 million). Obviously The Avengers was never going to top the midnight-grossers list, and its worth noting that the film earned more on its midnight debut that pretty much every prior Marvel Studios movie combined (Offhand, Thor earned $3.5 million, Captain America earned $4 million, and Iron Man 2 earned $7.5 million in their respective midnight debuts). It’s a larger midnight, just barely and likely due to inflation and the 3D-price bump, then The Dark Knight, which broke a midnight record four years ago with $18.5 million on its way to a $67 million opening day and a $158 million opening weekend (both records at the time).

Unless the film is front-loaded on the level of a Harry Potter sequel or a Twilight sequel, we’re looking at a $140-160 million debut here. But is the three-day record still in play? Let’s whip out the calculator!
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The Hunger Games topped the box office for the third time in a row

HollywoodNews.com: Whatever my issues with The Hunger Games in terms of its quality as a film, its continued box office might can only be a good thing. Considering the current trend of studios basically remaking/rebooting/rehashing every remotely popular property over the last thirty years, the fact that this NEW adaptation from a NEW novel is going to be among the top three grossing films of the year by a healthy margin can only be a good lesson. Anyway, The Hunger Games topped the box office for the third time in a row this weekend, dropping a perfectly reasonable 43% in weekend three, for a weekend haul of $33.5 million. This gives the film a massive $302 million in seventeen days, which is the second-largest such haul for a film outside of summer in history. That’s the fifth-biggest seventeen-day total in history, and 11 days ahead of Alice In Wonderland, the closest non-summer competitor and just two days behind Avatar. Forget Twilight comparisons, it’s already passed Eclipse, which is the highest-grossing entry in the series. And forget the majority of the Harry Potter series, as it’s $14 million away from surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it’s already tied with the $303 million 17-day total of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II with significantly larger second and third weekends to boot. At this point, it’s playing like Spider-Man 2 and the last Harry Potter film, with stronger weekends but lighter weekday grosses. The second Spidey pick ended its third weekend with $302 million and ended its domestic haul with $373 million, while Harry Potter 7.2 ended with $381 million. Factoring a rather busy April and the coming summer onslaught, that’s as good a place to predict as to where the first The Hunger Games ends up.
The top opener, one of two wide releases, was American Reunion. The unasked-for sequel is the fourth theatrical entry in the American Pie series but the eighth chapter counting the four direct-to-DVD films. This ‘most of you need a paycheck because none of you really broke out’ rehash opened to $21 million, which is almost identical to the $19 million debut this time last year of Scream 4. To be fair, at least some of the cast has worked relatively steadily since 1999, with Alyson Hannigan going from one [...]

The Hunger Games opened this weekend with a scorching $155 million

By Scott Mendelson
Besting any number of opening weekend records, The Hunger Games (review HERE) opened this weekend with a scorching $155 million. That’s the third-biggest opening weekend of all-time, behind The Dark Knight ($158 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($169 million). Obviously by virtue of being number 03 on the list, it’s also the biggest opening weekend for a non-summer movie, a non-sequel. It’s of course the biggest debut in history for a film not released by Warner Bros. during the third weekend in July, for those keeping release-date score. It’s also Lionsgate’s highest-grossing film ever after just three days, besting the $123 million-debut of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. While it’s Lionsgate’s most expensive movie, it’s still an example of smart budgeting as it came it at $90 million before tax credits which brought the total exposure to just $78 million. Even if you factor in the hardcore marketing campaign over the last month, Lionsgate is surely in the black or will be by Friday, making everything after this pure profit. There isn’t too much to say because this record debut has been prognosticated to the point of tedium over the last two months, as one tracking report after another continually upped the predicted opening weekend number, to the point where the film would have been called a ‘flop’ if it hadn’t opened with at least $100 million (not by me, mind you). But yeah, Lionsgate pulled some of the best marketing in modern history (teaser/trailer01/trailer02), turning a relatively popular young adult book series into a mainstream media ‘event’, which in turn made the film adaptation into a must-sample event even for audiences who only had token knowledge of the series.
Here’s the breakdown. The film pulled in $19.75 million at midnight on Friday night, and then pulled in $68.3 million on its opening day (the fifth-biggest Friday ever). The film held surprisingly strong on Saturday earning another $51 million, or down 25% from the Friday total but actually up 5% from the $48.5 million that the film earned during normal business hours on Friday. By the way, that non-midnight Friday total was the third-biggest on record, behind The Dark Knight ($48.7 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($49.8 million) and ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($43 million at midnight, $47.5 million [...]

