Archive for December, 2014

‘Five Armies’ enjoys powerful third int’l weekend

December 30th, 2014 - admin

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ won the international weekend box office for third consecutive weekend with a commanding $89m from 62 markets. Germany was its most successive territory with an impressive $11.5m holdover and Australia was close behind where the film enjoyed a $9.9m debut. Middle Earth saga crossed the $400m milestone on Sunday.

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Navy SEAL thriller grabs the headlines

December 29th, 2014 - admin

The North American speciality box office grabbed the headlines over the weekend but not for the reasons expected. Sony’s limited theatrical release of political hot potato ‘The Interview’ dominated column inches when the four day session got under way but a modest performance – $2.8m from 331 independent theatres – has rendered it largely irrelevant compared to the film’s simultaneous online platform launch.


Instead, Clint Eastwood’s R-rated ‘American Sniper’, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, was the talk of the town after bagging a sensational $212,000 average off four theatres and an exceptionally rare ‘A+’ CinemaScore from first night audiences. Perhaps, for the first time, the Navy SEAL thriller looks like doing more than making up the numbers in this year’s awards season.


At the other end of the scale, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ enjoyed an expected repeat weekend win but with a much higher than forecast $55m.


But, wide weekend openers, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ over-performed by even more with a jaw dropping $47m and $46m respectively.

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‘Five Armies’ heading for repeat win

December 28th, 2014 - admin

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is heading for a repeat weekend win at the North American box office after enjoying a strong $15.6m Friday. The Middle Earth saga fell behind wide openers, ‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ on Christmas Day but always seemed to have enough in the tank to win the extended session. It should take around $47m over the four days.


‘Unbroken’ and ‘Into the Woods’ continued to exceed expectations on Friday and grossed a further $12m apiece. With a $2m lead from Christmas Day and an influential ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, ‘Unbroken’ appears to have the upper hand but ‘Into the Woods’ held better on Friday notwithstanding a lesser ‘B+’ from first night audiences. Both films should pass the $40m mark by Sunday night.


And Sony’s political hot potato ‘The Interview’ earned a further $725k from 331 independent theatres in the speciality market, with its modest theatrical performance following the simultaneous online platform release.

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‘Unbroken’ wins Christmas Day box office

December 26th, 2014 - admin

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ has won the North American Christmas Day box office after exceeding expectations with a strong $15.6m launch from 3,131 theatres. A powerful ‘A-‘ CinemaScore from first night audiences will go a long way to propelling word-of-mouth but so-so reviews (currently 50% on RT and only 39% from TC’s) will take the edge off momentum. It will beat the top end $30m pre-release forecasts for the four day holiday session but may not take enough to claim top position.


Not far behind, ‘Into the Woods’, also opened stronger than expected, taking an encouraging $13.6m from a modest 2,440 theatres. Again audiences and critics disagreed but, this time, the other way around with an average ‘B’ CinemaScore against a 72% RT reviews aggregate, inc an astonishing 91% from the influential ‘top critics’. Rob Marshall’s Broadway adaptation should also clear $30m over the four days.


Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ remains favourite to win the holiday session after taking an impressive $12.7m on Christmas Day.


And the speciality market will claim its share of the headlines with Sony launching the controversial ‘The Interview’ in a limited 331 independent theatres after the hacking scandal forced major distributors to pull out. The political comedy grossed an OK $1m but Wednesday’s online platform release had an obvious impact.

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December 26th, 2014 - admin

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December 26th, 2014 - admin

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Katherine Waterston joins cast of Steve Jobs biopic

December 24th, 2014 - admin

Danny Boyle (‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘127 Hours’) is moving through the gears in casting his Steve Jobs biopic, which enters production next year.  Katherine Waterston, who picked up a Satellite best supporting actress nomination for ‘Inherent Vice’, will star alongside Michael Fassbender playing Jobs’ former lover, Chrisann Brennan.  ‘Social Network’ screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, provides the script.

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Jena Malone and Riley Keough to star in ‘Lovesong’

December 24th, 2014 - admin

Jena Malone and Riley Keough have boarded So Yong Kim’s indie romance/road movie, ‘Lovesong’. They will play two best friends, who develop an unexpected romance during an impromptu road trip notwithstanding that one is engaged to another. It is the follow-up to Kim’s Sundance title, ‘For Ellen’.

