April 17, 2014

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“Ice Age 4″ tops with $46 million

HollywoodNews.com: It was the calm before the storm, with only one new wide release daring to debut the weekend before The Dark Knight Rises crushes everything in sight. That new release is 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift (essay). So it is with little surprise that the fourth entry in Fox’s animation crown jewel, sadly the first terrible entry of the previously ‘not bad’ series thus far, was number one this weekend, nor is it little surprise that it debuted with an estimated $46 million. That’s a little low all things considered, but Fox couldn’t give two craps about domestic gross anyway.
None of the prior three Ice Age films have ever topped $200 million domestic, but that didn’t stop Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs from exploding overseas three summers ago and earning $690 million overseas for a $886 million worldwide total, good for the third-highest grossing overseas total ever at the time (it’s eighth today) and still the most lopsided foreign grosses (77%) for any movie grossing over $775 million total (removing European films like The Full Monty, European-targeted titles like The Adventures of Tintin, or Miyazaki releases, it’s still #7 overall). So yeah, this new film opened with “just $45 million”. Gasp(!), that’s below the $68 million debut of Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006 ($82 million adjusted for inflation) and the $66 million Wed-Sun debut of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($41 million Fri-Sun), and right in line with the $46 million debut of Ice Age ($62 million adjusted for inflation). Despite the 3D bump (which the third film enjoyed as well), this fourth Ice Age film may struggle to top $150 million, putting it well below Ice Age ($176 million), Ice Age 2 ($195 million), and Ice Age 3 ($196 million). Oh well, it was already at $225 million overseas before it even opened in America, and it’ll surely be well over $300 million today with at least a $500-600 million worldwide total for the (comparatively cheap) $100 million animated feature. This is one franchise were America just doesn’t matter.
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Jennifer Lopez, Jeremy Renner join fourth “Ice Age”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner are two entertainers with tons of heat right now.
Maybe a little “Ice” can cool them down.
The pop singer and “American Idol” judge will join the Oscar-nominated star of “Mission: Impossible” and “The Avengers” as voices in the latest “Ice Age” film, as reported by THR.
Called “Continental Drift,” the fourth installment returns original stars Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck. The sequel also will aid the voice talents of Aziz Ansari, Wanda Sykes, Keke Palmer and hip-hop star Drake.
“Ice Age” hits theaters on July 13, 2012, and will look to expand on the booming business Blue Sky’s currently doing with “Rio,” in theaters now.
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Scrat short attached to “Gulliver’s Travels,” teases “Ice Age” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Ice Age” fans are in for a treat if and when they check out Jack Black’s “Gulliver’s Travels” in theaters over the holidays.
That’s because the original short film “Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up” will be attached to prints of “Travels,” and will star the infamous squirrel chasing after his elusive acorn in 3D.
More from an official release:
The special holiday treat sees Scrat still scrambling after the cursed acorn he’s been craving since the first ‘Ice Age’ film. Only this time, the chase has world-changing consequences. Forget what you’ve learned in geology about the continents forming as a result of massive tectonic shifts and volcanic eruptions tearing land masses apart. SCRAT’S CONTINENTAL CRACK-UP reveals that these seismic…crack-ups…came about from Scrat’s nutty misadventures.
The short film serves as a tease for a fourthg “Ice Age” movie, titled “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which arrives in theaters on July 13, 2012. The story, also presentedi n 3D, picks up after Scrat’s continental cataclysm, which triggers the greatest adventure of all for “Ice Age’s” intrepid trio — Manny, Diego, and Sid.
As for 20th Century Fox’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” it arrives in theaters everywhere Dec. 25.
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Cartoon movies are having a hard time getting “G” ratings these days