Oscars: “Harry Potter” harbors legitimate Best Picture dreams – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Did “Return of the King” blaze a trail that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” – the eighth and final installment in the beloved film franchise – can walk on down?
The theory is being tested by Warner Bros. as the Oscar season continues to develop. For Your Consideration ads have been running on the trade Web sites for weeks. Screener copies of “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” have arrived in key guild mailboxes ahead of end-of-year voting. Screenings are being held in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London, giving voters a chance to see David Yates’ accomplishment on the big screen (as was intended).
Consider this, as well. The studio might have little choice but to pour its collective weight behind the final “Harry Potter” as its most likely Best Picture candidate. (“J. Edgar” likely will not get there, and Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” remains a mystery.)
Which brings us back to the Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings,” which earned its Oscars at the culmination of a lengthy journey. Eleven victories, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and several below-the-line categories … where the “Harry Potter” series has left its mark.
Until now.
“Historically, the movies have all been received as much more of a commercial venture as opposed to an artistic one,” Sue Kroll, Warners’ president of worldwide marketing, tells THR. “But I do think this newest film is different. It’s been one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. It really was an artistic breakthrough.”
The film also has the box office necessary to compete, earning $381 million domestically, the highest total in franchise history. And “Part 2” earned a staggering 96% Fresh, with only 10 of the 266 filed reviews counting toward the negative.
Are there places “Potter” can compete if it doesn’t make the Bets Picture cut? Absolutely. Alan Rickman earned the most raves for his franchise-spanning performance as Severus Snape. Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe each flirted with awards consideration for their reprisals of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, respectively.
But Warner would be wise to roll its dice on the evening’s biggest prize: Best Picture. A current frontrunner has yet to emerge from the pack this year, suggesting we might see an Oscar ceremony that spreads its love around to multiple pictures. If ever there would be a year where the winners in the Actor, Actress, Supporting [...]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II is the top grosser of 2011

HollywoodNews.com: As of yesterday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II is the highest-grossing film of 2011, both worldwide and domestically. On the domestic front, it surpass Transformers: Dark of the Moon and now sits at $344 million in just over a month of national release. On the worldwide front, the Harry Potter series finale is now the highest-grossing film of all-time not directed by James Cameron. Second only to Titanic ($1.8 billion) and Avatar ($2.7 billion), the eighth and final Harry Potter adventure now sits at $1.13 billion, surpassing the $1.119 billion gross of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Yes, we can discuss the 3D bump and the inflation argument, but Frodo’s big record (the biggest-grossing film not helmed by James Cameron) has held steady for nearly eight years as several films joined the $1 billion club but couldn’t get that extra $120 million needed to get over the hump. While it sits $7 million below Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in terms of pure overseas grosses, that will be surpassed in the next day or two, leaving the film as the third-biggest overseas grosser as well. All in just over a month of worldwide release.
So Harry Potter 7.2 stands as the biggest film not helmed by James Cameron, the highest-grossing sequel, Warner Bros’s highest-grossing film, etc etc. As far as inflation goes, it needs only $15 million in domestic sales to surpass the $360 million ‘adjusted-for-inflation’ gross of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is number two on the inflation-adjusted list (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s $445 million is pretty much out of reach). In terms of estimated tickets sold, Harry Potter 7.2 stands with 42.79 million tickets, good for fourth place in the series.
But it’s just under 2.4 million tickets away from the 45.175 million tickets sold by the fourth picture, while the tickets-sold champ (again the first film in the series) is likely out of reach with 55.9 million tickets sold. Point being, 3D bump or not, the film is likely going to become the second-most viewed (in theaters) entry of the series. And the entire series is currently at $7.5 billion worldwide, with a final total of over $8 billion certainly in the cards. Just think, if Warner Bros. had split book four [...]