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‘Five Armies’ posts 2nd consecutive $100m+ int’l weekend

December 24th, 2014 - admin

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies’ expanded from 37 to 59 international markets after 7 days in play and grossed a mighty $109m at the weekend box office. Germany proved its most successful territory with a $13.3m holdover and South Korea followed after a $10.3m debut. The Middle Earth finale has now taken $269m internationally, and after factoring in North America, $359.6m worldwide.

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‘Five Armies’ revives box office

December 23rd, 2014 - admin

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies’ enlivened the North American box office with a strong $90.6m five-day opening above expectations off 3,875 theatres and should play well over the Christmas period after receiving a powerful ‘A- CinemaScore from first night audiences. The Middle Earth finale earned a high $7.2m off Premium Large Format screens and set a new December record in taking a thumping $13.6m from 360 IMAX locations. Virtually half of the proceeds came from 3D screenings.


‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ opened in second place with $17.3m between Friday and Sunday, a good $2m below low end market predictions. It carries a huge $127m production budget and needs a push from a solid ‘B+’ CinemaScore.


It was better news for the weekend’s other wide opener, ‘Annie’. The Broadway adaptation arrived with $16.3m over the three days notwithstanding the hacked copy leak. This is slightly above analyst forecasts and, like ‘Five Armies’, it has the benefit of strong word of mouth from an ‘A- CinemaScore’.

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‘Five Armies’ on pace for bumper weekend

December 21st, 2014 - admin

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit : The Battle Of Five Armies’ grossed another $16.5m at the North American Friday box office, taking its tally to a strong $50.9m after just three days in play.  Audiences liked the Middle Earth finale more than critics with an ‘A- CinemaScore against a 60% RT reviews average and word of mouth should propel it towards $86m over the five day launch.


The weekend’s two other wide openers are in a close battle for second place, which is too close to call. ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ earned a below par $5.6m on Friday putting it on pace for a $17.5m weekend, a couple of million off low-end market expectations.  Although the Broadway musical adaptation, ‘Annie’, will take a similar amount after opening on $5.3m, it compares favourably with the market analysts’ $15m predictions for the session.  Audiences slightly preferred Annie – an ‘A- CinemaScore as opposed to a ‘B+’ – but critics disliked it a lot more with a 29% RT rating being 20% behind ‘Museum 3’.

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December 20th, 2014 - admin

Every once in a while a film comes along that everybody should see but it’s seldom seemed so urgent than with Laura Poitras’ extraordinary documentary, ‘Citizenfour’, even for those who have followed the story closely and think they have its measure; so much more sinister the activities of the US and UK secret services when we hear everything firsthand from a former insider now firmly in the freezing cold on the outside.


The most important documentary exposé since ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’, it brings a sober clarity to a scandal that ‘criminals’ in government had kept under wraps, absurdly hiding behind 9/11 intelligence activities and bestowing a traitor status on a whistleblower – a word loaded with White House friendly connotations – for spilling the beans on a new kind of tyranny for the digital age.


This is an episode that’s not so much stranger than fiction but the stuff of a Len Deighton spy novel with former NSA man, Edward Snowden, meeting journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill in a Hong Kong hotel room after clock-and-dagger coded exchanges with the filmmaker and giving a blow by blow account over eight days of how so-called democratic governments snoop on all their citizens KGB style, indiscriminately monitoring e-mails, Internet activity and mobile calls.


And it plays as if in real time, having a similar immediacy to Formula 1 doc, ‘Senna’, with Poitras editing interviews alongside Snowden watching the TV coverage of Greenwald dropping his daily media bombs; the cause and effect brilliantly wrapped into one and accelerating the inevitable point that Snowden’s cover is blown.


But it’s also a remarkable documentary portrait of Snowden himself as he selflessly and knowingly sacrifices his liberty for the right reasons and goes out of his way to avoid a Julian Assange style celebrity status; it’s almost impossible not to be seriously impressed.


Obama comes across as ridiculous when claiming that an investigation was already under way before Snowden’s revelations and there are deeply troubling references to a UK cover up from the top – presumably, Cameron – into GCHQ’s “invasive intercept system”, which, according to Snowden, is the envy of even the NSA.


It remains to be seen whether Hollywood will have the guts to award the film a best documentary Oscar but the damage is already done; the irretrievable loss of something that we could once take for granted, privacy.


And the irony of ironies, the former USSR granting Snowden political asylum, will be lost on no one.