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: “The Lion King” had a major character’s father being murdered onscreen, another major character being eaten alive by hyenas, and a young child snuggling up beside the corpse of the above-mentioned recently deceased father. “Tarzan” opened with a blood-stained cabin containing two corpses and an infant being eaten alive off screen, and it ended with the onscreen shooting death of a major character and the hanging of the lead villain. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” had an onscreen neck-breaking murder of a young mother, the attempted drowning of her baby, and an entire subplot involving the villain’s need to desire to screw and/or murder the heroine because of his guilt-ridden lustings for her that felt like a cross between “Schindler’s List” and “Sweeney Todd” (great movie and great song… why don’t they make kids toys that sing “Hellfire?”). Yet they all received G-ratings from the MPAA back in the 1990s. Yet just last week, Walt Disney’s “Tangled” received a PG rating for the unholy crime of ‘brief mild violence’.
Back in my day (about ten years ago), the PG rating was a kiss of death for an animated feature. “The Black Cauldron” in 1985 was the only major Disney cartoon to receive said rating, and it was an infamous flop for the struggling studio that instigated the changing of the guard which brought about the Jeff Katzenberg/Mike Eisner/Roy Disney 1986-1994 era-of-awesome (I’d argue that it lasted until 1999, but I’m a fan of their post-”Lion King” work). As the 90s drew to a close and Dreamworks waged a genuine campaign against the Disney animation monopoly, they used the PG rating to signal that their initial films (“Antz,” “Prince of Egypt,” etc) would be a bit more hard-edged than the stereotypical all-ages Disney films. Fox tried their luck with the PG-rated “Titan A.E.” in summer 2000 and flopped so hard ($75 million budget > $36 million worldwide gross) that Fox nearly ceased to even have an animation branch, and the one-time would-be Disney rival Don Bluth ceased to have a career all-together. While Disney tried their hand at hard-PG action in 2001 with “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (if you want a film that feels like it inspired “Avatar” just as much as “The Battle For Terra”…), but the film grossed just $84 million domestic.
Ironically, just a month prior, Dreamworks would release the film that would more or less completely [...]

‘Despicable Me,’ ‘Predators,’ ‘Kids Are All Right’ open well as holdovers thrive. Weekend box office

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: It was an ‘everybody wins!’ weekend at the box office, as the openers all performed at or above expectations and the holdovers didn’t quite crash as badly as expected. First off, Universal scored its first probable domestic blockbuster since The Bourne Ultimatum three years ago, and its first animation smash since, I dunno, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, with Despicable Me. Opening with $60.1 million, the film had the fifteenth-largest opening weekend for an animated feature ever. It is also the first $60 million+ opening for a cartoon not released by Pixar, Dreamworks, or Fox (the second Ice Age picture and The Simpsons Movie). It is the ninth-largest opening for a non-sequel cartoon, with six of those openings coming from Pixar alone. Say what you will about the 3-D price-bump, but this is double the opening of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and about four times the opening weekend of Coraline. It is a case of almost instant profitability for the $69 million production.
Bolstered by rock-solid reviews, the film had saturation-level marketing and a multi-quadrant ad-campaign. The super villain vs. super villain narrative and celebrity casting appealed to older audiences, while the orphan children and little yellow henchmen (minions) worked like gangbusters to bring in the young kids. And, after weeks of ‘you don’t REALLY need to see this in 3-D’ reviews for films both great (Toy Story 3) and terrible (The Last Airbender), the Despicable Me reviews emphasized that the 3-D was actually worth the surcharge this time around. The film received an ‘A’ from Cinema Score and played 55% to kids under 12 and their parents. There has never been an animated film that grossed $200 million not released by Disney or Dreamworks. Despicable Me could be the first. Point being, this is going to be a massively profitable venture for Universal and a big win for their often-lambasted marketing department.
If Despicable Me was a lesson about smart budgeting (not every major animated film needs to cost $150-200 million), then Fox’s Predators was a lesson in frugal, pinpoint marketing. While most moviegoers didn’t even know this movie was even coming out until a week or two ago, Fox unleashed their targeted marketing campaign just a week before the release date, and the result was a $25 million opening weekend without the usual $50-100 million six-month marketing tsunami. Budgeted at just $38 [...]

“Dragon” animator explains “How To Train” – Hollywood In Ten

BY SEAN O’CONNELL
HollywoodNews.com’s interview feature, “Hollywood In Ten,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love, and corners them for 10 quality minutes.
Last weekend, families packed movie theaters, donned special 3-D glasses, and traveled to a far-off land to watch young Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) train his loyal — and lethal — dragon, Toothless. Dreamworks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon” caught fire at the box office, pulling in an impressive $43.3 million to claim the No. 1 spot on Hollywood’s weekly Top 10 list.
Helping us figure out what went so right for the “Dragon” production is supervising animator David Torres, whose previous credits include stints on the three “Ice Age” films, “Robots” and “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” Torres talks about the film’s amazing aerial sequences, the flight school which the animators attended, and a certain Francis Ford Coppola film that inspired the “Dragon” team behind the scenes.
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