“Final Destination 5″ coming to IMAX screens

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Let’s play the numbers game. The fifth “Final Destination” film hits theaters Aug. 12, but the 3D feature will be the first in the franchise to be released on IMAX screens simultaneously with its 2D and digital screen release.
“‘Final Destination 5’ is an exciting new addition to our 2011 slate and another example of our strong and enduring relationship with Warner Bros. Pictures,” Greg Foster, chairman and president of Imax Filmed Entertainment, said in a statement.
THR notes that the horror sequel “will be rolled out on 223 domestic and international 3D digital screens.” It will be following a release pattern carved out by Warner’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” last month.
It’s uncertain how “Final Destination” will do in the format, which plays very well for films like “Potter” and Michael Bay’s third “Transformers” film. But even if the horror sequel scratches the surface of those films’ grosses, Warner will have something to celebrate.
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“Harry Potter” shatters IMAX box office record

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yet another record topples before the mighty “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
David Yates’ massive conclusion to the eight-film “Potter” franchise just broke the highest opening weekend for an IMAX film, the latest benchmark cleared by the spectacular sequel.
The last “Potter” film grossed a reported $15.2 million from domestic IMAX showings over its opening weekend for what EW.com reports is “a sizzling $55,000 per theater average.”
In addition to breaking the IMAX number, “Potter” now holds the highest-grossing single day earning ($92 million), the highest-grossing midnight earning ($43.5 million), the highest domestic opening weekend ($169.2M) and the highest global opening weekend ($478.2M).
How high do you think Harry Potter will fly in his final theatrical go-round?
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“Harry Potter” shatters single-day record on Friday

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Audiences continue to be wild about Harry.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final “Potter” film, is breaking records as it rolls across the theaters of America. The sequel earned more than $90 million on Friday, shattering the one-day record previously held by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which raked in $72.7 million on its first day, THR reports.
The trade adds that this “Potter” film “is on track to score the biggest worldwide opening of all time, beating the $394 million earned by ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ in its debut.”
The last film has so much going in its favor. It received outstanding reviews. And it’s benefitting from the coveted 3D bump in ticket prices, the first film in the 10-year franchise to have such an instant increase.
That means “Hallows” could end up as the highest-grossing “Potter” film of all time, topping the current domestic leader “Sorcerer’s Stone” with $317.5 million. My guess? It will below that number away and even challenge “Avatar” for the highest-grossing movie of all time.
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Daniel Radcliffe Photos: Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Movie Photo Gallery of the Day” is Daniel Radcliffe.

Daniel Radcliffe has starred in seven Harry Potter movies since 2001. His final starring role as Harry Potter will be played in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” which will be in theaters this Friday, July 15. Enjoy his gallery!
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the titular character in the Harry Potter film series. His work on the series has earned him several awards and more than £60 million.
Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in BBC One’s television movie David Copperfield (1999), followed by his film debut in 2001′s The Tailor of Panama. Cast as Harry at the age of eleven, Radcliffe has starred in seven Harry Potter films since 2001, with the final instalment releasing in July 2011. In 2007 Radcliffe began to branch out from the series, starring in the London and New York productions of the play Equus, and the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The Woman in Black (2012) will be his first film project following the final Harry Potter movie.
Radcliffe has contributed to many charities, including Demelza House Children’s Hospice and The Trevor Project. He has also made public service announcements for the latter. In 2011 the actor was awarded the Trevor Project’s “Hero Award”.

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Rupert Grint thinks he’ll need counseling after ‘Harry Potter’

HollywoodNews.com: The ‘Harry Potter’ cast is in the middle of the premiere frenzy, something that might end up being too much to handle for them all.
Rupert Grint admits that he won’t know how to deal with everything once it all ends, states MTV. “I really don’t know what I’m supposed to do. Counseling. Just talk it all out,” Grint commented.
But for now, he is enjoying his final moments as Ron Weasley with the rest of the ‘Harry Potter’ cast.
Will you miss the movies?
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