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‘Five Armies’ lifts gloom

December 20th, 2014 - admin

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit:The Battle Of Five Armies’ has grossed $34.4m after two days of release, giving a much needed boost to the North American box office.  It made a flying start on Wednesday with an outstanding $24.5m off 3,875 theatres (including $11.2m from preview screenings) for the second highest mid-week opening of all time.  Although the film fell by 59% on Thursday, it’s in line with a Wednesday five-day launch and should enjoy a strong Friday.

Sundance Selects take Jacques Audiard’s next feature

December 18th, 2014 - admin

Sundance Selects have picked up US distribution rights to Jacques Audiard’s keenly awaited follow up to ‘Rust and Bone’. It’s set in familiar Audiard outsider territory and features a Sri-Lankan Tamil warrior encountering Parisian gang warfare when seeking political asylum. The film is currently in production and remains untitled.

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‘The Dressmaker’ enters post-production

December 18th, 2014 - admin

Jocelyn Moorhouse has wrapped filming on her first feature for over twenty years, ‘The Dressmaker’, which should receive a theatrical release next autumn. Dark secrets from the past resurface in this adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s gothic debut novel when a successful seamstress returns to the Australian outback with revenge on her mind. Moorhouse is best known for the critically acclaimed ‘A Thousand Acres’.

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‘Knight of Cups’ receives Berlin world premiere

December 15th, 2014 - admin

Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, will receive its world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival as anticipated. It’s the latest film to tackle the dangerous excesses of celebrity culture but, in all other respects, Malick has done his usual effective job keeping the plot under wraps. His first and only previous appearance in the Berlin competition had ‘The Thin Red Line’ winning the Golden Bear.

‘Five Armies’ enjoys stunning int’l opening

December 15th, 2014 - admin

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ arrived at the international box office with an outstanding $117.6m weekend from a comparatively modest 37 markets.  Germany was the film’s most successful territory with a stunning $19.5m, comfortably ahead of the opening weekends from the trilogy’s first two instalments.  It still has major territories in hand, most notably China where the film lands on January 23.

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Soft win for ‘Exodus’

December 15th, 2014 - admin

Ridley Scott’s $140m ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, won the North American weekend box office with a $24.5m haul but there is no course for celebration at Fox.  The studio was expecting over $10m more from the debut session and the biblical epic faces a difficult Christmas period after receiving bad reviews – 25% on RT (and 35% with TC’s) – and a below par ‘B- CinemaScore from first night audiences.  By contrast, Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ enjoyed a $47m opening earlier this year from a similar target audience but carried a lower $125m budget.  Fox is already relying on the international markets to mitigate the damage.


The weekend’s other wide release, ‘Top Five’, grossed a strong $7.2m from a low 979 theatres.  It’s Chris Rock’s third feature in the director’s chair and found favour with the critics, registering 89% on RT (and a stunning 95% with TC’s).


But pride of place this weekend belongs to Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’, which made a massive splash in the speciality market with a stunning $66,000 per-screen average from five theatres.  It goes wide on January 9.

MPA backs Panahi’s son

December 14th, 2014 - admin

The potentially controversial, ‘Flower’ (‘Goul’), received a $25,000 bursary from the Motion Picture Association at the 8th edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane.  It’s an extreme drama to expose a shocking prejudice in Iran with a father plotting the death of his disabled son.  Jafar Panahi secured the grant for his son, Panah, who will direct.

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Strand Releasing continues Akin collaboration

December 14th, 2014 - admin

Strand Releasing has taken US distribution rights to Fatih Akin’s Venice title, ‘The Cut’, which continues a collaboration covering four previous films.  It stars in demand, Tahar Rahim, who plays an Armenian genocide survivor searching the globe for his two missing daughters.  Akin caused a stir earlier this year when he withdrew the film from Cannes after receiving an official selection (allegedly outside the main competion).

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‘Court’ builds momentum

December 14th, 2014 - admin

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Indian justice drama, ‘Court’, continues to make a mark on the festival circuit, winning a best film and director double at the 25th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival.  The film’s inventive premise has a folk singer charged with abetting a suicide through the words of a song, and it came to the fore after winning the Orrizonti and the Lion of the Future – Luigi de Laurentiis awards at Venice.  Veteran filmmaker, Wang Xiaoshuai (‘Beijing Bicycle’), headed the jury.

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‘Exodus’ disappoints during opening Friday

December 14th, 2014 - admin

Ridley Scott’s biblical epic, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, grossed a lacklustre $8.6m during its opening Friday at the North American box office, including $1.2m from Thursday previews.  It’s active in a high 3,505 theatres and faces a $25m weekend, around $10m below Fox’s expectations.  A disappointing ‘B- CinemaScore from first night audiences and a critical kicking – 25% on RT (and 35% with TC’s) – will further damage word of mouth during the Christmas period.  And all of this falls against the backdrop of a $140m production budget.


The weekend’s other widish opener, Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ grossed a solid $2.4m on Friday from 979 theatres.  Exceptionally strong reviews – 89% on RT (and an astonishing 95% with TC’s) – should propel the ‘R’ rated comedy to around $8m over the three days.


And Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’, is making headlines in the speciality box office.  Joaquin Phoenix leads a typically impressive Anderson cast and the crime drama bagged a stunning $128,000 from just five theatres during its debut Friday.

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‘Exodus’ struggling domestically

December 12th, 2014 - admin

Ridley Scott’s $140m biblical epic, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, arrived at the North American box office on Thursday night with a sluggish $1.2m. It expands from 2500 to 3,503 theatres today but could miss Fox’s $35m expectations by anything up to $10m. Poor reviews – 25% on RT (and 35% with TC’s) – will damage word of mouth.

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Another alleged writing credit dispute

December 11th, 2014 - admin

There is an alleged dispute brewing behind the scenes of Oscar hopeful, ‘Selma’, between filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, and credited screenwriter, Paul Webb.  An insider has reportedly told The Wrap that Webb is exercising a contractual right to sole writing credits even though DuVernay made a significant contribution.  The allegations follow reports of a similar bust up between Steve McQueen and John Ridley over the writing credits for last year’s Oscar winner, Twelve Years a Slave.

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Beresford’s domestic drama enters production

December 10th, 2014 - admin

Bruce Beresford (‘Breaker Morant’) has commenced filming on his domestic drama, ‘Cook’ starring Eddie Murphy in a non-comedy role.  It’s his theatrical follow-up to 2011’s ‘Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding’ and depicts a developing friendship between a little girl, her mother and an inherited cook.  Beresford received an Oscar nod for ‘Tender Mercies’ over thirty years ago

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‘Exodus’ makes waves internationally

December 9th, 2014 - admin

Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ started to make waves at the international weekend box office with an early $23.1m from a limited release ahead of this week’s expansion from 10 to 30 markets. This was on a par with market expectations and included a highest ever Korean opening for a Scott feature. The Biblical epic will have plenty in the tank after next weekend with it not arriving in Russia and China until next year.


‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ will join it on the international stage next weekend with Warner Bros planning a wide release. It will include the key territories of UK and Russia.


For now, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ remains No.1 after grossing a further $33m over the weekend.

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‘Mockingjay’ takes advantage of limited competition

December 8th, 2014 - admin

Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ easily won the North American weekend box office for the third time but there was little by way of competition.  There were no new releases with distributors steering clear of the traditional Christmas shopping weekend, and other holdovers remained off the pace.  The Y.A. blockbuster took advantage with a solid $21m hold but its overall tally of $257.7m is comparatively disappointing and almost $80m below predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’ at the same stage.  It remains to be seen whether the franchise’s final instalment, ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’, can counter franchise fatigue.

Solid hold for ‘Mockingjay’

December 7th, 2014 - admin

Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ grossed a reasonable $6.5m at Friday’s North American box office as it continued to hold well on the back of an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore after a comparatively disappointing opening weekend.  This puts the Y.A. blockbuster on pace for a $23m weekend but the damage is already done with its overall domestic tally of $243m being over $70m less than predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’.


With no new wide releases as distributors steer clear of the traditional Christmas shopping period, ‘Mockingjay’ will easily claim its third consecutive weekend win.  But it was a particularly slow Friday even allowing for seasonal factors with a 15% fall from the corresponding date last year.

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December 6th, 2014 - admin

It’s difficult to find our moral bearings in Dan Gilroy’s slippery post modern thriller/satire that serves up one of cinema’s creepiest anti-heroes as a distraction from the film’s real target, the audience.


And it’s all done with some style, making the most of L.A.’s nighttime cityscape and a seriously compelling performance from a gaunt looking Jake Gyllenhaal; allowing Gilroy to take ridiculous liberties and get away with it.


It has the assurance of an old pro and in some ways that’s true, Gilroy being the screenwriter of ‘The Bourne Legacy’, amongst others, but still defying his status as a debut filmmaker.


Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, the excrement of the American Dream gone wrong – a nightcrawler – who profits from a gruesome voyeurism and suburban paranoia, being the first on the scene at serious crimes and accidents in well-to-do neighbourhoods – sometimes before the cops – and searching for a TV ‘journalist’ money shot; blood, guts and gore in extreme close-up even if it means re-arranging dead bodies for effect.


TV producer, Nina, is the happy recipient, fighting the breakfast ratings battle where she is only as good as her last figures and remains indifferent to Bloom’s immorality or, at least, until he throws in a friendship with extras as a part of the price for the footage.


Rene Russo gives Nina a vulnerability and some of the film’s best scenes expose the Faustian pact breaking her down, which not even a hard earned wisdom can resist.


And Riz Ahmed impresses – again – as Bloom’s sidekick, Rick, desperate for the miserly pay on offer but caught in a silent morality nightmare of his own.


Bizarrely, Bloom communicates in a faux management speak, spewing out corporate style business plans, goals, payment reviews and other capitalist claptrap almost verbatim; gallows humour played for easy laughs rather than analogous subtlety.


It could have easily destabilised the whole film but for Gyllenhaal striking the perfect balance between a carefree innocence that would be endearing in other circumstances and an obsessive psycho with a welcoming Norman Bates smile.


Just as Nina feeds off her audience’s fears, so does Gilroy albeit with a huge dose of well crafted irony; a jet black fun piece masquerading as something else, which works.

‘Citizenfour’ takes top IDA Documentary Award

December 6th, 2014 - admin

The coveted IDA Documentary Awards’ top prize went to Laura Poitras’ NSA spying exposé ‘Citizenfour’, as widely predicted.  This follows wins at the New York Film Critics Circle and Gotham awards and few would bet against it winning the documentary Oscar next March.  Poitras did not attend the ceremony notwithstanding also picking up the Courage Under Fire Award.  




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‘Mockingjay’ heading for third straight win

December 6th, 2014 - admin

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is set to win the North American box office for the third consecutive weekend and should finish the session just short of $25m.  After a comparatively disappointing opening, which left the Y.A. blockbuster trailing predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’, it will be the film’s second solid hold, partly on the back of a strong ‘A-‘ CinemaScore.  Expect it to pass the $250m domestic milestone easily during the weekend.

Amber Heard is in talks to join ‘The Danish Girl’

December 3rd, 2014 - admin

Amber Heard is in negotiations to join Tom Hooper’s Einar Wegener biopic, ‘The Danish Girl’ alongside Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.  Wegener (a.k.a. Lili Elbe) was a married Danish painter who became an early beneficiary of sex reassignment surgery during the 1930’s.  The film is currently in pre-production and will be Hooper’s follow up to Les Miserables.

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Strong int’l hold for ‘Mockingjay’

December 2nd, 2014 - admin
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ continued its domination of the international box office with an impressive $66.9m haul over the weekend.  The Y.A. blockbuster was active in a high 87 (+2) international markets and raised its running total to $254.6m after just ten days in play.  The UK and Germany lead the way with $7.7m and $7.2m respectively.

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Outstanding launch for Oscar contender

December 1st, 2014 - admin

Serious Oscar contender, ‘The Imitation Game’, made a massive splash at the North American weekend speciality box office where it averaged a massive $120,000 from four theatres , two apiece in New York and Los Angeles.  It’s the second-best limited opening of the year, behind Berlin opener, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which arrived last March.  Crucially, it also boasted an ‘A+’ CinemaScore, reinforcing the film’s already powerful word-of-mouth as the awards season gets into gear.  The Weinsteins will retain it in the speciality market next weekend before expanding wide on Dec 12.


At the other end of the scale, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ held on to the No.1 spot, which has been a foregone conclusion since the start of the Thanksgiving session last Wednesday.  The YA blockbuster grossed $82.6m over the five days for a solid hold but the film is still running comfortably behind its predecessor, ‘Catching Fire’.


The weekend’s other wide openers, ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ and ‘Horrible Bosses 2’, both disappointed with $36m and $22.6m respectively.